Funny how reporting facts is "sensational." The Ferndale sideline ban was a blunder with regard to photographers and media.
Caroline is an excellent journalist.
With regard to reporting on issues surrounding her husband's contract, if it is a personnel issue, then how can she report on it? Is she supposed to construct a story of "no comment. Our attorneys have told us we have nothing to worry about?"
Good luck with that. With what Stu was told regarding his contract being dependent on muzzling his wife (what a concept to be proposed by a female board member!), it sure looks like he was dealt with punitively.
As if he were punished for his wife's newspaper over which he has no editorial control. (Hello, employment attorney.)
In terms of issues regarding Stu's contract, let me mention a few she has covered: threat by a board member that coverage in The Ferndale Enterprise deemed negative by the fair board about any fair board member would have a deleterious effect on Stu's contract renewal; alleged repeated violations of The Ralph M. Brown Act by the board after being repeatedly advised about potential violations (thus, they are willful violations. Wake up, Paul Gallegos); Stu's offer to the board; the board's first vote (a Brown Act violation, if I recall directly) on Stu's contract renewal; the second vote on Stu's contract necessitated by the board's previous Brown Act violation with regard to Stu's contract; the complete and utter disregard and total lack of preparation and a back-up plan to replace the fair manager after the board appears to have acted upon the threat earlier issued by a board member to Stu; a former mayor who apparently is still peeved at coverage in The Ferndale Enterprise that exposed his irresponsible behavior and possibly putting a child at risk in his truck; and many more.
Caroline has won many awards for her reporting. The school district has received a number of substantive complaints regarding the superintendent and the fair board may now be on the Grand Jury's radar.
The fair board has, through its shortsighted actions, potentially doomed this fair, thrown out nearly a quarter-century of contacts and goodwill established by Stu Titus and created a whirlwind of horrendously bad publicity that no amount of public relations can overcome for years to come (if the fair still exists).
Facts speak for themselves, but let's complain about them anyway while we ignore the real issues: the fair board and its collective lack of professionalism and integrity; and a school superintendent who has not, in my opinion, acted in the best interests of students based upon complaints I've read about (guess where?) in The Enterprise.
Excellent delayed lede, James, and a solid story.
Happy to see you back writing. Keep it up and I look forward to more articles from you.
Rex's response is in keeping with Rex, for those who have the pleasure of knowing him.
Honesty is one of Rex Bohn's attributes.
His response is at I would expect: honest, direct and respectful of the police and the process that will proceed.
Rex replaced an honest and hard-working supervisor in Jimmy Smith. It is nice to see Rex continuing a tradition of openness and honesty in a profession that often lacks each.
For answers to some of the fears you may have stoked by a sensationalist column, you might want to use Google Chrome, which translates Japanese newspapers that do not have English editions into English. Plus, there are several well-regarded Japanese newspapers that do have English editions. In addition to that, there are American newspapers that seem to have facts to dispute the points you made, which were not backed up by facts, but by a business associate whose expertise, or lack thereof, is not noted.
That way, you'll know the radioactive hazard, as pointed out by "Doc," is much more serious than an X-ray next to the plant. At the time Prof. Stepp made that statement, it was probably accurate, since I am familiar with his work and admire his professionalism. (I also was a student of his years ago.)
Your column muddles at least one old facts with fear.
As for getting iodine, that may be prudent in Japan in some areas, but there are other radioactive isotopes that present a far more dangerous hazard than that which one would take iodine for. However, I do not purport to be a nuclear expert.
Additionally, for questions about the PG&E plant, I covered that from the time I was at Eureka High School writing for The Redwood Bark. My stories were not well-received by the establishment because they were critical of the power plant's safety record.
To help ease fears in Humboldt, the plant is decommissioning. I have done numerous stories on radio in the past on this, especially in the early 2000s, having to do with storage of the radioactive fuel rods.
KGO Radio, and I have not seen this confirmed elsewhere, stated that the Japanese company responsible for the plant's operations DID transport, by helicopter, back-up generators, but the generators were not compatible with the plant's electrical system. If that is the case, it boggles the mind, as does such stupidity as putting a plant at ocean level, as at Humboldt Bay and San Onofre.
If you want more information about HBPP, here is one source: http://www.nrc.gov/info-finder/decommissioning/power-reactor/humboldt-bay-nuclear-power-plant-unit-3.html
There also are a number of environmental organizations that have done a great job on advocating for HBNPP decomissioning over the years, particularly The Redwood Alliance, which has a praiseworthy legacy with regard to HBNPP, now HBPP because PG&E has taken out the word "nuclear": http://www.redwoodalliance.org/
Anyone who finds something to "celebrate" in James' predicament needs to do some serious self-reflecting.
This is more serious than the myopic and sophomoric journalistic competition.
James is a good person, and as many noted he has many friends, some of whom have, in the past, struggled with substance abuse, as I have.
If anything, former "competitors" ought to offer James assistance, rather than taking glee in a time of need.
James, my prayers will be with you, buddy.
You made the correct decision, Hank.
Different circumstances would require different decision-making, as you noted, had you been notified earlier.
As one who has criticized Marcy, she is 100 percent correct in her analysis.
Caroline Titus has done an excellent job.
It is a sad day when out-of-the area media break the story of Humboldt Creamery's filing for bankruptcy.
For full disclosure, I once worked for the Times-Standard, Caroline Titus, and I was the founding managing editor of The Eureka Reporter.
However, one has to give credit where credit is due, and this article shows what happens when there is a lack of competition.
In case you are interested, you can now subscribe to The Ferndale Enterprise online.
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