Letters to the Editor March 13, 2014

By Del Norte Triplicate Readers March 13, 2014 05:20 pm

Heroes of another kind, doing acts of kindness

We see them. When we thumb through our newspapers or turn on our televisions, we see them. Each day they sacrifice the most precious thing that any of us can ever think to give. Their lives. 

They are our sons, our daughters, our brothers, sisters, moms and dads. And so when we see our peace officers, first responders, soldiers and firefighters out in our community we breathe a little easier knowing that our loved ones are made safer by their service.

So today, we ask our brave men and women to stand beside us and acknowledge heroes of another kind. They, too, sacrifice priceless gifts to their communities. How many times have we seen them open their wallets?

We know their resources are as limited as our own. How many times have we seen them walk to their cars, bundled up and soaked from the rain only to drive to the nearest food bank and give of their time? How many times did they stop and lend a hand to their neighbor? Maybe it was mending a fence or cooking a dinner. Maybe they mowed your lawn after mowing their own. Did they buy a special gift for your brand new baby?

The Del Norte Community Lighthouse Center invites you to remember our heroes of another kind. We want to thank our beloved community members who sacrifice time with their families and limited resources to show kindness to others. Their hearts are full of compassion and love. They have a unique gift to see past the circumstance and beyond the appearance, giving of themselves unconditionally and with full hearts.

So when you put your newspaper down today, remember them. And if you feel inspired, set aside some time today. Mow their lawn for them. Surprise them with flowers or a cup of coffee. Show them, don’t tell them, that as a community we care about them and we recognize the special gifts they give to us each and every day.

To our heroes of another kind, thank you for your service to our community. Thank you for being there to give us a hand. Thank you for recognizing that friend, stranger, neighbor or enemy, sometimes a loving heart really does make a difference.

Alice Rovney, Crescent City

Tea Party should bear expense of referendum

In my opinion too many people have swallowed the snake oil, smoke and mirrors fantasy of a Jefferson state solution promoted by the Tea Party Patriots!

It isn’t enough to tell people “the financial details, etc. will be worked out later, trust us!”

I also think the Tea Party Patriots should bear the expense of this foolish ballot endeavor. I won’t be trying to answer the rhetoric to come in the letters to the editor column, since they won’t deserve any more of my time, not that I wouldn’t have a retort.

Richard Wendt, Klamath

Environmental cause amounts to shakedown

In the days my deceased husband was a logger, at the end of a good day’s work I think we should of had a sign that said, BYOB (“bring your own beer”). A warm fire was always made in the wood stove so the guys could talk of work around it with a beer.

In Arcata the letters BYOB actually means to “bring your own bags.” I was a bit surprised, when I stopped at a store and filled up my basket, to be asked if I brought my own bags. I of course replied, no I didn’t, and so the offer to buy my bags for 10 cents each was offered to me.

Consequently that store got an extra 50 cents from me that day, and though I do understand the concept that they wish no more plastic bags in their town to help the environment, why does it mean we must pay for their change?

Hidden costs we may not even be aware of continue to pop up on bills, taxes, purchases, and so the list continues. I do not have any ideas of what to do about it.

I would, however, like to say BYOB if you go south and find yourself wanting to pick up a few things. When I see a sale I do tend to stock up, so I guess I will have to BMSBS — that stands for, “buy me some bags soon.”

Have a great day in the Lord’s presence.

Nancy Del Ponte, Klamath

Let's investigate leaving California

Why is it that supervisors McClure and Finigan are in serious opposition to realistically investigating the possibility of the state of Jefferson?

Their endorsement of the SOJ Declaration would not bind us to actually withdraw from California and form a new state. Instead, the state of Jefferson is an exploratory train from which Del Norte County can disembark at any time it chooses.

It’s far more difficult to board a train and secure a seat once it has left the station.

No one can seriously believe that the collapsing economic environment in California is improving or will ever benefit Del Norte County. Neither can one rely on continued state funding from California as the state approaches bankruptcy.

Let’s investigate, not capitulate.

Joseph Lavender, Crescent City

Much more that needs to be said on hospital

The Feb. 27 E&P column (“Those letters about hospital need to cover new ground”) regarding a reduction in repetitious letters about hospital issues warrants further discussion. It is certainly the right and duty of an editor to edit — no quarrel. However there is much more that needs to be said on the matter as the community becomes better informed than it has been in the past.

Dr. Kevin Caldwell’s Coastal Voices piece (“Hospital ownership issue is still in play,” March 11) is a breath of fresh air and provides much-appreciated factual information, especially about the matter of hospital ownership. In cited actions that have been taken thus far, it appears some hospital Board members have been remiss in performing their fiduciary responsibilities; and the attorneys representing Sutter Health may have failed to meet certain legal responsibilities.

Obtaining and publicizing information on the issues is not easy, largely due to the veil of secrecy maintained by Sutter Health regarding finances; and the silencing of dissenting voices by manipulating Board membership, holding closed meetings, etc. Tactics of delay, obfuscation, and the exertion of power in ways both subtle and open are evident.

Sutter Health is a large, powerful, and wealthy organization. It has many lawyers and a large legal budget, and is politically strong on the state level.

If some of the sums expended on excessive executive compensation and legal fees were directed to health care the economics of hospital operation would be more favorable.

If the voices of the public, even though sometimes repetitious, are largely silenced through editorial policy or otherwise; Sutter Health may prevail in actions I believe are not in the best interests of the communities served by Sutter Coast Hospital (and the Triplicate).

It is hoped that elected representatives and the Attorney General’s Office will address the policy and legal issues involved in Sutter Health’s actions.

Ben Nolan, Brookings