Looks like everybody got to have their say in today's Times- Standard and Eureka Reporter opinion pages.
Howard Rein squares off against David Cobb on the issue of the Eureka Utility Tax extension. I think Howard did a good job of countering City Manager, David Tyson's pro- Measure U column of a few days ago.
Naturally, David Cobb supports the extension of the tax. I have to wonder if Kaitlin S-P and him even pay the utility tax on their phone and PG& E bills. I would think they wouldn't make that much money living on donations and likely got on the low income plan with those utilities which would exempt them from paying the tax.
Disclosure: I'm on the low income plan with those utilities, myself, but I'm not advocating others pay the tax.
Of course, as one would expect, he ends up turning his argument into a diatribe against the wealthy. Truth be told, the wealthy, according to David Cobb, is probably anyone in an income tax bracket above his.
Our very own Shane Brinton goes off about U.S. support of Israel, a subject that bores me to death. But, I realize there are many others interested in the issue as at least three other local blogs have commented on the issue recently. One thing I'll give Shane credit for is he at least criticizes both Democrats and Republicans, rather than taking a partisan angle to it as others often do.
Jerry Partain mixes a tour of Humboldt Bay with a trip down memory lane, reminding us of what used to be, compared to what we have now. My favorite line from his column:
One thought came to mind as we landed at the foot of F Street. The Eureka Redevelopment Agency (ERA) is particularly good at maintaining open space on the Waterfront. You have to give them credit for that. After leaving the boat, someone commented on the new construction east of the boardwalk. I reminded them they are looking at the twice-built development of Pierson and DeBini, and only because it is not a ERA project.
Well done, Jerry!