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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 9B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE WHERE I STAND tions with the United States eases, the use, or abuse, of the preserve the forest itself; to and are unlikely to survive Forest Service. appeal system by special inter- produce a "continuous supply climate change and the im- DAVE GOICOECHEA Sierra County with 70 per- ests has had a chilling effect on of timber to the American pacts it will bring to the Sier- CHAtRMANsIERRAOFcouNx.cTHE BOARD, cent of its land base under the project development and pro- people"; and to "ensure favor- ra region. This same science BOARD OF SUPERVISORS control of the national forest duetion causing an exhaustive able conditions of water flow" also indicates that a forest ca- system is acutely aware of the loss of staff and fiscal re- for people downstream of pub- pable of withstanding in- Attn: Mr. Randy Moore critical relationship that ex- sources of the Forest Service, lie land. The agency is failing creased temperatures will Regional Forester ists between county govern- Thus, the paralysis that to accomplish these goals, have to be thinned. ment, the Forest Service and has developed in forest man- 3) Congress and the Forest 7) Many species are threat- Dear Mr. Moore: resource industries, agement, fuel reduction and Service administration need to ened and endangered by in- It is these very countieswildfire prevention has now refresh and re_acquaint their creasing forest density and The Sierra County Board of and their respective forest created the most volatile and familiarity with the history of catastrophic wildfire. Supervisors appreciates the communities that promote dangerous conditions imag- the United States Forest Ser- 8) The Forest Service is not time and effort put forth by the resource management ac- inable for catastrophic wild- vice and the birth of the na- producing any timber nor you and your staff affording, tivities which produces and fire. The number of acres lost tional forest system acknowl- biomass to reduce present an opportunity for representa- protects clean air, production to catastrophic wildfire and edging and appreciating the stocking levels nor is the tives of northern California of commercial forest prod- the loss of life and property legislative, traditional, and po- agency assuring or protect- counties to meet with you Dec. ucts, mineral production,are setting records year after litical commitments made to ing good forest and water- 7, 2009, in Sacramento. It is agricultural production, year and long-term impacts rural areas of the nation in the shed conditions for fish and abundantly clear that the is- clean and abundant supplies to the regions directly affect- form of sustainable jobs, infu- wildlife, recreation, fire pro- sues facing all of the northern of water, recreational oppor- eel by these catastrophic fires sion of revenue and com-tection, grazing and tourism. California counties related to tunities, fishery and wildlife are devastating, mere.e, and ongoing federal We appreciate andrecognize forest and watershed health habitat, and so many other This Board of Supervisorssupport to the rural, forested successful biomass and timber and the concurrent declining resources for the generalassigns as its highest priority communities as an offset to projects that have been deliv- social and economic condi- public and the vastly increas- the need to implement a sus- large tracts of land within lo- ered through the dedicated ef- tions are directly proportional ing numbers of recreational tainable and aggressive pro- cal government boundaries be- forts of the past and present to the reduction in the active visitors to these areas, gram to reduce wildfire risk ing dedicated to national forest staff of the Sierraville Ranger resource management by the Sierra County has experi-by removing fuels and bio- uses.., or in other words, a District. However, these limit- Forest Service in the respec- enced a significant loss of so- mass from the public and pri- commitment is a commitment, ed successes are very few in tive national forests. This has cial and economic infrastruc- rate forested areas of the coun- 4) Federal use of publicnumber and are overshad- created a most volatile condi- ture directly related to the re- ty. It is imperative that the fol- land needs to be more pro- owed by the inability of the tion and has placed the forest duction of programs and/or lowing points be addressed ductive, innovative and en- Forest Service, as an agency, communities and resources of the inability of the Forest promptly and accordingly:trepreneurial, to deliver a consistent and ef- northern California at risk Service to detiver an effective 1) Local forest communi- 5) Science and experience fective resource program with- like never before, and sustainable forest man- ties, the related local clearly indicate that future in the state or within the Pacif- Sierra County, like many agement plan. economies, and local govern- fires will be larger and more ic Southwest Region. of its neighboring counties, The loss of industry in the ment need a sustainable sup- dangerous to humans and 9) Congress cannot reduce has been proactive, partici- region, the loss of employ- ply of goods and servicesother forms of life unless the Forest Service budget on pating in planning processes, ment, and the spiraling social from federal lands to provide thinning proceeds at a pace the one hand and expect the regional forums, and various and economic impacts result- sustainable jobs. and scale commensurate agency to meet increased other meetings designed to ing from these conditions are 2) The United States Forest with the problem, goals on the other hand. The provide collaboration and devastating. This board is Service was established for 6) Science indicates that the agency needs a clear mission productive working condi- keenly aware that in somethree original purposes: to present forests are over-dense as well as the resources and backing by Congress and the administration. 