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Happy Birthday, Humboldt County

Humboldt County, California was incorporated on May 12, 1853. Two Peoples, One Place by Ray Raphael and Freeman House put it this way:

In 1853, responding to angry residents from the coast who did not wish to venture across the mountains to conduct official business, the California Legislature split Trinity County once more, this time creating Humboldt County out of the western section

You’ve got four more days to get your celebration on at Pierson’s Building Center during its annual spring mega sale, which ends Monday.

  1. Anonymous
    May 6, 2011 at 4:20 am

    I knew it! It’s all the more clear now! This really tells it all! Disagree?

  2. John
    May 6, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Fuck Pierson’s ads, and fuck you too.

  3. Plain Jane
    May 6, 2011 at 6:13 am

    John looked all night and couldn’t find a hooker who would do him so he’s a little cranky (probably in more ways than mood) this morning.

  4. Anonymous
    May 6, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Pierson’s is kind enough to sponsor many notable causes, special events, nonprofits and charities countywide, while The Home Depot sponsors… NASCAR?

    Keep it local Humboldt!

  5. Anonymous
    May 6, 2011 at 6:55 am

    See, the thing is, neoconservatives only like successful local businesses if the owner is also conservative. The Big Hammer is a Humboldt success story, and I’m proud to shop there, paying prices competitive with Ace, and know the employees still earn good wages. It’s kind of like how neoconservatives hate Costco and love Wal-Mart. You just can’t be a business and offer low prices while treating your employees well. It’s almost immoral to a conservative. Well, let’s set aside the fact that these people aren’t really conservative. They’re the fringe rightwing extreme giving conservatives a bad name.

  6. Plain Jane
    May 6, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I agree, 6:41. Pierson’s employs our friends and neighbors, sells us quality products and give us free expert advice on how to use them as well as donates prizes for school and non-profit organization raffles and fund raisers. And Bill doesn’t put his name in huge letters on historic buildings or have the ego required to claim that what is good for him personally is best for everyone peripherally.

  7. GloryHound
    May 6, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Pierson’s is also a long time supporter of the Kinetic Sculpture Race.

    May 6, 2011 at 7:55 am


    Plain Jane says:
    May 6, 2011 at 6:13 am
    John looked all night and couldn’t find a hooker who would do him so he’s a little cranky (probably in more ways than mood) this morning.

    Anyhow, cool thread about Humboldt’s History. Hopefully, the Herald charges for ad space :-)

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  9. Mitch
    May 6, 2011 at 8:26 am


    Don’t you have a Monty Python skit for this thread?

  10. May 6, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Anon 6:55am – I agree with everything you said, but one little tidbit of info:

    Ace is not a chain store, Ace is a national buying cooperative. So all the “Ace Harwares” out there are not chains, they’re locally owned businesses, just like Pierson’s.

    They pool resources so that all the little guys who members can compete with the big guys.

    Pierson’s is actually part of the Ace buying cooperative as well, they just choose to keep their own branding and advertisements. But that’s why you can purchase Ace products at Pierson’s.

    So, we actually don’t have any chain hardware stores in Humboldt County — and we should keep it that way!

    Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap
    Humboldt County Independent Business Alliance

  11. May 6, 2011 at 8:48 am

    They pool resources so that all the little guys who ARE members can compete with the big guys.


    May 6, 2011 at 8:51 am

    ACE and Tru-Value cards to swipe too. This means they overcharge at the point of sale hoping the customer won’t use credits or points. Every month, certificate rebates come back if ya spend enough over-payments on sales transa ctions.

    The credit/business/overcharge at the counter/send in for rebate,refund,credit,points, etc….


