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No Fashion Show This Year
Editor: Mistakes are made every day
and I want to correct an article printed in last weeks
Mountain Echo. The Fort Crook Museum will not be having a
Fashion Show in November. We have been such a busy bunch
this year that we are all ready for a break. This seems to
be an article that was slipped in from last years news.
Thank you to all who have attended all of our
events and support the museum. Many local people have not even
visited the museum and do not realize we have eleven buildings and
we are the largest museum in Northern California. So when you have
out of town visitors bring them on by for a real History lesson, as
well as treat yourself. This is a free admission museum and we run
on donations and our many fund raisers.
Glorianne Weigand, President
Fort Crook Historical Society
The family of Jerry Thomason would
like to thank all of his friends and neighbors for their
kindness and thoughtful cards on his passing. We would also
like to thank those that made donations to the Shrine
Hospital for Children and the Fort Crook Museum in his name.
In his honor please join our family in a celebration of his
life on Saturday August 2 from 2-4 PM at the Round Mountain
Community Center. Please bring your favorite dessert as we
all know dad liked nothing better. Join us as we remember
him and share your special stories of his life. Thank You,
LaVerne Thomason Charles & Lizz Thomason and
family Jim Thomason Rebecca Thomason Eda & Wayne Browning and familyI am at my wits end. I cannot
comprehend that our once wonderful community is now so full
of thieves and low lives.
Election Day is a week from today,
I donít think it is either
appropriate or necessary for me to elaborate on the tragic
motor cycle accident, the obvious need for an ambulance, or
the possible difference that an immediately accessible
ambulance might have made.
Please vote next Tuesday.
Editor: Once again I have
to say thank you to the folks who are working so hard to
keep Christmas Tree Lane so nice and clean. The flowers are
Then I look at the large flag
above me and want to say thank you to all the veterans who have
protected the flag of our country. Thank you to all
Thank You All!
There is no way we can
begin to put the names of all those who helped make our 50th
Wedding Anniversary so memorable in this thank you. Thatís
what thank you notes are for, but there are those who put
the most memorable day together for us - Our daughter Arnie
Cobos, our special friends Barbara Bennett and Celena
Bennett, and their exceptional crews, the Burney VFW and
Burney American Legion, Rex Club, Hal and Kathy Haydock and
Lynn Miller! Not to mention Donnaís sister Dar Davis and
Arnie for coming clear across county to be here! Be assured
that we deeply appreciated all our friends who were able to
stop by Saturday afternoon and say ďHappy Anniversary!Ē We
deeply appreciated all of our friends who stopped us when
they saw us and said ďHappy Anniversary, e-mailed us, sent
cards or called!Ē Thank you for being our friends for all
these years! YOU ALL ARE SO WONDERFUL!!
Walt and Donna
The teachers and staff at
Mt. View High School and Soldier Mt. High School would like
to thank the following businesses for their support and
donations contributed to our Sober Grad night. Without all
of the thoughtful and much needed support, our students
would not be able to participate in a Sober Grad event.
Thank you again to each of the following people and
businesses: Burney Bowling Alley Burney Mt. Coffee Co.
Dottie & Bob Sales Dr. Patterson Fall River Boosters
Gepettoís Pizza H & R Logging Leo S. Jones Propane McDonalds
Mountain Cruisers Mt. Burney Coffee Company Napa Auto Parts
- Burney Napa Auto Parts Ė Fall River Mills Pit River Casino
Safeway Soroptimist International of Burney/Fall River
Subway Tri-Counties Bank Ė Fall River Mills Valley Hardware
Sincerely, Mt. View High School/Soldier Mt. High School
Students and Staff members
Open Letter to Unknown Person
I love living in this
valley. I love to garden. I can understand all of the pests
who make it sometimes very disheartening, such as deer,
birds, gophers, moles, aphids, and spider mites. What I
cannot understand is why one of my fellow human beings would
deliberately and with malicious and destructive intend would
drive his or her vehicle into the center of a newly
cultivate, replanted and heavily watered garden patch at the
end of my driveway and then plow back out. I am totally
disheartened, so whoever you are, could you help me
understand why you did this?
Jane Pratt, Fall River
It is generally real easy
to be an outsider looking in. Opinion comes pretty easy when
you donít have any responsibility, penalty or reward for the
outcome of an opinion.
The ambulance measure in
Big Valley isnít really one of those.
