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Re: “Last Chance

This article is so off base it is not funny. Plain and simple trucks are not the main vehicle to cause an accident. Most accidents are caused by cars, I ask before you wrote this article did you think to take a ride in a truck and see for yourself how we are treated by cars? Constantly getting cut off, changing lanes in front of use without using a blinker. You probably don't realize as I didn't see it in the article, but semi truck drivers have to go through a several week training process just to get the a class A license. Then after the license is obtained, you have to maintain a medical card that is renewed every two years, and lastly we are constantly monitored by the Dot making sure things are up and up. I ask you to contact OOIDA they can give you a lot of insight.

Lastly don't forget these big bad scarey trucks haul most of the crap we buy. Plain and simple you don't like trucks stop buying crap. These men and women spend countless hours on the road so you can have that crap. Maybe next time wave at them and thank a trucker, they are not as scarey as they seem.


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Posted by Dokman00 on 01/09/2017 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Last Chance

And if this doesn't solve the problem, driverless trucks will, soon...…

Posted by Kirk Gothier1 on 01/09/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Last Chance

Excellent letter, Richard. Thank you.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 01/05/2017 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Top 10 Dick Moves

As a woman I find the whole concept offensive and irritating. Using that word is such a cheap shot. Yes, we all have some idea what people mean when they use it but it varies from person to person. It is also a BUZZ word which lowers its value considerably among those who read for content and not titillation and for those who aren't sure about this word (to tickle; excite a tingling or itching sensation in, as by touching or stroking lightly) it's not based on the slang word for a part of the body).
But if the list were to be taken seriously, then the actual selected items could be subject to more scrutiny that just another 'd---' list.
There are topics out there more than worthy of an actual rant with facts and proof (and NO stupid moving pictures---what are we, three year olds?) but that would take work and not just quickly assembled personal opinions.

If the writer is looking to creating a following with her personal rhetoric, well good luck. There are more independent thinkers and writers in the area and what may not make it into
print is certainly expressed elsewhere.

And since I do read other publications and newspapers and hope for higher standards from all, I've been known to write a critical appraisal of the research and work that went into an article in the Guardian (UK) (the most recent call-out) as I feel and believe that those who write for publication (for the public) have a greater responsibility than many of them show.

Posted by Autrefoix on 01/05/2017 at 12:55 AM

Re: “Top 10 Dick Moves

i understand it is popular with progressive women to use male genetalia as a slur, as it is popular with rednecky guys to use female genitalia as a slur.. but cmon. if a college town rag like the journal doesn't want a sexist and pejorative culture, then riegn in your trendy sexist writers who are writing for guffaws and perpetuating double standards. surely the hip, progressive journal wouldn't print a page entitled " top ten cunt moves".

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Posted by snackpack on 01/02/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Top 10 Dick Moves

All of these things were terrible, but Kyle, wow, that was a dick move.

Posted by Joel Mielke on 12/31/2016 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Teens These Days

Thank you Mr.Kausen for this great read. Thank you for your years of teaching! Thank you for being my teacher and my friend! You have blessed many lives including mine and my daughters! Enjoy your retirement with Mrs.K!

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Posted by Sarah N. on 12/02/2016 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Teens These Days

How rare it is to read anything by a local educator, a strange reality considering there are two local college campuses.

How do you expect to "understand " anything if there's no effort whatsoever to report where we've been and what we've lost in how we treat youths?

Back when a part time job could pay for college, the California Employment and Training Administration was cut by Ronald Reagan and Humboldt County lost about $13 million each year in assistance emancipating youths unsuited to foster care but who are willing to work and attend college.

Today, local leaders have ensured that Humboldt County is fully funded with its $15 million expansion of the county jail, a new $20 million juvenile hall, and the recently completed $15 million federal courthouse in McKinleyville where the first civil trial found Eureka police at fault for killing a 22 year old in his front yard. No EPD policy changes are forthcoming.

If you're serious about understanding local youths you must do your own research.

Not one local media source has logged-on to the county's website and searched for the county's "Trends Report", a quarterly analysis meriting routine reporting. It details shocking statistics in every category of human health 2 and 3 times worse than state averages...youth unemployment, drug fatalities, suicide, infant mortality, child abuse, major illnesses, and on and on...

This county, its media, its educators, elected and appointed representatives, and professionals have circled their wagons in silence.

Local residents, including Mr. Kausen and Mr. Millet should be outraged.

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Posted by Barry Davis on 12/02/2016 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Teens These Days

Nailed it. Thank you.

