Letters to the Editor for June 17, 2021

Leave the siren alone


Thanks to my father’s occupation, I spent lots of summers in smaller cities in Michigan. All of these cities, and many extra by way of this state, experienced several similar features. Their primary sector was agriculture. They all had volunteer fireplace departments at one particular time. They all had a siren that was used to alert the volunteers of a hearth. When the sirens had been 1st mounted a lot of staff did not have watches or other signifies of telling time, so the sirens ended up sounded to inform noon and 6 p.m. Quite a few in the communities made use of the siren to denote lunch time or time to get residence.

None of these communities applied the siren as a suggests of environment a curfew for any minority team. I discover it hard that the smaller city of Minden would have put in the money to erect a tower and put in a siren for the sole intent of denoting the get started of a curfew. The principal use of the siren to notify the volunteers and the secondary use to denote the actual time of working day were being significantly much more significant than to use it as a sign to the commence of a curfew.

I come to feel the use of the siren to denote midday and 6 p.m. need to be managed as a reminder of the character of the early settlers and their willingness to provide their local community. I also really feel this is anything that ought to be remaining to the choice of the unique group, not the Condition.

We require to bear in mind the ordinance masking the curfew was issued numerous a long time prior to the set up of the Minden siren.

Sanford Deyo


Excellent short article on Betty Downs


I am creating this to express how a lot I savored John Hefner’s recent series of early Johnson Lane, as instructed by Betty Downs. I went to college with Betty, in the aged Douglas High School, in the late ’50s. I did not know that her household moved right here from Manhattan Beach, Calif. No ponder she appeared so advanced to me.

Having lived in Hermosa Seashore as an adult, I can surely imagine the tradition shock of transferring to a put with no amenities. My household moved below in 1951 from a area with loads of spouse and children all around for like and guidance but we also experienced few features. So, I can relate to the outhouse experience also – while not in snowy, chilly winters.

What I bear in mind most about Betty in individuals decades is that she had a great singing voice, and she formed a quartet that once in a while sang at university gatherings. Sarita and Dianna Edison and, I consider, Vickie Howerton ended up the other charming singers. In that way, Betty launched me to blues and jazz new music. Up till then, I experienced not heard anything at all but rock and roll and nation-western audio (with a smattering of classical music, many thanks to Looney Toons).

So, thank you Mr. Hefner for your content, and thank you, Betty for sharing your recollections. And a special thanks to you and your cousin, John, for sharing your tunes, top me to a life span like of jazz and blues.

Janet Adams


Really don’t wait around to evacuate in advance of wildfire


During last week’s Jacks Valley fire, quite a few hams communicated on their SIERA/TARA repeater to help information people today during the evacuation get. Two situations, on the other hand, sparked issue about people’s response to the orders.

Just one human being claimed, “there are about 200 residences among me and the fireplace. How lengthy must I hold out?” Yet another claimed she and her family, who had large animals ready in the trailer, were being likely to hold out simply because the fire had veered to the south. They have been at the north conclude of Arcadia, which was the closest avenue to the fire zone. I puzzled if they had a way out apart from Jack’s Valley road.

When the evacuation get goes out, it scarcely offers people today plenty of time to organize animals and crucial things for transportation. Wildfire is unpredictable in pace and way. With winds as solid as they ended up previous 7 days, that hearth could’ve burned through that community no time.

Another point to take into consideration is gridlock. Hundreds of vehicles are going to use the roadways with you. In Paradise, Calif., quite a few evacuees were trapped and incinerated in their vehicles because they waited also extensive. So, when that get arrives down, pack your things and get the hell out.

Have at minimum two escape routes in unique instructions. In reality, developers will need to involve these types of routes in their grasp designs: a entrance and again doorway, so to discuss. When the fire cuts off your primary escape route, you need to know how else to get away from the space, even if you have to drive throughout open fields or grime again roads. Know your escape routes!

Ahead of fire even turns into an concern, know exactly where you can discover shelter, particularly if you have substantial animals. Douglas County CERT sets up a shelter at the Neighborhood Centre but animals aren’t allowed there. Animal Handle has protocols to treatment for your animals at the fairgrounds. If you have other selections accessible to you, superior. But never hold out until smoke fills the air prior to pondering about this. Put together your evacuation approach now.

