Elliott Smith 
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Re: “Not Even From Around Here

No one is "from around here" except the Natives who were wiped out in the 1800's.

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Posted by Elliott Smith on 08/27/2016 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Three Skilled Nursing Facilities May Close

Maybe if Rockport Healthcare Services would pay their workers a decent wage and hired enough people so the existing staff isn't overworked they wouldn't have "a severe staffing crisis". But I guess you can't do that and maximize executive salaries and bonuses at the same time. Dog kennels are more humane than most of the care homes anyway, even the expensive ones. Hire a live in caregiver directly, not from a company, and a lvn to visit as needed for mom and give her a break and save money too.
Healthcare is too important to leave in the hands of Corporate America. Or I don't know, the local government is so corrupt and incompetent they can't even buy adequate car insurance, hire a functioning mental health department, or even maintain roads and parks. Maybe the answer is more slaves.

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Posted by Elliott Smith on 08/26/2016 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Homing the Houseless

The reason for homelessness is clear to see, but no one wants to look. Housing here is too ridiculously expensive for a place that has no economy. Unless you have skills or connections there are no jobs that pay enough to keep a roof over your head and you have to be a millionaire to get welfare in the USA now. If you're mentally ill, good luck. Or is it because watching the poor suffer makes people feel better about themselves that things go on this way?

Humboldt County is in a state of emergency, not because of the weather, but because the USA is now a third world country. Especially in the winter, the Muni or the Adorni Center, the Veteran's Building, or some of the many vacant commercial buildings should be opened for homeless people. Let alone churches and temples. If the weather or an earthquake made people homeless, they'd be open for people.

Campsites, Jail, and Tiny Houses (substandard housing) are cruel solutions. The progressive, Christian state of Utah since 2009 has ended homelessness and is saving money at the same time by providing housing similar to section 8 without a five year waiting line.

I've been here since the Seventies and wages have doubled since then, but housing has gone up tenfold! If you are not good at math, that's a lot more. There was plenty of poverty, but housing was cheap. The fish are gone and the big money trees are gone and the operations that remain are more mechanized and need fewer people.

Since the Eighties The War on Poverty has turned into The War on Poor People. Maybe the poor just need grant writers? How about Rent Control? Ha Ha. Just keep adding on to our debtor’s prison (County Jail), I guess.

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Posted by Elliott Smith on 03/01/2016 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Albuquerque or Auburn? Eureka City Council Considers Different Models to Address Panhandling

The powers that be have been doing everything they can since The Eighties to turn the USA into a Third World Country and have done a pretty good job of it. You have to be a millionaire to get welfare now. If you don't have skills or connections, with the high rents and few jobs in Humboldt County it is hard to survive. Give a beggar a buck, you know the government won't. Does watching poor people suffer make you feel more powerful?

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Posted by Elliott Smith on 12/30/2015 at 9:34 PM

Re: “A Running Start

We all know that the Prison Industry (prisons, jails, courts, police, and probation departments) is totally out of control in this state, but hopefully it isn’t too late to stop the expansion of the Humboldt County Debtor’s Prison (Jail). We don’t need it. Currently there are 411 beds and the average occupancy is 314 male and 44 female inmates. Two thirds of them are un-sentenced jail inmates meaning that they are there waiting to go to court and have no money for bail and the courts are overloaded, but still won’t release enough people on their own recognizance, even locals for petty crimes. Of the remaining inmates, the vast majority are there for petty crimes and not dangerous people. The main crime people in Humboldt County get arrested for is the crime of having nowhere to go.

We will also pay $1.5 million for the construction and $1.7 million a year for 15-20 more jailers and probably at least another $1 million a year for maintenance, updates, and all the nonexistent re-entry programs the County has promised, but gives no specifics on. Where’s the money going to come from, gouging inmates for phone calls and candy bars?

Of the County’s $115.3 million General Fund, now 50.40% goes to Law & Justice and 5.34% to Health & Human Services. A little lopsided perhaps?

I called the probation department and they offer no help for schooling, housing, job training, money or anything else that I could think of to ask. There are only General Relief, Betty Chin, and a few recovery houses; nothing new and not enough.

Rule number one in the Prison Industry is No Vacancies! You know that the courts, the police, and the probation department will do their part and do everything they can to keep the place full.

Posted by Elliott Smith on 12/29/2015 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Power Surge for County Electricity Plan

I'm sorry if the last comment was kind of mean. The Journal is basically a feature magazine and a good one at that. I shouldn't expect investigative journalism with hard questions, a lot of research, interviews with conflicting views, and a muckraker attitude. A magazine like that won't have to many ads around here.

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Posted by Elliott Smith on 12/16/2015 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Power Surge for County Electricity Plan

I forgot to mention how wonderful it is that the North Coast Journal is there to be a cheerleader for every "non profit" scam and brutal thing the police and the Humboldt County Debtor's Prison(County Jail) does to help turn Humboldt County into a mini Third World Country.

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Posted by Elliott Smith on 12/16/2015 at 1:00 PM

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