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Letters to the Editor April 18, 2015

C.C. should follow  lead of towns that ban PWCs

In regard to Jet Skis (personal watercraft or PWC) and their impact on South Beach: I, my family and friends have enjoyed this beach for decades. We stay all day, swim, sunbathe, surf, boogie board and skim board. My children and their friends grew up on this stretch of beach and still share stories of time spent here. People from all over Southern Oregon and Northern California play, fish and enjoy the beach. 


Coastal Voices: Sutter Health does not play nicely in sandbox

“Who’s going to protect the people of Del Norte County?”

Those words of Kevin Caldwell, M.D., reverberate loudly. It was Dr. Caldwell who first dared to stand up to the multi-billion-dollar goliath Sutter Health by opposing Sutter’s decision to move hospital ownership out of Del Norte County to the Bay Area and lower the 49-bed Acute Care hospital to a 24-bed Critical Access facility. Dr. Caldwell was the first local physician to see Sutter’s malfeasance. As hospital chief of staff, he identified Sutter’s repeated implementation of patient care policies without physician input. Sutter Health was telling doctors how to practice medicine, in violation of California law. With great effort, Dr. Caldwell was able to unwind Sutter’s illegal policies. Later, after Sutter Health executives advised the local hospital Board to dissolve itself and transfer hospital ownership to the Bay Area, Dr. Caldwell asked the hospital board chair for a guarantee Sutter would not close the obstetrics service. Dr. Caldwell could not get that guarantee. He stood alone in defense of our community. Dr. Caldwell joins medical colleagues Mark Davis, M.D., Manfred Ritter, M.D., and Gregory Duncan, M.D., all of whom have experienced the pain of a revengeful, insatiable bully, Sutter Health Corporation. Sutter Health, parent of Sutter Coast Hospital, does not play nicely in the Del Norte sandbox. 

 


Letters to the Editor April 21, 2015

Caldwell’s dedication to Del Norte is obvious

It seems Dr. Kevin Caldwell, one of our county’s most senior and well-respected doctors, is not afraid to speak out on our behalf. On Thursday, Dr. Caldwell was chosen by Triplicate readers as their favorite health professional.  Then on Saturday, we read the op-ed by Supervisor Roger Gitlin (“Coastal Voices: Sutter Health does not play nicely in sandbox,” April 18) which recognizes Dr. Caldwell for taking a stand against the corporate plans of Sutter Health, which are not in the best interest of our community. I applaud Dr. Caldwell for standing up for us, and Supervisor Gitlin for getting involved and telling the story.


Pages of History: ‘Ship Ashore’ makes final journey

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, April 1965:

It was perhaps the mightiest moving day of them all. While spirals of black smoke sifted up from its crawler tractors straining to tug the S.S. Castle Rock or Ship Ashore, as she is known by tourists, history was slowly being made in Del Norte County on Tuesday, March 30.

Chuck Thielen, manager of the tourist attraction, once located ¼ mile from its U.S. 101 location, played the role of expectant father awaiting the “berth” of a new offspring.


Letters to the Editor April 16, 2015

Picking McClure would be ethical violation

I attended last Thursday’s Local Transportation Commission meeting to verify what I had heard through the grapevine — that Supervisor Martha McClure had applied for a $34,000 contract to be the project manager for the state-funded Safe Routes to Schools program. Although I had never previously attended any of the obscure LTC meetings, it was confirmed there that Ms. McClure was the recommended choice by Director Tamera Leighton. 


Coastal Voices: Enforce, set limits on PWC use

Within the past two years, a handful of people have begun riding their personal watercraft (PWC) at South Beach in and among swimmers and surfers — often at high speeds while using the waves as ramps to jump into the air. While this might be exciting to watch from shore, it can be unnerving and leave you concerned for your safety if you are in the water and within close proximity to them. 

One would never imagine someone riding an ATV through the Kid Town or Brother Johnathan playgrounds. But that is essentially what I watched last October as four operators launched their personal watercraft (PWC) at South Beach while my wife and I played with our two children in the surf. Not only did they launch their craft within 10 feet of us, they left their hand trailer floating in the water, forcing my family and I to move down the beach to avoid the trailer that was floating unattended. My wife and I observed for the next hour the four operators of the PWCs zip around in the surf zone that was also being used by swimmers and surfers. The PWCs kept coming back and forth from the surf zone to the shore every 10 minutes to take a break on shore, each time launching around swimmers and surfers and zipping out to open water. When it became clear that the PWCs were not going to be leaving us alone to enjoy the water with our family without worrying about being run over by the constant launching and re-launching from shore, we packed our family up and went home.


Letters to the Editor April 14, 2015

Jet Skiers will respect others and environment 

This letter is in response to the letter submitted by Rick Smith (“Jet Skiers will ruin weekend for others,” April 9) regarding the local Jet Ski gathering that will be hosted on the weekend of April 17–19. 

First, let me clarify: This is a gathering of friends and family — not an organized “event.” Several of the local residents have simply invited some of their out-of-town friends and family to join them at the beach that weekend to enjoy a few days of fun surfing the waves. We love our hometown, and we are excited and proud to show our friends and family all our beautiful area has to offer. 


Coastal Voices: Jet Ski riders will respect community

I write this letter to provide you with some information in regard to having Jet Ski recreational riders and competitors at Crescent City. I am the promoter and creator of one of the premier Jet Ski competitions in the nation, called the Grayland Open, that is held annually in Grayland, Wash., near the fishing community of Westport, Wash. The town is very similar to Crescent City in many ways. I started the competition in 2009 as a small competition between friends. Fast forward to 2015 and this event has grown to become one of the largest competitions of its kind in the western United States and brings riders and spectators from all parts of the world. One of the main reasons that this event has grown over the years is due to a community that embraces the sport and the wonderful people that are involved in the sport. Freeriders are respectful and do not want to cause problems amongst other people. We go where we are welcomed and that’s where we spend our money. I know it can be difficult to understand the impact that you can have by just welcoming this community of riders into your community. Let me give you some examples of what one Jet Ski event in Grayland has done for the community. 

 


Letters to the Editor April 11, 2015

Watercraft users show little regard for others

Hello. My name is Lori Ridgway, and I live in Crescent City with my husband and two young children, ages 6 and 3. At the south end of town on Highway 101 there is a designated bathing beach called South Beach, one of Crescent City’s finest natural attractions. The problem is within the past couple of years the beachgoers, surfers, stand-up paddle boarders, boogie boarders, kids playing in the waves, even animals have been unable to enjoy freely in a peaceful and positive way.


Letters to the Editor April 9, 2015

Support music education in LCAP

On behalf of the students of the Del Norte County Unified School District’s elementary schools, I would like to thank Lynn McKenna and the Redwood Coast Music Festivals for donating a trumpet to our music program. Since we have many students who are only able to participate in band if they can use a school instrument, adding an instrument to our inventory enables more students to join the program. 


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