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Re: “You Know What Happens When You Assume...

Thank You Mr. Thiessen. I wish I would have read your response sooner. Might you consider sharing this comment with the community in print? The editor may be open to the suggestion. People who think outside of the box are hard to come by in the North Coast Journal Community! Thank you again!

Leanne Estrada

Posted by N8tivecali on 06/25/2015 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Pension Envy

Since government is becoming our largest employer they represent our community's economic life-support along with our retirees and pot!

However, if public employees continue their code-of-silence on the uncomfortable truths they know about Humboldt County and its cities, they should be fired.

Why did Eureka's Public Service Officers wait until their jobs were threatened before they spoke out about Eureka's 700 annual missing person's reports that are mostly children? What are local children running from and what other secrets are our "public servants" keeping...and why??

Were they ordered to "shut up" until it didn't matter anymore and were laid off?

Posted by Jonathan Gaugh on 06/24/2015 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Pension Envy

Boy I dunno. Having gone to school forever, worked in my profession forever in a state other than California, and coming here living with my wife in our little RV, I see CalPERS folks in much greater luxury than I have, with much lesser degrees (if any) and fewer years worked. I've learned to call them "CalPERSians".

Posted by Bart Rankin on 06/23/2015 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Not so Rosy on Woodley Island

The money speaks in this town!!!!!! at any expense.

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Posted by Sharon Ross Catlett on 06/21/2015 at 8:29 PM

Re: “On Confessions

Thank you for the excellent letters.

The U.S. has 10 million people paroled, on probation or in prison, (2.3 million).

There were 350,000 in prison in 1980.

The death penalty and the longest prison sentences tragically distinguish the U.S. among the industrialized nations.

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Posted by Carroll Harding on 06/11/2015 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Grr, Pensions

On the other hand, high public salaries and pensions are undoubtedly one of the prime supporters of our local economy other than MJ in the New Depression.

Yes, a school teacher can receive a $1 million pension payout if they live the average lifespan and that's OK with me.

What is unacceptable is the ubiquitous self-censorship from our "public servants" that know a lot about our community.

Case in point:

It wasn't until Eureka's Police Service Officers were threatened with layoffs that they revealed there are 720 annual missing person reports in Eureka, mostly youths. (Thank you NCJ!).

Every media source in this county is filled with crime, drugs and homelessness....seems like we might be a little more interested in what else we aren't being told by our public professionals about the way kids are being treated in this county.

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Posted by Carroll Harding on 06/08/2015 at 1:20 AM

Re: “You Know What Happens When You Assume...

The author of this letter is fantastic at proving the point they're not trying to make... I guess? So that's something.

"You can't be everywhere at once," and thanks for many other platitudes and vagueries in your opening. But I can work with it! Police have been shown to lie - repeatedly - about what happened during an incident that lead to the use of lethal force. Platt proposes we have civilian review boards instead of the police investigating... themselves. This is a legitimate and basic request. Because if they've lied about one thing, it's safe to assume they'll lie about something else. They even try to get away with under-reporting the frequency of those incidents. Maybe you have pleasant encounters with police, but I never have. You are correct (again) that the article was littered with evidence of their aspersions and falsehoods, at least you represented both sides here. If you were referring to something else (or something specific maybe?), I couldn't find it in your letter.

But honestly, the longer you defend an indefensible position, the more pathetic you look to normal people who aren't monstrous. Just stop. It's not audacious to ask for police accountability and for people themselves to take front-and-center. Here is a VERY short list of things that deserve death in American policing, with citations to specific cases - all with video and photographic evidence of wrongdoing:

Run (Walter Scott)
Stay and get arrested (Freddie Gray)
Lay down while handcuffed (Oscar Grant)
Fight back (Trayvon Martin)
Mind your business (John Crawford)
Put your hands up (Mike Brown)
Proclaim your innocence (Eric Garner)
Getting married (Sean Bell)
Pants sagging (Ervin Edwards)
Beg for your life (Thaddeus McCarroll)
Be alive and 12 (Tamir rice and Cedric Bartee)
Be outside (Rekia Boyd)
Be at home relaxing (Kathryn Johnston)
Run into your house (Ramarley Graham)
Injured and asking for help (Johnathan Ferrell)
Be in a stairwell (Akai Gurly)

So... "What can people do to avoid being killed when encountering police?" Or more precisely, "What can police do to resist the urge to kill anything that moves?"

We would just like to know. People are being pretty damn calm in my opinion over this whole thing. Seriously. These are people's wives, sisters, mothers, fathers, brothers... all dying needlessly. Police deaths don't figure into the conversation. There are plenty of jobs more dangerous than being a cop, being a farmer or a garbage man is more dangerous than being a cop. Police under heightened fire and threat is a myth, even the numbers at the cop-friendly National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund can tell you that. You should not - as you say - believe grossly inaccurate and misleading news reports that you seen on the television. There is not an abusive position of power and violence in favor of the people. If you insist on driving them to rise up further and take command of that position if we can't have question and demands satisfied otherwise, I support that too!

