Glenn Franco Simmons 
Member since Mar 15, 2016

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Re: “Don't Live in a Murder House

This was a well-written column. Thank you for writing it.

"Genocide in Northwestern California: When Our Worlds Cried" by Professor Jack Norton should be taught in every single Humboldt County school. I wish Indian Press or HSU or someone could get the book into subsequent printing. It is a treasure. I still have mine all these years later.

There should be memorials to the genocide against not only the Wiyot, but the Hupa, Tolowa, Yurok, and other tribes. One good place for a memorial would be the Jacoby Storehouse and The Plaza. That's just for starters.

And, has the Clarke Museum returned all of the baskets and other regalia that Jack mentioned in his book and talked about in class so many years ago?

Regarding Jack, I wish more Humboldt County students could have been taught by him. I had him for several classes in what was then called an emphasis phase at HSU: "The Study of Genocide." Dr. Sam Oliner was another quality teacher in that emphasis phase, which was similar to a minor, since, if I recall correctly, HSU didn't issue minors then.

And, although I worked for Rob and like him, I respectfully disagree with him on this subject. The portion of the island that the city of Eureka owns should be turned over to the tribe. It would be one step in the coming to terms with the genocide of our Native American brothers and sisters. It's righting a historical wrong. One small step in what is needed on the North Coast, which has never really come to terms with the genocide and, later, the discriminatory and racist policies targeting generations of survivors and their children.

Lastly, thank you for pointing out the serial genocidal murderer, the "settler," "hunter" and "trapper" Seth Kinman.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 08/13/2017 at 5:59 PM

Re: “The Faraway Nearby

The kitsch mural is an abomination in a historic district whose strength is the unique architecture. What's next? A mural of the New York skyline?

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 08/04/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Land of the Free and Uncomfortable

In an addendum comment, I must say that it is repugnant that in 2017 anyone would support a return to poll taxes, which are an ugly reminder of this nation's racist legacy that remains with us today.

As for women's right to vote, the Suffragettes are turning over in their graves. I cannot believe anyone would actually say that, let alone believe it.

Just as outrageous is anyone who believes that it should be government policy to get into the religion business. How would they go about setting up a religious bureaucracy? And, which form of Christianity would be chosen? Our representatives cannot even get a decent healthcare system for the nation. Statements from a pundit who thinks government should be smaller. Where is Jay Leno when you need him?

Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 07/03/2017 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Land of the Free and Uncomfortable

A very well-written and thoughtful column.

My parents and grandma also taught me that maxim; to my regret, I don't always live up to it. We are all works in progress.

While I agree with a quote that is often mistakenly attributed to Voltaire ("I dont agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it."), I do not extend my support for speech that threatens physical harm and/or murder. Free speech does not include protection to make death threats and/or threats of physical harm.

This is playing out at San Francisco State University, which is being sued (…) for its alleged inability to protect Jewish students from threatening behavior. I first wrote about the issue more than a year ago for The Times of Israel and more recently on Medium after the lawsuit was filed in federal court.

The right to free speech includes allowing repugnant groups to speak, whether they are hateful bigots or peace-loving people. That it should be violently resisted or shutdown by the government is an affront to the basic right of free speech that so many Americans cherish.

Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 07/03/2017 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Keep a Lid on the Id

A thought-provoking column. I'd be curious as to what your students think.

I subscribe to The Press Democrat and you now have to be a subscriber to comment, although you can use a moniker other than your real name. I would change it so that only real names could be used.

I never liked anonymous comments, even when I managed newspapers. I believe that comments should be like a letter to the editor: the author is known except in the rarest of circumstances. In regard to your comment about limiting comments like a letter, that would be a good idea from my perspective.

Would requiring real names dampen readers' interest in commenting on, and reading, an online publication? Perhaps. But, when you have, as you noted, moronic threads that never seem to end, and which feature one insult after another, are those clicks really beneficial to the publication?

To get around the issue of verification and in an effort to address vitriolic comments, some online news sources have taken the Draconian step of removing the ability to comment. Others use Facebook, etc.

Then again, perhaps I'm too much of an old-fashioned throwback.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 07/02/2017 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Turning the Page on Native Plants

Excellent article.

Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 04/20/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Bad Sea Rising

It does behoove us. The current state of affairs of continued emissions will one day be viewed as an environmental crime against humanity. Just look at Glacier National Park: the glaciers are retreating, if you doubt global warming, or as it is commonly referred to, climate change. A succinct and insightful article. As an aside, I used to joke with one of my former employees who purchased a hybrid years ago. I scoffed that climate change was that serious. Since then, I've researched the issue and am convinced. Now, my wife and I both drive a Prius. Best car I've ever had and awesome gas mileage and lower emissions.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 04/20/2017 at 12:31 PM

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