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Re: “'Don't Bother Coming In'

Those who stomp on the victims do so to feel better about their personal pain and unhappiness. What's the surprise over corrupt institutions abusing their access to public-funded attorneys, settlements, and excessive leaves, all thriving under the corrupt political system overseeing them?

Posted by Alas on 10/26/2012 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Censorious

William S. Kowinski, of Arcata, needs to remember that voluntary "self-censorship" is still censorship. It is far more widespread, effective and, thus, insidious than the forceful type he suffered. I wonder how many families were foreclosed in his neighborhood last week, last month, last year? Good luck finding that story. If Nan Abrams has a link to that U.N. representative retracting or clarifying his statement, her claims might have credibility. Women have babies shackled in U.S. prisons all the time, some impregnated by prison guards. Amnesty International has long-claimed and documented the politics behind our 2-tiered justice system filling our prisons with non-violent poor and minorities. How many thousands have been wrongly executed to date?

Posted by Alas on 10/25/2012 at 11:48 PM

Re: “'Don't Bother Coming In'

It is very rare that an employee fights the institution and this is the only way to publicly expose the depths of mismanagement in top offices through subpoenas and depositions. However, when employees fight in court, most cases end in confidentiality settlements that seal the evidence of corruption and incompetence in exchange for much larger cash awards than what is exposed in this report, requiring tenacious investigative reporting, The system is rigged for corruption. Someone should at least submit this to the Grand Jury. A NCJ followup is unlikely. "Litigation" is the right of every corporate and government entity to have their decade in court.

Posted by Alas on 10/25/2012 at 5:28 PM

Re: “'Don't Bother Coming In'

Bravo NCJ...this is the kind of community-interest reporting that wins subscriptions. In response to the writer's assertion that "private businesses just fire people"....this is exactly what the privatization movement adherents love to read! Good luck filing a Public Records Act request against "Human Services Inc"! The problem with many, not all, organizations is how top executive's access to confidential information creates an environment of isolation that easily becomes an arrogance of personal "ownership" of the entity. Thus, employees are either team-players or they're out! Employee due process rights are the only way employees feel safe to be whistle blowers. Many of our local institutions, especially Humboldt State University are a treasure trove of similar cases where top execs ignore due process and tenure rights, using huge public settlements to eliminate perceived opponents. Management claims its "efficient", but the costs and risks are staggering. If management can make due-process ineffectual, institutional corruption is just a stone-throw away. It's back to the 1920's....

Posted by Alas on 10/25/2012 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Developer Schemes

Personal attacks are always the response when a letter like this nails the truth.This county can be summarized in a few hundred words!

Posted by Alas on 10/21/2012 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Peeps Ain’t Corps

"The Law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich, as well as the poor, from sleeping under the bridge". (Anatole Franc). A timeless, and broad irony that's lost on most university students today. Free speech for thee and not for me!

Posted by Alas on 09/07/2012 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Gasoline Gouge

Instead of unrealistic train service to Redding, installing a pipeline for gasoline would pay for itself in short order. But then, they've known about dramatic cost savings from public transportation for over a century. Eureka used to have it.

Posted by ALAS on 07/12/2012 at 3:11 PM

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