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Re: “Voter Turnaway

I'm surprised that Mr. Emenaker's report, while informative, is framed in the same old "positive, feel good, happy talk", a sad prerequisite to appeal to media's narrow ad-sale sensibilities and another reason for an uninformed populace.

For example, Emenaker writes, "...37% turnout in H.Co. isn't that bad....and it might even be 40%."

No, it's not "that bad" unless you reveal its proper context. 40% turnout means that only 20% of the eligible voters voted and only 11% are needed to win, a tiny turnout easily manipulated by the campaign ads that make our media the LAST place to read about our illegitimate elections!

Placed in proper context, "not bad" becomes a DISGRACE, and a common criticism reserved by the U.S. against those "rogue nations" defined by their illegitimate, low-turnout elections and requiring a good bombing into "democracy" from time to time.

It's great to have so many solutions being effectively practiced in literally every other industrialized nation...just like the high-paying Green Economy jobs enjoyed around the globe that lawmakers keep fighting in the U.S. on behalf of Big Oil...(disappeared headlines means more disappeared voters).

To Emenaker's credit, painfully few academics offer their broader community any additional insight, nor do many parents for their children. (Maybe this article will challenge local media to actually interview local non-voters and ask them why they don't vote. A random phone call gives you a 70% chance of speaking to one. Make sure to include a few questions about important local facts and where they got their answer).

Note: Not long after imposing nominal fines for "Failure to Vote", Australia enacted universal healthcare.

Posted by Barry Gates on 11/21/2014 at 12:22 AM

Re: “Albert and the Baskets

Thanks for a great story and for giving so much attention to the basket treasures we are so lucky to have from the great basket makers who lived and worked here.

Posted by jschirle on 11/20/2014 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Eureka, Meet Your Captains

Despite 5(?) citizens deaths at the hands of law enforcement in as many years, and despite the Ferguson riots, you'd think they'd wait until the investigation is completed in the Tommy McClain killing before promoting the officer in charge!

Shame on local media for regurgitating police claims that the shooting was "justifiable" weeks before the investigation is complete. Where's the headlines of the witnesses' statements contradicting police claims? Where's the reporting of the cumulative costs of so many killings that are, at best, avoidable, and at worst, unjustifiable?

Posted by Barry Gates on 11/20/2014 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Voter Turnaway

Isn't it interesting people avid the very elections where their personal votes matter the most and come out in relative droves for those that have more national appeal. The local level is where everything happens, where our personal lives are impacted the most but so few even know the names of their local representatives and leaders.

Maybe the next major issue should be to increase the number of states with same day registration given the impact on voter turnout.

Posted by Brian Carter on 11/20/2014 at 10:56 AM


Duane Flatmo has contributed much to our community, but this project, (and the fire-breathing dragon), deserves a special recognition for drawing attention to the unrelenting frivolity of our culture's inexplicable waste of rapidly dwindling resources, especially "cheap" oil, causing climate change and extinction rates far more rapid than scientists first calculated.

Imagine what is possible if Flatmo and other average citizen's imagination and ingenuity were channeled into developing and distributing sustainable community energy and food sources.

Thank you Dwain!

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Posted by Barry Gates on 11/16/2014 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Sewing a Shroud

I lost the BEST FRIEND I EVER had in this world just over a year ago... This Man helped her die with DIGNITY.... I love you for that, Michael Fratkin....

Posted by Nancy Doman on 11/15/2014 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Election Wrap Up

"Some might find it interesting, however, that in 2010 Newman took 45.97 percent of the early vote by mail ballots, 42.20 percent of the vote at the polls and 43.12 percent of the ballots tallied after Election Day."

Some might also find it interesting that only about 30% of the eligible voters turnout when you include the residents that are not registered, but could be.

It's high time that media, and the elections office, began providing this community with more accurate and meaningful data. Reporting the truth in a world of deceit is revolutionary, (Wells), it might even inspire more participation.

All you have to do is compare census figures for the number of voting-age residents to the number that actually voted.

A child could do it.

That way, blowhards like John Fullerton might think twice before misrepresenting the truth:

"It is a shame that Grant Scott Go-Forth is so perplexed as to why Measure R failed so badly. The answer is obvious to at least 62% of Eurekans." (Posted by John Fullerton on 11/07/2014 at 9:10 PM NCJ blog.)

Only about 10% of "Eurekans" voted!

Posted by Barry Gates on 11/14/2014 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Saga of an Ape — The surprising true story of the late Bill the Chimp

Here is a lovely song about Bill - obviously inspired by this wonderful news article.

Posted by Alison Wiley on 11/09/2014 at 7:33 AM

Re: “It's time for an Opportunity Village

"It seems like a good idea but when it comes down to the on-the-ground execution and how's it going to work, there are concerns," Bass said.

Yeah, it doesn't matter to our local ideologues that it's already working on the ground elsewhere! Same with local affordable housing that has been resisted by these folks and their predecessors for 40 years, in deference to their campaign donors.

Even the mainstream Smithsonian Magazine featured the housing alternatives awarded by this nation's architectural schools, (July 2014 edition).

