Marcy, despite your esteemed position as a professor, you clearly know next to nothing about the internet. People have deigned to write lamentations for blue-collar or child/drunk-authored comments for *fourteen fricking years* and you're bothering to do so like it's an original thought. Don't believe me? Read all about it here, it's a meme at this point: https://encyclopediadramatica.se/Internet_…
Marcy - I agree with you. I think the LoCO is getting closer to the formula of a viable local media outlet because of the frequent interesting and informative comments. Granted you have to learn to deal with the garbage, but if you scroll past it, there are often thoughtful comments for every 2 or 3 garbage comments and often they will add information to the news item. I just commented on this subject under the new Union weekly news item before I read your article. I hope the comment zone does evolve, I don't necessarily like the Facebook or LinkedIn example because my personal preference is to steer clear of those sites. Maybe there are other options. I do find Disqus to be more effective than the basic comment areas in Wordpress or Blogger though.
Yet another fantastic essay by Burstiner. I especially liked the ending. Why the hell is this guy on the board anyway, besides that his best friends are there too. Be interesting to see if he submitted complete financial disclosures before taking the seat. Any improprieties could be attributed to his lack of a college education, the same reason he cited for his lack of attribution earlier.
A great article. But I was surprised that a journalism teacher would have made at least two grammatical mistakes; maybe it was the press of press time.
Shane against the local businessman for school board
included a hit piece so dirty I saved itBut anyway we electede the y oung upstart and now he is our mayor
So the next time an Arcata kid gets caught plagiarizing, he/she should just apologize for the lack of attribution, and also criticize the teacher who caught him/her for their lack of tolerance of plagiarism?
Johnson's behavior created a "teachable moment." The lesson to be drawn depends in part on the behavior of the school board, but it's definitely a "teachable moment" no matter what ethics (or lack thereof) the board eventually chooses to demonstrate. Kevin Hoover of the Arcata Eye summed this up well in a comment in his own newspaper's comment section:
"Students following the discussion should pay particular attention to the above comment, because it contains a valuable lesson about the way the world works.
"Never mind what they tell you in school about justice being blind, a level playing field or equal rights under law. When a well-to-do, well-connected person gets in trouble, there will be no shortage of defenders – including the same teachers who are supposed to instill in you values of fairness and personal responsibility – who rush to that privileged person's aid.
"If you have a "large, successful business," and "tens of thousands of dollars" to ladle out, you will be held to a much more indulgent standard of behavior. If you are an average person, or a lowly student who, say, copied your homework, you will have nothing.
"If you expect accountability by the wealthy offender, you will be belittled, as other commenters have, as "holier than thou," and told to "get over yourselves." The well-connected person won't even be expected to explain their actions before you are told to forgive them and "get on with your lives."
"And that, kids, is the way your world works."
In a democratic society the citizens run their government. In order to do so they have to know what their government is doing, right? Maybe, just maybe, those of us who care about actually practicing democracy in the United States of America should be just a little bit concerned when our government claims that it has the right to keep all its secrets (i.e. whatever they want) from us while we can keep none of ours (which they get to define) from them? I dunno; just a thought.
Thank you Ms. Burstiner for an excellent article, excellent that is till the ending. I am confused by you labeling yourself as a hypocrite and saying HUM CPR is about transparency. They are about anything but transparency as you pointed out earlier in the article. They are only about bits and pieces of transparency where they find it useful. They have never been remotely honest or transparent. The newspaper they would freely distribute was a propaganda sheet filled with twists and turns and downright lies.
It's an outrage that Jackson made so much money off of the backs of this community and even more of an outrage that we have such a bunch of hustlers running this county that enabled her to get that money. What is wrong with the voters in this county? I've seen some mediocre sups, some pretty poor sups but this bunch is just plain bad and the county will pay for putting them in power.
Between the Brd. of Sups and the Eureka City Council these are sad times indeed. One decent member can't do much in the face of 4 bad eggs, we need some new blood in those groups as fast as possible.
They have to go into business for themselves and develop alternative profit models which value quality over quantity.
You're right Percy!
