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8B Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter LETTERS, from page 7B America and Americans scheduled for September. expendable. The cancellation was not Mike Mihevc caused by the frog. It was about this pipeline. Graeaglecaused by the inflexibility-- So, what are the facts of this dysfunction? -- of our Forest pipeline? Basically, aCanadian Immigration problem Service and our Department of company, TransCanada, wants It seems strange that with Fish and Wildlife. You zan read to build a pipeIine from the topic of immigration being about it in the Jan. 14 edition of Alberta, Canada, through the all over the news, worldwide, this newspaper. Two hundred United States to the Gulf Coast. nationally, statewide and twenty-two participated in the This pipeline will transport locally, it is rare, if ever, that run last year. More were Alberta's extremely polluting anyone mentions a reason or a expected this year. If each tar sands heavy crude oil. cause. One letter in last week's participant were to bring one This heavy crude being paper claimed that "ourfriend, husband, wife, transported to the Gulf Coast is southern border is whatever, that's nearly 500 Canada's oil that will then be purposefully left like Swiss people that won't be enriching sold on the open market. The cheese." I'm aware thatour county this September by profits go to Canada and the immigration is a complex staying in our motels, eating in Koch brothers who own the issue. You can judge for our restaurants. refining capacity. This is yourselves if what I present is We submit, for your simply a construction project, relevant as a cause of the consideration, and comments, and yes, a few thousand "immigration problem.''that the cause for this workers will be temporarily For many years it was acancellation is both employed [not 42,000 as Sen. standard practice for the inexcusable and unacceptable. John Barrasso, (R-Wyo.) on personnel officer or the ranch We are asking every "Meet the Press" lied about], foreman to always leave their concerned citizen, including And after it is built, a reading glasses at home. In this Forest Service and Fish and whopping 35 permanent jobs manner a prospective Wildlife personnel, to will be created, employee could hold out even a participate. Please address This tar sands crude oil is blank piece of binder paper, your comments in the form of a the most toxic and damaging and the officer or the foreman letter to the editor. oil on the planet. Scientists say would inevitably answer, "Well Thank you for your interest that burning this high-carbon that sure looks like a valid and participation. oil will be the final straw for green card to me, you can start John Olofson global warming/climate right here:" Graeagle change. This oil is also the Gene Nielsen hardest to clean up (if that is Crescent Mills Still providing services even possible). There are I wanted to take this always pipeline spills. This Frog discussion opportunity to clarify the level pipeline passes over the We noticed the recent of services provided by the Ogallala aquifer that provides outpouring of interest in the Western Sierra Medical Clinic irrigation and water for yellow-legged frog and would in Downieville. millions of Americans. If this like to start a dialog about As of Jan. 1, we remain open toxic oil pollutes the aquifer, endangered species in general, five days a week, though we millions will be displaced and the yellow-legged frog only have a medical provider goodbye Great Plains specifically and the overall there four of the five days. agriculture (and the food it well-being of Plumas County. For after hours, people can produces). We are told that between 200 continue to access Western So why are the Republicans and 2,000 species go extinct Sierra Medical Center medical and a few fake Democrats every day. We have no desire to providers by phone as they pushing for this piPeline? First, add the yellow-legged frog to have before. Republicans and some that regrettable fate. On the For emergencies, it is best to Democrats care only about the other hand, the Plumas County call 911 to get immediate care. rich and their money. Our Homo sapiens are going extinct We also will announce Congress is bribed dearly for (departing our county) at the extended hours of care for their votes. Second, they approximate rate of one per seasonal increases in the couldn't care less what damage day. This is being exacerbated volume of visitors to the they do to the environment. by such episodes as the recent community, special events and Our Congress and their caficellation of the Lost Sierra the like. corporate masters consider Endurance Run originally As we go forward, Western ? i!:!:ill;iiii:iii:A "We stopped in to test drive o Jeep and met Brian Rudd. He was very petient end hell ul and seemed to know exoctly whet we were looking for. Brian and all the staff mode our cor-buying experience o real pleasure." -Mike and Marlene Smith Sierra Medical Center will continue to work with community members, and local and county officials to develop strategies for funding and meeting the health care needs of our rural residents. Cheryl Rubin Western Sierra Medical Center Grass Valley LaMalfa betrayed us To my conservative friends, Doug LaMaifa betrayed you. Members of the House were threatened by John Boehner if they didn't return him to the speaker's job. LaMalfa, along with Nancy Pelosi, will vote for the old guard in true regimental fashion. So, LaMaifa once again genuflects before Boehner and kisses his ring, dispelling any hope of statesman like credibility. Republicans in name only (RINOs) were told they would not receive pork money for their district. Also, any future campaign monies for their own races would be cut by the "party" if they didn't march with Boehner. RINOs screwed their conservative base for pork. A note for Mr. LaMalfa: conservatives are not forgetful, nor ignorant. There are more qualified candidates in our future. Here is what happened in Washington, D.C. To appease the tea party populace, Boehner allowed the vote to