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Re: “'Overlooked'

Having known Peter when I was editor of The Redwood Record in Garberville, and having followed him over the years, I can certainly attest to his being a true environmentalist. While we may not have always agreed on some issues, Peter has always had my respect. He is a steward and he certainly is not an ***hole. He's not responsible for all the bad apples who didn't care about the land. I also remember United Stand and all the meetings in Garberville. I also remember receiving a medallion for my coverage of land-use issues from United Stand. All they ever asked for was balanced coverage.

Always a thoughtful and kind person, Peter's experience and the issues he has expressed should certainly be considered by county officials, and I hope this column leads to some more reflection and, perhaps, analysis and action, because the last thing the county needs is more environmental degradation.

Lastly, the thought of generators and the eye and light pollution in Southern Humboldt are disconcerting. Very much so. These are variables that county regulations could be created or stiffened for, because the area's rural nature should be retained and light pollution and noise pollution should not be allowed to the extent that Peter has described, in my opinion.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 09/18/2017 at 7:45 PM

Re: “'Overlooked'

To Scott G:

Scott, your astonishing response to my article strikes me as a classic example of the misunderstanding on the part of certain environmentalists that has been a problem in the past, to which I referred briefly in the article. You say that "Real environmentalists can see right through your bullshit". Ill forbear to respond to the second part of that sentence (or the rest of your comments) but with regard to the first:

As a card-carrying Gemini Ive been an activist in several areas over the years, one of which is certainly environmentalism. Soon after we arrived here in 1971 we became aware that the only private parcel of old growth fir in our neighborhood was going to be logged. Two or three of us got together with the landowner and to his credit, he agreed not to log it (we made a strong case).

Then the BLM planned to log Gilham Butte, which had over three hundred acres of virgin old growth fir and was also a part of our neighborhood. A number of us put a substantial amount of effort into preventing that from happening, and we succeeded.

But a new Area Manager opened it up for logging again and we had to do it all over again. This time we ensured its safety by putting it into ACEC (Area of Critical Environmental Concern). For good measure we also created the Old Growth Reserve System within the BLM, through which we saved four more old growth forests in addition to Gilham Butte.

As a result of those activities I served a term as Vice Chair of the Ukiah BLM Citizens Advisory Committee, which term was cut short by the James Watt gang (Reagan's Secretary of the Interior) when they purged advisory committees all over the country of environmentalists. But before I left I got the Committee to approve a strongly worded statement regarding the need for the BLM to protect all the old growth within their jurisdiction.

I was fairly deeply involved in the Timber Wars. I was hauled off in irons (well, plastic) twice; of the roughly fourteen hundred arrestees in the Headwaters Forest demonstrations, I was one of seven who eventually went to trial, where I got considerable satisfaction from entering into the record a plea of "moral necessity".

Then I served on the Board of Directors of Ancient Forest International, which was started by another hippie hill dweller who happened to be a park ranger in Chile during the Pinochet regime (a tale or two there, youd best believe!). We played a significant role in saving a substantial amount of virgin Chilean alerce forest, as well as some magnificent araucaria. I spent several unforgettable days hiking in the Andes in connection with that effort.

So I think I qualify as an environmentalist. As do you; I know that you care deeply about the natural world and that youre as horrified as I am by the way weve treated it, and by the urgent necessity for protecting it. We're on the same team, Scott. Wouldnt it be better all around if we just recognized that fact and treated each other with the respect we deserve?

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Posted by PC on 09/18/2017 at 6:43 AM

Re: “'Overlooked'

Hi Peter, keep writing and sharing your kind-hearted thoughts. Helping communities come to agreement about how we live and work together is always a challenge. Kirk

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Posted by Kirk Gothier1 on 09/17/2017 at 6:23 PM

Re: “'Overlooked'

Peter Childs is a greater environmentalist and more important a better human than Scott Graeson will ever be, One need look no further than their personal lives to see who is f'd up and who has the respect and admiration of multiple generations of knowledgeable and enlightened North Coast residents to know whose life has had value. Thank you Peter for all you have done for the betterment of us all. Your comments are, as usual well thought and well said. Our children could not have a better role model in their personal and professional lives than Perter Childs.

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Posted by Lee Ulansey on 09/16/2017 at 12:27 AM

Re: “'Overlooked'

Peter, I've known since we met in the '70s that you are a fine musician. What I didn't know is that you can write, too! All very well put. I'll look forward to the book version.

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Posted by Tony Lucchesi on 09/15/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “'Overlooked'

I like what you say here, Peter. I haven't been here for as long as the original back-to-the-landers, but generally had the same idea as they, and a good number of the people who for decades have been attracted to this area, had: to get away from the rat race, to not pay too much attention to the modern world... more to the birds and the weather and the sun and moon cycles. To learn and live here. To be here because we want to be here.
Now there are so many people who are here as a stepping stone to something else they want. Another place, another lifestyle, money, prestige. Worse, they won't even just do their thing and get out... they change this place while they're at it, as if we were looking for the world and all its plastic here.
Anyway, thank you for writing this. I am going to link it on my Facebook page.

