There's no need to "imagine" anything!
The European Union (Germany) and even Brazil, are decades ahead of us in developing the economic growth potential in alternative, clean industries, energies, planned development, and fair taxes on wealth. Even the U.S. military is heavily engaged in solar energy research, installations, and alternatives to toxic materials.
It's crony capitalism that keeps us invested in outdated technologies. Instead of importing biodegradable alternatives to plastics, we could be growing soy beans right here in Humboldt County, as well as, processing them into non-toxic products for national distribution.
There was never a need to ban plastic bags when we have every imperative to prosper with modern and cleaner technologies.
While it's important to have a system people trust, (like the old manual methods that worked fine), U.S. elections will remain illegitimate and easily corrupted no matter how accurate the count, due to the 70% of eligible voters that continue to abstain for over a generation!
As long as political reporting keeps treating this overwhelming public reality as an "unrelated story", (self-censorship) the public has no idea of the impacts, except for a general feeling that the system is corrupt....and they'll have no part in it!
Industry has run roughshod over this community forever...they took what they wanted, sent the profits out of state, and left us with the dioxins, PCB's, heavy metals and a GI cancer rate near the highest in CA. They passed their political baton to the developers, now it's their turn to maximize profits by making damn sure our chronic deficits in affordable housing continue. When the big earthquake hits half our rural population will have nowhere to live. Enjoy your Crab.
My check is on its way BK!
Thanks for offering the candid reality that no one dares to utter in Sacramento or D.C.: The potential electorate is abandoned because they are not trusted. Why would anyone want an abused and angry dog off its leash? Will there be an FDR, or a dictator that finally throws them a bone? First come first serve?
The question is not "if we could inspire more people" but why a local or national effort is never made.
It's never been done in Humboldt County, so we are forced to wonder what would happen if canvassers no longer had to skip 5-10 homes to find the next Dem/Grn/Ind voter? For example, what if volunteers took the trouble and demonstrated the interest in educating each unregistered household on Cheryl Seidner's actual leadership credentials and 27 years of public service ensuring that underprivileged kids get a college education?
The next lost opportunity in this unbroken legacy will be Eureka's popular Fair Wage Initiative that registered more voters with a tiny handful of volunteers than the HCDCC has registered in years. Is the HCDCC or the Greens gearing up to educate and register non-voting households on this fundamental democratic issue?
We can continue to bitch about the unwashed masses, or we can decide to pass the soap.
Yeah but, unless she changes her last name to "Arkley" or abandons a dog litter by the road, her speech won't be featured by any local papers or TV.
We don't take too fondly 'bout no bookwritin', NY do-gooders 'round here.
Great, another neatly written election piece that can join virtually all the others in omitting the overwhelming context of this story: only about 30% of eligible voters are participating.
Congratulations on the award.
It appears that Keven Collins is much more than a "commercial fisherman", not that anyone around here needs any inspiration, 70% aren't even noteworthy!
New Zealand and Humboldt have much more than rainfall in common...their right-wing christian agenda makes a return visit highly unlikely, we have all we can stand right here.
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