Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Praise makes me feel more worthy of being vet

"Good morning Del Norte County." Not Vietnam anymore.

As a 'Nam combat vet, I would like to thank the members of my community for training the young adults and children to respect veterans.

They say, "Thank you for serving our country, sir." That makes me cry. Why?

In basic training, I was labeled a "U.S." trainee, not "R.A." "U.S." meant "Undesirable Service. "R.A." was "Regular Army." They joined - I was drafted.

During my service, I performed as a "U.S." member, not giving my all, only doing what had to be done.

With all the praise I receive these days I regret the level of my performance. I could've done more, hence the tears, I believe.

Sometimes I don't ask for the veterans discount some businesses offer, I don't deserve it all the time. It's more for the "R.A." members of the service than me.

Lately, I've been feeling proud of my service, trying to reduce the shame of war.

Thank you for your support. With that, I'm feeling better these days.

Stephen Russell Anderson,Crescent City

Leaving mountains barren a grave risk

Please inform readers and whoever is responsible for the barren mountains that if something doesn't get planted where they have taken every green, living thing and we keep having a dry season, they will be responsible for turning the Garden of Eden into dry dunes.

When dirt has no water for too long, the water does not absorb into the dirt, therefore pooling on top of the ground, creating a place of barrenness.

You know if you've ever forgotten a plant too long and not watered it. It and the dirt must be thrown away, rendered dead and dry. God forbid.

Del Norte, worry about your surroundings, instead of anything else you think might take precedence, - it doesn't. All life, and I mean all life, lives where there are trees.

Don't believe me? Go to the desert.

Misty LeMunyon,Crescent City

Sutter's bait-and-switch brings significant change

When the local hospital Board voted to disband in favor of regionalization, the advocates of regionalization told us that "critical access" was just a bogeyman that Dr. Greg Duncan had dug up to scare us. Now it is held forth as the hospital's only means of survival. Does it think that our memories are that short, or that our logic is lacking?

In a Dec. 5 letter ("Critical Access will keep hospital open"), Darrell Moorehead wrote, "Sutter Coast would have transferred out an estimated 40 patients a year with a 25-bed limit."

I don't think that most people would regard this as an insignificant number in a small community such as we are. It would be significant if you were one of the 40.

Dale Watson,Crescent City