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Uu,etm, Recorcl, Progresswe, Reporter Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11B LETTERS. from page 9B you to decide for yourselves. All I want to do here is to speak of what I know for sure -- and that is the extent to which Jon helped save our hospital, and his understanding that if the hospital falls the schools and the rest of the community will not be far behind. And, I want to personally thank him for caring enough to make that difference. Linda Satchwell Public Relations Coordinator Eastern Plumas Health Care Portola Hall a worthy candidate It was refreshing to meet Heidi Hall during her recent visit to introduce herself to local voters. Hall is the Democratic candidate running against first-term Congressman Doug LaMalfa. Especially promising was Hall's stated commitment to restore civility to public discourse and to reach across the aisle in an effort to actually get something done in Washington. Hallis bright and insightful; she would be a worthy alternative to the current representative, whose brief tenure in office has been singularly lackluster. If voters are looking for an alternative candidate who is pragmatic, socially moderate, and fiscally conservative -- not unlike former candidate Charlie Brown, who came within a whisker of defeating Tom McClintock several years ago -- they would be well served to attend a future Heidi Hall event. Heidi has indicated that she will make additional visits to Plumas County. Voters should take advantage of that commitment and get to know her better. Susan Christensen Quincy Vote against,water bonds Local attorney Michael Jackson provided a review of California's history of water plumbing and politics last Thursday. Long-established state agencies have coveted NorCal river basins as supplies that could be tapped for transport past the delta for pump-out into the California Aqueduct, southward, to the portion of our state with the greatest use and least recharge. The governor's proposal for under-delta tunnels is to connect Sacramento Valley water more directly with the aqueduct. It's more than a potential disaster for the still-living delta. The southwest San Joaquin's Westlands Water District continues its appetite for water in an over-pumped and sinking land where the majority of thirsty crops grown are exported out-of-state. The urban appetite for imported water continues further south but there are some good efforts there for re-using and conserving water. In the struggle to avoid a public vote on this issue, our governor is facing two barriers-- physics and finances. As one astute local observer recently put it--pouring concrete (for greater storage) will not make it rain. Neither will laying pipe for more water transit out-of-region. The tunnels would not stop the continuance of ignoring wiser water use. It privileges agriculture which is already supported by public-subsidized water, over urban users who only consume 30 percent of the supply. Ratepayers will pay off the bonds sold to support the tunnels and related projects. Those payments will not increase rainfall or stop the trend of less snowpack leading to narrower periods of runoff. Building this project will slow the necessity for those now using the most water to fmd efirmiencies. There won't be increased protection for the delta. Far less public money could secure real water savings and better protection for the delta. We learned of some of these clear, scientifically-proven options last Thursday night. Please vote against all the water bonds in November, so that $100 billion isn't wasted on plumbing that won't produce any more water. Bill Martin Quincy Cal Fire inspection very positive At our request, Cal Fire representatives Shane Vargas and Rich Martinez did an "inspection" of our property. We have a service agreement with Graeagle Fire Department, so Fire ChiefEd Ward came as well. Our neighborhood is moving toward becoming a Firewise CommuniW, so Chuck -- from the Graeagle Firewise Community -- came too. It was a positive experience and gave us much peace of mind with regards to protection against a wildland fire. We have been working on our "defensible space" but needed an expert opinion; we aren't fn'e fighters, after all. These experts were professional, personable, but-- most of all -- knowledgeable in recommending what we should do to be as safe from fire as possible. Their recommendations were practical and do-able. We all have the same goal in mind -- protecting life and property from fire. We hope to live long, productive, enjoyable lives. To that end, we have yearly medical physicals, get flu shots and listen to our family doctor's recommendations. He's the expert. In the same vein, we see this approaching fire season as "flu season" for the forest. The Cal Fire inspections are akin to a yearly physical, and the recommendations of these experts will serve to make our property more "healthy." In the event of a fire near our home, I want the fn:efighters to recognize it as a defensible property, and one that does not endanger their lives as they work to save our home. Jeanne and Kevin Tansey Blairsden Forest thinning is about profit It's probably a moot point to write about the uselessness and harm the massive mechanized thinning and biomass project will have on our forest. Sierra Institute received a grant of $350,000 for a chip plant. There are plans for nine biomass energy plants throughout our county. Ranger stations, Plumas Unified School District arid the hospital are potentially part of the plan. Forest thinning is operational as evident by the patches of forest decimation you can view on Highway 70, especially at Lee Summit. And the opinion of Plumas County residents matters not. The articles (i.e. sales pitches) published in this paper highlight the need of forest thinning to mitigate wildfires and the forests' health. Jobs (and profit) are also part of their justification. It is interesting to note, however, that without a market for the biomass, forest thinning would not be performed. I had the pleasures of email communications with Sierra Institute's master of forestry and a forest tour/presentation by a registered professional forester who both, to some degree, confirmed this assertion. You can only conclude that thinning really isn't about forest health and mitigating fires, rather it is about the business and profits 0f forest biomass. The forest is vital to the survival of humans. Forests are vital to the water cycle, produce our oxygen (photosynthesis) and are the main sequesters of carbon. And, noting the importance of the Plumas watershed, forests are the main filters of our fresh water. There's no questioning