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Dear Editor,

The Board of Supervisors is holding law enforcement and fire departments hostage with Measure O, which makes the Measure Z public safety tax permanent. Some of them, as conservatives, would prefer it renew with the 5-year expiration date, but they can’t come out against Measure O because the Supervisors hold the purse strings to their departments  Should these brave public servants come out against it, they risk the wrath of the Supervisors who decide who gets the money. One told me even though he privately opposes a permanent tax, he is forced to publicly support it.

If Measure O passes and our economy and tax base crashes as it appears to be due to the Supervisors policies, harming the people they are supposed to represent, then the funds will face a course correction and simply go to make up what is lost. The concept of “public safety” is so broad, the Supervisors can pretty much budget that money for anything.

The Supervisors are running this two years before Measure Z expires so if it loses, they can run it again with an expiration date. Given their mismanagement of the 35% cannabis tax and a 900-fold increase in county code fine maximums, many want accountability. We can choose to make this temporary by voting No on O and then yes on the next tax measure for public safety they plan to run with a sunset clause when Measure O fails.Darryl CherneyShelter Cove

Editor,

Voters, it doesn’t matter who wins a seat on the hospital board next November. There are some very serious problems that need to be addressed. These problems have existed for years. I will start with asking for Matt Rees resignation.His handling of the million dollar plus boondoggle of the CAT Scan used machine. Who is going to read these scans? I get one a year at the V.A. in S.F. and they are read by specialists.

How about the fiasco with the purchase of the Garberville school site? The three elected boards have done a dismal job on your local owned property. I know how screwed up this has gotten and I’m a member of the school board. I voted NO!

How about the gerrymandering of the Blocksburg voters?

Have some of you seen your tax bill? No more Ag & Timber exemptions, how did they keep this so silent when you voted last June?

When are we going to get some full time residence doctors, nurses and employees in one of these Rent A Doc that cost us an arm and a leg?

I also want to investigate the dealing of Harry Jasper. Is he making money office with the companies he set up out of state. The billings department is in Washington State. Why not here? And what he and Nancy Wilson did to Mark Phelps and his wife are still having a hiring effect in all departments.

When are they going to get a tele-doc, where you talk face to face with a specialist in San Francisco, etc. This has saved us at the Eureka VA thousands of trips there. No hospital, including RRHC should be without one. Maybe we could share expenses?

When are they going to get back some of their lost patients? Too many are still going to Fortuna and Willits where their facilities are much better run.

I can go on and on, as there is so much room for improvement at the Garberville Hospital I would change!

Oh yeah, how could I forget the earthquake retrofit by 2030. They want Taj Mahal. Not needed. Your local schools are getting a rebuild and passing all Sacramento’s inspections. We can do the local hospital for far less dollars and it won’t take 45 years to pay it off.

Also, why not get Woods and McG to push a bill to exempt us and some other small and rural hospitals from the burden of the extent of mandatory rebuild and expense of a one story redwood framed hospital. I can see the expense of a “B” story brick and mortar building having to do this, just not us. Remember the school bus money problem a few years back? We went to Sacramento and protested…McGuire and Woods, are you listening?

This hospital needs a big change. I would only be one vote but I will be heard!

You know when you really get screwed is these closed session meetings that things are discussed that should be addressed in public. You’d be surprised it does no good to object in these meetings.

I could go on and on but the editor only allows me 10,000 words, per letter, per my Vote Scotty. Change needed!

WH Scotty McClure

Garberville 

 

Dear Editor,

As of September 30, Sanctuary Forest has wrapped up another season of our annual interpretive hikeseries that began in 1990. Free to the public and led by naturalists, scientists and restorationists, thehikes present varied topics such as birding, forestry, restoration, medicinal & native plants and more.We could not present these hikes without the kindness of many.

I would like to thank this year’s hike leaders: Kyle & Dana Keegan, Allan Ridley & Helen McKenna,Michele Palazzo, Daniel & Taylor Stein, Galen Doherty, Cheryl Lisin & LCIA, Sandy Miles, Reta Willmore,Tami Bighead, Hawk Rosales and members of the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, Eric Shafer,John & Susie Jennings, Mike Miles, James Regan, Sal Chinnici, Karlee Jewell, Richard Gienger, StuartMoskowitz, Jared Gerstein, and Tim Metz. Thank you for sharing your expertise.

Hike docents are community members who represent Sanctuary Forest. They assist the leaders, keeptrack of the hikers, receive first aid training, and help open the hikes with short presentations aboutSanctuary Forest. I would like to thank this year’s docents: Angela Cotherman, Matt Knoedelseder,Coleman & Susan Pulsifer, David Harris, Isa Griffin, Eric Shafer, Gillian Brown, Cathy Lentz, RachelClements, Amy Holmes, Galen Doherty, Tim Patton, April Newlander, and Penny Cocking. Thank you foryour time!

I would also like to thank the businesses who underwrite the program, many year after year. Theirgenerosity ensures the success and continuity of the hike program. Thank you to: 101 Netlink, BenbowHistoric Inn, Blue Star Gas, The Bootleg, Caffe Dolce, Charlotte’s Perennial Gardens, Chautauqua NaturalFoods, Collaborative Solutions, Coffee Break, Dazey’s Supply, Future Productions, Greenwired, GyppoAle Mill, Hohstadt’s Garden Center, Indigo Denim Bar, Karen Miclette Insurance Agency, J. AngusPublishing, Madrone Realty, Mattole River Studios, Monica Coyne: Artist Blacksmith, Ned HarwoodConstruction, Pierson Building Center, Plaza Shoe Shop, Randall Sand & Gravel, Redwood Properties, TheSecurity Store, Signature Coffee, Southern Humboldt Fitness, Sylvandale Gardens, Vella Wood Flooring,Whitethorn Construction, Whitethorn Winery, and Wyckoff’s Plumbing. Thank you for your donations!

Last, I would like to thank the hikers. Your questions, enthusiasm and wonder are the reasons for whatwe do. Our mission is to connect people with the land—this year, we connected 296 hikers. Thank youfor your participation, and thank you for your donations to our hike program.

If you are interested in getting involved in any capacity, please call (707)986-1087 x 9#, or emailanna@sanctuaryforest.org.

Sincerely,Anna Rogers, for Sanctuary ForestGarberville

Birds of the Lost Coast Hike (Isa Griffin – Contributed)

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