Redwood ACLU to honor local patriot

Redwood ACLU to honor local patriot

There are 29 comments on the Eureka Times Standard story from Jan 25, 2010, titled Redwood ACLU to honor local patriot. In it, Eureka Times Standard reports that:

The Redwood Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will announce the winner of the 2009 Patriot Award tonight at an award ceremony in Bayside.

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Pot City

Arcata, CA

#1 Jan 25, 2010
* Betty Chinn and John Shelter for working to defend the rights of the homeless
clearly the winner

* Eureka Councilman Larry Glass for working with the ACLU on items of common interest, including the “True Ward” initiative
NO politician should get a award for doing his job

* The Crisis Intervention Team of the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Mental Health Branch for assisting people experiencing a mental health crisis
NO public dept should get an award for doing its job

* County Supervisor Bonnie Neely for supporting the ongoing development of a framework for citizen police review
Another politician out for reelection

* Tad Robinson for defending freedom of speech and the right of the people peaceably to petition the government for redress of grievances
Clearly a runner up with Chinn
Lies and Bribes

Brookings, OR

#2 Jan 25, 2010
Larry Glass an award? The guy who wanted to search every home in Eureka? The same guy who took donations from City Garbage and passed a mandatory trash collection?
Are you are sick of politics ripping you off and getting awards for it?
If the ACLU was more than lawyers stealing money they wouldn't think of giving Larry an award for anything
Domino 21

Napa, CA

#3 Jan 25, 2010
TS this is what is called an advertisement, You are supposed to charge for this. There is a large special interest group that is going to give an award to one of the smaller sig's that are a part of it. If the Rotary was having a similar awards banquet would you cover it? Perhaps, but I have not seen such a news story, and Rotary is actually doing good things for the community.

In the reasoning for this award it claims it is for "defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties", yet every potential recipient is an advocate for a special group and would pick that group and assert that they should have special rights above and beyond the rights and freedoms of others.
Dhrama

United States

#4 Jan 25, 2010
Slim Pickings i guess...
The Home Office

Santa Rosa, CA

#5 Jan 25, 2010
The word "patriot" should only be considered for use in the same sentence with "ACLU" when the anti-semitic, anti-american group is attempting to further their hater agenda and dismantle the Patriot Act. What a freakin joke.
Tad Robinson? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
anonymous

Georgetown, TX

#6 Jan 25, 2010
I would like to say the ACLU is a joke, but nothing
is funny. They are like Gloria Allred, if they can
get any kind of publicity they are there. They
should rename themselves Pitifully Useless.
None of the above mentioned people could be considered a patriot. Patriot: One who loves,
supports, and defends one's country.
IF there is

Berkeley, CA

#7 Jan 25, 2010
The Home Office wrote:
The word "patriot" should only be considered for use in the same sentence with "ACLU" when the anti-semitic, anti-american group is attempting to further their hater agenda and dismantle the Patriot Act. What a freakin joke.
Tad Robinson? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
If there is one group that is overtly PRO-SEMITIC (vomit!) it is the ACLU.
Most commonly referred to as the ACLJew
anonymous

San Mateo, CA

#8 Jan 25, 2010
What a tired ridiculous group.
Names

Milpitas, CA

#9 Jan 25, 2010
Judging by the quantity of hate-filled hostility towards civil liberties exhibited on this very forum this morning, I'd say we need the ACLU now more than ever.

http://redwoodaclu.blogspot.com

“Fred's Humboldt Blog”

Since: Jan 08

Eureka, CA

#10 Jan 25, 2010
The Home Office wrote:
What a freakin joke.
Tad Robinson? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Actually, of all those listed, I'd say Tad is the only one that could even be considered for this supposed honor. Sure, he does have the dubious distinction of going to jail for violating the 3 minute time limit on addressing the Board of Supes, but I have heard him arguing against forced medication of the mentally ill, if memory serves me correct. I'd consider that an individual rights issue.

