Letters to the Editor March 10, 2012

By Del Norte Triplicate Readers March 12, 2012 04:55 pm

Board never had any real control over hospital activity

It really is amusing to read that some of our local medical and other community leaders are so concerned about the regionalization of control for the various Sutter facilities, including Sutter Coast Hospital.

Martha McClure was correct when she stated that “the train has left the station.” What she and others will discover, however, after Health Care District Chairman Dwayne Reichlin retains legal counsel to review the 1986 contract, is that the train left the station 26 years ago.

They may, if they are really clever, discern the obvious fact that the hospital Board of Directors, contractually, never had any real control over the activities of the hospital. Sutter corporate always retained the approving authority over the budget and it also retained the authority to hire, fire and evaluate the administrator and every other person employed by the facility.

The authority given by Sutter to the local hospital Board of Trustees was always an illusion. Any concessions won by the local board from Sutter were most certainly due to the realities of political necessity, not actual authority, and that will probably not change.

Richard Cooper

Helendale, Calif.


‘Nonviolent’ criminals can do violence to one’s peace


In response to Al Kay’s March 3 letter, “Inmates serve inordinate amount of time for non-violent crimes,” people who correspond with convicts usually believe the falsehoods they are fed by the prisoner and believe the prisoners are good people and victims themselves. They don’t understand that many incarcerated criminals continue to take advantage of a truly good person’s ignorance to feed their sociopathic needs.

They are in prison for a very good reason and when you correspond with them, they are seldom ever honest about the details that got them locked up.

I personally, have had a gun held to my head by a bank robber. I was convinced that my children were going to grow up without a mother because my life was about to end in a rather violent, senseless fashion. The terror I experienced that day, many years ago, still remains a part of my everyday life.

Nonviolent? How on earth do you come to that conclusion? You can assault someone without touching them. It’s different than battery. That robber cared nothing about the people he hurt and would do it again given the chance (obviously, as you refer to his robbery sprees, plural).

The next time it could be you, your children, wife, friend or parent whose life he takes, literally or figuratively, in a robbery.

There is a reason for prisons and thank God we have them. Bank robbers should spend the rest of their entire life in prison so we can be safe from them. I hope you never experience the feeling of an ice cold, loaded .45, pushed into the back of your neck by some scumbag who cares more about some free cash than your life.

Why wouldn’t you want to spend your time on an honest, law-abiding, productive member of society? I guarantee they won’t be bugging you or the 20 other people they are duping by mail to put money in their prison accounts. I understand most of us in the world want to believe there is good in everyone, but, good grief, a bank robber?

Donna Eller

Crescent City


Please do not close pool —it benefits health affordably


Primarily, I want to thank the city of Crescent City for providing the Fred Endert Pool. This pool has been a great relief to my family and me for many years.

I am a partially disabled U.S. Army veteran, and as the years have gone by I have suffered pain in my legs and back. Being able to exercise at the pool has been a great way for me to get the exercise I need and avoid the risk of further injury. I find that the exercise time I have spent at the pool has been very beneficial. After a session at the pool I find that I have more range of movement and less pain.

I am currently unemployed, so the cost of enrolling in a gym is way beyond my means. Without the pool, with its low participation cost, I would be unable to afford the exercise that keeps me relatively pain free.

My family has also benefitted from the exercise afforded by the pool. My mother exercises three mornings a week, which keeps her arthritis somewhat in check and has helped her keep mobile. In addition, it gives her a period of time, away from the house, to socialize with others.

I have also found that the purchase of swim passes, for our family, has solved the problem of difficult gift giving.

Please, Crescent City, do not close the pool. Even in this difficult economy, some things should be left alone.

Roberta King

Crescent City


Family seen eating food in garbage, spilled on ground


I saw a homeless family at the park, It was a freezing day in March, they had so many kids that I could not even count them all. They were swimming in the duck pond naked.

I saw some of them drinking the water in the duck pond, they also raided the garbage can because someone had a party and threw away lots of popcorn and cake, some were even eating the stuff spilled on the ground, I wanted to call Children’s Protective Services, but they would not do anything for this was a family of wild geese.

They were so cute.

Suzanne Carolyn Cyr

Fort Dick


Car club thanks sponsors, looks forward to new show


The Northern Knights Car Club would like to thank all of its sponsors, the Crescent City Harbor and the community for supporting our “Cool Northern Nights on the Coast” car show for the past eight years.

Although we will no longer be having our car show at the Crescent City Harbor, we are looking forward to working side by side with the Crescent City/Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce to continue offering the Sea Cruise Car Show.

We will also continue our participation with offering scholarships to Del Norte High School students.

The Northern Knights would also like to thank the Crescent City Car Club for its hard work and dedication over the past 20 years.

Antonio Martell

Northern Knights Car Club