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Re: “A Fond Farewell, a Warm Welcome

HSU?

He'd better get a lawyer.

Posted by James White on 07/22/2016 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Maybe Next Year

The NCJ's periodic tenacity is the only public-interest print media in this county aside from EcoNews.

Thank you.

The widely ignored 2013-14 Humb. Co. Grand Jury also expressed concerns about how at-risk children are being defaulted to police officers who are untrained to handle children and have no requirement for training...add that to our community's other defaults to cops in handling victims of mental illness, drug addiction, rape, and homelessness.

How many other at-risk kids are being detained by police?
Where are they being taken?
What are the outcomes?
What are the alternatives?

"...they (media) navigate(d) through the biggest recession to ever hit this country short of the Great Depression." (JUDY HODGSON)

"Depression"?

Surely you mean "Fire Sale".

Not one media source in this county has reported the number of home foreclosures since the crash began in 2008! Since then, few Eureka neighborhoods remain owner-occupied and our cities are grappling with record homelessness, addiction, suicide, child abuse, and youth unemployment.

I wonder how many people would start subscribing if journalists were allowed, once again, to "connect the dots", "follow the $", and focus on reporting news that's relevant to the searing issues people are facing everyday in our communities?

Instead, most Americans were hammered by 12 months of 24/7 coverage of a primary election in which 80% of potential voters abstained.

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Posted by Jessie Sia on 07/15/2016 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Gambling with our Lives

Typical right-wing nonsense: a total disconnect between argument and factual reality.

Every shooter was an American. Not a single shooter—none, zero—came into this country across any border. So tighten the border because…??? Right-wing nonsense.

The one unifying factor is the access to "assault" rifles. There is absolutely no reason for these to be in the hands of the public or the police. These types of guns should only be in the hands of the military. Why are the right-wing gun nuts so insistent on owning these rifles? Defense against a tyrannical government? More nonsense. The government has tanks, bazookas and nuclear weapons.

Is our leadership crazy? Sure, to a point. Are right-wing gun nuts crazy? Definitely and completely.

Posted by humboldtrick on 07/14/2016 at 11:48 AM

Re: “'Affordable,' Really?

Humboldt has been my home for twenty years now. I finally got enough together for an awesome investment property/home which years later got caught up in the Countrywide BofA scandal and I lost everything including over 160k of my retirement. They all got bailed out but what did we get? Not a frikkin' thing - just a bunch of stress and grief. Well now I am in a mobile home and it's OK. I miss my land, but as stated the rents are constantly going up! The company who owns the MH park is of course far away from our area and they are eager to improve like thinking we want asphalt roads and pretty landscaping. I love being the rural person I am and despise all their 'upgrades' but forced against my will to pay for them if I want a roof over my head. Many folks in my MH park are struggling worse than I! If I wanted all this perfect manicured asphalt jungle I'd live amongst them in their sprawling metro cities! Humboldt is getting bought up so fast by big city corrupted corporations, and we are, one day very soon, are going to all wonder just what the hell happened! There won't be anything left for our kids!

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Posted by Comizr8r on 07/14/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “What Does the EPD Have to Hide?

Wow.

Thank You.

Posted by Jessie Sia on 07/12/2016 at 9:41 PM

Re: “They've Got Soul

Sure, you'll be in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws when you sell out our communities to New York based speculators and land grabbers. It's completely legal to profit from the housing market's instability. You may even pay your 'fair share' of taxes. The charitable donations improve your image with a good tax write-off as a bonus.
Meanwhile, the American Dream of owning a home (and maybe an acre or five of land) is alive and well for anybody with a couple million to spare. Which is not us. A 'fixer' runs for $250-500k these days. The 'sweat equity' will cost, well... Have you seen the movie 'The Money Pit'?

Posted by WhoAreThesePeople? on 07/07/2016 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Poetic praise

Thank you, Paul, for your sensitive reading of this poem. Being a fan of yours myself, makes it even more meaningful. Tamara Jenkinson.

