KATE: We are a County of diversity...we have a University town, a cow town, a conservative town, a large town, a rural town...you name it, we pretty much have it in Humboldt County.
I've lived here less than a dozen years, so I'm not just a newcomer, I'm barely a blip on the meter. I've lived in several other places in the past five decades--in towns smaller than Fortuna and cities bigger than Humboldt County. I love New York City and I love Fortuna. They are not mutually exclusive. What I struggle with sometimes in Humboldt County is the divisiveness that permeates our collective thinking. Rather than one area thinking they are "better" than another, why aren't we embracing our differences and celebrating them?
There will be no HUMBOLDT MADE or IMAGINE HUMBOLDT until we are a united Humboldt. PR and Marketing campaigns that pretend to represent the entire County but only represent a small area are guilty of widening the gaping divide.
Why can't Fortuna be appreciated for what it does well by someone who lives in Arcata? And vice versa? Why does it feel so often that it's "us" vs. "them?"
Am I generalizing? Heck yeah...but sometimes it feels like the diversity we strive for is only possible if it's something we already like. Wouldn't it be great if we stopped talking diversity and lived it?
SPENCE: One way for Humboldt residents to start accepting the differences between citizens would be to stop refering to Arcata as "The People's Republic of Arcata" and to Fortuna as "Fortucky".