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Vote for Humboldt County Supervisor Rex Bohn

My family, and my daughter’s family, lost our homes during the Camp Fire in Paradise. Both my daughter and I were teachers. The fire took our elementary school where we worked, and we needed to relocate. In January, my daughter was offered a teaching job in Eureka. To be closer to our grandchild, my husband and I decided that we, too, would move to Eureka.

I met Supervisor Rex Bohn when we bought our house in Cutten. Rex and the whole neighborhood came over and welcomed us. People talked to us about the town, and told us, “We’re here for you!” It is because of the welcome we received from our neighbors, that we’re able to finally think and feel that it is possible to start over.

As Rex’s neighbor, we know when he leaves and returns, and we’ve never seen anyone work so hard for his community. It is a seven-days-a-week job. We’re very impressed.

One of the things I’ve come to understand is that Rex has helped organize convoys of supplies from Humboldt to people effected by the Camp Fire, as well as for those who suffered losses in the Mendocino, Sonoma, and Carr Fires. Receiving help after suffering such severe loss was both humbling and reassuring that we can overcome this tragedy.

From someone new to this community, I can’t thank Rex enough for his support. I am happy to cast my first vote for Humboldt County supervisor for Rex Bohn.

Katy Schrum, Eureka

Replace the incumbent: Vote Sean DeVries

I am in wholehearted support of Sean DeVries for 2nd District supervisor. He is the only one not taking corporate contributions. That should give you a clue that he will work very well with the progressive and the liberal now on the Board. This could end Humboldt County as a bad example of the Deep North.

The other SoHum-based candidates pride themselves on being here forever but that is hardly a recommendation if we want a future. In the case of Bohn and Fennell who are seeking third terms, that seems to mean being in office forever. Hopefully, some of us, aided by a prominent Eureka lawyer, will be crafting local legislation prohibiting supervisors henceforth from seeking more than two terms.

Overly ambitious politicians beware. Some of us still have all the paperwork for the unfinished impeachment, er, recall, of the 2nd District incumbent should she unfortunately be re-elected, or succeeded by one of the other “corporate candidates” who are SoHum-based. Vanguard is needed for the coming days of Bernie, not Old Guard from the dwindling days of Arkley.

Paul Encimer, Redway

Opponents of fluoride should run for office

As a strong proponent of getting fluoride out of public water everywhere, it was disappointing to watch Arcata’s recent City Council meeting. I was not surprised that the medical and dental establishment showed up with their one and only argument in favor of keeping a toxic waste product in our public water system, which is to help prevent cavities in children. Of course that seems like a good thing, but at the expense of what? There have been so many studies by doctors and scientists that are proof enough that it is unhealthful to fluoridate public water and I predict that one day a lot of people are going to have to admit that they were wrong.

I’m really glad that Councilman Pitino brought up the fluoride issue. I think it is a responsible thing for council people to do every election cycle to help motivate the public to do their research and become informed of all the new data available on this extremely important issue. Hopefully, one day our elected officials won’t have to be weary of making people angry by putting this ballot measure up for a vote because more and more people will want the opportunity to say no to the government overreach of medicating our water with a toxic substance, or anything else for that matter.

Resources: The book “A Case Against Fluoride” and fluoridealert.org.

In the meantime, I hope that some enthusiastic progressive opponents of fluoride will run for Arcata City Council in November!

Dana Quillman, Arcata

Supervisor Bohn doing a good job for 1st District

I’ve known Rex for many years. When Rex was working in the private sector, our businesses crossed paths, and always with a good experience. What really got me to rally behind Rex, was during a period of time when Rex, myself and many other community people worked together with Paulette Gilliam on Socks for Soldiers. This was a community project which sent thousands of care packages over the years to our troops deployed overseas. It was during this time that I more fully understood Rex’s dedication to our community and in helping others in need.

As a supervisor, Rex continues to be dedicated to his community and serving his constituent’s needs. Folks can call or send an email, Rex listens, offers his insight, and then lets people know what is and is not possible. He can’t make promises, and might not tell you what you want to hear. He does his best to understand your concerns, and helps you understand which agency might be able to help.

I’ve observed him over the past eight years, as my elected representative, and continue to see that he is doing a good job for those of us in the 1st District, and in the county as a whole. Rex has had my support the past two elections, and will again on March 3.

Dennis DelBiaggio, Ferndale

Rex Bohn is 1st District’s man with a plan, so vote!

I have positive things to say about Rex Bohn, because he is a positive, honest upstanding member of our community. He works tirelessly for our county and has everyday and night for more years than you can count. In 1992 he backed and did everything he could to get the Redwood Fields in Cutten built. He worked on and saw the Redwood Fields project to completion.

Ask Betty Chinn about his help and support for all her numerous projects for the homeless, including the showers at St. Vincent.

Oh! Yes, let’s remember the California wildfires in Paradise and the one by Ukiah Redwood Valley. Rex collected donations and volunteers and fed all those firefighters and victims with delicious barbecue.

