Re: “'Working Toward Peace'

Thank you Ms. Taylor for another insightful editorial of the bigger picture and larger context widely self-censored in today's press, your well-informed views are especially annoying to those who dislike anyone that takes their citizenship seriously.

Thank you for that too.

With a misanthrope for president, democratic victories should be overwhelming, instead, the primaries are promising narrow gains this November.

Following 40 years of complicity in, and compromise with, the republican agenda of job exports, offshore tax havens, mass-deregulation, mass-privatization, mass-public divestment, mass-corporate bailouts, mass-incarceration, perpetual wars for oil...and the plethora of imperial interventions abroad, covert, overt, hot, cold and tepid...

...The DNC sees no alternative to their anti-Trump strategy, a president they helped elect.

It's not too late to return the party to its roots by adopting Bernie Sander's platform and begin earning-back some of the 70% of U.S. adults who never vote, described by Jimmy Carter as "the greatest threat to democracy" in his 1979 "Energy Independence" speech.

Unfortunately, returning to a party of the working people with an unprecedented nationwide voter registration drive is anathema to the millionaires in Congress beholden to the highest bidders and the military industrial complex.

Change must begin in our communities where we find our own corrupt developers
and entrenched elites, like Trump, dominating nearly every elected and appointed office.

Posted by Annonymous on 08/14/2018 at 12:05 AM

Re: “HumBug: A Mixed Bag of Beauties

Catching a Tiger Swallowtail as a kid was my biggest collector triumph. They are very rare in Phoenix with the Giant Swallowtail being ubiquitous.

Posted by Frederik Kalor on 08/13/2018 at 5:06 AM

Re: “Coming Soon: New Pizza in Old Town

Three thumbs down.

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Posted by Greg Danel on 08/12/2018 at 9:25 AM

Re: “State Steps in Amid Surge in HIV Cases

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Posted by sarah jack on 08/11/2018 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Pot POW

So...pots legal in most states now! Have they released Brett yet? If not...whats the holdup? Save prisons for the real criminals! This is one very talented individual, let him spend his time doing something productive like making music! I will be one of the first to attend his concert if PRISON doesnt ruin his musical abilities or stamp out his natural beauty!

Posted by Tatia Dominguez on 08/11/2018 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Best New Restaurant

I hope it's more consistent than Salt which can be really good and really bad, actually most of my experiences have been the latter, done with them.

Posted by Frederik Kalor on 08/11/2018 at 5:12 AM

Re: “Eureka Weighs the Future of its Nonprofit Needle Exchange Program

Our council-members need to respond in-kind to this community's bigoted minority and their hate-calls by using their extensive campaign/contribution list of supporters and ask that they attend controversial meetings.

It's the one thing bigots cannot tolerate is being badly outnumbered.

Posted by Annonymous on 08/10/2018 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Signals Presents: Iver (Ethereal Dream Pop from Chico)

i am in town one night, I will come to this show. anyone know how to contact band? I want to film few songs but want to make sure that's okay...I cant find a website.

Posted by Victor Andrews on 08/09/2018 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Concerned Community Members Flood Meeting to Discuss Firing of Woman who 'Put the K in KHSU'…

These folks at this meeting just don't get it. Well, maybe they do and they just enjoy living in a dream world. KHSU is licensed to Humboldt State University. Not to the "community". It is not a community station. Never was. Never will be as long as the Board has it's hands on the license. Be mad at Peter, sure. But be madder at the Board. The Board of HSU fired Katie. Not Peter. Doug Dawes had more to do with firing Katie. LIsa Rossbacher did. Alex Enyedi did. Peter is just the messenger. He serves at their leisure and not the other way around. From Parker Van Hecke almost thirty years ago to today, the clarion call of "community" and "radio" is heard but not "community radio". Because they can't say it;. False advertising. So they skirt it. It has been preached over and over for years but it's really just lip service. Much like this meeting here. No teeth. Again, the Board of HSU is in charge, not the community. The "community" may participate in the operation of KSHU but they do not have final authority. The University itself is both the license holder and the biggest donor to the station. Not the community. Wake up! Pool resources and start a REAL community station. Arcata and NoHum deserve it. And sad as it may seem, the only way to really do that is to run this University-licensed station into the ground because surely as the sun comes up in the morning, they will try their best to ruin any attempt at a real independent, community-ran station. The Board of HSU and past presidents have been intimately involved in trying to nix or stifle past attempts at real community radio here in the area, and there have been many over the years.

The license holders of KHSU throughout the decades have used the station to try to curb local dissent and to squash radical voices within the community who otherwise would have had a voice on a true community-ran and owned radio station.