    Price Fixing


    Price Gouging


    Forced Economics




  13. May 6, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Things sure happened fast after the wealthy Big-shots stole the land in 1848. “Land there for the taking!” All you had to do was massacre the inhabitants, cancel two hundred year old titles to rancherias owned by political enemies. (Yeah, yeah; the Dons were just as bad as the Robber-Barons.I get that)
    Whenever there is a call to “Celebrate” some historical event, it is first necessary to sweep the realities of the events under the carpet; wouldn’t want to spoil a good party.
    Very accurate take on Neo-Con loyalties 6:55. Companies that thrive while at the same time treating their employees as human beings worthy of respect and decent compensation, get about as much air-time on our corrupt media as countries whose government serves its citizens with public education, health and protective regulations on greedy corps.
    We never, I mean never, have “news” stories on things like Germany’s huge surplus, or average standard of living levels in countries like Sweden, Norway or even England. These Neo-Socialist countries put their citizens first; not their greedy billionaires. And yes, these “Socialist” countries do have their fair share of billionaires.
    The only time we hear anything about these countries is when they want to push some dishonest propaganda about their health systems. Pushing the line that we Americans are happier losing our homes to medical bills, than we are waiting in a line, or waiting our turn on a list.
    Do you notice there aren’t any stories at all? My take on it is they can’t show anything that might contrast with how backwards and third-world our own system is. Showing how easy it is for a young person in those countries to go to college and have a part-time job, and still live in a nice apartment with cable, does just that. It shows how little we get from our system. Our system exists to benefit the wealthy, the already wealthy.
    US companies that are either employee owned, or have a policy of creating a loyal workforce is evil-incarnate to Neo-Cons; or “New-American Centurions” as I like to call them. Of course you have to be wealthy to be a “NAC” Tea-Party dupes do not qualify, they only represent the servant/slave class, created to do the business of the wealthy who buy their signs and pull their strings.
    We are the number one threat to happiness for the common man. What a distant fall from our original, stated goals as a nation. I sure miss the illusion. Can I go back and choose the other pill now?

    May 6, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Very good points Moviedad!


  15. Anonymous
    May 6, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I would call it “marketing”, JL. You can choose to pay the prices you want, avoid what you think are overpriced items, and use your CVS card, which lets them watch and analyze what you buy, but then you can cash in the coupons. Safeway’s program is the same. My husband uses someone else’s phone number (a dead relative) and gets the savings there, as he doesn’t want them tracking him.

  16. May 6, 2011 at 9:42 am

    “Anonymous says:
    May 6, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I would call it “marketing”, JL. You can choose to pay the prices you want, avoid what you think are overpriced items, and use your CVS card, which lets them watch and analyze what you buy, but then you can cash in the coupons. Safeway’s program is the same. My husband uses someone else’s phone number (a dead relative) and gets the savings there, as he doesn’t want them tracking him.”

    Not that they would do this , but using the card that belong to someone else is fraud, and they could in theory come after your hubby for all of the “saving” plus interest.
    The Safeway card clearly states that it is non transferable.

  17. RAMDX
    May 6, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Both Peirson’s and Ace Hardware are dog friendly, unlike Home Depot!

  18. May 6, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Not positive, but doesn’t the same woman own all of the ACE stores in Arcata? I know that I would NEVER EVER want to work for the owner of the downtown ACE.

  19. Researcher
    May 6, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Not entirely true. Sunny Brae Ace is half owned by the people that own Hensel’s downtown and half owned by a couple from Fortuna.

  20. Anonymous
    May 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Those local stores (all of the above) are so helpful to shoppers. I have been in all of them, including Shafer’s and Pierson’s, Hensell’s, and Sunny Brae Ace, McKinleyville (am I leaving out any?) and these small businesses have trained most of their staff very well.

  21. Anonymous
    May 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Mark, are you running your pedal cab still?

  22. skippy
    May 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Yours truly hopes a different story will suffice, Mitch.

    “There’s Ernie over there, go ask him,” my friend suggested.

    “No, that can’t be Ernest Pierson,” I said. “Look at him.”

