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Re: “Out of Order

I totally agree that this process was seriously flawed and should go back to the drawing board. I know how important it is to have great leadership in the Public Defender's office where the hours are long and the demands of the job are overwhelming.

I was a deputy Public Defender when Bill Connell ran the office and inspired young attorneys to do great work. I watched his successor Jim Steinberg do the same thing as Public Defender. Kevin Robinson carried on in that tradition. Each of these amazing attorneys were hired from within the Public Defenders office. There are equally highly qualified attorneys in the office now who would carry on this tradition.

Are we going to Mr. Marcus because the current lineup of Public Defenders is doing too good a job?

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Posted by zach zwerdling on 02/23/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Human Rights Fight

Richard D. Brown is coming from a place of white male privilege in his comment which demonstrates quite nicely why we have reached the point that it is necessary for our public officials to affirm the very obvious fact that equal rights are for EVERYONE. His 'I've got mine" attitude is part of the problem. Sad!

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Posted by Reynard on 02/23/2017 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Gubernatorial Advice

"Just cause that smoke makes you happy, and dumb, doesnt mean its good for you" -- Governor John Hickenlooper

Gov. Hack is an absolute moron who led a prohibitionist cabal in undermining and contradicting constitutional protections for the use of cannabis as soon as the People of Colorado passed them. He has bungled the regulation of cannabis and misdirects the proceeds into shoring up Prohibition; over $1.6 million was appropriated out of the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund to the Colorado Department of Law ($436,766 to its Special Prosecutions Unit) alone last year. Despite Hack having proposed to spend cannabis revenue on building housing for the homeless (Hack declares that cannabis causes homelessness) and then proposing to raise already exorbitant taxes on cannabis another 50% and use the money for education, the cops are first in line for more tax revenue from cannabis -- if the State can collect much before the Attorney General closes (recreational) dispensaries.

The hopeless clown asked voters for some kind of tax for a huge deficit in transportation spending six weeks ago, only he hadn't figured out what kind of tax -- he still hasn't! In the aimless way of Colorado politics, Collaborationists (Democrats) in the General Assembly are supposed to initiate a spending proposal and Crisanta Duran, the new Speaker of the House, has linked transportation spending to education spending, thereby guaranteeing that the General Assembly will refer nothing to the voters. Instead of dealing in any meaningful way with Colorado's extant fiscal crisis, Hack flits off to Cuba and to California -- to proffer advice on a subject of which he is grossly misinformed! The irony of Hack trying to tell California how to legalize cannabis could hardly be more acute; not only does he remain a committed opponent of legalization, Colorado faces the imminent loss of perhaps $300 million in tax revenue from cannabis and the simultaneous unemployment of many thousands while Hickenlooper and the government he heads fantasize about getting and misspending even more! Reality can be very harsh and some is about to obtrude itself onto Colorado's idyll all too soon.

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Posted by Robert Chase on 02/17/2017 at 7:21 AM

Re: “'Go Fly a Kite'

I'm wondering who Joshua Kinch voted for? Gary Johnson?

Posted by Fred Mangels on 02/16/2017 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Make America Safe Again

Rick Brennan, did you read somewhere that there was an estimate of .01 percent of 800,000 refugees in Germany having a chance of being terrorists? If so, that would be 1/100th of one percent, which would be 80. (Not 8,000 minimum suspected jihadists. That would be one full percent--one in a hundred.)
Not even 80 terrorists is good... but it's no small exaggeration to say 8000 when you mean 80. Nor is it comforting to know that so many people who can't even do basic math (and thus, can be assumed not to have much functioning upstairs) are actively promoting fear and hysteria.
Your propaganda is devalued by your ignorance.

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Posted by Laura Cooskey on 02/11/2017 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Weed and Prejudice

The balcony was plenty smoky. I smoke weed, but prefer to do it outside (even in the rain). The right to clean air should be one of our civil liberties. Great show.

Posted by Dan Hapgood on 02/09/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “'Dick Move'

Gee, Susan. What I see is a group of kick ass women who ain't puttin' up with the bullshit of the day.
I just bought 4 of the T-shirts being offered by this paper....and paid $25. instead of the requested $15. I do what I can to support my sisters and artists.
Go girls, go.

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Posted by Mr. Geezer on 02/09/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Weed and Prejudice

So, are you sayin' one can get high for free just by sitting in the balcony? I need to adjust my ticket buying habits.

Holy shitballs. I had no idea there was pot smoking going on the Duzer. Must not happen all that much as I have never sniffed the slightest hint of the weed in any of the years I have attended performances.

But, I'm thinkin' if I were the only one to fire up for the Chinese Acrobats, Baroque Orchestra, David Sedaris, Paul Taylor Dancers, Arlo Guthrie, W. Kamau Bell or Graham Nash I would probably get my butt kicked out.

