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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 9B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Join state leaders for forest management reforms Over 9.4 million acres of our forests and grasslands burned this year -- including over 465,000 acres in California. For the first time in the U.S. Forest Service history, over half of the agency's budget is being spent on wildfire suppression. Not only did the Forest Service spend over $1 billion of your money to fight fires, it "borrowed" $700 million from non-fire programs to cover the shortfall. It's time to fix a broken system. Through our partners at the Sustainable Forest Action, supervisors in California's forested counties are urging the state's congressional delegation to stand tall for the inclusion of federal forest management reforms as part of any effort to fix the government's WHERE I STAND lost. As you continue working ......................................................... on legislation to improve BILL WlCKMAN HEALTHY FORESTS HEALTHY COMMUNITIES broken system for funding wildfire suppression. In their letter to California's congressional delegation, the county supervisors wrote that fLxing wildfire funding alone would not address the growth and severity of Wildfires as long as the federal government fails to treat forests that have become unnaturally overstocked and vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire, insects and disease. "Many Californians have lost everything in the blazes, which has created a life changing event to these families as they can only rebuild a portion of what was federal wildfire funding policies, we urge you to include reforms that would increase the pace and scale of needed forest management to restore the health and resiliency of federal forests, reduce the risk of future catastrophic wildfires and contribute to the economic and revenue needs of local communities." Please join our county supervisors in urging California's congressional delegation to secure reasonable and balanced reforms to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Visit our website healthyforests.org or send an email or letter directly to your federal representatives. In July, the U.S. House approved a bipartisan solution to end the nonsensical practice of "fire borrowing" when agencies are forced to rob money from management programs when they exhaust their fire suppression budget. The legislation would also give the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management the policy and legal tools to expedite critical forest health projects. We need to urge California's Senators to support this solution, or take some other meaningful action to FLX not just the symptoms of catastrophic wildfire, but the underlying cause as well. "As the county supervisors noted, active forest management is the best treatment for our overgrown and fire-prone forests. "Active forest management and restoration is one of the few effective, long-term solutions for improving Ne health of our forests and rural communities. The primary factor limiting active forest restoration on federal lands is the cost and time required for the Forest Service to satisfy exhaustive analytic requirements driven by conflicting regulations and litigation. "The Forest Service currently expends over $350 million annually on environmental reviews, limiting the money available for on-the-ground projects. Those reviews also take an average of 19-37 months to complete, delaying needed projects to get ahead of the growing threat. Fortunately, it is possible to streamline the environmental review process to improve the pace and scale of forest management projects without sacrificing conservation values." If you agree, please give your support as critical negotiations over fire funding and management legislation are underway. Ask them to stand tall for the forest management reforms we need to restore our forests back to health, and reduce the risk of larger and severe wildfires. After all, we must address the causes of these record wildfires, not just the symptom of growing suppression costs. Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization supporting Congressional action on solutions to restore the health o four federal forests and rural forested communities. For more information, visit healthy forests.org. Congressional members need to spend more time in D.C. When Paul Ryan became WHERE I STAND our families to Washington. House Speaker a few weeks ................................. But over the years, the ago, he made it clear that he LEE H. HAMILTON politics of the country have FORMER MEMBER grown strongly has no intention of spending u.s. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES too much time in anti-Washington. Members of Washington. His wife and Congress do not want to be children are in Wisconsin, he in Indiana was filled with associated with the city. pointed out, and he plans to events [ should have been They want to show they commute, as he's done since attending, haven't been seduced by the he got elected to Congress. "I Yet while we should lifestyle of the Nation's just work here," he told CNN, sympathize with the Capital or adopted an "I don't live here." compromises members of "inside-the-beltway" I have great sympathy for Congress have to make mindset. Ryan's Urge to strike a between their duties in They take pride in balance between family and Washington and their rejecting the elitism of work. It is very, very tough responsibilities back home, Washington. Today's politics for every member, let alone there's no question where make it hard to argue the Speaker, to live and work they must be to discharge that members should be far from home, and to weigh their public responsibilities, spending more time on constantly whether to be in If we want a Capitol Hill. Washington or back in the well-functioning Congress, Yet as "Washington Post" district, they need to be in writer Dana Milbank noted I remember that when I Washington more. recently in an insightful served in Congress, I felt I When I first got elected to column on the topic, ,'It's no was m the wrongplace Congress in 1964, members mere coincidence that in the Wherever I happened to be. If didn't have to split time time this trend has taken i was home in Indiana, I between their colleagues on hold, much of what had missed important meetings Capitol Hill and their .previously existed in on Capitol Hill. When I was families back in the district, Washington disappeared: in Washington, the calendar because most of us movedcivility, budget discipline, big bipartisan legislation and just general competence. In place of this have come bickering, showdowns, shutdowns and the endless targeting of each other for defeat in the next election." Expanding the Capitol Hill workweek, in other words, isn't just a symbolic gesture. It's one of the keys to reversing congressional dysfunction. For starters, you have to get to know your colleagues in order to do business with them. The amenities are crucial in politics, even more than in most spheres of working life. In any legislature, whether it's on Capitol Hill or in a state caPita! or in city hart, the