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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, July 16, 2014 91B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE We can celebrate wilderness by defending it This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The National Wilderness Preservation System was created "to assure that an increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization, does not occupy and modify all areas within the United States." The 1964 Wilderness Act defmes "wilderness areas" as federal lands that are 5,000 acres or larger, where the forces of nature are in control, and where people are visitors who do not remain. In other words, wilderness areas are public lands which are predominantly natural where you can escape modern civilization and fmd solitude. You can hunt, fish, canoe, kayak, raft, ride horse, hike, swim, ski, snowshoe and climb in wilderness. It is illegal to operate motorized or mechanized machinery in wilderness. WHERE I STAND DARREL JURY US FOREST SERVICE WILDERNESS RANGER, 1991-1997 Americans who have supported the protection of wild lands go as far back as the Industrial Revolution. Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862) was a revolutionary thinker so far ahead of his time he was not widely read until a century after his death. Thoreau was a proponent of protecting natural areas near every community, simplicity and nonviolent civil disobedience. Thoreau abhorred gadgetry, slavery and wanton destruction of nature. John Muir (1838 - 1914) was a wilderness advocate who praised the virtues of nature. Most everyone who spent time with Muir in the wild and heard his Scottish brogue sermons was a convert. Both President Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, the "father of the Forest Service," were influenced by Muir. However, shortly after the turn of the 20th century, Muir could not convince Congress that protecting a wild valley in a national park outweighed San Francisco's need for water. Muir suggested other dam sites outside of the park but went to his grave as Hetch Hetchy Reservoir flooded a valley equal to Yosemite. Wilderness proponents like Aldo Leopold (The Wilderness Society) and David Brower (Sierra Club) followed in Muir's footsteps and continued to establish national parks and Forest Service primitive areas yet could not keep pace with the loss of wild lands to industrialization. In the 1950s and 1960s, Brower successfully fought to prevent dams from being built in Dinosaur National Monument and Grand Canyon National Park. After a dam flooded little-visited Glen Canyon, an area worthy of national park status, wilderness proponents changed tactics. Rather than continuously defending unique places from destruction, they created a positive vision for the future -- the National Wilderness Preservation System. Over the past 50 years, Congress has designated over 109 million acres as a result of America's support for wilderness. The 758 wilderness areas within the NWPS are managed by all four federal land managing agencies: the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service and National Park Service. Congress protected "the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness.., for the American people of present and future generations." Indeed, wilderness protects many direct and indirect values. Wilderness may even protect values we are not yet able to express. Fifty years ago the term biodiversity did not exist, yet today wilderness areas provide strongholds for many wildlife populations. Imagine what values wilderness will hold 50 years from now as human populations and technologies continue to increase. I hope that the "future generations" Congress protected wilderness for will continue to value wild places. Nationally, regionally and locally, wilderness areas are threatened by people who lack environmental ethics. Along the U.S.-Mexico border, more than 10,000 miles of illegal roads have been carved into a million acres of designated wilderness. On a Fourth of July backpack trip to California's Desolation Wilderness, I saw recently painted graffiti on granite outcrops, fire rings built where fn'es are illegal and trees felled for firewood. In the Bucks Lake Wilderness, criminals have recently removed "no mountain biking" signs and illegally used chainsaws to clear trails before riding their mountain bikes in the wilderness, which is also illegal. Insightful Americans protected wilderness. Those of us who value it need to defend it from people who wish to destroy it. "The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders." --Edwar d Abbey Learn more about wilderness and fred out how others are celebrating the 50th anniversary by visiting wilderness.net. Better yet, celebrate with a small group of close friends and visit a wilderness area near you. Illegal immigration:.How ma W will the boat hold? Two thousand two hundred and twenty-three people desperately tried to escape from the sinking Titanic. One thousand five hundred and seventeen perished, as they could not escape. Most of them could not escape because there were not enough lifeboats. There were boats for only 1,178 people. Sadly, the ship was not properly equipped with enough lifeboats. Who in their right mind would have preferred the sinking ship to a lifeboat? No one wanted a sinking ship. People who drowned WHERE I STAND GLENN MOLLETI'E COLUMNIST desperately wanted a lifeboat. Escape was impossible because there was no place to escape. If I lived in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Central America or numerous other countries including Mexico I would be scratching and clawing to fmd a way out. Who wants to live in such places of violence and poverty? Millions are stuck and will never escape. Millions of people have found a place of safety and freedom in America. People keep coming and coming. Actually, there will never be an end to the rush of people storming our borders for safety and freedom, as long as there is a magnet to draw them here. Also, the best_of any lifeboats will sink. Even the Titanic sank. Do we sometimes think we are unsinkable? America is not unsinkable. I think too much of America sits around glued to social media eating ourselves into the grave while more and more people are coming into our boat. Some of them are hard workers and will do their jobs rowing and keeping the boat afloat. Others are climbing on board staring at us wondering what we are going to do to save them from drowning. There is room for more people in America, but, how much room do we have? We don't have room for more freeloaders. We don't need more liars filling out claims for Social Security disability and then working cash-only jobs to keep their government check coming. We don't need more people on food stamps and Medicaid getting free food and medical rides at the expense of the working citizens. Unfortunately, the boat is already crowded with Americans who have learned entitlements as a way of life. How many of these people can we take on before we sink? There is room for people who will fill out their paperwork and come into our country documented. We have room for hard workers who will pay their takes, and keep America strong and secure. Those who cross our border illegally are illegal. They are not going to fight for America's freedom and values, serve in our military and keep America strong. They are lawbreakers and need to become legal. We have kept the American boat of safety and liberty floating for quite a while. Millions have come here and tremendously contributed. However, how many iUegals will the boat hold before we sink? Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. Contact him at GMollette@aol.com. LETTERS To T00E 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 editor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words. The deadline is Friday at 3p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed to dmcdnald@plumasnews'cm A victim of circumstances As reported, my twin brother, Blair Imrie, was killed in a motorcycle accident on Tuesday, July 8, near Quincy, California. All the newspaper articles that I have read, including the one in ThePlumasNews, included a comment about "driving too fast for conditions." As a retired police officer, I am aware that on occasion, where other contributing factors are not known, a factor of "too fast for conditions" is commonly noted on police reports. It's adequately vague to be easily defended; but unfortunately leads others to thoughts of excessive speed, which may not be justified in this case. Wes MacPherson, another retired RCMP officer who was riding with my brother, says there was no indication of excessive speed. He says he followed Blair for about 40 miles prior to the accident and both were driving responsibly, within the speed limit. Hesays he saw Blair "braking in the turn, possibly for deer as fresh tracks were noted going up the bank." He further notes that there were no warning signs before the curve and the corner was not banked properly. All of these comments suggest that mybrother may have been unfairly cast as the author of his own misfortune, rather than a victim of circumstances. Bruce Imrie Inspector (Rtd), RCMP Richmond, B.C. Great parade What a great parade Graeagle had this last . Sunday, July 6. The parade committee is to be congratulated for thinking about our veterans and the price that they have paid for so many years. My family was visiting from the Bay Area and they could not believe the emotion that we were all feeling. There were several tears shed amongst us. Thank you, Graeagle. Bonnie ReynoUs Clio Positive Leadership I read with great interest your article in the July 9 edition of the Reporter regarding the possibility of further consideration for a new joint facility and jail between the California Highway Patrol and the Plumas County Sheriffs Department. Congratulations to all three men involved. Congratulations to Mr. Jim Judd for his proactive letter to prompt further discussions and advance the respectful exchange of ideas and opinions. Congratulations to Sheriff Greg Hagwood for his continuing support of this worthwhile and necessary project. And congratulations to CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow for his willingness to listen - "I would love to see his vision and hear his ideas." One defmition of listening is to go into a discussion with the ability to change one's mind. From what I've seen and read, I believe all three of these men understand and will implore this concept, Kudos to all three. A private citizen, Mr. Jim Judd, an elected sheriff, Mr. Greg Hagwood and an appointed commissioner, Mr. Joe Farrow, sitting down to have an open and honest dialogue to solve a problem. If I remember my high school government class that is called leadership and democracy. Jack Gilbert Graeagle Proven leadership Jim Judd has given us a glimpse into the future if he is elected as District 5 supervisor. After the joint facility idea between the sheriffs department and the CHP was rejected by the state, Jim sent a letter to the CHP commissioner urging him to reconsider the joint facility proposal. As a result of that letter, the commissioner has agreed to sit down with Sheriff Hagwood and discuss the proposal one-on-one. Thank you, Jim Judd, for your effort to keep the joint facility idea alive, you have demonstrated the leadership skills needed for the job of supervisor. Bob Anderson Clio Public bribe offer? Is there an attorney in the house? Perhaps some good officer of the court would do us a public service. In the July 9, 2014, edition of this paper, a frequent letter writer made an offer that, to the layman's eye, seems to offer a political bribe. It would be good for all of us who sometimes contribute letters to the editor if an expert could explain how close this is to the limits of acceptable public discourse. The writer offered one thousand dollars (maximum of two awards) to any conservative who would do the following things: displace a city of Portola , council member, fire the city attorney and fire the city f'mancial officer. Although he describes this as a "campaign contribution," that makes no sense. The payoff only comes after delivery of policy goals, not as support to the campaign for office. So how is this anything other than soliciting of public corruption? I think we need expert opinion on that question. There is probably a loophole or something that legally protects even such behavior, but it would be good to know one way or the other. Politically, the offer is probably self-defeating. It may not be illegal to say what has been said. But if anyone ran for office and won, they would be under a dark cloud indeed if they did as the gentleman requires. Scott Corey Quincy: Get on board The Portola City Council and the Plumas County Board of Supervisors have not got on board with Trent Saxton's "per capita" plan to fund LAFCo. Our special districts got on board because they got free representation. Our local elected officials need to take care of business with a plan to get the special districts to pay their fair share of the LAFCo expense. A plan uniting ideas of Supervisor Swofford and the ex-CEO of LAiPCo is far more reasonable. Swofford suggested an equal three-way split of the funding. Gullixson suggested a sliding-fee schedule based on revenue to the special districts. The per-capita plan has been rejected by the decision-makers. Saxton's other concern is the city cutting back the funding to the sheriff. The council has approved a budget using 50 percent of COP funds for the community services officer. If the special districts were paying their fair share of LAFCo fees, the county would have more general fund money to support the sheriff and the city would have more general funds to pay for community services. The COP funds should be given to our cops not our CSO. Last year our new city manager was consolidating services and did not cut the sheriff funding as planned by council. The sheriff is already under contract to enforce the city's municipal code and the cop duties of the CSO. Saxton is 100 percent correct that the woman wearing a flak vest and now a new wardrobe doesn't replace a deputy sheriff. She has been on vacation. Concerned citizens need to ask who has been driving her SUV in her absence. It is time to get on board with some common sense ideas to provide affordable public services. Patriots once fought for taxation with fair representation in a republic of virtue: We now have to fight with representatives for special interests not the people. Larry F. Douglas Portola Pacifism doesn't work A weekly letter-writer's opinion that Vice President Cheney, "blames (President) See Letters, page 10B Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors 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 Website: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR- Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 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, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB Washingto n, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. lamalfa.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Orovilte, CA 95965; 288 Churn Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 6514001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center:. 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, E1 Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center:. 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225-3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/ (9.16) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.