We're pretty sure our local legislators will appropriately make some noise about the issue — here's hoping the vast majority gives them a listen:

There's a fair amount of consternation being generated over rising tides climate-change could mean that the Pacific Ocean would rise and storms and high tides would be more intense in coming years.

The state's Ocean Protection Council Wednesday revised (upward) its predictions for how much California's coastal waters would rise as the climate warms - the San Francisco Bay Area would have a good deal of disruption.

The revised predictions are based on polar ice sheets melting increasingly fast.

According to a wire story on the subject, Gov. Jerry Brown mandated that state agencies take climate change into account in planning and budgeting.

It's not like we're going to have increasing tides; but we wonder if we can have increasing pressure on our levee and reservoir systems because of more radical rainfall and runoff

Will inland California flood control systems receive the same sort of attention as coastal cities?


Chalk it up to inexperience, we guess.

We're talking about the zig-jaggedy way Marysville is going about getting a couple medical marijuana dispensaries into the city limits in order to profit from the business.

That's not to say we're against or for the notion. It's just been interesting watching the acrobatics now and then as city officials try to keep the ball rolling.

Latest: the planning commission working out why it would be OK to grant zoning exceptions so that the finalists for the two dispensary slots can site their operations where they'd planned.

Near Ellis Lake? Near a McDonald's that has a play area? OK.

We don't think the exception really makes much difference; but the forethought that went into the plans for these facilities … hmmm.


Thumbs Up: Yay for Wheatland. The Historical Society and community boosters have fixed up the Little Red Schoolhouse to be the little red community museum.

They're actively accepting donations of historical items and will open the doors for browsers on May 20 (same day as the annual Pet Parade).

"Our goals are to preserve the history of what we have here and to have it available so the younger generation can get an idea of their roots," said Jane Paskowitz.



Work on our special section, "Close Call," (inserted in Sunday's edition) took up time this past week we had hoped to use on a report about the anxiety many of us feel these days about nuclear arms and threats and the demise long ago of civil defense infrastructure and training.

So we've extended the open date for an informal, online survey we're doing in conjunction with the project. So far, we're just shy of a hundred respondents. Of those who have participated:

• 40 percent say they're "not too concerned (about a nuclear confrontation), but anything could happen"; and 35 percent say they're "somewhat concerned."

• 4 percent say they are absolutely sure it will never happen; 21 percent say they are absolutely sure that it will happen some day.

• 72 percent say they are more worried now than anytime in the past.

• 52 percent say they worry about the U.S. being attacked; 18 percent aren't sure; 29 percent say the U.S. won't be attacked.

A few of the comments:

• The U.S. has far overstepped our responsibilities regarding regional conflicts throughout the world …

• Vitriol kills.

• Just like during the American Revolution we should display our flag to the world countries … "Don't Tread on Me" showing a rattlesnake ready to strike. That might put the fear in them.

To participate go to our website, appealdemocrat.com, and click on the header, "Nuclear Worries Survey" near the top of the home page.


Ugh: These two "nuggets" in honor of Pioneer Day (today, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in downtown Smartsville):

• I used to want to be a banker, but then I lost interest. Then I wanted to be a gold miner, but that didn't pan out.

• A bar of gold walks into a bar and the bartender yells, "Au, get outta here."

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