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Did you know: Outspoken supervisor livens up local politics

“I don’t give up.” 

If anything sums up the entire philosophy of Supervisor Roger Gitlin, that’s it. Elected just two years ago as county supervisor of District 1, he has been a lightning rod for a number of controversial issues. As a new supervisor, he says, he was expected to keep his mouth shut, get along and not make waves.

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 16, 2014

Hospital CEOs’ actions speak louder than words

Most of what we’ve heard from Sutter Coast Hospital CEOs (Suksi and Horn) was about how much money the hospital lost, was going to lose in 2013 and the $16.5 million hit (projected loss) the hospital will take from now to 2022. The CEOs told us the original losses were due to new billing software and billing errors. 

The most recent and projected “serious Medicare cuts” are, according to CEO Horn, due to the federal sequestration and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Both CEOs denied going Critical Access. But Sutter Health executives said we needed to go Critical Access because the hospital could not make money without doing that. 

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 14, 2014

Chief Plack is missed, but interim is doing well

As our police chief retires again, this author is not alone today with heartfelt sorrow over this community’s loss. It is all good.

Chief Plack bowed out with the confidence in his officers to know his presence at the office is no longer required to serve our community. Our officers can now show us how they have been trained by Doug to serve with pride. As the best law enforcement money can buy on the West Coast, they have the capability to nourish a community above and beyond their call of duty. 

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Coastal Voices: Painting over mural was avoidable

I thought there might be more community outrage over the desecration of the student-painted mural at Crescent Elk. Then I reread the story (“Student mural is painted over,” July 26) and realized that if you believed the comments of Jeff Napier, you might believe the painting was warranted. It appears to me that Napier was either misinformed or flat out lying when he said that the stucco had already been compromised when the mural was painted, that the surface wasn’t prepared properly before the mural was painted and that the district wasn’t notified so maintenance could inspect the wall. 

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 12, 2014

Allow folks to have their say on praying

Ronald Reagan once said, “The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; its declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray.”

Now, if the good people of Crescent City want to pray before a meeting, at least have the decency to put this item on the agenda so that folks can have their say about it, yea or nay.

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Coastal Voices: Klamath salmon facing major threat in drought

The drought of 2013–2014 didn’t sneak up on us. For the first half of the winter it simply didn’t rain. Sparse rains arrived late in the season and there was meager snowpack in the mountains. The Yurok Tribe and California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a major drought emergency. 

Water managers scrambled to figure out how to best allot a limited amount of Trinity River water, which flows into the Klamath, amongst many competing interests. Despite the knowledge that migrating Klamath salmon would be in peril from low flows when the fall run started, the Bureau of Reclamation sent an entire year’s worth of cold fish-sustaining flows from the Trinity to the Central Valley. The Yurok Tribe, and others, including the Hoopa Valley Tribe, sent letters to the agency warning that salmon will face a desperate situation by late summer — if preventative flow is not available. 

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 9, 2014

Church, state separation was priority for Franklin

Regarding Virginia Walworth’s letter to the editor last Thursday, Benjamin Franklin must have gotten tired of leading those prayers at the Constitutional Convention. 

He, according to an hour-long documentary about him on cable channel 130 (the History Channel’s secondary documentary channel) last weekend, was one of the strongest promoters of separation of church and state at the Constitutional Convention. 

 

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Pages of History: Cabin is destroyed by fire

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1952.

Fire of unknown origin destroyed the Breenwood cabin at River Bar Lodge yesterday. The fire broke out about 10:40 a.m. 

The first three fire trucks arrived in 15 minutes. The U.S. Forestry Service, the Crescent Fire Protection District and the Gasquet Volunteer Fire Department responded.

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Coastal Voices: Still a lot of work to keep fair alive

Like many of you, I am strongly supporting the “Save the Del Norte Fair” movement. We have been greeted with substantial enthusiasm for the effort, which will hopefully conclude with the successful passage of Measure F by voters in November.

But I do have some concerns. With all these early cheers for the Del Norte County Fair, a bit of complacency has drifted over the campaign.

Let’s be perfectly clear: It is going to take a lot of hard work by a lot of people to make sure the Del Norte County Fair and the Del Norte Fairgrounds stay open long into the future.

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 7, 2014

Coastal Connections youth project is doing a great job

The article by Aaron West published July 29 (“Youth Team up with local stores to curb alcohol theft”) highlights both the capacity and commitment of youth working to improve the health of our community. Witnessing the well-organized and respectful Coastal Connections Youth Organization Project (CCYOP) presentation addressing a long-standing concern of underage alcohol use was inspiring, regardless of your age. Rarely do presenters receive a standing ovation; CCYOP was an exception. You can view it in its entirety online.

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