Opinion: Thumbs up, thumbs down: September 25, 2013
Tri-County juvenile hall would be welcome
It's nice to see governmental agencies can work together.
On Sept. 12, the California Senate unanimously supported a bill that redirects a $5.6 million grant to Colusa County to include Yuba and Sutter counties to build a juvenile hall for the three counties to use together.
It's a practical, sensible solution to a problem facing many small municipalities. In this case, Colusa County already contracted to house its juvenile offenders in Glenn County and in Marysville. The county doesn't have enough juvenile offenders to justify its own facility, but it has to put the offenders it does have somewhere.
It simply makes no sense for the three counties to run separate facilities; it makes perfect sense for the three to work together to build and maintain a single facility.
Frankly, we have to wonder how many other governmental services could be handled like that — and how much money we could save in the process.
An additional thumbs up to state Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, who co-authored the legislation, and the state Senate and Assembly, which passed the bill in the last week of the session.
Getting down and dirty
to benefit the environment
A somewhat dirty thumb way up for the Muddy Ruckers, the Dirty Flirtys, and Tenacious D and the Run of Destiny — and all of the 950 people who labored through sand traps, mud pits and water crossings.
It's hard enough to do a five normal kilometers, much less come out the far end caked in mud.
And yet runners ages 7 to 75 happily took up the challenge.
And why? (Aside from the joy of getting to be caked in mud, of course.)
The annual 5K fun run benefits River Partners, which creates sustainable wildlife habitat.
Organizers plan to have another one next year, and they hope to sign up 1,300 participants.
Corporate sponsorships are welcome. We're guessing laundromats might be at the top of the list.
Disregard for wildlife on our roadways
Sometimes, there is nothing you can do to avoid that deer darting across the road.
We understand that.
But it doesn't mean we can simply forgo our responsibility to keep an eye out for wild animals while we're making our way through our beautiful communities.
The Defenders of Wildlife estimates 1.5 million animals are hit each year in the U.S. — causing damage to both humans, property and the creatures.
Last week was Watch Out for Wildlife Week, but we'd like to see this always the top of peoples' minds — particularly as the days grow shorter.