We regularly hear stories about vandalism, thefts, break-ins, and assaults happening in Eureka and Arcata but only a select few ever seem to make it in to the local media. This phenomenon has grown over the last 5 years and shows no signs of waning. At first you could argue that “ignorance is bliss” or “what you don’t know can’t hurt you”, but we think that’s extremely naïve. It is actually the opposite. To quote another old saying “forewarned is forearmed!” Neighborhood watch programs have been very successful elsewhere and they are based on the concept that vigilance is the best defense and puts potential victims on the offense.
This was all brought back to focus last week when we were informed of the broad daylight assault on a well know community member near their house in the middle of town. We waited to see how and if news of this crime would be reported. It’s clear to us now that it won’t be getting any press. So this begs several questions:
If the assault of a well know person doesn’t make the news how many more of these type incidents are going unreported?
Who is suppressing this information? The victims, the cops, the media or city staff?
Is the silence due to very real concerns about retribution on the victims?
Is there a general feeling in the community that nothing will happen to the perpetrators, so why bother?
Now liberal Jon will be quick to dismiss these questions and say it’s just our hate filled agenda with police Chief Mills. Let us refute that right now. We can’t solely blame Mills for this; as it seems to extend well beyond Eureka City limits. We can say though, that he’s done nothing to make it better and has contributed to it getting worse.