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Anderson Cooper interviews Stormy Daniels on the set of “60 Minutes.” Photo courtesy CBS News.

I’m only the slightest bit ashamed to admit I was giddy all last week during the build up to Stormy Daniels’ big interview with Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes” Sunday night. Stormy’s pretty easy on the eyes and I was relishing the irony of seeing the misogynist-in-chief, President Donald Trump, tripped up by his one true weakness: women.

By his own admission, he just can’t keep his hands off of them.

Stormy’s real name is Stephanie Clifford. She’s the adult film star and producer who was paid $130,000 in a non-disclosure agreement by Trump attorney Michael Cohen just weeks before the 2016 election. What she wasn’t supposed to disclose was that she allegedly had sex with Trump back in 2006 in his Lake Tahoe hotel room after a golf tournament.

Well, the cat’s out of the bag now. Stormy’s big reveal? All it took to bed Trump, just weeks after Melania had given birth to their son Barron, was a swat on his rather abundant derrière with a rolled-up magazine, predictably a copy of his own company’s rag, with his name on the cover.

Freaky, in a 50 Shades of Orange kind of way.

Freakier still? Days before Stormy’s “60 Minutes” interview, Cooper interviewed former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, who alleges she carried on a year-long love affair with Trump from 2006 to 2007,  again right after Melania had just given birth. The alleged affair included trysts in hotel rooms in cities across the country, including Lake Tahoe during the same golf tournament Trump met Stormy. It seems McDougal left the tournament a day early, and Stormy blew in after the coast was clear.

OMG! The dude, then a reality TV star, apparently couldn’t keep it in his pants. Who knows what he’s doing with it these days?

But here’s the freakiest thing of all. We’ve crossed the threshold into a strange new land where all of this behavior has become normalized. Candidate Trump, through an intermediary, paid hush money just before the election to a porn star he allegedly had sex with a decade earlier. A Trump-friendly tabloid publication paid McDougal $150,000 for her story in 2011, then in a practice known as catch-and-kill, never ran the story. Nobody cares, especially Trump’s base.

“We didn’t elect him because we thought he was a saint, we elected him because he was a great businessman,” I heard one evangelical pastor say in Trump’s defense on a cable news show. Really? Who have you been doing business with, padre? Rough trade?

Before the 2016 election, revelations such as these—I think it’s safe to say they are no longer mere rumors or locker room talk—would have destroyed any candidate, even the Teflon Don. I’d wager they’ve done substantial harm to his chances of gaining a second term. He may currently enjoy the support of 80 percent of evangelical voters, but they’re not going to put up with this decidedly un-Christian behavior for much longer, especially the women.

But for now, the evangelicals appear to be willing to give Trump a mulligan. They wanted to make America great again. Who knew that as far as extra-marital affairs by high public officials are concerned, it would wind up looking a lot more like France?

What’s it all mean for the rest of us? It’s possible Cohen and Trump’s payment to Stormy Daniels may have violated campaign finance laws, for which they’d have to pay a relatively small fine. There doesn’t appear to be anything here that rises to the level of an impeachable offense, if that’s what you were hoping for.

We could be subjected to the sordid spectacle of a billionaire president publicly extracting $1 million from an aging-but-still-pretty-hot porn star every time she tells her story, but somehow I don’t think it will come to that. Trump the manic tweeter has yet to tweet a single word regarding Daniels or McDougal. What point is there in enforcing the NDA now?

Having listened to these two women describe their interactions with Trump, who they say always behaved like a gentleman (except for that cheating on his wife part), I’m convinced Trump actually likes women, in his own fashion, despite the misogynist rhetoric he’s spewed, policies he’s pursued and judges he’s appointed since he was elected.

In fact, he likes women too much, but only as objects for his base carnal desires. They are his one true weakness. Therein lies the real danger. How will Trump react now that his weakness has been exposed to the entire world, once and for all?

If past experience is any indicator, rather badly, I expect. As soon as arch-neocon warmonger and world renown Islamophobe John Bolton is officially installed as Trump’s new national security advisor, standby for some serious wagging of the dog, President Bill Clinton style, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and beyond, with repercussions that could very well take us to the brink of WW III.

Or, who knows? Maybe this whole Stormy thing will just … blow over.

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Dear reader, we live in precarious times. I wrote about the president, the porn star and the playmate because that was this week’s good news. I could have written about the president firing half his staff, or calling for the death penalty for drug dealers like some sort of banana republic dictator, or following through on his threat to ban transgender individuals from the military.

