Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Make unofficial sister city in Japan official

Regarding "Tsunami boat to move to new site," June 8, one little boat can symbolically mean so much!

It's wonderful that efforts are being made to return the boat washed up on our shore to its owners in Rikuzentakata, Japan, while being on temporary display at our Cultural Center.

I've lived in Crescent City for 16 years, but I grew up in Seattle whose sister city is Kobe, Japan. There is a beautiful Japanese garden in Seattle given as a gift from Kobe, and after the devastating earthquake in Kobe in 1995 the citizens of Seattle immediately responded to send aid to the residents of Kobe.

I've thought for a long time that Crescent City should have a sister city for friendship, cultural exchange, education, and tourism. It appears to me that our town now has an unofficial sister city in Rikuzentakata. I would like to see this become official.

It's sad how all this had to happen, but good is coming from it and I send greetings to our new friends in our sister city of Rikuzentakata, Japan.

Ginger Streitberger, Crescent City

Despite our efforts, Sutter still set on regionalization

The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors, as well as the rest of us, have been very patient while resisting Sutter Health's attempted takeover of our hospital.

In contrast, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, during a dispute with Sutter Health last year, "was positioned to issue a pointed rebuke ..." of Sutter Health, until the organization became more up-front (reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, July 18, 2012). The San Francisco supervisors also "raised concerns about ...whether the medical center has negotiated in good faith." (July 19, 2012)

Back on Aug. 28, 2012, our Board of Supervisors and the City Council requested that Sutter rescind the regionalization vote and "analyze the potential for alternative management options for Sutter Coast Hospital." But the hospital Board responded on Sept. 16, 2012, negatively in a letter drafted after dismissing Dr. Greg Duncan from the Board room.

Further, then-hospital CEO Eugene Suksi issued a report that conversion to a "Critical Access" status may need to have a higher priority than regionalization (February 2013). And in an excerpt from the March 7, 2013, hospital Board meeting minutes, "Mike Cohill made it clear that arbitration would continue and regionalization is not being abandoned; it is being temporarily set aside."

Finally, on March 12, 2013, the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors drafted a letter to the California attorney general seeking an investigation of Sutter Health. Also the City Council resolved on March 19, 2013, to send a letter to the California attorney general, asking for an investigation of Sutter Health's activities in this region.

Dr. Duncan has issued page after page of what he considers improper acts committed by Sutter Health.

However, nothing the Board of Supervisors has done has slowed down the relentless efforts of Sutter Health to regionalize the hospital and change it to Critical Access. So, Dr. Duncan is still the only person standing up to them. Although the whole community agrees with him, there seems to be nothing else that anyone can do to stop the mammoth bully. The current study Sutter Health is conducting is biased.

I wish there was a way to fight "big money" and all the influence it can buy.

Robert Sankus, Crescent City