Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dave Stancliff Walks On

Last Sunday's Times-Standard "As It Stands" was Dave Stancliff's "Fond Farewell. (August 18, 2013)

I'd like to wish him well as he moves on.

I'd like to believe Dave's grown some in these past years and this is a good move. I know what it feels like, in fact carry the scars, of offering someone a "bone" and getting my hand ripped off. But then, I guess, my hand just got in the way...

If nothing else, Dave's Sunday Opinion gave me inspiration - going to miss that. My one complaint, Dave, is that you squandered an opportunity very few get. You wasted half a page of news print every Sunday with trivia, and that's the nicest word I could think to use. You were given the perfect opportunity to help or cause people to THINK about relevant, and pertinent matters and issues that touched every one of our lives. Well, for the most part, you didn't - so, I hope when you take up writing again, you think about what's really important in this life, real freedom - that's the gift I offered you.

Best Wishes, Joe.

PS. By the way, some time back the wife and I were coming out of a local business when I happened to recognize you and your wife coming in. I gave her a nudge and asked her if she thought I should introduce myself. We had a good laugh, and walked on by. I mentioned to her that you two looked an awful lot like a younger version of us.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Good Choice

Top EPD chief choice out - Johnson cites lack of support
or so says Thadeus Greenson for The Times-Standard, Tuesday, August 6, 2013, edition.

At least someone has the good sense to do what's right for this town. Which, unfortunately, says more about Michael Johnson then the people of Eureka and their choice for City Council.

The residual effects of Murl Harpham's legacy in Eureka is bad enough without bringing this guy back into the mix.

How much city money, time and effort, not to mention lost good-will did it cost everyone involved for the city to run all those public hearings or meetings so the local's could vent their concerns and hopes on a decent, law-abiding, community oriented police chief? Talk about a JOKE! With Michael Johnson as the one-and-only candidate for police chief it's quite obvious the Eureka City Council's new City Manager Bill Panos neither heard or listened to anyone. Talk about an exercise in futility.

At least Johnson was smart enough to realize what he was walking into and bailed out before he got left holding the bag. (Like all my clich├ęs?)