I drive the Big Valley
roads with some frequency. I used to drive them all the
Iíve been extremely
lucky, I havenít taken on any deer, car, cycle, cattle etc.,
but it was always comforting to know that if I did, there
was an ambulance, manned with dedicated individuals who
would get me out of the vehicle or what was left of it, and
get me or the other guy to a hospital.
And yes! I would pay for
it. Ambulance rides arenít cheap. Taxes generally cover
housing the vehicle and possibly an on-duty crew,
maintenance and upkeep of the building, insurance, etc.
The funny thing about it
is that I didnít and donít really care, and I canít
understand why any of the folks in what will be the district
How do you tell your Dad,
whoís having a heart attack, that youíll load him in the
pickup and drive like a madman to the nearest hospital
without any medical attention on the way?
How do you listen to your
baby having trouble breathing while you drive like a madman
for the nearest medical facility?
The people who are
pushing for this ambulance have made it as fair and
equitable as possible. They have jumped through the hoops -
yes, partially for themselves - they want an ambulance to
come when they need it. But they are also thinking about you
folks and maybe even me, because accidents, illness, major
medical emergencies and so forth are, first, pretty random
and second, pretty unforgiving if people donít do everything
they can to minimize the impact.
Iíll put it bluntly. You
are a damned fool if you donít vote yes for the ambulance.
Dear Editor: As we all now know, the measures X and Y did
not pass in the recent election. The Big Valley EMS Working
group would like to thank the many people who helped and
supported this cause.
The fact is, we still do not have a quick response Advanced
life support ambulance in the Big Valley area.
We would like for the public to know that our efforts will
continue to find a solution for this problem. We will meet every
Thursday morning at the Medical center in Bieber. These are open
public meetings. Please attend and bring your ideas to light. If you
would like to help, or offer alternatives that can be pursued,please
contact us @ bigvalleyemsworkinggroup@ gmail.com. Better yet, come
to a planning session on Thursday morning and take part in the
discussions. Much can be accomplished if we pull together as a
community. Sincerely Clinton J. Davis, Valerie Endicott BVEMSWG
On April Fools Day I
challenged folks to find errors in the paper and send them
in, along with $20 bills for each mistake. Right off I was
the recipient of (unfortunately) a counterfeit item of
currency for several thousand dollars.
There have been a number
of excuses resulting in three or four bad ones since then
that I have taken care of, but last week I screwed up the
date on page one and no one noticed. That should have made
me a millionaire.
I apologize and am taking
steps to curtail many of these. Canít do much about painful
emotions at any given moment, or any given story, but I can
get more hard nose about trying to get things in the paper
well past deadline which cause the bulk of the problems.
Again, my apologies.
It is subtle for the most
part, but it is there and it isnít getting any better.
Small communities depend
on its members and its community members rely on each other.
Donna and I came to the
area in 1976 and the slide, even though not as pronounced
had already started.
The community center in
Montgomery Creek was basically a pipe dream. Now their
marque sports the plea for folks to show up and get on the
board so they can keep it open.
Their Lions club was
never huge, but it was active turning out at least four
district governors, busy with bingoís, BBQís and a variety
of events that gave folks a place to meet.
Burney Basin Days was
dominated by Lions and Rotary events, now the watermelon
eating contest, frog jumping contest, sack races, bike races
and kiddie events are all but gone because there arenít
enough service club members to go around and more and more
The Fall River Lions took
over the Grange Hall, now there is a rumor that they want to
see if the Burney Rotary will take it over.
The Chamberís Monday
night monthly meetings were packed with school officials and
the county making reports. it is a lot better than it was a
few years ago, but it is far from packed.
Big Valley has its own
set of problems.
Whatís the answer? The
younger folks need to look around. Those they depended on
when they grew up and when a lot of their kids grew up
arenít getting older - They are older and many, so many, are
It is painfully apparent
that if the young, want an active community, one with the
ability to govern itself, to have a variety of things to do,
to have a sense of community, youíd damned well better do
something about it.
Course, you can always
move to the city where somdeone else will be more than happy
to take care of you - Been there, done that, Donít want that
type of care.
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To sin by silence when they should protest
makes cowards of men.Ē
The residents of the Fall River Valley
have a real crisis on their hands. It is pressing and needs
to be solved before major break-downs force the closure of
the Fall River Cemetery.
The Fall River Valley has at least four
cemeteries, two of which are primary cemeteries, all within
the boundaries of two districts, The Fall River Mills
Cemetery and the Pine Grove Cemetery.
