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Re: “Our Shrinking Habitat

Amy, the clearcutting for marijuana over the past ten years combined doesn't equal that of a single year's clearcutting by logging coroporations. Stand on the jetty at big lagoon and simply look east. If that degree of clearcutting alone were attributed to marijuana, what would you think? And it all says nothing of the hundreds of acres of forest stripped and sold for development every year. If your primary concern is the environment, as it is mine, please understand the grossly lopsided attention given to all things marijuana versus "legitimate industry". I'm not downplaying the importance of keeping marijuana growing in check, but as far as the local big picture is concerned, a painfully obvious smear campaign against an unjustly prohibited plant is winning over common sense regarding the health of our natural environment. The government, local and federal, could eliminate all problems to do with marijuana virtually overnight if the plant were completely decriminalized.

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Posted by Free the weed, it's common sense. on 07/09/2017 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Our Shrinking Habitat

Amy nails it.

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Posted by Tall Trees on 07/06/2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Black Lives and Good Faith


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Posted by Renata Renata on 06/18/2017 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Black Lives and Good Faith

You speak wise words Brenna! Now is the time to make way for POC, to highlight a very important issue of social justice: #BLM #BlackLivesMatter #NIOT #SayHerName

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Posted by Ady No Se Rinde on 06/15/2017 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Same Team

I'm tired of this Copernican view on systemic racism. I can go to Mexico, Africa, China. India, or hundreds of other countries and see and experience racism being perpetrated by all races. This is just another condescending version of "Dear White People" rather than a call for equality and humanity. Take your identity politics and racial divisiveness somewhere else. The idea that someone may secretly be racist works only by broadening the meaning of racism until the term has lost its meaning and is just another buzzword to drive compliance with cultural Marxism.

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Posted by JohnGaltJr on 05/17/2017 at 5:29 AM

Re: “Same Team

Dear Legend of Billie Jean,
Bravo! Thank you for so eloquently and masterfully proving the writer's point. :/

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Posted by Valerie1 on 05/16/2017 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Same Team

This author has captured the right sentiment in proportion to the reality.

"In equal crimes unequal fates are found, whilst one swings the other's crowned", (Thomas Creech, 1650).

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Posted by Serah Cawley on 05/13/2017 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Same Team

The original 2007 study cited here was refuted in 2013 in a University of Michigan study in collaboration with universities of Illinois and Florida, published in the Journal of Sports Economics in 2013.

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Posted by beach walker on 05/13/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Same Team

Perfect comment, JRWhitmore, thank you.

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Posted by Legend of Billie Jean on 05/13/2017 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Same Team

Yep, just keep looking for differences rather than embraces our commonalities. Continue to force feed that wedge into the crack of difference to make it a canyon.....

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Posted by JRWhitmore on 05/12/2017 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Same Team

Great post!

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Posted by Ferris on 05/11/2017 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Same Team

Another example of how somebody can be racist without knowing it is to write an article titled "How someone can be racist without knowing it" within which every example given portrays white people as the racists.

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Posted by The Legend of Billie Jean on 05/11/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Hypocrisy Now!

Using numbers from a very biased source does not get you far. It is lazy, especially since there has been a lot of studies since then and where they got their numbers came from a early 2000 UN report.
From EPA it is found that the ag secture (including livestock and crops) has slightly more of an impact on greenhouse gasses than the residential sector. It is also seen that the industry, energy and transpotation sectors are a lot worse than agriculture.
Feedlots are horrible for the animals and the environment. But, livestock grazing on the rangeland isn't. It allows for us to use the rangeland and preserve it.
Talk to a range major and learn more!

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Posted by sarbear227 on 05/03/2017 at 7:32 AM

Re: “It's What, Not How, You Grow


Posted by Matthew Kumin on 04/24/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Hypocrisy Now!

Adopting a vegan lifestyle out of compassion is misguided but kind. Farming for high quality nutrients relies on bone meal, fish emulsion, and other animal products. Harvesting grain kills millions of mice and countless other small mammals caught up by large threshers - ask any farmer. Only one animal died to provide me with steak versus potentially hundreds to feed me bread. Also this:

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Posted by Hemingway on 04/24/2017 at 7:14 AM

Re: “The Need for Sanctuary

The primary word is "illegal" immigrants. If I broke the law. I most certainly be arrested. I'm very familiar with the INS. My wife came to the United States in 2003 on a spousal VISA which we had to file six months prior to her arrival . Then we had to go through the process for the residential VISA. within the next week we worked on her citizenship, which she passed the exam and became a citizen. Every year thousands go through the VISA process. just takes time and money.

