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i:  June lSo 19il Ouad Cltrv Herald With great interest I started to read an article in one of the latest magazines on "How to find time for everything" last evening. The lead into the article stated, "Never enough time? Whether your a working mother or busy homemaker, you can put more time in your life. Here's how!" Now that's just for me-the one who never finds time to finish anything - start anything - who runs around in a befuddled state at all times. So far so good. It states each of us has all the time there is, in reality time is constant - there isn't any more, therefore if I have all the time there is, I must shift gears, consider the real issue and effectively manage the time I do have. Quickly I read on to learn the techniques to help me use, not lose this precious time I have. Number one - eliminate time wasters, these in- clude telephone and drop-in visitors. Whoa, hold it right there, no more reading, I think somebody missed the boat. Sorry, not for me, the day I haven't got time for a telephone or drop-in visit from somebody, that's the day I cease being. Anytime I have to clean a floor, wash a window or do a dish instead of having a friendly chat with a friend the priority list is all wrong. The floor, the window and the dishes will all still be there, but after the friend! So much for time management, I guess I'!1 just have to keep being my befuddled self - make the beds, wash the clothes, weed the flowers, telephone - for me! We mixed four generations of family together this past weekend with the visit of Ike's folks from Portland. Two year old Shawna abound- ed in "gan-kas," honoring us all with hugs and kisses. We surprised great Grandma Vallance with birthday cake and gifts, we played nasty croquet, not who could win first - who could hit the opponent the furthest away, we just sat visiting and all too soon the Tubens were back to Seattle and the Vallances to their home in Eagle Creek leaving the homefront a little on the quiet side. Not too quiet tho, as the boys are up and at 'em - little green apples, that is - early each morning, mumbling and grumbling every step of the way. The most valuable property you own is standing right in your shoes. An opinion from Germany Dear Ike and Doris, I realize these articles concerning illegal aliens and the Citizens in Action were printed some time ago. I have just received the paper though, so am asking that you consider printing this response. Please make the necessary corrections concerning grammar and/or spelling. Thank you very much. I enjoy receiving the paper. It keeps me up on the latest news around the Quad City area. Respectfully, Del Riggan Dear Editor, I am writing in response to your ar- ticle concerning Citizens In Action. To start with, take a good look at your- selves and the word illegal. Most of us have done many things that are "for- bidden by law," as you define illegal. But this does not appear to be your problem. I agree that broken laws should not go unpunished. But what are you people really trying to accom- plish? Your basic problem comes from our own government programs; welfare, food stamps, all government handouts. We need to curb these programs, if not completely do away with them, and then your so-caffed White Americans will have to go hack to work, if they want to eat, and are able to work. There would not be the problem of illegal aliens taking the jobs. There should be no jobs for them to take away from you. As for the Bor- der Patrol; if you wish to live under constant fear of some hoodlum behind a uniform and badge kicking down your door, threatening to put you in Jail, or Former PUD Commissioner Hymer calls for public disclosure of funds even threatening to shoot you, then by all means support your glorious Border Patrol. You people say that these illegal aliens are no doubt backed by the Communists. Take a good look at your- selves and exactly what Communism really does mean. All men were and are created equal. No matter what the color of our skin, anyone is equal to me and to you. These three caucasions who were hired by an orchardist sound like they are part of your organization; just a little too good to associate with anyone but whites. Your question about them being paid white man's wages is sick. Who do you people think you are? White Gods? I too, am mostly white, but there is that tiny little toe or finger that just isn't quite all white. Be it black, white, red, brown, yellow or purple, what gives you the right to decide what is best for the rest of us. Will you and your organization do the work? Give these people a chance. Treat them us your equal, meet them half- way, and you might gain a few loyal friends and workers as well. Language barriers are really no excuse. They are quite easily overcome if you have the initiative to get up off of your high and mighty duffs. Or maybe you aren't smart enough to learn a foreign language. If this is your problem then try shutting your traps and at least give itatry. Your biggest gripes seem to be that these illegal aliens have brown skin in- stead of white skin. If I am right then it is because of narrow minded people like you that our whole planet is in such a constant turmoil. You are no better than I and I no better than you. I am quite proud of what I am even though I am not 100% white. I can say also