Newspaper Archive of
Feather River Bulletin
Quincy, California
July 25, 2001     Feather River Bulletin
PAGE 25     (25 of 50 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
PAGE 25     (25 of 50 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
July 25, 2001

Newspaper Archive of Feather River Bulletin produced by SmallTownPapers, Inc.
Website © 2019. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal.

D aecocd, Reporter Wedne~ay, July 25, 2001 L1LB l l l S DIRECTOR care has occupied a he state's social poll- SOme time now. ago, Rita Saenz, director of social COnvened a so- s" group state in revamp- ter care system. ongoing. 80,000 children In foster care, at a . ding $110 million there are a num- policy issues the compelled to the children in foster care are troubled about how we can improve setting more difficult, vices started a pilot project. and it makes sense to be ask- services to foster kids who al- Add on top of that the fact The project was called ing whether we are doing the so have emotional, behav-that when troubled kids wind "Wraparound" best we can for them. But do ioral and/or mental health up in the foster care system, Here was the thought be- we have to wait for the state problems, they sometimes are unable to hind the Wraparound project: policy makers to make We should acknowledge up receive the intensive services what if we took some of the changes? front that engaging a local,so- they need locally. When that money we are spending to Questions about what lution-focused dialogue can happens, it may become nec- put kids in expensive foster works best for kids who enter quickly get complicated and essary to send the child to a care out of the community our foster care system with that when it comes to trying group home where such ser- and used that money differ- emotional and mental health to improve the situation for vices are available. Higher ently? What if the money issues have perplexed social troubled kids, the answers end, services-level groupcould be used locally, instead policy makers for years. De- aren't necessarily easy. homes are not available in of being paid to a faraway spite laudable efforts to ira- Let's start with the com-Plumas County. When chil-group home? And what if prove foster care, the system plex times we live in. Many dren need this care, they are there was flexibility to spend at large still fails more of factors can negatively impact typically placed in a group that money on services and these kids than it should, con- children before they arrive in home located in another other items that might be sidering the amount of mon- the foster care system, mak- county, geared toward that child's in- ey spent for care. Can we do ing treatment issues moreThe cost of sending a child dividual needs? better, at least for some of the difficult, to an out-of-county groupIn other words, what if we kids? The widespread availabili, home can easily exceed wrap services around the Some of the questions ty and use of drugs and alco- $60,000 a year. Yet ,even with child in order to allow the about what's best for trou- hol, parental role failures, such expenditures, there is child to remain safely in his bled foster children can and the influences of media such no magic performed assuring or her own community and should be addressed locally, as television, movies, and that children going into such still receive the intensive We may not need to wait for music and the lack of early group homes benefit from the help that is needed? Maybe broad, sweeping changes intervention can all con-experience. That's why, sev- we would then be able to pro- from the state before we en- tribute to making treatment eral years ago, the California vide the services and support gage in our own dialogue and support in the foster care Department of Social Ser-these children's needs and not have to send them away. This approach probably would not work for every dif- ficult and troubled Child in the foster care system. But it might be better for some of them. And if it might be bet- ter, shouldn't we give our- selves the option of using that approach if it looks promising?. Are there risks? Sure. The child might fail and get him- self into trouble again. The child might need more inten- sive supervision that can't be provided any way except in a group home. But for some children, providing Wrap- around services may be the answer to the questions we posed at the beginning. And if we are able to help even one child to become a healthy adult, then that's one less child that we have failed through the traditional sys- tem. m sense This w~k's qucstton More than half of Plumas The poll, which ran from July only. County's residents believe that 16 to July 23, asked site visitors, About 52 percent said Meach- County Supervisor Robert "Is County Supervisor Robert er is the only one making sense. Meacher, by blocking the redis- Meacher doing the right thing About 29 percent said Meach- tricting plan, is the only super- by blocking the plan for new dis- er's efforts are "a naked grab for visor making any sense, accord- tricts?" power." ing to a poll. The poll was not scientifically About 14 percent said the The poll was conducted to get conducted. Rather, site visitors whole