Comfortable, safe and attractive 800 s/f homes can be built for $20,000 affordable for low-income loans paying $200/month to own. The only damn way most Americans can accumulate capital in a capitalist society.

Unfortunately, Bill Barnum and friends will descend from their estates and threaten lawsuits against anyone daring to divert one dollar of infrastructure from Cutten/Myrtletown/Humboldt and Pine hill sprawl.

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Posted by Barry Gates on 11/09/2014 at 12:46 AM

Re: “$12/hr

Capitalists cry poverty when the wage slaves demand a fair wage but seem to have no problem with bourgeois workers making $30 or more dollars an hour along with great benefits. It is very likely that a large majority of those who voted against Measure R likely make more than $12 an hour while having cushy benefit package to boot. Those against Measure R are right in one way, the capitalist system is grossly unfair as it is designed to pit workers against each other.

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Posted by Jeffery Barrett on 11/08/2014 at 1:48 AM

Re: “Sewing a Shroud


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Posted by Dwain1 on 11/06/2014 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Fit to serve?

This is not the first time there has been conflicted leadership on the commission. In the '90's another head of this commission selectively protected his brother who ran the ice plant from inspections. That building had a long history ( see Marcy Burstiner's journalism class project featured on the cover of NCJ) of ammonia leaks and improper disposal, including pouring directly into the bay. When the filthy building was shut down it collapsed because all that held it together was 2 feet of ice. An accident could have resulted in a mile radius death zone for most of old town. There is a culture here in Humboldt that has not yet evolved to a deeper understanding of ecology and integrity and they continue to show up in important places of our government. Perjury should not be something Newman can plea out of, especially given his role as commissioner of a bay system of such importance and his position as head of the Fisherman's Marketing Assn. I'm disappointed that Mike Wilson is willing to let it pass. Mike is one of the smartest and honest people to serve in any capacity of Humboldt government. I now ask Patrick Higgins to forward a motion for the dismissal of Aaron Newman.

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Posted by Anna Hamilton on 11/06/2014 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Fit to serve?

So now we know that the Harbor Commission is a good-old-boy group who believes in privilege and that laws don't apply to them. It is the fox watching the chicken coop.

The fact that all the other commissioners shrug this off shows that they ALL believe in privilege and ignoring the law by officials, and are unworthy to sit on the commission. Every one of these pieces-of-shit should be immediately removed from the commission and never allowed to hold ANY position of authority ever again since they have proven to be anti-American TRAITORS (and they should be treated as such). We need to start over. Let's get some commissioners that actually respect the law.

Want to stop government corruption? I suggest that any public official, politician, bureaucrat, law enforcement agent, or religious leader who betrays their public trust should be summarily executed. They have the power to destroy our lives, and if they abuse that power, they don't deserve to live. Maybe that would give us a higher-quality public SERVANT.

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Posted by humboldtrick on 11/06/2014 at 12:15 PM

Re: “It's time for an Opportunity Village

Great piece Jim, there is a great need for villages like this in every community. It;s great to hear how Portland and Eugene are leading the way and showing how successful homeless villages can be.

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Posted by John LaRouche on 11/06/2014 at 9:50 AM

Re: “It's time for an Opportunity Village

What time, Linda Atkins?

Posted by Maureen Chase on 11/06/2014 at 9:09 AM

Re: “It's time for an Opportunity Village

That's is our November 18th meeting for the Eureka City Council. Linda Atkins

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Posted by Linda Atkins on 11/06/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “It's time for an Opportunity Village

This is a great idea for Eureka and the City Council will be discussing it at our November 15 meeting.

Linda Atkins

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Posted by Linda Atkins on 11/06/2014 at 9:06 AM

Re: “It's time for an Opportunity Village

Well done, Jim. Thank you for bringing voice to an aspect of ending homelessness which, in my experience, has huge merit. I have worked intimately with Eureka's homeless population over the last 15-20 years. The truth of it is, as Andrew Heben intimated, what brings many individuals to homelessness are a host of disabilities; mental health, academic and personal. As much as most all homeless individuals would love to hold jobs and carry out the functional skills necessary to sustain a conventional rental situation, they just don't. What they need is a 'softer', less expensive and supportive housing situation--and one with dignity and respect. Something that is realistic with what and who (themselves) brought them into a homeless situation. I would value being part of the process of actualizing this in Eureka. See you on the 15th. Maureen Chase

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Posted by Maureen Chase on 11/06/2014 at 8:29 AM

Re: “$12/hr

Can you believe there are people right here in Humboldt County who want to keep the working poor down? Shame on all of you! Tell us how much YOU earn if you voted no on R.

Posted by Blue collar money? YES! on 11/04/2014 at 8:39 PM

Re: “$12/hr

Mr. Jaison Chand of City Ambulance is lying to the community when he says ambulance employees make more than $12/hour. This is absolutely false. While City Ambulance is one of the top donors to the No on R campaign they are canceling company events, cutting benefits and hours. Maybe they should stop donating money to campaigns and buying airplanes and use it to keep their minimum wage ambulance employees happy. These are people who help you and your family and friends in our community in emergencies and deserve more respect.

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Posted by concerneda on 10/31/2014 at 11:34 AM

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