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Letters to the editor for the week of 10/2/19

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Only in Quincy

On Monday, we found my beloved cat, Callie, in the roadway in my East Quincy neighborhood. She had been hit by a car and died. The next day, some people that I didn’t know knocked on my door. They brought me a bouquet of wildflowers and a sympathy card. They turned out to be neighbors who lived down the street. It was such a nice act of kindness from Dylan, Cindy and Bob, Brittany and Ronald, and Rebecca and Reggie; only in Quincy.

Charlene Retus & Art Gustafson


Comment of support

My wife and I are new business owners in Portola and just wanted to state, we are impressed with your paper. Great community support and coverage of all surrounding areas. We enjoy the no bias reporting and careful coverage of the big and small stories …

Great job.

James and Kelly Applegate

Applegate Budget Storage Portola


The past year of tragedies, with over 80 deaths, over 10,000 homes lost and a city destroyed-causing thousands to flee- has resulted in a more alert population and more government actions. Additional tragedies, such as landslides, shootings that abound and many other disasters have led to fire and police departments actively producing many new training programs and implementing new equipment. They are also now employing more personnel. Plumas County Fire Departments are no exception to this change. They are also now engaged in their own new training programs.

Plumas County is part of California and is entitled to the same services as larger populated areas like Sacramento. Cal Fire is modern and provides a fast response, serving most areas in California, but not Plumas County. The nearest Cal Fire Station to Quincy is about 80 miles away. That is about an 1-1 1/2 hours response time to get to Quincy.

Quincy Fire District owns land, fire stations and equipment. They currently, have three paid employees. It is an established fire department that Cal Fire could easily take over in order to provide a faster response time, 24/7 service and the latest equipment available. Most of the existing employees and some of the volunteers could become state employees with better pay and better benefits.

It is important to act now to get Cal Fire in Quincy while everyone is anxious about fire protection. Plumas County is extremely vulnerable to wild land fires. Meanwhile, Cal Fire is advancing their fire fighting equipment and that includes aircraft. If we have a fire in Plumas County, Cal Fire would be immediately available to all other volunteer departments in the county requesting assistance. Currently, we have to wait for volunteers to respond with apparatus, compared to Cal Fire being staffed 24/7. This would not affect the existing volunteer fire departments, but aid them by being available at their request. Cal Fire would have at least four firemen with an engine available at all times. Quincy airport is commonly utilized for fire aircraft and could be utilized by Cal Fire as well.

Let’s act now Plumas County Supervisors and departments to make this change and better prepare us for a safer future.

Gordon Lewis

Universal support

Hooray for the citizens of Quincy. You have proved that love and understanding is universal regardless of gender ID. I would have been there, but we had the same event in Redding. It was our 10th Anniversary, about 3,000 attended, gay, non-gay, young and old. Our LGBT+ supportive candidate for State Assembly, Elizabeth Betancourt, spoke before the large crowd. You have set a great and historic legacy for the Quincy area citizens. See you next year.

Frank Treadway


Helping others be themselves

As a member of the Quincy community (long time) and having worked here for over 30 years, I want to express my thanks to everyone who made the first gay pride parade possible. Growing up hiding and wanting to die for many years, I watched my friends and my cousin commit suicide because they couldn’t be themselves. I buried myself in pretense and work to achieve and gain acceptance, which I never did.

As the owner of Gansner water and power and Sheltonia Corporation and many other investitures I want to extend this opportunity to let the youth know you are not alone, times are changing. As this pride was my coming out, I will be happy to speak to anyone having no one to talk to. Thank you to all of my male friends who are straight but wore rainbow shirts and supported me. Thank each of all of you for your courage to open up and share who you are. You are special. I am here for you. Life is such an imperfect journey so lets help one another. God does not make mistakes, nor does he have one mold he makes us from. He loves diversity. Love conquers all …

Bill Shelton


No moral compass

Public education no longer is guided (as it once was) by traditional Biblical (God-directed) moral values. We as a culture have bought in to the idea that subjective values of right and wrong are ok to live by and follow. Not so.

