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Spilled Milk II

Posted in community, Humboldt County, politics on March 17, 2009 by inretaliation
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photo courtesy of Unity Peterson

I am going to gossip now, nothing I write has been backed up by any investigative reporting.  I just know people who have worked at the Creamery for a long time.  Did you see the photo of Ghilarducci in the Ferndale Enterprise last week?  I guess the Ferndale Enterprise sent a reporter to Scottsdale Arizona were Ghilarducci is known to have a second house.  They knocked on the door and he answered.  The reporter said something like,”sir some citizens of Ferndale would like you to comment on the financial state of the Creamery.”  The photo was shot as he was slamming the door.  My sources inform me that Ghilarducci’s main crime was making the Creamery look better than it was.  Not long ago they had a choice to expand or be bought out.  They chose to expand, that is when they acquired the two other facilities in California.  the better the Creamery looked the bigger bonuses Ghilarducci received.  All this would probably have been fine if our little economic downturn didn’t pop the bubble.  It turns out the Creamery is slightly overextended.  The board is meeting with all of its creditors and it looks like deals will be made and all theoretically will be well.

Ghilarducci received a $95,000.00 dollar bonus last year.  Maybe that would have been the time to fess up that he was not being completely honest about the rosy state of affairs, but no he took his money and ran…. to Arizona.  He grew up in Humboldt County and a lot of the Creamery workers and dairymen went to school with him.  I guess they will think to check the books next time even if their friend says he is making them rich.

The dairymen are sure taking a new interest in the Creamery.  They can be seen with some regularity roaming around the Creamery site.  This is slightly unusual since the only part they used to be interested in was the office.  Can you blame them though it is their land that is the collateral for this particular business.  I can not imagine watching land my family has had for generations slip through my fingers.  Painful.

Roots

Posted in community, politics on February 25, 2009 by inretaliation

I have been reading the book Roots by Alex Haley.  I woke up at four-thirty this morning.  Hoping to read myself back to sleep I picked up the hefty book.  BIG mistake!  I just happened to be at a turning point and I couldn’t put it down until I had rounded the bend.  I have found a few epic books in my life and this is definitely one of them.images

 I don’t understand how our society ever veered away from tribal living.  It seems so much easier on your psyche to know your place in society.  We have so many choices in this society it can get overwhelming.  There is so much doubt that maybe we made the wrong choice or a different one could have been better.  Some part of me feels a pull towards a life in which survival is the only choice.  A life in which we must band together and help each other in order to be healthy and safe.  Maybe that is still the case now.  Maybe that is why it seems so important to have a good community.  Yes, technology has enabled us to survive on our own, but is that really the best choice for such a social animal?

The Great… Hope

Posted in politics on January 21, 2009 by inretaliation

I woke up late this morning.  Ughh, I hate waking up late!  I was less then gentle in getting my oldest out of bed.  My mood soon changed as I set up the computer for the kids to watch while they ate (we do not have tv).  They were an attentive audience  since they hardly ever get to watch movies let alone at breakfast.  They dutifully listened to me explain the importance of this day while they exclaimed over the president elect’s daughters and how pretty they were.  I switched to the radio when it was time to drive them to school.  When I arrived at the elementary school I noticed that across the street the community center was packed.  I remembered the notice that a group of people would be getting together for a potluck breakfast and a viewing of the inauguration.  I told the children they were welcome to come with me across the street as long as they didn’t mind being late for school.  (I needn’t have worried for the youngest, since her preschool teacher had left a note for everyone to meet at the Community center anyway.) After the President’s speech I walked the kids back across the street and drove to work.

The explanation to my children this morning really made me question why this day was special to me.  You see, I did not vote for Obama, nor have I ever watched an inauguration before.  I voted for a write in candidate.  I do not think that Obama is a revolutionary politician.  I think he is a centrist.  I don’t think he has ever professed to be anything else.  (One reason why I grudgingly like him.)  

I can’t help but have a renewed sense of hope in our country with the outcome of this election.  I think that renewed hope has everything to do with a sense of color.  It is inspiring to me that we can finally be accepting enough for the majority to vote someone of color into office.  That action, I think will trigger all sorts of other actions in the right direction until we really do not notice the color of someone’s skin.  We almost have to make a point of noticing before we are able to see past it. blackandwhitehands

Fear of Change

Posted in politics with tags on January 16, 2009 by inretaliation

th_hybridfest083The conversation around the fire after dinner last night drifted towards Climate Change.  I almost always enter this discussion gleefully, only to come out on the other side feeling as if I was in the wrong argument.  I believe the climate is changing,  I am just unsure how much humankind has to do with it.  I don’t even care if they do.  I care that we all need to be so scared of a changing climate.

I am reminiscent of the Bush administration and all the things they did in fear of terrorism.  The Patriot Act, water boarding, NSA spying, all happened because we needed to protect ourselves from terrorists.  These terrorists could be anyone anywhere and we probably will never be able to wipe them all out.  What fear mongering will be done now to save us all from the climate?

Why does government insist on using fear to change or mend our ways?  Why can’t we be given the chance to embrace learning something new?  I want to strive towards change with open arms asking what it can teach me.  Instead I feel as if every new idea is shoved down my throat by facts and research.  Research that says if we don’t do something yesterday it will be the end for all of us.  Are we really so attached to the way things are now that change has to come from being afraid?

Accidents

Posted in politics on January 11, 2009 by inretaliation

My husband loves his morning routine.  He gets out of bed and begins to heat water for coffee.  He then turns on the computer and starts reading the morning onslaught of news.   He recently found a video on YouTube of the New Years Eve East Bay BART shooting.  The man who was shot by an officer was lying face down.  After the gun goes off the officer who pulled the trigger looks a little stunned.  Almost as if he knows what a horrible mistake he made.  The family of the dead man are suing the BART system for 25 million dollars.  Protests and eventually riots were staged shortly after the cellphone video clips were aired on YouTube.

Many people seem to the think the officer should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.  To me this just seems to add more tragedy to situation already fraught with tension and anger.  (Johannes Mehserle just had a new baby.)  Everyone makes mistakes, some even cost multiple lives.  I agree that the man should be punished but why ruin more lives.  Is there nothing that can be learned from this accident?

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