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Re: “On Higher Wages

Measure R will lift working people out of poverty and boost the local economy. Raising wages in Eureka means working people and their families will be able to live more decently. The opposition wants to continue paying poverty wages to workers while their businesses thrive on the workers' labor. So, the opposition has come up with this backwards idea that better living for working people would "punish" Eureka. That is absurd.

Business will improve with higher wages, so even these whining employers will benefit. They would know that if they looked at any of the other places that have raised their wages. A higher minimum wage is good for working families. Good for business. All the research indicates that the benefits of raising the minimum wage are consistent, regardless of the size of the locales that raise wages.

If Eureka Natural Foods is so great to its workers already, why has it actively fought against its workers organizing for a union, and for higher wages? Of course, if the employer was willing to raise wages without Measure R, we wouldn't need it! But people have been paid measly poverty wages for far too long. The decent thing to do is raise wages! Morally and fiscally, it's the right thing to do. Fair is Fair.

We need Measure R! It's the people's initiative to alleviate poverty. Vote YES on R for Fair Wages.

Posted by Verbena on 10/30/2014 at 2:35 AM

Re: “Raise-worthy?

VOTE YES ON MEASURE R

“Hear us when we say that we know what we are worth. Without us, you would not survive.” -Eureka worker to her employer

Measure R will enable people who work hard to earn a fair wage, pay their bills, and take care of their children. Raising the minimum wage will rejuvenate our economy, directly resulting in more jobs, more local spending, and lower poverty rates. Fair wage employers will stay competitive through higher productivity and increased local patronage.

Over 65% of people who will directly benefit from Measure R are working women, many of them raising children. Almost 90% of workers who will directly benefit from Measure R are older than 20. One third of workers who will get higher wages are over age 40.

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Posted by Verbena on 10/28/2014 at 11:50 PM

Re: “Raise-worthy?

WTF? A fair wage is what you and your employer agree upon. If you do not like the pay, don't take the job. Why should hard working people pay more, to finance unqualified workers? The result is fewer jobs and more unemployment collectors. By the same measure, if an employer has a good employee, then he must pay that employee enough to keep them happy, so as to keep them as an employee. Anybody ever heard of FREE ENTERPRISE? How about a Constitutional Republic? Yes, republic. I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America. And to the REPUBLIC for which it stands...........

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Posted by David Howard on 10/27/2014 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Raise-worthy?

Fullerton is unable to back up a single claim, and without one business saying they’ll “leave Eureka”, what’s the “emperor with no clothes” to do but continue waving his hand defiantly in the parade?

The oldest "cheap trick" in the book.

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Posted by Jerry Stewart on 10/24/2014 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Raise-worthy?

Yes on R! Rise up and Raise our wages!
Measure R is good for working people and good for the local economy. It is the right thing to do, morally and fiscally. We need Measure R to lift so many of us out of poverty and grow our economy- with more money spent locally. All the tales of disaster from some wealthy business people who never want workers to share in their profits are WRONG. All the news is good when you raise wages. You deserve a raise, Eureka. Fair is Fair. Vote YES on R!

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Posted by Verbena on 10/24/2014 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Raise-worthy?

Measure R is a disaster. If it passes the economic havoc and the job losses will be apparent within the year.

The County Supervisors will be LESS inclined to wrack that same havoc on the rest of the county. First Measure R must be defeated. Then we can go to the County Board & the Eureka City Council with a far more responsible plan. George Clark's plan was never anything other than a cheap campaign trick to win votes. Everybody saw through it and that is why it had little support.

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Posted by John Fullerton on 10/24/2014 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Raise-worthy?

Once R passes, the Board of Sups can quickly pass a county wide ordinance raising min wage to either minimize or eliminate ever argument about R's possible unfairness based on only being city wide. This is often how change begins, and now that so many from Virginia Bass to John Fullerton are now expressing support for much of the concept, this fix should be easy sailing

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Posted by Richard Salzman on 10/23/2014 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Raise-worthy?

For all their whining, suddenly, local republicans and liberals are interested in a countywide minimum wage increase.

Thank you Measure "R"!

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Posted by Jerry Stewart on 10/23/2014 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Hold Officer Accountable

Its heavy on our hearts that Tommys life was thrown away and then they fabricated out that he was a bad guy. We want justice. At first i wanted a reason a sorry i guess but since they took it so far from the mear truth i think anyone covering up the truth should be charged. Tommy had done nothing wrong that night. He was heading to bed.

