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Re: “Philosamasophy

Nice piece from the Christian Science Monitor about how the supposed MLK quote appearing in this strip got mis-attributed across the web:

Posted by Richard Engel on 06/09/2011 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Hello, Humboldt County

Hi editor, I did sign my name -- take another look at my original posting above. I've gotten ice cream from the Journal a few times before, but I'm always up for another trip to Bon Boniere. Keep 'em coming. Thanks!

Posted by Richard Engel on 01/29/2011 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Hello, Humboldt County

"... I co-founded the Journal in December 1990, but produced just six issues before selling the paper to Judy and her partners in the summer of 1990...Everything I have told you thus far is accurate..." Holy time travel! Welcome back Tom, but I hope the sloppy editing of this piece (there are other typos) is not a precursor of things to come at the Journal.

Posted by Richard Engel on 01/28/2011 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Smart Grid 101

I sent a letter to the editor responding to the print version of this article, raising the issue of how awkward the timing is of introducing a new technology now that promises to eliminate many meter reader jobs. As I ponder this further, I think eliminating the human meter readers will have repercussions PG&E may not have even thought of yet -- all those eyes, ears, and noses visiting homes and businesses every month. Surely they incidentally catch a lot of leaking gas meters, frayed electric service drops and such...think of all the San Brunos waiting to happen once those trained and observant folks stop visiting.

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Posted by Richard Engel on 11/21/2010 at 6:35 PM

Re: “A Deadly Scum

This article touched only briefly on the causes of this growing problem. Failing septic systems and fertilizer runoff are noted as two of those causes, and they point to the fatal flaw in the pro-growth vision for unincorporated areas of Humboldt County espoused by Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights and others. Our river ecosystems are in fact dying of a thousand cuts, most of them tied to our land use practices. Sedimentation from unpaved roads and slurping of ever-greater amounts of surface and ground water for homesteads don't help the rivers either. Of course we can and must improve practices to gradually mitigate these impacts, but we've got an emergency on our hands here. Stronger measures are called for, and reining in rural sprawl should be at the top of our to-do list.

Posted by Richard Engel on 08/17/2009 at 11:37 AM

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