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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 11B COMMUNITY PERS P E C T IVE Stewardship continues to work on Mt. Hough Trail System The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is pleased to confirm the ongoing development of the Mt. Hough Trail System. Working in partnership with Plumas County and the Plumas National Forest Mt. Hough District, and funded via California off-highway vehicle funding, this project epitomizes several principles that are central to SBTS: community involvement, interagency cooperation and support, and the creation of multiuse recreational trails as a community asset. One important factor in causing this project to come to fruition has been the desire at the county level to see the WHERE I STAND MIKE FERRENTINO SIERRA BUTTES TRAIL • STEWARDSHIP community succeed. The Plumas Board of Supervisors, realizing the high level of motivation amongst the local citizens, did a stellar job of advocating multiagency support and worked at pushing this project through. Featuring a network of combined OHV-legal and other multiuse trails, the network will total over 27 miles of handcrafted trail built almost entirely by local labor. The Mt. Hough system has been in the planning stages for several years, and will serve as a recreational draw for Quincy for generations to come. The combining of California OHV grants and Plumas National Forest access and cooperation ensures that the next three years will be a productive period of trail building in this region. Completion of this trail project will enhance and broaden the already highly regarded reputation of Plumas County trails. That's the straight and narrow of it. But let's take that a level deeper. This place is home to many of us. Most of our trail building crew, the same people you know from' volunteer workdays and have seen out on the trails over the years -- Henry, Troy, Cody -- live in Quincy. We are headquartered a few miles down the road from there in Clio. These trails matter to us. They matter, obviously, because on a purely selfish level we want more trails to play on. More than that, they matter because at our core we strongly believe this: enhancing the opportunities for outdoor recreation in an area is a proven way to help the social and economic health of the surrounding community. And, since we live here, we want to invest in the health of this community, and see it flourish. It has been a long time since anyone has invested in recreational trail use on this level up here. And it is something of a landmark of cooperation between community, federal agencies, state agencies and our stewardship that this is happening. At the bureaucratic level, this is akin to magic. It doesn't happen predictably or often that everyone's goals and needs are aligned in the same direction and the same timeframe. This is really something commendable, and we are thankful for those partnerships for making this become a reality. We think getting people out enjoying the outdoors is important. We believe that building and maintaining world-class trails is a key to unlocking that potential for enjoyment. We really (clich6 as this may be about to sound) believe that when people are given a chance to savor the grandeur of nature and at the same time breathe hard and have some fun, they absorb some sense of why this big outside world of ours needs to be cherished, respected, loved and stewarded. We're hippies that way. And proud of it. We hope to see you up here; we've got some trails to talk about! 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; and only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous, or open letters• Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters should not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at 3 p.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 dmalonald@plumasnews.mm. A safer road To Caltrans, CHP and everyone else involved trimming Highway 70 from Portola to Bordertown... I support Engel We have an election coming up soon. I live in District 5 and we are voting for a new supervisor. My support is going to JeffEngel. I have known Jeff for several years and I have found him and his family to be hard-working, reliable, friendly and trustworthy. Joiner E ffecient F air Focused Energy N ice Grandfather Electric Likable. Barbara Mowrey Blairsden I know Jeff Engel I first met Jeff when he was a freshman at Portola High School. Seven years later he thanks much. ..... married Jennifer. Her aunt Tl!,v!bil!I;Y--,.0OR9 ,,, .......  