    In the corner of the parking lot far away from the maddening crowd a scruffy looking individual was sizing up a distant eucalyptus tree, right arm outstretched and his upright thumb bobbing left to right mystically as if checking some sort of imagined arboreal plumb line. This was Mr. Pierson? His long silver thinning hair was uncut and draping down the back of his neck, the body gaunt, his clothes common and dirty hanging loosely from his thin frame. Quite frankly, he looked liked someone who crawled out of the woods behind Pierson’s Building Center and perhaps was a tad bit kooky, but certainly not the owner of the legendary family empire who built half of Eureka keeping dozens of WWII vets employed constructing entire subdivisions after the war. This fellow looked like someone out of the German Naturist movement of the 1920s, I thought, and seemingly lost unto a world of his own. “That’s him, alright,” my friend said.

    “OK, if you say so. I’ll ask him,” I responded, stepping out of the car. I had my doubts.

    “Are you Mr. Pierson?” I asked.

    “Yes, son, I am. What can I do for you?”

    “Mr. Pierson, we’re building a house. We spent $800 here today. We could have gone anywhere to buy our electrical and plumbing items but chose Pierson’s because of the ‘Carnival of Values– the Silver Dollar Days,’ you’re having. We came here for the silver dollars– but after our purchase we were told we couldn’t get them because we took the 10% contractors discount. Now, that’s fair and we didn’t know that. We did take the discount but we also spent a lot of money today and still have to buy more until the house is finished.”

    Ernie snapped to, sizing it all up instantly, amazingly coherent and remarkably cognizant of the business task at hand. He asked my name and for my receipt, giving it a careful and thorough reviewing before asking wisely, “What do you think would be fair?>/i>” I explained we’d originally be entitled to 4 silver dollars because of our purchase but since we took the contractors discount, would 2 be acceptable? “Come with me,” Ernie said.

    He led us into the main building and the table sandwiched between the Money Air Chamber, the boxes of silver coins, the popcorn machine plucking away, and a long line of eager customers waiting dutifully. He made the introduction to his staff.

    “Mary, this is skippy. Skippy’s been a good customer and we appreciate his business. I appreciate you following the rules and not breaking them, Mary. Just so you don’t break the rules, Mary, could you please hand me 2 silver dollars?” She did so; Ernie politely handed them over, discretely, with his sincere appreciation, respect, and some kind words befitting a gentleman.

    “Thank you, Mr. Pierson,” I said. “We’ll be back.”

    We came back many times. We finished the house and still have those silver dollars Ernie gave us. We’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars with the Pierson families since then. Mr. Pierson’s kind consideration, attitude, and his unusually sharp and more than fair business acumen that day went a long ways with us.

    Ernest Pierson was an old-school gentleman in every sense of the word; a wise, delightful, smart and honorable fellow both in business and in person, a rarity in this day and age, and one yours truly thoroughly enjoyed meeting and knowing– even if only for a moment.

  23. Plain Jane
    May 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Wonderful story, Skippy. Thank you for sharing it.

  24. Mitch
    May 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Great story, Skippy. So much to love in it, as much the way he handled an employee as the way he handled a customer.

    I wonder how many managers at a Home Depot would have (or even could have) done that.

  25. May 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Shameless plug alert…..

    The Kineticab is running, on call all day, and when it warms up a bit, till 3am. Once the city gets the ordinance together we will be hiring for drivers. 21 and over please.


  26. Sinclair Lewis
    May 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I wonder how the ACE in Crescent City is doing since Home Depot came in? It was still open a few months ago when I went past.

    Side note; we are fortunate to have Ray Raphael in our neighborhood. He’s talking and signing books in Arcata tonight, the new ‘idiots guide to the founding fathers’, at Northtown BOoks, 7pm.

    Happy 12th de Mayo Humboldt County, next week.

  27. skippy
    May 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Ernest Pierson loved trees. He had his beloved trees at Pierson’s Building Center and at his home. In the O street neighborhood near the Eastwood circle he and Mom had a favorite tree– a magnificent and majestic walnut, I think, with it’s outstretched arms and mossy backsides. When the house was sold there were terms by the family that the tree never be cut or disfigured– ever.

