Liz Writes Life 1-5-16

Jan. 5, 2015
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

It is with much sadness that I respond to the situation in Eastern Oregon making national news. I am writing this on Monday morning and the situation may have changed by the time you are reading this on Tuesday evening, so my comments will be about the event as a whole.

The best article I have read provides a time-line and it was written for “The Conservative Tree House,” a blog on the internet. Bottom-line is that I have always felt that the federal government, aka BLM, has had designs on the Hammond ranch property and the agency bureaucrats have been persecuting them for decades in hopes of getting them to sell.

The Hammonds did not burn BLM lands on purpose. The 127 acres of BLM land accidently burned in 2001 was fought and put-out by the Hammonds as they pushed their property-prescribed burn back onto their ranch lands. Steven Hammond immediately reported the fire slop-over to the local fire department and BLM.

The Hammonds are ranchers. They have never acted in a “terrorist” manner and were are caught up in a second trial that found them “guilty” as “terrorists” and sentenced to additional five years of prison.
Now the Nevada Bundy ranching family — with a successful stand-off against the BLM back in April of 2014 — has expanded the situation currently playing-out in Eastern Oregon. Oath Keepers and militia, many who are retired U.S. military, have joined with Bundy’s.

Dwight and Steven Hammond said they will surrender Jan. 4, 2016, yesterday, to serve their most recent verdict of five years each. Meanwhile, several Bundy brothers and militia have taken control of the building housing the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in the wildlife reserve claiming the property belongs to “we the people,” because under the U.S. Constitution the federal government is only allowed to own post offices and ports. Yep, the federal government is way out of compliance. The federal lands should have been relinquished to states under the Constitution and statehood treaties; and that was not done for Western States.

Hypocrisy is blatant.

I believe the national media and government will use this new anti-BLM situation to create an even larger bias against ranchers, rural citizens and guns. The truth is that the government created most of this problem through its own greed, but I don’t see justice and right prevailing on this one. This situation will be tried in federal courts and, there too, the fox is guarding the hen house.

Correct info on State of Jefferson movement

Tomorrow, Jan. 6, 2016 will be an historic day for the State of Jefferson movement as 15 more county declarations will be presented to the California Secretary of State and the California Legislature. The Town of Fort Jones declaration will also be submitted by Mayor Tom McCulley. Two of the declarations are by the Boards of Supervisors of Sutter and Lassen Counties. The other 13 declarations are by “We the People” from the counties of Amador, Plumas, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Placer, Colusa, Sierra, Shasta, Trinity, El Dorado, Mendocino, Nevada and Butte.

Jefferson Committees were formed in these counties and volunteers gathered significant amounts of support signatures from county residents, who believe California is simply too large to govern and splitting California into two or more states is necessary at this time. The declarations cite the U.S. Constitution Article 4, Sec. 3, which provides the legal process to create a state.
“Lack of representation” is the theme. There are 80 senators elected throughout California, but they are elected according to population density. Rural Northern California is able to elect only 3-4 of these senators. The Jefferson movement believes that each county should elect a state senator to provide for equal representation.

A rally will be held at 10 a.m. on the West Steps of the California Capitol on Jan. 6th with Siskiyou County’s Mark Baird serving as key-note speaker. All supporters of the Jefferson movement are invited to participate in this historic event.

Previously, six county declarations were submitted to the State of California. Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors was the first to pass the declaration for withdrawal from California on Sept. 3, 2013. Modoc Supervisors quickly joined the movement on Sept. 24, 2013. On Jan. 21, 2014, Glenn County Supervisors unanimously showed their disgust and approved the declaration. In April 2014, Yuba Supervisors approved the declaration and in June 2014, the citizens of Tehama County approved a ballot initiative to withdraw from California. Lake County’s Declaration was submitted in 2015.

Extensive research has gone into proving the financial viability of the new state. Information on these financials, along with informative videos and maps can be found at: SOJ51.net.

Managing natural resources in a healthy, positive manner – by local government — will provide the vitality for this 51st state. It can be done. And someone can likely figure out how to fit a 51st star on the American flag!

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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