redistricting process an idea of how residents feel were asked to state their opinion makes no sense anyway. about the issue, which was on a topic. There is no way toNearly 5 percent of the respon- asked in light of Meacher's deci- verify whether the poll actually dents view the situation as "an sion to block a redistricting plan reflects community opinion. It is interesting political and philo- that would solve few of the coun- for entertainment purposes only. sophical debate." ty's population growth issues. About 52 percent said Meach- L ) Is Feather River College succeeding in its efforts to become part of the community? Letters contain an ad- number. We =..letter per week, one letter regarding We do not "l ty or open let- be limited to words. Any of 300 words will The dead- P.m. Letters any of Feather sent via fax or e-mailed at COme home in the area out- Several walks during my cOuld not be- beautiful logged. It now. Such a And I am about all the up there. The Worse now e tree thin- look okay Road, but Walk into the ) and One to Greenhorn God help all up there. Art Miller Hayfork at the Wings and at the around the and at Music Festi- and all are My made it l~orothy Wilson Tobln Heights gun and now Words. Anoth- came that the initially Uproar with at told that they and Y Cancelled. Wrong infor- mation and, unfortunately, I ran with it .... It has come to my atten- tion that there are a multi- tude of reasons why the Three-Day Events will no longer take place on Ken Shea's land. As is the case in most things, the issues are complex. Further investigation has indicated that the neighbors, once their concerns had been addressed, were, for the most part, supportive of the activities. I've learned a valuable lesson and will cer- tainly check my sources more clbsely in the future. Dorothy J. Miller Quincy Tepee in the yard So Portola has nothing better to do than harass some guy who has a tepee in his yard. I had no idea tents were considered buildings. Perhaps the next time an earthqualce, riot or wildfh'e ravages another California community, instead of send- ing tax and insurance dol- lars, the rest of the nation could just send tents. What's next, lawn orna- ments and Nativity scenes? Bruce Langseth Rushford, Minn. People should have more productive things to do in their lives than to fuss about their neighbors; especially when it involves an innocent tepee. I drive by this tepee daffy and it does not obstruct my view of traffic. In fact, it is beautiful to see and an asset to Portola. It is never in place long enough to suit me. There should be more te- pees dotting our landscape. Lou Rene Ftt iemmons PortoIa Tepee IMo M It has come to my atten- tion that Jim Murphy (city administrator for Portola) decided that his workload was at an all.time low. For kicks, he decided to attack Dale Johnson for pitching a tepee in his side yard. Mr. Johnson is a history buff and does historical reenactment. He has pitched his tepee for a week or two out of every year for the past 14 years, without incident. Mr. Murphy decided that this horriflc act was in viola- tion of local building codes, and forced Mr. Johnson to take down his tepee. I'm sor- ry for Mr. Johnson and for the other citizens of Portola. You better make sure that those sunflowers aren't too tall, your house isn't painted too bright, or that the igloo your kids build in the snow next winter doesn't last more than a week. If so, you may also fall vic- tim to another of Mr. Mur- phy's senseless and petty at- tacks. Lloyd M. Parker Sacramento It has come to my atten- tion that a Dale Johnson of your community has been forced to take down his tepee from his backyard by Porto- la City Administrator Jim Murphy. Mr. Johnson has apparent- ly been temporarily erecting his tepee for 14 years with- out incident. Mr. Johnson is a historical reenactor. Historical reenac- tors educate and help keep the history alive that made these United States so great. Without folks like him, we would not know the sacri- rices our forefathers made to make and keep this nation free. It is evident that Jim Mur- phy has no respect for our nation's heritage by forcing Mr. Johnson to remove his tepee, rather than allowing it to remain up for the annu- al one or two weeks per year. What will be next, your kids' dome tent, or even some form of religious stat- ue such as nativity scenes? Come on folks; you're letting your city erode your rights as a property owner and citi- zen of your fair town. Dennis Knapp Buhl, Idaho U I heard about the city of Portola forbidding Dale Johnson to erect his tepee this summer, as has been his habit. Seems a little extreme to me. If it really blocks the view, as they claim, there should have been some com- plaints before 14 years had passed. Sounds to me like some people at city hall don't have enough to do. Here in Wisconsin, where I live, we have some ridicu- lous and oppressive laws, but as far as I know, you can put up a tent (of any sort) on your own property, whenev- er you want to, and it will be nobody's business but your own. Even if your build- ing codes really do apply to temporary cloth structures, surely there must be more serious infractions to inves- tigate? Shiner Bolsted Ferryville, Wis. Tepee injustice In a time