Adam Madison, The Triplicate

Pelican Bay worker's day brightened by 'thank you'

A couple days ago, I was on my way to work and stopped in at the Fort Dick Market to grab a cup of coffee.

Noticing my uniform, a woman approached me while I was standing in line and offered me an unsolicited "thank you." Confused, I asked her what she was thanking me for and she said, "For doing what you do. Working at the prison and keeping us safe. Thank you."

In the 16 years I have been working for the Department of Corrections, I have never had anyone tell me that. These days, with all the economic issues we are experiencing, the devastating pay cuts we are all enduring and, in what usually feels like a thankless occupation, it's reassuring to know that despite what the governor thinks, some people recognize that we actually are "public safety" and appreciate what we do.

To that lady in the store, from me to you, you're welcome and thank you for brightening my day.

Gary Eller

Crescent City

Important to stay informed, involved in MLPA process

As someone who's lived on the North Coast for many years, I've been following your coverage of the Marine Life Protection Act closely. Thank you for ensuring that Del Norte County residents have an early and continued opportunity to learn about the upcoming implementation of this 1999 law.

As you wrote in a recent editorial, "this should not be a case of one-size-fits-all." I absolutely agree - and am grateful the Marine Life Protection Act process is designed to maximize the input of the community. The people who live and work on the North Coast will have the most influence on the specifics of the legislated marine protection in our region.

As Ocean Conservancy's North Coast program coordinator, I especially encourage those who make a living from the sea to get and stay informed - and get and stay involved - as the MLPA progresses over the next year and a half. And, of course, it's not just fishermen whose lives and livelihoods are bound up in the well-being of our ocean.

Surfers, kayakers, divers, conservationists and business owners should also be at the table to ensure their voices, and interests, are represented. To quote your editorial again, "accurate appraisal of our particular coastline" is essential. Collaboration between commercial and recreational fishing interests and fishermen and environmentalists is the best way to ensure a good outcome from the Marine Life Protection Act in the North Coast.

I look forward to working with other North Coast residents to ensure both long-term ocean security and economic sustainability.

Jennifer Savage

Ocean Conservancy North Coast program coordinator

Manila, Calif.

Why destroy the best health care system in the world?

Ray Rinehart in his Sept. 2 letter ("Are Americans so rich they don't care about their fellow man?") says he doesn't "understand why some folks are so against universal health care."

Well, Ray, some folks just don't understand why they should be made to pay your bills. They, like you, have worked long and hard to provide for their families and pay their taxes.

Most folks are not opposed to helping people in need. But some folks don't understand why it is necessary to destroy the best health care system in the world in the name of helping a small percentage of our population. Help them? Of course. But don't destroy our entire system.

Some folks may have an understanding of the failure of universal health care in other countries. Some folks understand that the most significant thing about Obama's health care plan may not be health care. It just might be an enabling factor in his redistribution plan.

And to respond to your question: I am a long, long way from being "rich." I am not even acquainted with anyone who is "rich."

Clif Shepard

Crescent City

Pampered by the loving care given at Sutter Coast Hospital

Recently, Aug. 20-22, I was a patient at Sutter Coast Hospital. The nurses (RNs, LVNs and CNAs) were superb! I was so pampered with their loving care. Each of you in the MCU know who you are!

My surgeon, Dr. Polidore, walks on water! My surgery went well.

My meals, even the broth and tea diet on Thursday, were all very wonderfully prepared and delicious.

Thank you for a great nursing staff.

Lois Gehrman

Crescent City

Thanks to all who helped build handicap ramp for daughter

I would like to publicly thank Roger White, board member of Del Norte County Habitat For Humanity.

Also Phil, Lyle, Don and Joseph, including the other men who helped build a handicap ramp for my disabled daughter's wheelchair. They were all result-oriented workers. Their attention to detail and follow-through was evident in the quality of their strong work ethic.

I would also like to thank Cathy McCutchan from the Del Norte County Grants and Housing Administration office for all her help with the paperwork to get our grant.

God bless to all.

J.S. Martorello

Crescent City

Single-payer health care is cheaper, faster, more efficient

Nice to be back in our beautiful Del Norte County after spending over three years in the European Union.

Since I came, I have heard many lies regarding those single-payers and health care reform, including a radio station that I called, but they refused to listen to the truth.

Most of the time I lived in Portugal, a poor nation with modern hospitals and technology like here. The only problem there is that every bank cheats and no one pays attention to it.

They call it socialized medicine because everyone who eats pays high taxes in food, up to 16 percent. As illegals eat, they are covered, as well as anyone who takes a vacation there.

Medications in single-payers are up to 90 times cheaper and most do not need prescriptions. Most tests don't need a request from a doctor and emergencies are faster because of no paperwork. Also, no one is worried about health care bills.

At 80 years of age, I never could understand our people here. Everyone wants peace, but most of us support killing millions of strangers everywhere.

After all, do we deserve any health care?

Samuel Rosa

Crescent City