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Re: “Voter Turnaway

Nice article! I think he did a find job of breaking down some of the fundamental reasons why the u.s has low voter turn out. Also a very informative comparison to other states and countries.

Posted by people_power on 01/24/2015 at 10:59 AM

Re: “The Not-So-Peaceful Atom

The nuclear waste at Humboldt Bay and all other California nuclear power plants is stored in 1/2" to 5/8" thick stainless steel containers that are subject to cracking from the marine environment and other factors. In January 2014 a Holtec canister was found to have conditions for cracking after only 2 years of service. The same canisters are used at Humboldt Bay and now San Onofre in Southern California may be buying those, too.
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Posted by Donna Gilmore on 01/22/2015 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Policing the Police

"The purpose is to have somebody else looking at what transpired, other than just the police department," Mills said. "The hope is it will help us think through what happened and why, and give the community a level of confidence and transparency — confidence that it's not just EPD looking at our own shooting. It's my personal belief that with transparency comes legitimacy."


Asked if he intended to make those findings public, Mills said, "Not at this point," adding that he would need to confer with the city attorney and some other people before doing so due to the threat of civil litigation.

Enough said!

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Posted by TC on 01/22/2015 at 9:11 AM

Re: “The Pen Responds

The "shadow of freedom" is extended by the broad and effective self-censorship of legitimate, biting critiques of Israel.

Most people won't miss what's never published in the first place.

Posted by Barry Gates on 01/17/2015 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Reflections in the Emerald Cup

Excellent coverage Grant Scott-Goforth.

Posted by Uti Deva on 01/16/2015 at 8:26 PM

Re: “The Pen Responds

"Freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order." - Robert Jackson

Posted by Dwain1 on 01/15/2015 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Catch and Release

So Andy Mills thinks that making possession of 'roofies' a misdemeanor instead of a felony is going to give some people " excuse to rape women." Are you kidding me? A man looking to rape a woman (a serious felony) is not going to give a shit whether possession of the drug he uses to enable the act is a felony or a misdemeanor. That's as dumb as saying outlawing guns will stop shootings - if a person is going to shoot someone (a crime punishable by death), they surely don't care whether the weapon they use is legal or not.

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Posted by Stephen Parr on 01/15/2015 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Catch and Release

Not one Wall Street perp went to jail for the frauds committed that crashed the nation and world economy. Millions of innocent American families lost everything after being tricked and trapped into predatory lending schemes. These same families were later forced to spend trillions to bail out the criminals!

Imagine a junkie that got your daughter hooked on heroin, he's never arrested and you're forced to pay his losses because our drug-economy is "too big to fail".

"Amid equal crimes unequal fates are found, one criminal swings while another's crowned."

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Posted by Barry Gates on 01/14/2015 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Numbers game

Maybe if Higher Education was more affordable, then Eureka residents and surrounding areas would have more citizens with Bachelor Degrees. The costs to attend a University are way too high and taking a lone out leaves jobless graduates in a worse situation. The proportion of graduates who actually find a job in there field is low. Many students come to Humboldt to attend HSU, graduate and leave the area because jobs are scarce here. This takes money out of the county and is spent in elsewhere in California.
Make education affordable and things can change.

Posted by M707 on 01/10/2015 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Catch and Release

I think Prop 47 is giving dangerous criminals a break. How can you arrest and release a criminal, Alfonso Yanez-Espana, caught with 2.2 pounds of Meth and $35,000 in cash because of over crowding in jail?? That's an outrage!! Only a fool would believe this individual is just an addict that needs a break!! That's why we build jails, prisons and pay taxes to police etc...stick him in Solitary Confinement or a damn Custodial Closet!!!
I realize this is one person but it spreads the word to criminals that in Humboldt you can commit a serious crime and get out of jail no problem. This is a foolish and irresponsible method of dealing with crime!!

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Posted by M707 on 01/10/2015 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Catch and Release

Great article... One nitpick... Wondering the wisdom of diminishing the dignity of a class of people by comparing them to fish. As a headline it's catchy and describes the situation, however, it demonstrates how easily we can forget that altho these individuals have been convicted of a crime, they are still us, human.

Maybe headlining a well thought out article with such a headline is part of the problem that allows 5% of the world's population to imprison 20% of the world's prisoners? Ironically, while declaring we are the bastion of freedom?

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Posted by Jon Yalcinkaya on 01/09/2015 at 5:44 AM

Re: “The Top 10 Stories of 2014

Oh...and the worst U.S. election turnouts in over 70 years. No longer news....what a shame.

Posted by Barry Gates on 01/08/2015 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Catch and Release

Finally, after many decades, California begins to catch up to the rest of the industrialized world in properly treating addiction as an illness. (Another reason Gallegos would have been reelected in a heartbeat).

Instead of jumping on the opportunity to provide treatment, supervisors Bass, Bohn and Fennell are whining about imagined downsides. Had they also been whining about this county's historic lack of affordable housing, (created by their campaign contributors in the development industry), we might have less poverty, crime and addiction in our communities.

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Posted by Barry Gates on 01/08/2015 at 10:39 PM

Re: “The H Factor

Finally caught up on my Journals and found myself totally disappointed that the Journal chose a male in a tie with the title "Hunting for the Smartest Person in Humboldt." I'm no Mensa member, but the photo of Elizabeth Barrien not only is much more aesthetic than a suit with a lightbulb-head, but also much more representative of the "intelligence" found in Humboldt. Also, as a mother of two daughters, and yes, as a feminist, I am exhausted at the constant implication with images such as this that only men are intelligent... a subtle, yet obvious viewpoint the Journal imparted with this cover. Not a very smart move Journal.

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Posted by Jennifer Berube on 01/07/2015 at 12:04 PM

Re: “The H Factor

My comments are coming from a smart phone, so when I type in H, I assume that it is going to be an H so I didn't proof read the comment. That's why it came out Home instead.

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Posted by Carol Weaver on 01/01/2015 at 9:07 PM

Re: “The H Factor

Just curious, I wanted to know why my comment didn't get in the with the comments. I know it was long, but just giving a opinion. Thanks for your news paper.

Posted by Carol Weaver on 01/01/2015 at 7:36 PM

Re: “The H Factor

The Home factor article is awesome! One thing I learned when dealing with schools and my daughter, was that I tests vary depending on who is given it. My daughter was born with a auditory processing problem, but at age 7 she had a stroke. She was born in 1970, so by 1977 when she had the stroke they did nothing to desolve the blood clot. That caused brain damage though out the brain. Today she works for the city of Austin, Texas and has for 22 years. She also graduated from College of the Redwoods. So I think intelligence is like being old it is a state of mind.

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Posted by Carol Weaver on 01/01/2015 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Humboldt's Fortune

What a bunch of silly tripe.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 01/01/2015 at 12:40 PM

Re: “The H Factor

For a balanced perspective on local intelligence you would have to consider the "best and brightest" that plopped a nuclear plant on an earthquake fault next to an elementary school and the largest population center of Humboldt County.

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Posted by Barry Gates on 12/31/2014 at 1:50 AM

Re: “The H Factor

This is a great exploration!
All educators and parents need to know about Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Book smarts is not the only path:…

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Posted by Rockhouse on 12/26/2014 at 10:56 AM

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