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Re: “Teens These Days

Thank you Mr.Kausen for this great read. Thank you for your years of teaching! Thank you for being my teacher and my friend! You have blessed many lives including mine and my daughters! Enjoy your retirement with Mrs.K!

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Posted by Sarah N. on 12/02/2016 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Teens These Days

How rare it is to read anything by a local educator, a strange reality considering there are two local college campuses.

How do you expect to "understand " anything if there's no effort whatsoever to report where we've been and what we've lost in how we treat youths?

Back when a part time job could pay for college, the California Employment and Training Administration was cut by Ronald Reagan and Humboldt County lost about $13 million each year in assistance emancipating youths unsuited to foster care but who are willing to work and attend college.

Today, local leaders have ensured that Humboldt County is fully funded with its $15 million expansion of the county jail, a new $20 million juvenile hall, and the recently completed $15 million federal courthouse in McKinleyville where the first civil trial found Eureka police at fault for killing a 22 year old in his front yard. No EPD policy changes are forthcoming.

If you're serious about understanding local youths you must do your own research.

Not one local media source has logged-on to the county's website and searched for the county's "Trends Report", a quarterly analysis meriting routine reporting. It details shocking statistics in every category of human health 2 and 3 times worse than state averages...youth unemployment, drug fatalities, suicide, infant mortality, child abuse, major illnesses, and on and on...

This county, its media, its educators, elected and appointed representatives, and professionals have circled their wagons in silence.

Local residents, including Mr. Kausen and Mr. Millet should be outraged.

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Posted by Barry Davis on 12/02/2016 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Teens These Days

Nailed it. Thank you.

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Posted by Ellen Bridget Barker on 12/02/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Sickened by Fiction

Wow, Joe! Thanks.
I had missed that article completely.
Searched it out to read just because of you.

Sounds good to me. When it comes right down to it there are still limited ways to describe such personal events.

Dude, the lead paragraph warned you.
Odd and revealing you object to a particular sexual act but not to murders?

Keep up the good, honest and fair work, my brothers.

Posted by Mr. Geezer on 12/01/2016 at 11:57 AM

Re: “45 for 45

Great article, I wrote a similar one on my blog at http://john-nevarez.blogspot.com/

Posted by Federico Jorge on 12/01/2016 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Stop It

Thank you, thank you, and thank you.

Posted by Patricia Gair on 11/30/2016 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Smarten Up

Terence James Dehart In my experience most people do not want to be led. They would like honest data on which to make an informed decision. Sadly it seems as if the media (Yes, I know, a generality) has decided that it is best if they be guided by the wiser heads who have the power to ration the truth.

Posted by Anthony Westkamper on 11/29/2016 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Smarten Up

One of the most painful lessons I ever learned was that raw intelligence and reading books and listening to NPR was overrated if not unhelpful when attempting to lead people. Perhaps if you stepped out of your educated bubble you could learn about people who think differently and lead them more effectively.

Posted by Terence James Dehart on 11/29/2016 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Stop It

This has to be one of the best commentaries I've ever read. Bravo!

Posted by Victoria Davis on 11/29/2016 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Let's Talk About It: Choosing Civility

Thanks for your leadership, Chief Mills.

Posted by Anita Fullbright on 11/29/2016 at 2:28 AM

Re: “Stop It

Girl has had enough!!!!!

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Posted by Ruby Reed on 11/28/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Encore

Great article and so timely. Thank you Ms. Cahill!

Posted by Saroj Gilbert on 11/27/2016 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Encore

Hear, hear!

ART RULES.

Buy some art. Any art. Buy what you want in your home not what you think will pay for your retirement.

Posted by Mr. Geezer on 11/24/2016 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Smarten Up

In my opinion Trump won because so many voters have reached a level of distrust in the media. When The New York Times or Fox News reported on their particular darling it was painfully obvious who the reporters wanted to win. The old school concept of impartiality and objective reporting have gone the way of the dodo, so if a damning fact emerged it was weighed against the media's bias and often discarded, whether it was a real fact or not. Special Investigators and Investigative Committees lost credibility as offense after offense was apparently whitewashed. Trump is the other side of the "Hope and Change" coin. Trump gave folks who've felt disenfranchised Hope that things would actually Change, this time in their direction.

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Posted by Anthony Westkamper on 11/23/2016 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Smarten Up

"Smarten Up"???

Coming from a journalism "professional" that has written too many editorials on elections without one word about the biggest context.....non-voters....is sad.

I wonder if more than 10% of HSU students would vote if they knew that Australia passed universal healthcare after that nation initiated a monetary penalty for "failing to vote"?

Of all the local and national media I watched, Only Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now" reported that 80% of potential U.S.voters abstained in the 2016 presidential primaries.

IN effect: FRONT PAGE NEWS!

Do better Marcy.

Much better!

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Posted by Carol Jones on 11/23/2016 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Let's Talk About It: Choosing Civility

Let's get accurate, Chief: Americans did not elect Donald Trump as president; the electoral college did. That's a grand total of 55 people in the entire State of California who had a voice in this election.

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Posted by SafetyThird on 11/22/2016 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Humboldt After Trump

Very comical. Humboldt County is still the best part of Northern CA.

Posted by Taurus Balzhoff on 11/22/2016 at 6:27 AM

Re: “Let's Talk About It: Finding Common Concerns

"We should recognize the importance of sitting down across political, ethnic, gender, educational and other perspectives and simply talking to each other to explain what our priorities are, and how we justify them. We simply need to understand each other, and to see if we have any common concerns that we can work together to address." (Rollin Richmond).

Please name one historic, successful social justice struggle where that worked.

Richmond illustrates the same old claptrap that inspired HSU visiting lecturer Ralph Nader to congratulate all HSU graduates in their achievement of a degree in "harmony ideology".

Posted by Howard Day on 11/21/2016 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Let's Talk About It: Choosing Civility

When a terrified EPD officer fires 4 shots into a home occupied by 3 toddlers, and 3 more killing a 22 year old in his front yard, should we tolerate deadly, costly incompetence?

Should all residents start being mindful following Humboldt County's first civil trial in its new federal courthouse being another EPD fatal shooting?

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Posted by Howard Day on 11/21/2016 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Let's Talk About It: Take Back the Power

To that end, we reached out to a variety of community stakeholders, people who we felt could help starts this community dialogue

These people really do not come across as a variety. They all seem pretty Liberal. This means all the opinions will pretty much state the same thing over and over.

Posted by Winston Dave on 11/19/2016 at 9:30 PM

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