Those tickets are too expensive to take a chance. Plus, I'm waaaaaay too old to go to jail for smokin' pot.

Smoke 'em if ya go 'em.

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Posted by Mr. Geezer on 02/09/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Reawakening, Part II

Nice job, Judy! A pleasure to read your writing even if the subject makes me feel a bit bleak. Engaging!

Posted by Lisa D'Addesa Zambas on 02/08/2017 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Market Forces

$50/lb will never happen the way "regulation" is being set up. look at our own humboldt, what other crop in the world requires a $50,000 fee per acre before anythings even growing on it? we're seeing all that supposed greed black market growers harbor surfacing in our politicians even moreso. arent they supposed to represent the majority of people? arent they supposed to make human wellbeing priority over monetary profits? wouldnt it be great if such a wonderful medicine/pastime were as free as it could and should be? screw mcquire, screw "cannabiz". grow your own and share! free seeds, free weeds...

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Posted by the weed aint freed. on 02/04/2017 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Dear Shlomo,

In my time working there, MediCal patients who were there for therapy were only given 40% of the therapy that they were supposed to receive because Rockport put an artificial ceiling of 60 minutes per day on these patients therapy. Even if MediCal was paying $700 per day, which was more than $500 a day over the cost of providing care, Janet Stone still refused to approve the care that the residents needed. My understanding is that this policy is still in place with Amad Nazifi in the leadership position but given that it is probably fraud, It is an unofficial guideline.

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Posted by Ghosthymn on 02/04/2017 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Yes, I Use a Fork

How on Earth do 3,000 rural protesters believe they can influence the (obscene) administration in D.C. when they have never been able to extract the development industry from dominating every elected and appointed county office?

About 10 dedicated volunteers is all it would take.

The chronic (rigged) shortages in affordable housing, decade after decade, has had immense impacts on every human crisis currently plaguing this county.

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Posted by Howard Smith on 02/04/2017 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Yes, I Use a Fork

Way to go, Sylvia, you rock (still!)

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Posted by barryevans on 02/02/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Yes, I Use a Fork

I am the person who wore the sandwich board sign that said at 80 I can't believe I still have to protest this f---ing shit. Roe v. Wade 44 years. I had my picture taken at a non-stop rate for the entire time I was there. Rarely more than a half a minute went by without my being asked if I would let someone take my picture. I think my sign was the single most popular sign at the march. I went into Galleghers later and they insisted on giving me a meal on the house and when I asked why they said, "We like your sign.". When I have to, at the age of 80, fight for the rights so hard won by myself and other women after 50-60 years all over again I feel quite entitled to swear. Further: we have a president who is an obscenity and who uses obscenities regularly. How about worrying about that instead of nit-picking at the content of heart felt signs.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 02/02/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Abominable Omission

Eureka shares in neglecting its legal responsibilities, just as the county has neglected theirs.

Instead of identifying a sanctioned area for the 1% of Eureka's population that is homeless, as they are required to do, they passed a draconian homeless ordinance, nudity ordinance, and nuisance ordinance further destabilizing the weakest members of our community.

Like Eureka's city council, the H.C. supervisors already know they have a legal obligation to address homelessness. This majority of "Little Trumps" are waiting to be sued.

It's not their money.

Every caring member of this county should be laser-focused on electing and maintaining a progressive supervisor majority in 2018 and 2020.

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Posted by Howard Smith on 01/30/2017 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Wiyot Tribe Responds to "Murder in Arcata"

Well, this is awkward... I'm a Wiyot tribal member, as well as an acquaintance of Ms. Mullen... Although I live out of the county, I am sorry to have missed this particular "kerfuffle" when it occurred more than a year ago.

I'm not acquainted with Mr. Torma, our Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, but I completely understand his point that the telling of history has been under the control of those who have not had other points of view in mind. Having raised two sons in the California educational system, and suffering a great deal of frustration at the use of history curriculum that was horrendously inaccurate... For instance, how would you like to read about history only from the point of view of the "forty-niners", the immigrants... when your own personal family history, passed on by your own elders, was a history of genocide and forced slavery. The history books used in schools do not validate "our" version. It is a continuation of policy that does not accord us dignity or recognize our humanity.

As a young child, listening to my mother recount the story of an ancestor who was a survivor of one of the many massacres that occurred in Humboldt County during that era, I can remember thinking, "Why do they hate us so much?" When she told me about that same ancestor being a servant to a family in Ferndale, who gave her an "English" name, I wanted to know what was wrong with her original name. It was later, on my own, that I learned about indentured servitude, which was a merely another name for slavery, just prettied up to make it sound better. My mother said she often heard relatives speaking their original language, but couldn't even tell me a single word. When I asked her why, she would say there her mother told her that "White man's ways are best." As a little girl, I didn't understand, but as an adult, I came to understand that my grandmother was merely trying to make her children's lives better than her own. But I also understood that we were not valued, not our language, nor our culture, nor our knowledge of medicines... So much has been lost... Did we not deserve our existence?

