Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Thanks, congratulations

Just got home from two weeks in the "warm country." When we get home one of my favorite things is to pick up my stack of newspapers and find out what's been going on while we've been gone.

I ran across Rick Bennett's letter to the editor ("Triplicate doing a great job in hard times for publishing," Jan. 22) and wholeheartedly agreed with him. I, for one, love to sit back and read the paper, digest the words while relaxing, because being online is not relaxing to me.

So, here we go. Congratulations to my friends Hector and Eileen Brown on your Chamber of Commerce award! The pictures were great (Jan. 22). You've been cleaning up Crescent City for many, many years now, and I loved to see that recognized by our city fathers.

Also, congrats to Strand Hill, another good friend's son who had a lead in a theater production here. Loved to see those pictures, too.

And what a heartwarming story about Virginia Hinkley ("'You never saw a better sport," Jan. 19) about the sad accident and the courage she has and most of all her gracious heart of forgiveness.

And last but not least, the House Calls columns, written in layman's terms by Trish Walker, about heart failure. We have family members with the heart disease she spoke of, so I cut out her article and was discussing it in the office and one of our clients said he would like a copy, that he had read it and inadvertently thrown the issue away without keeping it. Another agent was listening and had not seen it and asked for a copy. So here we are, a discussion that would have never taken place should it had just been an online story rather than in print, available to easily copy and share with others.

Thank you, Triplicate, for toughing out these times and continuing to print our news.

And on another note, we who are actively fighting to keep our hospital intact, a huge thank you to Dr. Greg Duncan who is sacrificing his time and energy to keep us informed. A well-attended meeting last night at the fairgrounds opened many eyes to the travesty hidden behind closed doors to him and the people of our county who stand to lose the most.

There is a petition with 2,000 names on it and yours would help. Stop by Dr. Duncan's office and keep our hospital intact.

Mimi and Bob Stephens, Hiouchi

Remembering Del Ponte

Recently, the community of Klamath lost one of its most respected and beloved citizens, Harold Del Ponte ("Longtime leader dies age of 96," Jan. 26).

I have known Harold since 1959, and Judy since her marriage to Harold. Although he and Judy were busy with their Tour Thru Tree, cattle and Harold's position as Klamath weather observer, they always took time to help those in need from individuals to the entire community.

In 1997, as I was preparing to open a restaurant, the Klamath River began to rise and flooded the restaurant. Because of complications with the former owner and Realtor, I was at risk of losing everything, money, labor and my dream of opening a restaurant.

Harold and Judy, knowing a wrong needed to be put right, decided to help me. Harold wrote a letter to the judge and unbeknownst to me, they came to court to testify on my behalf. I won my case because of their willingness to help. As sad as the loss of Harold was to myself and the community, I can't help but think of the loss Judy must feel.

In 2004, Harold was placed in a nursing home due to extensive medical needs. For nine years, in addition to taking care of the family business, Judy would drive to Crescent City daily to visit Harold unless sickness prevented it.

She took care of the cattle and would tell stories of them to Harold because it would brighten his day.

She would always try to be with him at meal time because the nurses said he ate better with her there to feed him.

She would shave him so he always looked "handsome," and the staff knew to call her immediately, day or night, if he asked for her.

In closing, I would like to say the devotion Judy has shown to Harold should be an example to us all.

Louise Tuttle, Klamath