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Posted by Ellen Bridget Barker on 12/02/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Let's Talk About It: Choosing Civility

Thanks for your leadership, Chief Mills.

Posted by Anita Fullbright on 11/29/2016 at 2:28 AM

Re: “Let's Talk About It: Choosing Civility

Let's get accurate, Chief: Americans did not elect Donald Trump as president; the electoral college did. That's a grand total of 55 people in the entire State of California who had a voice in this election.

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Posted by SafetyThird on 11/22/2016 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Humboldt After Trump

Very comical. Humboldt County is still the best part of Northern CA.

Posted by Taurus Balzhoff on 11/22/2016 at 6:27 AM

Re: “Let's Talk About It: Finding Common Concerns

"We should recognize the importance of sitting down across political, ethnic, gender, educational and other perspectives and simply talking to each other to explain what our priorities are, and how we justify them. We simply need to understand each other, and to see if we have any common concerns that we can work together to address." (Rollin Richmond).

Please name one historic, successful social justice struggle where that worked.

Richmond illustrates the same old claptrap that inspired HSU visiting lecturer Ralph Nader to congratulate all HSU graduates in their achievement of a degree in "harmony ideology".

Posted by Howard Day on 11/21/2016 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Let's Talk About It: Choosing Civility

When a terrified EPD officer fires 4 shots into a home occupied by 3 toddlers, and 3 more killing a 22 year old in his front yard, should we tolerate deadly, costly incompetence?

Should all residents start being mindful following Humboldt County's first civil trial in its new federal courthouse being another EPD fatal shooting?

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Posted by Howard Day on 11/21/2016 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Let's Talk About It: Take Back the Power

To that end, we reached out to a variety of community stakeholders, people who we felt could help starts this community dialogue

These people really do not come across as a variety. They all seem pretty Liberal. This means all the opinions will pretty much state the same thing over and over.

Posted by Winston Dave on 11/19/2016 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Humboldt After Trump

Mr. Trachtenberg took over management of a hugely popular blog forum called "Humboldt Herald" turning it into his personal playground of satire and insult. After he began censoring submissions he didn't like, participation vanished.

Not exactly "dialogue" material.

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Posted by Denis Ramsey on 11/19/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Let's Talk About It: Take Back the Power

> Pfizer already attempted to buy a large parcel of rich bottom land in Ferndale with the intention of cornering the medicinal market.

Do you have any evidence of this at all?

> Personally, my concern is that Humboldt County will go the way of Sonoma

Where the average household income is $87,277, well over two times that of Humboldt? Oh no, what would we do if that happened!??!

Posted by Seer Snively on 11/19/2016 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Humboldt After Trump

Plans, plans, oh there are going to be so many plans. And they will be plans like you never saw before.
How are we going to fight crime and rampant drug use? Oh we're going to fight it, but I don't want to say how. The element of surprise on how we're going to fight it. That's how. None of this discussing it and letting the bad guys know when and know how we're coming in. It's gonna be hyuge.

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Posted by Patricia Cottrell on 11/19/2016 at 6:22 AM

Re: “Let's Talk About It: Aftermath

Fred, for once you actually have a point.

That's a typo that the worthies at the NCJ saw fit to introduce into my piece. What I actually wrote: "The steady progress of medical and recreational legalization would continue. A Clinton administration, and some Republican outliers, would keep pushing the federal agencies built around the War on Drugs."

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Posted by Scott G1 on 11/18/2016 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Let's Talk About It: Bridging the Divide

I'll admit I'm new to the V.A. medical care system but I've found none of the complaints so common about it to be valid. As for privatization, I heard on a local talk radio show recently that the V.A. was trying to privatize their health care. He went on to describe what the V.A. recently started and some of you may have noticed. I believe it's called Choice, or some such, at least they referred to the card they gave me as a Choice card.

How it works is if you have treatment necessary within a certain amount of time- I forget if it's 30, 45 days or whatever, and the V.A. can't handle it at their Clement Street, San Francisco facility within a certain amount of time, you can use the Choice card to get treatment at a local private medical provider, assuming there is one and they'll accept V.A. reimbursement rates.

I'd say that's a vast improvement over having to drive to the Bay Area all the time, and thank you to the private sector for making it possible.

And don't forget the V.A. pays you for travel to Fort Miley, or wherever. From my limited experience, recipients of V.A. medical services have no room to complain.

Posted by Fred Mangels on 11/17/2016 at 12:57 PM

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