Letters to the editor for the week of 8/21/19

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In response to the Aug. 14 issue of the letters to the editor “The last straw,” comment: “Only within California’s costal cities does unrecycled water flow into the ocean” puzzles me. I don’t think I disagree with a concern man’s machinations have immense imprint on nature that is not helpful.


My dad, Herman, had concern for spotted owls.

My sister’s husband was working at a water treatment plant near Half Moon Bay for a decade or so. The San Francisco Chronicle had noted how efficient sewage treatment currently was, showing results around the S. F. Bay coast water tests for level of cleanliness in that immediate area of ocean beaches. My perception is when immense precipitation occurs the sewage treatment facility may be overwhelmed and concern can then occur.

The size-of-Texas gyre of plastic, seine nets, etc. floating in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii is a concern. And I would think clever inventive individuals would attempt to find a way to diminish and recycle that.

I am mailing the letter on to my sister and brother-in-law.

Thank you.

I know Carolyn Dowdy from attending church (Where I Stand, on bicyclists).

I walked from Lawrence Street to the Plumas-Sierra County Fair and walked back. Bicyclists (wheeled such) are a concern. Walking to, I walked faster than and was about to “pass” a lady pushing a pram when a fast bicyclist wheeled down cemetery hill in the traffic bicycle lane and veered further into traffic. A concern for him, but the traffic lanes were empty at that moment. I hesitated “passing” noticing his approach.


On my return, on the cemetery hill sidewalk approaching the high school I saw a bicyclist approach his going west-to-east. I stepped off the sidewalk into the dirt. I did not perceive a fast bicyclist behind me on the sidewalk. Room for two, not for three. Another west-t-east bicyclist (or such) followed the first. As I remained a moment more standing on dirt, not the sidewalk, I texted the church minister, be polite and cautious.

The County Fair was lovely — though I only visited a bit more than an hour.

John Posch

Auto parts store

I have noticed that a O’Reilly’ s auto parts store will be coming to Quincy very soon, I must be missing something. I’m notsure what part of local government would allow another auto parts store to be built in Quincy when there are already two auto parts stores in Quincy. Maybe I’m not seeing the grand plan here and maybe I need to beinformed on how business works.


In a town the size of Quincy, 5500, how can three auto parts stores survive? New business in Quincy is always a good thing to see, but as this old retiree sees it this new business would mean one of the other two auto parts stores will go out of business.

Unless I’m missing something?Please help me understand.

Bruce Borregaard

Unnecessary new businesses

The “Business Scene” column of Aug. 7 contained news of two new businesses planned for our little town. We were saddened to hear of the fate of the erstwhile Eastside Public House building, as that establishment was a favorite of ours while it was extant. We were annoyed to learn that we are to be “blessed” with an O’Reilly Auto Parts store in that location. We already have two fine auto parts stores. For a population of around 5000, that’s plenty. Likewise for the grocery store situation. Possibly that last thing we need is another grocery store. If these new enterprises are to succeed, they will probably do so at the expense of one of our current stores. We don’t plan to set foot in either of them


Boyd and Judy Earl

Bright future

The Catholic Church saw a bright future for their sect when they dispatched Gaspar de Portola to lead Franciscan monks from Mexico into California to establish missions. They are now historical landmarks. Portola was named after the historic explorer. Around 1900, various lumber companies saw a bright future. They were purchasing various sections of federal timberland in the area. Their objective was to build sawmills and a railroad line into Plumas County. These were the initial steps leading to the founding of the town. In 1946, Portola residents incorporated their town that had grown from 400 to 1,500 in 36 years. They wanted more local control.

Portola’s early foundation was the railroad. In 1885, the SVRR’s tracks passed through the community known as Mormon Junction. The leaders developed a bright future by creating incentives for WPRR management to establish the headquarters for their construction camp. Their historical landmark is found in the railroad museum. Portola was the “Pride of the West.” After 73 years of local management it is now considered a severely disadvantaged city. Its leadership has failed to increase the tax base through development agreements or annexation. Our general plan for our future has been ignored as well as its concerned citizens. Vital services are contracted out to county departments. There has been a lack of performance by the management.


City Council is accepting handouts. Rebuilding our infrastructure is anticipated to be covered by the state. The Old Town Portola Event Center and events sponsored by Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship are other examples. The experience of the incoming full-time city manager is in city planning. She may bring the city out of its dark age into a bright future.

Larry F. Douglas

Vote Betancourt

This month’s primary will determine the names of the two candidates who will be on the November ballot for Assembly District 1.

One of the candidates, Dahle, has already flooded our mailboxes with numerous flyers and advertisements, which tout how she will “Make California Great Again.” She uses much of the same boilerplate rhetoric that is often used in politics to give the illusion that a candidate is more than they actually are. According to Vote Smart, the only actual experience Dahle has is former co-owner of Big Valley Nursery and former president of Big Valley Joint Unified School District. Not much of a resume to instill confidence that she has a grasp of the complex issues our legislators must legislate unless it is her intention to rely upon her husband’s expertise. So how has Brian Dahle made our lives better as he climbed the political ladder?


Democratic candidate Elizabeth Betancourt has always lived in rural counties and wants those communities to have better representation when it comes to statewide issues.

Betancourt hasabout 20 years of experience in water policy and wants to bring that expertise to North State voters. She currently works for theCentral Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and has spent many of those yearsworking with the state government. She is concerned that “state policies are created that recognize the resources we bring to the state, but they don’t recognize the people that (bring them there).”