Posted by Tamara Jenkinson 1 on 07/02/2016 at 7:35 AM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

I support the use of the term cannabis rather than marijuana. "marijuana" has long had a stigma to it whereas "cannabis" is the term that is used in recent medical and scientific literature. Much of the battle to allow adult recreational and "all" medicinal use of this plant is against the irrational hype based in racial animosity towards hispanics and blacks back in the early 20th century. We don't need to perpetuate this unscientific and racist stigma... especially for people who don't take the time to educate themselves on the value of this amazing plant. It isn't a question of white washing. It's a question of neutralizing the conversation to "just the facts" rather than having it based on irrational fear of the unknown and belief in the lies that the government has put forth (at the same time as they get a patent for the medicinal value it has - Patent US 6630507 issued 2004 - TWELVE YEARS AGO). Guess they wanted to get there first.

Posted by Saroj Gilbert on 07/01/2016 at 8:06 PM

Re: “We lost the war

That's exactly the people that our government is working for- realtors and developers. And Big Tobacco. They don't work for the people; they never have.

Posted by WhoAreThesePeople? on 07/01/2016 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Big Brands

Not surprising in the least. Bill Gates is a longtime legalization advocate. Microsoft money has gone to organizations such as NORML, Seattle Hempfest, Initiative 502 (WA state weed legalization), as well as funding the construction and maintenance of the Seattle Public Library.

Posted by WhoAreThesePeople? on 06/24/2016 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Pass Eric's Law

It is always challenging to write something that may be controversial. Consequently, it is really rewarding when someone as informed as Peter DeAndreis supports your effort. There are usually so many limits on free-expression that most of these things go unsaid. Thank you, Peter, for helping me to feel at least somewhat accurate.

Posted by Larry Hourany on 06/21/2016 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Worldly Weed

I once heard the English language described as being "organic and hospitable." Works for me.

Posted by Barry Jeffers1 on 06/21/2016 at 12:02 AM

Re: “Bravo, EPD!

Except, there's no problem or crime to "nip" Ann.

EPD needs to get off the computer and out of their cars to start addressing Eureka's record incidents of domestic abuse, child abuse, and property crime.

Posted by Sherry Farb on 06/18/2016 at 12:29 AM

Re: “Worldly Weed

i disagree with your last idea. ive always used the word marijuana. learned much later about hearst. he doesnt deserve immortality. let his name mean nothing.

Posted by Lexiconned on 06/17/2016 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Worldly Weed

Great article linda, I guess I am a word nerd, I love words and their home stories!

Posted by Jessie Wheeler on 06/16/2016 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Worldly Weed

Great article.
Ms Stansberry is a terrific journalist.
Thanks.

Posted by Mr. Geezer on 06/16/2016 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Pass Eric's Law

Thank you, Peter DeAndreis, for your letter. I agree entirely.

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Posted by elisaa on 06/16/2016 at 8:30 AM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

Racism is institutional and not a skin deep issue. If eliminating a few words begins a dialogue or gets America to look in the mirror, great. Should marijuana be the 'M-word'? Yeah that would solve a lot of problems, just like the 'N-word' did.

Posted by Wister Haines on 06/13/2016 at 12:49 PM

Re: “A Summit for the Future

Our terrain "...makes flat land hard to come by."

Eureka's miles of gulches lends itself to a spectacular resource for trails that wouldn't simply improve the health of some of this state's least-healthy people, they would immediately increase the values of surrounding property and make it difficult for homeless families, teens and veterans to "trespass".

Humboldt County's resistance has little to do with terrain. Trails are "liberal". Period.

This is the first I've read about this trail in a long time. Looks like local media reflects the values of the locals.

Thank you.

Posted by Vernon Warren on 06/13/2016 at 12:06 AM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

Russ Belville, I believe that sinsemilla (Spanish "seedless") originally referred to leaves and bud from the sort of high-potency, hybridized female plants that Humboldt County is so well known for. I have not heard the term in decades, probably owing to the fact that all weed seems to be sinsemilla nowadays, so it has become redundant. I agree that "cannabis" sounds unnaturally clinical in comparison with "weed."

Posted by Joel Mielke on 06/10/2016 at 5:33 PM

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