that my forefathers did fight and die for this nation, but that was before there was a nation or white man. Tell me why are you so right and so much better because your skin is white? You people seem to be hiding behind the law because you are prejudiced. I have been in a foreign country for two and one half years, and I see people like you everyday. They don't try to get to know a foreigner, his language, or customs. They don't want to open their minds and learn anything. Therefore, they sit around being the most miserable humans I've ever seen. They complain, moan and groan, and worst of all, they cause problems for the rest of us. Last of all, let me say this. If you get rid of all the illegal aliens, then how are your little towns to survive without the farmers purchasing from your businesses and the businesses have to close as a result? What will you have left? You will have a few ghost towns with narrow minded people who never prosper. If that is what you people want, then go for it. The rest of us will be alot better without your kind. I too, can say, "Long Live America," for I am prepared to die for America. Del Riggan Frankfurt, W. Germany A rebuttal to Game Department Dear Editor, is not in the business of controlling I doubt that anyone fully aware of this private property, why are land use situation would consider my letter restrictions a prerequisite to the pur- by Jean A. Sflvias, staffwrlter In an effort to better understand the nuclear plant debate, especially in terms the lay person can deal with, this writer contacted Mr. George A. Hymer, a former PUD Commissioner, who sent a four page letter explaining his view that "Every PUD should make a full, public disclosure to Its cnstomer/owners regarding the extent of its participation in the nuclear power program, its impact on the power rates, the District's liability in case of where they got those figures and we did not call in a correction." Chlles also gated,"If we don't take these plants over, someone will, there is a definite need for more power in the Northwest." Hymer also said that the same article quote"Chelan customers could expect to $6 per month increase in their bills just to cover costs up to this point, should construction be halted on the projects," to which he (Hymer) com- ments that Okanogan County's share is larger than that of Grant County and available long before the 35 year pay off of the two plants," says Hymer who continues, "There is every probability Okanogan would be in the position of at- tempting to peddle this high cost power for much less than it is obligated to pay for it and meanwhile if the plants were to be shut down for some rea- sons after completion, the Ohanogan obligation would be @,000,098 or more annually." According to Hymer, "This is more than the District current in- come," and he says, "In my estimation, a shut down or accident, and the costs Chelan County is listed at .642 (very the present cost to cover a shutdown is involved of mothb Or. dlsmantling.,, close , .gkanogan,s= cgent):, preferable to ati, toumplete hlY.Hiatlves shbuld be made, an- more customers to re me cost, tleslnvolve. couraging public involvement with the customers so Irdonned that they can act intelligently in support of whatever actlen that la In the best interest of their county." When Mr. Hymer's position changed from one of support to one of opposition, he resigned from the Board of Com- missioners, citing among other things, "The possibility of misrepresentations of Okanogan County's need for ad- ditional power tn particular." Among his concerns were the "front page article in the Wenatchee World, June 4, 1981, listing Okanogan's share of energy from nuclear plants 4 and to be at .0007 percent," which he says is "only one. tenth of Okanogan's actual participation." Apparently Mr. Hymer was correct as a telephone call to Okanogan County PUD Auditor Robert Chtle confirmed that the figure was incorrect. Chllos said "Overall, we will use 2.98 percent of numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Up to this point .981 percent is the correct figure for our share." When asked why there was no correction given to the media, Chimes responded, "We don't know Quad-Ci00 Herald Estobillhed I1 Ike Vailance Editor & Publisher Doris Vallance Office Manager Bert Sinclair News Marlene Walstad Composlng Marllyn Benge Bookkeeper Davld l.a Vellle Printer Jean Sllvlus News Barbara Jones Composing Rod Webster Advertising 1 Year Subscription Okanogan & Douglas Counties .00 Out of County $6.50 Out of State S9.00 Single Copy .20 Subscrlotlons must be paid In edvance. MEMBER A IlJ NAL np41,1PER Associ#tion - F ,tIed 1IS5 Published every week on Thursday at Brewster, Washington. Entered as second class matter at the Post Office in Brewster, Okanogan County, Washington 98812. Telephone 689-2507. Second-Class postage paid at Brewster, Washington USPS 241.920. Nkes of C1Mtreh IV e R ad- mion fee  dmrged, carde of tJum rNoldki of eondoJence or no.e landed to promote Izrlvlte of ally  mII be  for st regahu' total. where as in Okanogan County, ap proximately 1400 customers must carry the full load." Hymer says, "It is small comfort, but it could have been up to 2 times as much if the manager's (Mr. Harold Brazil) advice had been followed. The advice he speaks of came in a memo dated April 2, 1975 to the COm- ndssloners. In it Brazil