In 2019 our Truckers Parade lost its prior funding/backing. Rex gathered a group of volunteers and made it happen, yes, the parade was Dec. 14, 2019. The Truckers Parade raised more than $20,000 for the Boys & Girls Club. THANK YOU, REX.

There are other significant projects spearheaded by Rex Bohn, working with stakeholders, contractors and volunteers: Salt River restoration, Ferndale. Union Street paving and upgrading. McKay Tract community forest and trail.

I live in Cutten and Rex Bohn is my supervisor. Please vote for REX BOHN for 1st District supervisor. The man with a plan, a vision and the wherewithal to get it going and completed, no matter how long it takes and how many obstacles.

Minnie Wolf, Cutten

Vote for Cliff Berkowitz for 1st District supervisor!

Our county is a gem, a sanctuary of forest beauty and pristine beaches. Despite serious social and financial challenges, we hang on here for the beauty, the rural atmosphere, and the sense of living in an intimate community — one that, when storms and landslides isolate us, we know we can count on our neighbors for tangible aid.

Cliff Berkowitz embodies this ethic, and has been active in the front lines of our community care and wellbeing for over 25 years. He teaches and practices deep listening and respectful communication. He is a founder of our nationally award winning KHUM, and served 24 years as a voice and host for every important community concern during that time.

Cliff cherishes what is local and unique to us and celebrates it. He builds upon the good that is here. He will never “sell out” the best of Humboldt to a faceless “big business” deal. As our supervisor, he will seek consensus across the full spectrum of divergent views, and give an equal seat at the table to many of the marginalized among us.

Cliff represents the best qualities in our county — hands-on service, inclusivity, integrity, and respect for all of Humboldt. To bring this light and 2020 clear vision into our homes and businesses, please vote for Cliff Berkowitz for 1st District supervisor!

Karen Abler, Arcata

Rex Bohn supports our county’s dairy industry

I’ve lived in Humboldt County my entire life on our family’s dairy in the Eel River Valley. For 110 years, myself and family members have made a living and career through milking cows. Humboldt County has always been an ideal area for pasture-based dairy farming. This system of agriculture protects the soil, sequesters carbon, and allows for cows to eat grass the way God intended them to. Through those years, many challenges ranging from difficult economic cycles to floods and earthquakes to fires have always been part of this business. More recently, there has been an increase in government regulations imposed on our industry. Understanding and navigating these regulations is frustrating because of the financial cost and time commitment. Thankfully, we have Rex Bohn, our 1st District county supervisor, serving as a liaison between the government and our local farmers. Not only has Rex been supportive at the regulatory level, but also engages in numerous community events, key maintenance issues, budget issues, and general support of the county. Thank you, Rex, for all you do and especially for supporting the dairy industry. Please vote Rex Bohn for 1st District county supervisor on March 3.

Jim Regli, Regli Jerseys Dairy Farm, Ferndale

Cliff Berkowitz better grasps county’s needs

Recently, both 1st District Supervisorial candidates were asked about expanding the jail to a larger campus (“Rex Bohn, Cliff Berkowitz talk differences at forum,” Times-Standard, Feb. 4, Page A2). Cliff responded that incarceration is not the best use of the county’s money and that it would be better used to build mental health services, a position supported by many mental health professionals.

Rex’s response was that the jail was the best mental-health facility around and it’s currently not filled to capacity. (If it’s not filled to capacity, why spend money on a bigger jail?)

Jails are not mental health facilities. Officers in the jail are not trained to deal with substance abuse and mental health. Yet, by declaring the jail the best mental-health facility around, Rex implies that people should get arrested to get the services they need. Except, the vast majority who need mental health services are not criminals in need of arrest.

Rex’s attitude does not address our county’s needs and demonstrates his poor fiscal judgement. We have seen the problems County Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program have experienced over the past few years. Cliff takes this seriously and demonstrates the compassion and wisdom to channel our money where it will do the most good.

Please vote Cliff Berkowitz on March 3.

Stuart Altschuler, LMFT, Ferndale

I’m a progressive Democrat voting for Rex

Like my father and his father before him, I’m a progressive Democrat. I’ve lived in Humboldt County for almost 30 years.

I got to know Rex Bohn for the first time when, as an attorney, I represented a landlord on a difficult eviction in Pine Hill. Without anyone asking, Rex was out there every day on his own, hauling away massive amounts of garbage. Throughout the whole time, he held local meetings to keep the neighborhood informed and to ensure their voices were heard.

When Panther Gap Road in Petrolia failed last winter, Rex was out there most days, ensuring the locals trapped on the wrong side of the slide had access out and that the county road fix was moving forward and getting done and not forgotten.

The first two times he ran, I did not vote for Rex because I did not believe we had a basic identity of values. But in getting to know Rex personally over the last four years, I have realized I was wrong. Rex is committed, tireless and passionate for his constituents. Whether he agrees with you or not, he will listen and be willing to change his mind based on the facts — an example of this is his position on climate change and its implications for our county.

I’m voting for Rex because I know that I have far more in common with him than I realized before. Please join me in voting on March 3 for Rex Bohn for Supervisor.

Neal Latt, Eureka

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