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Re: “The Lens of Experience

Hi Thadeus,

Thank you for your thoughtful piece on the lens of experience. My own is rather foggy, both from an upbringing that included a long stint in foster care and associated institutions and an independent early adulthood spread between military service, work with the Del Norte CCC and later my on time as a student and SCL graduate at Humboldt State University. In between, the streets of Barrio Logan in San Diego (greatly changed now, but still filled with faces and people I remember and who greet me like a lost relative), the nation's highway system as a canvasser for magazine subscriptions and a nice, if arduous, Peace Corps contract have further chipped and polished in turn the edges and contours of my world-view.

I have avidly followed this case in what I consider my only home of choice (Humboldt and Del Norte counties) and I, too, hop for a better outcome than no answer, and, further, an answer that satisfies the family of my fellow Jack Josiah. But I am hopeful also that the preliminary finding in which the evidence was not sufficient to hold Kyle is also validated by a thoroughly and fully supportable arrest of whomever is culpable. I am, however, deeply troubled by this death and its unknown circumstances.

There are no cell phone videos, pictures or records at all? How many people called the police as the fight(s) began? Was the knife that was found under the car the murder weapon? How can it not be said, "it is possible it was" if it is not ruled out? There were fibers, blood and a print on the blade. Someone has that print, and it seems they were not experienced criminals if they left it at the scene.

If Zoellner is not culpable, surely he is useless as a witness. He was described by many people as 'knocked out', 'choked out' and sent to the ground repeatedly as well as kicked in the head. It also occurs to me (and likely to police as well) that the women present, for whom Zoellner had arrived to drive home, that they would have fled the scene if they had any involvement in the stabbing itself.

I am, despite these misgivings, bittersweetly heartened that this horror happened somewhere in Arcata. Despite the flaws in the community, I remember it as being beyond simply disapproving of racial malice and rough justice. If a citizen hears something relevant, i remain confident that a better conscience, regardless, will compel the locals or students ho catch wind of anything worth sharing to report it, regardless the redwood/emerald/cannabis curtain of prison-culture anti-snitch paranoia.

I feel for my community up there in that beautiful place, and am glad that you and your family have found your home in it. I hope that it lives up to both our expectations and that an answer that is just, true and healing can be found in what my longest-time foster brother, who came to stay with me for a few weeks in the early 2000s, called, "the kindest place with the [sic] most friendly people I ever met".

I think it will work out, and we'll have justice for Josiah, his family, and if he is indeed innocent of the crime, Kyle too.

Thanks again, and warm regards from Tbilisi, Georgia

Francis Stanley Pruett
HSU Class of 1999

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Posted by HSU_Franklin on 05/21/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Battle Cry

Jennifer, if you're going to bother to respond to a comment, at least address the person's point. Your Letter to the Editor section isn't superior to this forum. What your doing is not "social engagement" but I know that hasn't been the Journal's strong suit.

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Posted by Allison Edrington on 05/19/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “The Lens of Experience

I know what happened to Lawson that night. The dumbass got in a fight at a drunken college party. Happens every year at every campus nationwide. Who didn't teach those kids to just walk away? Josiah and his friends are lucky Zoellner didn't die from a brain hemorrhage after Zoellner was initially beaten. All the newspapers would be having another sort of field day altogether. Not one media source in Humboldt has presented the story of Lawson vs Zoellner as anything but a race card of one sort or another. It happened in a way that paints an incriminating portrait of the entire uninvolved community, and nothing of a really stupid drunk college party turned to shit by a handful of kids acting tough. People are disgusted by internet comments? Is this not the year 2017? What do you expect at this point? As far as the adults in media are concerned, they're guilty of hype...an especially sinister kind of hype that divides the people they claim to represent in "the media". Our pool of "news" has largely been a politically correct circus of antagonists.

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Posted by No Winners on 05/19/2017 at 7:15 AM

Re: “The Lens of Experience

Thank you for this excellent article Mr. Greenson. You are so right about the importance of how we should interact with other people and the importance of those interactions for the future of our society. I too very much like living in our beautiful place, but our neighbors are also part of this beauty.

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Posted by Rollin Richmond on 05/18/2017 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Battle Cry

Thanks for reading and responding. I strongly encourage you to write a letter and share your thoughts via letters@northcoastjournal.com.

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Posted by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill on 05/18/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Battle Cry

Cahill writes from the safe place of uninvolvement. Every single year without fail in Humboldt County, "good growers" have their lives reinvented to debt, poverty and a record of federal crime after being incarcerated for growing and providing marijuana. Folks like Cahill dont appear to truely understand how unjust the treatment of marijuana related activities are, especially nationwide. Yes, proclaiming martyrdom is sanctimonious, but no moreso than evoking the same over issues of humanity that dont involve prison time...which one can read in some way in just about any newspaper, including this issue of the Journal. If its Cahill's opinion that growers cut the righteousness, thats fine. I'm more curious of her opinion about her local government representative's new laws to keep prices high and availability low, guaranteeing more of the same indefinitely.

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Posted by Tell your govt. to change their law. on 05/18/2017 at 7:25 AM

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: “Miffed by the Races

I am many miles away..,may 2017 and the noise is horrendous. I am
Indoors behind double paned glass. Insane.

Posted by Noyb on 05/13/2017 at 9:49 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: “Racists Among Us

Perhaps Ms. Bishop should have shared her letter on her "Code of Conduct" for African Americans to some of her "friends of many" races before sending it.

Posted by Brian Nash on 05/13/2017 at 2:25 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: “Land of the Free and Uncomfortable

Ann Coulter was being paid, so how much free speech vs how much someone's contract being cancelled? I say those who hired her for her services, changed their mind, same as if one cancels a contractor or any other hired help. California is at will employer state, after all.

Posted by Laura Metheney on 05/12/2017 at 4:45 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: “Racists Among Us

Welcome to the Redwood curtain Shonquinta Jones. We have been here thousands of years, killed at the hands of the Humboldt Militia a private army set upon killing as much Indians as possible or the Larabee Militia that wiped the Nongatl tribe off the face of the earth. Or perhaps read about the Chinese expulsion from Humboldt County, and the massacre of the Wiyot's by the pillars of the community at seven sites besides Indian Island. For every type of David Josiah Lawson murder there are 1,000 native souls murdered (notice that I do not use the word massacred).

Also think about Mr. Chin who braved opening a Chinese restaurant in 1954, the bravery of Jim Howard the first black man elected to the Eureka City Council in 1972 for 18 years, or the establishment of the Native American Studies Program at HSU in 1971, or the many accomplishments of people of color in Humboldt County.

Yes some people may not like our kind here but the reality is people of color were here first and the tide is turning. If you think racism is well and alive here, you didnt experience the 50s, 60s or 70s.

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Posted by Robert Ulibarri on 05/11/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Puff, Puff, Savings?

There you go, let's get the poor high. That way they won't care about going to the Doctor. That's pretty great! After all, a gram is better than a damn!

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Posted by Taurus Balzhoff on 05/11/2017 at 6:29 AM

Re: “Puff, Puff, Savings?

Cannabis is made by God and cigarettes are made by man but tobacco is made by God so if tobacco is legal so should be cannabis. Alcohol is all man and it kills a Lot every day and it is legal it really tells us that someone was paid off to make cannabis illegal end of discussion.

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Posted by Brian Nichols on 05/11/2017 at 6:08 AM

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