One look at most media and you have to wonder where these new "investigative journalists" are going to get hired!
At least if they learn Chinese or Vietnamese they can produce AP stories for rural America AND know another language.
This is a great project for journalism students. Although I wonder how many working journalists will have an opportunity to use this experience on the job when the business model for publications nowadays is to spend next to nothing on in depth reporting. I really appreciate the well researched reporting of the North Coast Journal cover stories and wish that other local news outlets would devote the resources required for this type of reporting also. The fact that some of the agencies your students contacted are unwilling to answer freedom of information act requests and would go so far as to try a back door assault by contacting your bosses really makes me wonder about their motives. Claiming that it takes too much staff time is not relevant because if that really is the case then they need to allocate more resources (hire temps, hire more staff, whatever) and follow the law. It's part of their job, and trying to thwart the process only makes them seem like they are trying to hide something. The freedom of information act, the brown act and the grand jury are necessary ways the public can stay informed about what is happening at the local level where it is easy to use deep pockets money to influence elections and set up boards that will spend public funds or make decisions favoring the special interests that bankroll their candidate's elections. Transparency is the only way to keep everything on the up and up and should be welcomed by any agency as a way to show that it is indeed doing its job and the public is getting its money's worth.
The real lesson here is far more subtle.
"Dig effectively for the truth...just not at HSU".
God forbid we should graduate journalists accustom to taking strong personal interest in environments they understand the best.
They're uninformed, not lazy.
Political beneficiaries of our corrupt political system, like Jager, will be the LAST people to explain it to a journalist.
It's not Jager's fault you fuckers are too lazy to vote.
“I was elected by the people, and I do my best to represent all of the people in Eureka,” Jager said.
If so, Mr. Jager would simply drop the "mayor" heading from his deity breakfast. Many of "The People" are no longer superstitious.
Mr. Jager was elected by a minority of "The people", (70% of the eligible voters are either unregistered or abstain in every election since the late 1970's).
By all means, keep deluding yourself that local elections aren't corrupted by money and that the development community doesn't win their candidates 99% of the time as a result, sadly, the reason most folks will have nothing to do with it
Steve Lewis is probably harmless, folks, but I understand why some would be concerned.
And Fred, when the Mayor begins public meetings with movie reviews, we'll call bullshit on that as well. Keep your religion out of government/public meetings.
What is wrong with Frank Jagar's prayer breakfast? He used his title, his elected position to promote religion. It doesn't matter who paid the rent on the building. That is a misuse of his title and his position.
And as to invocations, the question isn't whether it is Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Mormon, Hindu, or Devil worship. Religion is not city business and the Council should stay out of the religion business.
It's really a shame that my fellow 2% ethnic peers hold these positions of Bully Pulpit media positions of social power over American lives. I'm talking about the mass media and our local media where anti-Christian Jews like most Jews are like Marcy pound out their anti-Christian views to stop Christians from practicing Christianity. One notices that ACLU rarely backs Christian right to practice Christianity but always backs Jewish complaints of Christians practicing Christianity.
Marcy trots out Separation of Church and State but like most anti-Christians she forgets about democracy when it counters hers and Jewish prejudices against Christians practicing Christianity. Majority views are to be negated if they are Christian. If they are Jewish, e.g. Zionist support for Israel, no problem with Church and State separation there with billions of dollars to boot given the establishment of a violent rogue U.N. law breaking Jewish colony paid for by American taxpayers. Not a peep from Marcy about that. Oh no, it's the Big Problem of Christian Prayer by the Eureka mayor that she has to opine about lest the Jewish attacks on Gentile Christianity slacken which will never happen as Judaism as a religion produces a perpetual hard-on for the Christians and Christianity.
There's nothing wrong with the Mayor holding a prayer breakfast so long as it's not on the public dime and attendance doesn't involve regular government business as city council meetings do.
As I wrote in the Times- Standard, I don't see any reason for invocation at city council meetings. They're a waste of time, annoying and should be replaced with nothing but city business.
If the citizens of Eureka don't want their Mayor holding prayer breakfasts, they can vote for someone else next time. I don't think that will be an issue.
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