Dear Editor:

I’m assuming you have all read about the congressman from Missouri who stuck his foot way into his mouth over the weekend.  I usually do not bring up political things with anyone but this one is one of the exceptions. What concerns me is that if he is this misinformed, there could be others as well and to protect not just ourselves but our daughters and granddaughters and sisters and cousins and friends, I feel that women need to make their voices heard.

My first job after graduating from nursing school was with an ob/gyn practice.  In those days before the “pill” and before Roe v. Wade, women would come into the office in serious trouble, having resorted to what was referred to as “back alley” abortions.  Often bleeding heavily, even hemorrhaging, often with the abortion incomplete (I won’t go into the gory details on that) and sometimes even with their uteruses perforated.  It was horrible to witness such suffering.
Congressman Todd Akin, a member of the House and a Senate nominee, has stated publicly that survivors of “legitimate rape” have biological defenses against pregnancy: “First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare… If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
What bullshit!
This is not only an outright lie, but it’s an offensive attack on women and if it is perpetuated by others, we are back to the “back alley” days.I’ve said my piece.  I urge you to do what you think is right in your own hearts.Judy



Dear Editor:
On July 3 I covered the Board of Supervisors Meeting for both the Sierra County Prospect.org and The Mountain Messenger, California’s Oldest Weekly Newspaper. Due to a family reunion scheduled for the 4th of July I left the meeting at noon. Before leaving I passed my notes and information to Ross Taylor who is in charge of all things (when Don Russell is out of town visiting his 95 year old mother in Detroit) , except Jill, who is in charge of everything else, and left town. Unfortunately I neglected to relay to Ross that Sheriff John Evans had offered a personal interview regarding the officer involved shooting incident on July 1 and as a result the article in the July 4th edition of the newspaper indicated that he had not made himself available for comment. I apologize to both Sheriff Evans and Mr. Taylor for this breach of duty. My experience with Sheriff Evans has always been to find him open and straightforward regarding information about law enforcement activities as often and as much as possible, and believe a healthy communication relationship with the media and local law enforcement will continue in the future.

Liz Fisher
Editor of sierracountyprospect.org




July 3, 2012


Sunday afternoon I decided to stroll from my disabled truck located on the back side of Yuba Pass to Bassett’s Station.  The logging road I was on, later to become a goat path, headed instead towards Sierra City and Haypress Creek.  My three doggie companions: Shannon, Lulu and Sienna and I spent Sunday night hunkered down in a cozy spot in a canyon streamside location.  Unbeknownst to me, there was a flurry of concerned friends out all night trudging through the underbrush looking for us.  Early on Monday morning we climbed out of the canyon and found the Haypress Creek trail, then the Pacific Crest trail and walked on tender feet into Conrad’s driveway in Sierra City.  I am deeply indebted and awed by the efforts made by the Sierra County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Division and friends in my behalf.  As well, the outpouring of community support and love shown to Yvonne during my walk was incredible and appreciated beyond belief.

Lessons learned you may ask?  One, stay with the vehicle.  {Had I stayed with the truck I’d have been home for dinner!}  Two, take a fly rod if you’re out walking by a stream.  Three, in all cases, take matches and more clothing than shorts and a t-shirt.  Best lesson of all?  We live in an amazing community of loving and deeply caring folks that, when needed, will drop everything and doggedly pursue a safe outcome for a friend in a difficult situation.  Thank you to all!

Jim Johnston, Downieville

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