Jun 27, 2011
By TOM MALLAMS
For the Capital Press
I appreciated your recent editorial (“Reveal the invisible price tag,” June 3) dealing with the massive costs because of out of control use of the Endangered Species Act.
The negative response from Glen Spain and Mark Rockwell was to be expected. Their focus on the so-called wonderful benefits of removing hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River needs to be clarified.
Yes, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission report estimated dam removal cost — structures only — to be $79.9 million in 2006 numbers. As Paul Harvey would say, now for “the rest of the story.”
READ MORE http://www.capitalpress.com/content/TM-ESA-benefit-op-ed-with-mug
Jun 26, 2011
This commission has taken Scott Valley and Happy Camp out of the Siskiyou County voting districts disregarding our assembly, senate and congress. We are now in with the coastal districts. This is unacceptable.
We should not be divided.
We will loose our effective and fair representation.
I do not share common interest and culture with those not in our specific district. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Whenever government try’s to make things better, we pay dearly for their interference. This is not in my interest or my family so leave things alone.
Stanley G. Meager
49317 State hwy. 96
Seiad Valley, CA. 96086
Jun 26, 2011
I am writing to challenge your decision to place The Scott Valley & Happy Camp from Siskiyou County into the Coastal District. And I cannot help but believe that you have confused Yreka (Siskiyou County Seat) with (E)Ureka on the Coast.
You are proposing to take an island of territory out of the center of Siskiyou County to move it to the Coast. Do you realize that we are 5 hours driving time from the Coast? Your actions make absolutely no sense.
Norman R. Malmberg
Captain, USN (Ret.) (30 years)
dba NORM MALMBERG
Ranch & Land Broker (36 years)
Jun 26, 2011
EPA & Army Corps Seek to Expand Clean Water Act
Submit Comments Today
On May 2, 2011 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) (collectively the “Agencies”) proposed draft Guidance that would expand the Agencies’ Clean Water Act (CWA) regulatory authority over more land. In addition, the Agencies are seeking to implement this Guidance without formal input from farmers and ranchers, and other impacted groups.
The proposed Guidance would be used by the EPA and the Corps to reinterpret the term, “waters of the United States.” This is unnecessary and would inappropriately make more farm and ranch land subject to costly and burdensome Clean Water Act permitting and restrictions.
The Agencies have also indicated that this increased regulation will affect the implementation of all programs authorized under the Clean Water Act, including the NPDES permit program.
Take action today to encourage the EPA and Corps not to implement the Guidance document. Comments are due by Friday July 1, 2011.
Jun 26, 2011
By STEVEN GREENHUT
SACRAMENTO – As California’s budget battle continues, Republicans and Democrats have engaged in a rhetorical battle regarding the relative merits and demerits of our lovely state and one of the nation’s other megastates, Texas. This debate started after a legislative delegation made up mostly of Republicans went eastward in April to meet with Lone Star State officials to learn about job growth; it has re-emerged as Texas Gov. Rick Perry is being mentioned as a potential GOP presidential hopeful.
“From 2008 to 2010, Texas added more than 165,000 jobs,” said Assemblyman Dan Logue, the Marysville area Republican who organized the fact-finding mission. “During that same time period, California lost 1.2 million jobs. In terms of creating jobs, Texas is clearly doing something right, and California is doing something wrong.”
I read that quotation on the website of Gov. Perry, who is known for his trips to California to encourage our state’s highly taxed and regulated businesses to move to his state, where they are welcomed rather than treated like pariahs. The Los Angeles County city of Vernon, targeted for extinction in the wake of a corruption scandal, has even run ads blasting Texas for trying to steal its businesses.
Jun 25, 2011
Regarding Mr Forbes interview heard on our local radio station, KSYC, I would dispute his comment that the significant portion of western Siskiyou county is comprised of Native Americans with a rich fishing tradition, thus having ties to coastal influence. While indeed, we do have a Native American population, you forgot to mention the Quartz Valley Tribe, the Shastas, and the Modocs, all of whom are interwoven throughout our population and land base, in particular, central and eastern Siskiyou county. They all have a cultural and historical tie to the Klamath River fishery having migrated in the past to the closest portions of the Klamath River, Shasta River, and their tributaries to harvest salmon during the season. By your logic, you should then include the entire Siskiyou county and the western half of Modoc county.
I cannot DISAGREE more with Mr Forbes’ rationalization! The only Native American fishing tradition that takes place in Siskiyou county happens at Ishi Pishi Falls, located across the highway, Highway 96, from Somes Bar, which happens to only be one mile inside Siskiyou county from the Humbodlt county line!! This is not only a tradition of harvesting salmon, it is a rite of passage into manhood for young Karuks. I’m certain you know very little, if anything, of our rich Native American population, it’s quite apparant when you make comments like those above. Again, the only traditional fishing for local Native Americans that takes place in Siskiyou county is on the western border with Humbodlt county.
I would also repeat the point I made in my first comment to this board two weeks ago that this proposed line location smells “fishy”. You have drawn lines that suspiciously reek of environmental concerns and not local concerns. The line you have drawn seems to include all our watersheds that “could”, but don’t necessarily, support Coho salmon, a federally listed endangered species. I can only draw one conlcusion, and that would be you’re being influenced more by coastal environmental concerns/issues rather than the ”real life” concerns/issues of those of us who live in western Siskiyou county.
We have NOTHING IN COMMON with those who live in the coastal region and please don’t insult me by suggesting your reasoning for the proposed line location is because of the rich cultural fishing traditional of our Native Americans in western Siskiyou county! It’s quite apparant you know very little of our Native American population and their history or culture.
I would also point out that having been raised in Yreka, we have often been confused with Eureka. I have often had to remind folks - I live in YREKA, not EUREKA - we’re the town located 4.5 hours inland from the coast!! Please use a map the next time you make any reference to a geographical location inside Siskiyou county.
Western Siskiyou County Resident
Jun 25, 2011
By KARL ROVE
President Barack Obama is likely to be defeated in 2012. The reason is that he faces four serious threats. The economy is very weak and unlikely to experience a robust recovery by Election Day. Key voter groups have soured on him. He’s defending unpopular policies. And he’s made bad strategic decisions.
Let’s start with the economy. Unemployment is at 9.1%, with almost 14 million Americans out of work. Nearly half the jobless have been without work for more than six months. Mr. Obama promised much better, declaring that his February 2009 stimulus would cause unemployment to peak at 8% by the end of summer 2009 and drop to roughly 6.8% today.
Columnist Peggy Noonan surveys the current crop of GOP candidates.
After boasting in June 2010 that “Our economy . . . is now growing at a good clip,” he laughingly admitted last week, “Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.” The humor will be lost on most. In Wednesday’s Bloomberg poll, Americans believe they are worse off than when Mr. Obama took office by a 44% to 34% margin.
The last president re-elected with unemployment over 7.2% was FDR in 1936. Ronald Reagan overcame 7.2% unemployment because the rate was dropping dramatically (it had been over 10%) as the economy grew very rapidly in 1983 and 1984. Today, in contrast, the Federal Reserve says growth will be less than 3% this year and less than 3.8% next year, with unemployment between 7.8% and 8.2% by Election Day
READ MORE http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304657804576401653113017130.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read