10) Frivolous litigation and appeals are stymieing pro- grams and projects and a level of fiscal or practical account- ability needs to be implement- ed when appeals and/or litiga- tion is commenced. Unreason- able challenges to productive forest practices and projects under the National Environ- mental Policy Act are threat- ening the very existence of rural counties. In surmnary, Sierra County and the forested counties with- in the 18 national forests in California need your support, your partnership, your engage- ment, and your embracement of these policies and princi- ples. The status quo will result in further destruction of forest- lands by catastrophic wildfire, continued danger to public health and safety, further eco- nomic and social decline, and additional degradation of wa- tershed and wildlife values. Your willingness and com- mitment to resolve these is- sues as expressed during the Dec. 7, 2009, meeting were both refreshing and encour- aging. We would respectfully request your written concur- rence and a proposed sched- ule of meetings over the en- suing 12 months so that the optimism shared at the Dec. 7, 2009, meeting may be pursued by all parties. LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week, per person and only one letter per person, per month regarding the same subject We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words. The ed- itor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words.The deadline is Friday at 3 p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.~ Letters may be takenOt6 any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed at mail@plumasnews.com Deadly wager This letter is in response to the two letters published in the Feb. 17 edition of the newspaper's letters to the edi- tor section. Mr. Posch does deserve a fair day in court just like we all would want and expect from our legal system; how- ever, it is not fair to the pub- lishers or the readers of said paper when opinions try to outweigh facts. The fact is Mr. Posch is ac- cused of a crime and the newspaper reported the facts and quotes given by the sher- iff's department. Nothing I have read of Mr. Posch led me to believe it was the news- paper that made him out to be a "monster," as a letter writer wrote. On the con- trary, his community status seems to be of high regard. But for me, as a community member, it was the idea of Mr. Posch accusing someone else of something he is now accused of that is offsetting (and that he accused a minor- ity group is also dishearten- ing). Imagine if it was your son or daughter falsely ac- cused. Imagine if that went further and they were falsely convicted. That is a deadly serious wager. While I feel horrible for Mr. Posch's children and wife, I noticed she did not deny the charge her husband is under in her letter to the editor. Being a prison guard must be a horrible job. I should know, as I served time many years ago. I think we can learn from this incident by re-thinking our justice sys- tem. To do this we must re- think our society. What makes people commit crimes in the first place? Usually crimes are committed out of desperation. Let's try and see why our society and its great mem- bers are desperate to commit crimes or actions that have such negative impacts on their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Spread love and joy. Listen and share. If we do that, I think we could have a better and safer community. David Kinderman Quincy Needs help I have known the Posch family for years. Both Todd and Genesee played on my softball team, and Todd bowled on my bowling team for years. I have never met a kinder, more thoughtful person in my life, so dedicated to fami- ly, friends and community. He has made such a differ- ence in the lives of so many young people in his coaching career, not only in their physical prowess, but in their conduct on and off the field. He has set such a fine example for so many of our community's young people for so many years. I know what stress can do in our lives. My wife has had several strokes over the last 20 years, and the stress has changed our lives tremen- dously creating depression and unclear thought process, even suicidal thoughts. I can't imagine the stress of Todd's job, never knowing from day to day if this was the day, if you or one of your fellow officers could be maimed or killed, leaving your family without a father or provider. This man needs our help, not our condemnation. Our love and prayers go out to him and his family. Butch and Naomi Back Greenville Supports efforts The Plumas County Eco- nomic Recovery Committee is comprised of a cross:sec- tion of citizens of Plumas County. We represent local elected officials, county ser- vices, education, small and large businesses, real estate, chambers of commerce, hos- pitals, local utilities, news service, city management and citizens at large. As we discuss our county's economic impacts, we cannot emphasize enough how im- portant our various service districts are in the overall economic well being of each of our communities. Without these vital services, which represent our water, fire pro- tection and hospitals, our communities would not sur- vive. These services are what drive our insurance rates, housing values and ability to attract both businesses and families to our county. Currently, there is a large debate over the Plumas Dis- trict Hospital Measure A Bond. PCERC recognizes the I will not tailgate you. burden that the state and fed- I will not flip a bird if you do eral governments have something crazy on the road. placed on each of us as local I will not pass you on a taxpayers. Our service dis- curve or anywhere unsafe. tricts must rely on all of us to I will not be talking on my assist in their survival as cell phone or texting while l well as their ability to meet am driving. ever-increasing state and fed- I will not have my high eral mandates, beams on while behind you a Members of PCERC recog- bit of a distance. nize the effort o~the PDH : ] will drive thespeed limit/: board and administration in I will leave for work at a providing current information time so that I can drive safely. for all us to better understand ! will slow down when I see what is needed and required, roadwork on the side of the They are acting responsibly road. and trying to find the best I wiU slow down when I see an available bond rates to assure officer with a car pulled over. a reasonable tax rate for each I will however expect you to citizen within the district, do these things for me as well. Our county recently lost ! like my life and I want to the Indian Valley hospital live St to its fullest, and with that impacted over 100 jobs. the support of other drivers, I It is not only these immedi- will be driving for a long time. ate job losses, but the addition- Glenda Turnage al 1.6 associated jobs within Chester our business communities that are affected. We may not Thank you lose all of our hospital set- During the snowstorm in vices if we do not update our December, my nine-month-old PDH facilities, but