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Letters to the Editor for the week of 2/5/20

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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].

Become tolerant

Hello. I live at Lake Almanor. I’m an author/writer and living here is perfect for me.

In the Bay Area people are more liberal as a population, and here people are more conservative as a population.Both stances and beliefs are perfectly fine to me.

Some people use the word socialism like it’s the ugliest thing ever. I’ve lived in socialist countries for many years and it was fine. The medical was great, everything was fine.No one hated it.

Some attitudes are simply a lack of education, on both sides of course, some of it is a lack of respect for others, and some of it is the sphere of influence or the tribe, one was raised with. There was a time, not so long ago, when a Help Wanted sign would have scribbled at the bottom “Irish need not apply”. Animosity towards others is not new, but it seems to me that we should know better by now.

I believe in being involved in the things that I can affect and that affect me. I vote for whom I want.If the Republican is the best person, I will vote Republican and if the Democrat is the best person, I will vote that way. Politics is not tribal for me.

There’s nothing wrong in any of this except the aggressive and negative attitude of some Republicans and some liberals.  But that doesn’t have to be you and it certainly isn’t me. We can be smarter than that, we can be kinder than that, and we should be. Politics and religion should not be factors in how we treat others, just as ethnicity and sexual orientation should not be factors. Oh, I know how hard it can be to change the way we feel. And even when we can’t change how we feel, we can at least become more tolerant. Tolerance will make our country better.

Peter Skeels

Lake Almanor

Vote Grant

I am a permanent resident and a registered voter who lives in District 2 of Plumas County. When it comes time to mail in my ballot by March 3, I will put my “X” by the best candidate for the County Supervisor of District 2.  That candidate is:  Mike Grant.

Mike has dedicated the majority of his working life to serving the citizens of Plumas County. As a Sworn Peace Officer for the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, he understands the inside workings of a county department. He knows that change does not come easy in our rural county, but he knows what needs to be changed and how to go about working towards that. As a County Supervisor, Mike wants to make himself approachable to his constituents, and be available to listen to the issues they present. Then, he will go about correcting those issues to the best of his ability.

As a member of Plumas County Search and Rescue, I have worked with Mike for the past three years. I know that Mike is a problem solver. He is very analytical. Mike has a strong follow-through. When he says he will do something, you can bet that he will get it done.  He doesn’t give up until he is satisfied with the solution.  Mike will put that skill to work for the citizens of Plumas County. He will work hard for positive change, for the improvement of Plumas County.  He will continue to dedicate the time and effort it takes, to get the job done, and done correctly the first time.

When it comes time to mark my ballot I will cast my vote for the best candidate Mike Grant.

Cynthia Lusk


Grant for Supervisor

I would like to endorse Mike Grant for Supervisor of District 2. Mike is extremely well qualified to serve as a county supervisor. I have had the opportunity to work with Mike over the years in his many job duties at the Sheriff’s Office and I have always found him to be a man of the highest character and integrity.

He is extremely knowledgeable and professional in all his undertakings. His fiscal approach is very conservative and you can count on him to ask tough questions on major spending decisions if needed. Having participated in numerous meetings and trainings with Mike, I can assure you he is willing to engage in dialogue when needed and will provide a wealth of knowledge over many diverse areas that will only enhance the role of the Board of Supervisors as a whole. It is very important to vote for a supervisor with common sense, the ability to look at the issues from all sides and one who makes sound, solid decisions that are best for all the citizens of Plumas County.

We need a supervisor who is experienced in business and government and one who is dedicated to helping the community. With Mike’s leadership, I believe that Plumas County will progress and be able to solve tough issues in a manner in which we can all be proud of.

It is clear to me the best candidate that is capable of helping make Plumas County stronger into the future is Mike Grant.

Richard Ross


Vote early

Yes, here I am reminding you to vote in the primary election. Yes, it is three months earlier this time. You will be getting your ballot very soon. There is a lot to digest, so don’t bury it under all the bills and catalogs. Please mail your ballot early.

I talk to my neighbors a lot and the one thing most of them tell me is that they don’t vote a straight party line, they vote for the person. If that is true, I recommend you carefully read the statement of Audrey Denney and Elizabeth Betancourt. I hear that Pamela Swartz’ campaign started too late to pull together the rather huge amount of money required to put a statement in each of the county’s pamphlets, so please check her out online. She has a great Facebook page.

So why would you vote for a Democrat? Are you happy with how well your needs are met in Sacramento? No. None of us is. 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 the rural northeast of California and we need someone who can be heard, not ignored. We need someone to represent us in Sacramento.

If you want representation that looks at wildfire, water, agriculture, internet access, homeowner’s insurance, and healthcare the same way you do and can be heard, do the research and vote for the person over the party.

And now the secret of why to vote early: once your name shows up on the roles as “Already Voted,” I quit calling, writing and showing up at your door.

Darrah Hopper


Undervalued forests

In his Where I Stand Opinion piece, Mr. Crummer advances several drawn-out positions that amount to a fence-straddling perspective.

For instance, the pupfish he dismisses as incidental survivors exist mainly in hot springs; they have evolved since the Pleistocene and may have genetically unique adaptations we could learn from.

He posits that carbon sequestration and the carbon (dioxide) cycle is as yet untapped for reducing our “footprint.” The fact is that global ice sheets are already melting rapidly and ocean-level rise together with acidification is ongoing.

The carbon stored in overstocked forests, unfortunately, is being released via ever-more frequent magafires.

Given the rapid depletion of the Amazon rain forest, the “buffer” he refers to isn’t that large.

