Remember in the “In the Heat of the Night” movie, actress Lee Grant’s character told the town’s mayor and police chief that if they didn’t keep that “black detective” (Virgil Tibbs) on the case to find her husband’s murderer she would “pack up my husband’s engineers … and leave you to yourselves.”
We need to make that concept a national policy.
Today’s L.A. Times has a strange story on the California fires. Itâ€™s strange because it has no disparaging remarks about Dubya, Ah’nold, the Republican Party or Anglo-Saxons.
But in truth they had limited material to work with thanks to the excellent response from local, state and federal governments. In this instance, the naysayers were compelled to write stuff like:
Since 2002, the Forest Service has removed millions of trees, thinned brush and cut low-hanging branches, creating fuel breaks around almost 80% of the community. Fires don’t spread quickly or easily through such areas, instead burning lower to the ground and with less intensity.
“The fuel breaks saved Lake Arrowhead,” said Randall Clauson, the Forest Service’s division chief for the San Bernardino National Forest and incident commander earlier this week on the two biggest wildfires still burning in the mountains.
He said he believes that, without the breaks, “the fire would have run right through Lake Arrowhead and gone to Highway 18, cutting off the evacuation route and probably resulting in the loss of hundreds of lives.”
You’d think that success against fire, flood, wind, rain and mudslides, in combination with the asskissing from Washington over the past 50 years, would’ve ameliorated the surly, hostile, sour persona of the citizens of such beautiful topography but noooooo… The asshats still abound:
The work is painstaking, expensive and controversial. Clauson has a budget of $17 million a year to create fuel breaks in the forest and has so far completed 25,000 acres. The goal is 100,000 acres. He still runs into people who object to cutting trees, suspecting it of being clandestine logging.