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This is an open letter to Kevin Depies of Elk Grove who claimed in the Sacramento Bee that us hillbillies should expect our homes to burn because we live in a historical environment that is a high-fire zone and he shouldn’t have to pay for it.
I guess San Francisco and a thousand other cities and towns that have burned to the ground don’t count because they were not in a high-fire zone. First you might want to check the numbers on how many fires flatlanders start in the forest and how many of you we have to rescue every year, not to mention the tons of trash you leave in the mountains that we have to pay for.
I’m sure you’re a fair man and agree that us hill people shouldn’t have to pay for your millions of dollars in levee repair for people who choose to live below sea level. When the flood comes, and it will, don’t come boating up here for refuge and put your boat and belongings in a high-fire zone or you could have two bad experiences.
And one last thought, we would appreciate it if you could find a way to keep your smog down in the flats were it’s made because we’re the ones that suffer the most from your pollution.
Kevin, it should make you happy to know that if it ever came to a vote, I guarantee you that us hill people would vote unanimously to separate the obligations between the flats and the hills.