That wildfire previous week grew from a few acres to numerous hundred in a couple of hrs. Incident Command experienced to move from the faculty to Target to get out of the way. They failed to hold out. Why really should you?

Sue Cauhape


Paying out persons not to get the job done


It has come to my notice that the main deadlock to a comprehensive financial restoration right here in The usa is that as well couple of Individuals are keen to operate for a living. There are far more employment than applicants! It stands to cause, of course, when a probable worker can make more by staying at dwelling than currently being employed.

It has been approximated that overall benefits (welfare checks, lease subsidies, foods stamps, etc.) been given when included up are in the community of $16/hr. Is it any speculate that fewer people today are keen to operate for a dwelling?

I am all for encouraging those that are actually in want. but I will not think that public aid need to be a job choice. A number of courses really should be instituted ASAP 1) people obtaining positive aspects should really be expected to volunteer at a public library, hospital, thrift store, etc. 2) as an alternative of gratifying mom and dad by raising the added benefits paid out for further little ones in the house place a cap on the highest gain allowed, 3) as a substitute of cutting all added benefits to these who get a career, partially slash the gain to where possessing a occupation will not penalize the worker and they are rewarded for heading to work, 4) re-assess the scenario on a standard basis on the lookout for advancement, 5) turn the entire system more than to private corporations who will need to continue to keep an eye on the base line, 6) a system should really be judged as successful by the selection of individuals no for a longer time needing the help, not by how numerous new enrollees there are.

In some scenarios, draconian measures may well have to be enforced to save these individuals from on their own. Why is it that when we visit a Countrywide Park or other location exactly where we can get near to animals that share this world with us we are admonished not to feed or aid them in any way?

It is my impression that far more folks have been hindered in their progress than served by these out-of-regulate federal government courses.

Dan Paterson


Democracy in Crisis


The Nevada Republican Social gathering voted to censure Nevada’s Secretary of State for executing her position, certifying Nevada’s 2020 free of charge and reasonable election. She investigated fraud promises brought to her business office and found no fraud that would have transformed the consequence of the election, for that she is remaining censured. Regretably this is not an isolated incident, Republicans throughout the country are going after election officers who did not do their bidding, i.e. give the election to Trump.

The Arizona senate wants to strip their Democratic Secretary of Point out of her capability to litigate election concerns providing this energy to the Republican point out legal professional normal right until her time period finishes. In Georgia, Republicans upset with their Republican Secretary of Point out for not bowing to Trump’s demand from customers to give Georgia to him, are lessening the ability of the secretary of point out, supplying it to the state legislature. In Texas, not only are they proposing voter suppression steps, they also want to give the courts the power to overturn an election if a suggestion of fraud is manufactured, no proof is expected. Trump and his enablers are employing authoritarian techniques to continue to be in electrical power, suppress the vote of the opposition and refuse to concede an election reduction. Republican condition legislators throughout the state are employing “large lie”, i.e the election was stolen from Trump, to go legislation to suppress the vote (concentrating on Democratic leaning voters) and to empower Republican state officers to overturn an election if they you should not like the benefits (only by claiming fraud, no evidence essential).

The 2020 election was a free and reasonable election and it was not stolen from Trump. Trump lost the Electoral Faculty 306 to 232 and the well known vote by 7 million votes. DOJ – Barr, FBI – Wray and Cybersecurity – Krebs stated their investigations did not find proof of fraud that would have adjusted the final result of the election. Republican/Democratic Secretary of States’ qualified the success in their respective states (a lot of just after a number of audits had been carried out). State courts, federal courts and the Supreme Courtroom dismissed or ruled in opposition to Trump (more than 60 scenarios) with regard to election fraud.

What Trump and his enablers are basically hoping to do as a result of Republican state legislators and bogus audits is to nullify votes (of the opposition) so they can remain in electrical power. 100 main specialists (students) on democracies have issued a joint assertion that our democracy is at a crossroads and if Republicans are prosperous in their assault on voting legal rights and are ready to move legislation that will let them to select the winner, Republicans will triumph in destroying our democracy.

Irene Rice



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