Opinion articles

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

Letters to the Editor, March 15, 2017

Neglected and resource-starved Valley West doesn’t want to stay that way Note: Since this letter identifying Valley West issues was conveyed to the City Council last October, several agencies and entities have stepped up to say that they are willing or are looking into providing services in this area, ac”cording to author Lucy Salazar. “Much

Richard Botzler: Disappearing the data is the first step to silencing science

As a scientist and retired university educator, I am very concerned with the strong anti-science perspectives being expressed through President Trump’s policies. I share a frequently cited concern over the Trump administration’s negation of the extensive scientific evidence about global warming, even though an overwhelming majority of climate scientists acknowledge the reality of global warming

Richard Salzman: We’re subsidizing rural lifestyles

It was recently reported that the tab in Humboldt County for the recent storms will be at least $32 million. Humboldt County Public Works Director Tom Mattson estimated rural county road damage alone is up to $10 million after the latest storm. That’s above and beyond normal road maintenance costs. I fully support getting all

Letters to the Editor, March 1, 2017

 On rent control & council seat Last night’s Arcata City Council meeting (Feb. 15), was a really important meeting for people to watch at cityofarcata.org. Two big topics were discussed, the Mobile Home Rent Stabilization ordinance and how the city should go about filling the City Council seat of Mark Wheetley, who is leaving his

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 22, 2017

A civics review This week, I was listening to a phone-in radio program and a woman from Florida was all worked up about how the courts could dare to overrule President (gulp) Trump who was trying to keep our country safe from immigrants. Hmm, I’ll bet that she wasn’t paying attention during her high school