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8B Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter DITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Incomp remains seen We begin this editorial with an excerpt from a budget story written by reporter Steve Wathen that was published in last week's edition of the newspaper. Wathen was covering the board of supervisors' discussion of the 2017-18 budget, which covered a number of topics including whether or not the new spending plan should include a County Administrative Officer or CAO. The position was cut a number of years back due to financial constraints and has not been restored. Here is part of Wathen's reporting: Whether to have or not have a county administrative officer is a controversial issue. The board decided that it would start the budgeting process with the salary for a CAO included in the budget. Board Chair Lori Simpson quipped, "Because we are incompetent and need a CA O. " To which Supervisor Sherrie Thrall also joked, "Then, when we find we are short that amount of money, it will be given the axe. " Let's begin with "incompetent." That's quite an indictment. Of course, Simpson was being somewhat facetious. She doesn't really think that the board is incompetent, but she knows that there are those who do. We here at the newspaper have not minced words when it comes to arguing that this board is in dire need of some help. As we have discussed before, while they might be competent in their chosen fields of work, running a multi-million dollar corporation isn't on any of their resumes. Of course if the national state of affairs is any indication, such experience doesn't necessarily transfer to public office, but that's another editorial. We here at the newspaper have had the luxury of studying boards of supervisors for the past several decades. There are strong boards and not-so-strong boards. At all times they are composed of individuals with varying expertise. It's important for the supervisors to realize when they are out of their depth in particular areas and seek the necessary guidance. In some respects they have been relying on County Counsel Craig Settlemire to function as a quasi-CAO, but he neither has the time nor the expertise to provide the board all of the guidance it needs. This isn't to say that the supervisors aren't hard working or dedicated to their jobs; we know that they are. We just think that this county could benefit from a professional with the proven experience and skills to assist this board. And yes, we know that the supervisors will argue that a bad CAO is worse than no CAO. But it's up to the board to hire a competent individual. What is perhaps most alarming in Wathen's report was Thrall's subsequent comment about including the position in the budget, but giving it "the axe." It's cavalier both in tone and intent. Don't patronize your constituents; prioritize the position. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board, which consists of the publisher, the managing editor and the appropriate staff writer or writers, and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. Feat lishing spaper For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Debra Moore ............ Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Nick Hall .................... Copy Editor Staff writers: Makenzie Davis Lauren Westmoreland Mari Erin Roth Steve Wathen Will Farris Gregg Scott Stacy Fisher Maggie Wells Susan Cort Johnson Sam Williams Susan Jacobsen Michael Condon Ashley Arey Feather River Indian Valley Record Bulletin (530) 283-0800 (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood Lassen County Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 283-0800 Member, Printed on California Newq~tper recycled paper PuNIsbers Assoc. 1 A mustard yellow Volkswagen van bumbling into town. A warm summer breeze after a long, water-heavy winter. Young rebels wandering down the street riding bikes and scooters, armed with water guns and guarded by black and white dogs. These are just a few pieces of the valley we see around us every day. It's not until you leave or think about leaving that you realize how much you have taken for granted. I am leaving for college soon and I am realizing how amazing Indian Valley is. It's not just about the nature of things but the people -- people within the community who have a variety of skills that have taught me many lessons: Lauren showing me the best way to change my horse's lead. Tacking a sailboat for the first time on Lake Almanor with Dean. Listening to Dana's most recent skiing and biking stories. All of these people and more have brought me to this point in my life. Now I am poised to leave, I feel I'm about to jump feet firat into river rapids, unsure of how I will land. Failing into a fast flowing river is fun at first, but soon you start to hear the sounds of a waterfall. And it's not fun anymore. You try to swim back upstream or at least get to a bank. But you don't make it in time and you're drifting, WHERE I STAND GENNA BATTAGIN INDIAN VALLEY ACADEMY GRADUATE uncertain of your own demise. That's what leaving the secure banks of Indian Valley feels like. Still, I cannot wait to see where this stream of possibilities will lead me. I have been very excited to go to college, to leave