Letters: December 25, 2013
Re: State of Jefferson
I wasn't surprised by the statewide polling numbers recently released week showing 25 percent favor the State of Jefferson and 59 percent oppose it. Anyone with knowledge about polling knows that how you ask the question may completely change the result. People advocating for the State of Jefferson are using the word "secession" or the phrase "seceding from California" and the immediate reaction by most people is memories of the Civil War and slavery.
In the case of this poll, the question asked whether you would approve allowing the northern counties to withdraw from the state; that is better than "secede" but not by much.
Had the question been asked differently "Do you favor dividing California into smaller and more easily managed separate States" the polling results would have been much different.
My advice to those who really want to see the creation of the State of Jefferson, is to stop using the word "secession" and start talking about dividing the State. I don't believe a state division as proposed by the Jeffersonians is viable. But I do believe the State could be divided in a way that is much more desirable to the general California population. If the North State water sources are in a different state than the thirsty South State, which will soon be demanding even more water than before for fracking, we may actually be able to protect this critical resource from the greater number of voters to the south.
Re: Road crews
I hope you all noticed that our friends in the county have been busy freshening the white lines along the sides of our roads. This is indeed important, especially in foggy weather, because if we should let our tire go over these white lines, we could find ourselves in a 4-foot drainage ditch or a 12-foot canal which have been placed just inches from the pavement.
Good luck and Merry Christmas,
Judy Hageman Kalfsbeek