Posted by Stedman Lee Peters on 04/16/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “It's What, Not How, You Grow

Excellent article.

Posted by Aaron Gustaveson on 04/09/2017 at 1:44 PM

Re: “It's What, Not How, You Grow

I enjoyed reading your article. As we as a society re-think the war on drugs, and cannabis specifically, both medicinal and recreational, I wish there were more practical solutions being presented to problems that must be addressed. I wonder though... have you given thought to what would constitute BMPs? Who would determine these? It seems to me that the current incentive is really no incentive at all; it is clear, based on the number of current applications submitted compared to total number of estimated grows, that the current system is not working, and I don't see that changing without real change in how cannabis is treated in relation to every other agriculture crop.

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Posted by Josh Emerald Madrone on 03/28/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “It's What, Not How, You Grow

Carrots anyone?

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Posted by Sungnome Madrone 1 on 03/25/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Wiyot Tribe Responds to "Murder in Arcata"

Well, this is awkward... I'm a Wiyot tribal member, as well as an acquaintance of Ms. Mullen... Although I live out of the county, I am sorry to have missed this particular "kerfuffle" when it occurred more than a year ago.

I'm not acquainted with Mr. Torma, our Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, but I completely understand his point that the telling of history has been under the control of those who have not had other points of view in mind. Having raised two sons in the California educational system, and suffering a great deal of frustration at the use of history curriculum that was horrendously inaccurate... For instance, how would you like to read about history only from the point of view of the "forty-niners", the immigrants... when your own personal family history, passed on by your own elders, was a history of genocide and forced slavery. The history books used in schools do not validate "our" version. It is a continuation of policy that does not accord us dignity or recognize our humanity.

As a young child, listening to my mother recount the story of an ancestor who was a survivor of one of the many massacres that occurred in Humboldt County during that era, I can remember thinking, "Why do they hate us so much?" When she told me about that same ancestor being a servant to a family in Ferndale, who gave her an "English" name, I wanted to know what was wrong with her original name. It was later, on my own, that I learned about indentured servitude, which was a merely another name for slavery, just prettied up to make it sound better. My mother said she often heard relatives speaking their original language, but couldn't even tell me a single word. When I asked her why, she would say there her mother told her that "White man's ways are best." As a little girl, I didn't understand, but as an adult, I came to understand that my grandmother was merely trying to make her children's lives better than her own. But I also understood that we were not valued, not our language, nor our culture, nor our knowledge of medicines... So much has been lost... Did we not deserve our existence?

So, forgive us, because we are a bit touchy on the topic of history! We do wish to own it going forward. That being said...

I was "surfin' the 'net" one day, and I happened upon a TEDx video about indentured servitude. It was given by Lynette Mullens, and I thought she'd done an excellent job with it... Actually, since it isn't a topic that is commonly discussed, I was impressed that anyone even attempted to cover it. In it, she had actually mentioned the same ancestor that I've spoken of, here. I sent her a note complimenting her, and mentioning that one of those she'd spoken of was my gggrandmother. From that, she also sent me her article on Lucy Romero. Our discussions continued from there.

As Mr. Torma mentioned, since Lucy had been present at the Indian Island massacre, I made the assumption she was Wiyot. It did come up in discussions between Lynette and I, and she'd said the same thing, that she thought Lucy was not originally from the immediate area. I don't recall if our discussion went much further in that area, but I do remember thinking that she must have family ties, if she'd been at the World Renewal ceremonies. I don't suppose that particular riddle will ever be resolved. I do have a sense of Ms. Mullen's intent, however, as well as a sense of her nature to present information as accurately as possible. Her intent, obviously, was to tell the story of Lucy. It wasn't focused on the massacres, or indentured servitude, or specific tribes... It was merely to give a voice to a victim of an atrocity. Lucy Romero once lived, she suffered, she had children so she left a legacy... By conjecture, people can assume that her story was not unique... Being Indian was not a pleasant experience after the arrival of immigrants, and that continued well into the 20th century. In some ways, and in some areas, it continues to this day. Remember what I told you about those history books used in schools? The ones that do not tell the entire story about what happened? Our history, our stories, are still not validated, still not respected... At least, not by many, partially because of ignorance, or being uncomfortable to view the uglier side of our national history, and some, because they still have no tolerance for those who are different from themselves.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

If the whole truth is not taught, not a sanitized version, but one that looks at all perspectives, then how do we ever begin to heal all the wounds?

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Posted by Redwood491 on 01/29/2017 at 9:37 PM

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