DEAR JOHN: A letter to Supervisor Woolley
First of all, we here at the Humboldt Herald HQ wish to extend our sincere thanks to you for standing strong on the recent TPZ brouhaha. The pressure was immense but you kept to your principles despite big money BS and a crumbling colleague. We appreciate your efforts.
Now that election season is knocking on the door it appears you will face at least one challenger. While the threat level is negligible (so far), there is one issue that could cost you serious support — the railroad.
Many concerned residents would like to see you reevaluate — and change — your position on the trains and throw weight behind the trail so strongly supported by voters.
The landslide election of Pat Higgins, and the near miss by Carlos Quilez in the November election for Harbor District, demonstrated this community’s stance on the port/rail/trail issue currently simmering away on the front burner.
Humboldt County suffers when it is beholden to outside interests with no care for this place. We must reject offers to export our rock and water or let foreign ships use our seaport to export profits while importing economic and environmental damage to those who live and work here.
When presented with actual numbers regarding the frequency of trains expected to utilize the railroad (if such numbers ever become available), we are likely to find Eureka doesn’t want an industrial railroad going through town, blasting its 125 decibel whistle at every street crossing as required by law.
Like the election for Harbor District, the rail/trail issue will be front and center. Where you stand could determine the outcome.