Best Public Art – McKinleyville Totem Pole, hands down. Size matters.
I used to think that something should be "done" with that property, but I've changed my mind. Leave it the way it is.
If we wanted to improve public access, we'd have to buy the property from the private owner. Then we'd have to get all sorts of permits. We'd probably end up building a parking lot and we'd carve up the landscape with an ADA accessible trail. Basically, we'd screw up a good thing.
Another nice thing about the waterfall – when I go there I always have the place to myself. There is one thing, however, that we need to do. Measure the falls. That's on my to-do list.
When you walk down that treacherous trail, part way down there's a cement pad. Is that a remnant of the old mill?
Stop the presses! You and I agree on something. If you're going to editorialize against something like this, you should do so before the action. We agree on that. (Except I think the editorial should run on Sunday.)
Holding the soap ad? No way. The T-S is probably limping along. It needs every penny it can get to stay alive. So the soap ad must run. If you stop running the soap ads, then you don't exist. That means the three articles about the urgency ordinance which appeared in the week and half prior to the vote wouldn't have appeared at all.
(BTW, if you were selling soap, and you wanted people to buy it on Tuesday, you couldn't do better than to have your soap ad above the fold on the front page of the Sunday edition. That's the primo spot in the primo edition.)
That analogy doesn't work here. An article about an urgency ordinance isn't the same as an advertisement trying to get you to buy a specific brand of soap.
That would have been helpful for the Times-Standard readers that were too stoned to remember what they read 48 hours before the Tuesday edition.
The funny thing is that if the T-S had waited until Tuesday to print the article, it might have dodged this criticism. But then I'd be on the opposite side, asking why the T-S didn't print the article in its flagship edition on Sunday – the edition that gets the highest readership. It's also the edition that people have a chance to read before the actual meeting, so that they can make some last-minute adjustments to their schedules so they can attend, or call or email their supervisor. Tuesday is just too damn late. Oh well. What do I know?
Of all the days to announce the meeting, Sunday is the best. It has the highest readership.
With Tuesday's paper there are two problems:
1. Lower readership
2. Readers might not read the paper until later in the day, or that evening. So they wouldn't know about the meeting until after it was over.
So Sunday is a much better choice. If you were part of a group that wanted to advertise about the ordinance, you would be well advised to spend your ad dollars on the Sunday edition.
Of course, it wouldn't hurt to have a reminder in Tuesday's paper, even though the readership was notified of the meeting 48 hours earlier. But that's a minor issue.
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Jul 21, 2016
vol XXVII issue 29
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