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Re: “DUI or Don't I?

Uh - Jazemin. This story is three and a half years old...

Posted by Stephen Parr on 01/09/2014 at 1:49 AM

Re: “DUI or Don't I?

you guys need to shut up and stop talking smack about people who are good people just because somebody drinks doesn't mean that they're bad person half of the county smokes marijuana or drinks anyway it's a party County its not a good place to live which is why I moved out of it do not judge people you do not know only god can judge you remember that

Posted by Jazemin Morales on 01/08/2014 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Wish Lists

Whoops, I meant to say no work.

Posted by Chris on 07/01/2012 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Wish Lists

I moved out of the area two years ago to be with family in another state. Now that I am ready to move back to Humboldt, I find that the rents have more than doubled, and am not sure I can afford to move back. I have been trying to find someone who can explain this, but so far nothing definitive... If there's now work there, how come there is such a crush in the rental market?

Posted by Chris on 07/01/2012 at 12:39 PM

Re: “That's a Wrap

While any system isn't perfect...it's ridiculous to bash well-intentioned people.
"good friends from LA Andy Rydzewski and Kennith Thomas ran cameras (Directors of Photography) " posted by OLDGUARDFRIEND. I personally know Andy. He was a Humboldt County resident and HSU grad and a thoroughly good person who happens to have relocated to LA to be a part of the film industry and is actually doing great work down there. What is frustrating about a place like Humboldt is that there are so many people trying to "uncover the truth" that they turn on their own. We have such a small population that any $5 misstep is seen as a federal offence.
For Hank Sims. Wow. What a great piece of investigative journalism. I'm sure the budget of $96,000 dollars seems like big city money to you...but in film production terms is nada.

Posted by Another Perspective on 09/09/2011 at 5:34 AM

Re: “The Golden Boy

Joel Mielke, shut your carpetbagging mouth

Posted by anon.r.mous on 04/25/2011 at 10:15 AM

Re: “The Train Geeks Return

Humboldt rail service IS a pipe dream. Nothing big gets done in this state anymore without a mindfracking effort of hairsplitting sloth and vast displays of staggering denial. Witness that CalTrans has guaranteed that the nation's 2nd busiest bridge will collapse in the next mere 7.0 quake, yet it takes 24 years to actually replace it?? The original took two!! Witness the Confusion Hill slide threat "one big storm away" from cutting Hwy 101 permanently, and yet under "emergency" red-tape cutting it still takes eight years to get the bypass bridges open. We, unfortunately, live in mean times where lawyers rule and bureaucrats frolic in their vast array of fiefdoms. Little of consequence for the public good is done. Sweet utopian dreams keep clashing with the gray reality that the best we can hope for is some occasional decent road repair and maybe a renovated school every 20 years. Forget this stupid train. Bank the right of way. Hell, the regulations and lawsuits will probably cause THAT to take 20 years. See you in Idaho, neighbors!

Posted by Ken Malcomson on 03/17/2011 at 10:35 PM

Re: “The Train Geeks Return

Too much Rhetoric and stalling tactics to suit me. When in heavens name will people stop fighting and come to some agreeable solution. Railroad is rebuilt, ready for traffic, and ready to lend freight service to Sonoma County. Whether or not Humboldt county is a pipe dream, get going with the operation and put SMART to bed. In other words,...Get your Ass in Gear !!!

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Posted by Kay C. Jones on 02/20/2011 at 12:24 AM

Re: “The Train Geeks Return

I've watched the videos of what the washout looks like and am pretty sure that it could be engineered.
How far has responsible forestry come? If given a satisfactory answer, I'd prefer trains over trucks.

Posted by AV on 02/08/2011 at 8:21 PM

Re: “The Golden Boy

"The people might support some changes..." Sure they do. A credulous public supports most of the changes that are promoted by the Republican noise machine. Prop 13 won't change though, and that's a goddamned shame.

Posted by Joel Mielke on 01/21/2011 at 9:07 AM

Re: “The Golden Boy

Democrats and Republicans, eh, Ken? Damn Democrats! Damn Republicans! You're not worth talking to, ken, sorry. You're not looking at a bigger picture over a longer timeline, let alone projecting into the future...connecting the dots. You will take that as an offense or whatever but I don't even give a care. You either get it or you don't. You don't and won't. You see the waste yet say it's best to cut off the poor who do all the actual work. They don't call things like tax write offs "helping the rich" but when the guy who made your lunch breaks his leg and misses a week of work, they call his medical reimbursement "helping the poor". Did the guy who made your lunch today ask you to cut him a personal check? Has anybody, ever? Caltrans also said the bay bridge would be toll free...over a decade ago.

Posted by same coin on 01/21/2011 at 12:44 AM

Re: “The Golden Boy

Hey Same Coin! We scare you off? :)

Posted by Ken Malcomson on 01/20/2011 at 10:48 PM

Re: “The Golden Boy

If only all they did was pave our roads and school our kids...but they can't even do that! The Mad River Bridge was obsolete in 1970 but doesn't get replaced until now? CalTrans stated unequivocally that the eastern span of the Oakland Bay Bridge (the nation's 2nd busiest bridge!) will go down--WILL go down--in the next 7.0 earthquake, yet 24 years after the last 7.0 quake they're still working on it. HSU has about 50 people making base salaries over $100 K per year (according to the Sac Bee, not my Uncle), along with all the perks, yet we keep making education less affordable for the actual students. We don't get the basics taken care of in this state in a timely and economical fashion, if at all, yet there is always a mewling chorus that decries the businesses that employ most of us as "greedy" and screams murder when someone suggests funding for certain relatively generous (compared with, uh, 49 other states) state programs be scaled back to, uh, 2004 levels in light of the fiscal emergency. Maybe you are right about some trusts benefitting a bit from Prop 13. What the hell does that really have to do with the question that we have run out of other people's money and the days of reckoning have arrived? This state ran a one time, $12 billion dollar surplus in 2000, thanks to the tech/dotcom bubble, which was in that year bursting. Rather than save that money (never mind refunding it to the people who paid it), Gray Davis and the Democrats spent all of it, including $8 Billion on new programs that would have to be funded each year. The result? 2001 had a great big deficit, and we've had one every year since. Look how much the state budget has grown relative to population since then! Enormous. And the profligate waste. One cell phone for every 2.4 state workers? Tip of the iceberg but very enlightening. The "popular notion" of paying for what you spend, and no more than that, is loooong overdue, Mr Mielke. The people might support some changes, and do.

