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Letters to the Editor, May 26, 2015

To county: Consider pot’s harm before legalization

An open letter to the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors: 

Before considering legalization of recreational smoked marijuana, this might be a good time to think a little harder about the long-term consequences.


Coastal Voices: Also honor those who protect freedoms here

 Sometimes the muse calls from different places — the channel markers and sea lions, your back pages or in this case, an old song by some men I met long ago in East Los Angeles, a community and people that seem so familiar this evening. Penned by David Hidalgo and Louis Perez, two-fifths of Los Lobos, I listened to words that seemed so poignant:


Letters to the Editor, May 23, 2015

Mom, family of Dante thank those helping to bring justice

On Sunday, May 3, I made a decision no mother should ever have to make — to turn off the life support system of her child.


Pages of History: Watch your parking

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, May 1955: 

The reconstructed Crescent City Police force was up to full strength this week and functioning smoothly, it was announced yesterday by Chief William Burke.


Letters to the Editor, May 21, 2015

Nonbelievers shouldn’t get worked up about use of ‘God’

Diana Clark’s letter (“Newsflash: No religious test to be citizen of U.S.,” May 14) brings to my mind the seemingly innumerable hours people have spent arguing over what should and should not be posted on public buildings. Most of the time this involves the use of the word “God” or the Ten Commandments being posted on courtroom walls. 


Letters to the Editor May 19, 2015

Separation of church, state not in Constitution

In response to Diana Clark’s letter in the May 14 Triplicate (“Newsflash: No religious test to be citizen of U.S.”), of course there is no religious test to be a U.S. citizen, nor, as far as I know, has anybody suggested there is or should be. 


Coastal Voices: Fairgrounds vote shows how we help each other

Del Norte County is nothing if not diverse.

Our community features an incredible array of individuals: from farmers, fishermen, correctional officers and officer workers to retirees and young people just starting out in the world. All call Del Norte County home. They bring different backgrounds, different cultures and different trains of thought to our community every day.


Letters to the Editor May 16, 2015

No barrier to religion in the public sphere

In response to Diane Blackberry’s letter of May 5 (“Religious beliefs should be unobtrusive in gov’t venues”), I first want to thank the Board of Supervisors for having the backbone to place the phrase “In God We Trust” inside a public building.


Letters to the Editor, May 14, 2015

Newsflash: No religious test to be citizen of U.S.

I am very disappointed in the choice of “motto” that the Board of Supervisors elected to post on the Flynn Center, that being the motto “In God We Trust.” I understood that the Constitution denotes a separation of church and state, as established in the First Amendment. This is a free country and everyone is allowed to believe (or not to believe) in a deity of his/her choice. Why are you wasting time instigating a theological controversy when this county has so many other more important issues to deal with?


Coastal Voices: Citizen's Dock: Civic lightning

As a contributor to the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, I was given the opportunity to write this article to illustrate how the people of Del Norte and Curry counties have worked together to get things done. I read about many such instances at the Del Norte Historical Society Museum, but the wonderful stories about “Citizens Dock” made me so excited and enthusiastic about being a member of this community that I had to share the story with you.


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