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Letters to the Editor, May 24, 2016

Attacks against McClure just political theater

Have you ever worked for a really poor manager? On the Coastal Commission, Martha McClure’s vote to replace the chief executive officer wasn’t motivated by some underhanded deal. He was simply not a good manager. The truth is that he is still employed by the Coastal Commission,  writing grant proposals and reviewing legislation. 

Haven’t you ever gotten angry at someone and maybe cussed at them when they falsely accused you of something? It is not a crime to stand up for oneself, especially when someone is throwing out fabricated lies and innuendos directly to your face.

Coastal Voices: Bar-O Boys Ranch in need of volunteers

Surrounded by steep, forested hills and a raging river, the rugged Smith River canyon may seem like an unlikely location for a confinement facility.  Bar-O Boys Ranch, a program of the Del Norte County Probation Department, helps minors focus on personal growth and social development.  

Although the wards at Bar-O Boys come from a mostly urban landscape, their life experiences are actually somewhat narrow when it comes to understanding possibilities.

Letters to the Editor, May 21, 2016

Chance to correct county and country during elections

Well, well, it seems Martha McClure has gotten caught with her true personality exposed. About time.

Our local politics are beginning to look as if it might be as interesting as our national politics. Certainly, our choices just as clear. Perhaps we are being offered an opportunity to correct our county as well as to correct our country. 

Clif Shepard, Hiouchi

Coastal Voices: A brief history of a small coastal county and its hospital

I remember when I moved here as a medical wife in 1989, learning about ER call coverage. Physicians with hospital privileges were required to take calls at the hospital. It wasn’t a choice, it was a necessity. ER physicians lived here then, and physicians provided backup.Those on-call days were hard with full office schedules but most physicians joined with others for call coverage so they could sleep the rest of the time. Sutter had come in to manage, eventually building Sutter Coast Hospital.The Hospital District became the Health Care District when Seaside Hospital closed.

Letters to the Editor, May 19, 2016

Health professionals go above and beyond locally

Last week, we celebrated both National Nurses Week and Hospital Week – a dedicated time to recognize our devoted health care staff who provide care in so many ways. Having just joined Sutter Coast within the last month, it has been a pleasure getting to know everyone. I have been so impressed with the lengths our staff go to in order to provide quality care and that many of our team members have dedicated their careers to helping this community and have been at Sutter Coast for 10, 20 and even 35 years. I, along with our management team, would like to thank all of the health care professionals in our community that work to improve the overall health of Del Norte and Curry county families. 

Carlos Priestley, Sutter Coast Hospital Administrator

Letters to the Editor, May 17, 2016

Thanks to all who supported Wonder Bus 5K fundraiser 

On Saturday, May 7, over 40 people of all ages ran or walked the Mother of All 5Ks to show their support for the Wonder Bus. It was a wonderful community event, with strollers, dogs, and even one scooter taking part. Participants were greeted at the finish line by Del Norte High School’s steel drum band, and Ron Gastineau provided live commentary.

Letters to the Editor, May 14, 2016

Murray stands alone on council in support of ONR designation

Thanks go out to City Councilwoman Kathryn Murray. She is the only member of the (Crescent City) Council to stay the course regarding the city’s letter of support for ONR designation for our Smith River. She stood firm, disagreeing that such a designation could harm the local economy. This designation would eliminate the possibility of mining taking place in Oregon’s sections of the Smith River basin, thus helping to protect our drinking water supply.  

Murray is now running for County Supervisor District 1. Her opponent is Roger Gitlin. The two could not be more different.

Coastal Voices: ONRW would stop mining near Smith, permit requirements already in place

It is important for this community to realize the opportunity of designating the Smith River as California’s first river to be distinguished as an Outstanding National Resource Water. What are the benefits of this designation, and what are the concerns and fears of our community that need to be accurately assessed and addressed? That was the hot topic at the last Board of Supervisor meeting.

Letters to the Editor, May 12, 2016

McClure a champion for homeless vets

As a veteran, I am aware of Supervisor Martha McClure’s work to get housing for homeless veterans in Del Norte County. Martha has worked with VA officials in Curry County to secure veteran housing vouchers for our area. Martha’s work to help homeless veterans is why I am writing this letter.

 Supervisor McClure supports affordable housing for anyone in need. Housing is the long-term solution to the problem of homelessness, not just enforcement techniques and “party slogans.” The majority of experts advocate greater services for drug and alcohol addiction and the availability to mental health services to reduce homelessness and the social problems that follow.

Letters to the Editor, May 10, 2016

Volunteer with Corrections to help make a difference

As a mother I cannot understand for the life of me the reasoning behind our methods of prison punishment. It seems more logical to me to correct them with instruction, guidance, direction and positive reinforcement. The methods have been proven effective it’s just plain common sense to use it.

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