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8B Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Tax measures are a matter of public safety Residents in Eastern Plumas are being asked to approve a tax measure to support their local fire department, while those in Crescent Mills and Quincy are considering whether to approve a parcel tax that will keep the street lights glowing in their neighborhoods. Ballots were sent to registered voters in the three areas and must be returned or postmarked by Nov. 7. All three measures require a two-thirds vote to pass, so every ballot could be critical in deciding the outcome. While we aren't generally proponents of higher taxes, we think that when it's a matter of public safety, it could be money well spent. And it's easy to make the argument in favor of these measures by simply turning on the television or reading this newspaper. This has been fire season -- both here in Plumas County and across the state. Plumas County has been blessed this fire season that a combination of rapid response and cooperative weather prevented the apocalypse that devoured the wine country last week. Communities from Chilcoot to Taylorsville were in wildfire paths and escaped thanks in part to the rapid response not only of the Forest Service, but to local volunteer fire departments. Anything we can do to support those efforts we should. And our local volunteers do more than fight fires; they respond to a multitude of emergencies, including vehicle accidents, medical aid calls and hazardous incidents. We encourage the residents served by Eastern Plumas Fire to vote yes on Measure C. As for lighting, now is not the time to turn off the street lights. District Attorney David Hollister said that his office has seen a 22 percent increase in crime this past summer, and anyone who is a regular reader of our Sheriffs Blotter can't help but notice the uptick in incidents. Lights are a deterrent for crime, and any lecture on improving security around one's home includes lighting. PG&E has just made a significant' local investment in street lights, improving the visibility as well as their efficiency. The lighting is uniform and no doubt if the lights are turned off, some residents will erect their own replacements, opening up the potential for a hodgepodge approach to the situation. No one wants to pay more on their property tax bill and these increases come at a time when residents have just received their annual assessments, which already bear a list of past tax measures including school bonds. But now is not the time to say "no." Following the first year, Quincy property owners would pay no more than $18.56 per year or $1.55 per month to keep the lights on. Crescent Mills' property owners would pay no more than $3.37 per month for street lights, and those in Eastern Plumas would pay less than $5.50 per month for their fire department. Feat /:i fil)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 Mari Erin Roth Will Farris Stacy Fisher Susan Cort Johnson Susan Jacobson Ashley Arey Lauren Westmoreland Gregg Scott Maggie Wells Sam Williams Michael Condon Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Indian Valley Record (530) 283-0800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 283-0800 M@m[~r, California Newspaper Publishers Assoc. 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. Beautiful I wanted to send a "shout out" to our wonderful community here in Quincy. The flower baskets, weed eating, and garbage pick up around both East Quincy and Quincy, businesses being bought and remodeled that has really made a huge difference to the look and feel of our community. When Dale and I moved back to our community after being gone for 12 years, our daughter Jessie was the one who thought Quincy looked "unhappy." I contacted Lori Simpson to discuss this observation and she was able to organize a community cleanup over a year ago. I wanted to be sure and acknowledge how beautiful our town is and how "happy" it looks and feels, from the painting of buildings in East Quincy to the rockert Quincy Jr. Sr. High School, to the Subway and beyond. Barbara Sidener Quincy No commercial grow , I am a long time resident of Plumas County, and am writing to protest the possibility of the board to allow the growing of cannabis for commercial reasons. To do so the plant needs great quantities of water, and fertilizer. Two weeks ago, an article in the S. F. Chronicle described how Siskiyou County was feeling the affects of cannabis commercial growing. The runoff from the plants has entered their streams and still water ponds which in effect has killed fish and under growth. I certainly do not want this to happen in this county. And so am writing to ask all Plumas County Board members to negate any vote allowing the growing of that plant in Plumas