Rather than criticizing or questioning motivations, I would suggest we salute Leon for having the forethought and persistence to engage in this effort when so many weren't. Having spent a great deal of time over the last year engaged in this activity, I can assure you it is part-time job --even if a labor of love. I also thank Bob for doing an incredible job with this previously private matter and while I don't blame the Journal for choosing to present the story the way they did, it's unfortunate that some will always be quick to pass judgement. If you put yourself in Leon's shoes, I think you can understand why there might be some initial hesitation. When I look at the Warmuth's track record/impressive history of community involvement, I am confident that I can rely on their support and participation with my effort to develop this website. It is my goal to have my collection online in the coming months --any web savvy folks wishing to participate, please get in touch. I agree with Leon and recognize that this first step is critical to attracting participation from other local collectors.
Also, I'm afraid a misquote in the story has led to some confusion as to my possible motivation to create this website and post these images online. While it is true that I work as a Planner in the Humboldt County Community Development Services Department (CDS), my postcard collecting and efforts to develop a website are a purely private effort and are in no way linked or supported by CDS. Bob's mention of 'work starting...on a survey of historic buildings in Garberville' is incorrect. My quote was more along the lines of "These cards I've been able to compile of Garberville may some day assist an effort to survey these resources (whether public or private)". You'll note that this quote has been changed in the online version of the article. Our Department has not been directed to do this and frankly posesses neither the resources, the time, or the expertise to currently engage in this type of effort. If the residents of Garberville want a survey, they'll step up to the plate like folks in Eureka and Arcata have done (and are doing) and make it happen.
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In Print This Week:
Feb 16, 2017
vol XXVIII issue 7
Under the Color of Authority
The North Coast Journal
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