recommended: "Take one percent (0.010) share of Nos. 4 and 5 and SkngR when available (star- ting about 1981-). One percent instead of 1.5 percent (0.01470) is recommended simply from a "hedging" viewpoint. Considering the guesswork as to cost and availability of power source after 1990, it can Just as well be 1.5 percent or the maximum available." It was suggested by Hymer that "Perhaps WPPSS can come up with an agreement that will equalize the cost per customer among the PUD s other- wise the impact on some will be devastating." Will it be more or less expens/ve to continue construction? According to Hymer, "I believe it would be more ex- pensive due to double digit interest, continuing inflation, re00LCmnco to the bonds in the money market and the reduction in the demands for power, among other things, making the final cost and possible completion of the projects more unpredictable than at the outset." He seems convinced "Every dollar spent toward completion of these projects may only dig us deeper into the hole." Basing an opinion on the expen- diture thus far for construction, Hymer believes, "It would require more than six times the two and a half billion dollars already spent to achieve 1/6 completion or $15 billion, to complete plants 4 and 5, lnsteadof the estinmted 12 billion." He says further "It is ex- tremely unlikely that a twenty percent reduction would be realized over past spending rates for construction in order to complete the plants for an additional $12 billion and this is unlikely when labor costs are up, interest rates at record heights, and political opposition growing." Hymer feels that the BPA's own study indicates, "A serious utility- supported conservation program would reduce power demands the equivalent of several nuclear plants and such a conservation program is mandated in the northwest power bill." He also believes the reduced demand for power and other factors will make the plants unneeded as far as Okanogan Is concerned, , estimating, "The cost to Okanogan will increase more than five times over the original estimate, even in the unlikely event the two plants would be completed for 12 billion. "Cheaper sources of power will be A study being undertaken by tie Legislature, which should be concluded next year, would indicate whether ornot it is in the best interests of the PUIs to attempt to complete plants 4 ad 5, "Meanwhile," says Hymer, "I mend a moratorium on constctlen." The public disclosure, which llymer recommends, was followed by oily one public utility thus far regardilg par- tictpation in plants 4 and 5, this  Soat- tie City Light, which, after much public dlscumen, authorized an in-degh study of two projects and thereafter, with. drew from the projects. "An overriding concern of Public Power supporters must be that should PUD power rates rise above those of neighboring private ntflities, the PUD Districts cannot long survive. In some quarters, says Hymer, "Tlds may be the name of the game." Mr. Hymer spoke out in May of 1976 in a letter to Mr. Garin Wallace, of the Washington State Energy Office, saying, "Okaongan's future power needs are being exaggerated." He criticized the "power use projections" saying tlds is what numagement used to determine particlption in plants 4 and 5, saying, "There is no guarantee that the District can find a purchaser for this expensive power if it should prove surplus, and once obligated, there is no guarantee that the District will not be forced to use it, and release an equal amount of the relatively inexpensive BPA power it would normally be en. titled to as a preference customer for the use of ctbers." He sa/d in tbe letter to i Wallace "I oppose involvement by the Okunogan PUD (and others in its category) when living standards and commercial operations can be main. talned adequately at less cost for power by adopting conservation prac- tices and providing the leadership necessary to gain public acceptance of them." The six reasons Hymer gave Wallace for his doubt in regards to power shor- tages in Okanogan County were: 1. The Oroville-Tonasket Irrigation System is scheduled for rehabilitation be provided by the bureau. Individually. in pipe under pressure from pumping plants located in the rivers. Power will be provided by the Bureau. Individually owned plants that presently lift water from the canal will be elhuinaled, resulting in approx. 4,000,000 KWH an. nnal decrease in load for the PUD. 2. Crown Zellerbach, a 35,000,000 KWH consumer now has its own generation. However Okanogan served them during the '75 - '70 base year. During a shor. tage BPA will allot power to preference customers calculated on the use in the base year. Both Crown Zellerbach and the O. and T. Irrigation Dist. will have contributed to the base year but will not demand power when the power shot- tage is estimated to occur. 3. In addition to BPA preeferenee power and the 8% share from Wells Dam, the interim report from consulting engineers indicates the Enloe Dam can be developed and provide 27,0O5,O50 KWH at 18 mils, well under the cost of nu 4 and 5 power. 4. Crown-Zellerbach, the county's biggest employer, has permanently closed one large plant operation. The use of power by many who were for- merly employed there and/or provided services for them will be curtailed or lost entirely. The plant.did operate dg the baSeyear, however, which be an advantage as noted. 