President Bruce Smith started off the new year with some sad news. John Burger passed away due to complications from his recent four-way bypass. Mike Cunningham talked about the late Jack Morton. He was a fighter pilot in WWII and shot down three Japanese Zeros. Carly Robbins reminded us that backpacks for kids would be starting up again and volunteers would be needed to help pack the bags. Clark Swan mentioned that our annual fundraiser Mardi Gras would be held February 10th. You can come in costume and last year’s acrobats and stilt walkers will be back. Bruce then reminded us that we were “black” for MLK day January 15th. Bruce Rupp corrected him. “ we’re not “black” we’re “dark”. Martin Luther King was black. Our presenter was Bill Honsal Jr., interim sheriff of Humboldt County. He said his employees have to cover 4,000 square miles with 7 deputies so some crimes aren’t investigated. He mentioned the state reducing its prison population by sending non-violent offenders to the county jails. They have 90 beds in the facility and they are at capacity. In the past addicted prisoners used their 10-30 day sentences to dry out. Now they are released on their own recognizance. Honsal added that there are now more prescriptions for opiates than there are people in Humboldt county."If they can make Penicillin from moldy bread they can surely make something out of you."
Penned by Hank Ingham