One of those districts is perpetually
broke. One is ďwell to do.Ē
There are undoubtedly a number of
factors for the condition of the two, but the fact remains
conditions at the Fall River Mills cemetery are dire and the
conditions at Pine Grove are good.
One of the major factors, if not the
major factor, in the two is tax revenue. For whatever
reason, the Fall River Districtís taxable property is small
and thus the tax revenue is dismal. The Pine Grove District
is much larger and thus so is its income.
The Fall River District used to be able
to borrow against its future tax revenues to get the cash
flow to operate. Unfortunately, the districtís well pump
broke down. The board was able to get it patched, but the
well is pumping sandy water which damages the well and the
sprinklers. It is only a matter of time before one or both
give out. Either way it will cost several thousand dollars
to replace them.
That district is now depending on
donations and hope to raise money with a bingo night, 7
p.m., August 1, at the Fall River Veterans Hall (see page 5)
to get enough money flowing to pay their PG&E pumping bill
and keep the cemetery lawn green.
Shasta LAFCO Executive Director Jan
Lopez met with the Fall River board recently and made some
suggestions. They can merge with Pine Grove. They can
combine their operations with Pine Groveís. They can adjust
their boundaries with Fall River taking over much of the
Glenburn area. Finally, there is the option of going to the
people of the Fall River District and seeing if two-thirds
or more are willing to vote in an increase in property tax
to support the cemetery.
Looking at the situation with
detachment, the Fall River District got itself in the
position it is today, just as surely as Pine Grove did. Most
if not all directors on both districtís boards who were
responsible for laying the groundwork for their current
conditions are now gone and it doesnít do a lot of good to
pat any of them on the back or kick them in the rear. People
donít get on these small boards to screw things up or cost
the districtís money. They get on the boards for which they
donít get paid, to do the very best they can with what they
have to help their community. They are human, circumstances
including law, population and the economy are ever changing.
Sometimes they win. Sometimes they lose.
All four of Lopezís suggestions make
sense. All four takes negotiators from both boards looking
realistically at what the various proposals would do to
their district, how they can ascertain that the citizens of
both districts will continue to be well represented, and how
can any agreement come out without hurting either district.
Each of the suggestions has different
consequences. Each has different benefits. Needless to say,
any solution is going to be complex.
The Valley is lucky in that it has two
mature boards which represent different portions of the same
valley. Almost everyone who has raised a family in the
Valley has friends or relatives buried in both cemeteries.
I am hoping that the two districtís can
get together and start working something out before
everything comes crashing down around their ears.
What event did you decide to do over the weekend? Between
the Music Series event, Fall River Century, Hat Creek BBQ
and Lions All-Star Game there was a lot of great events to
choose from. Does anyone ever ask you what you do in a small
community? I usually have to chuckle. They have NO idea of
all of the things that go on here.
Behind all of those events and activities there are a lot of
people working tirelessly to make them happen. Be sure to
say thank you. I caught a glimpse of some pictures of
volunteers working at the fairgrounds getting the facility
spruced up for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend Fair. The
Heritage Foundation is doing an amazing job as a committee
and securing volunteers to get projects and fundraising
done. Thank you!
The Fall River Century Bike Ride is another event that gives
back significantly to the community. All of those rest
stations manned by community volunteers and organizations
benefit from the event. From the reports I have heard, it
went very well.
When I started thinking about July activities, it seemed
like they were so far off. Well, July activities are almost
over. This weekend is another big one. The 50th anniversary
of the Inter- Mountain Fair Scholarship (Queen) Program is
set for Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at Ingram Hall at the
fairgrounds. Be sure to come out to support the wonderful
young ladies vying to represent the fair.
The Soldier Mountain Volunteer Fire Company is having its
annual Chicken and Ribs BBQ on Sunday, July 27th. Dinner is
served from 2:00 Ė7:00 p.m. at the fire hall in Glenburn.
Dinner includes chicken, ribs, salad, beans, rolls,
watermelon, dessert and drinks. Beer and wine are available
for purchase. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children
12 and under.
Entries for the Inter- Mountain Fair have a August 1
deadline Ė donít be late! For more information visit the
fairís website or call the fair office.
I have to cross over into my day job and invite you all to
look at the new website for Mayers Memorial. It is a
brandnew site with a lot of new information, community
contacts, health resources and more! You can even link to
the Mountain Echo from the page! www.mayersmemorial. com.
