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Re: “You and Me and the Keys

"It's about all of us"

NO, it's not about all of us. It's about those of us who refuse to take responsibility for the risks they impose on themselves and on their loved ones and on complete strangers. Who, in this day and age, with all of the news and information, can continue to justify getting in their car and driving off after a "couple of glasses of chardonnay" or more? NOT ACCEPTABLE!

Who, in this day and age, with all of the news and information, can continue to justify or excuse allowing a friend, an acquaintance, or that stranger sitting next to you, to get into their car and drive off after a few? NOT ACCEPTABLE!

You have a responsibility to call the police and provide a license plate number and description of the vehicle and driver. You have the responsibility to ask the bar or restaurant or festival staff for help calling a taxi or sober friend. Oh, too hard? too complicated? too much effort? NOT ACCEPTABLE!

You have the responsibility to be prepared in advance if you are going to an event where drinks will be served and you plan to consume - some - any - oh, just one - well maybe two. Oh, just this once, I'll drive slowly. NOT ACCEPTABLE!

You all know, and we all know, that if you have been drinking alcohol or imbibing any kinds of mind altering substance, you should absolutely NOT DRIVE! No excuses, no exceptions. Seriously, who doesn't know that? Ironically, people who do drink and drive are often cogent enough to know that to run away is your best bet, at least, until the alcohol or other substance has worn off enough that you won't test the limit. NOT ACCEPTABLE!

If you know enough to run away to save your own sorry ass, you know enough to plan ahead for other transportation options.

Those of us who drink responsibly, who make plans in advance when partying hearty, are insulted by those who are irresponsible. People who drink and drive most likely do it fairly frequently. We all have a responsibility and an obligation to report this behavior and stop these people before the next innocent person gets killed or injured.

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Posted by Ruth Moon on 09/26/2016 at 1:01 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

Stevie shroyer rip

Posted by Sierra Darling on 09/25/2016 at 11:03 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

A relatively recent city council meeting in fortuna is a much-needed light on the LACK of taxis or taxi-like (i.e. Uber) in this county. The hoops one has to jump through are ridiculous to say the least.

Posted by samantha1 on 09/25/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

You know it's kind of funny. Not ha-ha funny, but odd funny. When I'm out with friends and order coffee or tea and they're all having a few brews they ask me if I don't drink. I respond that I do, but I don't drink and drive. That way if a cop pulls me over I can answer simply No! I haven't been drinking. It's taken a few years for them to accept that about me. Personally I think we as a society need to change the paradigm of having a few and driving. I think there should be more sleep overs, more designated drivers, as the norm. As a motorcyclist I suspect over half of the other drivers out there are impaired in some way. Whether alcohol, pot, meth, opioids, texting, or just plain stupid.

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Posted by Anthony Westkamper on 09/24/2016 at 8:01 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

It's one of many big problems in this County. Here we are one of the biggest growers of Cannabis in the world and people put forward the belief that the use of it the same as alcohol, yet we cant seem to manage how we use alcohol. Though these stats are alarming, I am more concerned with the young people and we are talking about very very young who use alcohol and are getting the message Cannabis is the same, no harm in using it. Drug and Alcohol used consistently before the age of 16 permanently damages the brain function. That is a known fact among drug and alcohol therapist that treat teenagers for addiction. All I see is the statistics growing. I recently heard this nation has a heroin epidemic. Hell this country has a drug culture and they are not doing much to change it. There is legislation and activities to patch the symptoms of the drug culture but nothing to turn it back. If anything takes this country down it will be our abuse of drugs.

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Posted by Clydeine Oglesby on 09/24/2016 at 6:59 AM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

Art & Wine in the Park, Martini fund raisers, Brewfests all summer long in every community - the entire county culture seems to encourage getting drunk or high. Maybe it's time to promote safe and sober events.

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Posted by Neena Olson 1 on 09/23/2016 at 3:34 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

Well written, Mr. Greenson!
When the index finger points blame at others, three fingers always point back at the accuser.

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Posted by Susan Dager on 09/23/2016 at 2:46 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

Wow, this is an excellent wake-up call. We are a reactive and self-deflecting society. It's time to be introspective--about many things--in this beautiful county.

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Posted by Lynn Scott Jones on 09/23/2016 at 12:44 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

You hit the nail on the head....we've got a big problem with this in Humboldt. Thanks for shining your light on it.

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Posted by Margaret on 09/22/2016 at 10:35 AM

Re: “A Small Win for Transparency

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.

Posted by barryevans on 07/31/2016 at 1:11 PM

Re: “A Fond Farewell, a Warm Welcome

HSU?

He'd better get a lawyer.

Posted by James White on 07/22/2016 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Aww, Shucks

Well done and well deserved, folks. Congratulations!

Posted by Dottie1 on 05/15/2016 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Aww, Shucks

Congratulations to all! Proud to work with you.

Posted by Lynn Kelsey Leishman on 05/14/2016 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Aww, Shucks

Good job, Linda!

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Posted by Barry Jeffers1 on 05/13/2016 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Aww, Shucks

Good job!

Posted by Elijah1 on 05/13/2016 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Aww, Shucks

Kudos!

Posted by nedawoy on 05/12/2016 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Aww, Shucks

Congratulations!

Posted by Simona Carini on 05/12/2016 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Going Postal

As a retired postal carrier,my take on the USPS is that the two biggest hindrances to the completion of its "Appointed Rounds"are the Republican Party, and the system of management instituted by managers that seem bent on destroying its basic function. Mismanagement is the biggest obstacle and the Republicans wanting to destroy it ,so it can be sold off to the highest bidder UPS, Fed EX etc. if you want to send a personal communication,there is no more secure way to do so,also looking at all the hacks on so called secure places to send you personal financial info I believe you put your info at risk anytime you use these so called tamper proof services it is only a matter of time until some crook gets it and cleans out your savings. Look how many people have embarrassing photos or emails being sent out on Facebook or other social media. Also compare rates for delivery with other carriers.If private companies take over delivery of our mail only places where they can turn a profit will be served. Rural delivery will be put on the back burner and service rates will skyrocket!

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Posted by Robert Ecv Godwin on 01/19/2016 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Going Postal

USPS has no value anymore. I am looking forward to it going away

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Posted by dzsipo on 01/16/2016 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Going Postal

Examining Newspapers and Standard Mail is an everyday function of USPS Business Mail Technicians and Clerks. You make it sound like this is something new. FYI, I've been doing just what you describe for 20 of my 33 years with the USPS. It is part of my job to verify that discounted mail does not contain anything that is prohibited by regulation or law.

Your statements on USPS deficits is also misleading. Why not mention that while there is a NET Loss posted in USPS financials, there is also, at the same time, an Operational PROFIT generated. As any journalist or blogger should know, if any research is actually done, is that the USPS starts each Fiscal Year around $5.5 Billion in the red. This is due exclusively to the Lame Duck Republican legislation passed in December 2006. The PAEA of 2006 requires the USPS to fully fund FUTURE RETIREE Health Benefits, determined to be around $55 Billion. This funds 75 years into the future so, why require 100% funding in only 10 years?

Since the USPS has not made these payments over the past few years, that default is shown as a loss on the balance sheet. Even former Speaker Boehner admitted that the Postal "crisis" is phony. A simple Google search will bring up the article.

It's all a paper shuffle.

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Posted by RandyF on 01/14/2016 at 2:40 PM

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