Other policy areas of focus for Betancourt are forest management in relation to fire prevention and access to healthcare in rural areas, which often have fewer hospitals. She believes that the state “should offer healthcare to rural places in a more innovative and equitable way.”

Elizabeth Betancourt has actual experience and will be a “New Voice” for our district. Vote Betancourt.


Faith Strailey

Fight for change

I attended Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s meet and greet at the Western Railroad Museum in Portola last Friday morning. There was a small group present (about 10), along with the Congressman and two of his field staff. He began his presentation talking about his experiences at his previous meetings. He then launched into discussion on the devastating fires that occurred in his district this past year and the need for fire prevention, etc. He then discussed the issue of “illegal immigration” and the importance of closed borders, a barrier, and a smoother citizenship process for people.

I wore my protest tee shirt that had “We are all potential victims of a mass shooter” on the front and “What would Jesus do Congressman LaMalfa?” on the back. As our Congressman professes being a Christian, I asked him the following question: “How do you reconcile being a Christian since you work with and support a morally corrupt President?” His answer was not satisfying. It included talk of nobody being perfect “except our Savior.” He spoke of forgiveness. He shared there are prayer meetings every morning and clergy present in the White House. He wished he could monitor the President’s tweets. When pressed further by myself and other audience members about his and is Republican colleagues (with the exception of a few) silence, he commented about wanting to be able to get funding for his legislation.


I went to the fair yesterday. The Republican Committee booth is a sight to see. There were numerous large sized pictures of the POTUS along with a dry eraser board out front of the booth that stated something to the effect that voting Republican prevents Socialism. I could not bear to read all the printed material by the pictures.

We have a President who governs with threats and intimidation, lies and race baiting. We have a Republican controlled Senate and Republicans in the House, our representative included that is marching lockstep to the President’s wishes and does not censure his reprehensible behavior.

I am concerned about our democratic processes and the lack of censure of this out of control President. I hope others are too and will fight for change.

Laura E. Rodriguez

Candidates spouting

The newly elected Congressperson, Ms. Cortez, is calling the buildings where the illegal aliens are housed concentration camps and the effort is to compare the treatment with the manner the Germans treated the prisoners. I don’t want to call those statements stupid, inconsiderate and false, because that’s not a polite way to address a U.S. Congressperson. So we will call it “uninformed.” The Nazis indiscriminately arrested people who they thought were guilty of “something.” Those arrested were not deported to their home country, but were locked up in the concentration camps. In those camps the Nazis “concentrated” on committing unthinkable acts of cruelty on the prisoners and eventually killed them. By the millions. After death, they were buried in mass graves or cremated.


Ms. Harris, a U.S. Senator, seems to know how the Nazis rounded up people, just like our ICE agents. Again “uninformed.” In the normal course of arresting people the Germans would select a portion of a city and set up machine guns on delicate places where people could possibly escape. If a person tried to run, he was deemed guilty and died. On Nov. 4, 1944, such a “razzia” was conducted in Rotterdam. Once the security was established they searched house-to-house with guns drawn and if a person did not “assist” he or she was dead. The arrests included everyone from 18 to 50 years of age, capable of working (until they died). All arrested were transported to a concentration camp or work camp. A relative was hauled out the house that day and shipped to Germany He was 20 years of age. He was murdered on Christmas Day 1944.


Our ICE agents most certainly are not Nazis. Calling them Nazis is a terrible and unjustified insult. It is slander.

I disrespectfully suggest that some Congresspersons should take a trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. If possible, put brain in gear before opening mouth, especially when running for President. Any decent and conscientious leader would never make the statements just to get a vote but, nowadays, all candidates say and do anything to get a vote. When President Trump took office, he told us that he would drain the swamp. It seemed to be the size of Snake Lake. Later on, it seemed to be more the size of Bucks Lake. Now it is more like the Pacific Ocean complete with alligators, crocs, bottom feeders and snakes.

Jan Klement

Learning to think

Learning to think is the single most important source of protection for our unique experiment in a democratic republic. If we are to retain our country’s status as an icon of progressive democracy, of rational behavior, of free choice and opportunity, we must provide a ruling faction composed of well-informed, well-educated, tolerant, compassionate, thinking individuals.


During the past few decades, much has either been lost or given away. Perhaps 200 years of taking our self-proclaimed rights and benefits for granted has allowed them, as well as our memory of the principles and ideals that provide the foundation for all forms of democratic government, to atrophy. Overpopulation has also changed the rules. It is currently the greatest single threat to mankind. Its reduction will require reason, understanding and education. The arrogance that stems from ignorance and insecurity is counterproductive.

Learning to think can require many years of study. Learning to know is much simpler. Information is presented. If it conforms to one’s existing biases and prejudices, or if it is mindlessly memorized, then emotion is all that is needed. The Internet is nothing if not a source of information. Yet, even more than our old encyclopedias, that information is a blend of facts, misinformation, disinformation, lies and propaganda. As such, it is worthless as knowledge. Only by applying critical analysis to the information we receive can we determine its validity. And, only after we have learned to think can we apply critical analysis. Indoctrination (merely receiving and absorbing prescribed information) is the controlling factor in all totalitarian regimes. It should be utilized with the greatest caution in any society that claims to be predicated on democratic principles and ideals.


Wallace B. Eshleman