go as far as it did, just enough lost votes to appease tea party conservatives. They allowed members in some districts to abstain and others to vote against the Boehner, but not enough to remove him as speaker. The establishment RINO Republicans in the GOP still run the shop. The sad 'news from all this: there aren't enough honest conservatives to face up to the executive branch. Let's hope the remaining tea party conservatives in Congress will stand their ground. LaMalfa's betrayal of his constituency will not be forgotten. When he failed to help Eastern Plumas Health Care, I thought that might be an accident by his staff. His vote forBoehner was no accident. I have accused Doug LaMalfa of questionable leadership. I could have said he had no business being in public office or that he is a weak, arrogant, self-serving buffoon who hasn't lived up to the high standards of public leadership. For that slip of the tongue I am truly sorry. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Police need training In response to Greg Knight's Jan. 7 editorial, converting relatively insignificant differences between statistics from one year to the next in terms of percentages, in a population so vast in comparison, is called intellectual dishonesty. Comparing just two adjacent years of statistics out of decades worth is likewise dishonest. Even more dishonest is for a journalist to make such a big deal out of what are actually much improved numbers from only a couple of decades ago without making note of the fact that there is no way to know how many citizens, unarmed or not, criminal or not, are killed by cops every year. There is a law on the books since the '70s mandating police to keep such statistics. It's been ignored since the moment it was signed. The problems between the public and the police are due almost entirely to the police acting in bad faith. Prosecutors pulling legal tricks never before seen are part of the same club, along with the judges. When cops screw up, they don't go to jail-- they don't even get tried, and that's what angers people of conscience. If the police wish to be seen as honorable, then they should quit being such cowards. They should take their lumps when they deserve them, refuse to participate in any cover-ups, and just stop lying. Of course, that's as likely as criminals not shooting cops. It's become obvious what the real problem is. Cops are just plain afraid of black men. Absolutely petrified. Some serious retraining is the solution. Making life less miserable for the least among us, rather than demonizing them, would go a long way toward alleviating the whole situation. Selling loosies isn't a job one usually chooses freely. Gary Terhune East Quincy DERUITER, from page 7B documented the extinction of a species that wasn't caused by humans. Sure, we know about extinctions from the Cretaceous and Permian extinctions, but we didn't witness them like we did that of the passenger pigeon (overexploitation) or Chinese river dolphin (habitat destruction) or Hawaiian honeycreepers (disease: avian malaria). Wind, Fire or have you frustrated? Help? We have worked with homeowners and insurance companies for almost 30 years. 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SHOWTIME is a registered trademark of Showtlme Networks Inc., a CBS Company. STARZ and related channels and service marks are property of Star Entertainment, LLC, RETAIL 9827_11369 The sixth mass extinction is negatively affecting every class of animals, and for amphibians it is the most severe. Frogs, toads and salamanders have been around for about 350 million years, surviving the Permian, Triassic and Cretaceous mass extinctions. Currently, 41 percent of amphibians, 25 percent of mammals, 22 percent of reptiles, 15 percent offish and 13 percent of birds are threatened with extinction. That's a total of 19 percent of all vertebrate species. We are impoverishing our planet. The economies of the thing The newspaper has focused a lot on economic impacts of listing mountain yellow-legged frogs as endangered, and the cancellation of the Lost Sierra Endurance Run is a significant economic hit. It seems like solutions could have been found, whether it be a campaign to raise the $6,186 fee a minor rerouting of the race. Regardless, there are higher moral imperatives than economics when it comes to protecting species. Even the Roman Catholic Church, not exactly a liberal bastion, calls for ecological responsibility and "respecting each of God's creatures" (Pope Francis, March 19, 2013). But ff economics is the only way you value something, consider this: how many biologists, field technicians and other support personnel are making a steady paycheck because of the yellow-legged frog? These are people who live in our communities, buy or rent houses, spend money day in and day out. They aren't transient tourists. Why should I care? There are always arguments to be made about the many benefits of biodiversity for humans. Medical, pharmaceutical, crops, petroleum substitutes and ecosystem services are just some of anthropocentric reasons to care. For me, I care about biodiversity because I want to live on a planet that contains its full variety of life, in all its forms -- including the native frogs that belong in our little wilderness -- because one expression of humanity is humility. When I was born in the mid-1960s, there were haft as many humans on the planet as there are today. We are living in a time when humans are taking up every corner of Earth, using every resource and spewing our pollution precariously into the soil, water and air. We are more technologically advanced than ever before. But what makes us human is not our computers and cellphones, but our emotions. Humility is one of those emotions. Humility is born of love. I love this planet Earth and the expression Of diverse life upon it. I do not believe that we humans should behave as the superior conquerors of other humans or other life forms. I would never wish for the extinction of a native species in 2015; it's not within my worldview. 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