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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 11B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Any Plumas community could easily be the next Weed Weed burned. It was a fluke, I guess, because any other community, say each and every one of ours in Plumas County, could burn just as easily. It isn't just about the critical importance of "protection zones" or "defensible space"; it's about conscious awareness and vigilance and constant tending to the wellbeing of our communities. Maybe the scariest part about the fire in Weed was the ability of wind and temperature to outperform a "defensible" township. In the Storrie Fire, had the wind WHERE I STAND BILL POWERS COUNCIL MEMBER PORTOLA CITY COUNCIL stayed steady and strong, Quincy would have experienced a firestorm that would have rained embers down on everyone. During the Moonlight Fire, had the wind changed direction one more time, Greenville, Taylorsville, Genesee, Canyon Dam and Chester might have been that year's Weed. Portola would have been lost at least twice in my memory -- if the wind hadn't been favorable. Every wildland f'wefighter, both present and retired, will tell you similar tales of what weather -- particularly wind, low humidity, drought-stressed fuels and heat -- can do to advance a fire, and that the only deterrent to keeping a controlled spread from becoming an inferno is to get ahead of it, contain each and every spot fin'e, and to maintain diligence for hours if not days thereafter. The wildland/urban interface, or WUI, has created our present communities, but also our present critical concern. We've spread our core towns out into our forests; our vacated mill sites and ranches out into tree-riffled development areas, and our lakesides into comfortable retirement tracts. Ask Valley View residents, just west of Beckwourth, if they remember the 1960 Charles Fire that burned from Willow Creek Road west of Portola to Reconnaissance Peak and denuded most of the land on which they have now built their houses. The other sadness in each of our communities is the frustration of recruitment for our fire and emergency services teams. If you live here, if you have dependent children, dependent seniors or just want to see your community avoid the tragic devastation that has occurred in Weed and will happen one day somewhere else near you, then it is your duty to be part of the vigilance. If you can't fight fire, you can make phone calls or walk from one end of your block to the other and watch for falling embers. If you can't walk from one end of the block to the other, you might be able to make spaghetti for the fundraiser to help pay for training or equipment for the more able-bodied folks that are going to save your house. Fire season is the time to put any differences, arguments and debates aside and come together in each and every community, combining our knowledge, our resources and our strength. Because devastating fines are equal opportunity destroyers. Local tea party identifies mission, reviews accomplishments The Plumas-Sierra Tea Party Patriots ( is celebrating its fourth season this year. We've taken a look back to see what we accomplished. First, for those who do not know us and even those who think they do, here is a little background information. Our adventure began in 2010 when Sandy and Dave Hopkins, who were active with the Tea Party Patriots in Auburn and have family roots and a vacation cabin in Plumas County, decided to share their experience and WHERE I STAND LYNN DESJARDIN COORDINATOR PLUMAS-SIERRA TEA PARTY PATRIOTS the tea party mission with their friends and neighbors here. The Plumas-Sierra Tea Party Patriots has a three-part mission. First is a constitutionally limited government. The U.S. Constitution is the blueprint for self-governance in which the government works for the people, not the other way around. Jefferson said, "The federal government is our servant, not our master." We have let it become the master. Jefferson also warned, "When governments fear the people there is liberty. When people fear the government, there is tyranny." Reviewing the last several decades we find ourselves increasingly on the road to tyranny. Part of our mission, therefore, is to recapture our constitutional rights so we once again have a smaller government controlled by the people. One way to get that process going is to elect people to office who reflect the people's bidding. We encourage everyone to take the election process seriously and vet candidates accordingly. We can no longer afford to be apathetic. We must be objective in our choices instead of making elections a popularity contest. Second, we need a government that is fiscally responsible. Uncontrolled debt is dangerous, whether it's personal debt or the debt of a country. When we do not control spending and borrow from our enemies or even our friends, we relinquish our sovereignty. We expect our government to be fiscally responsible and not commit us and future generations to unmanageable debt and the loss of freedom that goes with it. Last, we believe in a free market economic system. A free market is the economic part of capitalism, which is a social system based on the principle of individual rights. Politically it is the system of freedom. Legally it is a system of objective laws -- the rule of law as opposed to rule of man. Economically, when such freedom is applied to the sphere of production, its result is the free market. America, through capitalism and free markets, is the most successful republic in history. See Desjardin, page 14B LETTERS to the EDITOR t Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per person will be published; and only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous, or open letters. ltters must no t exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters should not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at 3p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or e-mailed to dmcdonald@plumasnew co Stealing signs More degrading tactics by the ultra-conservatives. They are now stealing Heidi Hall's signs. Heidi has lost about half of her signs throughout the district, including the only one in Quincy. Replacing signs is an expense that the Democratic Party can ill-afford. While our platform speaks for the 90 percent who are just getting by economically, which probably includes the misguided degraders, the Republicans speak only for the 10 percent who have 90 percent of the wealth. As a result of the Supreme Court's weird recent decisions, the Koch brothers have pledged to the Republican Party one hundred million dollars for last-minute attack-ads around the country. They have already donated $2.5 million. Among many other Democrats, five key Democratic senators have been targeted for a last minute blitz of negative ads with most probably nothing positive as usual. So, sign-stealers, isn't it outrageous enough that conservative members of the Supreme Court hobnob with ultra-conservatives and always decide in their favor, and that the Koch brothers alone have been allowed to spend enough money to buy the government? Why do you have to further demean your party by stealing Heidi's signs? Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville 'Writer's comments insensitive I have been reading the Feather River Bulletin since 1976. I found my first job here posted in the Classified Section. I read with pride the births of my children. And even had the surprise pleasure of sitting next to Mr. Ev Bey and guests at an Oakland A's game way back when. The articles and contributions have run my emotional gamut over the entire spectrum of offerings. But the article by Will Ferris comparing North Vietnamese soldiers to pesky ground squirrels, and blowing off their heads, just chapped my hide. And this hide is pretty thick. Will, please, just think about it. V.C. squirrels? Really? In these sensitive times? And I'm assuming V.C. doesn't stand for Very Cute. We're already in trouble with Germany for bugging their phones. Imagine having an article appear about having them stick their heads out of holes to use as target practice. And yes, Sergeant York was a classic. But I think even that one wouldn't play well in Peoria right now. I know, First Amendment rights yadda yadda. But insensitive and rude is just plain insensitive and rude. Secondly. Your 10 million dollar blaring headline about the illegal marijuana confmcation was just so very sad. The expense of taxpayers' pennies. Unless, of course, it's decided to sell it to Colorado or Washington. Think of it -- $10 million in the Plumas County coffers. Then, next year, any confiscation proceeds to PDH. The following year, a brand-spanking-new, long-awaited and very much needed, assisted living facility. The possibilities just boggle the mind. Christina Connolly Quincy Berg a credible candidate Until recently there were only two official candidates for District 5 Supervisor. As of Sept. 12, Alice Berg, a third-generation Plnmas County resident, became an official write-in candidate. Alice brings important professional career experience and a formal education to the job, including running three small businesses and serving on four nonprofit boards. She also has over 10 years of public service with state and federal agencies. Alice holds a bachelor's degree in pre-medical studies and a master's degree in natural resource management, a real asset in today's complex political and social landscape. Alice currently works as a contractor out of her home and will support the distribution of fiber optic throughout the district as well as critical amenities that will attract young ; ' professionals to our area. Alice has put her words into action already by promoting several multi-sport events in District 5 that attract athletes who eat in local restaurants, stay in local hotels and otherwise spend money to help boost our local economy. Alice has over 20 years experience with natural resource management. This experience is extremely valuable in performing the job of a county supervisor -- P1umas County is over 70 percent public lands with key water and forestry resources whose management creates local jobs. Alice has proven her commitment to building a strong community through her board service on the Johnsville Ski Hill project, the Mohawk Valley Stewardship Council, the Plumas-Sierra Bicycle Club and the Eastern Plnmas Chamber of Commerce, among others. You can learn more about Alice by visiting Alice is a credible candidate who will provide tangible benefits to Plumas County. Faith StraUey Quincy A hard decision In a letter on Sept. 17, I was declared to be a person of low ethics and leadership skills. The letter was written in response to an endorsement I gave of Jim Judd for County Supervisor. I was solicited to support Mr. Judd by his campaign committee. I used my professional titles because I feel a person's experience is relevant to making recommendations, especially in politics. This was my endorsement alone. When I read the letter, I was surprised and amused. Surprised because of the lack of perspective of the author in thinking she could persuade anyone with her letter, and amused by the fact that she would presume to be qualified to judge anyone else's ethics or leadership. Please ask anyone who knows me for their honest opinion. I would be proud for anyone to know how I run my life and how I function in my roles on special district boards. Also, ask anyone who knows the author of that letter and fund out about her ethics and leadership. To my knowledge, the only thing she has run is a losing campaign and an unsuccessful business. It has been a hard Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR mail: decision for me to support Jim Judd over Jeff Engle. I like JeffEngle and I believe he is one of Plumas County's best citizens and has the county's best interests at heart. However, I believe that Mr. Judd has a set of skills that are better suited for the govern (control) and mente (mind) can take you where you didn't know you wanted to be. They always talk development. Simultaneously, they preach sustainability. Be green. However, to the average person, development position of supervisor. He is and sustainable are a good team buyer ands,  ..... vlradoic0L rtter.  ..... good negotiator. He's experienced in the political arena and also has the county's best interests at heart. Either will work hard to do a good job. I will support whoever wins, any way I can. Larry Walker, President Plumas Eureka CSD Plumas County SDA It ain't broke -- fix it Govspeak words are not picked out of a fishbowl. They are carefully chosen to create either a positive or negative stimulus in our mind. Common words which we associate in our daily lives are used, but in a new, ambiguous context. For example the words or phrases: climate change, terrorism, development, sustainable. Fear and hope. Government-derived from sustainable development. Ahhhhh! Peanut butter and jelly. The sustainable development crew is ubiquitous. Thinking of better ways to ELX things that weren't broken. Woodbridge and the Portola City Courthouse are good examples. The central planners in sustainable development "target" an area and then fmd "stakeholders" to profit from the new great idea. How many cities built a park or ball park with borrowed re-de funds? They are , everywhere. And city after city pain from the fmancial burden of a failed project. But the creditor doesn't go away. Maybe he'll forgive debt for "favors." See Letters, page 12B Contact your elected officials:.. PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: / U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TrY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 Website: 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 Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 2885 i Chum Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, 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, Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. State