Every now and again on THC, you’ll be treated to a logical, well-stated, and polite argument against the actions taken by our local governments. Often times, those actions include over-paying of upper-level government cronies, or spending shit tons of money on completely unnecessary things.
Just recently, one such argument was posted here. And, of course, it didn’t come from us!
It came from Ken D, who left us with some excellent things to think about, and walked away with a big ol’ bag of free stuff courtesy of the THC gang for winning July’s Top Comment award. His comment – shown below in its entirety – was so good that fellow blogger John Chiv gave it a shout-out too! That’s how frickin’ good it was. So, check it out:
“Nothing against Ms. Debets, I don’t know her and certainly wish her the best. However, perhaps this is a good time to re evaluate whether her position and others similar at both the City and County are cost effective and/or even needed. As we know most levels of government are top heavy with high paid management, while not enough people with common sense are actually getting the work done.
The City of Eureka, by wringing their hands with all these public meetings at the Warfinger on what to do with the 3+ acres of waterfront property that they own is laughable. First of all, a public entity like a City or County shouldn’t own any real estate except for perhaps the City Hall or the County Courthouse that they actually occupy. Most, if not all real property should always stay in the hands of private individuals or entities, if for no other reason that they are the only ones who pay the property taxes. This particular property has been vacant and a blight on the waterfront for 30 + years and by now the City has demonstrated that they do not have the expertise to develop it.
According to the Time Standard article the other day and during one of the aforementioned public meetings on what the City should do with this parcel, someone with a modicum of common sense mentioned selling the property. What a concept? First of all, the City could definitely use the money and secondly, they wouldn’t have to waste all this time having their employees and high paid consultants attend all these idiotic meetings on what should be built there. A private individual would and should take the risk on what would work at that location and the City should butt out except to approve the zoning and building plans.”
— Ken D, Master of Comments
Dang it all, if that didn’t make us tear up a little! You’d think that after the 30+ years the City of Eureka has wasted on the waterfront property, that somebody would have suggested they sell it off. Of course, the City is too stupid to listen to such advice, but hope springs eternal. So, THC fans, go ahead and let Eureka’s City Council know they should stop screwing around. And of course, Ken D was playing to the crowd when talking about the need to reevaluate the necessity of certain high-paying jobs in the county.
Ken D’s discussion also reminds us of the County buying up the McKay Tract for the community forest. We poked a little fun of that in the past, and we will be certain to do so again. To be clear, we aren’t against trail systems and all that. They’re pretty sweet, in fact.
But we do object when such projects take focus, funds, and energy from areas that need way, way more improvement than a trail system. I’m absolutely certain there’s already a lot of trails in Humboldt. I’m not so sure about jobs, building permits, and general business growth.
In closing, way to go Ken D.