Effort to create a new state is a waste of time

Feather Publishing

In principle, the movement to make Northern California its own state makes sense. Our voices are but a whisper when compared to those in the urban south. Our lack of representation in matters that affect us is very similar to the injustices that prompted our forefathers to declare independence from England.

But the reality is much different. No matter how many small northern counties endorse the creation of a new state, it’s not going to happen in our lifetime.

While many of us might find it appealing to carve out a 51st state from the crags, buttresses and mountains many “Jeffersonians” call home, there are a bevy of factors those supporters are not taking into account.

First and foremost, we are a firm believer in less government. That also means less money and time spent in Board of Supervisors meetings discussing something that won’t happen. While the Fourth Article of the U.S. Constitution allows for the creation of new states within the union, backers of the state of Jefferson don’t seem to fully grasp the process — and the outcome should they ever be successful in partitioning California.

One of the most promising and daunting factors is that of natural resources. Yes, Northern California has minerals in spades and the hydrology to go along with it … just ask the residents of Los Angeles how they like our water. But, the factor forgotten most often is that there is still a federal government to contend with. Barring a total failure of Washington, D.C., there will still be a Congress, a president, a cadre of lobbyist types and a well-heeled Left bent on control and infiltration of any government not approved by central casting.

While the Jefferson movement is altruistic and freedom-based at its core, we must remember the words of our fourth president, James Madison. He said, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

How true. The problem is, men and women are not angels and never will be … we are argumentative, warring and divisive human creatures that insist upon naming another person to rule over us, for good or bad. King or queen, president or chieftain, it is a common theme throughout history and cannot be understated when thinking about creating new governments going forward.

The bigger picture infers that mankind cannot rule itself, though the smaller picture, one localized to Jefferson, seems to infer that if only we could break away from Sacramento and induce a form of home rule from Yreka, we might be able to shift the tide.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Corporations, as they always do, will slowly but surely weasel their way into day-to-day life in the capitol in Siskiyou County. The proverbial small government model, which is consistently more effective than a massive bureaucracy, will slowly unravel until we will have the gridlock currently on display in California.

Another aspect to consider is environmentalist factions that will sue Jefferson’s governor endlessly to stop any kind of capitalist process that might be good for the citizens of this beautiful land. Who gives a whit if we are progressive when it comes to forest management? The woods must be controlled. The water must be controlled. There are trees and frogs and owls and lizards to save, after all.

In short, Jefferson would be a financially poor state. We would be North Dakota or Alaska without the oil.

The supervisors would be wise to forego any further discussion of the SOJ matter. Doing so, in our opinion, would just be a waste of the taxpayer dime they were elected to preserve.

Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of the publisher, managing editor and the appropriate staff writers.

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Where I stand; We should all support the president’s community college plan

Amy Schulz
Director of Career Technical Education and Economic Workforce Development
Feather River College

Recently, President Obama announced a plan to provide two years of community college to all students for free. As a local education expert at a public, two-year, fully accredited community college located right here in Plumas County, I wholeheartedly embrace his proposition and I hope you will too. One of the biggest reasons we should offer this plan our support is the wage gap, which is made wider and more cavernous by the concurrent growing middle skills gap we face in this country.

At this point, most people have two questions: 1) What is the middle skills gap? and 2) How will making community college more affordable to a broader pool of students shrink it?
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The unending dilemma: Who knows where the time goes?

Sam Williams - My Turn
Managing Editor

Wow, the holidays have passed, and we’re off and running in a brand new year — 2015. It seems as if 2014 had just arrived, and now it’s already in the history books. I always thought time flies as we get older because we spend so much of our lives working for a living. Maybe I should long for the days before the Industrial Revolution when our lives were linked to the dirt rather than televisions, smartphones and computers. As I get older, I fear my understanding of time has abandoned me completely.
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The frog is our friend; policymakers trying to protect it are not

Feather Publishing

Last week Plumas County realized its first tangible economic casualty directly related to the yellow-legged frog.

The popular Lost Sierra Endurance Run scheduled for early September was canceled. It’s canceled because the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship said it can’t afford to pay for a frog habitat impact analysis associated with the U.S. Forest Service’s special-use permit.

This is likely just the beginning of the economic collateral damage resulting from the frog being considered an endangered species.
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Proposed degree fills workforce need, builds on existing excellence

Where I Stand
Dr. Kevin Trutna,
Superintendent/President, Feather RIver College

With the passage of Assembly Bill 850 (Sen. Block), up to 15 California community college districts will be eligible to offer technical baccalaureate degrees. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office will select, through a competitive process, which districts and what degrees will be offered. Feather River College recently submitted an application to be considered as one of the 15 colleges in this unique pilot program. FRC applied to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in equine and ranch management to help supply an unmet industry demand for trained workers in this growing industry.
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