very nature of the job ~S ......... going to involve disagreement. Yet everyone there is there to solve problems together; they have no choice but to work together. It's hard tolegislating. They work hard attack a person you know at constituent relations and well, but even more raising money and important, getting to know campaigning. one another -- and one Legislating, whether we another's families -- is an like it or not, takes a five-day essential lubricant for week, not the three they put resolving the issues you in at the moment. confront together. What I'm arguing for here Second, drafting legislation will not be popular with is highly demanding, because members of Congress, and it the core of it involves certainly won't get a warm building consensus. This reception from their families. takes time. It can't be forced. But they are elected to do the Members have to have the job of legislating. For the time and room to consider good of the institution they the options, look for common serve and the work product ground, and think through they owe the nation, alternatives, members need to spend more Politicians, in other words, time in Washington. need sufficient time to be good politicians and good Lee Hamilton is a Distinguished legislators. The array of Scholar, Indiana University tough issues that face School of Global and Congress can't be dealt with..~ ':,International,Studies;and a ; by part-time legislators. Professor of Practice, IU School of Which is what they are Public and Environmental right now. Members of Affairs. He was a member of the Congress work hard, but they U.S. House of Representatives for do not work hard at 34 years. 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 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 emailed to dmcdonald@plumasnews.com. Holiday stamps Today I had the honor of receiving the U. S. Post Office brochure titled "This season count on us ..." etc., etc. I assume all postal customers received it. The brochure tells us what we need to do to mail gifts and buy stamps. It pictures current "holiday stamps." I see stamps honoring many special days. There is a lovely one of a famous Raphael painting, including the artist's name. There is a really cute one of Charlie Brown and tells us there are actually ten different Charlie Brown Christmas "Forever" " stamps. Well, thank goodness we have Charlie Brown to remind us that the word Christmas is important and is actually the reason we have this December holiday. It can be shared, but shouldn't be ignored. I am glad my friends of other faiths can point to their holiday named stamps. I love Raphael's "Madonna and Child" and I'm glad that he (Raphael) got proper credit. I can only wish that Christ were as lucky. I wrote this same type letter last year and got no response from our Postmaster General. I don't have hope for anything this year either, but I must give voice to my opinion. So "Happy Hanukkah," Happy Kwanza" and "Happy Whatever." I'm sorry but I can't bring myself to wish anybody a "Happy Charlie Brown Day." Barbara B. Kendrick Lake Almanor West Who's the comedian? Bill Maher hosted a show from 1993 to 2002 called Politically Incorrect (PIC). However, his name wasn't mentioned in last week's letter; a comedian's definition of PC: "The doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority .... "Since you didn't attribute the quote to a specific comedian, is it safe to assume that you're the comedian? Gene Nielser~ Crescent Mills I'll only say 'hello' To the self-described poet and frequent columnist, residing in Taylorsville; as he laments. You've learned birds of a feather flock together. Smaller communities have become educated to those who would harm them. That harm comes from anti-Americans; like ISIS and communists, etc. They'll threaten you verbally, physically, mentally, emotionally and economically. No American citizen would willfully choose an enemy of freedom, liberty, or capitalism for association. They wouldn't want their children subject.ed to those people either. A traditional American isn't comfortable connecting with communists, liberals, socialists, LGBTs, orjihadist and possessions. sympathizers. If you're a tree-hugging A majority of older, socialist, in love with one educated, Americans (Tea world government, Party voters) promote sensitivity training, same sex American values. Most marriage, Hillary and Bernie worked hard for a living. Sanders inspire you, don't Despite the media, we expect too many intimate actually believe in the Bible, conversations; you'll get a guns and freedom of hello and goodbye. Like your expression. The world neighbors, I'd ignore you too. doesn't owe us a living and You can't choose your family, we don't expect government but "we" can choose our to provide for us. Unlike friends. Obama, we created our We like our American lifestyle without help. If the culture as it was. We don't government didn't force wish to assimilate or be taxes from us to give to perpetual victims. We don't others, we would have given accept inclusiveness, anyway. Understand, we're diversity, political Christians and Jews living correctness, sexual together in harmony. We're perversions, pseudo-elites, not out to make the world climate change, etc. We're accept our culture. We wish patriots, we follow the U.S. to be left alone with our Constitution, and our "flock beliefs, freedoms, liberties, of feathers" are red, white, Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our email: dmcdonald@plumasnews.com and blue; don't expect decisive action must be taken Christmas cards, to confront racism. There is Trent Saxton not time to advise with Lake Davislawyers, vice presidents and others. There is only time to Decisive action consult one's own conscience When the President of the and moral compass. We University of Oklahoma, cannot remain silent." David Boren, saw the Mark Twain, in reference sickening racist video to slavery, said the "shabby" circulated by a fraternity on silent lie was the worst lie. his campus, he closed the Now that the season of fraternity, boarded its giving, sharing and the windows and in the morning, brotherhood of mankind are while it was still dark, spoke being celebrated, will these to several thousand students and other "brothers" in hate on campus and marched with seek redemption? them, as they chanted, "Not Salvatore Catalano on our campus." Taylorsville Boren said, "Quick and 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@countyofphmas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofphmas.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;TI'Y/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: 5011 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563.112 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. www.LaMalfa.House.gov.; Facebook.comfRepLaMalfa; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. -Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. E1 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, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-00001, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 280 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/(916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.