Letters to the editor for the week of 7/3/19

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Housing shortage
This has been an issue since I worked at the college 10 years ago and even longer. While I basically agree with Mr. Sheehan that FRC is probably going to have to take the lead, I do think it’s possible that right now there may be funds available due to the major regional housing shortage created by the Camp Fire. I’m sure it has exacerbated Quincy’s perennial shortage, there may be some relief available, might be worth looking into.

I believe that FRC ought to consider creating an RV Park on campus. There is plenty of land on campus that could be used, it’s relatively inexpensive and should enrollment drop in the future it wouldn’t leave vacant buildings with expensive upkeep. The college could buy some trailers that they rent and they could rent spaces for student to park their own trailers (which would appeal to AG students I’d think.). Vacant spaces could be rented in the summer, and heck, maybe a hospitality and tourism major could be created and the park could be student run.

Bruce Baldwin


Cannabis storefront experience
While I was working in a government accounting office in Stockton, a cannabis storefront opened up in the same leased building.

Almost as soon as it opened, our office had to hire security to escort the women to and from their cars because the “customers” of the neighboring shop hung out in the parking lot, smoking and watching our staff come and go. The food truck that was coming at lunchtime stopped.

Within the first week there was a break-in, followed by vandalism to our hvac unit, which meant we had to run all new lines where the copper had been. We spent a ton of taxpayer money on a security system and monitoring. Because pot is an all cash business, break-ins occurred multiple times. Management was constantly having to respond to off hours alarms and ensure our portion of the building was secure.

Within six months or so, the store was closed, but the costs to taxpayers went on for security and repairs.


We’re leaving the state, I love Plumas County and wanted to shed some reality in this debate. This is my experience working in the same building as a “dispensary.”

KC Brackett

One of the lessons we learn, as we get older is to, “Never say Never.” So many things we think we would never do allow or condone when we are younger goes on the wayside as we face life circumstances.

As a mother of a son born with cerebral palsy trying to soothe a baby in pain, a young child that just wants to keep up with his friends without it causing him pain, a young adult that just wants to be able to make it through college without the constant pain distraction, yes cannabis was the answer I wish I had 30 years ago.

As an aunt of a child that suffers epileptic seizures, watching the doctors try medication after medication wondering if the next “side effect” is going to kill her, yes cannabis was the answer.


Now as a daughter taking care of my elderly mother who suffered a massive stroke I can’t help but wonder if the answer is the same.

Sometimes the answers are nowhere near what we ever thought them to be, but will that stop you from helping the one you love?

Now; does that mean I want to add to our county’s already existing problem of illegal grows that stretch our sheriffs and deputies duties, and endanger our citizens and visitors? Would having storefront operations encourage additional illegal growers in our forest? I believe it would. I would support one central location for a single storefront operation in the county seat that would allow for easier security by our sheriff.

Having multiple locations would again stretch our law enforcement too thin. Because let’s be honest here whether it’s legal or not, just like anything else in the world, there is always going to be someone who wants it without paying for it.


Toni Eckert

Aliens are still needed
After the Gold Rush 51 species of non-native fish to California were stocked into its waters as game fish and food. These alien fishes have radically changed the nature of California’s fish fauna because they have become the most abundant fishes in many waterways. Alien species are most abundant in aquatic habitats modified by human activity, whereas natives persist in undisturbed areas. Since WWII rainbow trout have become the state’s most popular game fish. In the 1970s Lake Davis was one of the most popular rainbow trout fisheries in the western states.

Fish hatcheries have long been a solution for maintenance of fisheries in the face of massive water development and heavy exploitation. The basic assumption behind hatcheries is that they can produce fish to replace those lost through human machinations and thereby permit activities to continue that deplete wild populations. Hatcheries are now being found to be part of the failed policies of fishery management agencies.


The trophy trout fishery at Lake Davis has been dependent on hatcheries since its opening. It has been managed as a low yield/high cost fish farm without diversity. The policies of CDFG failed to develop a fishery with wild rainbow trout but eradicated the wild alien species that are more suited to reservoirs like Lake Davis.

With climate change alien game fish including northern pike need to be legally introduced into our reservoirs. They were abundant and growing in population before the eradication projects. Lake Davis has the safeguards in place to prevent their escape to the San Francisco Bay and Delta. The brown bullheads need to be harvested for food. Its abundant fishery of aliens can grow larger trophy fish that live longer and provide food for a growing state.

Larry F. Douglas

Open House for Regional Trails System Planning
The Almanor Recreation and Park District (ARPD) and Mountain Meadows Conservancy invites the public to review site designs for several proposed trailheads in Westwood and Chester.


What’s a site design?  These designs will show desired improvements at proposed trailheads and boat launches to facilitate public access and enjoyment along a network of interconnected trails in Plumas and Lassen Counties.

ARPD, along with the Mountain Meadows Conservancy, are working with a Bi-County Trails Coalition to prepare the Lake Almanor Basin/Westwood Regional Conceptual Trails Plan.  Proposed trailheads are located at Indian Ole Dam, the Westwood Gateway on Delwood Street in Westwood, and along the Almanor Rail Trail and First Avenue in Chester.