The rest of the nominees might well have done some good things (emphasis on "might"), but none have done anything I'd consider as being in defense of individual rights or the constitution.

Me thinks the ACLU might be having an identity crisis.
Names

Milpitas, CA

#11 Jan 25, 2010
Then why don't you crawl out of your cave and appear in Bayside tonight to tell them so yourself Fred?

“Fred's Humboldt Blog”

Since: Jan 08

Eureka, CA

#12 Jan 25, 2010
Names wrote:
Then why don't you crawl out of your cave and appear in Bayside tonight to tell them so yourself Fred?
I like my cave. It's nice and safe in here, except when the earth quakes.
Slow To Change

Santa Rosa, CA

#13 Jan 25, 2010
I'll be going to thank these local heroes for actually DOING SOMETHING to improve the quality of life of others.

Returning Eureka to a true ward system is nothing short of heroic. Eureka had this system until the 1950's when the local big-shots figured out they could keep control by forcing candidates to run city-wide elections making the process prohibitively expensive. They succeeded. They've NEVER lost their majority at city hall in over half a century!!

The results are in: Sprawl, malls, poverty wages, traffic and infrastructure failure, and 3 or 4 very rich developers.

The new Supreme Court ruling will turn Eureka's future elections into a TV war completely out of the reach of most candidates.
ONCE A LIBERAL

United States

#14 Jan 25, 2010
Like most institutions the ACLU starts out with good intentions then the wheels fall off.
Charlie

Lafayette, CA

#15 Jan 25, 2010
Depends upon what the definition of a "patriot" is to the ACLU?

Does this mean Communist? Socialist? Community Agitator? Get my drift?
ONCE A LIBERAL

United States

#16 Jan 25, 2010
John Shelter and Betty Chinn get awards for defending the rights of the
homeless? They have helped ruin Arcata and Eureka by making these to towns
a destination for the homeless. They should get an award for enabling
and luring the needy to our towns. Thats the only award they deserve.

P.S. JOHN SHELTER is a total SLEEZE BAG

“Fred's Humboldt Blog”

Since: Jan 08

Eureka, CA

#17 Jan 25, 2010
Slow To Change wrote:
I'll be going to thank these local heroes for actually DOING SOMETHING to improve the quality of life of others.
Returning Eureka to a true ward system is nothing short of heroic.
That's BS. First of all, the method of electing council people in Eureka shouldn't be any of the ACLU's business unless some group is being disenfranchised by that method of voting- in other words violating individual rights or thought to be unconstitutional. That can't be said for the current system since every one in town gets to vote for all the candidates.

One local Democrat suggested we'd have a progressive majority on the city council if we had a true ward system. His reasoning being that, since Eureka is a "blue" city, we should have a liberal majority. Actually, the opposite is true. We have the majority of Democrats voting for all city council candidates, yet they still elect supposed non- progressives and they hold the majority.

I suppose there could be valid arguments made for a true ward system but there are just as many, if not more, arguments for keeping it the way it is now. Either way, the local ACLU is really having to search if they're using this campaign for a true ward system as having to do with individual liberty. It's more a matter of city housekeeping business than anything else.

And, as someone pointed out earlier, if anything, Larry Glass has acted against individual liberty by supporting outdoor smoking bans and mandatory garbage service. A real bizarre choice for the ACLU to pick.
Lowes lover

Jackson St Forest, CA

#18 Jan 25, 2010
The ACLU and I both have different interpetation of the term "patriot" ...... seems to me the majority of these "candidates" have caused me to lose a portion of MY rights to further their individual special interests.
Names

Milpitas, CA

#19 Jan 25, 2010
In case you didn't notice, the local ACLU had no trouble opposing the invasive rental inspection ordinance proposed by Glass, so I don't think it's a partisan issue here.
Mike MORGAN

Sausalito, CA

#21 Jan 25, 2010
Wow WHAT A TRiP!!!
LOTA LOVE 4 THE aclu
THE TiDES THEY ARE A CHANGING
THANK G0D

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