Localize Your Impact

(September 6, 2018) Forty years ago, a young couple lobbed a rock of altruism and hope into the middle of the pond that is Humboldt County. Decades later, the ripples from Joe Abbott...

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County of Humboldt, Please End the Madness in Ferndale

(August 1, 2018) In a few weeks, the fairgrounds in Ferndale will be awash with the smell of fry oil and children's gleeful screams as the 122nd annual Humboldt County Fair gets underway....

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Know Your Enemies

(July 5, 2018) In some ways, there's little different about last week's mass shooting in Annapolis, Maryland, that left five people dead and three injured. After all, it was the 154th such...

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A Word from the Lying Media

(June 7, 2018) We live in a media landscape that's far more complicated than any in human history. Here in Humboldt County — in addition to the litany of national and local...

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News from Home

(April 19, 2018) As we gape and cringe at cable news chyrons, push notifications and presidential tweets — sweet mother of Murrow, the tweets — it's easy to think of national stories as...

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We Are Humboldt — All of Us

(April 12, 2018) We see it overtly in online comments sections, the sentiment that "if they don't like it here, they should leave." And we see it subtly in things like the recently...

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Redemption Stories

(April 5, 2018) As our country and our communities become increasingly polarized, it seems the recognition of humanity is often the first victim. Locally, many among us have become so frustrated with property...

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Little Sunshine in Congress, State Legislature


(March 29, 2018) "The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right...

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Walking Out and Speaking Up

(March 22, 2018) It happened again. While working on this issue focused on student responses to school shootings, there was another one. This time in Maryland, leaving the shooter dead and two others...

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Too Many Questions

(March 8, 2018) This is the worst kind of settlement. Don't get us wrong, we understand the motivations behind it — the need for a city to reduce its liability exposure and protect...

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Guns Don't Kill People, Toxic Masculinity Does

(March 1, 2018) My 5-year-old daughter was less than six weeks into kindergarten when she experienced a lockdown for the first time. A cop had initiated a traffic stop nearby and the suspect...

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Ending Gun Violence Takes a Different Kind of Bravery

(February 22, 2018) Let me get right to it: There is never an easy, unemotional time to talk about gun violence. And if we're serious about saving innocent lives, we're going to...

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(February 8, 2018) #BekahM. #TheBachelor. There. I had to get the hashtags in right off the bat in the hopes someone will actually read this. In case you missed it, the Journal broke...

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Civility Matters

(December 28, 2017) A few weeks back, we posted a guest opinion piece on our website from the chair of the local Republican Party, John Schutt Jr., weighing in on the special U.S....

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Don't Screw This up Again

(December 14, 2017) One could easily argue that former Humboldt County Public Defender David Marcus' tenure ended much as it began: with a mistake. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously...

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