Come and watch Eureka locals piss and moan about the homeless and get policies and ordinances passed that punish the poorest most vulnerable men, women and children.
Our police need to be fighting crime.
The homeless need stable houses.
The reddest state in the union (Utah) saved taxpayer's money providing modest apartments instead of emergency services and they nearly ending chronic homelessness in just a few years.
We are all to blame and the blame increases the closer you get to the patient and the issue.
The NCJ provided a public service by raising questions that could lead to more demands for solutions. just because a local issue is rarely reported doesn't make it "sensational" when it appears.
Why are so many of Humboldt County's human health statistics among the worst in the state? Why is it not being routinely reported?
Unless you bother to ask yourself who benefits from a candidate needing tens of thousands of dollars to contend for a rural council seat that pays $500/month to reach citywide voters.
Compare that to the cost of a pair of shoes to canvass your ward several times.
Eureka, and Humboldt County's deepest pockets will suffer a loss of influence in a true ward system.
We are "The U.S. of Extortion". Alone in the industrialized world.
Need a doctor? Lose your house and business and die anyway. Who cares if you're a vet?
Need a mediocre "public" education? Enter a lifetime of debt.
Need to get to the store or the doctor? Pay $5 round trip for a "public" bus.
Need a house but can't pay the exorbitant rents in U.S. cities rigged against affordable housing? Join the millions of other folks living on the streets.
Need affordable food? Grow your own. Crop prices are falling for a decade but over half of U.S. food processing is controlled by 4 companies fixing prices.
Need affordable airfare? There are only 4 companies raising prices while fuel costs are at an all-time low.
Need affordable cable? Many cities have one or two competitors charging 3-times more than in Europe.
Need to put your needs on a credit card? $2 trillion in outstanding credit card debt will not be bailed out like the banks. It was your government that deregulated usurious interest rates that no longer qualify for bankruptcy relief.
Need a presidential candidate that doesn't use extortion by telling you to fear the other candidate? Join the 80% of potential U.S. voters that abstained in the 2016 presidential primaries.
Need to file a grievance against your government? You must send it to a private arbitration company first.
Regardless of the travesty, whether it's elder abuse, child abuse, affordable housing, healthcare, homelessness, public divestment/austerity, mass incarceration, and on and on...U.S. media resoundingly fails to inform readers, viewers and listeners of how these issues are addressed in other industrialized countries.
In Japan, for example, a family will pay the equivalent of $800 per month for a government care home with a private room, 24 hour professional care by staff-nurses, three meals a day, art, music and exercise periods and transportation to appropriate activities.
Privatization of basic human services is an ideological failure everywhere, and an invitation to corruption, including education.
Another private care home is opening in Eureka on "F" Street near the golf course charging $4,000 a month. They are already whining about the regulations being imposed before they can open.
It's not their money, most people don't vote, and only 20% of U.S. households subscribe to a community newspaper.
Worse yet, for the truth to be believed it must be repeated.
By the time that video is released they will claim it's "old news", a few reforms may have been enacted, they were defending Eureka's finest, and most importantly, they "heroically" undermined attempts by another victim to hold them accountable.
Option one: "Lose the tape".
Accountability's for the little people.
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Aug 18, 2016
vol XXVII issue 33
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