Speaking of the hospital, the Mayers Intermountain
Healthcare Foundation Golf Tournament is August 16. The last
report I heard is that there is room for 15 more teams. For
more information contact Barb Spalding at Mayers.
Finally, it is time to gear up for local high school sports.
Check the school websites for information and schedules. And
yes Ron, you will be walking the sidelines soon!
Pat Baremore was not one of those who
took center stage.
Pat was a doer - a worker, fiercely
loyal to her family, her profession, her employer and
patients. She was also one of the hardest working and kind
people I have ever known.
When I first met Pat, she was on the
job in one of the long-term wings - I want to think it was
the second one built, but it has been well over 30 years and
I canít remember for sure.
I do remember she and Lou Schroeder
were the ambulance attendants. Both, were EMTís, Lou in
mainenance and Pat, I think was in housekeeping, but again,
I canít remember for sure. The idea was for them to be
immediately available for the ambulance and also be able to
make a living.
She worked full time at Mayers and went
to school at the same time, earning her RN.
She was one of the first nurses at
Mayers to complete training and become a MICN which made
advance life support on area ambulances possible through
Mayers. She also headed the Emergency Room.
Several years ago she came down with
Cancer. The rumor at the time was that she was in a lot of
pain and had thought about throwing in the towel. But, even
if the rumor was true, that wasnít Patís nature.
She fought back. She came back and, as
before, she contributed so much to those who needed her.
It takes a special person to be a
doctor or nurse for hospice, to love your patients, care for
them and do everything in your power to make their last days
as peaceful and comfortable as possible, knowing that you
are going to lose them.
I canít even imagine how tough it must
have been, knowing that, like those she helped, her time was
She worked close to the end and I doubt
that too many folks knew her cancer had caught up with her.
She was a brave and dedicated woman who
wouldnít quit and there are legions of folks in the entire
Intermountain Area whose lives she touched and made a lot
better by her and because of her.
Thank you Pat - Iím just one of a
legion of folks who will miss you!
Our anniversary is over as is Burney
Basin Days and Iím exhausted.
Iím extremely happy, but pooped.
On a serious note, the temperatures
are exceptionally hot, the rainfall well below normal, the
weed are brown and dry.
Thanks to a massive quick response
from Cal Fire, the local fire departments and companyís we
dodged the bullet.
History has proven that had the
response been less or slower, the fire would have been on
the outskirts of Fall River Mills as I write this Monday
We owe all the firefighters a
tremendous thank you!
By Brian Dahle
State Assemblyman District 1
California thinks of itself as leading the vanguard of the
energy revolution. Weíre fighting climate change, investing
in clean power, and shaking our fossil-fuel habit.
But when companies want to build the equipment that actually
makes renewable electricity possible, where do they go?
Where do they create those famous ďgreen jobsĒ?
In Texas, KACO New Energy, a Grass Valleybased manufacturer
of advanced electrical components critical to the
solar-power industry, recently announced it is moving its
headquarters to San Antonio, consolidating operations with a
factory it opened in the Lone Star State late last year.
On a smaller scale, KACO follows the path of Toyota, which
is moving its North American headquarters from Torrance to
Texas. The company, gracious on its way out the door, didnít
blame Californiaís high costs or poor business climate. It
simply said it made strategic sense to have its head office
closer to its cluster of manufacturing plants in the South.
Yet as Toyota invested billions of dollars opening half a
dozen new American factories in recent years, it studiously
avoided California. Its one plant in the Golden State was a
joint operation with General Motors in Fremont, originally
launched in the early 1980s, but that factory closed in 2010
and Toyota hasnít looked back.
Those who claim California doesnít have a problem with its
business climate often argue that our cost of living is just
inescapably high, so the state must focus on engineering,
design and other high-value fields while leaving the grubby
work of building stuff to others Ė in Texas or Mexico or
China. But the lesson of real-world businesses is that where
factories go, the head office sooner or later follows. The
state cannot simply write off manufacturing.
Yet that is effectively what weíre doing by piling ever more
regulatory requirements and higher costs on businesses.
California has among the nationís highest business taxes,
the most strict and complex environmental protections, and
labor laws that donít just protect workersí rights but
create a constant threat of capricious litigation against
employers. Real estate prices are high and that partly
reflects the demand created by beautiful scenery and ideal
weather, but itís also painfully expensive and
time-consuming to develop property or build anything,
artificially inflating costs.
