Saturday’s Lost Coast Outpost included a post titled “Garberville/Redway Chamber of Commerce Spearheads Petition Asking for More Law Enforcement Coverage in Southern Humboldt”. The post basically laid out the fact that the County is lacking funds, Sheriff Deputy Positions are frozen, and Southern Humboldt has little, if any, Law Enforcement ability to respond to calls.
Check out Estelle dodging the question.
“I must stress that the Sheriff is an independently elected official and the Board of Supervisors has no power to tell him how to run his office. Our only power is in the allotment of budget dollars and we have not made any cuts in the Sheriff’s budget.” Supervisor Estelle Fennell
Nice try Estelle, Tell that to John Boehner and the Republican controlled house who run roughshod over the President of the United States using the Budget.
Normally, the Examiner Staff shy’s away from reading the comments on LoCO, given that some of the most offensive and ignorant diatribes seem to end up there. But when one of our staff looked at the post, the first comment happened to be intelligent and thought provoking. “rhizomaticon” wrote:
“Legalize weed right now to take the profit out of it, which reduces the concentrations of cash and toys people are after when they burgle, tax the living daylights out of the cannabis industry, which further reduces concentrations of cash and crime, and re-invest the tax money in community infrastructure including more law enforcement patrols. I can’t believe I’m the first person to say it in this thread, because it is really damn obvious.”
That well reasoned argument was followed by this “wonderful” and sadly typical retort:
“yes yes yes !!!! Make the entire south county poor as shit so they can’t buy or have anything that has value !!! Then there will be nothing to steal!!! You’re a fucking genius !!!”
Then “rhizomaticon” came back with one of the most assumed, but least spoken about skeletons in Humboldt’s collective closet:
“Oh look, yet another SoHummer against legalization! At least you’re honest about why…”.
The Examiner Staff agrees that legalization is one of the most important conversations that residents in Humboldt can take part in. So, what are your thoughts readers?
“I think legalizing marijuana is a great idea for the larger world–not so much for Humboldt.” Kym Kemp
Oh, and in case you want to read other suggestions to the lack of Sheriff’s response, such as arming vigilante’s or killing anyone who appears to be a “tweaker”, feel free to read the full comment section here: