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Re: “Splash Some Water on Your Face

Right on, brother.

It seems that the lumber industry/greedy uncaring bastards have gotten by with all their evil dastardly deeds the same way the wall st., bankers, pharmaceuticals, politicians, oil companies, frackers, agri-chemical giants and the nra have all succeeded with their accomplishments.

There are few impotent folks left to challenge what has become the 'norm'.

We win a battle now and then but the war has been won and over for some time.

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Posted by Mr. Geezer on 12/18/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “On Grass

I have a different take.

[EDIT]

Whereas
Uri, with Manila neighbors and fellow equestrians saw a problem (blowout in the Rudd Property fore dune) and used their time and initiative to do do their best to alleviate the problem with
bio-mimicry:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22CgOT5aqo…

Manila CSD disassembled the repairs. What the hell! Is anyone paying attention to our coastlines resilience? My hat is off to Uri and the others who are working for stability, paying attention. Heartfelt thanks to you.
County is the Responsible Party (CEQA) I am not sure what is going-on there,
but whatever it is let us hope for a recognition of our Wildlife and Wetland Habitat,
before it is lost.

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Posted by palustrine on 12/14/2014 at 9:04 PM

Re: “More GMO Letters

Any article that would show the nonexistent ""anti-gmoscience"" would be fictitious and using false balance to spread the balderdash of anti -g.e. fear mongerers. Any journalist who stands up to this bunk is to be commended. Thye factual way to present the anti-g.e. side in a balanced way is to say "this is false.

Posted by Eric Bjerregaard on 12/14/2014 at 4:30 AM

Re: “On Grass

Linda and I both enjoy the dunes and care about them. What should be noted is the change in management that has been taking place without any public process.

Original permits recognized that erosion and destabilization would occur after digging out the naturalized grasses unless specific mitigation measures were adhered to. The disregard for those requirements has subsequently left a lot of erosion and destabilized dunes. That should be of particular concern with projected sea level changes and increased storm intensities.
Instead we are somehow being fed a spin that this erosion and destabilization is somehow beneficial to us with nothing to back such a ridiculous claim.

Meanwhile several significant University studies done by our neighbors to the north all point to the benefit that our beach grass provides for coastal protection and to Native plants! Our very own Andrea Pickart (92) wrote that the beachgrass builds extensive wetlands. Simple math will tell us that subtracting the grass will give us less wetlands.

Since many of these issues have been brought up, those still intent on stripping our dunes have refused to engage in a public forum to address these legitimate concerns. FOD would take great strides in gaining credibility if they would support what they had agreed to years ago, transparent and open engagement with the public.

To suggest this is about riding horses is flat out ridiculous. But it should be noted that our "Friends" tried very hard to close long established trails until the county made it clear that doing so was illegal.

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Posted by uri driscoll1 on 12/12/2014 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Battle Cruisers

Connie Miller is still reeling from her emotional loss to Chris Kerrigan in the 2000 Eureka City Council race

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Posted by Humboldt Hunny on 12/11/2014 at 4:23 AM

Re: “Bike On, Responsibly

Having been a sidewalk pedestrian who was nailed by an idiot riding at a high rate of speed on a bicycle, I appreciate this comment.

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Posted by Joel Mielke on 11/11/2014 at 6:28 AM

Re: “On Higher Wages

On November 4th please vote Yes on Measure R. Measure R will raise the minimum wage to $12 for large employers to pay their workers. No one working full time should need a second job to survive. When Measure R passes, you'll be able to work, save, and spend more time with your loved ones. Your voice needs to be heard in this city. Don't let the few rich decide what is good for Eureka. Vote November 4 for fair wages. Stand up for yourself, your family and your community. Yes on R.

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Posted by Fair Wage Folks on 11/03/2014 at 6:08 PM

Re: “VIACOMedy of Errors

That's Ed R. Murrow. Just sayin'.

Posted by Sanity's Overrated on 11/01/2014 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Bike This Way

Andy's department is too busy hassling pot smokers, bicyclists and killing kids to actually make us any safer. Send the police state a message and vote no on Q.

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Posted by James Decker1 on 10/31/2014 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Vote This Way

There is quite the typo in my letter. My letter said $60/$100K assessed value and $30/$100K. This has been edited to say $60,000/$100,000 assessed value and $30,000/$100,000. I doubt that anyone could survive this edited rate. Correct translation is $60/$100,000 and $30/$100,000. Hopefully my point is still getting across. Thanks for printing my letter - Gaye Gerdts

Posted by Gaye on 10/30/2014 at 9:22 AM

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.

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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.

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

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