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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 9B COMMUNITY PERSPE CTIVE low-motion thaw with Cuba finally makes progress The strangest part of seeing WHEtLE I STAND with most of the world. He the Cuban embargo officially ............................................... experienced the limits of EMILY SCHWARTZ GRECO Cuba's newfound economic deemed past its use-by date is how long this took. I first traveled to Cuba in 1995, after convincing my editor that it would become a huge business story once President Bill Clinton normalized relations. Like many journalists at that time, we believed that would happen any minute. With a vague mandate to report on Cuba's scruffy tourism industry and nascent business activities, I flew to Havana on a three-week assignment. You see, Cuba was finally letting people openly exchange dollars for pesos. And there were shiny new stores selling Toblerone chocolate and the kinds of luxuries you'd find in duty-free shops. Cubans could also operate Cold War holdout either, subtle joke. Cuba returning the favor by When his wars pushed oil Aside from whatever may sending thousands of its prices skyward, Cuba found have strengthened Obama'speople to Venezuela to work MANAGING EDITOR freedom when the authorities that its alliance with the vertebrae lately (check out as doctors, sports trainers, OTHERWORDS busted him for trying to get progressive petro-state of what he's said about net teachers and military a small chain of Mr. Fix-It Venezuela -- coupled withneutrality and what he did advisers. little eateries in their living stalls going at multiple the steady flow of Canadian, for undocumented Se resuelve, right? For a rooms and patios called locations. European and South immigrants), other factors while, yes. But now, plunging paladares, as long as they had So no, the country's fullAmerican tourists -- madefmally intervened, oil prices are crashing no more than 12 chairs. And potential wasn't being life a little more tolerable It started when Fidel Castro Venezuela's economy. they could own unleashed six years after the again, handed off power to his more So will Uncle Sam become microenterprises -- if they Soviet bloc's collapse gutted As Cubans patiently say pragmatic and less Cuba's best friend again? didn't employ anyone not the Cuban economy and cutwhen anything malfunctions, charismatic younger brother, Experts say no one should related to them. off its oil imports. To a large whether it's a leaky faucet or Raul. Paladar owners werebank on an immediate boom Overall, there just wasn't degree, these small the national economy, "seallowed up to 50 chairs. Pope in U.S.-Cuban business much local business to compromises with the resuelve." It gets fixed.Francis worked his magic,transactions. They've got a report, government's economic Until mid-December, Polls showed that two out of good point. I interviewed a guy who control were meant for U.S. President Barack Obama three Cuban Americans As recent history makes it fLxed old electric fans. The consumption, seemed to have better things support normalizing clear, there's no reason to newer Russian models were Ultimately, they didn't to do, like fight over health diplomatic relations withexpect our leaders to rush worse than the older sway Bill Clinton. Instead of care, climate and their homeland, this. U.S.-made ones that predated normalizing relations, heimmigration with Congress. And for the second time in the 1959 revolution, so he had punished Cuba for shooting During his first year in office, a generation, Cuba found Columnist Emily Schwartz Greco lots of customers, down planes flown by the the question of whether he itself on the brink of losing its is the managing editor of The fan man epitomized Cuban exile group Brothers would show "some spine," as primary benefactor.. OtherWords, a nonprofit national how resourceful Cubans had to the Rescue. my late friend Saul Landau Caracas has long sent Cuba editorial service run by the become thanks to America's George W. Bush wasn't put it, and neuter the about 100,000 barrels of Institute for Policy Studies. To chokehold over Cuba's trade interested in thawing this embargo sounded like a subsidized oil a day, with read more visit Taxpayers back on hook for banksters' high-risk speculation Congress, which had been so tied up in a partisan knot by right-wing extremists that it became unable to move, suddenly sprang loose at the end of the year. Before heading home for the holidays, it put on a phenomenal show of acrobatic lawmaking. In one big, bipartisan spending bill, our legislative gymnasts pulled off a breathtaking flat-footed backflip for Wall Street. They WHEKE I STAND happened in secret-- with no That crash led to the Congress also freed rich ............................................................ public hearings, debate or passage of the Dodd-Frankdonors -- such as the Wall JIM HI6HTOWER even a vote. fmancial reform law to spare Street bankers it just did a COLUMNIST Tucked into the year-end taxpayers from future Wall huge favor for -- from the OTHERWORDS spending bill known as a Street bailouts. $100,000 limit on donations "cromnibus" was a provision But with one compact that individuals can give to then set a dizzying new height allowing Wall Street's most 85-line section inserted deep national party committees. In record for the amount of reckless speculators to have inside the 1,600-page, a gravity-defying stunt, money deep-pocketed donors their losses on risky trillion-dollar spending bill, lawmakers flung the limit on can give to the two major derivative deals insured by us Congress did a dazzling these donation s to a political parties, taxpayers. Such losses were a flip-flop, putting taxpayers record-setting 15 times higher. It was the best central cause of the 2008back on the hook for the So now bankers who are scratch-my-back performance fmancial crash and banksters' high-risk grateful to either party for you never saw. You and I subsequent unholy bank speculation, letting them make a killing on didn't see it, because it bailout. In this same spending bill, taxpayer-backed deals can give a combined total of over $1.5 million to each. It's always an amazing sight when Wall Street and Congress get together-- especially when they do it behind closed doors. OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer and public speaker. He's also editor of the populist newsletter The Hightower Lowdown. To read more visit LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per person' will be published; only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic will be published. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous or open letters. Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at 3p.m.; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmcdonald@plumasnews.votr A great fire department If you ever happen to be in the midst of a disaster, I recommend you have it here in Quincy (not that anyone should want a disaster). The members of the local Quincy Fire Department deserve a great deal of appreciation and a big thank-you. We suffered a fire in a home here in Quincy just a week before Christmas. Thanks to the quick response and great work of the members of the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department and the Greenhorn Fire Department, damage to the house was minimized and the house still stands rather than being burnt to the ground. The volunteers did a wonderful job of containing the fire to one upstairs area of the house while minimizing damage to the rest of the house. In the midst of fighting the fire they took the time to save personal possessions, rescue a puppy, pull photos off the wall, cover the furniture and valuables with tarps to prevent water damage, and generally used a lot of"TLC" (tender loving care) on the house. Also a grateful thanks to members of the sheriffs department who were first on the scene, local representatives of the Red Cross who gave assistance to the occupants of the home, support crew and neighbors who brought over food and beverages for the firefighters, and the State Farm Insurance representatives for helping us work through the mess. No place is perfect and every place has its problems, but one especially. Publishing contained three happy pill. It stays in you. I'd generally speaking, Quincy is Dolores McDowell takes on the election/economy, like to return the favor. a greatplace to live. Many Taylorsville two letters to the editor and Thanks you guys, and happy thanks to all for your good ............ : : one editori . I thought the : : New Year to all. work and support. Gordon Keller and Jeanette Brauner Taylorsville It's important to be involved Recently I received the Community Member of the Year Award from the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce. I was shocked, humbled and thank Nadine Northrop for nominating me, and the chamber for picking me. Besides the great food and good visiting, it was a pleasure to have been able to hear the Community Chorus at the mixer. Since the chamber can no long keep an office open and a manager employed, it has been the chamber members who have stepped in to keep the chamber going. Organizing events like the mixer is a challenge and I know that members have to step up to the plate to make sure events like this keep happening. The next big event is the Crab Crack. Again, there is a lot that has to happen to make that a success. Fortunately, Jeff Titcomb and Bink and Josh Huddleston are willing to organize it, and others that I'm not aware of. And thanks to Judy Dolphin and her culinary class for providing some of the food, Jim Norman for the music and I believe there will be an auction. I know in the past it has been a big success and Lillian Basham and her leadership will be greatly missed. The Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Taylorsville Grange, the Indian Valley churches, the Indian Valley Community Pool, the Mt. Jura Gem and Mineral Society, the two museums, our schools, the Indian Valley Community Services District, the Indian Valley Recreation and Parks District and many other institutions and organizations need everyone's involvement someway or the other to keep them viable. We're so fortunate to live in a community that cares, but being physically involved is a necessity. Again, I am thankful for all my blessings and for this Government and religion Bill O'Reilly on Fox exulted, "It's over," in reference to mixing religion and our government when he announced 70 percent Of those recently polled favored religious symbols on government property. James Madison, one of the most influential founders of our country, exulted in his message to Thomas Jefferson that they had successfully separated church and state. I quote, "I flatter myself (we) have in this country extinguished forever the ambitious hope of making laws for the human mind." In reference to their victory, Thomas Jefferson said: "... all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities. Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself. She is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error and has nothing to fear from the conflict unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate." In discussing the revision of laws to fit a new democratic republic, Jefferson says of the law to establish religious freedom, "the insertion (mention of 'Jesus Christ' in its preamble) was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindu, and infidel of every denomination." The founders of our nation had brilliant, expansive, generous and open minds. If, indeed, religious symbols are to be used on government property, then let them be confined to such as the bumper sticker symbol which spells out "coexist," using a composite of religious symbols. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Editorial makes sense Page 9B of the New Year's Eve edition of Feather editorial by Lee H. Hamilton made a lot of sense, and I especially liked the statement "policymakers need to remember that economic growth means providing a ladder out of poverty for the truly needy." Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills It's all about love I don't see enough love out there. I need love. And so do all of us. People can go crazy because they have love to offer but nobody sees them. People need that bond. To hug someone and be hugged. Sometimes "they" call it depression. It probably is not. It is lack of love. One's inability to express love. Or one's feeling that no love comes their way. This situation is a two-way street. Communication is necessary to let people know you feel love. Also, the community needs to show love to the individual. The community is you, me and every other individual. Our community is one that sits in solitude. The quiet bite of stillness invades. The old guy sitting alone. The lady whose partner passed. The single mid-aged types who can't find a partner or community. We're all out here. Nestled between the still pines. Guaranteed, manY sit in undesired silence. Not knowing who to call. Wanting to talk and exchange emotions. That's why I say there needs to be more love out there. Look out for your brothers and sisters. Take a minute to hear them. If possible, take a few hours. They need to talk. They need the human connection. Believe me please, from a "loner" perspective. They need your smile. They need your hugh. We've lost beautiful people this last year. They just walked off and died alone. Self-inflicted. Sometimes it's money or health. But I'll bet you all the money that the real reason was lack of love and human connection. I'm re-learning how to smile and communicate. The warm feel I get from some peoples' smile is a great thing. Like a Robert Milne Clio Predictions My serious and not-so-serious thoughts and predictions for 2015: Retiring this year... Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office Aug. 10, 1993. Obamacare will crash and burn when the Supreme Court votes down "subsidies." The subsidies will not be allowed in 36 states that have deferred their state-based marketplaces to the federal government. A ruling against subsidies including tax credits for employers, the "mandate" for large employers to provide coverage to employees, and cost-sharing reduction subsidies will also be decided. The Plumas County Board of Supervisors will approve a "per capita" LAFCo fee, instead of dividing it between the city of Portola and the county. Fat chance the county would be fair. The citizens of Portola will end up carrying the county's baby. The City Council loves the abuse; if you get my drift. Speaking of the Portola City Council, I predict a new contract for the city attorney, minus his $60,000 "retainer" fee. Yeah, that will be the day when the City Council uses their collective brains in unison. Four out of five council members haven't a clue what they're doing without help from the city attorney at each meeting. Guess who they are. Hey "warmers," another "upside" about climate change in 2015? I predict beautiful women will wear even less clothing. Chuckle, if you asked yourself"Am I beautiful?" while you forgot about climate change. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main St-met, Room 309, Quinc~ CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave i NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: / U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 Website: U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-60( Sacramento~ CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-045.4. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, OroviUe, CA 95965; 2885 Chum Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. i916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center:. 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, E1 Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center. 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225-3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR - Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814: Website: (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.