Letters (Aug. 16, 2017)

by AVA News Service, August 16, 2017

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Costco Ransom—

I believe that Scalmanini is attempting to hold the Costco project up for ransom. It is too late to raise yet another issue. If solar is so important, why was it not raised earlier? This latest delaying tactic reflects both arrogance in ignoring the needs of the rest of us in the County and bad faith negotiating with Costco. This is a classic example of why government is held in such low regard. No one else would treat their fellow citizens with such contempt nor would they employ such under handed negotiating tactics. Well as seen earlier, I guess some lawyers would act this way. But they represent the interests of their clients. Government is supposed to represent the community in total, not an official’s personal point of view.

And if Costco cancels the project, then what? Let the project proceed but work with Costco to encourage them it voluntarily install solar. In the long run, a good working relationship with Costco is better for the County/City than a sour one! The City can not blame the lawyers for this one.

Neil Darling


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To the editor:

Around at 3:15 PM on Sunday, July 16, we suddenly had clouds of smoke and ash coming over our houses. Unknown to us was a truck fire that started on the 101 grade to Willits and quickly spread to a grass fire. Normally, Calfire and local agencies would have been able to keep it, like most recent local fires, to a few acres of charred grass. But this time strong winds were blowing in from the west and rapidly took the fire up and over the hills toward Baker's Creek Road. On the way, it charred 900 acres, burned some trees, an outbuilding, an orchard, and a farm garden. All residences were saved; no lives lost. With the winds pushing and plenty of dry fuel, it was a fire that could easily have become a much larger disaster.

We had all cleared areas around our houses for just such an event, but even that would not have been enough. The fire came up to the west side of Baker's Creek Road but was not allowed to go further. If it had crossed the road the fire might not have been stopped until it reached the valley floor and many more homes.

What saved us and limited the damage was the quick, skilled, well coordinated and overwhelming response of Calfire and our local fire agencies. Our deepest thanks and gratitude to the firefighters, pilots, sheriff’s deputies and the sizable support system who worked so hard to stop the fire and keep us safe.


John and Laura Knapp, Robert and Ann Horton, Jaye Moscariello, Bill Taylor, the Pardini family, Dennis McCarthy, John Whitcomb, Charles and Devon Anderson — and our other neighbors on Baker's Creek Road.

John Knapp

Redwood Valley

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Dear Editor,

In response to Mr. Eyster.

Proposition 57 passed with over 60% of the voters in California (that's the whole state) regardless of how you feel or what makes you sick to your stomach.

The people of California have faith in and believe in rehabilitation, it's unfortunate that some people are so narrow minded to think that their way is the only way and everyone else is wrong. Yeah, everyone else gets it wrong but you. The justice system is broken, it is archaic, especially in California.

What should make you sick is sex offenders getting probation, murderers getting deals, rapists going free, crooked politicians, district attorneys making deals with criminals, and liars put on the stands just to wash another liar up.

Don't worry big guy, I will always be a feather in your cap. I will die in prison due to stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver, so don't worry or shake with fear. I will never be free again. But that doesn't stop me from taking and facilitating every self-help group available to me. "House of Healing," "Criminals and Street Gangs Anonymous," "Victims Awareness and Impact," "Narcotics Anonymous," "Alcoholics Anonymous." Everything I can because I know I was wrong. What about you?

You have your own own cross to bear. Hopefully you see the light.

Here is a fact in closing: not one person was physically injured in any of my strikes. First strike was petty theft plead out to attempted robbery. Second strike was a verbal threat over the phone. And this current case, I deserve a life sentence for this case. I deserve a chance to rehabilitate.


Walter K. Miller

High Desert State Prison,


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Singing Hava Negila on the barricades with Bruce Anderson!

Chuckle. I was at Mosswood Market and picked up the AVA.

I love your description of climbing up onto the barricades with your bad knees at 78.

But you won't stir from your chair without clearance from your Jewish zionist bosses, or 'handlers' as the zionists like to describe them. You're not different from the rest of the self-describe 'left' and 'revolutionaries' in the US in that sense.

