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Re: “Bankrupt

I wonder how many bankruptcies Humboldt County suffers compared to the rest of the state/nation...another one of our many, and growing, unfavorable "records"??

Posted by Barry Gates on 10/30/2014 at 12:01 AM

Re: “Viacom Zaps Suddenlink


I think the issue is bigger than just "is the Daily Show on my cable feed."

If you are a Suddenlink Internet ONLY customer, (no Suddenlink cable service, no Suddenlink phone service), you still cannot go to the website for the Daily Show and watch the free streaming episode posted there for everybody. You get the "you are a Suddenlink customer, go to hell" message from Viacom.

However, if you browse to the same site for the Daily Show via 101 Netlink, or via AT&T, or some other ISP, you can stream the show no problem. I am pretty sure Seth from Netlink is NOT PAYING VIACOM for those of his customers that use their internet to stream a show! So, Viacom is now censoring what you can watch on the internet based on who you your ISP is, and whether or not that ISP service provider also own a cable service that won't "play ball" with Viacom, regardless if you, the affected consumer, are a cable customer or not! I cannot conceive how that is even legal. What does the ISP service people purchase have to do with cable service when they are not a cable customer?


Posted by GregGehr1 on 10/29/2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Scotia

More than 200 photos and line-art images with a chronological account of each location;

beautiful book.. a must-read..

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Re: “Viacom Zaps Suddenlink

The answer to "Why Glenn Beck" is actually pretty simple. Conservative news and commentary outlets have more viewers than their liberal counterparts. That's why Fox News is consistently #1 in the ratings and MSNBC is consistently at the bottom. It's the same situation with talk radio. Other than the ones that Suddenlink already carries, there are no liberal-leaning TV news/commentary networks that even exist, to the best of my knowledge.

If you want ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS (KEET has FOUR local TV channels), The CW, FOX, THIS TV (movie channel) and some others I can't recall, just get an outdoor TV antenna. Last I checked, there were 13 local channels being broadcast in the Eureka area. All of them are in HD and they are all FREE. I get a better picture with an outdoor antenna than I ever did on cable.

BTW, as for Viacom's whining and urging you to call Suddenlink and demand "your channels" back, it isn't going to happen. Period. And Viacom knows it. Cable companies only have the capacity to carry a limited number of channels and since adding the "replacement" channels, there are no longer enough TV slots to bring Viacom channels back. Even if Viacom decided to give-away their channels for free, it is way too late for that now.

Posted by TVGUY on 10/27/2014 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Viacom Zaps Suddenlink

Since we watch no network or cable tv other than Giants games....yawn. Go Netflix!

Posted by Reynard on 10/24/2014 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Viacom Zaps Suddenlink

I am mortally wounded not being able to watch Daily Show either on line or on cable. I take offense that they took surveys, that no one was a part of. Totally agree with Brian on this one.

Posted by Carol Wilson on 10/23/2014 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Viacom Zaps Suddenlink

Suddenlink stated they performed customer surveys to see which programming people wanted as replacement for the Viacom channels but I have to ask, where and who were the people surveyed who voted for Glen Beck? And why would Suddenlink promote a network, owned and operated by one of the driving forces behind the hyperpartisanship we have in this country. I don't particularly care for my cable subscription dollars going toward rewarding Beck for his antics.

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Posted by Brian Carter on 10/23/2014 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Viacom Zaps Suddenlink

will I still get PBS---and Access Humboldt} Fox and the Series is
frustrating but no choice---or no future choices??????

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Posted by jean doran1 on 10/23/2014 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Scotia

This is a great resource, i recommend it to all.
We keep it on our coffee table.


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Posted by William A Hardwick on 10/23/2014 at 7:00 AM

Re: “$12/hr

Just groveling for crumbs. The 1971 equivalent minimum wage would be $20/hour.

My how the rich and greedy have gotten the peons to fight amongst each other for scraps.

Anyone who thinks $12/hour is too high or too fast ought to think twice.

"Money is a new form of slavery, and is distinguishable from the old simply by the fact that it is impersonal--that there is no human relation between master and slave ... The essence of all slavery consists in taking the produce of another’s labor by force. It is immaterial whether this force be founded upon ownership of the slave or ownership of the money that he must get to live." - Leo Tolstoy

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Posted by Dwain1 on 10/22/2014 at 7:29 AM

Re: “$12/hr

"Anyone who has ever owned a business will tell you that local businesses will have no choice but to lay off workers and raise prices."

Either Mr. Fullerton missed the editorial by a retired Eureka business owner favoring "R", or he thinks one more lie won't matter after all his other claptrap was exposed by the NCJ in this excellent report.

Thank you!

"Knowing squat about business" is more than having a secretary, or a rental.

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Posted by Jerry Stewart on 10/19/2014 at 11:29 PM

Re: “$12/hr

If Measure R is passed it will set the bar too high to even work on a countywide initiative. It will leave a few with a gain and many looking for more assistance from public assistance to meet higher costs caused by an initiative targeted at a few!

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Posted by Charles Bean on 10/19/2014 at 12:57 PM

Re: “$12/hr

Vote YES on R.
Raising the minimum wage, CITY by CITY has proven to boost the economy of the increased wage cities, lower unemployment (more jobs!), and help lift working people and families out of poverty. The people who say anything different about raising the minimum wage have no facts or reports to back their gloom and doom claims- only fear.

Measure R will be great for Eureka, and surrounding cities will follow suit. People who say it should be countywide have never made or even talked about an initiative to do so. Measure R will make Eureka more competitive and successful. And the people who work to keep businesses and services going here deserve to live with dignity and, frankly, more money!

