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VOLUME VIII NUMBER 1 SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
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* Congressional News Briefs … Senator Rick Scott has expressed outrage that “self-described Socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders have defended the illegitimate Communist Cuban regime” and that they have not been deterred from that course by the torture and death of yet another Cuban freedom
fighter, Cristian Perez, Promoter of Cuba Decide, Perez having died recently in the custody of the “illegitimate Communist Cuban regime, who reportedly denied him proper due process, medical assistance, … [and particularly] cruelly and inhumanely denied proper medical attention to treat his cancer and clinical conditions.” Part of the “genocide and oppression of the regime of Miguel Diaz-Canel and Raul Castro,” the Senator continues, the Cuban Communist government pursued him merely for the supposed “crime” of “(f)ighting for democracy in Cuba.” The task of President Joseph Biden and the international community? Scott says it is necessary for the Administration and the global community to “amplify the voices of the Cuban people in their fight and hold the regime accountable. The Cuban people have been fighting for their freedom for the past 60 years, and they can’t wait any longer. As the regime continues to violate human rights and threaten security and peace in the Western Hemisphere, freedom-loving nations of the world must work together to end the genocide and oppression” of the Cuban Communist regime. Another needful specific course? The Senator urges the President to participate in advocacy for freedom and in insistence on a “proof of life” for each democracy worker subject to the arbitrary rule of the Cuban regime, not least of all Jose Daniel Ferrer, who was “unjustly sentenced” to four years imprisonment recently. With respect to President Biden’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, Scott has written the President, saying, “… the American people and our military deserve an unequivocal commitment that your Administration will devote all military resources to ensure that every American is safely evacuated from Afghanistan as quickly as possible. It must be clear that we will not withdraw American forces from Afghanistan until that mission is complete. This commitment must also be made to our allies and all who stood and fought beside us.” The Senator adds that that commitment should extend to a “guarantee that all interests of the United States, including … all military resources, are satisfied before a full withdrawal of U.S. forces.” However, witnessing indications, instead, that the President has initiated a “failed withdrawal” that “has endangered the lives of Americans, embarrassed the United States on the world stage and begs the serious question of whether Joe Biden is still fit to lead as President and Commander-in-Chief,” Senator Scott has pressed Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to immediately initiate a bipartisan and bicameral probe into President Biden’s handling of the withdrawal. Subsequently, after terrorists struck at Hamid Karzai International Airport and killed at least 12 U.S. military personnel and wounded many more besides, the Senator asserted that President Biden’s failed actions in Afghanistan have, indeed, “cost American lives” and was entirely “preventable” and, given Mr. Biden’s plans—such as they were—for a withdrawal, “predictable,” as well. Then, Senator Scott reminded that, on August 16, observing the Taliban quickly take over in Afghanistan “due directly to Joe Biden’s failed withdrawal of U.S. forces,” he urged serious consideration of the applicability of the 25th Amendment and the desirability of Vice-President Kamala Harris and the Cabinet “put(ting) politics aside, act(ing) in the best interests of the American people and consider(ing) invoking” Constitutional provisions for the removal of the President on grounds of disability or general unfitness to serve. The Senator calls attention to the President’s disorderly withdrawal, one that “has created chaos and tremendous danger and bloodshed,” and Scott expressed hope that Mr. Biden is “okay and strong enough to lead, but there is no tolerance for uncertainty here.” Scott adds that if the recent attacks on our military personnel, which coincided with “the deadliest day for U.S. troops in over a decade,” were not enough, it was recently reported that the Biden Administration “shared names of Americans and our Afghan allies with the Taliban—inexplicably threatening the lives of even more of our own citizens and allies stranded behind enemy lines.” In addition, citing the latest Personal Consumption Expenditure information from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Scott notes that this price index rose 4.2 percent in July, the largest yearly increase in inflation recorded this year and the highest reading since January, 1991, owing, he says, to “Democrats’ reckless government spending,” which is “shrinking family budgets.” At the same time Democrats have pushed the federal debt upward through an “unpaid-for $5.5-trillion tax-and-spending spree,” Senator Scott faults Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for continuing, too long, the risky policy of monthly purchases of Treasury and mortgage-backed securities that has failed to stimulate economic growth, much less control inflation.