By my early twenties I had figured that out and have never belonged to any sort of 'vanguard' grouping since. All of them have an informal Jewish sub clique that vetoes anything the group said or does, based on the interests of Israel.

This is the basic reason the US working people don't go near the organized left.

WE are not so dumb that we can't smell zionist handlers, actually. So much time is wasted among vanguard groups discussing why they are isolated, even as they cringe in the shadow of JVP, MECA, IJAN, US Campaign, and the rest of the overlapping acronyms that run the show and write their script. They also recruit and vet 'Palestinian' American stooges, such as Mazin Qumsiyeh and Ali Abunimah, to front for their witch hunts against any non Jews who dare to speak out from a media platform.

Right now mainly the witch burning is directed at Alison Weir from the Bay Area, Gilad Atzmon, Miko Peled, and probably others I don't know about, but they have had a lower profile witch hunt against me for the last 30 years.

Which you have backed of course with untold column inches of anything they send you.

Start practicing your dancing to Hava Negila, Bruce, but you'll be out of place with your picture of Netanyahu on the barricades.

Martin Pereira

Sonoma County

ED NOTE: Mr. Pereira, aka Mark Richey, is a monomaniac cum clinical paranoid who thinks that all the people and groups who want to see fair play for the Palestinians are dupes of a very busy and ongoing Zionist conspiracy. These dupes, in Richey's fevered brain, include me, although I've never heard of my alleged co-conspirators. I do consider Jeff Blankfort a friend; Richey has been insulting him for years. If Blankfort's a Zionist look for me starting tonight in center field for the Giants. For the record, I'm a two-state, '67 borders guy who belonged to the left before it disappeared.

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Dear Editor,

I am very disappointed in Georgeanne Croskey's recent announcement [that she will not seek re-election when her term runs out]. First, she was appointed to serve out Tom Woodhouse's term without any say by the people she is supposed to be representing. Second, she came to this appointment with no obvious knowledge of county issues, nor of the constituents she claims to "serve." Her standard response when faced with issues and information is a cheery "I'll have to learn more about that."

This is a job with a large learning curve and we deserve experienced representation.

The Willits Weekly reported on Aug. 3 that Croskey's husband accepted a new job. Croskey says, "my husband and children need me to be a wife and mother first," yet the same press release reports that, "Supervisor Croskey will complete her term as Third District Supervisor on Dec. 31, 2018. Then the family will be reunited." Though she promises to dedicate her time to serving the constituents and addressing the issues facing the county, I believe she can best serve our county by resigning now so someone with experience and knowledge can fill out the term.

Further, as a representative of the people, she should be accountable to the people. Unfortunately, the announcement that she will be leaving office and not seeking re-election effectively pre-empts all accountability for any controversial decisions she may have to make.

I see a conflict looming already. In the same issue of the paper announcing her intention to leave the county, I read a front page article about Croskey's appointment to the Mendocino Fire Safe Council and how she is taking up the challenge of working on an evacuation plan with her family. I think we have a right to expect our representative to plan for the entire county.

Perhaps she is not aware of the full scope of the fire danger facing us. Mendocino Redwood Company, a prominent member of the Fire Safe Council, has been poisoning thousands of acres of oaks, leaving large swaths of dead trees. Aside from increasing the future financial burden to taxpayers, our fire fighters are expected to risk their lives against the extreme danger of tens of thousands of highly flammable standing dead trees.

Last year, after a hard-fought campaign against big money, 63% of the voters passed an ordinance declaring dead standing trees a public nuisance, thus putting financial responsibility on the timber companies that continue to pursue these dangerous practices.

Apparently MRC is not listening. More likely, they consider the financial risk worth it. They are the last company to continue to use herbicides to deliberately poison trees. They immediately challenged the constitutionality of our ordinance at the state level, as it interferes with their business model. And while they await a decision, which may never be forthcoming, they continue the wholesale poisoning of otherwise healthy forestlands. Meanwhile they continue a well-funded PR campaign to neutralize any attention on their responsibility for forest safety. That way the risk continues to fall on firefighters, taxpayers, home-owners and all the rest of us.

