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Re: “Better Than Status Quo, Prop 64 Protects Us All

The main point is that cannabis has been illegal about 40 years too long. Cannabis should be grown on farmland, by businesspersons, freely traded, widely available, cheap, and taxed. Anyone wishing to grow their own, should be able to do so.
Prohibition has fostered so many local problems, and crimes against persons and the environment, which escalate every year in severity, in a county ill equipped and underfunded to deal with ANY social issue, crime, drugs or mental health.
Legal weed will cause some economic shock, but the quality of Humboldt weed and the cache of our boutique pot will not be reduced. The products of our county, with local control and compliance, could enjoy worldwide status and distribution. The Humboldt brand will continue to set the standard, our growers will be respected, and our identity will not be challenged by anyone, anywhere. Legalization will put pride in your product, while filtering out the pirates. The end result will be to legitimize your services and products, and put them permanently into the actual economy. The value is there, develop the market! Go forward without fear!

Posted by Taurus Balzhoff on 10/21/2016 at 6:29 AM

Re: “Appalachian v. Appellation

I've seen these two words transposed before, yeah.

Posted by Bart Rankin on 10/20/2016 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Vote V!

Ms. Mosher’s letter is full of inaccuracies and purposely misleading omissions. Remember, Ms. Mosher — a non-retired business owner — has a vested interest in not telling the truth because she financially benefits if Measure V passes.

MISLEADING OMISSION: 90 municipalities have ordinances.
FACT: 447 don’t have any form of rent control and 17 jurisdictions have actually rescinded their rent control ordinances in recent years! AND over the past ten years, 13 Northern California cities and counties have considered rent control and officially rejected it, including neighboring Lake County and Mendocino County.

INACCURATE: Carson taxpayers are paying nothing for rent control.
FACT: Carson continues to pay expensive lawyers to appeal their devastating $7.4 million rent control judgement. Every day they fight to prop up their failing rent control program, their legal bills mount exponentially. Money that could be spent on services for the community.

MISLEADING OMISSION: $6500 is a paltry sum to preserve affordable housing.
FACT: $6500 is only the start as Measure V caps the $5 tax charged to mobile home owners. This deficit will only increase. If a park owner asks for a hearing from the county, the county has to pay for that lawyer. On top of that, if the park owner wins, the “losing” residents have to pay all the expenses incurred by the park owner for this hearing and all will have their rents raised as ordered by the Hearing Officer.

INACCURATE: Arcata study, as well as others, show that ordinances are effective.
FACT: Economist after economist agree that rent control is not the right answer. Study after study, including the Arcata study, show that rent control will hurt the neediest and poorest residents among us.

The fact is that rent control is not needed in Humboldt County. Especially not in the form of Measure V.

To get even more facts, please visit and Vote NO On Measure V.

Posted by Guntram Wolski on 10/20/2016 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Yes on V


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Posted by jean doran1 on 10/19/2016 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Black and White

With all due respect to Chief Mills, please stop asking people of color to be the sole educators around how to deconstruct whiteness. There are many white people in the community who might be willing to guide/educate/mentor EPD; the people I've heard and worked with are committed to not speaking FOR people of color. They speak on the truths of what the role of whites has to be in order to make progress toward real equity. I'll email you personally to share this as well.

Posted by TSS on 10/19/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Black and White

Eureka's police chief will graciously allow you to peacefully exercise rights that do not require his permission.

And just in case there's any problem....

Eureka Takes Police Video Fight to the Supreme Court

Posted by Ted Nissan on 10/17/2016 at 12:32 AM

Re: “The Cannabis TEA Party

I'm not a grower, but I think these taxes are way out of hand. And $7 million annually when the deficit is in the hundreds of millions?? How would these state officials like it if their income was suddenly lowered by $15k/year for an empty promise of smoother roads?

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Posted by GK Chase on 10/15/2016 at 11:23 AM

Re: “'A Dire Situation'

Putting our community's most vulnerable elderly at risk is a major public health threat that requires immediate intervention by officials to take these facilities through eminent domain and let the courts figure out later what the fair market value is for the land and structures... since this business has been "losing money" and is worthless.

