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Letters to the editor for the week of 10/23/19

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 [email protected].

Keep on writing

In reference to the First Plumas Pride Event article in the Sept. 25, 2019 edition, I was mortified that some of our local Christian Leaders put up a sign in their booth that read “We apologize for the way Christians have treated you.” Who are these local Christian Leaders and what are we as Christians supposed to be apologizing for?

Also, it was my understanding that when writing to the editor we were not supposed to mention other authors by name and yet in the same Sept. 25 edition of letters to the editor, one liberal leaning author slammed another conservative leaning author by name and this was allowed I was told, because the author that was slammed was an elected local official. I can understand though not really, it’s childish and disrespectful, the slandering that goes on with our state and national elected officials, but a local official, a member of our community, no.

I am really growing tired of the endless attacks on Conservatives and Christians and the need of opposing opinionated people to shut them up. So to Dr. Saxton, keep on writing your good common sense letters to the editor.

Nancy Barrett


No forum

As a member of the local League of Women Voters chapter, I was very hopeful that we could host a forum for the current candidates for our Assembly District, Elizabeth Betancourt and Megan Dahle. In fact, we had selected some dates for such a forum and contacted the candidates to ask them if they would appear. Elizabeth Betancourt said she would be happy to be at such a forum, but Megan Dahle never responded to our request, so the League reluctantly canceled the forum, since the intent was to have voters hear from both candidates.

The League of Women Voters always tries to host pre-election forums, both for candidates and to examine ballot measures. Our belief is that “Good government depends on the participation of informed and active citizens.” We are very disappointed that we were not able to have such a presentation at this time, but we hope to hold forums next year for many of the candidates and issues voters will be choosing among.

Ruth Jackson


Choice is clear

This November, Sierra County citizens will have the opportunity to help restore prosperity to rural Northern California by voting to elect Elizabeth Betancourt as our District 1 Representative to the State Assembly.

Degrees in the fields of forest and water resource management, plus a 20-year career body of research and policy work in the North State’s watersheds and communities uniquely qualify Elizabeth for the job. As a Shasta County farmer, small business owner and advocate for rural values and communities, Elizabeth understands the need to reach out to all stakeholders-business leaders, tourism advocates, environmental groups, timber companies, ranchers, and tribes — in order to set policy.

Science is about solving problems in an orderly, continuous fashion. Solving problems requires experience, cooperation, attention to detail and an ability to find fresh solutions to new problems as they arise. As a citizen, Elizabeth has experienced the current challenges facing rural communities including infrastructure and economic needs, forest management and water concerns and the effects of a changing climate. As a scientist, she has experience in finding solutions to those problems. Elizabeth is currently participating in the planning for management of our northern watersheds with the elevated threat of wildfires.

The alternative choice in this race appears to be an inexperienced political surrogate who will likely attempt to solve problems in a more traditional political manner — by yielding to the pressures of authority (i.e. her husband), party or faith. To me the choice is clear. I will vote for Elizabeth Betancourt.

Sig Ostrom

Sierra City

Educators uphold climate science

As educators we feel the misinformation, anti-intellectualism and anti-science letters regarding the climate crisis posted in this newspaper are an affront to the mission of Feather River College.

Specifically, the denial of the climate crisis is an ideological assault on learners, our common well being and the security of future generations.

Affiliation with an institution of higher education comes with a responsibility to accurately represent science, society and history.

Readers should recognize these letters as confused, unfounded and unconcerned with scholarship and intellectual exploration.

We confidently conclude that a climate crisis is at hand. We dedicate ourselves to learn about and teach the multi-faceted reality of this existential threat to the human experience.

In part, this means we will continue to expose and decode the fossil fuel industry’s propaganda on climate change denialism. As educators, fortunately, we uphold evidence-based science.

Chris Connell

Darla DeRuiter

Katie Desmond

Thomas Heaney

Darrel Jury

Will Lombardi

Anna Thompson

Bridget Tracy

Paul Vaughn

Faculty members

Feather River College

In response

I am writing in response to a recent LTE titled “Climate change event.” In it the writer asks some important questions about the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, a bill in the House right now that tackles our climate crisis by taxing carbon, with all revenues collected returned to American households in equal monthly payments.

