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A bone to pick about ‘sticks in the mud’

First let me be clear I support all Betty Chinn is doing for our city, she is wonderful and has helped many unfortunate people who are willing to follow rules (“City re-zones for transitional housing,” Times-Standard, Jan. 9, Page A4).

I did feel the need to respond to Councilman Austin Allison’s comment “no sticks in mud” (don’t think I’m one) came out to oppose this project as had happened previously, perhaps because it was already settled the location was wrong.

It is not the project, it is the bending of Coastal Commission rules other developers needed to follow and were prevented from developing along the bay coastline.

Mary R. Mahoney, Eureka

Humboldt County needs more civil discourse

I attended one of the Planning Department’s hearing sessions on the Terra-Gen project and two days of the county Board of Supervisors meetings regarding the project. I feel deeply concerned regarding the lack of respect that was shown by some of the audience at both of these meetings. During comments that were in favor of the project and during times when the representative from the company or persons from the planning department or superiors were talking there were frequent loud or shouted comments that were disrespectful and disruptive to the process. Anyone who wanted to speak was given the opportunity to do that at the microphone. I realize this was a project that brought up strong reactions in people and I think it was great that there was community involvement, but, not listening to opposing points of views and allowing those views to be expressed was intimidating. In the near future as the earth heats up and Humboldt County has climate refugees wanting to resettle on the North Coast — this is already happening — we are going to have an influx of many diverse people with a wide variety of experiences and points of view. It makes me wonder how are we going to handle other projects and needed changes to the area as the situation becomes more dire. Are we going to be able to have civil discourse? Can we respect differences of opinions and work toward the best solutions in a respectful manner?

Gail Coonen, Eureka

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