Today a friend sent an interesting article from the Wall Street Journal with this notation:
“You gotta love it – drought’s bad, rain’s bad, snow’s … The bureaucrats had better get going on the theft of water rights, boondoggle / pork laden projects …; this is bad news for their agenda! But wait – it’s just another phase of decades worth of cycles?”
I would say I have to agree with his comment. One minute we are anticipating food shortages and huge price increases due to the drought; the next minute we are to worry because the El Nino will cause all kinds of shortages and drive prices up. Meanwhile our State officials are proposing any number of Water Bond issues to raise funds to fight the drought and reducing or totally eliminating water deliveries to farmers and ranchers. Guess the State will continue to utilize whatever emergency allows them to change water laws they have wanted to change for years.
“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” – Winston Churchill
Mother Nature has a way of doing whatever she wants, whenever she wants. Weather is cyclical; I blogged a three-part series (Water) in anticipation of just this – “Markets Gird for Return of El Niño”! It would be good to get to the point where we are not always reacting to crisis and could take the time to plan well for change, remembering that we have spells of floods and drought and need to be prepared to deal with both.
Have you picked up your copy of the latest 2014-15 Plumas County Visitors Guide? Or the 2013 publication. This excellent guide is produced and published by Mike Taborski and his talented folks at Feather Publishing. It is loaded with beautiful photographs of our area and articles that make you want to get out and see all that Plumas County has to offer.
Their resource page lists facts such as population by area, annual temperature averages, contact information for such things as banks, airports, hospitals/clinics, libraries, schools, etc. You will find a calendar listing “not to be missed” events along with extensive guides to lodging and campgrounds.
I think this year’s edition is the best yet! You can pick one up at most all stores, businesses, and restaurants. This is not just a guide for visitors; you will find it a valuable resource as you plan your outdoor activities for the coming seasons.
A friend recently forwarded me an article from the Wall Street Journal. Most of the ideal propounded by the author seemed to me to be spot on! He talks about his ideas for a free society; a society whose vision is based on respect for people and what they value.
He quotes Thomas Jefferson who warned that “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” As I read the article I couldn’t help but revisit something that has been on my mind of late and wonder when it was that we started expecting government to take care of all our needs and the freedoms we have given over to government in return for that care. Are we truly headed to a complete “nanny state”; or, are we perhaps already there?
Over the years, it has been my experience that government over-regulation and interference has acted to stifle innovation, cost many businesses out of existence, or cause entrepreneurs to give up before they begin. I have also noticed that government usually does not do a very good job when it attempts to do things that are better done by private industry/business. As the author says, “This is what happens when elected officials believe that people’s lives are better run by politicians and regulators than by people themselves.”
In a previous blog I announced that I am seeking reelection for a third term as Plumas County Supervisor representing District 3. The last day to file papers to run for election in June was the 7th of March. As of that date, I am the only candidate seeking that position.
It has been my honor to represent you for a little over 7 years. I want you to know that I take that responsibility very seriously and will do my utmost to be your advocate and represent your interests for the next 5 years.
It is interesting to note, however, that all Plumas County elected officials, with the exception of the District 5 Supervisor position, are running unopposed in this election. On my good days, I like to think that is because we are doing a good job; on my bad days, I fear it is because people are simply so fed up with government at all levels that they do not wish to be involved. It is disappointing and of great concern to me that no one was willing to seek any of the numerous positions currently up for election. I can’t help but wonder why?
I have asked the League of Women Voters to consider hosting an election forum in our area so that those of us who will be your Plumas County elected officials, even though we are running unopposed, will have a chance to introduce ourselves and answer any questions you may have about Plumas County government. If the League is unable or unwilling to host such a forum, I will set one up giving you the opportunity to interact with your Plumas County elected officials on a personal, one on one basis.
I sincerely appreciate your questions or comments; they help frame my decisions on your behalf. You may use the comment link at the top of this blog, the Contact form or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I sincerely thank you for the support you have given me these past 7 years; it has been a privilege to serve my community and Plumas County!