Site designs provide a vision of how new trailheads will be developed and accelerate our efforts to fund their construction.

Please join us on July 20 for an open house from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Almanor Recreation Center in Chester (102 Meadowbrook Loop) to view the draft graphic representations and to provide your recommendations for the designs.

The National Park Service is leading the design process. Once the site designs are completed, ARPD and its partners will seek future grant funds to implement them.


We definitely need public input on how these properties should be developed to better serve our communities and our visitors. Stop by and let us know what you think!

If you haven’t completed the regional trails survey, please take a moment to submit your comments by Aug. 1. It only takes 10 minutes and can be found at: surveyhero.com/c/f68298b7

More information about the Conceptual Plan can be found at: yourarpd.org/trails-committee-705248.html .

Carlos España
Almanor Recreation and Park District Trails Coordinator

Trump is a threat
One thing about Republicans and war – it’s great for business and winning elections. Iraq had nothing to do with 911, did nothing against the USA and did not have WMD. It was all a lie. But it did and continues to funnel over $2 trillion tax dollars to the weapons and war industry, politicians and corporate executives.

Yes, all Republicans see it as an industry. So do some Democrats – the corporate Democrats like the Clintons and Biden. And remember, it is we, the 99 percent, who fight, get injured, die and pay for American wars.


Simple-minded and propagandized Americans foolishly believe we are fighting wars for ‘freedom and liberty’ and to spread democracy. No, nowadays it’s simply to make the rich richer and to hold power.

Well, it’s the madman in the White House turn to get America into war. Trump withdrew America from the Iran Nuclear agreement for no reason except that Obama implemented the agreement. Iran was in complete compliance with the agreement. Trump then re-imposes sanctions on Iran.

Then, magically, foreign oil tankers are attack and immediately Iran is blamed. You see American war hawks, like John Bolton, have always wanted a war with Iran. Yes they ‘want’ a war with Iran, one way or another. These war hawks are mentally sick, just like Trump.

Trump has to divert attention away from his ties to Russia, Saudi Arabia, and other countries, his corruption, his continuing obstruction of justice, the Mueller report and war is definitely an option for Trump.


If Trump starts a war with Iran, it will become World War III. Iran has a large military and will defend itself – who wouldn’t. Americans will die for a war that they simply ‘wanted.’

Trump is a threat to America’s economic, environmental and national security. It’s beyond time Speaker Pelosi to initiate impeachment inquires. Furthermore, it’s time to question why Pelosi has not starting the impeachment process. For the sake of the nation, inform Congressman LaMalfa that he needs to back impeachment.

Mark Mihevc

On symbols and substance
A flag is merely symbol denoting a country. It is a nonliterary means of identifying a particular nation, much as the number on a player’s uniform identifies a player. Importance is not derived from either the flag or the number. It is derived from the integrity, value, expertise and competence of that which it identifies. Colors do not denote the substance of a street gang or a soccer team. Distinctive uniforms are often necessary to identify the status of individuals in the military, or police, or medical personnel. These uniforms do-not define the integrity of the individual. Integrity is dependent upon the courage, training and sense of personal responsibility of the individual.


It is in this context that our failure to sustain our- democratic republic becomes a tragedy. We were given an opportunity to sustain a form of government that might have exceeded the value of all previous forms. Yet we have allowed our ignorance, our self-orientation, our out-of-control emotions and our exacerbated insecurities to diminish that opportunity. When we fail to sustain and enhance the substance of our country, we tend to revert to the pretense of flag waving pseudo patriotism. It is the nation, not the symbol, that requires our maintenance, our combined intelligence, our understanding and our personal responsibility for its development and improvement. Barring that, our flag will become little more than an empty symbol.

Wallace B. Eshleman

The new McCarthyism requires that everyone bow to demands of “victims.” That’s a lot of people.

People call themselves “victims,” knowing they can get the results they want by saying they are traumatized by the presence of their enemies. Schools and other businesses, wanting to avoid protracted fights and accusations of sexism, racism or “insensitivity,” rush to comply with activists’ wishes. They conveniently avoid the wrath of the left by withdrawing into their shell and agree to go along, to get along. It’s a form of false or imaginary victimization, leftist use it to manipulate the general public. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, would extort money from corporations using these tactics. Do as we demand or we will label you and boycott your business nationwide.


The mantra of the day is ‘We feel unsafe.’ Well, that’s just too bad. Learn to deal with it. You’re going to have to live in the real world in which your neighbors, friends, and relatives are going to disagree with you. If you start using the criteria of ‘unsafe’ in your life, you’re going to be a failure.”

In America, a country where even poor people live longer and better lives than almost anyone in history, it has become a place where spoiled children paying $60,000 tuition consider themselves “victims.”

Aside: Speaking of real victims, when will the PUSD Board of Directors, vote …  to allow visiting high school athletes the use of locker room facilities at Feather River College? This is about the children’s health and safety after traveling hours to play Quincy HS at FRC.

Aside: If you would like to start a coffee business at FRC, serving students and staff, bring your business plan and present it to both Sean Connery at the Eagles Perch and the President, Kevin Trutna. They will listen with open minds.


Trent Saxton
Lake Davis