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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.

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

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

A relatively recent city council meeting in fortuna is a much-needed light on the LACK of taxis or taxi-like (i.e. Uber) in this county. The hoops one has to jump through are ridiculous to say the least.

Posted by samantha1 on 09/25/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

You know it's kind of funny. Not ha-ha funny, but odd funny. When I'm out with friends and order coffee or tea and they're all having a few brews they ask me if I don't drink. I respond that I do, but I don't drink and drive. That way if a cop pulls me over I can answer simply No! I haven't been drinking. It's taken a few years for them to accept that about me. Personally I think we as a society need to change the paradigm of having a few and driving. I think there should be more sleep overs, more designated drivers, as the norm. As a motorcyclist I suspect over half of the other drivers out there are impaired in some way. Whether alcohol, pot, meth, opioids, texting, or just plain stupid.

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Posted by Anthony Westkamper on 09/24/2016 at 8:01 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

It's one of many big problems in this County. Here we are one of the biggest growers of Cannabis in the world and people put forward the belief that the use of it the same as alcohol, yet we cant seem to manage how we use alcohol. Though these stats are alarming, I am more concerned with the young people and we are talking about very very young who use alcohol and are getting the message Cannabis is the same, no harm in using it. Drug and Alcohol used consistently before the age of 16 permanently damages the brain function. That is a known fact among drug and alcohol therapist that treat teenagers for addiction. All I see is the statistics growing. I recently heard this nation has a heroin epidemic. Hell this country has a drug culture and they are not doing much to change it. There is legislation and activities to patch the symptoms of the drug culture but nothing to turn it back. If anything takes this country down it will be our abuse of drugs.

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Posted by Clydeine Oglesby on 09/24/2016 at 6:59 AM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

Art & Wine in the Park, Martini fund raisers, Brewfests all summer long in every community - the entire county culture seems to encourage getting drunk or high. Maybe it's time to promote safe and sober events.

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Posted by Neena Olson 1 on 09/23/2016 at 3:34 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

Well written, Mr. Greenson!
When the index finger points blame at others, three fingers always point back at the accuser.

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Posted by Susan Dager on 09/23/2016 at 2:46 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

Wow, this is an excellent wake-up call. We are a reactive and self-deflecting society. It's time to be introspective--about many things--in this beautiful county.

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Posted by Lynn Scott Jones on 09/23/2016 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Not Even From Around Here

I think this is one side of the argument. But I see a different side. The Bulgarians or Eastern Europeans are heavily funded from big money organizations. They have offered me money to run my property, all upfront(in spring) and they have made the same offer to other neighbors. They are also buying large tracts of land at above market prices. As someone who cares about the livability and character of my neighborhood, this is a problem. I don't want my hood to turn into a third world feeling, drug producing, gun toting(yes they shoot all the time) place. I will admit, I prefer loggers, hippys, and the other unique characters that have lived in these hills and I really don't like the big money people AT ALL. All races included, but the organized crime people in particular. Which happen to be Eastern European at this time.
Of course there are friendly bulgys, that's not the point! It's the bigger picture. I'm sure I could write up a great story about a wonderful plantation owner back in the good old days, but that doesn't mean it's an acceptable way to do things in the bigger picture. We need to police our rural neighborhoods ourselves or the police and f&g are going to be all over us, as they are beginning to do. Time to wake up and stop the p.correct handwringing people. That's my opinion!

Posted by usually right on 09/23/2016 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Yes on V

Hilary Mosher is able-bodied, non-retired, works full-time and owns a small, lucrative private business -- and pays just $488 a month to live in the finest manufactured housing community in McKinleyville. Measure V (which she wrote) is purposely not means-tested, so if passed by Humboldt County voters, well-to-do Hilary will score at taxpayer expense. Vote NO on Measure V.