    When Mr. Pierson built the post-war subdivision in that neighborhood he took an unusual and nonconventional approach at the time when clearing the land. He left all the largest trees– redwoods, firs, spruces– intact as the lots were laid and streets paved around them. This was unheard of at the time and more costly than leveling everything flat with bulldozers as was the custom. As many of you know, he and his family still sponsor Arbor Day trees given away freely. It’s a long tradition.

    It pains me greatly hearing there may be conflict between the Arkley and Pierson families. Many feel the same way as yours truly does. Both families have singlehandedly done so much and improved Eureka in their different ways. Competition is good, yes; cooperation and kind consideration also have their merits. If this conflict is indeed real, yours truly hopes that someday the families might put this aside for the betterment of all– and all to work side by side. Perhaps this is asking too much in this day and age.

    (To PJ and Mitch, thank you, you reminded me of the above)

  28. Anonymous
    May 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    My brother works as a manager at Home Depot (not locally, though). He is a real person with real feelings. He has 2 jobs because he has 5 kids. Just because he works at Home Depot doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve respect.

  29. 69er
    May 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Good stories Skippy, nice to see something like this here. And yes I also agree that competition is healthy and should be without animosity, but I guess that is asking too much. these men have both contributed much to the community and both have been trashed by some that would not be happy even even if it hit them in the face.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Anonymous says:
    May 6, 2011 at 9:01 am
    I would call it “marketing”, JL. You can choose to pay the prices you want, avoid what you think are overpriced items, and use your CVS card, which lets them watch and analyze what you buy, but then you can cash in the coupons. Safeway’s program is the same. My husband uses someone else’s phone number (a dead relative) and gets the savings there, as he doesn’t want them tracking him.

    Response: Not “marketing”, price fixing and gouging and job creation. Ya see, why does the customer have to spend more time and energy, stamp and envelope, copy machine and paper after the point of sale just to get moiney back that proves that the price should have been lower to begin with. So, business wastes time, expenses and energy screwing over the consumer based by forcing the consumer base to take it or leave it when everything in the store is “gouged-up”. So, when less store competition exists because more stores and businesses run that scam at the sticker price for rebates and credits and refunds, money is just going back and forth on the hope that the post-sale transaction efforts by the consumer for the refund is too much of a hassle and the business profits more. This fraud is just as bad as GE in concept!


    May 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    RAMDX says:
    May 6, 2011 at 9:42 am
    Both Peirson’s and Ace Hardware are dog friendly, unlike Home Depot!

    Response: Yep, pet owners got Peirson’s too to poop and pee pee upon. Disrespectful pet owners who piss and poo on other peoples property. I saw a lady last week hold her dog on a leash, walk onto another person’s property, in order to let the dog pee pee on that other persons fruit tree trunk.

    Just another reason why many pets and pet owners don’t deserve all that they claim they need because it is those without decency who will really never do anything respectfully right, or, use anything appropriately.


    May 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Arcata Ace – a former girlfriend years ago worked at Hensell’s Ace Hardware. Then, it burnt down. She told me she was suspicious because they just did inventory earlier that day and the fire was said to be started upstairs near a thermostat and paint supplies. Then Marinos happened and the whole someone on roof, get into car, leave, fire, etc… NCEC gone too. Don’t forget, all the strange fires over the years, even in Eureka’s “redevelopment district” where kickbacks to the politically connected are norm.

    Lots of suspense over sabatoges for fraud or natural occurences.


    May 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Anonymous says:
    May 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm
    My brother works as a manager at Home Depot (not locally, though). He is a real person with real feelings. He has 2 jobs because he has 5 kids. Just because he works at Home Depot doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve respect.

    Response: 2 jobs, 5 kids…….3 jobs, kid #6?


  34. Reinventing The Wheel
    May 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Pierson’s knowledgeable employees helped me every step of the way in opening my successful business…laying floor tiles, electrical, plumbing, construction, everything.

    I ran into a well-known local contractor who hated Pierson’s specifically for that reason!

    No joke!

    He wanted to put one of those Marina Center bumper stickers on his truck, but, since there’s no guarantee Home Depot is actually coming, it wasn’t worth alienating customers.