County for any reason. Any economic advance from growing cannabis here, is not worth the deterioration of new growth, plants, trees, or the sickening / death of animals. John K Probst Quincy A friend's experience I'm sharing the effects of commercial cannabis on other adjacent property owners I know. I've heard odor complaints from locals in residential neighborhoods, who, in hot weather -- can't open their windows at night for interior cooling. Others, complaining about harvest-time odors, were told by a grower in a public meeting at the fairgrounds that they lived in the middle of a national forest containing skunks, so they must "live with" the adjacent growing operation's smells (not a very neighborly statement). On Oct. 9 1 got some depressing news from friends who live near Murphys, in Calaveras County. After acquiring five acres of rural property amid Blue Oaks and Manzanita, then spending over half a million on construction of a large shop, house, and detached mother-in-law home, my friends are beginning final preparations to sell out and leave. Why were they chased out of their newly-completed dream property after escaping the Bay Area? "Pot-preneurs" have set up operations on two adjoining parcels; there are smells, noise, and a constant parade of itinerant visitors to the grows. My friends are concerned about becoming totally surrounded by more of this, losing property value, watching their dream erode. To be honest, they are also beginning to fear for their possessions and their safety. Though Calaveras is considering a reversal to their commercial growing ordinance, the damage has already soured my friends on staying where they thought they'd be spending the rest of their lives. Plumas has an advantage over Calaveras and an opportunity. If we can achieve a strict moratorium on commercial growing, followed by a sane set of codes to protect our lives and cultune, no one will be forced to relocate or accept the kinds of changes that have plagued other rural counties. Bill Martin Quincy Pot farms The neighbors living next to a legal pot farm should not be adversely impacted by his neighbor. I returned in mid-August after being away for three months and was going to cook and have dinner outside on the deck. Before lighting the stove I smened propane smell. I checked the fittings with soapy water and even changed the tank to no avail. The next day I checked the stove itself but couldn't identify the source of the leak. On the third day I realized it wasn't my propane at all that made the air on my deck smell but rather the legal pot farm several hundred yards up the hill. In the evening when the air is still, my wife and I can't sit out on the deck with a glass of wine, enjoying the view of the mountains and smell the clean pine scented air. When we sit on our deck it smells like there is a skunk nearby. I can't leave the windows open because of the smell. Each legal pot grow needs to be evaluated on its own to determine if there is a negative impact on neighbors. I enjoy eating a good steak, but I don't want my neighbor to have a 500 head of cattle feed lot next door, and I can't see someone enjoying a joint while smelling the skunk odor of a pot farm. Gerald Beres Twain Missing the target Conspicuous in their absence in Northeastern California are lavish estates, mansions and multi-million-dollar corporations. I feel I must point this out to our Assemblyman, and the California Assembly Republican Leader, Brian Dahle. In the "Where I Stand" section of last week's paper, Mr. DaMe strongly advocated for a tax-reform proposal made by President Trump and submitted to Congress. Mr. Dalde listed what he sees as advantages to this tax-reform; and either doesn't know about, or didn't want to mention any downside. In contrast is an article by Stephen Ohlemacher of the AP, found in the Oct. 7 edition of the SF Chronicle: "Trump's promise of huge tax cut offers little for poor." The article states: "The poorest would get an average tax cut of about $60 a year, according to an analysis by the Tax Policy Center. Middle income families would get about $300 on average." As the article continues it states that: "families making about $700,000 a year-would get an average'tax cut of $129,000." Has Assemblyman Dahle been stuck in Sacramento for so long that he believes that his average constituent is closer to the $700,000 a year range? The "Where I Stand" statement sounds happy that business taxes would drop to 20 percent under the proposal, but the "maximum tax rate for small and family owned businesses, like (Mr. Dahle's) farm, to 25 percent?' Why would it be set up :so that larger businesses enjoy a 5 percent advantage over small, family owned businesses? Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Tax reform long overdue Tell your elected representatives in Congress, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, that it is essential that they pass comprehensive tax reform without delay and unnecessary "deliberation." Special interests who take advantage of tax loopholes are resisting because they do not want to lose their favored status. Translated, that means you pay more. Anybody who insists on deficit-neutral tax reform is lying to you, and knows it. A principle architect of President Trump's tax reform proposal is Larry Kudlow. Listen to him on KKOH every Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. His book, "JFK and the Reagan Revolution," chronicles the hugely successful tax reforms passed during the JFK and Reagan administrations. These reforms resulted in significantly higher middle class incomes and, indisputably, higher tax revenue for the federff[ government. The book is available in paperback. John Olofson Graeagle Pen in hand I take pen in hand as I would a sword, to defend my ancestors and all those who fought to defend their homes, homeland and kin against an invading army. I cite, as my ammunition, the several books including "The South Under Siege 1830 - 2000" by Frank Common. I was amused by the letter penned by a Quincy leR-winger saying how pathetic I was for supporting the Sons of Confederate Veterans. I quote Ben Jonson, 17th century Englishman, "It is the highest of earthly honors to be descended from the great and good. They alone cry out against noble ancestry who have none of their own." In rebuttal to the letter published 27 Sept. 2017, it contains nothing but half-truths and lies. Paragraph number one is more a lie than truth. The South was a sovereign nation and Lincoln raised a 75,000-man army to invade and conquer. Number two -- This is an outright lie. The South did not "go to war." It was defending itseff from an invading army. Slavery had nothing to do with it. Number three -- Not true at all. The Constitution is utterly silent on "Perpetual Union." The 10th Amendment to the Constitution is clear on this. Number four -- Wretched, miserable slander. General Lee was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. He resigned his commission to defend and fight for his home state, Virginia. Number five -- Nonsense, pure and simple. The South was placed under Military rule as reconstruction was called. Then came the carpetbaggers and scalawags to plunder and rape the: South. fdr thb ec:0rd ;: ' Just Confederate soldiers, saflbrs and civilians that fought in the war (Civil War on war of Northern aggression) are made of U.S. veterans by an act of Congress in 1956., That being said, I fred it disgusting and repulsive that one or two left-wing types continue to slander the South's greatest heroes. Have you no shame at all, no sense of honor or decency within? Deo Vindice. David Lubliner Beckwourth Speak up The First Amendment is clear: "Congress shall make no law.., abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble." But Congress has made laws regarding this Amendment: libel and slander laws, hate speech, falsely yelling fire in a theater, and 'free speech zones.' The reason why normal democratic and Constitutional supporting Americans don't support or acknowledge Antifa is because nobody knows who they are. Some, not all, wear masks and were armed. It's likely that right-wingers - the masked armed violent ones, infiltrated Antifa. Being armed, violent and masked is not peaceful assembly. The white supremacists (i.e. See Letters, page 9B REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian I00 YEARS AGO ... 1917 According to the California State Controller's Office, Plumas County's tax rate of $1.70 on each $100 of assessed valuation is eighth from the lowest rate of the 58 counties of California. The highest tax rate in California is in Kings County at $3.70 and the lowest is Kern County at $1.20. 50 YEARS AGO ... 1967 Final plans for the start of the construction of the new Chester water system are underway. There are three phases of the project: the pipeline, the pumping station and the 50,000 gallon water storage tank. Customer water rates and connection fees are being discussed by the Chester Public Utility District. 25 YEARS AGO ... 1992 After seven years of inactivity, the Louisiana Pacific (LP) sawmill site in Crescent Mills is being dismantled and demolished. At one time, employing 300 workers, the sawmill was closed in 1984 following a union strike. 10 YEARS AGO ... 2007 To date, Plumas County law enforcement have rid the surrounding fol sts of approximately 28,000 pounds of marijuana, making it safer for hikers, campers, hunters, fishermen and outdoorsmen. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspaper archives and represent writing styh,.s of that particular period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the orig,[nal newspaper.