I just read with dismay the Journal’s promotion of the concept of heaving heavy steel balls onto our local roads (“Throw Like the Irish”, Rees Hughes, May 14). How about if we promote hitting the roads with sledgehammers? Great fun! And it doesn’t cost anything to do it, right? Not.
In my work I travel a lot around the state and the country, with a lot of driving, so I have a pretty broad experience of road conditions. Humboldt County has among the worst road conditions anywhere, IMHO. Even in Arcata, I know I’m home when I get to the stunningly crappy conditions on Beverly Drive.
How does the Journal prioritize the common good and collective costs vs. promoting individuals doing whatever (intentionally or unintentionally) destructive activity they may dream up and mask behind some positive value such as outdoor recreation?
I received an email from a colleague recently with this footer that seems a worthwhile reminder: “Thought of the day: Knowledge is being aware of what you can do. Wisdom is knowing when not to do it.”
Bruce LeBel, Arcata
High praise to the Sky West team at ACV, supporting our local air travelers despite substantial adversity.
County Supervisors, City Councils, HSU executives and local business leaders should each imagine the impacts on our local economy if there is no airline connection from Humboldt County to a major hub. The likelihood of a major economic contraction following loss of air service is so significant that I encourage all stakeholders to multiply their various forms of meaningful support for our airport(s), for our current carrier, and for the effort to bring in a second carrier to connect to a different major hub.
A significant question that has been completely ignored by all journalists and media in Humboldt County is: What were County Supervisor Rex Bohn's role and responsibilities for management, handling, storage, safety and disposition of the pulping liquors when he was the Evergreen Pulp operations executive? It appears to a lay person with patchy information that Supervisor Bohn may have been the last individual with actual responsibility for these hazardous materials where ultimately the business interests turned their back to the risks and walked away, leaving a looming disaster on the shore of our beautiful bay and harbor. There is a stunning irony that this situation was such a high risk that even when the federal government was "shut down" the EPA went into emergency response mode and spent millions of dollars and took immediate steps to contain the risk, and - here's the real irony - that the apparent perpetrators of this risk may be the same folks who are advocates of cutting government spending wherever possible. Would local "small government" advocates such as Supervisor Bohn suggest that it was wrong of the EPA to step in, or for them to have the resources to step in, and take emergency measures to reduce the risk of these liquors spilling into the bay, say when there happens to be a magnitude 6.8 earthquake? (Talk about "dodging a bullet"!...) So I ask: What were Supervisor Bohn's responsibilities for these pulping liquors when he was the operations executive with the last business that actually ran the pulp mill?
A legal campground, legal RV parking / car camping, and ultra-low-cost shelter including social services - possibly limited to those who can show they are "locals, from Humboldt County" - would reduce the numbers of persons unsheltered and provide engagement. World Shelters remains prepared to participate in such an initiative.
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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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