* State Government News Briefs … Governor Ron DeSantis has called on the Biden-Harris Administration to halt any further unlawful resettlement of undocumented aliens in Florida, asserting that the illegal entrants “have no lawful status under federal immigration law, and the federal government should not facilitate
their resettlement in the Sunshine State, hundreds of miles from the border.” The Governor complains that the states “bear the brunt of this Administration’s reckless immigration policies,” because the Administration has refused to discharge its responsibility to enforce U.S. immigration laws duly enacted by the U.S. Congress, which refusal to screen undocumented aliens poses a grave threat to national security, while operating to “undermine the socio-economic well-being of hard-working American citizens.” The Governor has also filed a protest with Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, saying that the states are doing the federal government’s border-security job. In other developments, the Governor announces
opening of new monoclonal antibody treatment sites in Collier and Leon Counties, boosting the state’s total to 21 sites, capable of serving in excess of 13,000 patients.
* County Government News Briefs … Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and the Miami-Dade Board of Commissioners announce that they advocate the option of a Locally Preferred Plan for the Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study that incorporates natural-resilience features that minimize the impact of sea-level rise and that have had broad community support. Some man-made structures offering storm-surge protection have not been ruled out, and the County has conferred extensively with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on available options. Originally, the Back Bay Study stemmed from a Congressionally-directed coastal storm-risk management mandate following Hurricane Irma, and the County’s request for the
Locally Preferred Plan will necessitate additional funding and a time extension for the Army Corps of Engineers to finish the study. Ultimately, the Locally Preferred Plan will entail final approval by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works headquartered in Washington, D.C. In other developments, the County, together with the City of Miami, has partnered with the philanthropic Miami Foundation, supported by $3 million in seed money from JPMorgan Chase's AdvancingCities Initiative, to establish the LaborMiami.org platform, a user-friendly program for addressing and centralizing the career-development and business services of the Greater Miami community. The on-line portal serves to connect students, job seekers, entrepreneurs, and employers with access to the tools, training and information needed to create
successful careers in industries contributing to local economic growth, and the initiative also operates as a link to the wrap-around services of child care, transportation, and digital literacy necessary for success in the twenty-first century economy. Then, too, the Department of Transportation and Public Works has reversed the July 27th closing to pedestrian, cycling and vehicular traffic of the NW 17 Avenue Bridge, re-opening the Bridge yesterday. Intially, a mechanical issue involving the bridge’s motor prompted the closing.
* City Government News Briefs ... The Historic and Environmental Preservation Board is due to meet today at 1 PM, to take up an agenda including adoption of a Resolution to permit the redevelopment of two vacant lots, with subdivision into six lots and reconstruction of the Prescott Mansion with a new rear addition and construction of five single-family residential properties and site improvements, located within the Bayside Historic District; and, among other business, adoption of a Resolution approving or denying a special
certificate of appropriateness to permit and implement the proposed Master Signage Plan on the listed National Register and Historic Designated Site of the Miami Women's Club on North Bayshore Drive. Then, at 6:30 PM, the Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board is set to meet. On its part, the Code Enforcement Board has meetings planned for September 2 and September 8, both starting at 5 PM. On September 9 at 6 PM, the Climate Resilience Committee is due to hold a regular meeting, to be followed by a City Commission meeting on September 13 at 9 AM.
* School District News Briefs ...The School Board of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools District has scheduled its next regular meeting for 11 AM on September 9, with a Budget Workshop planned for 5 PM. The Board has a request to approve a Resolution recognizing the North Miami Beach Little League for their invaluable contributions to the community; the Board will consider approval of the testing calendar for the 2021-2022 school-year; Members have been tasked to adopt a millage-levy Resolution for the 2021-2022 fiscal-year; the 2021-2022 budget awaits approval, among other financial and contracting matters; and
Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho will make a report to Board Members.
