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Re: “Meet Dan Johnson

The issue surrounding Dan Johnson is not whether he is a "stand up guy" or not, Fred. That is a "red herring argument" He probably is a stand up guy (for his friends and business associates). The issue is much bigger than that. It is about his blatent violation of one of the most sacred values of the institution he is supposed to represent and his subsequent, unapologetic, pugnacious, pugilistic response to any who criticize him. It is about his self-serving denial of his duty to accept the responsibility for his actions.
The controversy surrounding the series of ethical errors of Dan Johnson’s plagiarized speech at the 2013 Arcata High School graduation, his singling out his daughter above the entire graduating class, his subsequent vilification of his critics in what he claims was an apology for “making a simple mistake” (plagiarizing another’s words), his blatant denial at the September 10th board meeting that what he said were not plagiarized words, but words he crafted as a result of his being “inspired” by David McCullough, Jr.’s speech, and his hypocritically comical demand for his audience’s respect when his vitriol boiled over because a member of the audience was laughing during his contentious remarks at that meeting hinges on whether he “hurt anyone” by what he did.
Supporters of Dan Johnson consider his “petty mistake” trivial, because they claim it not hurt anyone. But it did, unnoticably, like a stealthy cancer that grows slowly at first until it reaches a critical point of no return. To those who are not academics, or who do not value the moral and ethical pillars that hold up the roof of the educational institution that Dan represents and is supposed to reflect, Dan’s error was harmless and trivial. But whom Dan Johnson “hurt” by his actions, inactions, and accusations was not any individual; rather, he harmed the institution itself and all those it serves.
Institutions such as education, religion, or charities gain their efficacy and respect because of the trust that citizens place in them — and the integrity of those who represent them. Take that trust away by a representative violating the foundational principles on which these institutions are founded, and the institution itself suffers a devaluation in the eyes of those they serve. Such a devaluation, in turn, hurts not an individual, but all individuals that these institutions serve. A priest or minister who violates a fundamental ethical or moral tenet of the faith weakens the respect for the church or temple the violator represents. A CEO of a charitable institution who earns a half million dollars for his job, yet pays his disabled workers 22 cents an hour, undermines the perception of charitableness of that organization (see Goodwill Industries). And a member of a school board who steals another’s intellectual property for whatever reason and claims it for his own, chips away at the efficacy and respect that is the foundation of the institution of education. That is what is hurt – not a “somebody,” but the “everybody” of a community to which that institution belongs.
Therefore it is my argument that the critics of this controversy are not making mountains out of mole hills, but rather, those who would dismiss this issue as trivial and “harmless” are making mole hills out of mountains, by defacing and eroding as trivial the institution’s core values, intellectual honesty and integrity being two of the highest values of the educational community. To allow such a violation of principals to pass away without severe consequence in order to “move on” or “forgive his tiny error” is to add to the downward spiral of respect for the institution of education itself.

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Posted by Allan Edwards on 10/10/2013 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Trimmigration Sting

This is awesome!!! He did nothing wrong! No different than ploying sex predators. Which I think is awesome too. We have a problem here and I'm glad he's trying to do something about it

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Posted by Kara Clower on 06/02/2016 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Prepare for Impact

I don't know why there is a debate about this. Mandating chemical injections is obscene and criminal.

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Posted by Lort Bizniss on 08/25/2016 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Trimmigration Sting

Thank you Chief Mills!!!!! What a good and benign idea to get people to think twice without any harm done to them or others!!

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Posted by Theann Faucher on 06/02/2016 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Prepare for Impact

sb277 is insane, unconstitutional, illegal, and the work of drug companies paying politicians to get it passed. it smells worse than a decomposing body.
maurine meleck

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Posted by Maurine Meleck on 08/25/2016 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Meet Dan Johnson

Until I read this article, I had no idea what Dan Johnson did for a living or how he made his money. I didn't even consider it. And I still don't care. The fact is, that as a member of the school board, he is held to an academic level of integrity. Plagiarism should not be condoned in an academic setting. Apologizing is fine, but Dan Johnson continues to imply that the entire episode is someone else's fault. Reminds of someone I once knew, whose idea of an apology was to say, "I'm sorry YOU have a problem with me." Show some respect for the students and the institution you are supposed to be serving, Mr. Johnson. A heartfelt apology, rather than one that was coerced, could have gone a long way in resolving this issue.

