Consider alcohol regulations, which require public notices on storefronts and additional notice to neighbors for on- and off-site sale applications. The argument that some growers may be placed at risk is countered by the equally compelling argument that non-growers have a right to know about commercial operations in their neighborhoods that may impact them very directly. As a recovering journalist, I'll come down on the side of the public's right to know every time.
If people are serious about wanting to come into the light ... well, guess what: Public records are public for assorted good reasons. Business licenses, CUP applications, court filings, delinquent taxes, irate emails to board members and/or county staff ... all very much public record, as will be your state licensing status. Commercial cannabis licensing and personal privacy rights are mutually exclusive concepts. You can choose one or the other, but not both.
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Unless you bother to ask yourself who benefits from a candidate needing tens of thousands of dollars to contend for a rural council seat that pays $500/month to reach citywide voters.
Compare that to the cost of a pair of shoes to canvass your ward several times.
Eureka, and Humboldt County's deepest pockets will suffer a loss of influence in a true ward system.
Good call Charles Hunter Wilson!
Seems like Estelle may suffer from a deficiency in Vitamin D and/or an overdose on TV!
After 33 years here in "the solar capital of the world" one can only wonder what kind of zombie pills and drugs and alcohol some of these capitalists immigrants are on!? If enough public pressure she may vote herself another big raise so we can pay for her solar! Then BOS will increase local taxes. Gov!
Love Laura and her sense of humor. Sometimes humor is the path. We all just gave a huge sigh of relief to see her caption read "Relax; it's photoshop."
I spent countless hours with Hank growing up and the Seemann family was very close to us as we shared ties to HSU and the Univ of Minnesota.
Howard and Ann always welcomed me into their home when we attended EHS, and Hank was a great soccer player and the ideal childhood friend. He was thoughtful, caring and brilliant.
Now at age 44, I can say for certainty that I have never in my life met a finer person than Hank Seemann. And clearly he met his match in Suzy. This is tragic beyind words, makes no sense and should never have happened.
I know Hank and Ann and the family will recover for the sake of the children, but no one should ever have to go thru this. It makes me think to cherish every day, every moment with friends and family alike, as none of us know what lies around the next corner.
Welcome to our future! They are going to need a lot more fight! In case ya haven't noticed, our whole county is voluntarily being sold out and bought up by big city interests/"investors" and pot growers. They don't give a damn for preserving our beautiful and Quiet rural way of life. They are nasty greedy outsiders coming here to make money, in the process will destroy everything until it looks like any other big city full of concrete and asphalt.
I'm so old that I remember when a front page marijuana leaf sold papers like crazy..!!!!!!
Thanks for setting it out so clearly and succinctly, Thad. And to all of you for pursuing the case. One day transparency will pay off...just not quite yet, though.
He'd better get a lawyer.
The NCJ's periodic tenacity is the only public-interest print media in this county aside from EcoNews.
The widely ignored 2013-14 Humb. Co. Grand Jury also expressed concerns about how at-risk children are being defaulted to police officers who are untrained to handle children and have no requirement for training...add that to our community's other defaults to cops in handling victims of mental illness, drug addiction, rape, and homelessness.
How many other at-risk kids are being detained by police?
Where are they being taken?
What are the outcomes?
What are the alternatives?
"...they (media) navigate(d) through the biggest recession to ever hit this country short of the Great Depression." (JUDY HODGSON)
Surely you mean "Fire Sale".
Not one media source in this county has reported the number of home foreclosures since the crash began in 2008! Since then, few Eureka neighborhoods remain owner-occupied and our cities are grappling with record homelessness, addiction, suicide, child abuse, and youth unemployment.
I wonder how many people would start subscribing if journalists were allowed, once again, to "connect the dots", "follow the $", and focus on reporting news that's relevant to the searing issues people are facing everyday in our communities?
Instead, most Americans were hammered by 12 months of 24/7 coverage of a primary election in which 80% of potential voters abstained.
Typical right-wing nonsense: a total disconnect between argument and factual reality.
Every shooter was an American. Not a single shooter—none, zero—came into this country across any border. So tighten the border because…??? Right-wing nonsense.
The one unifying factor is the access to "assault" rifles. There is absolutely no reason for these to be in the hands of the public or the police. These types of guns should only be in the hands of the military. Why are the right-wing gun nuts so insistent on owning these rifles? Defense against a tyrannical government? More nonsense. The government has tanks, bazookas and nuclear weapons.
Is our leadership crazy? Sure, to a point. Are right-wing gun nuts crazy? Definitely and completely.
Humboldt has been my home for twenty years now. I finally got enough together for an awesome investment property/home which years later got caught up in the Countrywide BofA scandal and I lost everything including over 160k of my retirement. They all got bailed out but what did we get? Not a frikkin' thing - just a bunch of stress and grief. Well now I am in a mobile home and it's OK. I miss my land, but as stated the rents are constantly going up! The company who owns the MH park is of course far away from our area and they are eager to improve like thinking we want asphalt roads and pretty landscaping. I love being the rural person I am and despise all their 'upgrades' but forced against my will to pay for them if I want a roof over my head. Many folks in my MH park are struggling worse than I! If I wanted all this perfect manicured asphalt jungle I'd live amongst them in their sprawling metro cities! Humboldt is getting bought up so fast by big city corrupted corporations, and we are, one day very soon, are going to all wonder just what the hell happened! There won't be anything left for our kids!
Sure, you'll be in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws when you sell out our communities to New York based speculators and land grabbers. It's completely legal to profit from the housing market's instability. You may even pay your 'fair share' of taxes. The charitable donations improve your image with a good tax write-off as a bonus.
Meanwhile, the American Dream of owning a home (and maybe an acre or five of land) is alive and well for anybody with a couple million to spare. Which is not us. A 'fixer' runs for $250-500k these days. The 'sweat equity' will cost, well... Have you seen the movie 'The Money Pit'?
Thank you, Paul, for your sensitive reading of this poem. Being a fan of yours myself, makes it even more meaningful. Tamara Jenkinson.
I support the use of the term cannabis rather than marijuana. "marijuana" has long had a stigma to it whereas "cannabis" is the term that is used in recent medical and scientific literature. Much of the battle to allow adult recreational and "all" medicinal use of this plant is against the irrational hype based in racial animosity towards hispanics and blacks back in the early 20th century. We don't need to perpetuate this unscientific and racist stigma... especially for people who don't take the time to educate themselves on the value of this amazing plant. It isn't a question of white washing. It's a question of neutralizing the conversation to "just the facts" rather than having it based on irrational fear of the unknown and belief in the lies that the government has put forth (at the same time as they get a patent for the medicinal value it has - Patent US 6630507 issued 2004 - TWELVE YEARS AGO). Guess they wanted to get there first.
That's exactly the people that our government is working for- realtors and developers. And Big Tobacco. They don't work for the people; they never have.
Not surprising in the least. Bill Gates is a longtime legalization advocate. Microsoft money has gone to organizations such as NORML, Seattle Hempfest, Initiative 502 (WA state weed legalization), as well as funding the construction and maintenance of the Seattle Public Library.
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