Sherry Chastain Schreck (and the Bard himself) can rest easy in the knowledge that their legacies are in the capable hands of Kelly Atwood. This year’s Short Shakespeareans’ production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was pure delight, punctuated regularly with the wit and wile so characteristic of Kelly’s own work. Three cheers for smart and fun!
Bravo, too, to parents, crew, supporters and attentive audiences. It does take a village. Kids in this valley are SO lucky.
I am writing to strongly disagree with the following view expressed in your editorial published Aug. 11:
“Never again forget the (Chelan) PUD makes no profit. The cash surplus, such as it is, is an asset of a public agency, but not a pot to redistribute in the form of favors to the people who own it. How it will be used for the public benefit will be a cautious decision made by our elected representatives who govern the utility …”
You have it backward. Never forget that the dams and transmission facilities are the assets we acquired to provide electricity for use both within and outside of Chelan County, and that the cost of capital, in addition to operations and maintenance, must be recovered from the combined revenues collected from both sources of sale. If a “cash surplus” belongs to anyone, it belongs to the electric system customer-owners in whose name the assets were acquired to serve in the first place, and who are “at risk” for paying higher rates in the future if needed to make up for “cash deficiencies” when water supply and/or wholesale power market conditions are less favorable.
Why would you suggest the electric system’s customer-owners be exposed to the entire downside, but not the entire upside, of asset ownership made in our name? Even more difficult to understand was your suggestion that the “public benefit” of “cash surpluses” could go to non-owners if that’s what our commissioners, however cautiously, decided.
Considering our PUD’s financial track record developing the water, wastewater, diesel and fiber systems, we need The World’s voice advocating standards to hold commissioners more accountable for ensuring future investments and ventures will be prudently undertaken and financially sound, meaning not dependent upon internal cross subsidization.
Support immigration reform
I appreciated Kirk Mayer’s eloquent letter (Aug. 8 and 10) urging immediate reform of our nation’s immigration laws. It is a no-brainer that agriculture depends on large numbers of workers. Mr. Mayer points out that the tree fruit industry has been doing all it can to become labor efficient, but workers are in short supply. Native-born citizens do not want to work those agricultural jobs, so we need to clear a path for immigrants to be hired legally.
Despite some people’s fears that immigrants put a strain on the U.S. economy, the Congressional Budget Office has determined that new immigrants actually fuel growth and create more jobs. The CBO estimates that immigration reform will increase economic growth by more than 3 percent in the next 10 years. It also debunks the myth that immigrants seeking legal status will put a strain on government programs such as Social Security and Medicare. In truth, these workers on a path to citizenship will actually be paying into those systems even though they aren’t eligible for them.
Washington’s two senators voted in favor of the immigration reform bill put forth by the bipartisan Gang of Eight, which passed the Senate earlier this summer. Rep. Richard Hastings opposes it, but Rep. Dave Reichert supports the bill. At present, he is the only state Republican backing immigration reform. Let’s hope he doesn’t cave in to pressure from other members of his party!
Open the gate
I live on East Leavenworth Road, and have for almost 20 years. Approximately three years ago, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service installed a gate blocking access to the Icicle River. The gate remains open until Aug. 1 every year.
On that date every year, we watch anglers, nature enthusiasts and tubers collectively get cranky at best and fight at the worst. Often overlooked users are the search and rescuers for the sheriff’s office. Each year at least one person needs to be rescued from the Icicle drainage. I witness frustrated deputies and rescuers wait for a Fish &Wildlife employee to open the gate. The hatchery property contains a helipad necessary for these emergency situations. The stated reason for the closure is to protect spawning salmon. This is one of the worst years of fishing in my 50 years in the area. There are no salmon spawning so why is the gate locked? Public land deserves to be open to the public.
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