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uuiletm, Kecoro, t'rogresswe, t,,eporter Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11B LETTERS, from page 9B' district make far below what their counterparts off the hill make, but relish working in a and paramedic services ... very supportive community period, that they really care about. Chester Fire is busy and It is not reasonable to primarily responsible for their compare various tax rates own district and do not have because every district varies the staffing to regularly in demographics, tax base, service the East Shore. When population etc. I would they are busy, Peninsula FD encourage the letter writer to provides paramedic services become informed about the for the entire basin, facts before expressing his The SEMSA ambulance opinions. stationed in Westwood is There is too much at risk to rm:ely there due to responses rely on emotional decisions to Susanville. An ambulance not based in reality. respohse from Susanville is 40 Steve Molnar minutes on a dry clear day, Lake Almanor totally unacceptable in a medical emergency scenario. Asbestos exposure at QES Timely fire and medical ,In March 2013, my mother response requires sufficient asked if broken, chipped, and staffing. Cal Fire has no missing floor tiles in Quincy station in Plumas County and Elementary School classrooms have no direct responsibility could contain asbestos. The to provide fire services here answer is 'yes.' Nine-inch tiles unless it involves SRA land. and the mastic and adhesive They provide NO medical or holding them notoriously any other emergency response contain asbestos. to the area. I reviewed the PUSD Currently, a working Asbestos Management Plan structure fire of any and found discrepancies. magnitude requ/res a response Related correspondence from eyeryagency in the basin, should be available from And the letter writer wants to PUSD. cut services? PUS'D has since contracted a Chester FD relies on new "Certified Asbestos augmented staffing with Consultant" and is updating dedicated volunteers, a luxury the Asbestos Management that is not readily available in Plans for all the schools in the the Peninsula area due to District. This is important and demographic and seasonal good as long as people are restrictions. Additionally, if aware of what's happening the measure fails, the homes and watching. But, it does not on the Peninsula will appear that PUSD has openly essentially become informed parents, teachers, uninsurable due to a staff, and school visitors about significant drop in ISO fire the condition and possible protection ratings, not to affects of presumed mention that there will be no asbestos-containing materials reliable fire/medical response in the schools. to emergencies in the district. There is not a 'safe' The perceived "savings" of exposure level for friable voting no will be far offset by (small, fiber/airborne) the dramatic increase in asbestos. OSHA published a insurance rates, if you can Permissible Exposure Limit find an insurance company to that can be used when subject take the risk. to monitoring and engineering Professionally trained controls, but without controls, firefighters and paramedics, no exposure to friable asbestos apparatus, operations etc. cost is considered acceptable. The money. Personnel in the effects of asbestos exposure can take many years to appear. In AT LEAST the 2012/2013 school year, I believe my mother (volunteer at QES) and nephew (student) were exposed to asbestos from damaged floor tiles that was potentially friable. There's no way to know now whether the classrooms contained friable asbestos, and if so, for how long because they've been carpeted and no testing was done. Since both may have been exposed, we'll be monitoring their health, particularly my young, developing nephew. If either develop chronic respiratory problems, doctors will know to check for asbestos-related disease. Since there's no way to ensure that exposure to friable asbestos did not occur, others that were in or that may have had loved ones in those classrooms may want to be aware of signs and symptoms of chronic asbestos-related illnesses: Tamara Pelham Chemist~Environmental Consultant Reno Comments about Kennedy unfair Having read last week's Letters to the Editor, I was dismayed to read a disparaging letter regarding Mr. Jon Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy has three young children and this type of letter hurts the family of any politician, whether in office or campaigning for an administrative position. Making unfavorable remarks about any opposing candidate is not, in my way of thinking, being a part of a fair campaign. True, no oneis above reproach or criticism, however dirty politics never makes winners. I am pledging my vote for Jeff Engel. I know him well and I am sure that he has faults as any of us. But primarily he is a family man, an honest businessman and qualified to be our next supervisor. Vote for whomever you want, but keep in mind that if you want to rid yourself of a politician in off'me, the way to do it is by votes not by words. Aurora (Rory) Leveroni Graeagle Citizens provided input In response to numerous claims that the public had no input nor voice in the general plan update, the most recent by a letter writer on Jan. 29, public records show that there were at least 73 public meetings since July 14, 2009 (the date the county contracted with Design Workshop). AcCounting for the 73, the Planning Commission met at least 58 times, plus three joint meetings with the Board of Supervisors. The Board met eight times, including the three joint meetings. Fifteen Of the meetings, three in each supervisorial district, were held by the five working groups, appointed by their supervisor. Every citizen was given the opportunity, and encouraged, to participate in one of these