* Weather ... The National Weather Service reports that current conditions at Miami International Airport, as of 3:53 AM, are fair, with a temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit, relative humidity of 87 percent, wind out of the southwest at 3 miles per hour, barometric pressure of 29.90 inches, a dewpoint of 74 degrees, and visibility of 10 miles. The forecast for today calls for a 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 PM, sunny skies, with a daily high temperature of about 91 degrees, heat-index values as high as 102, and calm wind becoming southerly at around 6 miles per hour in the afternoon. Tonight expect a 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9 PM, with partly-cloudy skies, a low temperature of about 78 degrees, and southwest wind of about 6 miles per hour. Tomorrow, look for a 50-percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9 AM, with mostly-sunny skies, a daily high temperature of about 90 degrees, light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 9 miles per hour in the afternoon, and new rainfall amounts of less than one-tenth inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
* Sports ...In Major League Baseball, the Marlins (55-78) attempt to rebound from their doubleheader loss to their National League East rivals, the Mets (65-67), yesterday, when they play again tomorrow. Over in the NFL, the Dolphins, after finishing the Preseason with a 2-1 record and defeating the Bengals 29-26 on August 29, visit the Patriots--who were 3-0 in the Preseason--on September 12 for a 4:25 PM game.
Dry Tortugas [Reprinted and Updated] by Lee Snyder
Named "Las Tortugas" (the turtles) by 16th-century Spanish explorers who found the harmless reptiles nesting on its shores, the Dry Tortugas is a collection of several sandy spits and tree-dotted islands. Fort Jefferson, once famous as a 19th-century "American Devil's Island," remains one of the world's largest brick structures. The red brick fort is most famous as the jail where Dr. Mudd was held after treating Lincoln's assassin for a broken leg.
Fort Jeff', past National Monument, is now part of Dry Tortugas National Park, which, together with the water and island reefs, is one of this nation's most remote and unique units of our National Park system. While sharks are still occasionally found swimming in the moat, tourists are more likely seen snorkeling around the fort's outer boundary viewing a dazzling array of fish, coral and sponges. Today, the Coast Guard's close scrutiny of increasing public pressure allows visitors to see what underwater Florida is supposed to be. Divers claim the park waters are the liveliest anywhere in the state. "Little Africa," an unspoiled section of coral reef near Loggerhead Key, the largest island in the chain, boasts expanses of staghorn and elkhorn coral more like those found in Caribbean than in Florida waters.
Nearly 27,000 people—mostly fishermen, yachtsmen, and divers—visit the park by boat each year.
But, for a six-week period, the bulk of the visitors attend for another reason. Spring in the Tortugas is definitely a birdwatcher's delight. Florida's peninsular shape is like an appendage reaching out into the ocean. Its islands are the first safety offered travelers crossing the Gulf of Mexico…. The "funneling effect" allows for close inspections of the birds in their most colorful breeding plumage—an opportunity that draws enthusiastic birders from all over the world….On any given spring day in the Tortugas, birders with four, five and six hundred birds on their lists are found. Listers with seven and eight hundred on their lists are usually there as guides, having visited the islands years before. But, even so, an errant species from South America, the Bahamas or Cuba could fly by adding to all lists.
* Proverbs (chapter 28/verse 22): “He that hastes to be rich has an evil eye, and considers not that poverty shall come upon him.” hastes=hurries.
