Robin M. Donald1 
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Re: “Angry Town

The ADA has provisions for "reasonable accomodation."

An example of how this would work would be if there was a small magazine store which had a step which prevented someone in a wheel chair from accessing the interior. Assuming that the store didn't make a lot of money and couldn't afford to redesign the entrance or put in a chair lift, an accomodation could be made whereby the person using the wheel chair could announce that they were outside the store and then the owner/cashier could go out and find out what they wanted and then get it for them, etc. Conversely, a large store with a larger income might have to redesign/rebuild the entrance to allow a wheelchair access.

It seems to me that the problem lies as much with the Judges who are ignorant about this provision and allow an unnecessary burden to be placed onto the owners of businesses which would qualify for this reasonable accomodation.

Of course, there are some who don't support the goal of inclusiveness for people with disability which is the purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Anybody who wanted further insight into this provision could contact the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (, the law and policy organization which was responsible for the passage of the ADA. Their office is just down the coast in Berkeley.

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Posted by Robin M. Donald1 on 12/16/2013 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Sex Assault Alleged in Sheriff's Sergeant Arrest

"Administrative leave" means that he's still getting paid, doesn't it? If anybody else was arrested they'd likely be locked up and lose their income. I'll preempt all of Sgt. Daniel's supporters who will say he's innocent and we need to wait for the outcome of the investigation. Yes, I agree, but I can't help repeat a pro law and order cant: if the Police arrested him he must have done something.

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Posted by Robin M. Donald1 on 10/18/2013 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Humboldt Sign Of The Apocalpyse: Bohn/Lovelace Old Town Bromance

How can Johnny Maniac refer to a comment by Verbena when it is not posted in this thread? I know the answer and I don't like it. The North Coast is censoring her posts. Why? She is one of the most important and effective political activists in Humboldt County. I and others do want to read her opinions. I mean, this thread has advertisements for Timberland Boots and the Northface Outlet. Apparently the Journal values commercial speech over community speech. Given that the City of Arcata just passed an initiative declaring that "corporations are not people," it disgusts me that the Journal is choosing to side with the immoral Citizens United SCOTUS decision which declared the opposite. The people of Arcata have set the standard for democracy in Humboldt County. The Journal needs to embrace this standard, not undermine it.

Posted by RobDon on 12/24/2012 at 7:52 AM

Re: “False Gun Report Tempts Fortuna High Students to Bring Guns to School

I seems like the Fortuna High School Administration and the Fortuna Police Dept. did a good job of investigating and assessing the veracity of this threat. Now the comment by ATO VERI needs to be assessed as to is it hate speech.

Posted by RobDon on 12/24/2012 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Arrests at Courthouse Protest

I am Robin Donald and I was arrested along with Richard Gilchrist and Bill Thompson, both members of Veterans for Peace. While it is incorrect to state that I am a member of Veterans for Peace, I am proud to be associated with the courageous members of this organization. In my mind the greatest act of bravery conducted by these Veterans is their stand for peace and justice, against war and oppression.

While arresting us the Sherif'f''s Deputies said that they were following the law or ordinance made by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. I asked if they had heard of the Nuremberg Trials. These trials were conducted after World War II to determine if any of the acts of German soldiers constituted war crimes. Many of the people on trial claimed that they were innocent of individual culpability because they were "following orders." But the Judges at Nuremberg ruled that "following orders" did not absolve individuals from being held responsibility for criminal activity.

One of the Deputy's said he had heard of the Nuremberg Trials. Perhaps he did not know of the above ruling. In any case, I was troubled by the fact that, knowing about the Trials, he was still defending his actions by saying that he was "following orders." All of our men and women in the military or domestic policing bodies have to be prepared to assess the laws they are being ordered to enforce in the light of this lesson from the Nuremberg Trials.

Not only so that they don't get found guilty of committing crimes against humanity, but mainly to that they don't participate in crimes against humanity.

Posted by Robin M. Donald on 04/08/2012 at 11:45 PM

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