I look at our summer heat wave. I shudder at the recent lightning strikes. I think about the thousands of acres burned this year, last year, and the year before, and I am worried. How can we be so reckless as to add fuel to an already critical fire situation?

What will happen when our Board of Supervisors is asked to deal with the ongoing issue of fire danger created by MRC? How do you think Supervisor Croskey will respond to these issues?

I would ask Croskey to resign now, so someone with more experience can step in. We had several very good candidates apply for the position, including Holly Madrigal and John Pinches. They both have proven experience in public service, the trust of their constituents and a deep knowledge of complex county issues. I personally favor Holly. However she has moved on to another excellent position serving our community. I say we pull Pinches out of retirement to fill the rest of the term. I may not agree with him on a lot of issues, but I sure respect that he is easy to talk to, he represents our concerns well and he is not afraid to speak his mind under pressure.

Thank you,

Robin Leler


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Dear Supervisor McCowen,

Below, please find a link to a copy of the Fitch Report published in 2011, that, at the time, summarized the state of the EMS capability in Mendocino County. It clarifies what the County's responsibilities are, under state law, in delivering this public safety service. It also delineates what role and responsibilities the individual Fire Districts have in relation to this same effort. It may (or may not) surprise you as to the level of responsibility the County has in providing this service. This is even more timely now, given the current Ambulance EOA and Dispatch RFP that is making its way forward. There seems to be an impression by some that hiring CVEMS to manage the County EMS and the fourth coming EOA, that this qualifies as providing a functioning EMS, yet, there are major components related to what goes into responding when a citizen calls 911 in a medical emergency, that are missing from this understanding. Ambulance crews are not generally first on-scene and do not provide immediate medical aid, particularly in acute medical distress or physical trauma. Ambulance crews are generally not trained or equipped to deal with these types of calls for service. There is no physical rescue capability contained with a typical ambulance crew. Concurrently, Fire Districts are not required to provide any EMS capability or response and can opt out of EMS calls for service, entirely.

In the coming weeks, we hope to engage with the County to discuss the above issues in more detail. A more comprehensive letter that discusses the above topics will be issued, shortly.

Thank you for your continued support,

David Roderick

Hopland Fire Protection District

Mendocino County Association of Fire Districts (MCAFD)

PO Box 308

Hopland, CA 95449

707-744-1721 office

19 Responses to Letters (Aug. 16, 2017)

  1. Pat Kittle Reply

    August 16, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Throughout my adult life I’ve discovered my friends often turned out to be Jewish.

    I was/am attracted to what makes Jews likeable.

    Only much later in life did I come to understand the rest of the story.

    The all-powerful Israel lobby & its predecessors are in fact very accurately depicted by their critics, spanning the political spectrum from Alexander Cockburn to David Duke.


    Say what you well, but he’s been passionately & compellingly against all these obscene criminal wars for (truth be told) the Terrorist Theocracy of Eretz Israel.

    David Duke, peacenik.

    Neocon traitor Patrick Clawson openly suggests the US provoke Iran into firing the first shot, or failing that, a false flag deception…”
    — [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7RuaHDOcdU ]

  2. Mark Richey Reply

    August 17, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Your only response is to call me names like paranoid, etc. with no evidence. Exactly like the zionists!

    I forgot to mention your publication of my wife’s name and home address in the AVA by the pseudonym Larry Vance; we both know who that really was, and what the intent was: to get both of us assaulted, or worse, by the various ‘antifa’ hava nagila people.

    And your failure to make any real response to this outrage in your paper; you blithely went right on publishing anything your ‘friend’ Larry sent..who of course disappeared when I disappeared from the AVA.

    Start practicing the Hava Nagila dance, Bruce, with your bad knees, I dunno, but I know you’ll sure try your best.

    Your response is to call me names, with no evidence, exactly like your ‘friend.’