Rise up and Raise Our Wages!!

Vote YES on R!

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Posted by Verbena on 10/19/2014 at 11:06 AM

Re: “$12/hr

Editorial: Fair Wage Act unfair to city — vote no on R

Eureka Times-Standard

Posted: 10/18/2014 09:17:49 PM PDT0 Comments

Updated: 10/18/2014 09:17:54 PM PDT

Proponents of the Fair Wage Act are right in their claim that Measure R, if passed by Eureka's voters, would create an economic boom. It just won't be in Eureka.

Cutten, for example, would experience quite a boom in business as employers flee Eureka city limits.

Measure R would raise the minimum wage to $12 at businesses — including, full disclosure, this newspaper — with 25 or more employees who work at least two hours a week within Eureka city limits. Nonprofits would be excluded for the first 18 months. If passed, the measure would go into effect 90 days after election results were certified. It also contains a built-in annual cost-of-living increase.

In principle, it's a noble idea. In practice, without additional measures to ensure economic development in the city, it's a time bomb that would turn Eureka into a commercial ghost town ringed by businesses whose proprietors were smart enough to get out while the getting was good.

Coming on the heels of California's July 1 minimum wage hike, Measure R is too high a jump in too short a time, one that threatens to put Eureka — hardly a thriving commercial metropolis — at further disadvantage. Fearful employers are already drafting contingency plans: where to move, how many jobs to cut.

There is no doubt that the working men and women of Eureka deserve a break. But they don't deserve to have the economic health of their community broken, and that's what Measure R would do.

To put the issue of wages in a historical context, Humboldt County's timber industry — which at its peak employed one out of every two working county residents — began its decline in the 1960s. In the decades since, quality jobs that gave residents a shot at middle class wages right out of high school have evaporated.

Low-paying jobs, in Eureka and across the county, took their place. Today, county government itself and Humboldt State University offer the lion's share of decent employment to anyone who can claw their way past the door. Too many of us are left to cobble together two or three jobs to make ends meet.

Many businesses today, in Eureka and countywide, are living on borrowed time, courtesy of the cash that Humboldt's other renowned industry — black market marijuana — pumps into the local economy. All that money, easily a quarter of the local economy, isn't going to last forever. Not with legalization on the horizon.

It's already hard to make a living in Humboldt County, a virtual island on the North Coast, isolated by distance and underdeveloped infrastructure. Why make an island within an island? Why make it any harder, just for Eureka, just as the pot bubble's about to burst?

If the folks behind Measure R had broadened their efforts countywide, it would be quite a different story.

As is, the Fair Wage Act unfairly singles out Eureka businesses and puts them at an undeserved disadvantage.

Vote no on Measure R.

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Posted by Charles Bean on 10/19/2014 at 8:49 AM

Re: “$12/hr

I am glad to report I have voted NO on Measure R.

Measure R raises the minimum wage to much to fast. Anyone who has ever owned a business will tell you that local businesses will have no choice but to lay off workers and raise prices. Anyone who tells you differently knows squat about surviving in the local business world. There is a better way to raise the minimum wage without hurting people.

If Measure R passes many people who think they are getting big raises will be surprised to get pink slips instead. Measure R is a job killer.

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Posted by John Fullerton on 10/19/2014 at 8:29 AM

Re: “$12/hr


Posted by jean doran1 on 10/18/2014 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Sssssmokin'

The kissing tree! Legend goes: if a suitor kissed their significant other under that walnut tree they would get married. Worked for me....wonder how many others have had the same result?

Posted by wonderer on 10/18/2014 at 9:02 AM

Re: “$12/hr

"And how are the non-profits going to make up the shortfall between meeting an increased payroll and their limited funding? Charge their clients, often on fixed incomes, more? Reduce services? Simple economics apply, and I don't see how they can maintain the same level of services."

If you actually read the text of Measure "R" Liz, you would know that it allows employers to negotiate alternative compensation with their employees...but that would interfere with your deceitful agenda of sticking with the same lies and fear tactics despite the research by the NCJ.

"Curmudgeons" is an apt name for those that the NCJ rightfully pointed out are being "disingenuous", (aka liars), on literally every damn point you folks keep repeating.

BTW, "Yes" on "R" yard signs are disappearing off people's yards every night, but it appears the "No" on "R" signs cannot afford to lose even one.

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Posted by Jerry Stewart on 10/17/2014 at 11:01 PM

Re: “$12/hr

Yes, Jerry spelled "curmudgeon correctly", I misread it!

Posted by elizabethfinger on 10/17/2014 at 4:53 PM

Re: “$12/hr

Hmm, A very biased article. I am no "anti-fair wage curmedgeon (sic)" I just think an increased minimum wage needs to apply to the whole county with a phase-in period. To characterize anyone who is not on board with Measure R this way, as Jerry does above, is missing the mark.
There are plenty of business owners this would affect that are not the fat cats--"local wealthy folks"--they are made out to be. And how are the non-profits going to make up the shortfall between meeting an increased payroll and their limited funding? Charge their clients, often on fixed incomes, more? Reduce services? Simple economics apply, and I don't see how they can maintain the same level of services.
The no on R folks may have gotten their campaign signs elsewhere, Jerry, but have you noticed that all their print material is printed locally and uses soy-based ink?
And hey people, quit taking the No on R signs down every night. I am a long-term activist and can tell you this is not some great act of civil disobedience against the big boxes and wealthy--it is disrespectful as hell. You may not agree with them, but everyone has a right to post the signs they want.

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Posted by elizabethfinger on 10/17/2014 at 4:45 PM

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