Thanks not least to environmental mandates, we also have
electricity rates higher than any other stateís outside of
New England. Californiaís industrial power rates are fully
two-thirds higher than Texasí Ė where would you build an
Clean power is a wonderful thing, but affordable clean power
is the goal California needs to pursue, and itís achievable.
A healthy environment is good for everyone, but California
has created mazes of procedures so time-consuming and
legalistic that sensible business owners in fast-moving,
competitive fields have little choice but to look outside
the state to build a factory. Would you gamble your
companyís future on the outcome of an environmental groupís
Californians want clean air and a stable climate, but if we
donít get our policies right Ė streamlining business
development and controlling costs -- weíll drive all the
companies that can actually build a greener tomorrow right
out of the state.
Iíll say right up front that Iím not
a taxpayer in the Fall River Valley Community Wow, how time
This Saturday will be Donna and my
50th wedding anniversary.
Iíve been telling everyone that I
just got married - and it really feels like it was last
I remember a lot of the details. It
was really nice weather in Riverside.
Donna and I would just as soon have
gone to Las Vegas without a lot of fluff and flutter and at
a fraction of the cost, but Mom and Dad Davis werenít having
any of it and they were paying for it. We ended up in the
beautiful chapel at the Mission Inn. Donna was beautiful in
her gown, but that wasnít unusual, she was very pretty in
anything she chose to wear.
I actually squirmed into a tux for
the first and only time in my life.
I remember saying ďI do,Ē and
Beyond that, I donít remember
anything except that we were anxious to get into real
clothes and go on the honeymoon it had taken us a year to
save for. I do remember a guy at a gas station telling me it
sounded like all my lug nuts were off on our old Pontiac.
Turned out to be pebbles my best man had put in the hub
If we didnít have to look in the
mirror the wedding could just as easily have been yesterday.
But reality is reality. Our hair is a lot whiter and weíve
got a lot more aches and pains than we had 50 years ago.
I wouldnít trade those 50 years for
anything. It has really been a nice ride and if our bodies
hold out Iím looking forward to at least another 50.
Love You Hon!
Iíll say right up front that Iím not
a taxpayer in the Fall River Valley Community Services
District or the Fall River Cemetery District. However, I do
pay a water bill through my business and I have a lot of
friends buried in the cemetery.
When I was a kid in Cedarville I
thought the cemetery there was a beautiful one. As I
remember it, there were tall, old trees and lawn.
Since that time things have changed.
Yes, it is well maintained and Iím sure the Valley is proud
of it. However, there are no trees and there is no grass.
Again, I no longer live there and I
donít pay taxes there so I donít have a lot of room to
complain. I will say that I was disappointed when I saw it.
Back to the Fall River Cemetery,
they get a negligible amount of property tax. Their
endowment money is tied up by state law - they get to use
the interest earned on it, but if you have a savings
accounts at any of the banks you know how much money they
give you for putting your money with them. The money charged
for the grave liners is used to pay for the grave liners and
the rest of it pays to have the graves dug and refilled.
LAFCO takes a small percentage of
their tax dollars and Iím sure the County also does.
They pay one parttime employee. The
directors donít get paid anything and havenít.
There has not been, and is not,
enough left over to pay PG&E to pump water even if the
district had the money to fix the switch to their well. They
have been trying to get grants and have been turned down.
They need help and they have asked
the CSD for it. The CSD board appears to be sympathetic.
However, the CSD also is in an
extremely tight financial position and have to seriously
consider costs associated with being a good neighbor and
fiscally responsible district at the same time.
There are a lot of factors to weigh
and Iím just awfully glad Iím not on either board. The
directors of both have a tough job and should be thanked for
being willing to take it on.
I am amazed at the communityís
response to the flag given to VFW Post 5689 by the family of
Lance Corporal Tyler Roads after he was killed in
Afghanistan and the theft of that flag a couple of weeks
ago. People care and it is awesome!
The reward for the return of the
flag has grown from the original $100 put up by the post, to
A tip has been received about the
theft and is being followed up on.
Amee Mack is coordinating with
Assemblyman Jeff Gorrell, who is also an active duty Navy
officer. She has explained what took place and asked him if
he could have a flag flown over a military base in
Afghanistan donated to the post.
Additionally, by coincidence, Lance
Corporal James E. Jarrell, USMC, who is currently stationed
with the R4 Operations Group aboard Camp Leatherneck, in the
Helmand Province in Afghanistan, had been working on a flag
flown over the base as a thank you to the post. That flag
was dedicated March 27.
