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Letters to the editor for the week of 10/9/19

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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].

In support

I am writing this letter in support of Carson Wingfield for Sheriff for Plumas County.

I have known Carson, mostly on a personal level, for at least 12 years. I know him to be a hard-working, conscientious, and friendly person, who is a devoted father, husband and friend. There have been times when my husband and I needed help and turned to Carson, even though we know he already had enough on his plate with his growing family. But he was there and gave us time and assistance.

Carson has lived many years in Plumas County and has served the county well in the Sheriff’s Office during those years. He cares about the county and the people who live here.

I have been informed by someone who worked in the Sheriff’s Office for a number of years that Carson is well-liked by the people there and is respected for his work and for the way he gets along with the staff.

I am happy to say that I fully support Carson Wingfield for Sheriff of Plumas County.

Alice M. King


Someone to represent you

We have an amazing opportunity coming soon to Northeastern California. We have the chance to vote for real representation in the State Assembly.

Elizabeth Betancourt is not only a farmer and business owner, but she is also well versed in forestry, as a watershed manager. Her background makes her the perfect combination for our rural area with both agriculture and the forests that we love and fear. She knows what to ask for in Sacramento to make our forests more firesafe and less fearful.

In addition, she is taking no money from big industry or corporate PACs. She will not feel any need to dance to the tune set by the oil, tobacco, or pharmacy industries. She will be working for people like you and me to improve our healthcare, our economy and our way of life. We know that laws that are important in San Francisco and Los Angeles often don’t work here and we need someone in Sacramento who can be heard. Elizabeth Betancourt can be heard.

So why would you vote for a Democrat? Are you happy with how well your needs are met in Sacramento? Look down the street to your neighbors. Some of them are Democrats. Do you have more in common with them than the people still living in the big cities? Yes! We all need the same things here in Assembly District 1 and we need someone who can be heard, not ignored. We need someone to represent us in Sacramento. Elizabeth Betancourt will represent you.

Darrah Hopper


One jackalope, one vote

Browsing the internet, I noticed a U.S. map almost completely covered in glaring Republican red. Apparently, it was posted by Lara Trump, and both she and the president subsequently added: “Try to impeach this.” My thought was that Eric and Lara could load their two children into a minivan or SUV and take that wonderfully scenic drive along U.S. Hwy. 395, along the eastern side of the Sierra and occasionally crossing the Cal-Nev border. On those wide-open expanses between communities, they’d be almost as likely to spot jackalope as voters.

Gene Nielsen

Crescent Mills

Rights and the nation

The unavoidable problem with ‘Gay rights,’ ‘Women’s rights,’ ‘Abortion rights’ and the self-proclaimed rights of all special interest groups, lies in the very definition of special interest. At a time in which our republic is in dire need of well-informed, comprehensive support, our nation’s citizens are encouraged to choose a specific special interest group, and focus their attentions upon that group’s demands. Rights cannot exist without a concomitant acceptance of personal responsibility, and the maintenance of a democratic republic should be the highest priority of all our citizens. The democratic party’s leaders seem to have forgotten this.

As poorly executed as much of our government’s policy has been, the basic concept of government by, for and of the people was a first step toward a new and promising form of social contract. Without proper maintenance of our democratic form of government, all special interest rights will cease to exist. It is not a matter of any specific special interest group’s importance. It is a matter of the relatively greater importance of the broader political reality. The nation’s government must continue to promote the basic concept of rights, but the self-proclaimed special interest groups, if assumed to be the nation’s primary base of support, can only diminish the integrity of the union. It should be obvious that no single special interest group can support the national government by itself, and the numerous groups are certainly not united in that cause. We need to refocus on national goals.

Wallace B. Eshleman


Promise to pick up plastic

Dear pseudo meteorologists, you don’t inspire or animate me. You make me feel deep sadness and pity. Not for the atmosphere or the Earth, but for you. I’m not ready to surrender our quality of life because of your “false” religion that our cars, hamburgers, plastic bags, straws and light bulbs make hurricanes stronger or cause fires in the Amazon.

There is nothing wrong with the planet. The Planet is fine, the people are fouled up. The Planet has been through a lot worse than humans, it’s been around for four and a half billion years. It’s suffered earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the, poles, hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worldwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages and even Hydrogen bomb blasts.

And you think some fossil fuels, plastic bags, straws and aluminum cans are going to make a difference? We’ve only been engaged in heavy industry perhaps two hundred years versus the Earth’s four and a half billion. We’ve been here maybe 10,000 years? You have the conceit, arrogance and audacity to believe fossil fuels are killing the Planet?

I must ask, have you personally given up all forms of fossil fuel transportation and if not, why not? Face it, you’re not too serious. The Planet isn’t going anywhere, WE are. We’re going away and you’re not going to leave much of a trace when you’re gone.

From NASA’s Global Climate Change Website: “The Sun also influences Earth’s climate: We know subtle changes in Earth’s orbit around the Sun are responsible for the comings and goings of the past ice ages.” Look up “Milankovitch cycle,” Comrade.

Bless your heart, I promise to pick up the plastic trash from your last Earth Day celebration.

Trent Saxton

Lake Davis

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