Marityn said, "Come much" b6tter for the animals honeymoon in Oxnard. You safety and ours. Much can stay on our boat. We'll go appreciated. Holly Johnson Portola More deputies needed I am writing because I am concerned about the lack of patrol deputies in our communities. It is mind- boggling how one deputy is expected to cover Indian Valley as well as Chester and its surrounding areas at the same time. We all know how long it takes to travel those distances on a good day. This lack of adequate staffing not only puts the communities at risk but it also puts the deputy at risk. They obviously cannot be their own back-up. Indian Valley and Chester are two different communities that deserve a minimum of two patrol deputies. Although there are two deputies on at night, they normally ride together for their safety, which equates to one patrol unit covering two areas. There should be a patrol unit in each area for quicker response times, which prevents crime. Our resident deputies have taken the time over the years to get to know the community members and have earned their respect. This allows the deputies to resolve issues quickly and accurately• Deputy Phil Shannon and Deputy Steve Clark are two fine examples of deputies who have lived and patrolled these communities for many years and it shows in the low crime rate in Indian Valley. They have been instrumental in preventing any crime from getting out of control. They, as well as our other resident deputies, have always been visible and active in the community. We are very lucky to have them here. These deputies are now expectedto respond back and forth between Indian Valley and Chester on a moment's notice which is a disservice to the communities. Margaret Davis Greenville, CA fishing off the Channel Islands." An expert scuba diver, Jeff rented diving gear, and got fish, scallops and lobsters. Returning he asked Jennifer, "How would you like living here?" She said," Whereever you are is my home now." A sign at the boatyard said 'help wanted'. Jeff talked with Lenard, the owner. Scraping the bottom of boats paid $2.35 per hour. Jeff said he needed $4.00, as he'd left a $7.00 per hour job laying out road for the USFS: He got a job as a laborer and soon ran a crew of four. The owner told Jeff he ' wanted to vacation two months sailing the coast of Italy. He asked Jeff to manage the yard while he was gone. When the owner returned the yard had made the fwst profit since he'd bought it. At 25, Jeff was made manager, given a new company truck and a year later was made vice president. Jeff and Jen bought a beautiful home with a big swimming pool in Ojai. Their daughter Jaymie was born. All was well, but they missed Plumas County. So, they bought the old Satley Store. Jen sold groceries and sandwiches. The boatyard was sold and Jeff agreed to remain as manager for one year. He was given a note for 15 percent of the business and told Jen, "We have income for two years." But he wanted to buy a dump truck, trailer and backhoe and go into business. I went to Oxnard and drove his pickup back; Jeff drove the dump truck. With the note as collateral, Jeff paid back a bank loan and still had income. We have three daughters: Jennifer, Cindy and Melissa. Jeff married Jen 40 years ago and Jeff is the son we never had. He's honest, reliable and would make a great county supervisor. Ole Olsen Graeagle Hall is really one of us I suppose Doug LaMalfa's supporters must consider Heidi Hall a viable alternative to replacing him in the First District Congressional seat, or they wouldn't bother to abscond with her signs. Can't say I disagree with them, although sign stealing isn't an appropriate way to express one's view in a democracy. Hall is, in fact, more than a viable alternative to first-term Representative LaMalfa, whose slogan, "He's one of us," I find seriously amusing (oxymoron intended). It strikes me as being the height of hypocrisy to vote for farm subsidies that benefit your family's agricultural business and contribute to your personal wealth, while at the same time voting down food stamps for those either unable to find a job in a still-weak economy or working multiple low.paying jobs and still unable to make ends meet. Heidi Hall is a product of the middle class that is struggling to maintain itself. She really does understand how difficult it is for working Americans to hang onto even a shred of the "dream," much less prosper. She's smart and she gets it. I recently heard Hall speak, and I like what she stands for -- a return to civility in the halls of Congress and a pledge to work across the aisle to produce real help for the middle class; a reduction of interest rates on student loans to help college students gain the education we keep telling them they must have in order to get ahead; and increased services to veterans, a group we laud mightily in patriotic frenzy, yet ignore when they return from combat and need assistance. It behooves Plumas County voters to consider supporting Hall's candidacy for Congress. When it comes to seeing someone as being "one of us," she's a much better fit than Doug LaMalfa. Susan Christensen Quincy Services shouldn't depend on profit Imagine having your water turned off because you have a balance due of $150 or were two months behind on your bill. This is happening in Detroit. The once thriving home of America's auto industry, Detroit is in Chapter 9 bankruptcy and the residents without employment. Michigan's republican governor appointed an "emergency manager" who has mandated the city to turn offpeople's water (but not businesses) for nonpayment. Over 5,000 homes and over 19,000 people are denied water. Water is a fundamental requirement for life. People die without clean water. Detroit's emergency manager, in essence, is willing to kill people if they can't pay their water bill. Is this what America has become? America has over $1 billion/month for war in the ('we've always been at war with East Asia') Middle East, but we let America crumble and Americans die: Our ancestors learned that a thriving and healthy civilization required certain common necessities. They built aqueducts and sewer systems -- the most basic