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Letters to the editor for the week of 7/31/19

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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 dmoore@plumasnews.com.

Building projects

In response to Tom Wood’s letter about the new grocery store being built in East Quincy, Plumas County is a “right to business” county. That means that any legal business can open a business here if they are in the correct zoning, submit the required applications, and pay for the required permits through our Plumas County Departments: Planning, Building, Environmental Health, and Public Works.

These business projects are not subject to approval by the Planning Commission or by the Plumas County Board of Supervisors. We do not regulate how many of a certain type of business can open nor who private property owners sell their land to. Signage is subject to approval by the local Quincy Design Review Committee.

In the past, Quincy has had three grocery stores, Safeway, Mosley and Grenke, and Boyd’s Market which turned into Holiday Market and now Sav Mor. Some people do not like chain stores and some do.

East Quincy is changing with new building projects including a new modern jail and new modern CHP facility. These are state funded projects. The CHP facility is a state project, they were offered the land by the owners, when the state seeks land, they can bypass local zoning for their state projects.

In downtown Quincy, we are thankful the Plumas Unified School District has refurbished the old School District building, making it safe and staff usable for the next 100 years or more while keeping as much as the historical aspect as possible.

Change is hard, but in the end, it is inevitable, only look at the past history of Quincy to see this, especially in the business world where people want choices and competition and customer service rule.

Lori Simpson
Plumas County Supervisor District 4

Highway trash

A few weeks ago I helped a group with the cleanup of Highway 70 from Portola to Graeagle. My husband and I cleaned both sides of the highway from Portola to Delleker. Already there are several large pieces of trash along this section. I do not think people are throwing litter from their cars. I believe trash is blowing from their vehicles while they are taking it to the Delleker transfer station. Please be responsible and ensure your trash is covered or tied down. If you see it blow off your vehicle, pick it up. We live in a beautiful location; let’s keep it that way.

Thank you.

Pandora Valle
Portola

Free side dish

A deli in Clayton, Contra Costa County, is offering a free side dish to customers willing to call out a historically proven, blatantly racist phrase: “send her back.” I wonder if I could get an additional free dessert if I added to the phrase: “Send her back to the House, and on to the Senate.”

Gene Nielsen
Crescent Mills

Poor Bernie

“Hoisted with his own petard,” a proverbial phrase from Hamlet. “Hoist” meaning to lift off the ground, in this case by a “petard,” a small explosive device. It simply indicates “an ironic reversal, or poetic justice.”

Poor Bernie Sanders is facing his own poetic justice.

You almost have to feel sorry for the guy.

He has spent his life advocating for Socialism, living somewhat modestly, trying to prove the Socialist version of “all men are created equal,” which in their world means all men must be equally poor.

Then he makes the stupid mistake of writing a book, and suddenly he acquires wealth.

Not to the extent of his Democratic Socialist fellow Presidential wannabes with their Harvard and Yale rich kid backgrounds, but wealthy by your standards and mine.

Poor Bernie didn’t realize he turned into the capitalist nemesis he has always despised.

His excuse? He’s not really a capitalist; he simply wrote a great book.

To top that, his call for higher minimum wages, it turns out, was apparently not meant for his own campaign team.

He discovered that to run a business, or a campaign, requires workers. Workers cost money. And his workers want that $15/hour wage he keeps touting.

And he is unwilling or unable to provide it. Welcome to the real world, Bernie.

Pity. Here we thought he was the icon of Democratic Socialism.

The folly of Socialism may be a new revelation to Bernie.

But it isn’t to the rest of the Democrat field.

Harris, Warren, Biden, Booker and the rest know too well that Democratic Socialism is a pipe dream.

They are simply wealthy left-wing elitists on personal power trips, counting on selling a utopian dream to a gullible electorate.

Sorry, Socialists. Bernie just proved that your Socialist fantasyland doesn’t work.

Lynn Desjardin
Portola

Earthquake prediction

Numerous attempts have been made. By digging trenches across old fault lines, the approximate size and average interval between former earthquakes can sometimes be determined. New fault lines are often discovered after an unexpected event. Still, many potentially active faults are as yet unknown. Glowing skies, unusual animal behavior, water table changes, radon release, ground uplift, and swarms of minor quakes, might well be precursers of an imminent earthquake. But predictions need to be made well before an event. So far, no prediction methods have proved to be reliable, despite claims to the contrary.

We might also want to imagine the mischief that would occur if someone randomly predicted a specific event and, by pure chance, that event occurred as predicted. The predictor might acquire a host of true believers, and a second prediction might then be attempted, only to be proved wrong. Falsely predicting a major earthquake can result in millions of dollars in lost income for businesses, and serious disruption in the lives of the people. Public facilities, schools, train schedules, electricity, fire departments, hospitals and police would all be affected. And further warnings are more likely to be ignored.

As to the modified Richter-Gutenberg scale, roughly speaking, a magnitude 8 earthquake will release about a thousand times as much energy as a magnitude 6, and a million times as much as a magnitude 4. That is about all that most of us will ever need to know. It is not an exact science. Many factors affect the consequences of each seismic event. We can always limit potential damage, but, at this time, we are unable to prevent or accurately predict their occurrence.

Wallace B. Eshleman
Quincy

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