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Posted by Vote NO on Measure V on 09/22/2016 at 11:55 PM

Re: “Missing the Bern

Also missing the dream that was Bernie; he never had a chance. Hillary is taking no steps beyond pretense, supports the ACA and rejects the "legislative nightmare" of universal/single payer health care - which we desperately and critically need. She says the science is clear and Grandma Hillary knows best, and we are owned to the extent that we no longer have personal belief or religious exemptions regarding accepting vaccines exactly as the government dictates. This means that our children are wards of the state, and we must accept *anything* they decide to inject us with.

My vote will be against Hillary, and to that end, I consider votes for Donald Trump or to a lesser extent, Jill Stein, as ways to act against her. I think voting Trump is the strongest way to say no to Hillary, and have to admit that I especially relish the idea of her losing to someone who presents as he does. Being the cheat and thief that she is, however, I'm afraid it would take a Trump landslide to make her intentions impossible to fulfill.

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Posted by aardvarkery on 09/22/2016 at 4:49 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

You hit the nail on the head....we've got a big problem with this in Humboldt. Thanks for shining your light on it.

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Posted by Margaret on 09/22/2016 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Vote Red

No. This is the perfect opportunity to vote for someone outside of the two major parties with two horrific candidates running for president. Governor Gary Johnson is the past two term governor of New Mexico. He's fiscally conservative and socially inclusive as are most people up here. He deserves your vote and this is the perfect opportunity for that vote. www.garyjohnson2016.com

Posted by Fred Mangels on 09/22/2016 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Week in Weed

Talk about too little, too late. By this time next year pot will be legalized in California and anyone will be able to buy weed at the corner grocery store. The entire "medical marijuana" industry will cease to exist once anyone can buy it over the counter without a prescription.

Posted by William Van Hefner on 09/18/2016 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Keep the Majority

...and then went home to feed the dog...

Zero leadership is the last thing Eureka needs.

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Posted by Marilyn Costello on 09/17/2016 at 11:05 PM

Re: “True Ward or Bust

Fred would be hard pressed to explain who benefits most from the far higher costs of citywide campaigns and why that's a "good thing".

Posted by Marilyn Costello on 09/16/2016 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Week in Weed

Slim down with pot? News to me and the rest of my fat, smokin' buddies.

Maybe I'm not smokin' enough.

If I smoke more will I finally get slim again?

Good for the Eureka City Council.
It's about time they realized it's almost 2017 with legalization, hopefully, just around the corner.
Gooberments better pull their collective heads out because the bad old days of trying to use scare tactics to put down pot are long over.
Smoke 'em if ya got 'em.

Posted by Mr. Geezer on 09/15/2016 at 7:40 AM

Re: “True Ward or Bust

Pam wrote," cities retaining the outmoded all-at-large system have been successfully sued for discriminating against minorities"

That might be true in large cities with distinct racial or cultural areas. Not true in Eureka. You'd be hard pressed to point to an area in Eureka that is predominantly one race.

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Posted by Fred Mangels on 09/15/2016 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Keep the Majority

John Fullerton voted against closing those schools when he was on the school board.

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Posted by Fred Mangels on 09/15/2016 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Vote Smart, and Humane

Reagan's public divestment movement was far more broad than mental health for anyone remembering his bigoted "Welfare Mother" canard.

While gutting the social safety net, Reagan bailed out General Motors and they immediately opened their first plant in Mexico marking the beginning of a generation of massive, bi-partisan job exports to child laborers and the deregulation that enabled record profits to be hidden offshore.

This required immense expansion of worldwide military bases protecting increasing offshore corporate manufacturing and trade, U.S. courts enforcing complex corporate contracts, a stable U.S. dollar, and fully funded U.S. ports, rails and highways, while slashing the corporate tax rates needed to pay for it.

The "Reagan Revolution" is in high-gear, turning tens of millions of Americans into surplus labor and the continuing divestment from New Deal programs making Medicare barely recognizable to our parents but filling our cities with homelessness and unemployed youths they remember from the 1930's.

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Posted by Harriet Grebbler on 09/10/2016 at 11:12 PM

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