    I visited Home Depot on the East Coast and those poor kids didn’t know what they had or where it was! I returned a year later and there was an entire new set of kids equally confused!

    Moviedad @ 8:53 nailed it.

    Thanks to media deregulation, self-censorship is a pandemic!

    Too many Americans have no idea about the quality of community life they’ve lost from a mere generation ago, nor do they understand the wealth of alternatives to big boxes and sprawl…because it’s never reported!

    Imagine the outrage if it were!

    Non-stop propaganda depicting a world of plenty for the deserving still has most Americans blaming themselves for their deficiencies while our corporate welfare-mothers from hell drain the Treasury while most pay nothing in taxes!

    The daily suffering associated with increasing joblessness, outsourcing, bankruptcies, foreclosures, uninsured illnesses, drug abuse, crime, poverty, homelessness, suicide, even the continuing looting of the U.S. Treasury, if reported, is treated like old news before disappearing entirely.

    Where’s the headline, “Welcome to the New Gilded Age”?

    May 7, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Of course, the sales tax collectors love price fixings and price gougings that are part of rebate/prebate/refund schemes as a falsely higher sales transaction on goods and services at the POS renders a higher sales tax collectible when not 100% of the consumers go through the rigor and expense of conforming to the exactnesses of perfection to abide by the terms and conditions for the profit and tax scheme refund/rebate/prebate (works out for office supplies and the postal service as well)…….and is it the State of California that regulates tax collection of its businesses, figures they still waste it.

    Yet another deceptive form of the transfer of wealth that takes away from those with less ability to meet and match the terms of the scheme, especially when forced to purchase the consumer product because of society’s evolution to run itself on technology and resources that are becoming very, very expensive. Higher costs kills from the bottom-up, as well as the heavily leveraged businesses/entrepenuers (Los Angeles Dodgers as an example of an imbalanced Balance Sheet where millions are in the game – High costs kills poor millionaire management).

    Yet, another “transfer of wealth” scheme funneling dough into the pockets wadded above the bottom feeders.


  36. Plain Jane
    May 7, 2011 at 6:59 am

    SK, My family has been shopping at Pierson’s for 3 generations and none has ever run for political office. Pierson’s staff is knowledgeable and happy to give you instructions on how to do-it-yourself as well as provides that book nook for project ideas. Home Depot employees are just retail clerks who know nothing about their products, how to use them and, in many cases, where to find them. I didn’t understand really why the local contractors are so eager to get a Home Depot here because it certainly isn’t price or quality, but think RTW nailed it. Pierson’s staff saves us money by giving away how-to advice (and selling us the right products the first time) so we don’t have to hire contractors.

  37. Mitch
    May 7, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Skippy’s story on this thread is the best argument against bigness I’ve heard in a while. Usually, things are framed in terms of “evil corporations.”

    I’m hopeful that most of the people tossing that term around understand that it’s a simplified abbreviation: the real problem is when businesses get so large and wealthy that they are detached from any community (because of their size), lose a natural understanding of their customers (because of the wealth of the people in charge), and become able to manipulate the political system that is supposed to keep them in check (because of their size and the wealth of their owners and executives).

    The problem can be exacerbated by the legal idea of a corporation, which puts control in the hands of “shareholders,” which in reality puts control largely in the hands of the executives, as long as they let the Directors win at golf. But the problem is, at root, one of size. Big works for bigwigs, but screws little guys.

    When I was maybe ten, markets were putting up stickers on their doors advertising cigarettes; the stickers would always say something like “Thank you for your business.” I remember thinking, even at the time, how ridiculous it was to have a sticker thanking me, as though it was a person. Of course, like pretty much everything I think is a bad idea, it’s become so standard now as to be unnoticed.

    That’s what much large business has become — employees are trained to pretend to care, though Wal-mart itself, and its executives, really couldn’t care less about anything but the bottom line.

    That’s their legal responsibility.