The first duty of government to to protect the powerless from the powerful.

This is an unacceptable and avoidable tragedy with deadly consequences.

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Posted by Marilyn Costello on 10/13/2016 at 9:29 PM

Re: “'A Dire Situation'

It is time to put pressure directly on Mr. Shlomo Rechnitz.
Thanks to Patty Berg and Wes Chesbro for this, but can they now help us to put pressure on Shlomo Rechnitz? It would require getting to him where he lives. What Temple does he attend and who is his Rabbi? This is where the protests need to be held as he clearly presents himself as a pious man:…
Read these stories to get more background:…/the-case-of-the…/Content…

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Posted by Richard Salzman on 10/13/2016 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Warning: This Column Contains Objectionable Material
The Coddling of the American Mind, another side of the story and why trigger warning mentality can go arye

Posted by webs on 10/10/2016 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Who's Driving the Bus, Eureka?

This article is biased and making a complicated issue seem simple and about the police not releasing a video. Do some research, this case is about keeping personnel records private and minimizing liability to the employer (City). Disappointing journalism NCJ, stick to facts not not Nancy Grace rants.

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Posted by cosmos00 on 10/09/2016 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Brius This, Seaview That

I would like to know what happened 18 months ago that Rockport started losing money. Marijuana was here when Rockport was making money so there is no credence to blaming the marijuana industry for the dearth of people wanting to work for $12 an hour.I don't believe that Rockport is giving a true account of its losses. Rockport reports anything that does not meet its profit expectations as a loss. nobody would care if Rockport put profits first if Rockport were just selling bricks but Rockport provides healthcare services to our seniors.
I don't care to count Schlomo's money. I don't care for any of the content of this garbage retread article. these two patients have been discussed in numerous other articles by the author. I don't care for the administrator of Seaview being smeared in another of this authors articles. Seaview is not the only one star nursing home in this region. Get over your personal grudge.

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Posted by ghosthum on 10/08/2016 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Brius This, Seaview That

This was deeply moving and profoundly well written. Kudos for pointing out that the personal greed of one man, not corporate greed - has resulted in a tragedy, and that we are all obligated to speak up.

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Posted by Sue Coutant on 10/07/2016 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Who's Driving the Bus, Eureka?

Eureka has a history of inviting lawsuits, whether it's poorly trained police, the mayor's official "Prayer Breakfasts" or the city manager's decision to hand a former police chief "six figures" to leave less than a year before his contract's not their money, they are not held accountable, and this case is no different.

This is what it means to run government like a business...Top-down loyalty, secrecy, fear, and favor.

They think that spending tens of thousands of dollars to muzzle public access might save the city millions in future lawsuits and liability from more unbridled abuse by untrained, unfit police. A similar battle raged for years against FOIA and the CPRA.

"The first duty of government is to protect the powerless against the powerful." (The Code of Hammurabi, The World's Oldest Legal Code 1700 B.C.).

The days that all police cars were emblazoned with the words, "To Protect and Serve" are long, long gone.

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Posted by Marilyn Costello on 10/07/2016 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Who's Driving the Bus, Eureka?

Correct. This is, ultimately, a true "Civil Rights" issue for "All" Americans. 🤔

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Posted by Clarke Johnston on 10/07/2016 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Brius This, Seaview That

I use to work under Lorena she doesn't care for the resident.this women never went to see them she always understaffed all but morning shifts. Her schedule 4 on 2 off doesn't work. She promises you one thing and does the complete opposit. Does anyone remember the law suit a few years back against a sister facility in fortuna? Cost a lot of money did it not? Well from what I understood that was because Lorena ran the facility down like she always does, but they got caught, just like she is doing at seaview. She does not have the well-being of her residents nor her staff. Her staff has to get hurt before dangerous equipment will be replaced or fixed. I loved helping my resident I despised my administrator for her heart was not with the staff nor residents that resides there. She wanted minimal care with the most resident. When Roger ran the facility it was a totally different facility, and when they replaced it with her it destroyed the building and all those in it.