my secure river banks. But I was feeling a little lost because I didn't know what profession I wanted to go into and, soon enough, I became procrastinator's best friend. I kept putting all college related items offuntil finally something had to be tloIle, oorry, IVIOlIII It WH~II'L Ulal: 1[ was a lot of work, even though I did blame it on that. Eventually I realized I did not want to start the college application process because I was reluctant to leave Indian Valley. All those things I had taken for granted had come back to slap me in the face: Working cattle out on the Genesee Ranch. Choking on dust at the annual Fourth of July rodeo. Fish and crawfish nibbling at my toes in the river across the road. My mindset was if I continue to put it off, I won't have to think about. Alas, that was not the case. I'm taking the plunge. Even though it will be difficult uprooting myself from family, friends and a beautiful valley, I have decided to go to school in Los Angeles, 530 miles away! Otis College of Art and Design is in downtown Los Angeles. Palm trees waving in the warm city breeze. The eternal sounds of traffic roaring day and night. Food places lined up and down the streets. This was a very diffmult choice to make. People have made leaving seem so easy in the past, but as I ride the wave out of here, I see that it was all fake. These were people struggling just as I have struggled-- flailing in an eddy with the sound of the pounding waterfall in our ears. On the outside we are as calm as the pool at the bottom uf the w~t~rrall, even though we haven't made it there yet. It's like pretending you know what you're doing but really you are just going out into the rapids like everyone else. I am looking forward to seeing what the world has to offer all the while feeling a little nervous. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per person will be published; only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic will be published. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous or open letters. Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at noon; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmoore@plumasnews.com. Tired of paying for other peoples' bills I went grocery shopping at a local business last week. I paid for our own groceries with our own money. No EBT card, no food stamps, no welfare check, just the money I earned from a paycheck that I get every two weeks from a job I've had for almost 30 years (imagine that). When I got up to the cashier she asked me if I wanted to donate $10 to feed our "local starving children." I told her "No thank you." What I really wanted to ask her, is why can't these "local childrens' parents" drag their butts out of bed every morning like I have to do and pay for their own "starving children's" food? My husband, and a lot of our friends, own their own local businesses here in town, and every one of us complain about how hard it is to fmd good help these days, but yet we're all asked to help pay for other people's food, bills and medical expenses. Some of those people that are probably perfectly capable of getting out of bed every morning and actually going to work and making a living, but refuse to do such a thing. My answer is no, I won't give $10 to our "starving children." Their parents need to pay for their own children's food or stop having children. P.S. "And yes, my husband and I actually raised our kids to drag themselves out of bed every morning to pay for their own kids' food, and so far they're doing a pretty good job of that right now. Thank you for your attention." Carrie Cu ran Quincy .Before it's too late Bill Wattenburg brought up some very serious issues concerning the remodel of the streets and sidewalks in Greenville. It wasn't conjecture, his analysis of the situation was to be commended; he presented in depth descriptions, diagrams, and documented his concerns very well. To betold that he should have attended the meetings in the beginning is to Say that he should have known the full extent of the entire project beforehand; my question would be, how well was it presented to the local folks in the first place? How many would have realized what Bill did point out in his letter? Having lived there for most of my life, and also having been the Road Commissioner while on the Board of Supervisors, I can relate to the fact that being bulldozed into what might end up being a huge detriment to the down town area of Greenville, a community that already has had major set-backs is just not acceptable, no matter what the initial meeting might, or might not, have disclosed. The local County Supervisor, Kevin Goss, should now be standing tall with Bill for full disclosure before it's too late. Nansi Bohne Quincy Please call the ranger In spite of the public outcry, the Plumas National Forest still plans to apply a herbicide containing a very dangerous chemical manufactured by Monsanto. Beckwourth District Ranger Jedra finalized his decision to apply the chemical glyphosate in the Decision Notice for the Moonlight Fire Area Invasive Plant Treatment Project. There are effective alternatives to this chemical. Glyphosate is banned for use in Denmark, England, Italy, E1 Salvador, Sri Lanka, France, Holland, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Chile, South