Hospital should look at expanding

Dr. Gregory Duncan, chief of staff at Sutter Coast Hospital, wrote a Dec. 1 Coastal Voices piece, "A closer look at Critical Access at Sutter Coast," about the plight of our local hospital should an agreement not be reached with

Sutter Health, the parent company.

It's very important to keep our local hospital intact with the number of beds needed to accommodate our community and the Emergency Room as a full-service department just the way it is, because our community so depends on it.

Lets use an analogy and compare it to Walmart. Look what its has done in its expansion. It also depends on business coming from a wide area, not just Del Norte County. Our hospital also has patients from this wide area, not just Crescent City.

No one should have to be air-lifted out of the area for medial attention, away from their personal doctor, family and familiar surroundings.

Come on Del Norte, don't put your head in the sand. Get behind your local medical staff.

Bill and Carlina Horn, Crescent City

Do your fluoridation research at website

"Warnings: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away."

That is the warning you'll likely find on your children's toothpaste, as well as your own. Fluoride is between lead and arsenic in toxicity dose levels! And we all know how bad lead is.

Many kind and caring people worked tirelessly to get the fluoride out of the city water. Former City CouncilwomanDonna Westfall worked countless hours and made many personal sacrifices for us to have clean water, to no benefit of her own.

I am absolutely ecstatic that we voters got the fluoride out of the water and would like to thank those who voted for making the right choice. People call it "fluoride," but it was actually fluorosilicic acid, which is an industrial toxic waste. So it really disturbs me when naive people try to undo all the hard work that we have put into this campaign.

I hear people trying to say how good fluoride is and use anecdotal evidence to back their claims rather than scientific facts and evidence. So do your own research and don't just take my word for it. Or worse, listen to someone who is not well informed.

Search for, "toxic dose of fluoride" or go to this website for more information:

Robert A. Tolman, Crescent City

Government threatening religious rights

Chanukkah, Hanukkah, the words on the calendar seemed to call out to me, "Who or what am I? Find out." I finally did some research and learned some of the facts leading to this special holy day in the Jewish tradition.

In the year 165B.C, the Syrians invaded Israel and desecrated the Jewish temple by offeringsacrifices to their gods. A leader of the fight to restore Israel, Judah Maccabees, led a long struggle to recapturethe temple. An oil lamp was lit, in gratitude, but there was only enough oil for one day, yetmiraculously, it remained burning for eight days. Thereafter, to commemorate the occasion, a Menorah, (candelabra with eight candles ) was lit for each day, celebrating this historic deliverance.

So, is this something that should only apply to those of the Jewish faith? This appears to be one of the first recorded fights for religious freedom. This affects us all because to worship, or not to worship, is a God-given right we Americans seem to take for granted.

This seems especially relevant today when this right is being threatened by our governmentthrough various new laws requiring employers to pay for insurance for employees medical procedures which might violate their own religious values, like abortions.

Perhaps we should all light a Menorah in gratitude for the right to religious freedom and for deliverance from a government which will not respect this God-given right, but imposes is own values, or lack of values.

California Martin, Crescent City