The Hostel Fight Goes On
This week's North Coast Journal has a niece piece on the controversy over the Eco Hostel vs. Hampton Suites issue. It's written by our very own Hank Sims (You still with us Hank?). Well done. I'm still not really happy with either proposal.
One thing I've seen mentioned, not only Hank's story but other commentary as well, is that HSU President Rollin Richmond supports the Eco Hostel. Duh... and so what? Who cares what Richmond thinks? He's just an educrat and it makes perfect sense he'd support any extension on the Education- Industrial Complex. Nothing personal towards Richmond, I just don't see why his position gives his opinion any weight.
The fight over these two projects goes certainly beyond the merits, or lack thereof, of either proposal. This is more a fight between the Left and whatever other powers are in the fray. Seems to me more of a conflict between polarized sides that oppose each other simply because they're on different sides. I'll go out on a limb and say I lean towards the side of the anti Arcata contingent, as Sims alludes to. While the attempt of the Left to gain power in Eureka worries me, I don't want the Right to gain any more power, either. We need more Libertarians around here.