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Posted by Mottern on 10/23/2014 at 6:09 PM

Re: “But Wait!

Everywhere GMO labeling/banning are on a ballot you can expect paid propagandists, they spent tens of millions of dollars in Seattle, and it worked.

Posted by Jerry Stewart on 10/22/2014 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Wage Battle

"As businesses with a long-term interest in the economic health of our community...Measure "R" is (uncomfortable)" (Los Bagels/Bagel Bakery and Café/Ramone's).

Wow, who would have expected Arcata's "enlightened" liberals to parrot the same lies and fear tactics issued by the Eureka Chamber of Commerce?

During the last 46 years minimum wages have been falling behind inflation these folks did nothing to work toward a "fairer" countywide measure!

If, (in fact), this is going to cause "community-interested" businesses a problem, Measure "R" has a provision allowing employers to negotiate alternative minimum wage compensation arraignments with their employees.

"Communities" are more than just "economies" for profit extraction!

If you must, call it the necessary evils of civilization, start a "corrective" countywide Measure, cancel that month in France, and start negotiating now with your workers! Writing whinny letters reflects poorly on the business community.

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Posted by Jerry Stewart on 10/18/2014 at 12:15 AM

Re: “But Wait!

Worse reporter ever!!!
Okay, then why does Monsanto continually sue over patent infringement; WHEN THEIR GMOs CONTAMINATE ORGANIC CROPS????

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Posted by Shannon Cunningham on 10/12/2014 at 10:02 PM

Re: “But Wait!

Wow, LOL, thank goodness America is waking up to this kind of nonsense information... it's obvious by most of the comments on this thread that people aren't buying it. :)

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Posted by Tracy Madlener on 10/12/2014 at 7:38 PM

Re: “But Wait!

GE Wheat was found in OR and just recently in Montana. So how can Popoff say there are no problems with GMO contamination? As the result of this contamination, JAPAN and South Korea suspended purchases of wheat from OR.

Popoff also stated that the pesticides pose a health risk. Then why would we want to grow or eat GMOs that are ENGINEERED to NOT DIE when farmers sprayed the toxic weed killer, Roundup on GMO crops. When you're eating GMOs you're eating pesticides. Sheesh.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/01/business/global/japan-and-south-korea-bar-us-wheat-imports.html?_r=0

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Posted by Caroline Yunker on 10/12/2014 at 7:03 PM

Re: “But Wait!

There is a limit to what's right and what is wrong. Monsanto has surpassed that limit. And they know that. Thats why they fight so hard to keep what they can a secret. They have to much money invested In trying to make the plants better and cheaper without care of what it will do to ppl. Yes maybe they think it is for the good. It was for the good in the start. But like I said they are taking it to far. If its not broken don't fix it. Quit messing around with are lives like we have more the one

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Posted by putman on 10/12/2014 at 11:41 AM

Re: “But Wait!

More of Misha Popoff's usual disinformation.

Popoff is just one of the numerous GMO pesticide industry operatives that are everywhere these days trying to define a narrative that ignores the fact that there have been no independent long term studies of the effects of Roundup laden GMOs on human health.

Read what the Food Safety News has to say about this corrupt tool ; http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/08/critic-of-organic-movement-is-a-flawed-messenger/

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Posted by Ted Miner on 10/12/2014 at 10:06 AM

Re: “But Wait!

Holy guacamole! I have never read so many lies in such a short piece. Anybody who takes this seriously: please do a little googling and then please become offended by how this person is trying to blatantly trick you; we're better than that.

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Posted by Robin.P. on 10/11/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Hard to Swallow

a similar measure was passed in Mendocino county 10 years ago and the sky hasn't fallen. Vote yes on Measure P

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Posted by pass the peas please on 10/10/2014 at 10:05 AM

Re: “But Wait!

Anonymous comments really make a strong point talking about the person rather than the content of their letter. Oh, right, opposite of that.

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Posted by Ian Ray on 10/10/2014 at 6:53 AM

Re: “But Wait!

He may be from Texas now, but he left Canada after getting thrown out of the Conservative Party for being too conservative. Well too misogynist actually.http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/29/mischa-popoff-fired-bc-conservative-video_n_3179254.html
His articles, and comments are so filled with half-truths, inaccuracies and sometimes outright lies, he looses all credibility. For a better picture of who this guy really is
http://www.cornucopia.org/2011/06/who-is-mischa-popoff/

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Posted by Tilthtroll on 10/10/2014 at 6:33 AM

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