We have to admit that it is beyond
explanation that a Marine Lance Corporal from Burney would
send such a gift to the post at a time that the a flag from
another Lance Corporal who had been stationed in the same
province and given his life in the same province was stolen.
In his letter to the Post that came
with the flag, he writes ďI just wanted to say thank you
forthe package that you all sent a few months back, sorry I
did not send anything earlier.Ē
What a community we live in!!
What kind of low-life scum would
stoop so low as to steal the flag that flew over Lance
Corporal Tyler Roadsí Post in Afghanistan where he was shot
What kind of a lowlife S O B would
steal the flag presented to the Burney VFW Post by Tylerís
mother so it could be displayed in her dead sonís honor?
What kind of callous jerk would take
it off the postís wall and walk out with it?
I sure hope he or she is proud and
can look at his or herself in the mirror each and every
Next to desecrating the heroís grave
that is the lowest, most despicable act imaginable. It falls
right in there with spitting on the family or the veterans
who were willing to lay their lives on the line so scum like
the thief can be free to desecrate their memories.
I donít know about anyone else, but
I had to go back through the 2010 pictures of Tylerís
funeral. I had to see the anguish on Tylerís grandparents
faces, on Tylerís motherís face and on his sisterís face.
Every time I went through them I choked up.
If there is someone out there that
knows of a person who suddenly came or comes into possession
of what appears to be just a used American Flag or goes
around bragging about how he or she got even with the Roadís
family, with Tyler or with the Vets please let the Burney
Or, if you were in the post and for
whatever reason decided you just had to have that flag it
would be not only the honorable, but the right thing to do,
to return it.
Post 5689 is offering a $150 reward,
no questions asked, if it is returned.
If someone has the flag and wants to
return it without going to the VFW, they can drop it on the
counter at the Burney Post Office. The Post Office will make
sure it gets back to the Post.
That flag is not a rag or a
plaything. It is an American Flag. The thief can never prove
that flag flew in a combat zone and was saluted by Lance
Corporal Tyler Roads and other Marines risking their lives.
That flag has special meaning to the
family of the Marine who laid his life down to protect it
and the veterans who have been willing to lay down their
life for it. It has no value to the scum who stole it!
Editor: The Eastern Shasta
County Sheriffís Flying Posse would like to take this
opportunity to thank and also congratulate the entire Fall
River Valley for the most successful AIRPORT DAY ever!
Beautiful flying weather brought
about 70 aircraft from all over Northern California and
Southern Oregon, providing an aerial potpourri not seen in
More than 700 enjoyed a breakfast
that would not have been possible without the incredible
support of the countless volunteers who happily gave their
time and efforts. Donations from businesses in Burney, Fall
River Mills and McArthur were absolutely amazing.
Thank you one and all, Ross Jones
Commander Eastern Shasta County Flying Posse
Thank you The family of Junior W.
Elzea would like to thank everyone for all of the food,
cards, donations, prayers, loves, and hugs sent forth in
these past weeks. We appreciate your expressions of sympathy
in the loss of our loved one and truly appreciate your
thoughtfulness and support. Each gesture is a constant
reminder of the wonderfull community we are a part of.
Gerta Elzea Jeff & Marsha Bidwell
Thor & Sheral Thorlaksson and family
Chris & Lisha Elzea
Ray, formerly of Shipwrecks, dropped
by this morning to say hi.
Heís doing great in Idaho, has a new
business and loves it.
He says living is a lot cheaper,
taxes are lower. Everyone carries a gun so you donít do the
stupid things you do in California - It might just get you
Heís put on a little weight and
looks happier than the dickens.
It is too bad they donít need
another cantankerous newspaper editor, Weíd move there.
While Iím sure theyíve got their
share, I doubt that every third car or pickup carried a gun
and badge, whether it was Cal Fire or dental inspectors - In
California everyoneís got to be a cop. When you look at
things, it makes sense. The more cops, the more crime. In
California you turn them all lose anyway, but look at the
number of people it keeps who can push their weight around
to piss generally law abiding folks off. Generally theyíll
move to Idaho to get away from having to put up with the
I would have suggested Nevada, but
then youíd have to put up with Harry Reid, thatís as bad as
putting up with Nancy whatís her face.
It would, however, be nice to be
able to live in a state that believed in a modicum of common
sense and didnít have to take everything you own so they
could become millionaire legislators or get retirement after
one term - specially when a lot of real people here donít
have enough money to retire regardless of how long we work.