Democrats in the California Legislature seem to be facing the reality that the fire tax they passed with the governor’s help in 2011 is unfair. Californians who live in rural areas rely on a range of public services from multiple levels of government to combat fires. These residents already pay taxes to fund essential fire services.
From Don Coffin
By Jesse Hathaway
There are hundreds of beautiful towns in the United States. And each of them has a claim to fame. Whether it’s the Fire Hydrant Capital of the world in Albertville, Ala., the giant statue of Paul Bunyan welcoming visitors to Brainerd, Minn., or the giant ice cream sundae statue in Le Mars, Iowa, every city has a desire to be known for something.
It’s kind of hard to figure out where to start after the last 24-plus hours.
From Charley Fitch
District Ranger (retired)
Regarding the controversy over the Big Bar water tender (BBWT), I feel that some additional comments are warranted. First, the BBWT was put in place while I was the district ranger at Big Bar.
Sometimes the best of intentions go awry. That’s understandable. But when things fall apart, rational people don’t forge ahead with the game plan that got them into trouble. They stop, reconsider, and devise a new strategy. Unfortunately, our government agencies don’t always conform to rational processes — and that’s why a tragedy is unfolding on the Trinity River.