Liz Writes Life
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou County, CA.
Nov. 25, 2014
With all the political upheaval in our state, nation and world, it is easy to forget the many things we are thankful for. The biggest for me is liberty. I like the freedom to live where I want to live. Yes, the economic opportunities in our rural Siskiyou County are not as plentiful as in urban areas, but the open spaces and wildlife are what we enjoy. It is the fact that I enjoy my freedoms and liberty that keeps me involved in the political nightmares that surround us.
With liberty in mind, I will bring you up-to-date on the progress of the State of Jefferson project. Our Jefferson Declaration Committee has expanded and now includes over 19 committees in 19 Northern California Counties. Town Hall introductory meetings with our spokesman Mark Baird explaining the process, reasoning and practical aspects have been held in: Lassen, Shasta, Del Norte, Humboldt, Trinity, Butte, Tehama, Lake, Colusa, Yuba, Sutter, Placer, Plumas, Nevada, Sierra and El Dorado. Mendocino has recently formed a Jefferson committee and we expect a Town Hall will be held there soon.
In many of these counties, Mark has also provided a presentation on the State of Jefferson to the Boards of Supervisors. Just two weeks ago, I attended his presentation to the Trinity County Board of Supervisors, in Weaverville, and it was well received. The board room was packed to overflowing with supporters of the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California. A few weeks before Mark spoke to the Plumas County Supervisors and the board room was also packed with supporters. On Dec. 2, 2014, Mark will be speaking to the Lake County Supervisors.
Six county boards of supervisors have approved the Declaration to withdraw. They are: Siskiyou on Sept. 3, 2013, Modoc, Glenn, Yuba, Tehama and Sutter. We submitted the Siskiyou and Modoc Declarations, along with a petition for equal representation and a redress of our grievances, to the California Secretary of State, California Assembly and Senate, on Aug. 28, 2014. The date has been set for Jan. 15, 2015 to submit the other four county Declarations to the state offices with another big rally at the California Capitol.
I am thankful for Mark Baird, who is our leader and spokesman. He is thoughtful, thorough and practical. And, he is amazingly dedicated to travel hundreds of miles to these meetings. Luckily, he has friends Mike and Pauline Cramer and Tom and Verna Pease who, quite often, take turns driving him. You can find many of Mark’s presentations and discussions on youtube videos on several websites: Jefferson Declaration.net, State of Jefferson 51.com, and Placer Jefferson State.net.
Recently, a 45-minute video has been posted and is well worth watching. It is of Steve Baird, who is not closely related to Mark (as far as they know). Steve and his wife, Dianna, are leaders of the Placer County Jefferson Committee and are aiding the project tremendously. Steve put together a model that can be used to understand the financial viability of the potential State of Jefferson. Our state can do more than survive! By reducing the hindering government agency regulations, fees and fines, new industry will be created – especially by thinning our over-grown forests and allowing for mineral exploration. I am thankful to the many folks that see the viability and potential to provide liberty by creating a 51st state in the US of A. It can be done!
A project that I did with my children’s church class includes taking a piece of paper and writing as many things as you can think of that you are thankful. I told the girls that the page needs to be packed full and overflow to the other side. I offer this as a fun project to do on Thanksgiving for folks of all ages. Yes, we truly do need to stop and appreciate all that we have. God has truly blessed me abundantly and I want to be sure that I am grateful to Him.
Speaking of abundance, I need to dig more carrots and potatoes before it gets any colder. Both will be cooked with our Thanksgiving turkey. I baked up one of the pumpkins that John and Jennifer Menke brought to our last Protect Our Water meeting and gave to me. I could probably make 8 pies out of the pulp, but will only make two and freeze the rest of the pulp in pint-sized freezer bags.
I checked the lettuce this morning and it looks frozen. It was 23 degrees at 8 a.m. Nov. 24, 2014 and the lettuce was crunchy. But it did survive last week’s 16 degree morning. I have been putting a quilt over them at night. I will let you know next week, if we were able to have homegrown lettuce for Thanksgiving or not.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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