You pretty much covered the subject, Maureen ("Green Rescue," Mailbox, Oct. 10). I've been voting consistently in federal, state and local elections since 1968. I suppose that tells you how aged I am, certainly old enough to now realize our elected officials have been and are failing us. Look at the gridlock in Congress!
When I realized what the presidential field was going to be (Obama, Romney) I thought, "I won't vote for the lesser of two evils, again, and not voting at all is not an option." I've voted for third party candidates before, including the Greens, so I researched the party further, its candidates and platform. The platform consists of 10 key values, some of which are: grassroots democracy, social justice and equal opportunity, ecological wisdom, non-violence, respect for diversity, personal and global responsibility, and, the party accepts no money from corporations.
One of my longstanding beliefs has been: If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. I ain't "falling" anymore; I'm standing for Dr. Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala and the Greens, for the long haul. I want my country and my choice back! For more info via the Internet, refer to humboldtgreens.org, the national organization at gp.org, jillstein.org, or their Facebook pages. I'm not a Green Party official and not writing this on the party's behalf -- in fact I'm just joining. But if you're not Internet savvy, you can call me at 707-845-9150 (cell, not always on so be patient) or Dana Silvernale, chair of the Humboldt Green Party at 707-267-5342. I will also be wandering around Eureka until the election takes place, most likely the Coop. I am now hopeful again; perhaps you can be, too!
Kathy Berry, Eureka
Thank you so much, Carrie Peyton Dahlberg, for covering Jill Stein's visit to Humboldt State University ("Imagine All The Voters," Sept. 27). Given the culture of extreme censorship we have in the press today, news about a presidential candidate whose platform addresses the needs of the people rather than the corporations is more essential than ever.
The exclusion of qualified third-party candidates from the presidential debates and from the mainstream media brings up a serious question. Just why does corporate America go to such extremes to keep information about competing candidates from the people? In Jill Stein's case, the answer is readily apparent.
As a Green Party candidate, Jill Stein takes no money from corporations and is, therefore, out of their control and could very well curtail their profits. In fact, the ideas, alone, in Jill's Green New Deal could inspire the people to demand implementation of those programs no matter who is president. Much like the Declaration of Independence, the Green New Deal is truly revolutionary, filled with dangerous concepts that could inspire and empower the American people.
The Green New Deal would create 25 million living-wage jobs and would do so without tax breaks to corporations. It includes a single-payer health care system rather than mandated profits to the insurance companies. It calls for a halt to destructive industrial practices like offshore drilling in the Arctic, mountaintop removal, the XL pipeline, hydrofracking, and nuclear power.
Jill Stein is blowing the whistle on the propaganda that the mainstream press is feeding us. The truth is we do not have to accept austerity. There are solutions that would, instead, create prosperity and, simultaneously, turn back climate change. Every vote for Jill Stein, is a demand for those solutions, a demand for a Green New Deal.
Thank you, Carrie, for helping get the word out.
Humboldt Green Party chair