to even lose Lab puppy (All) was picked a percentage of that workforce up by someone who probably will be devastating on top of thought they were doing the the recent mill closure, right thing. However, I don't It cannot be emphasized believe they realized that Lab enough that the current facil- puppies chew. It appears my ity is 50 years old and does puppy must have chewed not meet current standards, something of value since she The proposed restriction to was beaten about the head the amount of the bond meal- and dumped on the highway sure will not meet the needed during the worst of the storm. upgrades and improvements I want to thank the follow- that the Quincy and associat- ing people who helped to save ed area of the community my puppy and get it back needs and deserves, home. First of all, I want to A reduction in healthcare thank Officer Seth Preston of services may also adversely the California Highway Pa- affect the area's attractiveness trol. He found my puppy on to retirees who not only con- the highway, at night and de- tribute to the stability of our livered it to the animal shelter economic base, but also bring in East Quincy. Thank you for a wealth of talent and energy driving through the blizzard to our local community, to deliver my puppy to safety. PCERC supports the efforts That was a very kind gesture of the PDH board and admin- that I appreciate very much. istration in finding a reason- Thank you, Officer Preston! able solution that will assure I want to thank those at the each of our citizens will be animal shelter. They called provided with a high quality me to say they had the puppy. of healthcare. In this in- When I picked her up, I stance, it is an important ele- dropped my checkbook and ment of the economic viabili- the staff at the shelter called ty of the Quincy service area, me and then mailed it to me. as it was in Indian Valley There are some very nice peo- that lost so much of its ple who work at the shelter. healthcare services. Like all Last, but not least, I want of our services, it will not to thank the publisher of this come without personal com- newspaper. Mike Taborski mitment, understanding and went out of his way to get an support, ad into the paper after the Ken George deadline had passed. He BillWickman showed me that the paper Quincy cares about the locals in this county. Thank you, Mike! Rules of the road Bill Hanneman As a commuter in the Delleker Lassen, Plumas counties, I want to make this commit- ment to other drivers out on the highway. Truly equal The Supreme Court just ruled that corporations have the same rights as individu- als when it comes to free speech. Why shouldn't indi- viduals have the same rights as a corporation? Under California's Proposi- tion 13 that was passed as a constitutional amendment June 5, 1978, it said that (a) The maximum amount of any ad valorem tax on real prop- erty shall not exceed one:per- cent of the full case value of such property; (b) the fair market value base (as shown on your 1975-1976 tax bill) may reflect from year-to-year the inflationary rate not to ex- ceed 2 percent for any given year or reduction as shown in the consumer price index or comparable data for the area under tax jurisdiction. Thus, more privileges and rights were given to corpora- tions than are given to indi- viduals. That gave homeown- ers in California the same tax base as they had in 1975-1976 unless they sold their home or died. Corporations do not die. People can buy into corpora- tions, but the corpor-ation stays the same and the fair market base shown on their 1975-1976 tax bill would be the same. If I was to die and the house must be sold, then the new tax base would be what the house sold for. Shouldn't the corporation's tax base change when that cor- poration changes members? The state of California could put a big hole in its deficit if we change Proposi- tion 13 to make individuals and corporations equal as the Supreme Court seems to think they should be. Helen Kennedy Portola Got garden? The seed catalogs are arriv- ing at our mailboxes and they give me spring fever that makes me want to be out in the yard. I have a fairly nice fenced yard that gets quite a lot of sunshine where a garden of about 40 by 80 feet could be cultivated. But that size plot would be too much for me to attempt by myself (besides-4: what would I do with the veg~ etables and flowers that much space would generate?) There have been small gar dens in most of it in the past. The problem is that I am an 81-year-old widow who got her knee broken last year so it iS not real easy now for me to get up and down from the ground anymore, but I know (from past experience) that garden; ing is therapeutic; therefore, I would like to find out if there are any people in the sur rounding area who would be interested in a community gar- den wherein we could shar both the planning, preparing; tending and harvesting of garden at my house. If there are any people who would like to participate in a venture such as this, please call 284-6910 so we can dis. cuss it and make plans; Thank you in advance! Evelyn Babb Greenville Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Marl: pc~tmtyofplumas.com Individual superxnsors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov / contact / U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 E-mail: go to website "feinstein.senate.gov." U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 I St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 4TH DIST. - Tom McClintock. 508 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2511; FAX (202) 225-5444. mcclintock.house.gov. District office 4230 Douglas Blvd., Suite #200, Granite Bay, CA 95746. (916) 786-5560, FAX: (916~ 786-6364 STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Dave Cox {R), District office: 2140 Professional Dr., #140, RoseviUe, CA, 95661. (916) 783-8232, FAX (916) 783-5487; OR: State Capital, Room 2068, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680; assemblymember.cox@assemby.ca.gov; Quincy office: 2094 E. Main St., Qflinc~, 530-283-3437. FAX 283-3439. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 3RD DIST. - Dan Logue, State Capital, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 319-2003; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 1550 Humboldt Rd., Ste. #4, Chico, CA 95928; (530) 895-4217, FAX (530) 895-4219. GOVERNOR - Arnold Schwarzenegger, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Sacran~ento, CA 95814. (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. gov.ca.gov / interact# contact