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Re: “Way. Too. Much. Weed.

Market forces will continue to prevail. Thus, the price that buyers are willing to pay will continue its long decline. As a result, the Humboldt County economy will continue to decline and its social and community problems will continue to increase.

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Posted by vkqw4721 on 10/06/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “'Overlooked'

Drivel, this.

The human residents of Humboldt County are entirely deserving of the cesspool that the county has become in so many, many ways.

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Posted by vkqw4721 on 09/14/2017 at 7:43 PM

Re: “St. Joseph Hospital Fined by the State for Juggling Surgeries

This fine is hardly a surprise.

Providence St. Joseph Health's (PSJH) hospital in Eureka grossly lags its California and national peers in many categories. Hospital Compare has the specific category performance breakdowns:


An example: PSJH lags its California and national peers in all 11 Patient Experience measures. Translation: At PSJH, money continues its long history of taking precedent over high quality patient care.

As for safety, The Leapfrog Group's most recent and voluntarily completed 205 question survey found that PSJH is among California's most dangerous hospitals for patients acquiring infections. The Leapfrog Group has the specific category performance breakdowns:


When money is a higher priority than patient care, low quality survey results, dangerous conditions, and bad patient care are the norm. PSJH is an excellent case in point.

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Posted by vkqw4721 on 08/31/2017 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Eureka Police Seek New Leverage Against Homeless on Third Street

The time is long overdue to dispose of the enablers:
1. Betty Chinn
2. St. Vincent de Paul Society in Eureka
3. Andrew Mills (he's on his way to Santa Cruz - thank you for taking him, Santa Cruz)
4. Much of Humboldt County's population that maintains permissive attitudes about the use of alcohol, prescription and street drugs. When Eureka Natural Foods boasts of the "tap room" in their McKinleyville store, it is an unmistakable indicator of how relaxed many people in Humboldt County are about using (and often abusing) alcohol.

Disclosure: Since January of this year, I have worked every week with the homeless population in Humboldt County. I can empirically state that they are a group largely comprised of people committed to taking advantage wherever they can, spewing their ill-will toward others, and destroying property wherever they can. Until the enablers are shut down, the homeless population will find an enticing welcome mat in Humboldt County. Disgusting.

12 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by vkqw4721 on 07/08/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “RSVP: I Will Not Attend Your Weed Wedding

Marijuana and all that embodies the marijuana culture is a bore and social ill that attracts boring people like flies to feces.

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Posted by vkqw4721 on 07/07/2017 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Nurses, Stat

At the most basic level, this is a story about American economics and capitalists.

Nurses are a valuable commodity just as any other group of well-educated professionals are. Among other things, they seek to maximize their return (income) on their investment (time and money expended earning a nursing education and experience). When they consider where to work and whom to work for, they look at the value proposition consisting of the area and employers. The reality about Humboldt County is that it has an exceedingly poor value proposition for nurses. As it stands, Humboldt County's primary value proposition is (for the time being at least) growing marijuana. Timber and fishing were once major parts of the value proposition but play a minor role today and one that appeals to very few workers. Stated another way: For what the great majority of nursing professionals are looking for, Humboldt County provides very little. Thus, few choose to live in the area excepting being a traveler for a few months. The same applies to physicians (and other professionals), very few of whom desire to live and work in Humboldt County. If Humboldt County were such a great value proposition for professionals of all types, the best and brightest would live and work in the county. They dont.

The capitalist leadership of Providence St. Joseph Health and Mad River Hospital also fully understand how return on investment works. So long as Humboldt State University's Nursing program was turning out RNs, the two local hospitals had a convenient gravy train of new graduates ready to fill open positions. This was made possible the way that capitalists most prefer it: The state government and students paid the cost of the education. Realize this: If the return on investment calculations favored Providence and Mad River creating and operating their own local nursing school, they would do so without delay. The financial reality however, is that the return on investment calculations favor paying traveling nurses. This is possible because public payers (i.e., the state and federal governments) and private payers (e.g., Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California) reimburse Providence and Mad River enough to make traveling nurses less costly than locally educating nurses.

Change Humboldt County's value proposition, change reimbursement arrangements, change community priorities, etc. and different outcomes are possible. The current Humboldt County value proposition, reimbursement arrangements, and community priorities are yielding exactly the outcomes cited in the article.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by vkqw4721 on 01/20/2017 at 11:47 AM

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