the necessity of thinning to make our properties fire safe and protecting life. Contrary to human intuition and emotions, forest fires are good for the forests while large-scale thinning harms the forest and diminishes the capacity @10 Socks - Unaltered male Blk/Wht DLH. Socks loves to give hugs. Socks has been at the shelter since November 2013. Onyx - Spayed female Blk DSH. Very loving, should be indoor only cat. Onyx has been at shelter since August 2013. Shelter hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8am-5pm. Saturday by appointment only. And closed Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Plumas Animal Services charges a $10 fee and OO_ license fees are $15 per year. An officer will deliver a pet to the adopting party's veterinary of choice to have the animal altered in completion of the adoption requirement. For more infer- @B@O mation, call 283-3673 or visit countyofplumas.com or petfinders.com. @ 00[Kf - AMERICAN VALLEY ANIMAL HOSPITAL ] We carry a wide selection ofpetfood and Flea & Tick products Alta & Lee Rd. Quincy for the forest to perform its vital functions. How about, instead, consider the business and profits of solar energy. Mark Mihevc Graeagle Stuck with the ruts A thank you to Caltrans Engineers for the slurry, smear job on the east and west end of Quincy proper. The results being, now instead of two travelruts in each lane there are four travel ruts. A maintenance nightmare that is cracking and falling apart and the smooth is the washboards left in the slurry; when all the time knowing the funds had been appropriated for a full paving such as was done in Quincy proper. This is where we would like to thank Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. Maybe you and your other high-level engineers should travel up Highway 70. You will in fact see that Highway 70 does turn east and leave the valley floor, continuing east to Highway 395. Yes, Mr. Dougherty, the east end of Highway 70 is part of California. Maybe before you pat yourself and the other high-level engineers on the back for the smooth, healthy, best-bang-for-the-buck project, you should perhaps go and take a look at the results. Perhaps, Mr. Dougherty, you and your other high-level engineers could attend one of your contract paving classes. Then they could show you the difference in the life span of hot mix verses a slurry smear job due to the extreme temperature changes that occur on east Highway 70. Buzz West, Sr. Quincy Demonizing the opposition Bob owns a manufacturing business in a small community. Bob is well known and appreciated. He has a lovely wife, good kids, supports many local causes, and rarely misses a high school football game. With the lousy economy, he has been struggling the last three years. He's juggled work schedules, cut expenses, worked seven days a week to increase his marketing, etc. Bob has two workers in shipping and receiving. Both are great workers, well trained, well liked and are assets to the company. But with sales and production down, he needs only one. It's a hard decision and Bob thinks it over carefully for several weeks. Regrettably and reluctantly, he decides who has to go. Six years ago, we would have felt compassion for Bob, as well as the worker. After all, he has his company to protect and his remaining workers' welfare to consider. Tough times sometimes require unpleasant choices. But today, there is a new game in town. To demonize the opposition in order to stifle discussion, instigate hatred to cause division, and appeal to emotion rather than logic, intelligent discourse is replaced with name-calling and outright deception. Today, the progressive left would say: If the worker was: A woman -- Bob is waging a war on women. A Muslim -- he hid his Islamophobia well. A Hispanic immigrant -- Bob hates immigrants. A black -- he's a flaming racist. A homosexual -- Bb is a religious fanatic. Of course, what were we to expect? After all, Bob is an older, gray-haired, white, Republican capitalist, who makes his fortune on the backs of his workers, doesn't pay his fair share of taxes and probably knows the Koch brothers. We always knew there was something suspicious about Bob. Lynn Desjardin Portola Rice warming up to run Suddenly Condoleezza Rice is in the news. She and Republican strategists might be testing the electorate to see if she could be a magnet to draw possible women's votes from Hillary Clinton if the Democrats choose Clinton as their presidential candidate. Also, they might be hoping to draw African American votes away from the party that elected Obama. I think Rice is just getting warmed up. She has a driving personality and can be very evasive and aggressix.e&vh ahe thinks, she must. She is very intelligent and basically honest and straightforward, but I hope our memories are not so short as to forget that Rice was a strong supporter of Bush and a vociferous apologist for the disastrous invasion of Iraq. Perhaps she was only a pawn, but she must have been a very willing pawn. I have never heard of a whisper of contrition for her part in the quagmire of slaughter that broke the bank. Recently,'on PBS' "Finding Your Roots," she said those who raised her told her she could be anything she wanted to be, even the president of the United States. Of course, McCain is also very busy, even after some Arizonians claimed he was not a real Republican. His comments regarding the West-Russian standoff have been quite clever, though not very helpful. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville A bastardized provision In response to a letter last week, let me just say I do not have the time nor space to adequately respond at this time. I will say that I have heard what the GOP, Tea Party, and conservative talk shows have said these last five years. The one constant has been that they have nothing good to say about healthcare reform. One specific that was harped upon early on was the Right's description of "The Death Panels." Under this law, the "government" would appoint a panel that was to decide whether grandma could continue to receive medical treatment after a certain time or amount of money was spent. I mean they beat that story {o death, so to speak. In reality, the provision they bastardized was a provision that allowed insurance to pay for a family's consultation with their doctor. This consultation was to talk about end of life options. Should the patient move into hospice care or not. It wasthe family's decision;  Not the government's. To be continued. Torn Slavik Mohawk Vista I I BE HEARD Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR email: dmcdonald@plumasnews.om "00;et a Load af rhis!" 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