5. As indicated in the EIs, the county is expecting a negligible population In- crease. 6. As 8% owner of the Wells Project, Okanogan should have the advantage in getting additional power from this source when the contracts run out with the private power purchasers. The cost of power from the Wells Project is curreitiy about 1/6 of the projected cost of power from nu 4 and 5. H Olumogan is obligated for power from nu 4 and 5 when additional power becomes available from Wells, the advantage of ownership in Wells will have been lost if a market cannot be found for the more expensive nuclear power. Hymer concluded his letter to Wallace by saying, "Clearly what is needed in Okanogan County is for a reliable consulting firm to assess the situation on an objective basis and recommend whatever course of action that is in the best interests of the citizens of Okanogan County. This sort of appraisal should not be leR to management employees who already have a full time job, who are not especially equipped for this type operation, and who are very naturally concerned with their professional careers and who belong to and par- ticipate in organizations that are going all out to promote nu 4 and 5." Babies June ll-A girl to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Henton, Bridgeport. Weather June 11 72 42 June 12 71 45 June 13 66 42 June 14 69 50 June 15 79 43 June 16 76 56 June 17 75 50 T. .O5 Weekly weather report through courtesy of Security Section, Chief joseph Dam. misleading nor do I understand in what way the Department of Game feels I have deceived readers. Negotiations have indeed been lengthy - excessive delays as long as seven months have been common while awaiting Depart- mental replies. Why is there no specific policy to guide their action? The Department cites its respon- sibility to wildlife and habitat but they do not explain how forcing much longer easements across other public lands will help, particularly when these lands are also in the Indian Dan Unit and are managed by theDepartment along with their own. H, asstated,,ttuDepattmem,.,.:., ,, ....... chase of the most ecologically suitable access route? The Department is most upset with the damage caused by domestic animals on their land yet they insist they should be excused from damage caused by game animals on my land. why? If the normal operation of private property within game units is not ac- ceptable to the Game Department, why did they locate around it in the first place?  Sincerely,   ,,, ,.,, .......... Dmmld,R. SUvers . Food Buyin00 Club responds to Council To All, In response to the Town Council's discussion on the Brewster Food Buying Club. I have belonged to several food buying clubs in Washington. There is nothing illegal, it is not a business but simply famtlios uniting to buy bulk items at low prices. Saving money and acquiring good quality food otherwise unavailable in the area. In the past few years there have been two tries at natural food stores here in Brewster, but there does not appear to be sufficient demand in this town to keep a store in business. Thus for the few families interested in good quality natural foods a food buying club has become the alternative. I have belonged to the Brewster Foed Buying Club for about a year now. Last year it centered out of a household some 6 miles out of town. Before this club I had to travel to Chelan for many of my basic food items. So the monthly membership fee for me is still a big savings considering gas prices these days. Not to mention the convenience to all members of having the dub central- my located. We are simply people uniting to buy bulk food to be divided amongst our- selves. There is no profit being made, it is not a public business. We welcome new members and you must be a mem- ber to order and receive food items. Get with it, Brewste Food Buying Clubs are an answer, not a problem. Sincerely Gaff K. Churape Road sign confusing Dear Editor: Someone is up to his old tricks again. The sign on P.S.H 17 on the south side of Bridgeport has an arrow pointing to highway 173, directing traffic to Bridgeport and to Brewster through Bridgeport. No other sign shows Brewster straight ahead across the bridge on P.S.H. 17. It happened once before, when the old Brewster Bridge was under repair, and caused alot of confusion and incon- venience to strangers unfamiliar with "No motor" the road. The head of one of the Bridgeport Civic Clubs took credit for that and thought he was really clever. Whoever is responsible this time must have a real low mentality and a perverted sense of humor. What satisfaction can he possible get from such a display of the lack of common sense and regard for the rights of others? Thank You Neutral corner (Name given to Editor) boat races for Bonanza Days A "no motor" boat race is Scheduled for 4 p.m. at the City Park in Brewster on Saturday, June 27, near the estuary on the Columbia River. First, second and third places will be awarded all those hearty souls willing to race in a canoe, sailboat, innortube, raft or 'what have you,' for about one mile. The race is open to all those over six- teen years of age and there is a $2.00 en- try fee. There is no limit to the num- ber of persons in the craft. Anyone wishing to try their lured at this new addition to Bonanza Days, may do so by calling Tom Beuner for more information. 00FATHEES JUNE