@Mike Buettner: Albin will be up for reelection next year. If reelected twice he could potentially serve for nine years. On the other hand, he could lose next year and wind up serving just a single year.
As far as I can tell, you are upset with me because I think people who don't vote are not fulfilling their responsibility as citizens. If that's it, that's at least accurate, because I really do think that. Or perhaps you are upset with me because I don't think this is primarily due to a concerted conspiratorial effort by the media to suppress voter turnout and hide America's problems. That's OK, too, because I don't think that's the cause of low voter turnout.
In the meantime, I continue to feel that Americans can accomplish far more by writing-in Pee Wee Herman than by not voting at all, but I also continue to feel that only people with remarkably privileged lives and/or an overwhelming determination to ignore the obvious can truly fail to see the difference in people's lives between an Obama presidency and a Romney presidency.
A Nader presidency or a LaDuke presidency would be very different than a typical presidency, though Congress and the court would have prevented such an administration from achieving many of its goals, just as Congress and the court have prevented the Obama administration from creating as much change as it might have hoped to create. But the 70% of people who don't vote didn't think it was worth it to vote for Nader/LaDuke, either. Unless there have been guns held to "those people"'s heads, or armed police preventing them from getting to the polling places, I think their decisions not to vote were irresponsible. "Victimhood" is just an excuse.
Its sad. To see. What's going on in humboldt. Life's and dreams shot to hell all for greed. I have some paper work. I only hope to get out to the public.anyone really want the truth about good old pat g. At fnt. In eureka. How about humboldt. Land title o lets not leave out farmers ins.company in so hum lost are home not from us doing wrong. Want the truth talk to me. Anytime Randy from 705 twin trees rd garberville ca not hard to fine me ask most anyone in g ville. I have some real news for anyone real not about money its about real life's. And the ones who are ripping us off that should be helping us that's what we pay them for. Open your eyes and hearts see the truth. If u have a heart
Eureka citizens and their "community media" should share outrage that two, out of five, Eureka city council seats are selected by a mayor. Where's the journalists that used to thrive on ironies like a mayor that invites a lawsuit over an illegal "Mayor's Prayer Breakfast" claiming that elections are "too expensive"?
Good work Ryan...now that it's over, can we put this story on the front page where it belongs?
Free headline suggestions:
"Eureka's Corrupt Politics, There They Go Again"
"Eureka's 4 to 1 legacy"
"Representative Government Too costly, God Priceless"
"Will Albin Join The Other Republicans On The County Democratic Club?"
"You Thought It Was A Non-Partisan Office?"
"Mayor's 2008 'No-Agenda' Campaign Needs A Face-Lift"
"Wingnuts Are Only On The Left"
"Politics Is A License To Lie"
"All We Need To Know Is His Real Name"
It is an astounding leap of logic to wax poetic about the breadth and depth of corruption you call the “American election” only to demean the victims as spoiled children, and worse, “uncaring”. I suppose this is an improvement from your earlier bigotry on a local blog where you used, “Those People”. Have you considered using aliases?
“Those Uncaring Child-People” are the vast majority and, despite your denials, their absence from the polls has changed everything in the last 35 years. Use you imagination.
Also, the point of propaganda is to obfuscate, thus, there is painfully little public reality whatsoever in “plain sight” contrary to your assertions. Even in rural weeklies appearing to cover rural election and political news, we never see the mere mention of the overwhelming context and national disgrace of having the lowest voter turnouts in the industrialized world. EVER. Would relevant and routine reports of reality begin to return folks to the poles? Probably. Would regular headlines covering the unprecedented number of our neighbors being bankrupted, foreclosed, and catapulted into poverty, including the biggest causes? Undoubtedly. Will they ever see this? Never.
“They who put out the peoples eyes reproach them of their blindness” (John Milton 1624).
Oh, Steve... I wish your spirit a peaceful journey. Great keyboardist and a generous man. Father and long-time Arcata resident. Old friend. I'm so sad that this happened.
13. Respect proper punctuation and the use of capital letters!
How long is his term?
I am disappointed but not at all surprised. Dangit!
not sure how guy died but I CANNOT believe these 3 killed someone. they LOVE protecting life, standing up for right and rights. time to investigate past looks and circumstantial evidence. I want facts, I want justice not just easy targets.
Self-government is hard. I can understand those who go to the polls and write-in names like Pee Wee Herman to express their opinion of the system. I agree that our political system is heavily tilted by the effects of wealth and income inequality, that propagandists lose no opportunity to increase that tilt while denying its existence, and that, at the national level, respectable candidates who will not give the wealthiest what they want are usually filtered out long before they reach the ballot.
American elections are not about letting an informed electorate choose its leadership. In the TV age, they are competing propaganda campaigns. This is not hidden; political junkies watch the horse race and debate the wisdom of "putting an extra million into Ohio" to run more advertising in order to shift the outcome. This is all in plain sight, blessed by the same "supreme" court that shamed and delegitimized itself with its indefensible decision in Bush v Gore.
Despite that, my personal belief is that not voting is about as effective a driver of change as threatening to hold your breath until the spinach is removed from your plate. It's too easily confused with not caring. By all means, people should be doing far more than just voting. But that doesn't excuse not voting -- I firmly believe that an Obama administration is not identical in its effect on society as a Romney administration would have been.
There's no need to "imagine" anything!
The European Union (Germany) and even Brazil, are decades ahead of us in developing the economic growth potential in alternative, clean industries, energies, planned development, and fair taxes on wealth. Even the U.S. military is heavily engaged in solar energy research, installations, and alternatives to toxic materials.
It's crony capitalism that keeps us invested in outdated technologies. Instead of importing biodegradable alternatives to plastics, we could be growing soy beans right here in Humboldt County, as well as, processing them into non-toxic products for national distribution.
There was never a need to ban plastic bags when we have every imperative to prosper with modern and cleaner technologies.
While it's important to have a system people trust, (like the old manual methods that worked fine), U.S. elections will remain illegitimate and easily corrupted no matter how accurate the count, due to the 70% of eligible voters that continue to abstain for over a generation!
As long as political reporting keeps treating this overwhelming public reality as an "unrelated story", (self-censorship) the public has no idea of the impacts, except for a general feeling that the system is corrupt....and they'll have no part in it!
Was this near State Route 299?
Anyone who wants to can get the images and count the votes themselves -- that's the point.
For those who are concerned that both the elections office and the volunteers that provide this service are tricking them with altered scans, I can only suggest that they volunteer to participate in the scanning process. Come ready to work, not to discuss politics.
proof that what you write on the internet is forever - Joan Wheeler likes to distort and twist the circumstances of her adoption. Our father was NOT coerced into giving her up for adoption.
I would rather expect to see Stephen Lewis (Stephen 1) trolling the more populated comment sections of the LoCO. At least he got through his entire comment without using his favorite word, "prog."
The shark on the Baykeeper logo really says it all. Can you image what Humboldt County would be like if all our community environmental conflicts were required by law to be resolved by mediation instead of lawsuits? Can you imagine how many supposed "eco" jobs would vanish overnight? No EPIC, No Baykeeper, and all our anchor businesses still in operation complying with sustainable environmental regulations. You want social war-you go to the social war-mongers: this yellow journal is the place to start. Then head on over to HCDCC, formerly representing LABOR in Humboldt County but now representing the Green Party and our enviro elitists who have theirs and don't care about anyone else's economic struggles.
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