Thank you, Bernard J. Bass for your moving article "Women in Black" (Aug. 2). There are many apprehensions to spoil our day, and few inspirations to light our way. And perhaps demonstrations may be too futile to be worth the effort as there are probably more effective (?) ways to get the message across. I have been demonstrating since I moved here in 2004. But I have also been buoyed by the honesty, dedication and merit personified by the presence of people such as these.
I have grown increasingly honored by the reminder that it is not just the fervent youth, but also the impassioned elders who move forward with the banners of a hopeful humanity. In a perhaps too insensitive world -- carry on, and on, dear ladies.
Larry Hourany, McKinleyville
Your recent article regarding the Women in Black in Humboldt County seemed to be poorly informed. As your resident anthropologist and one who stands weekly in solidarity with the Eureka Women in Black, I can assure you it is not wilting on the vine but remaining the same basic group of sovereign individuals standing together once a week in silence and sober reflection, under the U.S. flagpole at the corner of the county courthouse, at I Street and Fifth Street (Highway 101 northbound).
During the time I have stood in solidarity with these women, since early October of last year; there have usually been between four and seven persons standing there. Even in the worst of winter days we show up, and rarely only two people, rarely! Sometimes, even in the stormy cold winds and rain, there are more because it is harder. Even Ina and Noel, in their 90s, longtime peace activists, still show up and bring us flowers and candy.
For me it is an elegant and eloquent way of saying -- in just one hour of devoted time each Saturday from 12-1 p.m. -- "No more war!" We stand and bear our testimony, silently.
I feel fortunate to be included in this.
John Allison, Eureka
Although I appreciate the effort of Bernard J. Bass to bring more awareness of Women in Black to the community, I am disappointed with the lack of fact checking. He referred to only two standing in Eureka, but neither he nor your publication spoke with anyone in our group.
I have been standing on Saturdays in Eureka for over 10 years with Women in Black. Yes, in the very early years a much larger group stood against war and against violence. Even though the numbers had dwindled to a few a couple of years ago, I am glad to say that in the last couple of years several new participants have come together and we now have seven to nine on a regular basis. There are times when fewer show up at the courthouse as well as occasions when more might join us. None of us can make it every single Saturday as we sometimes have other responsibilities that keep us away, but those standing still feel their support.
The movement is not dying; it is still vibrant, just as those who stand together sharing their compassion and spirit are.
Li Conley, Eureka
I often see Trinidad referred to as California's smallest incorporated city such as in last week's article Women in Black. However, according to 2010 census data and the geographic areas listed in Wikipedia, Trinidad with population of 367 and area of 0.48 square miles is second in area behind Amador City (pop 185, 0.31 square miles) in Amador County and fifth in population additionally behind Vernon (pop 112) and City of Industry (pop 219) both in Los Angeles County, and Sand City (pop 334) in Monterey County. Regardless, this takes nothing away from the fact that Trinidad truly shines when it comes to its weekly vigil turnout.
Sherman Schapiro, Blue Lake