Glenn Franco Simmons1 
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Re: “Tales of Subversion

In my time at HSU, Professor Norton was an inspiration. He taught classes in the "emphasis phase" (similar to a minor, at the time) in "The Study of Genocide." Professor Norton taught the Native American courses, which were very popular. He imparted wisdom, understanding, compassion, a commitment to historical accuracy -- no matter whose feelings were hurt, and a quest for justice that remains unquenched, in my mind. The Native peoples' struggles continue on the North Coast, as my experience of more than 40 years of living and working there proved to me that racism and discrimination of Native Americans is widespread and endemic in the wider North Coast community.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons1 on 03/01/2020 at 12:11 PM

Re: “The Fighting First

Rex and Virginia both should have known Monument and Bear River ridges were absolutely terrible places for a giant-sized windmill development.

While I'm generally supportive of business, windmills in those locations did not make any sense.

Perhaps because I'm very familiar with Monument and Bear River — having spent time in both areas many times, I see it from a selfish, albeit practical point-of-view. Having lived and worked in the Eel River Valley for a decade and grown up in Humboldt County, I realized how terrible those gargantuan windmills would look and understood the nefarious environmental impact they would have that outweighed any contribution their proponents promoted.

Even without the Wiyots' concerns, it should have been a no-go. When you add the Wiyots' concerns, I fail to see how anyone could have supported it — especially in light of the systematic persecution the Wiyots' ancestors faced (also known as genocide and what are now crimes against humanity) and the continued discrimination the Wiyots and other Native Americans continue to face on the North Coast (Tolowa, Karuk, Yurok, Hupa, etc.).

Mr. Berkowitz is spot-on about climate change. No matter what one believes about its causes, the climate is changing. Just look at the shrinking glaciers in Glacier National Park. It's a no-brainer. Do I think we have 12 years left? Heck no. The Earth will last for hundreds of thousands of more years and possibly more. However, it is incumbent upon elected leaders to prepare now for the inevitability of some additional sea rise.

Mr. Berkowitz is also spot-on about a way to help combat sea rise when he said the county (with state and federal assistance and input, I'm sure) needs "to look at projects like salt marsh restoration, which is 'inexpensive and very effective' in combating issues like washover, especially with Humboldt Bay sinking and sea level rise happening faster than originally anticipated."

Mr. Berkowitz also realizes that just because something is called "green" and promoted as an answer to reducing reliance on the odiferous carbon-based economy upon which our country's economic engine currently depends, it may not be an appropriate project.

Just today, The New York Times had an article on its front page about how San Francisco and Manila (Philippines) were going to deal with climate change. Some of the Bay Area's challenges are the same as Humboldt. One wonders how the dikes around Humboldt Bay, Arcata Bottom, and the Eel River Delta will stand up to more water being pushed against them, especially with storm surges at high tide. Such concerns are level-headed, non-emotional.

One paragraph in The Times' article best summarizes the issue:

"The Pacific has risen 4 to 8 inches along the Northern California shore over the last century — and so, too, the San Francisco Bay, the ocean’s largest estuary in the Americas. Depending on the growth of greenhouse gas emissions, the Pacific could rise 2.4 to 3.4 feet by 2100, which is why the California Coastal Commission has encouraged city governments to start planning for the future, either by fortifying their flood defenses, restoring wetlands, or, in some instances, making people move."

Here is a link to the article: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/0…

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons1 on 02/13/2020 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Terra-Gen Electrified the Conversation. What Now?

Unless Scotia has been annexed by Rio Dell, that looks like the northern entrance to Scotia in the photo.

Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons1 on 01/18/2020 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Protect Tsakiyuwit, Deny Terra-Gen's Wind Farm

Thank you for finally publishing a photo of the beautiful Bear River Ridge. The area is pristine and should not be developed for gigantic windills. Solid editorial. Thank you for that, too.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons1 on 11/27/2019 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Endangered

While your underlying premise for a bailout for newspapers probably engenders a debate over potential government control over the press, I cast aside those arguments (because such concerns can be dealt with through ethical governance) and support you because a free press is a foundation of any representative democracy.

The decline of newspapers has been far longer than the past 15 or so years, but I understand your framing your argument around the Internet Age. That said, I know you are aware of the other causes of decline that, to simplify and gloss over a lot of history, began with competition, then with radio, then TV.

Later on, when advertisers found that they could run inserts, rather than ROP (run-of-the-press) ads in weeklies and dailies and biweeklies, newspapers really began a savage decline because of the loss of revenue. Layoffs resulted from that and other shifts in the newspaper industry: cost of print, cost of employees' health insurance is a huge issue, modernization of typesetting that eventually went digital, etc. (I'm simplifying challenges.)

While living 10 years in Silicon Valley and having a wife who was city clerk of Sunnyvale, I saw so much news from Sunnyvale alone, which was not covered, that it deepened my concern of having the press as an oversight. I'm sorry, but radio and TV news just don't cut it, and I say this as a former radio news anchor and radio news director. We need newspapers.

It's not that anything bad happened at Sunnyvale, but it was the loss of cohesion between the citizens of Sunnyvale and their elected government. The council members I knew of were active in the community, but beyond their circles of support and opposition, my opinion is that most Sunnyvale residents knew little of their civic government.

Same thing in Cupertino, where I lived for 10 years.

Having observed the Bay Area news industry for 10 years, it was unbelievable to me how many city councils, school boards, planning commissions, regional bodies, etc., basically went uncovered unless there was malfeasance of some sort that broke through the news barriers.

Community support for newspapers can be modeled several different ways: taxpayer support, foundation, nonprofit, benefactor (whom you don't want to control the news because it should be independent, and I speak from experience of having to write about my own newspaper's owner in an objective manner about a controversial issue), benefactors, and I'm sure there are other models I'm not familiar with.

Your column is a pretext for further dialogue on the North Coast; while I no longer live there, I worked at newspapers in Arcata, Crescent City, Garberville, Fortuna and Eureka, and was an editor in each community except Arcata. I know the communities well. I know their need for local news, youth sport news, features from a diversity of columnists, coverage of city halls, faith-based news, arts and culture, music much of which The North Coast Journal has done well for so long. However, The Journal is not a traditional local weekly, but it has proven, through its longevity, its worth to the wider North Coast community.

In terms of subscriptions, I subscribe to the Carson Appeal, Reno Gazette, Washington Post, New York Times, The Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel (free), The Nation, The Forward, and The Sacramento Bee, but I'm a voracious reader of foreign news, travel, culture, music, history and sometimes daily news headlines. And, all people cannot subscribe to so many; however, if you can subscribe, start local is my advice.

On a more personal note, I'd like to apologize to Ms. Burstiner for my harsh words about her when I was managing editor of The Eureka Reporter and shortly after I resigned. They were unnecessary and unfair.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons1 on 10/08/2019 at 12:09 PM

Re: “State, Fair Association, County in Standoff Over Sunshine Laws

I cannot believe this issue remains unresolved, that stonewalling has intensified and that the fair board, made up of a lot of people I know, is so recalcitrant. Unbelievable. Afraid of a weekly newspaper and editor/publisher Caroline Titus doing what all reporters would do: asking appropriate questions, going after stories where there are legitimate stories to be written, writing editorials about the board's recalcitrance, etc. The board has historically operated this way; in addition to having very thin skins. Shameful. Shameful.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons1 on 07/22/2019 at 10:03 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

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