    I forgot to mention your publsihing in the AVA my wife’s name and home address by the obvious pseudonym ‘Larry Vance’; you know perfectly well who that was, but you blithely continued to pubish whatever Larry sent after ths outrage.

    Until, gee, Prince Larry disappeared immediately when I stopped wriing you, after your lack of any real response to this outrage, clearly designed to get my wife or me assaulted or worse the alt-zio antifa Berkeley wackos..

    And of course, your ‘friend’ wouldn’t have been responsible, oh no…

    And of course your ‘friend’ sneaking behind me at Palestinian events and whispering to the audience that I’m an ADL agent…

    Start practicing those Hava Nagila steps, Bruce. It will be hard with those bad kness, but I know you’ll try your best.

    • AVA News Service Reply

      August 17, 2017 at 11:22 am

      “Friend” Larry is alive and well:

      • Mark Richey Reply

        August 17, 2017 at 1:11 pm

        No way this Bible thumper is the ‘Larry Vance’ who published my wife’s name and address in the AVA!

        And pray tell why did whoever he is disappear as soon as I did from your pages never to return?

        And if this is your paper, why are zionists given free rein to practice this sort of dirty tricks? Who is writing your script?

    • Bruce Anderson Reply

      August 18, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Alexander Cockburn’s views on this issue bear zero resemblance to Duke’s.

      • Pat Kittle Reply

        August 18, 2017 at 11:49 am


        How so? “This issue” as I stated it:

        The all-powerful Israel lobby & its predecessors are in fact very accurately depicted by their critics, spanning the political spectrum from Alexander Cockburn to David Duke.

        DAVID DUKE??

        Say what you well [sic], but he’s been passionately & compellingly against all these obscene criminal wars for (truth be told) the Terrorist Theocracy of Eretz Israel.

        Honest question:
        How did “Alexander Cockburn’s views on THIS ISSUE bear zero resemblance to Duke’s”??

  3. Mark Richey Reply

    August 17, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Sorry for the duplication above.

    I forgot to mention your publication in the AVA of my wife’s name and address by the obvious pseudonym ‘Larry Vance.’ We both know who that really was, and when you blithely continued to publish whatever ‘Larry’ sent, I stopped writing.

    And gee, guess what, ‘Larry’ then disappeared!

    The obvious intent was to get me or my wife assaulted by various alt-zio antifa types who, like you, click their heels to the zionists. Gilad Atzmon, for example, was recently assaulted by them.

    And of course, if we had been assaulted, your ‘friend’ would not have been responsible, oh no…SOO clever, the zionists!

    I quote you the late Irwin Silber, Jewish ‘money man’ behind the New York Guardian, and any number of ‘vanguard’ political formations in his time:

    ‘There is no political formation in the US that can confront the Palesitne questions without risking a split in their ranks, especially at the leadership level.’

    Silber was in a position to know, and of course you won’t call HIM any names, will you?

    • Bruce Anderson Reply

      August 18, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Whine, snivel, sob. Poor you, pity the woman married to you.

      You routinely libel people under pseudonyms but can’t take the least criticism yourself.

      Me and the little woman are at home in central Boonville next door to the Redwood Drive-In and at 222 The Alameda, San Anselmo.

      • Mark Richey Reply

        August 18, 2017 at 1:14 pm

        You’re not going to be threatened by zionists, so your ‘courage’ in giving your home address is just hot air.

        The zionists occasionally kill inconvenient people, even in the US, notably Alex Odeh of ADC in in 1985.

        AT the time of the bombing of the ADC office that killed Odeh, i was on the Executive Committee of the same ADC in the chapter to the north, San Francisco. I spent a lot of time in the ADC office in those days.

        So having my home address given out sort of irritates me. But you seem to think it’s a clever move. Trump would probably agree with you.

  4. Mark Richey Reply

    August 17, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Let me add your ‘friend’ sneaking behind me in the audience at MECA sponsored Palestinian events (MECA being the largest Israeli ‘left’ formation at the time, now largely supplanted by JVP..) and whispering that I was an ‘ADL agent.’