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Posted by CindyLuWho1 on 10/10/2013 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Meet Dan Johnson

What is most disturbing about this situation to me and to many people is that neither Dan nor his supporters seem to get is that this is not just about plagiarism. Because of Dans inability to acknowledge that he did something wrong in a fulsome manner with no provisos/exceptions he left people not only feeling slapped but he also made it quite clear that he did not get the gravity of what he did. His so-called apology was an insult. He then, after 3 months, finally came to a school board meeting and was, once again, accusatory and insulting. Nothing he has said so far gives any indication that he understands that he was acting while wearing the hat of a school board member, that, in fact, he took advantage of that position to be able to get up on stage and read a speech and that in that role he committed a blatant act of plagiarism after clearly claiming that he had written the speech he was about to give. He has demonstrated over and over again that he has no moral compass, that he does not value integrity. In fact, it's clear to me that if he reads what I just wrote he will not get it. He's simply missing that component, that part. This has nothing to do with politics, with whether his critics or supporters are left or right leaning, this has to do with a person in a leadership position , particularly one that is about children, who acted in a far from exemplary manner and does not get it. That he hasn't even looked up the meaning of the word plagiarism says a great deal about Dan. That he lied about law suits says even more, and of course he did lie because it defies credibility to claim he forgot about all the law suits he has been involved in. The language that he freely used when being interviewed says more. The composite picture isn't pretty. It's sad that his children are in the position of defending him because that means that they may grow up and have the same attitudes and lack of a moral compass that he has. No, Fred, Johnson is not a stand up guy and he should step down from the board because he is not a fit model for the children for whom the board is responsible.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 10/10/2013 at 9:12 AM

Re: “OB-Gone

No comments.... really?
I'll comment... it appears by the actions of those in charge that the St. Joseph Health System has a low regard for what the people of Humboldt County want or need. Their primary concerns are pushing their hard-line Catholic agenda in this secluded area (they've been establishing their monopoly here for years), and being more corporate instead of more community health conscious.
I'm not surprised that Mad River's numbers have grown... St. Joseph Health System has routinely pissed off the medical professionals in the area, pissed off the other community members, then held out their hand asking people to donate money for poorly-planned projects like the White Elephant in Eureka (aka "The Tower"). Historically, Redwood Memorial Hospital has operated in a more efficient, more economically stable manner than St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka. We went through all this the last time they tried to take OB/GYN services from Fortuna to Eureka. The numbers were there then.
There are great employees at both campuses and at General Hospital... it's the poor leadership we have had year-after-year (Joe Marks, Mike Purvis..... ), and the blind leadership from Santa Rosa and Orange, who are assisting in taking down health care in this county.
Poor management decisions leading to overspending, continued "missions" to places like Napa for the administration, managers from Eureka overseeing both hospital campuses and making poor choices are driving down morale and driving up costs here. The stress is palpable so much more than in years past. In Fortuna, at Redwood Memorial Hospital, we have people talking more and more about retiring or finding some other way out of here, solely because the administration seems to lack the ability to recognize the "Human" aspect of Human Resources and show a genuine concern for the community.
I asked Joe Marks and one of the Sisters once during an employee meeting (back when we were going through this several years ago), if the plan was to strip Redwood Memorial of it's viable services, use those services to prop up St Joseph Hospital so it could be sold, then leave Humboldt County for good? The Sister went on about how important Redwood was to Humboldt County and on about the significance of it's history here and that they would never do such a thing.
Well, here we are again.
Just a small example of the games played... the town meeting... Thursday, December 5th at the River Lodge in Fortuna... it's at NOON! How many people do you think can get away from commitments at noon to attend a public forum? How many people who depend on RMH and it's OB/GYN services but live miles away from Fortuna will be able to drive up here for a meeting at noon? Not to mention the physicians and employees of the health system who will be working and unable to attend. Whoever set that one up is either plain ignorant or maybe pretty damn sneaky.
I not only work at RMH, I use this hospital for my own medical care, my family's care, and it serves my community... the people who fix my car so it runs safe and reliable, the people who fix food at the establishments I go to for breakfast/lunch/dinner, the people who provide me with so much more, helping to meet my personal needs day-in and day-out. This hospital is important to me and those I live with in Fortuna. The Sisters of Orange and their Corporate leaders should be better stewards of Humboldt County's health care.