Postscript: I find it amazing that at the 37:00 minute mark there, he's talking about how he's witnessed over the years petty people at the station getting other people fired for no good reason. Well, there is at least one CAB board member (Geraldine Goldberg) I see sitting right there in this video who did just that to various people on numerous occasions, myself included, when she held a position of authority at the station. That's the amazing part, that she's a CAB Board member to begin with. Incredible. All of these petty paper cutters and their office politic power trips. And again, it's corporation rules not the communities rules all agreed upon together and for no special interests other than the community-at-large.

All of this wasted energy and wheel-spinning that could be used instead to start and run a true community-owned and operated radio station in Arcata. Such a shame.

KSHU = A perfect tool for the maintaining of the status quo.
Along with Neutered Perky Radio.

Posted by Semja Senddig on 08/09/2018 at 1:29 PM

Re: “'Fair and Impartial'

Good piece.

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Posted by jtimmons on 08/09/2018 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Not in Kansas

Almost a complete review. Would love to hear your thoughts on the music and musicians. Did they enhance or detract from the play? On the technical side occasionally the actor's mics were under performing when singing with or without music. Otherwise, I thought the music and musicians were great and rounded out a very successful performance.

Posted by Bill Folden on 08/09/2018 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Dulce Open in Eureka

It was Fat Cat, not Fat City. Dulce is better.

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Posted by jtimmons on 08/09/2018 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Eureka Weighs the Future of its Nonprofit Needle Exchange Program

Not Fake News: Eureka Councilmembers ok Hate News

Thanks for this great article. HACHR is in the paradoxical position of both being recognized as a/the leading force in the Humboldt County (certainly in Eureka and the central coast) harm reduction program and community; and also being condemned by a vocal minority for being the cause of drug litter and the ideological center of enablers who ultimately are to blame for lenient drug laws and liberal judicial enforcement or lack thereof.

The good news is that Eureka City Councilmember Kim Bergel is quoted in the article as approving the work being done by HACHR:

"My concern isn't the work HACHR does," Bergel said.

In other words, the news about HACHR's internal audit and relevant third-party confirmation is accepted by Councilmember Bergel, and not rejected by her as fake news. Further, Bergel affirms the work HACHR does and the need in Eureka for this program:

"I think HACHR has done much of what they said and I think we definitely need to have a needle exchange in our city,.."

So it appears that Councilmember Bergel would not dismiss HACHR based on a competency, impact and need assessment. That is the good news.

The bad news is that Councilmember Bergel has dismissed HACHR based on Hate News, on the hateful verbiage of a small, vocal, and threatening minority who are the cause and promoters of the divisiveness and the lack of positive relationships happening in our community of which Bergel said elsewhere in the article, That is my concern.

Bergel has merged with the HACHR-Haters so thoroughly that I wonder if she and fellow Councilmember Heidi Messner didn't break a law when they met with HACHR's board of directors as reported in the NCL article:

The council members had requested to attend the boards regular monthly meeting and showed up with a document including two requests.

Bergel and Messner presented the document as if it had been authorized by the City of Eureka, as if they were representing the will and wishes of the City Council. After listing the requirements HACHR would have to comply with, the supposedly-official missive from the City of Eureka ended with intimidating language geared to enforcing compliance rather than promoting democratic and just interaction:

"The City of Eureka is requiring a 90-day probationary period of the following requirements, it read. We are open to dialogue but either way the following will be required."

The most damning criticism of Councilmembers Bergel and Messner comes from Eureka City Manager Greg Sparks where he comments about whether they were acting on behalf of an ultimatum approved by the council when they addressed the HACHR board. Sparks said they were not:

"Really, they just represented themselves as two councilmembers," he said. They weren't speaking for the entire city.

It is always disappointing but comes as no surprise when hate and fear trump compassion and understanding. It is more disappointing when elected officials pander to the haters even when they are personally convinced of the falseness of the charges.

Having Councilmembers Bergel and Messner represent themselves as on Council business when they were acting on the agenda of a small grouping of people who want to get rid of HACHR is like having KKK members join the Police and then racially harass people of color while on duty, or pretending to be on duty.

Posted by Robin Donald on 08/09/2018 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Trump's Fire Tweets Decried as Congressional Delegation Urges Disaster Declaration

Its a far more tragic day when the President of the United States doesn't understand the simplest of terms: Big words like "drought", "climate change" and "leadership". Americans are supposed to work together on finding solutions, not creating additional problems. California leadership, regardless of political party, recognize this simple concept and are working as a (here comes another big word...) "TEAM" to facilitate both the firefighting efforts and subsequent recovery post-fire disaster for these communities. It's best that the Trumps don't visit California because it will just be for a photo op similar to what you speak of (let's recall Trumps hurricane paper-towel throwing gesture in PR, or the most recent FLOTUS "gardening"). Additionally, many of the California pot farms you're referring to in the area support and supply the recent U.S. FDA approved Epidiolex. The manufacturer of Epidiolex is British, with cannabis farms and investments across many of high-risk wildfire states (including many dominant GOP states). The only armchair quarterback in this scenario, both with regard to the California wildfire fight or any US-lead initiative is Trump. The reality is, Trump is far more concerned about golfing and Tweeting storms as a means to protect himself and his family (#MuellerTime). They say you can't fully understand a situation or struggle into you walk in another's shoes. I hope you Sir, nor your loved ones ever experience the fear of running for your life from a fast moving wildfire, fueled by years of a drought. After the fire is suppressed, the sense of "rebuilding" fills the community and the new day-by-day post-fire life begins. Recognizing family members didn't survive, however, is pure agony. #SonomaCountyStrong #TheLoveInTheAirIsThickerThanTheSmoke

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Posted by RoboStrong on 08/08/2018 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Now Entering Babylon: Reggae on the River with High Times

appears to be a great show. horrible headline guys. not ok:" ... entering Babylon..." no. just no.

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Posted by Pat McKay on 08/08/2018 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Trump's Fire Tweets Decried as Congressional Delegation Urges Disaster Declaration

Sad when liberal California politicians are using this fire as an excuse to blast Trump and in so doing reveal their degenerate and spite filled character and nature. If he frees up federal money to fight the fire what is the problem? None, except the continued bad attitudes of local politicians. Maybe there is some good in these fires as some of the illegal pot growing and meth lab operations up in thar hills may be forced to shut down? Easy for these politicians to sit back and play armchair quarterback so to speak....why arent these same buffoons seen out there helping the fire evacuees?

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Posted by jerry woytus on 08/08/2018 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Hand Making Skateboards in Arcata

Lived in Arcata on Beverly Dr. (3rd house from the end) for almost 30 years. Thanks for the ride down memory lane. Enjoy!

Posted by Wayne Gramelspacher on 08/07/2018 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Out in the Rain

Is this the SAME Rodney Vernon Brunlinger who sold dope to kids on the streets of Arcata for years? Meth, mushrooms, LSD, outrageously overpriced weed? THAT Rodney Brunlinger? Geez, amazing the Country could hire this guy and not vet him as anyone could do in a week just asking around about him back BEFORE the county hired him and then gave him a golden parachute to land on upon retirement.

No wonder our society is going down the tubes.

Posted by cherokeeweaver on 08/07/2018 at 10:48 AM

Re: “'Working Toward Peace'

I hate to interrupt Ms. Taylor's Mussolini cosplay, but I don't think we've seen such treasonous drivel since Benedict Arnold tried to hand over West Point to the British. Hello?... the Revolutionary War called, it wants its rhetoric back, because in case you haven't heard, Great Britain are our friends now; WWI, WWII, the Cold War, remember?

Lucky 007 dropped the dime on this Manchurian Candidate of ours, but do you really think a guy that cheats on his wife with porn stars, and pays them off with hundreds of thousands of dollars wouldn't consort with urinating Russian prostitutes? How blind can you be? Oh, I get it, he's your hero and can do nothing wrong. Like a favorite Uncle, that takes you to Disneyland, and molests your sister.

Indeed, this person's comment reads more like a veiled threat than memorial to Hiroshima. "Be nice to Putin, or he will nuke us all". No doubt, let us have no illusions about the desperation of a nation with a GNP several times smaller than Italy, and the distinct threat that all their oligarchs ill begotten wealth that is stored overseas may be forfeited. Lastly, how stupid do you have be to fall for that N.Korean lies, again? Maybe we ask the Japanese how they feel about Kim Jong-un?

Posted by HONEST ANSWER1 on 08/06/2018 at 7:49 PM

Re: “'Working Toward Peace'

Working Toward Peace

Today, the 73rd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, is testimonial to the overriding issue of world peace. In this context, when President Trump meets with Putin in friendship, or for that matter with Kim Jong Un, his misbehavior is completely beside the point.

Presently President Trump has about 90% backing from the Republicans. They are forced on to the defensive by the Democrats focused attack on Trump personally. Their jeering ridicules those who voted for him as well. And it probably obliges them to support policies of the administration which they would otherwise reject.

I suspect many upper-echelon Democrats are secretly delighted with how the Trump administration is enriching them. They havent even begun to field a candidate for the next presidential election. But to hear Senator Duckworth, a Democrat, freak out at the idea of the US withdrawing troops from Korea, a dream and aspiration of all Koreans, and to hear of our own Representative Huffman belittling Trumps moves toward peace, when he should be enthusiastically endorsing them, thus slowing the Doomsday clock, is evidence that our nation is going grievously insane.

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Posted by Ellen Estabrook Taylor on 08/06/2018 at 12:08 PM

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