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Letters to the Editor, May 17, 2017

Letters to the Editor, May 17, 2017

Justice for David Lawson As Mayor of Arcata, I too want justice for Josiah. The City wants justice for Josiah. Josiah Lawson’s death has shaken our community to its core. I, along with the other Council members, Police Chief, and City Manager commit to putting our resources, time, and energy, into the on-going investigation to

Letters to the Editor, May 10, 2017

Rent control a bad deal And so it begins. Wednesday, May 3, the Arcata City Council introduced Ordinance 1487 – a Rent Control Ordinance for Mobilehome Parks. (Sorry, Paul Pitino, a rose by any other name…) This is the culmination of two years’ worth of discussion on trying to control the base rents being charged

Frank Klopp: Some history and advice on wastewater treatment

First there were the Native American Indians. They lived on the hill north of Seventh Street and east of the freeway; don’t know what they did for waste disposal. Then came the city founders; they used outhouses and compost privies. The settlement became Arcata and the city elders installed sewer collector lines to Arcata Bay.

Letters to the Editor, May 3, 2017

Must investigate response Amidst all the tragic news in last week’s Mad River Union, the most shocking was Elijah Chandler’s allegation that the response of Arcata Police and EMTs to the tragic killing of David Josiah Lawson was shoddy due to racism. This is a serious accusation, and one not made by Mr. Chandler alone.

Paul Mann: Running the hazards of presidential character

History wisely taught reveals the qualities best suited to leadership.      Paramount is strength of character. Washington overcame his short fuse and towering anger. Lincoln vanquished his bottomless melancholy.  Both men had gravitas, that balance of depth, seriousness and dignity cherished by Roman statesmen.     Leaders of distinction commonly possess sound judgment (rare),

Letters to the Editor, March 22, 2017

Arcata’s priorities Dear Lucy Salazar, Thanks for writing about the neglected Valley West families and children with few recreational resources (Union, March 15). Spending $40,000 on painting a mural with $10,000 contributed by the City of Arcata bothered me as well. I complained to the City Council, even suggesting they copy the Arcata High School