Some of you, especially educators, myself included, state and federal congressional leaders as well as parents (and some students) will be offended by this over-generalization. We should be. Whether or not we operate this way personally, we are responsible. We have allowed ourselves to live as if there is no objective truth (but there is) and we have elected officials at all levels of education and government to operate this way. We have gone along with it. We are responsible.

In a kindergarten class recently, a 6-year old child controlled the classroom and to a certain extent the school. This child did it because it is “against the law” for a teacher to “touch a child” to bring about effective discipline. Children get away with it and apparently the staff and principal were unwilling or unable to effectively intervene. What is wrong with this picture?

The effect of this chaos is that other children who want to learn are hindered. The teacher has little time to teach. They must be patient disciplinarians with two hands tied behind their back. We allowed wrong standards in curricula, discipline, morality to be set and established. We paved the way. Now some children may decide what gender they will be, how they will act and what lifestyle they will lead. They follow their own heart to destructive ends.

Our public education no longer has a good moral compass. We must change that for God’s sake … for our kid’s sake… for our sake.

Ron Outland


Support Elizabeth

We are so fortunate to have someone like Elizabeth Betancourt running for Assembly District 1. Elizabeth understands first-hand the issues affecting us in this region — she is a rural advocate, a farmer, a small business owner, and has expertise in forestry as a watershed manager. Who could better represent the variety of concerns we face and the balancing act needed to make it all work?

Elizabeth Betancourt is supported by small donors like me, as well as organizations like the California Association of Professional Scientists and the California Federation of Teachers.

I am concerned about some of the donors supporting Elizabeth’s opponent, Megan Dahle. Dahle’s supporters include Philip Morris (big tobacco), Mallinckrodt (a D.C. based opiod pharma), GEO Group (for-profit prison operators based in Florida), Fresenius (a kidney dialysis company based in Germany) and Monsanto (RoundUp/cancer). Source: Redding Record Searchlight, Sept. 14, 2019. These do not sound like the kind of organizations I would want my representative to owe or even hold in esteem.

Elizabeth Betancourt says on her own website “Across the North State, we share a vision to see our communities and our way of life thrive. We want to see that future generations can continue our traditions and build on our success.” Visit Elizabeth’s website BetancourtForAssembly.com to find out more about this remarkable leader who is willing to work for you and me. We are lucky to have such a choice. Vote for Elizabeth Betancourt, Assembly District 1, and mail your ballot in time to be counted for the Nov. 5 election.

Elaine Darrah


Hemp not plastic

Can you imagine inheriting the wealth that William Randolph Hearst did from his father George then taking out many magazines like #1 Harpers Weekly that ran from 1857 to 1914 with his ingenious invention of Yellow Journalism, the CBS Sunday Mornings type of reporting of that era. Papers and magazines that stuck to politics and the elitist mainly lost in the end to Hearst’s innovative stories regarding sensationalism, corruption and human interest that captured America’s heart and intrigue.

He bought many papers all over America like his father George did previously purchasing mining operations with his partners McLaughlin and O’Reily from Virginia City to Peru, this helped build our great nation as that gold and silver allowed us to fund other countries wars like England and France and allowed us to mass produce and mint silver and gold coins and we haven’t looked back as a nation since. W. R. Hearst also crafted rumored legislation that made hemp illegal as he competed with the hemp manufacturers in the timber and paper industries and since the depression era hemp has been guilty by association by hanging out too close to its 60 percent by popular vote cousin, Mr. Green Jeans. (Depending on what State you live in.)

It is obvious hemp can solve the plastic problem of grocery bags at a supermarket’s, straws, six-pack holders, even entire subdivision communities up in the State of Washington being constructed by hemp, google it.

Time to stop thinking same side or the highway and start thinking out of the decomposing box, boy would we feel stupid looking back 100 years from now on what ended up happening with alcohol, Spuds McKenzie had a good life as a dog in America who would deny that now? I remember reading in a newspaper article about a man in Weed, California who was given life in prison for brewing a keg of beer in the 1920s, the guy that helped him roll it across the street got a $100 fine.