Africa, Luxembourg, Madeira, Cameroon, New Zealand, Peru, South Australia, Russia, France, Switzerland, Columbia, and Costa Rica., Research shows glyphosate might cause birth defects, miscarriages, premature births, cancer- non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and hairy cell leukemia, DNA damage, autism, irreparable kidney and liver damage, infertility, learning disabilities, ADHD and other neurological disorders (especially in children), mitochondrial damage, cell asphyxia, endocrinedisruption, bipolar disorder; skin tumors, thyroid damage, decrease in the sperm count and chromosomal damage. Search on "glyphosate" and "cancer" for more information. A thoughtful person would not take the chance. Please call Ranger Jedra at his office to express your feelings (530-836-2575). His decision should and can be withdrawn. Dick Artley Grangeville, Idaho Not best for the forest In staff writer Steve Wathen's 3-part series on the QLG (5/5/2017), he included before and after pictures of thinning of the forest. The before picture shows a lush healthy forest with many trees and vegetation. This forest supports a diverse and thriving animal population. This forest is able to perform its vital earth and life functions of carbon sequestration, water filtration, air filtration, erosion control, and provide for a humid forest climate. The thinned forest picture shows mass destruction of the forest: sparse trees, no/little vegetation, bare forest floor, and unsuitable for most animal life. This near clear-cutting of the trees prevents the ability to effectively triter water, to sequester carbon, little erosion control, diminishes air i'titration, and causes arid conditions in the forest. It will take decades for the forest to properly heal itself from this unnatural thinning and return to normalcy. The forest exploiters claim that thinning 'makes the forest healthy' and that it reduces forest fires. Sure, you near clear-cut a forest and forest fire's are less frequent and less intense. You also have a failed forest. A human-thinned forest is unnatural. Do humans really think they know how to make a 350,000,000 year-old ecosystem healthy? Just like the human body, forests heal themselves. Natural forest processes favor the healthy trees and the rest naturally die out. Beatles and drought contribute to this : natural process. Forests love fire - it is how they rejuvenate. Humans don't understand that the forest operates on their own time scale and is measured in thousands of years. The only reason for all this thinning, of course, is so that a very few people can exploit the forest for short-term profit. These exploiters line their pockets for themselves but, in the end, destroy the forest ecosystem for future generations. Mark Mihevc Graeagle Save gas and 02 Regardless of whether a person is absolutely certain that climate change is a hoax, believes that human activities contribute to warming, or is waiting for more information; they can still save money by selecting a vehicle with good MPG that fits their needs. Anyone who does some towing, or needs to haul heavy loads, will have to pick a vehicle with adequate horsepower and torque; but to carry a few 2x4s and a sack of ready-mix you don't require a V8. A weil-planned DIY project will often benefit by having all of the materials delivered by the supplier. On a large order a supplier might make a free delivery, even if there is a charge for the delivery, it is at least partially offset by saving yourself the driving time and saving the wear and tear on See Letters, page 9B R_EMEMBER WHEN on Johnsville Road, the small wooden ......................................................... building was built in 1908 after fwe KERI TABORSKI Historian destroyed much of the town's business section, j . The new Indian Valley Grange Hall in Taylorsviile will be dedicated with a potluck supper next week. The new hall 100 YEARS AGO ... 1917 replaces the structure destroyed by fire Volcanic eruptions of Mt. Lassen are last January. The new hall will again becoming daily occurences and increasing feature spring dance floor, as did the in intensity. Fine grey colored ashes fell former hall. in areas of Plumas County Wednesday morning and a slight distinctive 25 YEARS AGO ... 1992 sulphurous odor was in the atmosphere. According to Plumas-Sierra Fair manager Mike Clements, auto racing with 50 YEARS AGO ... 1967 a crowd of over 300 in attendance, The old Johnsville Firehouse was returned to the fairgrounds last weekend presented with a historical plaque by E after last years racing season was Clampus Vitus Del Oro Chapter last cancelled when the Plumas County Racing weekend. Located in downtown Johnsville Association disbanded. 10 YEARS AGO ... 2007 All Plumas County high schools held graduation ceremonies for the class of 2007 this week. Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds manager Billy Cox reported to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors that annual Plumas County picnic this year brought in $9,721.40 net revenue. The innovative waste recycling event brought in $7,634 alone. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspaper archives and represent writing styles of that particular period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper. r i