groups. All 73 of the meetings were publicly noticed -- and many were well attended. That's a little more than one meeting every six weeks for four years. Not only did the citizens have the opportunity to be heard and give input, the overwhelming evidence demonstrates that they enthusiastically took advantage of that opportunity. John Olofson Graeagle FRC culinary program has problems Thinking of getting an AA degree from Feather River College in culinary? Don't bother. Go elsewhere. Consider TMCC in Reno or American River College in Sacramento. At least those two campuses have professional-equipped kitchens with fixtures and equipment that work. Feather River College has broken-down equipment and a small classroom with very few amenities for the students to use. The college doesn't seem to care, The oven 'in the culinary room doesn't even work. It's 'sad that the head chef in the campus caf6 has to wedge a wooden spoon in his oven door to keep it closed. I had my Breakfast Operations class canceleddue to lack of enrollment. I talked to the Dean of Instruction at Feather River College about my class being cancelled and trying to stop this action for myself and other students. I" was told that, "We need at least 12 to 13 students to break even for any class." In my experience, in that small culinary room, six is acceptable, eight is pushing it. But, could you imagine 13 students plus an instructor in that small classroom? Wonder what the fire marshal would think of that many students moving around with hot pans in that small crowded room. It seems obvious that Feather River College has no interest in their culinary program or even the college caf6. The head chef in the caf has to deal with two stoves with not all the burners working. And this is to mention the hot water that is intermittent between!the two kitchens, especially for doing dishes. Wash dishes with no hot water? Can we say unsanitary? Then we turn around and feed students and faculty there? Daniel Howe FRC culinary student Taylorsville Our trust was abused As tragic events continue to unfold at IVCSD, apparently it borders on anarchy to question how/why the GM was allowed to steal an estimated $622,000 in a little over five years. Although it is an admirable trait to be trusting of others, there needs to be a solid foundation for that trust and a system of checks and balances to prevent ones trust from being abused, While it is understandable, it takes a while to gear up in a new position, you would think after two or three quarters without viable fmancial reports, the board would have started asking their own questions. To allow it to go on for five years is unconscionable. To question these public servants' performance seems to be nothing more than sheer stupidity in the eyes of a select few loyalists. Anyone serving in a public trust capacity should not only expect to have their actions and motives questioned, they should embrace it. By listening to the questions and concerns of community members better enables them to be public servants instead of demi-gods with all-knowing power. Unfortunately, that is not even an option in the bullying environment being created and perpetrated by the select few. The founding of our free political system is based on intellectual exchange of varying and sometimes even conflicting ideas. Sadly, in this case, to not agree with the views being shoved down our throats means we are ignorant or incompetent. Yes, many of us may not have been to every board meeting for the past two decades. However, the last time I checked, this isn't a pre-requisite for voicing opinions or asking questions in a public forum. And to those who have been attending meetings for the past eon, why weren't you asking the same questions we are asking now? Mina L. Admire IVCSD l eview Committee Indian Valley VALLADAO, from page 9B theatre where we see our friends and offering great ideas to help and others neighbors on stage. A viable moviestanding at the ready to make business pays facility expenses so that donations, If you want to lend a hand downloads make the social outing of this can happen, give a call to Plumas Arts at 283,3402 going downtown to see a film on a great The good news is that a digital email ] oxanne@plumasarts.org. big screen in a room full of people a conversion is now about half the cost of We are accepting donations now. thing of the past? what it once was, but even $70,000 is still Since the theatre is owned and operated It has come to the point where those a significant amount. The task is by Plumas Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit questions and concerns pale compared daunting, organization, donations are to the fact that, if we do not go digital, It will take many hands and the tax-deductible. then we will go dark. generosity of countless others for it to be Donations can be dropped off at the In addition to being the closest movie possible: Plumas Arts is working with theatre during movie times or at the theatre for most county residents, the interested people to reach our funding Plumas Arts Gallery. Mail them to: Town Hall Theatre is an anchor target from as many angles as possible. Town Hall Theatre, P,O. Box 600, business for Quincy. With the fire and We will host fundraisers; use social Quincy, CA 95971. We can also accept loss of those businesses, the media; approach community service credit card donations at 283-3402. vulnerability of our movie business is groups, businesses and foundations; October has traditionally been the even more troublesome, seek grant funds; and just flat-out ask slowest movie month. If our dreams But we are so much more than just a for you to write a check, could come true we will be installing a movie business. The Town Hall Theatre We have had a heartwarming digital system this fall. 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