My State of Jefferson Letter
I wrote a letter to the editor of the Times- Standard last Friday. It was in reply to a My Word commentary suggesting Humboldt would be a good addition to the State of Jefferson. They apparently didn't approve of it as it never got published. Since they didn't, I'll post it here, although I've already written pretty much the same thing here not long ago:
I appreciate Phil Elcock's desire for Humboldt to join the proposed State of Jefferson (My Word, 9/27), but there's a problem:
This is not the Humboldt it was when I moved up here 40 years ago. Now it's become an extension of the Bay Area, both culturally and politically. We're part of the problem those other northern counties want to get away from.
Look no further than recent elections where over 60% of the votes went for Wes Chesbro, Jared Huffman and Dianne Feinstein- three people who have done their fair share of creating the California we suffer through today. Those voters come with the county if we join Jefferson.
Why bring the problem with your when you form a separate state? Let's wish the State of Jefferson well, but they should leave Humboldt out for their best chance of success.
A State of Jefferson spokesman will be addressing the Humboldt Taxpayer's League next Wednesday. I sent a copy of my letter to their Executive Director. Hopefully, he'll have time to show it to him. I'd be interested in what the SOJ fellow has to say.