Salmon closure would cause economic catastrophe

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I am concerned about the potential override by the National Marine Fisheries Service of an upcoming decision by the Pacific Fishery Management Council that would allow for a limited 2006 ocean salmon season. It is my understanding that NMFS is proposing to close the entire California coast and part of the Oregon coast to ocean salmon fishing. Such a closure would strike a severe blow to the California and Oregon coastal economies, from which many businesses may never recover. I urge you to prevent NMFS from overriding the Council's decision. I also urge you to find a reasonable solution by directing NMFS to work with the Council to pass an emergency rule to forestall complete closure, and instead provide for a season that will address salmon population concerns without the severe economic impact of a complete closure. To avoid this problem in the future, it will be critical to address the underlying causes of the decline of the salmon population in the Klamath River. At their March 6-10 meeting, the PFMC was faced with making a decision on the 2006 salmon harvest. I find it unreasonable that NMFS presented its recommendation to the Council on Friday, March 10, the last day of the five-day meeting. This allowed for no analysis of the data and no debate on the recommendations. This is especially egregious since NMFS recommended a complete closure of all harvest in California and part of Oregon. I firmly believe a reasonable compromise can be developed if there is the will to do so. To date, NMFS has been unwilling to consider a workable solution. The NMFS opinion was developed without the input of the affected parties and was the most severe measure possible. Again, I urge you to direct NMFS to work with the Council to pass an emergency rule to forestall complete closure, and instead provide for a season that will address population concerns without the severe economic impact of a complete closure. Harold Rieker, Roseville Reader calls for Doolittle's resignation Now that three of Doolittle's buddies - DeLay, Abramoff and Cunningham - have either been convicted, indicted or resigned, isn't it time, without further "delay," that Doolittle "doosomething" positive, like resigning or not running for another term? Of course with his constant state of denial and arrogance, his wife's income and his "liberals are out to get me" phobia, we shall never see that. People, you have a choice this year; don't blow it. Vote this "doonothing" congressman out of office this election. Gene Martineau, Roseville Residents' pride in Roseville has been key As a citizen of Roseville for a little more than 20 years, I'm appalled the community at large has allowed a Council of recent vintage to change a slogan that represents decades, historically. Pride has always been the key word in the community. It's concern for Christian values, for doing the right thing, for working together to help one another, and the community has always been a source of pride. Today, it's hard to know one's neighbor. Tradition has been carried on by the families who have lived here for years, through bad times and good, and who have celebrated one another and the community with parades, festivities and holiday activities out of respect for the brotherhood of the community. This continues to this day. Progress in Roseville was always measured in a healthy relationship that could be measured by the community, the individual families and the commercial enterprises. Today, it's business that rules. It rules Council activities, development and city growth. There is very little balance between what has been good for the city, the community and individual citizens. If there had been a good relationship, a new slogan - if needed - would have been developed in Roseville, by citizens of Roseville, with no cost to the city. After all, if students from Granite Bay can win a national contest for a TV commercial, there is certainly enough talent in Roseville to take care of slogan needs, if needed. Nicholas Crnko, Roseville Auburn Dam could solve springtime flooding Where is Noah when we need him? We have a pretty good snow pack in the Sierras this year. As soon as all that snow receives a week of sunny days or warm rain, it is going to melt and come charging down the creeks and rivers. We, here in the valley, are going to see some pretty substantial flooding. In fact, there has already been some flooding. Wouldn't it be nice if we had the Auburn Dam to hold back some, or perhaps contain all, of that extra water? I have heard talk of the proposed Auburn Dam for 20 or 30 years. I wonder, does anyone really know why the dam was never built? Frank Little, Rocklin Rocklin reader backs Sierra trustee Klein Those scolding Sierra College Trustee Aaron Klein for reporting noncompliance with campaign disclosure law should recall the deceit pattern at Sierra. A lawsuit accused President Ramirez and the college of ILLEGAL plans for penthouse administrators' offices in the new LRC. A former college employee tells me the penthouse offices were common knowledge. But Ramirez, many administrators and some board members self-righteously insisted this charge was false and unrelentingly ridiculed the trustee who insisted the accusation was accurate. Taxpayers spent $300,000-plus, preparing to deny this plan in court. Right before trial, the college settled this huge lawsuit: the plaintiff had the locksmith's notes, documenting penthouse offices. Afterward, Ramirez and two in-the-know trustees repeatedly withheld the settlement details. A persistent newspaper reporter was fired upon returning from finally submitting to Ramirez a written demand for the financial details: A judge refused him access to Ramirez's taxpayer-paid phone records for that time-frame. A grand jury investigation finally revealed settlement details. The college's required response took more time, more tax-paid lawyers. Later, Ramirez's administration transferred a large sum out of the retirees' fund into the general fund - with the knowledge and silence of the two trustees who'd helped hush those settlement details. Responding to the grand jury required more tax-paid time and lawyers. Board meeting tapes were stored in Ramirez's office. One, analyzed by experts for suspected tampering (a FELONY) wasn't even an original! Collective shrug. Previous deceit, fiscal shenanigans, failure to disclose campaign donors on a $300,000,000 bond. Were Klein's suspicions unwarranted? Kathy Twisselmann, Rocklin