Yes, all of us getting money each month seems too good to be true, but it is true, and I would never promote legislation or an organization without doing in-depth research first. Now that I have worked with Citizens’ Climate Lobby for nearly three years, I am even more impressed.

And it gets better. Around the same time last January that the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act was introduced into Congress, 3554 U.S. economists ran a full page ad in the Wall Street Journal coming out in support of such a plan as being the best way to move forward with mitigation of climate change. Support included 27 Nobel laureates and four past chairs of the Federal Reserve.

In answer to the writer’s second question, the bill calls for the Treasury Department to distribute all the fees collected, minus administrative costs, to U.S. households. Administrative costs are capped at 8 percent of fees collected during the first five years, after which they are capped at 2 percent. This keeps costs from going astray or otherwise being used unwisely.

I suggest that anyone with questions go to the CCL website, citizensclimatelobby.org.

Robbin Anderson


Presents of the past

The past (mine) began with the ‘Great Depression,’ a time of great disruption and family pain. Nevertheless, it was a time of belief in a brighter future. As grim as WWII was, it broke the depression. During my six years of college, rent was $20/mo. Four of us rented a house half a block from the campus. Tuition was $35 a quarter and work was always available at $1 to $2.50/hr. Not bad wages for the time. We had newspapers with competent investigative reporters. Though polio and other diseases were rampant, today’s diseases are just as devastating. Growing up, we played games by our own rules, without supervision. We followed our sports idols in newspapers and on the radio. We walked, rode bicycles, ran, hiked into the woods, swam in the creeks and did many odd jobs. When spring arrived in the Bay Area, we lived in a world of fruit trees and wildflowers. Friends were more than brief acquaintances, and school was for learning, rather than merely training. Only 15 percent of my class entered college. It was not a perfect world. WWII, the Korean War, and the incarceration of Americans of Japanese descent were proof of that. Racism flourished. Yet, in the absence of political correctness, we developed a greater ability to laugh at ourselves. “Amos and Andy” was enjoyed by Blacks and Whites alike. Today, we have given in to fear, fundamentalism, ignorance and greed. We have lost our perspective, our belief in a brighter future and even our understanding of the imminent demise of our republic. Perhaps a future generation will find sufficient courage and understanding to salvage our republic’s most valuable elements, before the light fails.

Wallace B. Eshleman


All liars

Imagine a world free of consequences. More than that, a world where your bad acts are largely ignored and where those that aren’t are absolved. A world where excuses are created and lies are told by others on your behalf. You are entering the Democrat Twilight Zone. This is how so-called journalists treat their fellow Democrats.

It’s good to be a Democrat, because as a Democrat not only do you get to define the standards to which your opponents are held, you are not held to those same standards yourself. Because the referees are on your team, you aren’t held to any standards at all.

Elizabeth Warren lied about being a Native American. Her DNA proved she lied. Now she is claiming she was fired from a teaching job in 1971 because she was “visibly pregnant.” Her “news clip video” shows otherwise. Jussie Smollett was mugged, yet we know how that turned out. Joe Biden’s drug abusing kid makes $50,000 a month doing nothing, because of his dad’s connections or threats? Kamala Harris claimed she smoked weed and listened to music on her college campus from artists that hadn’t yet recorded a note. Cory Booker invented an imaginary gangster friend named T-Bone and campaigned on the lessons his “friend” taught him. Bernie Sanders removed millionaires from his list of people to blame for people’s ills, until he became one. Now he owns three times as many homes as the average American. Beto O’Rourke, married the daughter of a billionaire, declared his miserly charitable giving (0.3 percent of his income, $1,166) claims he didn’t deduct all his giving (then why did he declare any of it?), while claiming the time he’s spending running for office “charity.” Remember Bill Clinton? Hillary? Really?

And you claim President Trump is a liar? Burp.

Trent Saxton

Lake Davis

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