Facts are (according to police reports thus far), that the Jeep came from one of the victims' homes at Becker Lane. The driver fled the scene of the crime, drove home and parked the vehicle in the backyard. Police located the Jeep and spoke to the suspect. An investigation is underway. A couple bloggers want to put a lid on discussing this horrific event, but based on what we know, an assumption or two can be made; it appears that the drivers' actions were deliberate. Exactly who the driver was and what their motivation was remains to be seen.
In Eureka and in general, most of Humboldt County's coastline is inaccessible to just about everyone, disabled included. So, while it's a thoughtful gesture to feature the disabled in this article, the basic geography of the area doesn't lend itself very well to open and unfettered access to the ocean in very many places. Exceptions include the Samoa peninsula, Clam Beach, Centerville beach and Trinidad. Strange in a way that the largest population centers on the coast (Eureka, Fortuna, Arcata) have limited or zero access to the coast. Promotional material gives outsiders the false impression there is great access to the coast when there is little.
So what then are those "potentially mitigating and aggravating factors" that include "Tree’s criminal history and the facts of the case at hand"? Just curious.
First of all, my membership in ASCAP means little to me because I'm not a pop musician. While I agree that ASCAP has been known to discourage the playing of live music and punishes establishments for not complying with their rules, ASCAP (including BMI, Sam Fox and SEESAC), wouldn't be as omnipotent without cooperation from the government. So, the "evil" is spread out among three entities: well-to-do pop musicians, the government and organizations such as ASCAP. We can thank ASCAP's lobbyists and those politicians in bed with the entertainment industry for the current state of affairs that penalizes small businesses and limits performers. That said, this isn't a fair illustration of "capitalism in action." Lastly, realizing that ASCAP should develop a radically different attitude toward small venues in remote locations (like here), musicians and businesses need to stop wimping out and find creative ways to get around ASCAP.
I think your article was fine and on target. Thanks for mentioning.
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Jul 21, 2016
vol XXVII issue 29
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