Maybe, just maybe, there may be light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. If you have lived in Del Norte for decades, like I have, one thing has remained constant. It’s the old (Gerry) Hemmingsen commitment to get a fix for Last Chance Grade. He made that commitment over 11 years ago.

Ever since (Chris) Howard got on the board of supervisors, he made that same commitment and we still have made little progress.

With this election, just maybe, things may be different. For over 30 years Jake Smith worked for Caltrans as a manager. He knows how the system works. Smith knows the right buttons to push and now he is running to be our next county supervisor representing District 3, which comprises Smith River, Hiouchi and Gasquet.

We all know that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and hoping for a different result. Former Supervisor Chuck Blackburn, in his last appearance before the board, had it right when he pleaded that we need new leadership on the board of supervisors. This election we can demand that new leadership by voting for Jake Smith for supervisor.

Doug Parton

Crescent City