societal requirements. As societies matured, other necessities such as garbage collection and power were also made part of the commons. A community's public works department used to handle these public utilities• The services were provided to the community at cost. Communities realized that only one delivery mechanism is more efficient, therefore it was owned by the community. Then, things changed as evident by the Detroit water issue. We have let greed infiltrate our pubic utilities. Private corporations, whose only mission is to earn a profit for their shareholders, were allowed to own and operate public utilities. Whereas people used to pay for only the cost of the service, now people also pay shareholders's dividends. This is wrong. Private corporations providing a, public service must be eliminated. Nobody should profit from common services required to live and for societies to thrive. Mark Mihevc Graeagle Is this our future? It is 2024 -- Barack, Hillary, Harry, their courts and the other progressives won. Religion: reading your Bible alone -- assuming you saved one before they were confiscated. There are no churches or public worship. • The word "God" and references to Him are scrubbed from all books, public buildings, private homes, open speech and all communications (atheism/courts). To control population (Agenda 21) and because morality and conscience no longer exist, births are controlled by abortion. With religion eliminated, marriage is unnecessary. People cohabitate at will. There are no family units. Children who are allowed to live are raised by "the village." Common core (federal education) prepares them to perform duties assigned by the government. Disabled children are euthanized or sent to institutions where their care is determined by the United Nations. (UNICEF) The elderly (ACA/Sunstein), disabled, toddlers (Holdren); and others who do not contribute to the common good can be eliminated. Communications (NSA), medical records (ACA), and personal fmances (IRS) are government monitored, Personal responsibility and consequences for bad behavior are obsolete. Transgressors are rehabilitated (Colorado). Government controls water, agriculture, ranching (BLM/EPA/Agenda 21); business and industry (taxes/regulations); and banks (Justice Department/Federal Reserve). To protect the environment, people must work, live and play in concentrated population centers (EPA/Agenda 21/Forest Service). Government provides food, clothing, shelter, transportation, medical care, etc. (entitlements). To ensure income and social equality, personal wealth is prohibited -- except for the "leaders." Citizenship is optional (open borders). Elections are irrelevant-- no citizenship or identification necessary. Islam is spreading (Michigan), as is Sharia law (Oklahoma). Opposition to governmenL and gun ownership are banned (Civilian National Security Force/Justice Department/IRS/courts). China and Russia own most of the U.S. (national debt). Government is federally centralized. States have no sovereignty (grants). ...Constitution? What constitution? Lynn Desjardin Portola No defense for bad behavior Either at the end of the 1980s or the beginning of the 1990s, I happened to hear a segment of a Rush Limbaugh talk radio show at a friend's house. I had never heard of him, so I decided to listen to him for a while. It didn't take long to catch onto his drift so I mentally tuned him out, but the one thing that struck me was his answer to a critic who wanted to know how he could call himself part of the "family values" party when he was divorced. Rush answered that it was not his fault that he was divorced. It was his wife who sued him for divorce. No' matter who sued whom, something was wrong with that family's values. The other day, commenting on the new sexual assault regulations at Ohio State, Rush said, "No means yes if you know how to spot it." That falls right in with his statement that our harsh treatments of Islamic prisoners were no worse than college pranks. His prisoner comment argues that it is all right to ignore the Geneva Conventions and to blindfold, water-board, harm and otherwise terrify prisoners. His Ohio State comment argues that it is all right for a male to force his attentions on a woman when hethinks he has "spotted" her "no" as "yes." Isn't that what they call rape? Both comments defend aggressive and abusive behavior. I wonder if he mistakenly "spotted" a "yes" when his former wife had said "no." Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Global warming debunked Thanks to our local Caltrans for clearing the brush along Highway 70 between Beckwourth and Highway 395. Kudos to the dedicated crews and Highway Patrol offmers for keeping it safe during the clearings. "Warmers" will deny this: A study just conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 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: 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; 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: 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 Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. lamalfa.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 2885 Churn 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 El 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: gov.ca.gov/ (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. State