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Re: “That's a Shipload of Logs

Thank you, China, for creating a market while the U.S. economy is sick, the housing market has crashed, and the government may shut down. Mill workers aren't the only ones losing their jobs; it's a nationwide, cross-industry problem, and you can't blame that on China. The bust part of the boom-and-bust cycle of corporate America has finally hit, and we can only blame ourselves. Who creates the sweatshop conditions? American-based companies, along with other corporatized nations.

Posted by Anonymous on 04/08/2011 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Shipping Jobs to China?

What source do you get that from? The Chinese government is very smart, and intentionally curtails their growth when they need to, to prevent economic bubbles like the ones in the U.S. China is also a growth economy, building out their infrastructure, and I'm sure that they will put the logs to good use, as needed. They may plan to sell lumber to Japan for their rebuilding projects, after milling it themselves. It's a global economy, welcome to the 21st century. We should be thanking China for creating some kind of market, since the U.S. has a glut of houses, a housing market that is still at its bottom (unless we go for a double dip), a national economy that's barely recovering, and a local economy that is stagnant, at best. You fight against local development and then whine when raw materials are shipped elsewhere. No wonder Humboldt is such a poverty-stricken county, with locals who fight tooth-and-nail against virtually any kind of economic growth, unless it fits in with their strawbale mentality.

Posted by Anonymous on 04/06/2011 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Shipping Jobs to China?

It's my understanding that no old growth will be cut in the proposed widening through Richardson Grove, and will a few more feet really impact the roots more than the already existing road? I thought part of the argument against widening the 101 was that it would bring in the big box stores and turn Humboldt into the next Santa Rosa or San Francisco. That could only happen if the economy expanded, which would create more jobs and maybe lift Humboldt out of the poverty state that it's in. Not everybody can be a grower, you know, some people have to, or choose to, work jobs that pay a regular wage, have health benefits, retirement plans, etc. Not all Chinese products are "crap," and it seems a bit nationalistic, maybe even racist, to adopt that view. Many of the fancy gadgets that people love so much, and buy hand-over-fist, are manufactured in China and other Asian nations. Is it because China is the #2 economy in the world, threatening to overtake the U.S., that Americans are so against "made in China"? Has Target, K-mart, and Costco ruined the "Humboldt way of life?" Why aren't people out protesting in front of those big box stores, if they are so evil? Maybe some people want Humboldt to remain in poverty, want the jobless rate to stay high, think it's somehow revolutionary to be poor. Tell that to the 11+% unemployed who need jobs and can't find them.

Posted by Anonymous on 04/05/2011 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Shipping Jobs to China?

How are we supposed to use all this lumber locally? Environmentalists fight against development, and then throw a fit when the lumber gets exported. Japan is going to require a massive rebuilding effort, and China may very well sell them that lumber, with trees they bought from the U.S. Would people still protest if we were shipping lumber to Japan? People don't want the 101 widened, which might help to stimulate the local depressed economy, and then wonder why the timber industry looks elsewhere to sell their goods. Which do you want, a growing local economy or a development-stagnant export economy? It seems to me that you can't have both. The housing market is still at its bottom, so there's not even that much demand for new houses; can we support a timber industry on current house repairs or small building projects? Food for thought.

Posted by Anonymous on 04/05/2011 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Droves for the Grove

Once again, a NCJ writer has woefully misrepresented a local environmental issue, insulting Humboldt activists and filling readers' minds with snide jabs (EPIC struggling to reinvent itself). I guess that's how writers end up working for a free tabloid, I mean publication...maybe they lack the skills to get hired anywhere else. Such a tainted view NCJ writers have of the Humboldt activist community, and somehow they are allowed to spew it regularly in the NCJ. Such a sorry excuse for journalism; maybe the National Enquirer is hiring (haha).

Posted by Not surprised on 04/26/2010 at 8:05 PM

Re: “We Have a Winner!

Whether MLK's approach was intentionally deconstructionist or not, the powers that held races in established segregation were broken down, which is the end result of deconstruction. When you show the inherent flaws in the current system, whatever and whenever that may be, you are essentially deconstructing that system. You can talk about the symptoms or you can search for the source; which do you think your doctor would do? Without deconstruction, we are doomed to keep treating the symptoms, while never discovering the source.

Posted by Shunka on 12/25/2009 at 3:05 AM

Re: “We Have a Winner!

There are many power structures that deserve to be deconstructed. People hold a lot of assumptions in their minds about the way the world works, and there are so many fundamental flaws in a host of world views. The fact that many people don't see war and violence as purely barbaric behaviour is a prime example. I've always been a fan of Derrida and deconstruction, and I believe that its purpose IS problem-solving. The fundamental concepts behind racism and sexism are more excellent examples of thought patterns and power structures that deserve to be deconstructed. Where would the civil rights and women's suffrage movements be without deconstruction?

Posted by Shunka on 12/13/2009 at 6:17 AM

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