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Posted by tez on 10/07/2016 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Positivity, please?

Marilyn, you are so wrong on so many points I don't know where to begin.

First, I have not appeared as a donor in every Republican candidate's campaign why are you lying about that? Yes, I have donated to some Republican candidates but I have also donated to some Democratic candidates and independents as well.

I fought to keep Jefferson & Grant Schools open. I was outvoted on Jefferson by 2-3. Too bad you didn't feel like helping. The board at that time included three Democrats including two retired teachers, one of whom was a former president of the Eureka Teacher's Association.

I have been a business sponsor of the Neighborhood Watch Block Party from its very first year. My opponent doesn't own a business, how can he be a sponsor ? I have sponsored events for other non profit events over many years. My opponent has not. I have been active in Neighborhood Watch since they started in my neighborhood, my opponent has not. Then if you had bothered to come you would have noticed Kim Bergel also attended the Block Party as well as many other Democrats.

Perhaps you should check out the facts before you go public ?

Posted by John Fullerton1 on 10/04/2016 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Positivity, please?

"For the record, I have not been involved in partisan politics in over 15 years."

Well...except for his name appearing as a donor in every republican candidate's campaign for election in Eureka and Humboldt County. Mr.Fullerton's letter reads like a seasoned politician...half-truths and serious accusations WITHOUT A SINGLE example....can't refute that!

Fullerton justifiably lost his seat on the school board after they closed 3 elementary schools. Jefferson school was fully attended. He claims he tried to keep them open, but never explains what actions he took to do so.

Unreported in the media is the deceit Mr. Fullerton's campaign has already engaged in with his advertised sponsorship of the recent "non-partisan" event at Eureka's Sequoia Park called a "Block Party" attended by every right wing politician. His opponent, healthcare professional Austin Allison was either not invited to be a sponsor or not allowed to have a booth at this poorly attended event where Fullerton worked the crowd.

It's a sign of desperation when a candidate tries to blame his opponent for unsubstantiated "inaccuracies" allegedly appearing in letters to the editor.

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Posted by Marilyn Costello on 10/01/2016 at 8:40 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

"It's about all of us"

NO, it's not about all of us. It's about those of us who refuse to take responsibility for the risks they impose on themselves and on their loved ones and on complete strangers. Who, in this day and age, with all of the news and information, can continue to justify getting in their car and driving off after a "couple of glasses of chardonnay" or more? NOT ACCEPTABLE!

Who, in this day and age, with all of the news and information, can continue to justify or excuse allowing a friend, an acquaintance, or that stranger sitting next to you, to get into their car and drive off after a few? NOT ACCEPTABLE!

You have a responsibility to call the police and provide a license plate number and description of the vehicle and driver. You have the responsibility to ask the bar or restaurant or festival staff for help calling a taxi or sober friend. Oh, too hard? too complicated? too much effort? NOT ACCEPTABLE!

You have the responsibility to be prepared in advance if you are going to an event where drinks will be served and you plan to consume - some - any - oh, just one - well maybe two. Oh, just this once, I'll drive slowly. NOT ACCEPTABLE!

You all know, and we all know, that if you have been drinking alcohol or imbibing any kinds of mind altering substance, you should absolutely NOT DRIVE! No excuses, no exceptions. Seriously, who doesn't know that? Ironically, people who do drink and drive are often cogent enough to know that to run away is your best bet, at least, until the alcohol or other substance has worn off enough that you won't test the limit. NOT ACCEPTABLE!

If you know enough to run away to save your own sorry ass, you know enough to plan ahead for other transportation options.

Those of us who drink responsibly, who make plans in advance when partying hearty, are insulted by those who are irresponsible. People who drink and drive most likely do it fairly frequently. We all have a responsibility and an obligation to report this behavior and stop these people before the next innocent person gets killed or injured.

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Posted by Ruth Moon on 09/26/2016 at 1:01 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

Stevie shroyer rip

Posted by Sierra Darling on 09/25/2016 at 11:03 PM

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