There is still no apology and I doubt there will be. I will repeat that our consent was NOT sought before our names were printed. We were not called or written to even though they had our phone numbers and addresses. We were not treated with the respect and dignity that we were owed. The staff of the NCJ will put ethics aside to get a story. The public has a right to know about that too. This will not be forgotten.
WE WERE NOT ASKED!!!!!! Our consent was NOT issued before our names were plastered all over the cover. If the goal truly was to promote the idea of carrying concealed, the names would not have been published at all. 641 of us have been violated and there will be no apology because, to the staff of the NCJ, we have no value as human beings. If they saw us as human beings, we would have been treated as such with dignity and respect. We were not. This was a vile move. It was irresponsible, unprofessional and wrong. I just thought I would let everybody know just how low the staff of the NCJ will sink to get a story. This will not be forgotten even after the comments, letters and phone calls stop.
After two very frustrating phone conversations with Mr. Sims I am convinced that I would never want to be involved in the business of journalism because I would probably be expected to leave my values outside the office door. When I asked why the list and the article were published I was told that it was simply thought to be of interest to the public. Where is the substance that the NCJ claims to have but seems to fall short of? What about the people whose families built this county many generations ago? What of the pioneers who cut through ferns as high as a horse's head to establish schools, homesteads and industry? What about the people you pass every day whose local contributions make your position possible? You may have missed out on 641 interesting stories or more when you alienated this slice of law-abiding Humboldt citizens. Interesting need not consist of controversy and dirt. People want to be elevated not constantly disappointed or wronged.
When I pointed out that there are real people behind the names I got very little response. I pity the people in your life who look to you for guidance and affirmation.
I asked what was going to be done in light of the public outcry and overwhelming disapproval. Nothing will be done. For 641 of us, our lives were trespassed upon without just cause or our consent. There will not even be a letter of apology as per my request. It was not too much trouble to acquire 641 public records complete with occupation, physical address, height, weight, age and date of birth, fingerprints, personal references etc. of each individual. But it does seem to be too much of an imposition for the Northcoast Journal to put forth a simple form letter to those of us whose lives were disrupted and whose comfort level was diminished all for the sake of "public interest". Isn't bulk mailing part of the package? We are not idiots. We know this is public information. But most people don't go to the lengths of cultivating it for jollies.
Honor is never the wrong choice. A real man can admit to his shortcomings Mr. Sims. Are you ready to step up to the plate yet?
What in the heck did I or any of the other 651 people on the list do to offend or affront Heidi or anybody on the staff of the NCJ? Dentists, doctors, firefighters, ranchers, moms, teachers, police officers, business owners, politicians, grandmothers....the list goes on. Any of these people could be or could have been a part in making your life more pleasant or comfortable in how they live their life. You really want to piss off the person who holds a door open for you at the mall, cleans your teeth, protects your property, teaches your children or even saves your life someday? You people have created this blacklist of sorts, but have in the process dimmed the light for yourselves in your own community. And a small community to boot. We all know who you are too. At least I will be able to sleep at night knowing that I am a better person. I help others. I am kind. I am thoughtful and considerate. I do what is right. But you wouldn't know that. You plucked my name and applied a blanket term to me without even trying to see the person behind the tool. I am worth knowing. So are the others on this list. You won't have the opportunity to get to know us now. All you have done is cast yourself out. I hope it was worth it.
I just recently had the opportunity to be interviewed for News Channel Three at a public event. I actually had the chance to decline because I was asked first. Why wasn't I asked about this?
Since you decided to use my name, I want to share a little something more about myself. I was molested at the age of four by a stranger. When I was eleven I was attacked in a public place by a teenager weilding a knife and nobody came to my aid despite my screams. Neither one of my perpetrators were caught and prosecuted. You could say that I have some knowledge that bad things can happen to innocent people. I don't want to stand by helplessly should anything or anyone threaten my children. Is that reason enough for me to carry? Does that justify it in your mind? If you want to know more I'll tell you my life story. Apparently you can find me.
In Print This Week:
Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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