[A timely warning against get-rich-quick schemes]
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* Congressional News Briefs … Tulelake’s agent in the U.S. House of Representatives, Doug LaMalfa, sharing his thoughts on Afghanistan, has written: “Our great Nation has had many ups and downs, and mistakes we have lived through and learned from. Let this be one, as we rally and refocus on what makes America and our ideals the greatest hope of liberty throughout the world.” The Congressman informs that he has co-sponsored a bill to award those 13 U.S. service personnel killed when ISIS Khorasan (ISIS-K) attacked Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 26 the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest expression of appreciation offered by Congress. Speaking of the mistakes made, Representative LaMalfa asserted, “A sane plan would have evacuated all American civilians and identified Afghan allies before we pulled back militarily. Instead, American citizens, women and children included, were beaten by the Taliban at checkpoints as they attempted [to] sneak to the airport in hopes of being rescued. Many never made it.” He suggested that the U.S. could have furnished our Afghan allies with air support to help them hold the Taliban at bay. In contrast, LaMalfa observed, “The way the Biden Administration left the country was disrespectful, dangerous, and un-American. Instead of prioritizing the protection of Americans, the Biden Administration buckled to the Taliban and, incredibly, even gave them a list of every American and Afghan ally we were trying to evacuate, including their last-known location. Up to 200 Americans and thousands of Afghans, who we promised to protect, have been left in Afghanistan…. Already, many of our allies and their families have been brutally beaten and killed.” Similarly, he mentioned the further cost to the U.S.: 2,372 American lives, the loss of billions of dollars in military equipment and weaponry, some $2.3 trillion in taxpayer money over the course of two decades. Congressman LaMalfa also points out that “many of our NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] partners are questioning our resolve and commitment to them. The British are openly rebuking our leadership. Parliament has officially held Biden in contempt over this fiasco…. In the future, potential foreign partners may well think twice before taking us at our word. The withdrawal puts our international reputation and national security at risk.” In short, the California Representative confesses, “It pains me to think that our brave service men and women fought and sacrificed for 20 years just to have a Commander-in-Chief completely disregard their work and allow the Taliban back to where they were before 2001.” On her part, Senator Dianne Feinstein, joined by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, among other Democrat colleagues in Congress, has pressed the Biden Administration to ensure that humanitarian aid continues to reach an ever-increasing number of needy Afghans regardless of the Taliban take-over. In their letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, they say, “Now that the ground operation to evacuate people from Afghanistan has come to a close, the United States must set our sights on the humanitarian catastrophe confronting those who have been tragically left behind, including women, LGBTQ+ persons, ethnic and religious minorities, and those allied with the United States.” While the aid target audience is approaching 18.4 million, almost half of all children under five years of age are expected to be acutely malnourished in 2021. Noting that the Taliban is subject to U.S. sanctions as a “specially-designated global terrorist group,” Senator Feinstein and her colleagues continue: “Now, with the Taliban consolidating power, the legal restrictions that accompany this designation are having a chilling effect on the humanitarian sector and may significantly impede the delivery of vital life-saving aid in Afghanistan during this critical time.” In other developments, Senator Feinstein and California colleague, Senator Alex Padilla are pushing Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and Majority Leader Charles Schumer to adjust the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, to address the national shortage of affordable rental housing, which amounts to more than 2.3 million units in California. Since current requirements specify that the 4-percent tax credits apply only if at least 50 percent of a housing-rehabilitation project is financed by tax-exempt bonds, and since these bonds are not only subject to a private-activity, bond-volume cap, but oversubscribed in California and other states, construction of affordable housing is being held back. The Senators favor reducing the requirement to 25 percent as a means of adding an extra 17,000 affordable rental units each year to California’s housing inventory. Referencing testimony he provided to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently, Congressman LaMalfa, in turn, characterizes plans to remove the four Klamath River hydro-electric dams—one of which is located in Klamath County, Oregon—as containing the potential to “create a man-made natural disaster that will cost billions to clean up.” In particular, he refers to dam removal releasing millions of cubic yards of toxic sediment, forcing the closing of schools, ruining the habitat of threatened and endangered species beside salmon, undermining sound water management in the
Klamath drainage basin, eliminating dip sites for aircraft in fire-fighting operations, and saddling California and Oregon taxpayers with the financial liability. He says that the evidence plainly shows that salmon would not naturally travel above the Copco 1 dam and the reasons for dam removal become less and less tenable, and, yet, “dogmatic” environmentalists would ensure that “the negative impacts to Siskiyou County … skyrocket.”