I could have written about Rep. Doug LaMalfa, who’s gone full MAGA on his Facebook page as the June primary election approaches. Or the anti-LaMalfa billboards that have been popping up in District 1, sponsored by Mad Dog Pac, which “solicits contributions from concerned citizens to fund billboards against Treasonweasel House GOP candidates across the country.”

Indeed, I would have written about all of these topics already, except for one thing: aNewsCafe.com publisher Doni Chamberlain won’t let me write for free. Bless her heart, she actually believes journalists ought to be paid fairly for their work, an increasingly rare quality in the business these days.

For the record, I’d do it for free, if she’d let me, because I love writing for aNewsCafe.com that much. For me, it’s all about the audience. I’m particularly addicted to the comments section.

Our comments moderator, Barbara Rice, has a better feel for what’s spirited argument and what’s mean-spirited trolling than any Facebook algorithm. Readers sometimes complain the moderation isn’t consistent—and sometimes the complainers simply buzz off—but overall, in my opinion, you’re far more likely to engage in a meaningful conversation on aNewsCafe.com than on just about any other local media outlet in Shasta County.

This ability to communicate with readers near instantaneously remains one of my favorite features of the internet. It’s flattering, of course, when a reader likes something I’ve written, or agrees with my point of view, but it’s the arguments I crave, because that’s where minds can be changed—sometimes even my own, as my longtime readers can attest.

For me, writing for aNewsCafe.com has given me a sense of community I otherwise might not have. Honestly, I’d be lost out here without it. So naturally, I was a little distressed when Doni assembled the Cafe’s inner crew together earlier this year and informed us that if the website didn’t start bringing in a little more revenue, she was thinking about packing it in.

That’s the bad thing about the internet. For all the wonderful tools it has provided journalists during the past two decades, it has at the same time completely disrupted the journalism industry’s advertising model, at virtually every level. Everybody’s hurting, still, after all these years. That’s why pay walls are going back up at some of the big legacy dailies. That’s why journalism jobs keep disappearing.

There’s something that’s not quite right about all of this. Doni has spent more than 10 years building aNewsCafe.com into a respectable local news and lifestyle website. She’s assembled a talented stable of freelance contributors who can bring in the clicks. If hard work had anything to do with it, Doni would be making money hand over fist, because she’s one of the hardest working journalists I’ve ever known.

But she’s not making enough money, and she won’t let me write for free, so I figured I better put in my little bit for the cause, before it’s too late.

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If my column disappears … well, that’s not going to happen, because you’re going to dig deep, right?

R.V. Scheide
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70 Responses

  1. Avatar conservative says:

    221 Days until the election. When I lived in California, I was a poll worker for four elections. It is a good way to see the Shasta county electorate first hand. Cathy Darling and I discussed this. There is no data on the age or gender of voters. The Statement of Vote on the county website is informative as it gives results by precinct and there are a few downtown which historically vote Democratic.

    Commercial pot growing is an important issue in Shasta County. A strong turnout on election day will be a mandate to continue and strengthen enforcement. The ChicoER this week published a piece on Butte County placing liens on commercial marijuana code violators. Liens are in first place to be paid when the property transfers right after transfer taxes.

    Google Earth images Shasta County every year. Last year the images were taken in April and published a few weeks later. Grow bags are easily seen. Some years, the Google Earth images are from August and show the pot plants. Enforcement has put some commercial pot growers out of business compared with prior years.

  2. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    Thanks. R.V., for the hard nudge for people to step up and support A News Cafe. I truly don’t understand how people can view PBS or listen to NPR or read ANC and not be grateful with their pocketbooks for these sites and programs. It shouldn’t be an afterthought such as, “Oh yeah, maybe someday I’ll send in a buck or two.” Although the inner circle decided against it, I’m all for a pay wall if that’s what it takes to keep ANC afloat. I don’t know where thinking people would turn if ANC were to fold. Record Searchlight? It’s becoming more and more a joke. Local television “news”? Between the endless commercials and the constant reintroduction of themselves, there’s little time left for stories – and so many of the so-called news stories are simply entertainment. Does anyone really care that celebrity du jour is pregnant with her rival’s live-in boyfriend? Doni has written that there is something like 94,000 viewers of the site. Even as little as $5 a month from each of them would go a long way toward keeping A New Cafe running. Do your part.