So, forgive us, because we are a bit touchy on the topic of history! We do wish to own it going forward. That being said...

I was "surfin' the 'net" one day, and I happened upon a TEDx video about indentured servitude. It was given by Lynette Mullens, and I thought she'd done an excellent job with it... Actually, since it isn't a topic that is commonly discussed, I was impressed that anyone even attempted to cover it. In it, she had actually mentioned the same ancestor that I've spoken of, here. I sent her a note complimenting her, and mentioning that one of those she'd spoken of was my gggrandmother. From that, she also sent me her article on Lucy Romero. Our discussions continued from there.

As Mr. Torma mentioned, since Lucy had been present at the Indian Island massacre, I made the assumption she was Wiyot. It did come up in discussions between Lynette and I, and she'd said the same thing, that she thought Lucy was not originally from the immediate area. I don't recall if our discussion went much further in that area, but I do remember thinking that she must have family ties, if she'd been at the World Renewal ceremonies. I don't suppose that particular riddle will ever be resolved. I do have a sense of Ms. Mullen's intent, however, as well as a sense of her nature to present information as accurately as possible. Her intent, obviously, was to tell the story of Lucy. It wasn't focused on the massacres, or indentured servitude, or specific tribes... It was merely to give a voice to a victim of an atrocity. Lucy Romero once lived, she suffered, she had children so she left a legacy... By conjecture, people can assume that her story was not unique... Being Indian was not a pleasant experience after the arrival of immigrants, and that continued well into the 20th century. In some ways, and in some areas, it continues to this day. Remember what I told you about those history books used in schools? The ones that do not tell the entire story about what happened? Our history, our stories, are still not validated, still not respected... At least, not by many, partially because of ignorance, or being uncomfortable to view the uglier side of our national history, and some, because they still have no tolerance for those who are different from themselves.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

If the whole truth is not taught, not a sanitized version, but one that looks at all perspectives, then how do we ever begin to heal all the wounds?

Posted by Redwood491 on 01/29/2017 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Abominable Omission

While this is an excellent letter there is one thing I question and that is why is it that the full pressure is always on the city of Eureka? Homelessness is a county-wide issue so why is it not addressed as such? Why are the Board of Supervisors not up against the wall on this issue. They have refused to declare an emergency, they have, in fact, done next to nothing. In addition to the fact that they should be addressing homelessness in county areas they should be pressured to help incorporated areas, especially those most heavily impacted such as Eureka, to deal with it.

Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 01/28/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “The Gateway Nug

Virgins talking about sex. Sorry, Linda, but by your own admission in your last article, you were extremely naive to the subject only a few short years ago. Better to still call yourself a student than a teacher regarding all things marijuana. I am among those you suggest refering to regarding heavy marijuana consumption. As are most of my lifelong friends.

"Moving the conversation forward" as you say, would mean doing away with the term "gateway drug" altogether, not finding another word to spread that same propaganda around for yet another generation. Remember it took almost all of the early 1980's to successfully shake the idea that marijuana caused sterility and impotence. Remember? "Scientists" and teachers preached it. With passion. You were too young? But with just as much "scientific" verve, your approach is among those suggesting "does marijuana cause sterilization and impotence? here's what some "scientists" say, you decide!", and the cycle repeates. About ten years ago the trendy scare was to preach that smoking marijuana caused schizophrenia. That wasn't working, now "neuro-science" is the flag for prohibition. It REALLY scares parents. "Science" has become an abused buzzword. Contemplate expanding your mind's horizon...life is a gateway and you should know what I'm talking about regarding one's personal persuit of understanding themselves in this crazy realm we all share. Moving the conversation forward...to where? Based on your article, it looks like nowhere.

You write, " I also feel compelled to point out that the brain is part of the body, so the debate over psychological vs. physical addiction seems moot to me."

...this is exactly the kind of absurd statement I'm talking about, that only fuels ridiculous meta-arguments about everything other than real people puking their guts out, or robbing liquor stores because of their habits. "You ever suck some dick for marijuana?" (name the movie).

Addiction isn't such a complicated matter, and I assume you'd want to be treated as an individual dealing with your individual circumstances regarding any of your own "addictions". Watch what you preach, marijuana is neither addictive nor a "gateway drug" nor will it destroy your brain if you start smoking early in life. There are ancient societies in the middle east and asia that proove this. It's propaganda to ignore their history while talking about the dangers of an ancient practice. You don't have to look much further than the generations of marijuana smokers around you every single day in Humboldt County, California...marijuana ground zero in the united states, if not the world.

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Posted by "it gives me a deep meditation..." on 01/26/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Profoundly Disturbed

Hear! Hear!

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Posted by Fred Mangels on 01/26/2017 at 9:09 AM

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