when we Ameri- cans are finally striving to come together as a people yet retain the differences that make us great a nation and a beacon to the world, I find it unbelievable that there is a movement to de- stroy an important symbol of our Native American brothers' and sisters' her- itage. It is my understanding that because of an ordi- nance, the tepee does not meet building code. Okay, fine, why not "grandfather" the tepee as a symbol of an important part of our American culture and let it remain as a visual and tactile piece of living histo- rY. Not just Native American history, but the history of all Americans and all people who aspire to be Americans. Gary Schaffer Phoenixville, Pa. Tepee troubles I am writing in behalf of Dale Johnson and the prob- lems he is having with his tepee. For the past 14 years, this gentleman has erected this tepee in his yard every year for about one or two weeks and has even taken it to local schools for Living History days. It has even had stories run on it in local papers. It seems the city of Portola is making him take it down because it is over 15 feet in height and they consider it a nuisance. He says it does not block view of local traffic and, even so, he would be fine with moving it to another area of his property away from the street. The city is against this as the tepee exceeds 15 feet in height. Apparently, this tempo- rary structure is not within city codes for the area. I do not wish to create any problems here, but wanted to provide support to him in the form of this letter. This is an interesting part of our history and this gen- tleman is trying to keep it alive for a brief time each year. I have to wonder where this country is heading if such things become a big problem. Has our tol- erance for such educational things really sunk this low? Perhaps an interview with him could help clear up the situation. I have known him but a brief period of time, but he has always been an upstanding gentleman in my dealings with him. Peter Hayer Perry Hall, Md. Childish, Immature It appears to be very child- ish and immature to decide a tepee is in violation when this is being used for educa- tional purposes. Besides, this is only temporary and creates an image of town hall that I am sure you don't care to have. B.J. Eiland Buena Vista, Colo. drafted exclusion notices within all our laws to allow for something a little out of the ordinary that in all reali- ty does not impose any great restrictions on the day-: to- day activities of the world. David Plckford Launceston, Tasmania (Australia.) Hl~f~'i~ dweUln~ It has come to my atten- tion that Mr. Jim Murphy, the city administrator, is trying to force my friend, Dale Johnson, to remove his tepee from his own back- yard. I see from the city's Web site that it appears to be proud of its history. Please assist Mr. Johnson in the fight he is about to un- dertake to continue his right of self -expression. Surely city hall has some. thing better to do than pick on law-abiding citizens. Mark G. Lewis .Mary Esther, Fla. Tepee not a problem No mlsumlmatamlings I have recently come In mid June, my Commu- across an article regarding nity service project from the the issue of city hall de- Las Plumas 4-H Club manding a resident of Porto- reached out to the communi- la desist from erecting a te- ty for help in purchasing pee in his front yard. The ground cover, plants and reasons given are that it is trees to be planted down- an eyesore, creates a danger- town and in the parks. ous obstruction to a driver's We put signs up and Terri view of the approaching in- Daoust put a great article in tersection and it does notthe paper for us. The have a building permit, kids really enjoyed the As an Australian resident, planting we did last summer I have not seen this particu- in the Clock Park and City lar object, but have seen sire- Park with the grant we were ilar bloody mindedness by awarded from the State 4-H local/state authorities. Foundation. Surely ff this tepee is con- We would like to inform structed in an aesthetic and the commurdty that we only authentic manner, is only in received $14.50--enough to place for a short period of buy a plant or two. time, and provides an educa- We do not want any mis- tional focal point for both Io- understandings, by people cals and visitors alike, offi- thinking we had received cialdom must be able to more money and not spent it come to some compromise on plants. with the owner/constructor. We would llke to whole- In this day and age of mul- heartedly thank those few ti-story buildings, houses individuals who each gave a constructed more like little, and those who help fortresses and the increasing support the Las Plumas 4-H use of non-natural building . Club. products, the tepee is a re- Beth sefler minder of our not-so-long- Community Service ago past when people lived Project Leader, within the confines of na- Las Plumas 4-H Club ture and utilized building Portola materials that provided all of one's needs without de- Ambulance stroying the countryside or to be used its views. Recently, there seems to It is high time our elected be a lot of concern in the officials sat back and looked community about the future not only into the future but remembered our past and Imp 1211