    • Avatar K. Beck says:

      Are you sure you live in Shasta County? There are many people here who cannot afford $5.00/mo. If you do not believe that, get a job as a Field Rep for the US Census Bureau. You can meet them face to face. Multiply that times every news outlet and it becomes beyond hope for them. Sorry, but I for one am tired of hearing it is “only $5.00.” I can pretty much guarantee you that denigrating the people who cannot pay will get you nowhere.

  3. Avatar john says:

    I wonder if Stormy Daniels and McDougal would still be doing all this if Trump was not the POTUS. I think the DNC is involved in there somewhere. I just don’t know anymore and I don’t care anymore.

    • Stormy Daniels did do this before Trump was president, in 2011. That’s how the whole thing got started. McDougal, same story. Trump silenced them both times.

      • Avatar Gail says:

        It is now about where the money came from. He can have all of the affairs he wants, it’s not illegal. When the money comes from campaign funds or the lawyers pockets, it becomes a legal issue and that’s the issue.

  4. Avatar Damon Miller says:

    The thing that would get me to happily dig deep in my wallet for ANC would be hardhitting investigative reporting on exclusively local issues. There’s no shortage of opinion pieces on national issues or lifestyle articles—differentiate yourselves!

    • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

      ANC would happily do what you suggest if only there were enough money to hire an investigative reporter.

    • Yes, everybody wants the hard-hitting investigative stuff. Nobody wants to pay for it, especially newspaper publishers. I’ll tell you what. Bust out your wallet right now, you pick the story, give me $2000 to start. Deal?

      • Avatar Damon Miller says:

        I still think local news outlets need to differentiate yourselves more if they are to survive, even if it’s not 10-part investigative reports on local issues. There are plenty of lifestyle articles and opinion pieces on Trump and other national issues available for free on the internet. It’s much harder to find local news, especially stuff beyond news-of-the-weird and if-it-bleeds-it-leads.

        If you need funding before tackling investigative stuff, then present a plan to the readers explaining and guaranteeing exactly what they will get for a certain price. R.V.’s $2000 you choose offer is a good starting point. The price is obviously out of the question for me alone, but 200 people together and maybe even a voting system (perhaps even weighted by contribution amount) for the initial subject/topic could get the ball rolling.

        • Sure, but they aren’t written by me. When does anyone locally ever take a chunk out of Trump? Rarely. Plus, porn stars and playmates get the hits, that’s all that counts. I write for the clicks. Sometimes anyway. That’s how you survive nowadays. Clickbait.

          I put the price there so you get some idea of the actual cost. That’s what I used to get paid for a 3000-word piece in the 1990s. No one pays that much anymore. Very rare unless it’s one of the big outlets.

  5. Avatar Bob Higgins says:

    A business (like ANC) has to stand on its own two feet. If it can’t…it closes its doors. That’s called the free market. It works. It’s really that simple.

    • Avatar Damon Miller says:

      Thanks for that stunning insight, Bob.

    • You didn’t read it, did you Bob? The business model is shot. Newspapers are still dying all across the country. Google and Facebook have gobbled up all the display ad revenue, Craigslist took all the classifieds. Me begging you for money? That’s us standing up on our own two feet.

      • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

        In addition to Google and Facebook gobbling up ad revenue, many of the large local businesses now use advertising companies based on the east coast. Those outfits smirk at little guys like ANC; so no $$ are sent our way. Contributions by ANC readers/viewers are the only sure way for ANC to survive.

    • Avatar michael kielich says:

      That was a callous statement. It is not really that simple, unless your selling bootstraps to guys like you.

      • Avatar michael kielich says:

        That comment was meant for Bob.

        • Avatar K. Beck says:

          Sorry your response got in the wrong spot. I often cannot figure out where my posts will end up. It is especially confusing when the “Reply” is missing altogether!

    • Well, we’re into the 11th year of standing on our own two feet, using an increasingly less reliable income model.

      If anything, when you look at all the failed media outlets, it’s really a miracle we’re still standing.

      (IMHO, the smart advertisers are those who continue with this traditional model, because they will have the most exposure as the others run away, willy nilly sampling the promotions flavor of the month.)

      We could have done what MANY media companies have done: charge a paywall. Our team met to consider our options, and to a person, everyone voted no.

      So we turn to you, a reader of this site for many years, and ask if you see any value in contributing for the service we provide.

      I can think of very few services that are provided for free, with the exception of public places like parks and libraries, but then, my taxes help support those, so they’re not completely free, either.

