Excellent article. It brought tears to my eyes. You really nailed it.
Yes, these folks (Humboldt Association of Realtors and large builders and developers) get paid to attend these meetings. It is their job. The rest of us ordinary citizens have to give up time and energy to attend and voice our opinion. As soon as we are not there, the special interests take over. Apparently our elected officials have no control over this committee. Or maybe those new appointments by the new board members are doing the job they were appointed for...to keep special interests in control. It is a crime or should be.
Great article! I do have one problem with it. When you say "we haven't risen above the tribal instinct to cast our sick out to die.", it assumes that "tribal instinct" is something that has been defined. So would you say the tribes who live here once had a "tribal instinct" to cast out those who became ill? I don't think so. It is an insult to our neighbors. For more info read Medicine Trails: A Life In Many Worlds by Mavis McCovey and J. Salter. As a medicine woman she describes how the ill were and are treated.
Perhaps you could say "We haven't risen above the christian instinct to cast out those who do not conform to our beliefs." Enough of my complaining. The point is made.
Your article is wonderful and much needed. Meth does such terrible damage to the human body and anyone in the grip of addiction needs many hands to help. It would be far less expensive to put in place adequate treatment options. I always enjoy your writing. Keep up the good work. Montanna
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Sep 29, 2016
vol XXVII issue 39
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