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Re: “How We Let This Happen

To the commenters above, read this:

And this:

And if you prefer Fox News, this:

If you cant see how holding children in deplorable conditions TODAY is the same as holding children (and adults) in deplorable prisoners and slaves 150 years ago...Im super sorry for how confusing the rest of your life must be. Best of luck.

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Posted by Carrie Tully on 07/01/2019 at 8:29 PM

Re: “How We Let This Happen

Very powerful analysis, Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy. Thank you for writing this urgent piece. The connections you draw between the tacit acceptance of genocide by white-settlers in Humboldt's past and that of present-day regarding the incarceration of children in concentration camps establishes a crucial historical continuity between the settler-colonial origins of the U.S. and the contemporary carceral State.

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Posted by Gordon Ulmer on 07/02/2019 at 8:29 AM

Re: “EPD Investigating White Supremacist Group's Local Recruiting Efforts

I absolutely respect and appreciate the NCJs decision not to publish the name and social media links to this hate group. While this is not a knock on those who did (this is an issue of significant public concern and interest), doing so is a double-edged sword as the media exposure gives them free advertising. There is no place for this hate and discrimination in our community. EPD stands united against such racist hate individuals and groups. I feel confident in saying so does every law enforcement agency in Humboldt County. We're coming for you...

Chief Watson

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Posted by SW on 07/10/2019 at 10:54 PM

Re: “'Hook, Line and Turbine'

Wonderfully writ piece,Greg King. I am disgusted and disappointed in Wilsons views on this subject. You mention that the sites and the turbines themselves once in the ground are there forever but with that in mind it also must be noted that the life of those turbines is a short one of 25-30 years after which their ugliness remains and the land they are on will never be able to recover.This is a bad deal and should not happen. Sadly our idiot in Washington has just declared that he wishes to lay sanctions on Chinese solar panels and parts for solar panels which would up the cost of panels here significantly because the idiot in charge does not seem to grasp the fact that his sanctions hurt us as much if not more than the countries on whom the sanctions are laid. If you have not seen my editorial on this subject I would be glad to send it to you. I think you may have since a chunk of your statement here has a bunch of stats that are in my editorial. Thank you for writing this.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 07/04/2019 at 11:27 AM

Re: “EPD Investigating White Supremacist Group's Local Recruiting Efforts

Kurt Anderson's what-about-ism is typical. Antifa & Black Lives matter don't preach hate & death to people that look different from them.

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Posted by Larry HeavyweightSound Hacken on 07/11/2019 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Why I Support Terra-Gen's Wind Project

I live in Petrolia. I believed wind power was an answer until I started doing research into industrial wind turbines and what other rural communities have experienced. People welcome them thanks to the sales pitch and green bias that comes with them. They find out too late that the truth is nothing like the fantasy. In exchange for Terra Gens optimistic estimate of .33 percent, that is one third of one percent, of California's electrical needs, here is what we get: They will be in the windiest locations we have in the most rugged wildfire prone areas. Areas that have the most carbon dense storage in the USA. And just upwind of the largest old growth redwood forest left on earth. Industrial wind turbines catch on fire: They will decimate the raptor and bat population on the Lost Coast. Destroy residential real estate values. Create an industrial area full of ultralow frequency sound out of what is now a world class destination for ecotourism: With all do respect Mr. Winkler, take another look.

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Posted by Dan B. on 06/27/2019 at 9:43 AM

Re: “EPD Investigating White Supremacist Group's Local Recruiting Efforts

Love you guys! We can do better Eureka to be an inclusive and open community.

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Posted by Robert Pitts Jr on 07/10/2019 at 7:24 PM

Re: “The Administrator: Five Questions for HSU's New President

"Helping, mentoring, training", being "positive" and the gift of administrative gab are not academic administrative credentials. University presidents are selected by other opposing Affirmative Action.

Wanting to put HSU's past behind it is not "positive", it paves the way for business as usual, it contradicts the academic mainstay of understanding history and debating controversy to develop solutions and resolve conflicts...And it makes it much easier to take home $300K in salary and benefits.