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Posted by wsmac on 11/29/2013 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Meet Dan Johnson

It is 100% about the plagiarism.
I couldn't care less about his politics, or his status as a developer.
He, as a school board member, shouldn't be allowed to get away with CHEATING, any more than a student should.
Mr Johnson, your screwed up, own it, resign and move on.

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Posted by Mark Sailors on 10/10/2013 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Meet Dan Johnson

The teachers at Arcata High be harshin me bout my homework, I didn't even know what the fuck plagiarism was. You know what I mean? If all's I had to do was say, 'Hey, these words are from this person,' do you not think I woulda frickin' said it? I definitely need some more education on what plagiarism actually is, cuz it's really gray. And I haven't looked at it in the dictionary to see if that's what the dictionary says, the point being, you know, everybody says it's plagiarism. Who are they to say that? You know, nobody really knows. ... I mean, I don't fuckin' know. I'm not a goddamned english teacher. You know what I'm sayin'? I mean, I'm a stoodent, I'm a son, I'm a party dawg, I'm a doofus. I'm just doin' what I'm doin'.

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Posted by Stoodent on 10/11/2013 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Meet Dan Johnson

This man keeps taking a bath in the news media, and he comes out dirtier each time. This matter could have been resolved months ago if he had offered an immediate and sincere apology. The depth of the problem is now obvious thanks to the Journal's reporting. The quotes in this article stir up great concern for me.

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Posted by Andrew Jones on 10/10/2013 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Meet Dan Johnson

The fact that Dan obviously plagarized is excusable now after reading this article. Why, you ask? Because Dan's vocabulary is obviously lacking. He doesnt know words ya'll! His brain capacity for using words higher than an 8th grade level is AT MAX. to drop the F bomb so many times in an article while sitting around your family goes to show he is clearly mentally challenged. he didnt know better folks! We cant persecute the mentally handicapped!

As someone who has personally known Dan... I can say Dan is a hardworking, generous person. he really is. but that in NO WAY shape or form excuses what he did. To play dumb and give a backhanded apology is apalling. He's arrogant and he sets a bad example. He should be a politician. He can dance around a question and lie like a dog with the best of them. But again, it's the handicap, obviously.

This article is very well written and gives an unbiased summary of the interview. Well done NCJ. However, as someone else mentioned, Dan digs his own grave. To be an adult and claim to not known plagarism is unacceptable. he should be held to the same standards as his kids in school. Zero tolerance!

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Posted by Ourcata on 10/11/2013 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Meet Dan Johnson

Fred,
Johnson didn’t offer a sincere apology. He used an apology as a means of attacking his critics. A SINCERE apology goes something like this: “I apologize for plagiarizing a speech. It was wrong and a poor example for the students. I will endeavor to do better in the future.” THE END – no attacks, no conditional statements, no “but…”

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Posted by Eurekan on 10/10/2013 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Prepare for Impact

Senator Pan and SB 277 are not based on logic. More likely they are based on the profits of the lobbyists that pushed it.

1) No equivalent vaccine requirement to:

a) Work in a restaurant in direct contact with your food
b) Enter a restaurant and breath, sneeze, and re-use your plate in the salad bar
c) Sit in close proximity with passengers in recycled air on airlines
d) Work as a staffer or Senator at the State Capitol - which is visited by many groups of school children
e) Visit Disneyland and waterparks - an unvaccinated child is still allowed to fly from a dirty Rio or Mumbai slum and mingle at Disneyland (where the infamous "outbreak" occurred). They can spit all over the shared handrails.


2) Over a dozen Vaccines mandated to:

a) sit in a desk in a classroom - public or private.

This includes vaccines for for HEP-B, which is generally an STD shared by blood and needles! What risk does a HEP-b negative, unvaccinated, child pose to others?

This is an insidious approach - because failure to fully vaccinate - a civil statute - can lead to CPS and criminal prosecution for allowing a child to be truant.