      Take a house-painting service, for example. I would expect to pay for that service, because I know the painter needs to make a living, as well as buy paint and supplies and be compensated for his time and talent.

      We’re no different here at aNewsCafe.com.

      Please believe me when I say that few things make me feel more uncomfortable that opening this subject to our dear readers. Frankly, it’s humiliating and embarrassing.

      But Bob, you’re 100 percent right that if, at some point, if appealing to you, and other readers, doesn’t work, then yes, we’ll close the doors. It’s the only logical choice.

      For me, closing our doors is a last choice, Until then, I’ll do everything in my power to prevent it from happening.

  6. Regarding presidential sexploits, if you look back at past presidents, this stuff is not new. Clinton was busy, Kennedy had a woman in his pool every 30 minutes and in the presidential bed, FDR had a mistress that everyone knew about………….maybe this is part of the narcissistic personality of strong? important? men. I think with all the Hollywood garbage that floats out every day, such behavior is just not so NEW. Or salacious as in the past.

    • In my opinion, there is nothing “strong” about this sort of behavior. It’s the kind of stuff you do in your 20s, then you get over it. Clinton’s behavior in office disgusted me. I wasn’t around during JFK and FDR, so I can’t speak to how widely their infidelities were known at the actual time. I wold guess since no one made hay out of it, they were not revealed to the general public till after they were dead. Certainly if it was known JFK was screwing Marilyn Monroe before the election, Nixon would have been president 8 years earlier.

      • Avatar K. Beck says:

        Perhaps you meant “wrong” not “strong”? Our Presidents are way past the age when brain development has ended, and should be responsible. Being a “horndog” at that age and at that level of responsibility is really not acceptable. Not that I think it is acceptable at age 0-25 either! Parents: teach your children well! The Press (and I suppose the secret service) protected JFK, they knew he was bringing women into the White House. I suspect Jackie knew this as well. Apparently her father was the same way. Back then it was What Powerful Men Did. It came with the territory. I don’t know about FDR either. I suspect he was protected the same way JFK was protected.

  7. Avatar Richard Christoph says:

    “…but overall, in my opinion, you’re far more likely to engage in a meaningful conversation on aNewsCafe.com than on just about any other local media outlet in Shasta County.”

    Spot on, R.V., and precisely why we support ANC, KIXE, JPR, and also subscribe to RS and WaPo. All for far less than a pack-a-day cigarette habit.

  8. Avatar conservative says:

    Tax hikes to pay for government employee raises, outlandish salaries and pensions motivate voters. The people selling the tax hikes as “for public safety” are not believable. Other quality of life issues are the drug culture, homelessness, and the lack of opportunity.

    People liked the image of Obama as portrayed in the media, but Obama-Reid-Pelosi policies cost the Democrats the House, Senate, White House, many governorships and legislatures and one and probably more Supreme Court seats.

    • Avatar Anita L Brady says:

      You forgot the huge tax cuts for the rich, corporations, and himself. You forgot that Trump’s Opioid Solutions are total bunk. You forgot that there will be no wall. You forgot that most people are one lost paycheck from being homeless and the GOP is going after the safety net programs. You forgot that the GOP is deconstructing health care so more people are going to die due to that. You forgot that the Trump Administration is spending money for their pleasures like there is no tomorrow.

      Instead you go after government employees (middle class workers) and their benefits. How conservative and hypocritical of you.

      • Fortunately Anita, you did not forget!

      • Avatar Louise Hanson says:

        Anita, how many homeless have family, either here, close by (Bay Area), or out of state that they are estranged from, want nothing to do with them, or the family doesn’t care to have their homeless relative anywhere around them? How many are living on the streets that prefer to live there than where they might have to have some responsibilities?

        I know that if something happened with my husband and I and we were no longer able to fully support ourselves, our adult children would make sure that we were taken care of, even to the point of taking into their home. But then, we haven’t worked to alienate our family; we have always had a strong, caring family, even as my husband and I were growing up, learning to take care of others. My husband’s mother lived with us for many years before she died; we have taken in our children, grandchildren, friends or our grandchildren, in addition to others for a time when they needed a place to stay, to be able to get back on their feet.

        But today we have a selfish society, where ‘if it puts me out, or cramps my life, then somebody else can take care of them.” Enough said.

    • Avatar Richard Christoph says:

      Conservative states:

      “The people selling the tax hikes as “for public safety” are not believable.”