The U.S. Education Act of 1965 guarantees an accessible public university education. Requiring an oppressive $30,000 tuition debt is not "accessible" nor is it "a very very special privilege" for a $12/hour job...if graduates can find one.

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Posted by Anon. on 07/05/2019 at 11:41 AM

Re: “'Hook, Line and Turbine'

It seems to me that the Redwood Coast Energy Authority has essentially eliminated the first part of their title and are willing at all cost to support the energy part. We, of the Redwood Coast, have to always go to bat for our region while other short-sighted or conflicted members of our community push projects such as this monstrosity. Call me, Greg and the countless others as being NIMBY's. Well, you're damn right, we have been and will continue to do our best to protect our very unique and special back yard here on the Redwood Coast!
I have wondered where these "concerned" folks were back during the Butler Valley dam days, or the GO Road days, or the Redwood Summer days, etc. Now, their great environmental concerns have put them in the position of backing the industrialization of our fragile, beautiful ridges. While I have always had great respect for Michael Winkler, his vocal support of this project has had a serious effect of my opinion of him. Maybe he needs to step out of the public eye for a while and take a long hard look at his current views before he makes further public statements. He is on the wrong side of this issue as is the RCEA.

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Posted by jackalope on 07/05/2019 at 10:46 AM

Re: “The Case for and Against Huffman

although I have reservations about Jared Huffman's loyalty to his constituents, as in not voting for Bernie when his district did overwhelmingly, I will say that he is right to become a means to putting Trump in jail; although I doubt the Senate will subscribe, I believe the people of this country need to see, in perfect detail, how this president laundered money and traded secrets for more money, that he became president to MAKE money off the people; and what Mueller found had to be litigated by Congress, not him, for as all cops are aware, it takes a DA to bring them to court.

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Posted by Pat Kanzler on 07/04/2019 at 10:36 AM

Re: “HSU Professor's Book Nabs Prestigious International Award


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Posted by Simona Carini on 06/30/2019 at 12:40 PM

Re: “How We Let This Happen

load of liberal b.s.

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Posted by Chris Stone on 06/27/2019 at 7:28 AM

Re: “EPD Investigating White Supremacist Group's Local Recruiting Efforts

Mike Harris-
We're not censoring anything. We are simply choosing not to report the hate group's name for the reasons explained in the editor's note. It's an important distinction.
Thadeus Greenson

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Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 07/12/2019 at 1:01 PM

Re: “EPD Investigating White Supremacist Group's Local Recruiting Efforts

Please report this to the Jewish Defense league also. I received a recorded message right after the fires in our area to our landline inviting us to live in a white neighborhood. Idaho. Lots of people were getting big insurance checks then. The white is right crowd is trying to shake the tattooed skin head image and they are increasingly tech savvy and they are trying to create intentional communities.

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Posted by Allyson Bedene on 07/10/2019 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Transitional Housing Project Moves Forward, Grand Jury Report Underscores Need

Not all homeless are drug addicts.

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Posted by Ruth Moon on 07/09/2019 at 1:32 PM

Re: “'Hook, Line and Turbine'

Jay P: Do they remove the concrete pads? I read an article that said the turbines will be removed but the reinforced concrete pads will remain. That is not acceptable. Furthermore, how do you suppose the huge road through the Jordan Creek watershed is removed or remedied? And what about all the environmental damage for the 30-year lifespan of the project and road?

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons1 on 07/05/2019 at 1:53 PM

Re: “'Hook, Line and Turbine'

Mr. King is spot-on: According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Bear River and Monument ridges are "inappropriate for wind development" due to large populations of rare and protected species that would be destroyed, including murrelets, bats and raptors, as well as the "loss and possibly extirpation of a disjunct population of horned larks."

I've been up there many times bird-watching and have seen owls at dusk swooping down to catch their prey. They may also hunt after it gets dark, but I didn't have equipment to allow me to see that, if it occurred.