Posted by Ken Malcomson on 01/20/2011 at 10:48 PM

Re: “The Golden Boy

Do mere opinions and anecdotes about relatives somehow qualify as "facts or references"? The immortal corporations that benefit in perpetuity and at our expense from Prop 13 are not the only problem. There are the legal instruments of "trusts," which are also also immortal, and more often than not, benefit the wealthy classes. I welcome the idea that Mr. Malcomson "might support some changes," but we need not be concerned, because "starving the beast" seems to be a much more popular notion nowadays than schooling our children and paving our roads.

Posted by Joel Mielke on 01/20/2011 at 8:20 PM

Re: “The Golden Boy

Huh. It would be nice if these debate responses had facts or references instead of just rhetoric. I looked over some seemingly unbiased and quite detiled assessments of Prop 13 and I admit, I might support some changes when it comes to commercial properties. But this debate wasn't really about 13 (from my perspective), it's about starving the beast before it overwhelms society and productivity any further. But it's always touchy when you mess with people's religious beliefs!

Posted by Ken Malcomson on 01/20/2011 at 8:34 AM

Re: “The Golden Boy

"I have a great understanding of what Prop 13 has done." I see no evidence to support the boast.

Posted by Joel Mielke on 01/20/2011 at 6:35 AM

Re: “The Golden Boy

Wow, so many errors, assumptions, and wacky accusations, so little time for a truck driver on his lunch break to refute. Ok, first, you both SUCK! Oh, wait, sorry. I thought this was YouTube Comments. No, actually you don't suck but we definitely disagree, though maybe not as much as you might think. My overly fast scribbling left the impression that I refuse to pay taxes. NOT true. I'll pay my share. I'll pay the current rate. Just no more. Please, do not raise my rate. And I don't think we need to raise anyone else's. I don't see how feeding this bloated beast is going to benefit the economy. Ideally, I think the vast majority of us can benefit from a significantly smaller government--say 5 to 6 %? But I know that's asking way too much from the Statists of America who relate to Govt as a quasi-religion that can solve all of society's ills if we just have enough faith in it. More is always better in their world view, no matter how wasteful or obviously ineffective. So, just keep it the same cost, make it pay for itself--no deficits, no borrowing to pay the light bill--and fufill the mission with the highest eye toward economy. Jerry's cell phone recall was a nice step in the right direction. How many folks in the private sector get their mobiles paid for by their company? As for Prop 13, Joel, I have a great understanding of what Prop 13 has done. It has forced government to limit itself. And excellent idea. And I'm sure even in your most demonic moments you don't want granny thrown out of her home because her fixed income didn't keep up with the tax increases. My self-employed Dad lives in Washington. His assessment went up continuously all through the 90's, far in excess of what local realtors told him his house was worth. His taxes tripled in 5 years. No Prop 13 for him. Blue state spending, however, almost ran him out of his home of 20+ years. Coin, you are right! I will be bent over and pay whatever the Man tells me to, ultimately, if neccessary, at the point of a gun. The government's gun. So I pay. And though I do occassion the coffee place's drive thru I'm just a truck driver, driving a 4 year old compact. Hope that's not too rich for you! As for the rich, I'm no suck-up to those that dodge their legal share. If you have a significant income and you don't pay your share, you really do suck, even if you spend your money on the local social justice organization, or use it for Law School. Sorry to disappoint you about my status as a lowly middle class peon. As I mentioned elsewhere, if you guys think you care more about the poor than I do, then give them your money. I give thousands to the state and feds. Why is the poverty rate still the same that it was 50 years ago, according to the very same federal govt?

Posted by Ken Malcomson on 01/19/2011 at 3:02 PM

Re: “The Golden Boy

No kidding, joel...what percent of the US population calls Texas home (whether they live there or not) and what portion of the nation's WEALTH claims to reside there? And how much tax to they pay again? To complain about California's poor is bad character.

Posted by same coin on 01/18/2011 at 8:23 AM

Re: “The Golden Boy

I don't think that Mr. Malcomson has any understanding of what Prop 13 has done to California. He might be happier in a teabagger state like Arizona, where taxes will never be raised.

Posted by Joel Mielke on 01/17/2011 at 8:49 PM

Re: “The Golden Boy

Ken, what do you do for a living? You say you won't pay more taxes, period. Oh yes you will. You will bend over as much and as often as the government wants to dip into the wallet in your back pocket. Why categorize yourself with the wealthy, and exclusive, elite? California, by the way, has the opposite of a crumbling infrastructure. You want to talk about wasted money, WHOOO BOY!!! And if what you say is true, that california has 1/8the population and 1/3 the poverty, this will only make matters worse. Honestly, when the government...the same one you're complaining about...dumps over half of our tax dollars into corporate bailouts and the neverending war machine, it reeks really bad to complain about the poorest people who have the least of all to do with it. We pay taxes too, ya know. We make your coffee in the morning and serve it up with a smile while you pull up to drive-thru in your new car. We fix your car. We ring up your groceries.

Posted by same coin on 01/17/2011 at 6:17 PM

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