    Again, the intent was obvious, and it’s all super fine with you..

    • Bruce Anderson Reply

      August 18, 2017 at 10:54 am

      You poor thing. You must have been terrified.

      • Mark Richey Reply

        August 18, 2017 at 12:57 pm

        Terrrifed of your friend, no. But there are loads of ‘leftists’ like you, the ‘antifa’ crowd basically, who listen mouth agape to whatever the local zionist information minister says, and who might well have come after me in a group.

        In that instance, I left the event at intermission, watching carefully behind me.

        Such a witch-hunt instigated ‘antifa’ assault happened a few weeks ago to Gilad Atzmon, who has been slandered in the same sort of campaign, , though in a more public way.

        Your friend is way too smart to assault me himself. No, he’d rather that his crew, the ‘antifa’ zionist camp followers. do it, and of course he wouldn’t be responsible. oh no…

        You zionists are just SOO smart, you know.

        What a laugh, Bruce, you lie like Trump. You know perfectly well that your KZYX pal has been saying for more than 20 years that I’m al ‘ADL agent.’

        You call ME a slanderer? Har-de-har, Kushner boy.

        He’s also way too smart to believe his slanders himself.

        . It’s a deliberate smear, and again, designed to get me asssaulted by the more volatile in his alt-zio JVP etc. entourage.

        I’ve never called him anything but a zionist, though I do point out that his collaborator in the days of the Middle East Labor Buletin was none other than Roy Bullock, an actual verified spy, operating out of his antique shop in the Castro, and who reported to the government on dozens of organizations for some 30+ years.

        To my knowledge Bullock is the most prolific and longest-operating spy EVER DISCOVERED in US ‘left’ circles!

        Your kind of guy, right? Raise a glass to Roy next time you’re hanging out in the Castro.

  5. Mark Richey Reply

    August 17, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Bruce Anderson is representative and typical of all the ‘revoshoonary’ and ‘communist’ or ‘Trotskyist’ groups in the US, who all click their hills to zionists in much the same way, both individually and collectively.

    Otherwise, it wouldn’t be worth mentioning what he and his ‘friends’ concoct in ‘their’ media.

    And it’s ‘their’ media, on the ‘left’ even more than in the mainstream. They write the script…

    • Bruce Anderson Reply

      August 18, 2017 at 10:56 am

      I am not now nor have I ever been a communist. I tried to read some Marx but fell asleep.

      • Mark Richey Reply

        August 18, 2017 at 1:17 pm

        You pander to the Dems and zionists exactly like the CP does, Bruce. Just because you don’t have a card doesn’t mean you don’t travel the same road

  6. Tom Cod Reply

    August 17, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    The late Irwin Silber, life long progressive and supporter of the folk music scene of the 50s and 60s, was a “Jewish money man”? I don’t think so. Yeah, he was in the Communist Party at one point in the 30s like a lot of people, whose main sin was blindly following every turn of the Stalin regime. But Silber’s role as editor of the radical Guardian newspaper in the 60s was exemplary, a publjcation which did much to support and build the antiwar, student and other progressive movements of the time was exemplary.

    Irwin Silber, presente!

    • Mark Richey Reply

      August 17, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Neither of us can question his credentials for the statement I quoted, can we?
      Yes, he was a Jewish money man who financed several ‘left’ formations,

  7. Mark Richey Reply

    August 18, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I’ve long had a policy of not arguing wth zionists. But publishing my wife’s name and address and not sanctioning ‘Larry Vance’ (chuckle) for doing that….

    Whatever your politics, I would think that’s beyond the norm for any publication.

    But apparently not, and you still won’t say who Larry is, although you of course know full well.

    You double down Trump style, and apparently think you’re very clever to invite assault on her, in conjunction with your KZYX ‘friend’, who bragged about researching my address etc. only a short time before the fictional ‘Larry’ published it in the AVA.

    So..end of discussion.

    And for any honest person, end of reading the AVA.

    • Bruce Anderson Reply

      August 18, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Sorry, Lar

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