      Though you yourself may not find supporters of a small tax increase for public safety (a nickel per $10.00 of taxable purchases) “believable,” many who look carefully at the data and the results in places such as Anderson, disagree.

      • Correction: They are believable if you take into account the incredible anti-government sentiment in the local population. I blame Hannity.

      • Avatar Louise Hanson says:

        Richard,

        I don’t think that Anderson has the pension liability issues that Redding does, plus Anderson said that the tax increase for public safety would go to public safety. Many of the people do not trust the city to use any monies that would go into the general fund, as would a Redding tax increase, for public safety, or at least very little of it. The city seems to always come up with other ways to spend the money they have, such as the proposal at one time to buy Allen’s Golf Course and turn it into a park; they got a lot of negative feedback on that and backed off that idea. We have to get to the point in this city where the people will again trust the city; then maybe they would agree to a tax increase.

        • Avatar Richard Christoph says:

          Ms. Hanson writes:

          “Anderson said that the tax increase for public safety would go to public safety.”

          Redding’s Measure D and accompanying Measure E also stated that revenues would go solely to the public safety issues precisely delineated. It seems odd for us Redding voters to entrust our elected officials with allocating many millions of dollars annually, but then vote against a proposal that would have given us a 16 month head start in addressing our public safety issues, because we do not “trust” the very same people we citizens elected.

  9. Avatar Grammy says:

    My Southern Baptist minister uncle said that Trump was going to get elected by the religious people because they wanted the abortion issue over turned and they needed the Supreme Court on their side. And it happened.
    As far as the first paragraphs of this article, did not read it. Saw enough of that in the daily news, 60 minutes and rag sheets at the news stands. Did not want to read about it on our local news site. We went through all that with Clinton and he got elected. People turned a blind eye. Morally challenged people get elected.
    What I will never get use to, not being represented in the government. AND being told there is no inflation.
    I use to enjoy reading on this site specials around Redding (ten years ago). Good buys at the Redding Outlet Store. Miss that. Enjoyed the article that made Doni famous, local people or interest.

    • Avatar K. Beck says:

      Point of correction: Bill Clinton was already serving his second term when the Lewinsky “scandal” became public. No one voted for him after the scandal. Al Gore was the candidate for President in 2000.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_of_Bill_Clinton

      “The presidency of Bill Clinton began at noon EST on January 20, 1993…”

      “Four years later, in the 1996 election, he defeated Perot and Republican Bob Dole to win re-election.”

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton%E2%80%93Lewinsky_scandal

      “News of the [Lewnsky] scandal first broke on January 17, 1998…”

      • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

        This is for Grammy: yes, ads for the Grocery Outlet were good, but they were PAID ads, paid for by Grocery Outlet, a company which no longer buys advertising on ANC. Same thing happened with Tops market. When companies pull their advertising, the readers/viewers have to make up the difference if we want to keep this site running.

        • Avatar Common Sense says:

          Sounds a bit like Fox News or more appropriately “Faux News”. That sucking sound you hear? That’s 12 Major Advertisers pulling ads off of Laura Inghram’s show….Oooops! Probably NOT the wisest thing to do…make fun of a survivor with NO FEAR. Unlike many of the Politicians out there.

          https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/mar/30/fox-news-ads-pulled-from-laura-ingraham-show-for-mocking-parkland-survivor

          All companies have bills to pay, just like most people. If people don’t chip in freely…there will be an ad wall put up and various offers to pay monthly or yearly….just like all the big boyz.

          I am looking into my finances to see where I can free up a small monthly donation myself! If we want to participate in a lively educated conversation with a filter in place (Thanks Barb) we have to step it up!

          Or go to the R.S where everyone calls everyone stupid….lol and other things….

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      All the Southern Baptists ministers of the world are about to get their comeuppance and it shall be righteous.

  10. Well, this story was scheduled to run earlier this week, but we had issues. I realized people might be over-saturated with Stormy coverage but you gotta run what ya got. I suspect most of the people complaining about all the negative coverage are Trump supporters.

    Your inflation comment is interesting. What particular items are you referring to as far as higher prices? I’m curious, because the government constantly adjusts the “basket of goods” they base their numbers on, so that they make inflation look less in the news reports.

  11. Avatar K. Beck says:

    Melania is probably happy with this situation. Gets him off her! Maybe Melania is paying these women to have sex with her husband!!! Wouldn’t THAT be headline news! : )

    “But here’s the freakiest thing of all. We’ve crossed the threshold into a strange new land where all of this behavior has become normalized.”

