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12B Wednesday, April 22, 2015 . Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter LETTERS, from page 11B adequate funds to properly staff many of its departments. Michael Scott Blairsden Coordination? What coordination? An often-overlooked, underreported but ultra important meeting in Plumas County is the Plumas County Coordinating Council, held monthly in the supervisors' chambers the first Thursday of each month at i p.m. This is a seven-member commission comprised of two supervisors, two department heads and three members of the public. The purpose of the meetings is to ensure that the forests are coordinating their plans and operations with their host, Plumas County. Federal law requires this, coordination (much to the consternation, we submit, of the Forest Service). The three forests that touch Plumas County, the Plumas, Lassen and Tahoe forests, are supposed to be represented at each meeting. Ideally, they would be represented at each meeting by no fewer than the forest supervisor and each of their district rangers, because these are, in their bureaucratese, the only "line officers" in the entire system. These are the only individuals who can sign a letter, for instance. Anyone else, in spite of their education, qualifications and good intentions, is just a messenger. It's time that the Forest Service took the law seriously. At the last PCCC meeting, zero line officers were in attendance. One forest had no representative present: The excuse given for their absence was that they had an important meeting to attend. We suggest that, yes, they did have such a meeting to attend ... the PCCC meeting. Two counties, including Plumas, have recently fried a lawsuit against the Forest Service for road closures that were definitelynot coordinated with their host counties. This suit migrff hive  been avoided had the line officers taken the trouble to coordinate their plans with the PCCC. Contact your supervisor and let him or her know that you are tired of the Forest Service ignoring the law, thumbing their noses at us and killing our jobs. John Olofson Graeagle The economy of water One of the all-time best bumper sticker messages is: "If you're gonna downtalk the Farmers, don't talk with your mouth full." If I could bring this up to date a bit it means that after enjoying the garden salad with heirloom tomatoes, a wonderful entree, asparagus and some Yukon gold potatoes, and a glass or two of cabernet, and then with that special dessert you have an espresso you exclaim, "there's just too much water going to the ag industry, and it doesn't leave enough for those of us in the cities." one of the Bay Area newspapers often has an editorial, an article or a letter that strongly suggests a drastic reduction in the water allocations for field crops and orchards, particularly almonds. The reasoning stated is that the almonds are grown primarily for export so those nuts are of little or no benefit to the general population. I have two major problems with that contention. The people seem to make a presumption of expertise; that they know so much about the subject that they can dictate which crops should or shouldn't be grown. In effect, they've created a new position and appointed themselves to be California ag czar. The greater problem is that they show no knowledge whatsoever about balance of trade. If consumers in California and in the rest of the United States continue to create a strong demand for the shoes, clothes, housewares and tools that are manufactured overseas, but we discontinue production of a main cash crop (almonds), this leaves us at a severe economic disadvantage. So, before you recommend shutting off the water to California agriculture, check the labels. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills A seat at the table Thank God, the Plumas County supervisors and Butte County decided to (do something) sue the U.S. Forest Service because they felt our freedom to travel federal forest service roads were being unjustly denied. Coincidently, thousands of voters in Plumas County and eight other counties are suing for more representation because they feel their rights have been denied. Like many areas of the United States, the majority of citizens in Plumas County are fmding government regulations destroying their rights. This includes water rights, property rights and individual rights. They believe in the constitutions of the United States and state of California that provide rights for its citizens. They also believe these rights are being systematically reduced, which is resulting in tyranny from the government at all levels. Government should serve the people. How can asking for a seat at the table of discussion (regarding Jefferson) be threatening to this county? That is all the Jeffersonians desire. It doesn't mean we automatically become the state of Jefferson. Raising awareness in the state capital that at least eight counties are upset with their lack of representation isn't a bad issue. It is more than the current BOS has done to save this county's economy. Speaking of that, what has the BOS done to improve the county? Think on that for a moment; don't fall asleep. Are any high-tech classes being taught at Feather River College for Reno employers, any new bio-friendly businesses being "headhunted" by the supervisors, anything? Or, are the supervisors collecting their $5,000 check monthly is well as their medical benefits for life at your expense? Here's another example of what I mean. Portola residents are still paying 10 times the county resident fee for funding LAFCo per capita. The BOS said it was going to compromise on a lower fee. What happened? Hello? I hear crickets. