“Mama Mia! Che bellissima fanciulla.”
Taking on a companion animal is a commitment that even people with adequate means should carefully consider. Animals require food, shelter, vaccinations and, inevitably, costly veterinary care. Having these animals’ health and well-being be dependent on the largesse of strangers is unconscionable. It’s a prescription for more of the animal suffering and abandonment we see almost every day in Arcata. The prospect of future pet ownership should be one more motivation for a person to improve her or his lot in life.
It is shameful and humiliating to be part of a city that wants to get rid of a social problem instead of fixing it. It is even worse when they try and bend the United States Constitution to do so.
Yes, believe it or not, I do acknowledge that a huge number of the panhandlers in Arcata are… disreputable characters, overly aggressive, intrusive and even threatening, drug addicts, even trust fund babies who really have no need to be panhandling, etc. But please acknowledge the big picture and the fact that there are many who are not, and our society is currently woefully inadequate in providing for them. The last thing they need is to be further stigmatized, stereotyped and blamed.
The most overlooked section of the Arcata Library is the Oversize section. Did you know that we have special shelves where we put all of the books that are too tall to fit on our regular shelving? The Reflexology Atlas is in this section. It is so big that the pictures of the hands and…
Arcata has a proud history of defending civil liberties. Let’s maintain that tradition.
All kinds of limits exist on public behavior. You can’t yell at people. You can’t say certain words. Why is it OK to demand the contents of other people’s pockets? The panhandling ordinance is really just regulating an offensive business practice.
You may have heard about the planned power outage PG&E has scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 13 on into Sunday. The Arcata Library is no longer affected, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last September, the Co-op’s Eat Local Challenge drew commitments from 630 people to consume food produced in our region. The challenge of the coming decade will be to plan for a local food system that encompasses all residents of Humboldt County. In the past several years there has been a surge of growth in the…
OK, what does the Arcata soundtrack have for theme music? There are any number of Grateful Dead sets that might work and the Marching Lumberjacks/Crabgrass Band repertoire would be hard to argue against (it’s the sound track of my summer!), but how about Pink Floyd’s “Money”: it rocks (like Arcata), but with an edgy seven beats per measure and it expresses our love/hate relationship with the old skid grease.