Thanks to the political lap-dogs developers buy in every local election, our roads and sewers operate far beyond capacity despite historically slow growth rates.
It is this chronic political corruption that has successfully enabled Eureka to become the hub of county retail without the affordable housing these minimum wage workers require....and their police chief wonders how his city became a "Hell Hole"!?
The million dollar "pipes to nowhere" serving Eureka's 30-year delayed Martin Slough Interceptor, are already growing moss.
Whether it's infrastructure, a green economy, environmental science, urban planning, or the latest Hollywood movie...Humboldt County is always the last to hear, see, and speak in the public's interest.
Where are ANY of our local reps as the usual players rig the game to continue their fast-profit, one-track agenda of more big box malls and more remote subdivisions these workers cannot afford?
Oh, that's right, the development community dominates local campaign contributions.
Maybe the North Coast Journal will look into it before the elections?
"(sweatshops are) a better living (for children) than subsistence farming".
Slave owners have been crowing those words forever.
There will always be defenders of tyranny and slavery in every community.
The U.S. spent over 100 years crushing every single land reform movement in Central and South America, U.S. repression expanded with our power...worldwide.
Land reform has always been the solution for the world's poorest people. U.S. captains of industry know it and put a stop to it.
That's why the U.S. supports despotic regimes that force those peasant farmers off their land either by importing U.S. subsidized grains of by violence.
Sorry you had poor college profs, but you can get up-to-date by reading "Overthrow" or "Economic Hitmen".
At $0.25 an hour, no one will ever have indoor plumbing.
"If the 'majority' is not in favor of the big box, then Walmart made a poor business decision to move here, and will not get enough business to survive".
Thanks to our lack of community-interest media, this tired myth persists.
Walmart won't need customers for a decade or more. They need only extract a few of the limited retail dollars that keep their competition afloat. They even hire "price-checkers" to make sure they undercut the competition.
Once the competition disappears, so do choices and low-prices.
I don't understand the logic behind the statement, "consumers will decide Walmart's success".
The reality is that Walmart, like our own Ray's Market in Eureka, won't need customers for a decade, or more!
All they need to do is siphon-off a trickle of sales from the area's static retail dollars to destroy the smaller, independent competition.
Then, their prices will soar.
Walmart and Home Depot have left their empty hulks behind in many rural communities in America. They destroyed the independent businesses, forcing residents to drive to the next town to shop.
The independent businesses took generations to establish themselves and do not return overnight.
Is it not how the Right always defends their "free-market capitalist economy"?
Work harder and smarter and you have every opportunity of rising to the top.
Ask High Finance, the self-made provocateur extraordinaire.
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vol XXIV issue 50
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