So the next time you're going to come out with this petulant and cryptic defense of why people should just endure a worsening problem you don't think exists JUST because YOU'VE never been lucky/unlucky enough to survive it... then you should just resist the urge to make yourself and your ilk look like the victims in this situation. Failing to do so might be about the only thing more embarrassing than your ability to reason.

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Posted by Zach Thiessen on 05/22/2015 at 8:40 PM

Re: “Protect your Neck

Once again Rick Knapp cuts through the chaff to the bottom line and gives us good advise.
/s/Chuck Goodwin

Posted by GardenClub on 05/22/2015 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Bummmmer

Police taking names and numbers?....in a public park?....just for being there?

Is that legal?

Wonder what would happen if someone refused to give them personal information?

Where's that 'probable cause' we keep hearing so much about?

Someone call the ACLU.

From what I read about this years 'celebration', there wasn't much to shout about other than the punitive conditions the city and the thug cops put on the approval permit.

Good for you, Mr. Mayor and Council of Arcata. You successfully pounded one more nail in the citizens ability to assemble freely.
Sure feel safer knowing the thug Arcata cops have saved us all from the drooling masses of stoners that tried to invade an open to the public park.

I'll tell you the above statement is sarcastic as y'all seem to have lost any sense of humor or common sense....as if any of you ever had it to begin with.

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Posted by Mr. Geezer on 05/14/2015 at 8:31 AM

Re: “On the Border

Never fix the problems of poverty,crime,corruption and horrible infrastructure in Mexico and Central America? Allow tens of millions of unchecked, un assimilated, undocumented immigrants to flood the United States until it becomes a replica of Mexico?

Preach slow growth, slow development, slow population growth, "Love your mother earth, don't become one", "Save the Earth", recycle, stop climate change, yet take a stance that flushes all that down the toilet?

Immigrants flee high crime, poverty, corruption and horrible infrastructure yet many of them demand that misery be allowed to follow them to the United States?

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Posted by Mutt on 05/02/2015 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Do No Harm

Excellent letter.

Posted by Carroll Harding on 04/30/2015 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Grass Again

As much as you may disagree with Ron, he always did good science. The Yurok forester got corrupted by drugs.

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Posted by ceevee on 04/23/2015 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Grass Again

Uri's got it wrong. The scientific research shows that the beach pines here as well as Oregon Dunes area stabilize the sand dunes. Sure, the moving sands bury pines on the edges and the skeletons give a grotesque appearance. The highest dunes are in the areas with the most permanent vegetation. Thus these are the areas which are safest in a Tsunami.

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Posted by ceevee on 04/23/2015 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Learn Spanish

"I get the sense of an air of entitlement."
I thank Mr. Brown for providing our recommended daily dose of irony.

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Posted by Joel Mielke on 04/21/2015 at 8:55 PM

Re: “ACLU's Small Town Problem

I sit on the Ventura County ACLU and can tell you that Sue, your wrong!!!.. and sad that you would result to having to write false information!... for one When I fought against inmate postcard mail, I reached out to the ACLU Ventura chapter and although they could not help me either, did helped me form the ripple effect and our Public Defender sued and Lost! But We won in the Supreme Court! so my point is You are Not the ACLU we work as a collective body! And as for the Drones! I dont remeber seeing you at the Government Center protesting with us!!! You had no right or merit to speak on it! I didn't either so dont feel bad my friend! The ACLU won in that case too!!!! ACLU is for all the people! I do not remeber you at any of the 5 protest on police Brutality yet or the workshops we gave as ACLU VENTURA CO. CHAPTER on any of the issues and so much more!!! You must not blame the ACLU for your self intrest! because that is not the reason they are here!!! .... Lucy!

Posted by Lucy Cartagena Martinez on 04/12/2015 at 5:46 PM

Re: “ACLU's Small Town Problem

"No doubt the ACLU does good for our country, but it disregards the smaller communities."

I have to disagree with the second part of that statement. I've lived in several small communities over the years, and in two separate locations I've seen the ACLU active in local issues involving racial discrimination, including one here in Eureka:

http://www.northcoastjournal.com/Blogthing…

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Posted by Reality Bytes on 03/18/2015 at 8:43 AM

Re: “ACLU's Small Town Problem

LOCAL INFO0 ON ACLU from Marci--What has happened to the ACLU I joined in 1980????
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Posted by jean doran1 on 03/15/2015 at 9:59 AM

Re: “ACLU's Small Town Problem

ACLU---

Posted by jean doran1 on 03/15/2015 at 9:37 AM

Re: “ACLU's Small Town Problem

ACLU flaws also covered by Marci in recent columns. As a member since 1980.. I ask "What has happened?"Should we supportACLLU???

Posted by jean doran1 on 03/15/2015 at 9:32 AM

Re: “ACLU's Small Town Problem

Here in Humboldt County we are lucky to have two local groups including HumRights and the: Humboldt Civil Liberties Defense Fund who could use your donation at: http://hcldf.org/
(hcldf (dot) org)

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Posted by Richard Salzman on 03/13/2015 at 9:22 AM

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