We assume he favors more harvesting and better management, but the devil is in the details.

We are saddled with an administration that fails to engage in a discussion of science, balanced resource use, or even education free of moneyed influence. Open a dialogue, not demagogue.

Evan Stevens

Verdi, Nevada

Goes to Eleven

The front-page news from last week was that Frontier is on the verge of bankruptcy.Last year saw the transition from bumble-bee colored ambulances to primarily white with narrow red and blue stripes and lettering when the previous ambulance company declared bankruptcy.  There was one silver lining to the large grey cloud of PG&E’s declaration of bankruptcy in the early 2000s: a chunk of land near Humbug Creek was returned to the rightful owners, the Mountain Maidu. PG&E is currently working on a new plan to pay off the debts owed from fires started by allegedly faulty equipment.

If not for the Chapter 11 protections that allow companies to continue operations while finding a fix for financial turmoil, we would have been in a fix for months if anyone needed an ambulance, and we could be powerless and incommunicado.

Gene Nielsen

Crescent Mills

Ad hominin

There is a form of argument called Ad Hominin.  It’s simply calling your opponent a name when arguing, then doing it again and again. It means you have lost the argument when you resort to denigrating your opponent. Trump and Fox News do this all the time. It works with low information folks. Another thing Trump does is make things up. All the way from the birth certificate thing on Obama that Trump and Fox propagated to the Nancy Pelosi doctored video. It’s delegitimizing your opponent. Trump has done the same to our military, decorated soldiers, heroic diplomats, the courts, the press, his opponents, the intelligent agents … in other words America. That’s us he is attacking.

Don McKechnie


Trump and Congress

This whole impeachment trial is sickening overall by both sides of the aisle. It truly misses a much more picture. Trump (as well as other presidents prior) should be impeached due to the act of war he had done to Iran without congressional approval. Go to You Tube and see Ron Paul on President Bill Clinton impeachment in 1998. He really predicted the blowback, repercussions which came true with 9/11 and other incidents. Both parties are so very reckless is also the point he makes considering foreign policy. The Senate jury shouldn’t be talking about the case to media like normal jurors have to. What a joke. Really live in this Animal Farm mentality ….

Furthermore, the American people need term limits for all in Congress. Get sick and tired of seeing the same old people who have been there way too long. Why vote when one is stuck with the incumbent who always wins. They all need to be removed. This would give incentive for voters and soon to be’s to be more involved with our Federal government. Too much $$ and power always keeps these incumbents in. Wake up …

Gary Bryant

Chair Pro Tem

Plumas Libertarian Party 


Kiss the rule of law goodbye

Apparently Senate Republicans are refusing to allow witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial. The Republican Senators (and Representatives) are just as corrupt as Trump. You see Republicans, since before the Revolutionary War, despise democracy and prefer a king, a daddy figure, a dictator to tell them what they can and cannot do.

The Republicans are making the impeachment trial into just another corrupt proceeding that would be envy of Putin. No documents or witnesses — really? Imagine you are on trial for murder but you have documents and proof that you are innocent (because you are). But the court forbids documents or witnesses and you are convicted. This will happen across America after Senate Republicans acquit Trump and he accelerates his dictatorship.

And just to be clear, bribing a foreign leader to do Trump a personal political favor is exactly what the framers of our Constitution were very concerned about. The Constitution specifically gives the sole impeachment powers to the House where they, and only they decide how to proceed. The Constitution also gives the House subpoena powers and do not need ‘court approval.’

Trump, Senate Republicans, VP Pence, AG Barr, et al are all part of the coup. McConnell has stacked the Supreme and lower courts with Republican operatives. Republican elections officials across the country rig elections by voter suppression, gerrymandering and outright election fraud. Our ‘free’ press is run by the wealthy so the real truth doesn’t come out.

There’s little chance or hope that the U.S. Constitution and our democracy will survive the Trump Republican Party coup committed upon our country. Trump has already illegally assassinated a leader of Iran. Trump’s actions could have initiated WWIII. If Trump is not found guilty in the impeachment, look for him to continue to commit even more heinous atrocities.

If Trump even allows an election and if he ‘wins,’ that is pretty much it for the United States of America. You can kiss your freedoms, liberties, the rule of law and your livelihoods good-bye.

Mark Mihevc


The missing courses

We tend to dismiss the formerly basic courses in philosophy, logic and debate as a preoccupation of earlier centuries. Yet each is just as important today as in the past. Philosophy is an attempt to understand the mind and nature of Man. To understand the ideas of philosophers, such as Spinoza, Aristotle, Maimonides, Descarte or Kant requires serious mental concentration. To truly understand philosophy, we need to read the works of many deep thinkers. Such study is a primary means of learning how to think, and how to extend our thinking abilities beyond mere absorption or passive observance of randomly prescribed information. Rejection or acceptance of the specific ideas has never been required. In short, unlike today’s narrowly contrived propaganda, philosophy taught us how to think, rather than just what to think.

Logic developed our ability to apply critical analysis to information, as a means of determining its validity. Knowledge is simply information that has been validated. A preponderance of the information we receive is neither valid or relevant. Debate taught us to listen through the minds of others. It taught us to be concise, relevant and comprehensive in our own statements. In today’s world, learning to think has been largely replaced by our unconditional acceptance of group thought, fixed belief and the unvetted information in the Internet. By failing to learn the value of well-informed, well-thought-out personal opinions, we are losing our ability to think as individuals. Belonging and conformity might well constitute a less demanding utilization of our time and energy, but they are of little use in support of our faltering experiment in a democratic republic.

Wallace B. Eshleman


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