Mark Twain once wrote, “History never repeats itself, but it rhymes.” I think it’s time we all think ahead and use hemp to solve the many serious environmental problems we are all faced with by the population of micro plastics that is literally flowing through your body as you read this, but you’re more afraid of hemp, not so distant relative to cannabis.

Many rivers to you.

Jack Trout


Absolutely correct

There was one recommendation made by Mr. Lake Davis that was absolutely 100 percent correct. Any sports teams facing Quincy at FRC should be allowed the use of locker and shower facilities. The cost for hot water and short-term rental should come from the gate receipts/athletic team budget.

Many people don’t realize that some strong, fast and highly talented athletes could be involved in every play; every snap on offense and defense, every kickoff/return, every punt/return and every field goal attempt/F.G. defense. Two direct results of this strenuous activity are soreness and perspiration.

The policy of not allowing visiting athletes access to facilities might even work against recruiting for future FRC teams. Could you imagine the reaction of that blue-chip recruit, getting a call from FRC’s recruiter, on the day after playing the entire game, then riding the bus back to Alturas or McCloud?

Gene Nielsen

Crescent Mills

Chairman Mao vs Donald Trump?

I sincerely appreciated reading the comments of Hal Stemmler in the Sept. 18 edition of the local paper. It is so wonderful that citizens can share a respectful discourse about the issues of our times.

Something which I wish to be very clear about is that, while I view myself as a capitalist, I am not opposed to socialism completely. My issue is with the hypocrisy of politicians, such as Donald Trump, who label their opponents as socialists and then proceed to perform clearly socialist actions themselves. These socialist actions include telling private business persons who they cannot do business with and forcing other industries to depend on government subsidies, like with American agriculture.

I also appreciate Mr. Stemmler’s recognition of the importance of history. If we look carefully at the historic actions as statesmen by Mao and Trump, we will find many similarities. Both leaders operated (or operate) as egocentric petty tyrants who disregard the advice of persons with real world experience. Both created grandiose plans, which are often poorly conceived and poorly executed and gained power by encouraging their citizens to fight against one another. Both covered up their mistakes by spreading lies and passing the blame on to other persons.

In the “Great Leap Forward” between 1958 to 1962, Mao, against the advice of his best advisors, attempted to re-direct the Chinese economy in such a short time and with such poor planning, that many projects wasted valuable resources to achieve nothing, while Chinese agriculture collapsed to the point where over 20 million persons starved to death. Mao further consolidated his power despite the travesty of his Great Leap Forward, having lied about his failures and blaming others for his mistakes. This eventually led to the greater disaster of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, which wrecked untold havoc on the citizens of China in the mid-1960s.

One part of the historical record where there is no comparison between Mao and Trump regards their military service. It would be a great dis-service to history if Mao, a world recognized military genius, were compared to a draft dodger and coward such as Donald Trump.

Ken Donnell



Curiosity might well be the redeeming factor in Homo sapiens, yet it is not restricted to our species. I was reminded of this some months ago when a hummingbird zipped past while I was sitting on my deck. A moment later it came back and hung suspended four feet before my nose. Then it came two feet closer and moved its head and eyes to fully observe my face before zipping off. Many years ago, I found myself in a rowboat in the Ganges River opposite the burning ghats. With little interest in funeral rites, I was fascinated by the six beautiful, sleek, black Ganges dolphins that came up to the boat, and circled and leaped while keeping a close watch on the strange intruder. We’ve all had encounters with curious critters. Once, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, I had a surveyor’s transit set up next to a barbed wire fence, when I felt a presence behind me. A mountain lion was sitting on the hillside perhaps 50 feet away. For several minutes we appraised each other. Then the lion wandered off and I went back to work. Dogs investigate everyone. Cats pretend that they are not interested. Only last year, two young deer strolled out of the herd at Mt. Hough golf course and stood by the green while I missed a long putt. Then they walked away, perhaps in disgust. Almost all large species exhibit curiosity but small children and puppies seem to be unquenchable. Sadly, as we grow older and become politicians, businessmen, businesswomen and other self-oriented citizens, we tend to lose our wonderful curiosity about this fascinating and complicated world. Fear of change, and of anything new, is perhaps understandable. But it is such a waste of our brief lives.

Wallace B. Eshleman


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