* State Government News Briefs … The California Secretary of State updated results of the unsuccessful “yes” drive to recall Governor Gavin Newsom, as late as 1:41 AM on Wednesday, reporting that, with 94.4 percent of voting precincts partially reporting, 9,071,434 ballots have been cast and counted, of the 22,057,610 ballots sent to registered voters; the vote to recall—that is, remove—being 3,244,922 (35.8 percent) and the vote to retain the current Governor being 5,818,348 (64.2 percent). The final results are due to be certified on October 22. Meantime, the focus of the Governor has been on accommodation of Afghan arrivals in California, judicial and other appointments, and obtaining a Presidential Emergency Declaration and direct federal assistance in response to the Caldor Fire in Almador, Alpine, Placer and El Dorado Counties. In Siskiyou County alone, Newsom has proclaimed a state of emergency in connection with the Antelope Fire. Yet, his focus has also been on the River Fire, Dixie Fire, Lava Fire, Beckwourth Complex Fire, French Fire, Monument Fire, Fly and Tamarack Fires, and McFarland Fire.
* County Government News Briefs … The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors was set, at its meeting of September 7, to take up a Consent Agenda of perceived routine and noncontroversial items including adoption of a Resolution establishing a Proposition 4 Gann expenditure limit of $59,776,947 for the 2021-2022 fiscal-year; approval of a Resolution setting debt rates and a tax rate of $1.00 per hundred dollars of appraised valuation for the 2021-2022 fiscal-year; adoption of a series of Resolutions dealing with the County Salary Schedule and with the terms and conditions of employment for various employee categories; approval of a July 1, 2020-June 30, 2023 contract with Visions of the Cross, Inc. for licensed alcohol and other drug residential-treatment services; and ratification of a Proclamation of Local Health Emergency by the County Health Officer on August 19, 2021, relating to health hazards stemming from active, local wildfires. County Supervisors were also due to consider a Resolution exempting certain permit holders from the County’s Water Truck Ordinance, and, among other requests, to arrange a presentation providing an update on multiple County fires. In Closed Session, the Board was scheduled to hold conferences with legal counsel on six matters, such as license-surrender proceedings for the Lower Klamath Project, and to confer with labor negotiators on nine matters. Tomorrow, at 9 AM, the County Planning Commission is poised to meet, in part, to discuss possible amendments to the County’s Surface Mining and Reclamation Ordinance.
* City Government News Briefs … The City Council, at its last meeting on September 7, planned to approve the minutes recorded for its August 17th regular meeting and for its August 24th special meeting; to take up a proposal to approve rental of office space at City Hall to California Human Development; to review, toward possible approval, a Memorandum of Understanding with California Human Development for Workforce Development and Farm Worker Services; to appoint a negotiating committee relative to the property at 319 Main Street; to approve a pay application and certification for payment number 4 to Modoc Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $85,480.05; to receive reports from Chief of Police Tony Ross, City Administrator Jenny Coelho, Public Works Director Jose Perez, and, possibly by telephone hook-up, Finance Director Will Sargent; and to entertain comments from Mayor Henry A. Ebinger and other members of the City administration and staff.
* School District News Briefs … The Tulelake Basin Joint Unified School District announces that students returned to study today after the Day After Fair No-School Day yesterday and that, in sports, the Honkers High School Football Team (1-3) hosts Chester at 4 PM on September 17 and Bonanza at 7:30 PM on September 24, with Homecoming on October 1, the team playing Burney at 6 PM. Meantime, the Varsity Soccer Team (1-0), having defeated Fall River 3-0 on September 9, hosts Modoc at 5 PM on September 16 and visits Butte Valley at 5 PM on September 22.
* Weather … The National Weather Service reports that the over-night forecast at Klamath Falls International Airport calls for widespread haze and mostly-clear skies, with a low temperature of around 42 degrees Fahrenheit and wind out of the west at 3 to 5 miles per hour. Tomorrow, look for patchy smoke, sunny skies, a daily high temperature of about 80 degrees, light north-northwest wind becoming westerly at 8 to 13 miles per hour in the afternoon, with winds possibly gusting as high as 20 miles per hour.
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