Letters to the editor for the week of 7/10/19

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Fire solution
The past year of tragedies, with over 80 deaths, over 10,000 homes lost and a city destroyed, which caused thousands to flee, has resulted in a more alert population and more government action. Additional issues, such as landslides, shootings that abound and many other disasters have led to fire and police actively producing many new training programs and equipment. They are also employing more personnel. Plumas County Fire Department is no exception to this change. They are also creating their own new training programs.

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

Quincy Fire District owns land, fire stations and equipment. They also 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 and 24/7 service. Most of the existing employees and some of the volunteers could become state employees with better pay and better retirement benefits. Let’s get on the move, Plumas supervisors and departments, to make this change.


Gordon Lewis
Retired fire captain and
Forest Service employee

To the people that throw beer cans on the side of the road: Do you realize you are breaking two or potentially three laws?

1. Open container in the vehicle.

2. Littering.

3. Driving under the influence.

Your low intelligence is evident in the fact that you find littering and impaired driving an acceptable behavior. Isn’t it enjoyable to see trash along the road or go out in the woods only to find lots of garbage left by some degenerate? 

Seth Barnes
Indian Valley

Wild and Scenic
On Oct. 2, 1998, the Middle Fork of the Feather River was designated as Wild and Scenic by the Federal government. Its historic function was being changed. Public Law 90-542 declares that “ … certain selected rivers of the Nation which with their immediate environments possess outstanding scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar values shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of the present and future generations.”


Fifty years later California and the nation are in a critical water crisis and in need of additional water storage facilities. The Portola City Council faced this problem in August of 1954. They authorized the dynamiting of small stone check dams upstream from Portola to release water, which otherwise would evaporate. They bought additional water rights.

This crisis was before the construction of the State Water Project. The value of Wild and Scenic River preserving the free-flowing condition was to protect downstream users the water stored at Frenchman Reservoir and Davis Reservoir. Did it deny prior appropriation water rights to Portola? The Davis Reservoir became Portola’s primary resource until the 1997. Gulling’s dam build to harvest ice in Portola’s infancy blew out from flooding 1963. The Davis Reservoir or Frenchman Reservoir are potentials for dam failures.

Now is the time for the City Council to authorize a Portola Water Project to redevelop Gulling’s dam, the Willow Springs Reservoir and the springs. The Feather River is a special open space resource that significantly helps define the character of Portola. The river provides unique opportunities for recreation in the center of the city. The project would help restore Portola’s history.


Larry F. Douglas

Thank a lineworker
July 10 is National Lineworker Appreciation Day, a day that all Plumas County residents should take a moment to recognize the men and women who work around the clock to keep the lights on for our community.

PG&E has thousands of lineworkers across our service area and they are often unsung heroes. Day and night, no matter the weather, these lineworkers are up in bucket trucks, arriving first on emergency scenes and operating heavy machinery, all to serve our customers.

Their dedication and sacrifice is something to be celebrated, and that’s why the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) has established July 10 as Lineworker Appreciation Day. If you see a lineworker today, please stop and say thank you and let them know you appreciate the work that they do.


Carl Schoenhofer
Senior Manager
PG&E’s North Valley Division

Adolescent behavior
Although only a minor, yet extremely dangerous, facet of a much larger problem, adolescents of all ages seem to have been given permission to ride their bicycles along roads that were designed solely for much faster vehicles, such as motorcycles, cars and timber trucks. Highway 89, between Quincy and Greenville, has either minimal, or no, surface beyond the white lines. At least once a week, one or two of these overly indulged adolescents will be encountered, slowing traffic, veering into traffic lanes, riding two abreast, and causing hazardous driving for all drivers — especially those approaching the road’s many blind curves. There should be a limit on our overindulgence of these self-centered individuals. This is not Scandinavia, and our roads were not designed for this sort of behavior.

As to the larger problem, millions have been spent on various politicians’ concepts of playground equipment, computer games, player’s uniforms, skateboard parks, and climbing walls, all at the expense of our children’s imagination, creativity, curiosity, and self-determination. Our democratic republic has been decimated, our economic balance is out of control, our natural environment trashed and polluted, and our natural resources depleted. Are none of the self-indulgent members of this generation able to focus their attention upon the more important needs of the next generation? Our children will soon inherit this once promising, and currently self-destructive, society. And, if this faltering experiment in a democratic republic is to survive, they will need to focus on the larger issues. And they will need to think for themselves.


Wallace B. Eshleman