    For powerful men this has always been normal. Look how many who have had to resign their high level positions since #metoo happened. It is just now in the news and people can see how “universal” it has been.

    “He may currently enjoy the support of 80 percent of evangelical voters, but they’re not going to put up with this decidedly un-Christian behavior for much longer, especially the women.”

    Don’t count on that! They are sticking by him now, they will continue to do so. As long as he keeps talking anti-abortion, he’s IN. So much for moral values. Of course, if a woman turns up who aborted HIS fetus, then things might change. Likely there is someone out there given his past history of banging every good looking blond who happens to cross his path. “mulligan” great link, thanks. And thanks to Grammy for confirming this for me! I started writing this before I finished reading the article.

    • Avatar Louise Hanson says:

      “…all of this behavior has become normalized.”

      You have hit the nail on the head, so to speak. And this normalization is not only seen in the highest offices in our country, among the celebrity realm, but has become normal in today’s society. Watch some of the ‘reality’ shows, especially the bachelor and bachelorette; their theme often appears to be ‘try it on for size before buying.’ How many people cohabitate with someone, have a kid or two, then break up and move onto someone else. Listen to how they talk with and about each other, their boy/girlfriends, spouses, and the language they use. These attitudes are what is considered normal in today’s society.

      Interesting thing about Trump. While he was married to Ivana and he met and started ‘carrying on’ with Marla Maples. Divorced Ivana and married Marla. While married to Marla, he met and started ‘carrying on’ with Melania. Divorced Marla and married Melania…

      • Avatar K. Beck says:

        “…all of this behavior has become normalized.” R. V. said that. I was quoting him. I said, basically, it has been normal for my whole lifetime. Finally we have the #metoo movement. Perhaps things will change now.

        I agree with you about the 24/7 media coverage of the rich & famous life styles and its trickle down affect. I rarely watch TV. Give me Netflix or Hulu!

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      This isn’t the sign of a powerful man. It’s a sign of weakness. Quit projecting.

  12. Avatar Gail says:

    It is now about where the money came from. He can have all of the affairs he wants, it’s not illegal. When the money comes from campaign funds or the lawyers pockets, it becomes a legal issue and that’s the issue.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      Evangelical women are already turning against this adulterer. Reminder: In Leviticus, adulterers get the same treatment as gays.

  13. Avatar conservative says:

    The local Gannett newspaper has dug itself an impossibly deep hole. Democrats may not improve their vote numbers in the midterm. Midterms are said to be base voter elections.

    Today’s paper has an article about health statistics. While Humboldt county numbers are worse, the difference is not statistically significant. Humboldt county has a very high prevalence of hepatitis C and death rate from cirrhosis due to injected drug use. Commercial pot growing attracts many poly drug users to Humboldt and the other emerald triangle counties.

    Stimulant drugs like methamphetamine cause premature cardiac deaths, which are seldom mentioned in death certificates. Public health statistics under report shortened lifespan due to poly drug abuse.

  14. Avatar George says:

    I support, and will respond to your appeal. Your article preceding the appeal, not so much. This crap is beneath you and who you write for. Please never subject me to that again. The greater need is to be informed about the crazy crap the GOP is engaging in while you the media become donkeys following dangling carrots. Tell us about the enormous amounts of environmental ‘laws’ and numerous other aspects of governance currently being rescinded.

    The GOP has it over the media and by extension, we your readership. Do not doubt for one second, the level of sneakiness they will employ to ensure they reach their goals. Trump is but their puppet and nothing more. Trump is no more than the fall guy. I would not be surprised that he wants to resign but the GOP will not permit that. They are winning bigly and the media is complicit.

    Tough love, right R. V.?

  15. I recently discovered this little local news magazine. I like to read about our local issues and the replies with many differing opinions. Some I agree with, some not so much. I hope it continues on. I do not know if I can afford $5 per month but I can give a certain amount in one lump sum if possible. I see that there are a lot of readers out there so maybe they too can give an amount that they can afford to keep this going. Miss Pat

  16. Avatar Richard Christoph says:

    George addresses R.V. :
    “… Your article preceding the appeal, not so much. This crap is beneath you and who you write for. Please never subject me to that again.”

    Since many readers found R.V.’s article to be informative, factual, and newsworthy, perhaps you can inform us of precisely what components of his piece you found to be so objectionable.