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Mainstream racism In the late 1950s, two of my bright former students attending UCLA put my name and address on a guest book of the San Fernando Valley Hoxey Clinic, a front group for the anti-Semitic white supremacist National Renaissance Party. Both students were Republicans but, like most northerners at the time, they abhorred racism. They had attended a meeting of Sudoku Puzzle #3533-D 1 2 Difficult 3 4 5 5 8 6 7 3 7 9 6 1 2 6 3 6 9 ,8 4 5 9 5 T T A C H HA l| T E I M P U I| BO E I I k G E E R El Xl pl OI Sl El WI 0 "O o 3= 4,d w m _l Sudoku Solution #3532-D 5 1 6 2 4 7 9 813 i 4 218 5 9 3 1 ''6 i 3 719 1 8 6 4 5 2 6 317 4 1 5 8 2 9 9 512 6 3 .8 74 1 1 814 9 7 2 6 3 5 8 615 7 2 1 3 9 4 7 411 i3 5 9 2 6 8 i I 2 913Le 6 4i511 7 j the Hoxey Clinic where they were asked to leave because they kept questioning the reasoning of the speakers. Not knowing the students had put my name and address on their guestbook until some time later, I was surprised and shocked to be receiving material from a Southern racist group, some tracts called "Thunderbolt." I immediately sent one of the tracts to the postal headquarters in D.C. They wrote back agreeing that the material was "defamatory," but as long as nothing defamatory appeared on the outside of the envelope the group had not broken any law. As a neighbor who was in the FBI suggested, I removed my name from their mailing list. Today, racists are using the Web to spread their hate messages. Stormfront, a neo-Nazi forum, has about 300,000 registered users. Anti-government and racist organizations no longer find it necessary to hide behind fake medical clinics. They have become mainstream, as evidenced by the high-ranking Republican House whip Scalise's (not to be confused with Justice Scalia) open association with radicals such as David Duke, who has spent time in prison for his racist activities. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Illegal immigration Gov. Brown and legislative leaders are pushing a $1 billion package to respond to the state's drought. Ironically, Brown has supported and signed numerous bills that facilitate and encourage the illegal immigration that drives California's population growth, and that give benefits to illegal aliens such as driver's licenses, in-state tuition rates and student loans. A water shortage can be characterized as either not enough water for the population or too many people for the supply of water. And Brown should know better. When he was governor during statistics reveal that all of California's population growth from 2000 to 2010 resulted from foreign immigration -- immigrants and their children. Brown and the Legislature are on the wrong track when it comes to protecting the environment and conserving natural resources. They must stop facilitating an ever-expanding population driven by illegal immigration and immigration population growth. Barbara MacArthur Lake Almanor Big money The 2015 baseball season is underway. It has grown some 650 percent in revenue. The top 15 major league teams are each worth more than $1 billion. Major league salaries have also increased. Today the average player salary is going to be over $4.25 million. In 1976, the average salary was $50,000. Back then, a player took off-season jobs to survive. Today there are luxury ballpark suites, lucrative concession revenue, sports networks streaming video, all bringing in money. The L.A. Dodgers get $330 million yearly from their $8.35 billion deal with Time Warner. Dodger's starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, the 2014 NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, will earn $31 million in 2015. He, along with teammates Greinke and Gonzales, will make more money than the entire rosters of the Rays, the Houston Astros and the Miami Marlins. The Dodgers will have a $230 million payroll, but are also paying $39 million to players no longer with them. Their total outlay is $269 million. Both figures are a major league records surpassing the payroll of $213.5 million of the New York Yankees. The San Francisco Giants will have the Fifth-highest payroll at $169 million. Big payrolls doesn't always mean success. The well-moneyed Yankees, Texas Rangers, Phillies and the the drought of'76 - '77 the Seattle Mariners all missed the popuIation was 22ion*u=Ii#Offs th lagftwo:  " Today it is 39 million and growing, with millions more people than there were then relying on that water. In the '70s interstate migration accounted for much of the state's growth, but that is no longer the case. The Census Bureau and California Eight teams have payrolls Of less than $100 million but five reached the playoffs in the last two years. These were the Rays, Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves. James L Overstreet Quincy SMART, from page 11B when it gets compared to other counties and to the statewide rate. We like to think here in the Department of Social Services that there are two reasons for this. First, we think that because we are small, it is far more likely that abused and neglected children will come to the attention of someone and that person will know to make a referral to Child Protective Services. While in large urban areas some cases might go undetected, here we think that suspicious situations involving children do get referred to us. Second, if Child Protective Services gets that referral it is far more likely that we will evaluate it and investigate it. The standard for what CPS investigates can sometimes vary from one county to another. And the manner in which investigations occur can also be different from one county to the next. In our own county, we are much more likely to do a field investigation, for example, contacting children at school so that we can talk to them firsthand or making a visit to a home. The key to all of this working well however is an observant public. Until the day comes when we have eliminated the scourge of child abuse and neglect, Child Protective Services will continue to depend on an observant and informed public to help us identify children who are threatened with harm. We feel very good about that. We know, based on the referrals we receive, that there is a public out there who is informed and observant. And we know that those same people won't hesitate at all to make a referral to CPS when they think it is warranted. Preventing child abuse and neglect, and intervening when there is a suspicion th t t: Loqcurring, works be  ry6ne makg:t their responsibility. Those- of us here at the Department of Social Services encourage that commitment. If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, call us. A CPS social worker is often only a phone call away at 283-6350. "Say What?" 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