    That’s what they’ve been taught in the elite schools that pretend you can teach “management,” divorced from any connection with a particular business.

    May 7, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Skippy and Mitch,

    Good posts; and, it is about business character and ethics too. It is not a problem monolithic to size, shape, function, etc…., but rather principles and philosophies that are persuaded toward greeds.


    May 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Pierson’s blows away the competition with respect to customer service. The other stores(competition) usually higher the young and dumb who careless to know their sales floor. This is why I always seek out the old geezers – they respect their jobs regardless of who they are working for. Yet, at Piersons, I don’t have to feel I have to seek out old geezers because the younger types, including myself when I worked for PBC, are trained (or used to be, current verification) and geared to perfect customer service. Even the lumber yard has a nice set-up.

    It is true that the Home Depots, Targets, etc… hire the stupid types in life.


    May 7, 2011 at 9:24 am


    spelling – hire not higher.


  41. Plain Jane
    May 7, 2011 at 9:36 am

    To be fair, the Walmarts, Home Depots and Targets also hire those who aren’t stupid but can’t find a better job because of the Walmarts, Home Depots and Targets of the world.

  42. 69er
    May 7, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Yes PJ and you can find them in all sorts of employment just to make ends meet. I know people right now that are working in such places due to the current economy. You will also find those that needed place to get started and take whatever is available at thew time of ned, been there and done that.

  43. 69er
    May 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Excuse the typos, please.

  44. Anonymous
    May 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I prefer to shop in local stores and certainly need the help some of the staff provide. When I go out of town, it’s also fun to visit the large chain stores, certainly I like to when I need to check out a variety of appliances and fixtures that are not available here. That said, you have to be willing to do it yourself and the staffs in those large stores are not able to help much for the most part. There are isolated and long term employees of chains who do surprise, being not only dedicated to their job and see it as a career they can be proud of. Who can knock a person who is working for a living, anyway, even if they aren’t that skilled? At least they are working and trying to do the right thing, when many are used to living on public assistance who could be working.

  45. Anonymous
    May 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    JL- the “stupid types” in life? OMG

  46. High Finance
    May 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Can Heraldo even pretend that Pierson (Bill) isn’t funding him either directly or indirectly anymore ?

    Now George and the other past Democrat candidates are posting like mad Reinventing multiple pseudonyms supporting this blatant commercial on the Herald !

    I too used to shop at Pierson’s all my life. But then Bill decided to go into left wing politics in a big way just about the time that Schaffer’s dramatically expanded. Jack Shaffer’s store is as good and he doesn’t thumb his nose in anybody’s face with his politics. In fact I am not even sure what his politics are.

  47. felix
    May 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    My brother works as a manager at Home Depot (not locally, though). He is a real person with real feelings. He has 2 jobs because he has 5 kids. Just because he works at Home Depot doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve respect.

    Unlike the other poster’s response I would say (even with 5 kids) that if he weren’t working at Home Depot he’d probably only need one job. And though many H.D. employees fit the uninformed description it isn’t universal and I would not withold respect for him because he is forced to work there.

    Greenwash and a purty mural, what good has Arkley ever done for anyone?

    And P.J.’s 9:36 comment is TOTALLY correct.

  48. 69er
    May 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    felix says:

    “Greenwash and a purty mural, what good has Arkley ever done for anyone?”

    Have you forgotten or not heard of the Boardwalk and the attempt to bring back the high school pool?? Not to mention the restoration of the State Theater??? Both the boardwalk and the theater are enjoyed by all who care to experience them.

  49. Anonymous
    May 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Hi Fi doesn’t know that Shafer’s owner Jack Rieke is a prominent conservative?

    I really doubt it

  50. Oldphart
    May 8, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    While working at Pierson’s many moons ago, a fellow worker was sweeping out the floors in the warehouse (something I had done many times) at about 10 minutes before quitting time. He stopped to survey his handiwork and to see what he shoud do next. Ernie Pierson came around the corner, saw him leaning on his broom and said “Your fired”. Another true heartwarming story about Ernie.