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Posted by Laura Cooskey on 09/15/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “'Overlooked'

I like what you say here, Peter. I haven't been here for as long as the original back-to-the-landers, but generally had the same idea as they, and a good number of the people who for decades have been attracted to this area, had: to get away from the rat race, to not pay too much attention to the modern world... more to the birds and the weather and the sun and moon cycles. To learn and live here. To be here because we want to be here.
Now there are so many people who are here as a stepping stone to something else they want. Another place, another lifestyle, money, prestige. Worse, they won't even just do their thing and get out... they change this place while they're at it, as if we were looking for the world and all its plastic here.
Anyway, thank you for writing this. I am going to link it on my Facebook page.

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Posted by Laura Cooskey on 09/14/2017 at 11:47 PM

Re: “'Overlooked'

Drivel, this.

The human residents of Humboldt County are entirely deserving of the cesspool that the county has become in so many, many ways.

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Posted by vkqw4721 on 09/14/2017 at 7:43 PM

Re: “'Overlooked'

Real environmentalists see right through your bullshit, Peter.

The sad, terrible truth is that salmon and steelhead are doing way, way better in watersheds that are entirely industrial timberland than they are in the watersheds chock full of self-deluding "stewards" and the assholes they have always given cover to.

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Posted by Scott G1 on 09/14/2017 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Vexed by Vax 'Bias'

I agree with Barry. If lefties ever wonder how people can deny climate change, a few may find insight in their beliefs about vaccines. While some modern medicine is no better than placebo, and there is still much that cannot be cured, vaccines are pretty close to a miracle and have saved untold millions of people, mostly children, from serious illness, maiming and death. The use of vaccines wiped deadly and disfiguring smallpox from the face of the earth, a boggling feat, and is close to doing so with polio.

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Posted by Esme Pendergast on 09/14/2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Things Stay the Same

Pot doesn't belong in a factory farm. A loner plant in your home is sufficient.

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Posted by Gloria Picchetti on 09/14/2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Vexed by Vax 'Bias'

Sorry Linda, much as I admire you and your writing, I'm with Emily 100%.

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Posted by barryevans on 09/14/2017 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Things Have Changed

They could have stopped this decades ago by demanding water carrying capacity certification for any and all new development, but all those "good people", homesteaders, low-impact, back to the earth, rural lifestyle, liberal, progressive, etc, were too damn greedy.

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Posted by Gerald Gates on 09/12/2017 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Things Have Changed

She reported a neighbor with whom SHE SHARES A WATER SYSTEM? Not smart. If u stir s*** up you get nervous wreckage. People need to mind their own business.

1900sq ft grow and she still not happy? And has to bitch about the neighbor??... Whatever. Probably gonna end up bringing the heat on herself.

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Posted by Anon E. Mouse on 09/11/2017 at 12:45 PM

Re: “The Best and Worst of Us

Dammit. Well said!!!

Posted by Tall Trees on 09/09/2017 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Things Have Changed

Wow! This sounds like a very unhappy woman.
Maybe she could ask her neighbors for advice so that she can get a better "bottom line "

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Posted by Starshine essence on 09/07/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Things Have Changed

Does North Coast Journal have permission to publish this photo? Due to the slanderous nature of this article, I'd be worried about a lawsuit.

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Posted by Anonymous1984 on 09/07/2017 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Things Have Changed

To me the point of decriminalization of pot is to let the police and courts deal with real crime and to relive the suffering of illnesses and disorders. Who intended it to become a factory farm for vegetation? One plant in your kitchen will stone and/or pacify a family for life.
I apologize for any distress my comment brings to the residents of Humboldt County. I am an outsider and should probably just shut up. Good luck.

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Posted by Gloria Picchetti on 09/07/2017 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Save Our Speech

The news report was titled "This Is How San Francisco Protests the Far Right".

The report begins, "Authorities in San Francisco and Alameda counties prepared for the influx of fringe-right supporters over the weekend, hoping to squelch the assemblies from turning violent like they have in the past through a series of legal maneuvers and bureaucratic red tape." https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/08/26/photo…

This is liberals using governmental power to block an unpopular, hated group. And I am not comparing this to fascism, and I understand that many think I should welcome this is a way to avoid what happened in Charlottesville and Berkeley.

I'm a liberal, I'm pro-free speech and I am not a Nazi.

Posted by janelle on 09/03/2017 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Save Our Speech

A thoughtful column.

The antidotes to the KKK, Neo-Nazis and other hatemongers are DNA tests and evolutionary demographics. The "race" they seek to preserve never existed. There is only one race: the human race. Diverse, yes, but more than one, no.

That said, there will be decades, probably, that these hateful people will pollute the public square with their antiquated and easily debunked beliefs. Any protest of racist hate-mongers should be peaceful.

In this world, hatred has
never been defeated by hatred.
Only love can overcome hatred.
This is an ancient and eternal law.
~ Dhammapada 1:5

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 09/01/2017 at 11:05 PM

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