I read where a company spokesperson said the grasslands up there are not pristine. Perhaps not all the grasslands, but the majority are in decent shape or could be. The area is rare along the North Coast, with the Bald Hills being the closest comparison. Wind turbines are not desirable in this area. They are definitely not worth a huge road through Jordan Creek, as Mr. King noted, because the area is just beginning to recover from Maxxam's liquidation of forests for profit.

The experience with PALCO and Maxxam chastened me; no longer do I believe in the promises of an extraction company. Judge Terra-Gen by the company it keeps. As Mr. King noted, "Stantec, the corporation that conducted Terra-Gen's wildlife surveys, tells us that the windmills will kill 10.43 to 20.86 marbled murrelets over the project's estimated 30-year lifespan. (Santec, a Canadian firm, specializes in oil and gas development, coal mining, fracking, shale and tar sands mining, thousand-mile oil pipelines and transmission lines.) However, by raising the model's turbine-collision input by just 1 percent the murrelet mortality rate doubles."

This should have caused pause for any Humboldt County officials and/or agencies supporting this flawed project, as pointed out by Mr. King: Terra-Gen has accelerated the Humboldt County project to take advantage of tax breaks that expire in 2020. Less well known is that Terra-Gen is desperate for cash. In February, the S&P Global Ratings service downgraded Terra-Gen's rating from B to B-minus, indicating "weak cash flow and debt paydown. ... The negative outlook reflects our expectations that Terra-Gen's cash flow generation profile could worsen further. ... The company may have difficulty refinancing in 2021."

Humboldt County has already suffered enough from companies desperate for cash: from the pulp mills and their demise to PALCO/Maxxam, and more.

Humboldt County agencies and officials who support this project can be faulted for more stupid planning as opposed to smart planning. For example, do these officials and/or agencies realize the gigantic reinforced concrete pads will remain after the project's useful life? If anything is going to make the grasslands on Bear River Ridge any less pristine, or mar the recovering forest on Monument, it's definitely multiple reinforced concrete pads. Plus, who is to say that the Bridgeville substation won't upgraded and more turbines allowed? Such expansion would only increase the number of birds killed. They shouldn't even be comfortable with one marbled murrelet being sacrificed, let alone more than a potential 20 and that's if you believe what has been reported. I remember a lot of promises from PALCO and Maxxam that turned out to be junk.

As a person who has installed solar panels where I live, I can tell you that, after they are paid off, we'll be earning money (based on our energy consumption) after our investment. With our panels only being six weeks old, we've already sold power to Nevada Energy, thereby defraying our investment cost. Our house runs fully on solar during the day, even with washing and drying.

Lastly, has The Journal sent a photographer up to Bear River Ridge to photograph the grasslands, or gotten permission to access Monument Ridge to take photos? If not, why not? And why does The Journal keep using a Terra-Gen illustration showing turbines without consulting a third-party expert to determine if such an illustration is an accurate and truthful interpretation of what people might see from Rio Dell? That's just not doing your due diligence, NCJ, and you should know better.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons1 on 07/05/2019 at 1:48 PM

Re: “How We Let This Happen

Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, I thank you first for the truth that needs to be heard, but also for the beautifully crafted manner in which you laid out the truth. You obviously hit a sore spot for a couple of readers who ran to their denial cache and attacked you for telling such a terrible truth but, sadly, that's life in America.I will hope to see more from you.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 07/04/2019 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Grand Jury: No 'Silver Bullet' to Solving Homeless, Offers Strategies

When the exemption from permitting is raised to 800 interior square feet in rural areas, your rural cousins will build cabins for half of those in need of housing. The other half should be provided apartments in modest sized 3 and 4 unit buildings in the greater metropolises of Humboldt.
Oddly, our planners and supervisors do not yet feel compelled to act.

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Posted by Patrick Shannon on 07/02/2019 at 6:33 PM

Re: “How We Let This Happen

To Tracy Overholser: truth hurts, huh? So much so that you have to call it "pandering"? Really doubt you've read A book, let alone one with big words. Also,

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Posted by Lillian Keller on 07/02/2019 at 1:18 PM

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