  51. Reinventing The Wheel
    May 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Mitch @8:35 is correct.

    Most Americans see some wealth trickling down in our communities and for the last generation they accepted the ideological delusion that it ALWAYS does!

    Popular culture remains contently oblivious to the predatory basis of huge concentrations of wealth and its close connections with poverty, drug abuse and growing crime in our neighborhoods…even as the world economy collapses under its weight!

    The widespread trickle-down delusion explains why local contractors, government, media, and others, fail to act in their own interest, or the public’s. They still refuse to acknowledge the long-term benefit of focusing growth on local ownership, instead of continuing the immediate gratification, (and public costs), of having “bigger boxes” plopped onto communities already saturated in them.

    “Bigger is better”…right up until the Bigs force-out local competition, raise their prices, then vacate their massive structures for decades, anointed lucrative tax write-offs in the process.

    It’s in everyone’s best interest to have Pierson’s 40-year employees explain in minutes what would cost $50+/hour to have a contractor repair! Saving thousands of dollars in start-up costs can make the difference for local-owned businesses to survive their first year! Once successful, a business owner is far too busy to replace floor tiles, build a wall, rehang doors or install a water heater…routinely requiring contractors.

    More local business owners = more high-paid professionals and contractors…and the myriad of services they require and can afford.


    More poverty wage jobs = more poverty, unemployment, welfare, drug abuse, crime, ignorance, and illnesses, etc.

  52. High Finance
    May 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    What is the difference between a $12 an hour job at Pierson’s and a $12 an hour job at Home Depot ?

  53. May 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    You want a list, HiFi?

  54. What Now
    May 9, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    “High Finance says:
    May 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm
    …. In fact I am not even sure what his politics are.”

    If highlyFried was caught telling the truth he’d try to lie his sorry ass out of it.

  55. Anonymous
    May 9, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Does it matter what a person’s politics are when you decide whether to support their business? Just curious. Maybe “local” and a person who treats their employees well is more important.

  56. High Finance
    May 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Yes Joel, I want a “list”.

  57. Anonymous
    May 9, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I would actually be surprised to hear that either Pierson’s or Home Depot paid that much, but I guess the more skilled areas would have people who wouldn’t work for minimum wage. I am just used to regular retail, which is usually minimum wage, isn’t it?

  58. May 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Well HiFi, before I start making a list for you why don’t you tell me what evidence you have that Mr. Pierson is funding Heraldo “either directly or indirectly.” I could use a laugh.

  59. Reinventing The Wheel
    May 10, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Face it folks, petty blowhards don’t debate, they must always ignore points that are well-made, make-up shit in response, they are easily banished by facts, and are thus relegated to the disgrace of useless provocation.

    Only a proprietor knows what percentage of their employees are paid $12/hr. and for how long. Therefore, a blowhard must ignore the real question…how local-owned businesses can still boast of retaining employees for their entire working life while national retailers are known for their rapid turnover:

    And which offers more value to an individual, their family, and their community!

    Here’s a quote from another individual that ignorant blowhards often malign and misunderstand:

    “It is the industry which is carried on for the benefit of the rich and powerful that is principally encouraged by our mercantile system. That which is carried on for the benefit of the poor and indigent is too often either neglected or oppressed.

    “Consumption is the sole end purpose of all production: and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to only so far as it may be necesary for promoting that of the consumer. The maxim is so perfectly self-evident that it would be absurd to attempt to prove it. But, in the mercantile system the interest of the consumer is almost constantly sacrificed to that of the producer: and it seems to consider production, and not consumption, as the ultimate end and object of all industry and commerce.”

    Adam Smith, in Book IV, Chapter 8 of The Wealth of Nations.

    The more things change…

  60. neomoderate
    May 10, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Made one trip to Home Depot in Crescent City during a recent remodel. Left frustrated with selection and service, came back and scored exacly what we needed along with some really relevent advice and some good laughs with staff at Piersons. Probably paid a couple of bucks more, maybe enough for gas to, say, Orick. Lesson learned.

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