Earlier this week we heard a community comment on KINS featuring Erin Dunn of the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce.
She expressed extreme concern over the very real crisis of not being able to attract and retain qualified medical staff in the county. She says “having beautiful scenery is just not enough”.
She goes on to blame the lack of qualified doctors and nurses on completely illogical grounds. She laid out her list:
1.“There’s not enough shopping.”
2.“Travel is too difficult.”
3.”They’re just not hip to the marijuana culture”.
She then dismissed the first two and went after the “Marijuana Culture”, saying it promotes a “lack of professionalism”.
So….it’s the “marijuana culture” that caused the murder of Father Freed and other high profile killings making Eureka more dangerous than the ghetto’s of Richmond. Wrong Ms. Dunn. Eureka is one of the most stringent enforcers of marijuana laws. In fact, Eureka probably has the fewest marijuana grows of any municipality in the county! Yet, even with all that marijuana enforcement, violent crime is rising exponentially.
She finally wound up her thesis by concluding that we don’t pay medical professionals enough. She may be right about the lower pay, but the real culprit here complete escapes her. She, like so many of the movers and shakers around this county, is in complete denial about the out of control crime wave sweeping this county and particularly the county seat of Eureka. The daily grind of robberies, shootings, stabbings, rapes and murders is what is taking a toll on professionals. Let’s face it, their jobs are more portable than yours and ours. If you could leave Eureka with a guaranteed 6 figure salary and the comfort of knowing you live in a safe community, wouldn’t you be more than tempted?
This community is in a crisis. Not a funding crisis for doctors and nurses, but a quality of life crisis. The ramifications are dreary, and the cause is morbid. Humboldt County, one of the most naturally beautiful places in the United States, is so filled with crime and disorder that you can’t even pay professionals to move here. Somethings gotta give…..