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Posted by Kim Berry on 08/26/2016 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Trimmigration Sting

The truth hurts. Nevada County has the same problem: people coming from all over the world for trimming jobs, then wanting to camp out for free somewhere afterwards, living off the public trough.

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Posted by Heather Joan Donesky on 06/02/2016 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Prepare for Impact

If people believe so strongly in these vaccines, and there effectiveness, then why can a vaccinated child still contract a disease for which they have been vaccinated for? And the horrible outbreak which was used as a scare tactics to push this bill resulted in how many death? Oh yeah none,seems pretty cut and dry to me, it's all about the money from top to bottom. I went from kindergarten through college without any vaccines and never once did I get sick or infect any of the thousands or peers I came in contact with over the years.

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Posted by Orion b on 08/26/2016 at 4:13 PM

Re: “A Birder Takes a Fall

In an email to his supporters, Ron LeValley touts his 10 months in "fed club med" as a victory that will allow him to get his life "back to normal". He does not display any signs of remorse. The intentional diversion of $175,000 to line his pockets is theft pure and simple. As the old saying goes "if it quacks like duck, it must be a duck" or if a " it honks like a pelagic cormorant then it must be pelagic cormorant (this species honks". A thief is a crook no matter what credentials you hold.

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Posted by Robert Ulibarri on 05/29/2014 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Meet Dan Johnson

The article profiling Dan Johnson should put to rest the issue of whether or not he is fit to serve or whether he should resign. In my opinion he clearly should. And that opinion has nothing and I mean nothing to do with the fact that he has money and I do not and the fact that I am a green party member. We actually have quite a bit in common, I went to local schools and also graduated in 1982, we lived on the same road as kids, and I also dropped out of college, our kids went to the same elementary school, but I really hope that if I made the same mistake as Johnson the commonality would end. I do not believe that only intellectuals should serve in elected office, diversity on a school board reflects the diversity in the community it serves and I think that's good. However when you breach the trust of those you serve and fail to take responsibility and learn from it there are consequences. That is what Johnson should be learning from this. Instead it appears he's learned nothing. I'm sorry people have brought the kids into this, it's inappropriate to do so, but Johnson and his wife have made them part of this so it isn't surprising that they are also suffering unpleasant consequences. Johnson's friends and supporters are treating him like a naked emperor and clearly he would be better served by folks who would stop fawning over his achievements and give him some clothes to wear.

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Posted by kim pinches on 10/12/2013 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Meet Dan Johnson

To all those who think we are making a mountain out of an anthill, it's not just about the plagiarism. It's about how Dan reacted to getting caught. Instead of owning up like a man of integrity, he has done nothing but give backhanded apologies, point fingers and lie. I'll be worried when the public isn't outraged when people who are put in charge of our children are less than honest and capable.
The article worried me further when Dan claimed he had no idea about any of those suits! So, either you are completely incompetent and unaware of anything that is going on in your own company or you are lying your ass off to save your skin. Neither of those qualities are desirable of someone in office.
Now I can't help but wonder what else he is lying about.

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Posted by Banana1 on 10/13/2013 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Meet Dan Johnson

Every time he opens his mouth, he makes the situation worse. He may be a nice guy to the people he considers to be his friends. I would NEVER hire him or his company to do a job for me. (Notice how, when reselling a house, people will advertise that it was built by Gene Callihan, or by John Van der Molen? NO ONE advertises their house was built by Danco!) He conveniently forgets everything that doesn't jibe with his personal vision of himself as he'd like to be perceived. Great. Tells lies. Believes them himself. That means he does not belong on the school board. My solution? Vote for the two challengers in the upcoming NHUSD election (coming to you in less than 4 weeks!), and Silvernale, who previously beat him. Make it so uncomfortable, 'cause his friends are missing from the Board, that he will leave. The new revelation for me from this article? It's all Brian Stevens' fault. What was he thinking???? (And yes, everyone I've ever heard talk about Dan mentions how delightfully wonderful his wife is. Everyone. Without fail. They don't say the same thing about Dan.)

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Posted by Pam Sowerwine on 10/10/2013 at 5:47 PM

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