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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 7B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Windfall could tempt Legislature to repeat spending mistakes We've all heard dramatic WHEP, E I STAND personally promised to show stories of lottery winners .................................... fiscal restraint with the acquiring hundreds of GEORGE RUNNER state's large revenue MEMBER windfall. Unfortunately, Gov. millions of dollars, only to STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION declare bankruptcy a few Davis ultimately caved to years later. In fact, studies pressure from legislative show 70 percent of all essentially won the lottery Democrats and authorized individuals who suddenly when it comes to the budget, ongoing spending with those receive large amounts of The governor's budget temporary revenue dollars. money will lose it in a short proposal shows nearly $20 Gov. Davis said all the right period of time. billion more in revenues will things, but his actions spoke The cause of this problem is be generated during the next louder than his words. impulse spending by people fiscal year than was collected Despite Gov. Brown's who incorrectly assume they three years ago. assurances, the messages we will never have to worry Years ago, during the Davis are hearing from the majority about money again. They administration, California party indicate we may be on spend as much as they want found itself in a similar track to repeat these fiscal on whatever they want, situation. As vice chairman mistakes. Much like an making permanent financial of the Assembly Budget irresponsible lottery winner, decisions with their one-time Committee at the time, Ilegislators can't seem to earnings, remember sitting in Gov.fight the impulse to spend This year, California Davis's office as he extra money as soon as it's in the bank. Our increased revenues are primarily the result of temporary tax increases that will soon expire and volatile capital gains that can disappear at any time. California cannot solve its long-term budget problems by relying on these temporary and unreliable solutions. However, to go along with this new revenue, we've already seen proposals for increased spending. For example, Democrats in both houses bfthe Legislature have already thrown their support behind SB 837 (Steinberg), a bill that will create a completely new school grade. By establishing a "transitional kindergarten" program available to every 4-year-old child in California, SB 837 will rack up a price tag of nearly $1 billion by the year 2020. These kinds of new, permanent spending proposals expand government, but do nothing to invest in the private sector. Recently, a prominent Democratic elected official even called for the extension of Proposition 30, the temporary tax increases Californians imposed on themselves to get out of the fiscal hole of overspending. The majority party is already planning on making this latest round of "temporary" tax increases permanent before they expire. Job creation and economic growth is the pathway to preventing future financial trouble for California. Our long-term problems will only be solved if Gov. Brown resists the impulse to spend our new surplus. We need to learn from the budget mistakes of the past, before it's too late. George Runner represents more than 9 million Californians as a taxpayer a dvoca te and elected member of the state Board of Equalization. For more information, visit boe.ca.gov/Runner. LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week per person and only one letter per person per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words• The editor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words• The deadline is Friday at 3p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's o.ff'wes, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed to dmatonald@p s.corrL We need to find Mike Mike Mowrey has been missing since New Year's Day. No amber alert has been made although the Plumas County Sheriffs Office is actively searching for the Portola man. Mike is an asset to our community and a child of God who needs help from our community and its resources. J's Rentals where I first learned of Mike's disappearance. I stopped to talk with Juliana Mark about the progress of the Concerned Citizens Coalition. I shared my experience with Mike. We volunteered together at the High Sierra Animal Rescue in 2005. He was a gentle man giving care to the "Fredos" of our county. We would go to Reno trying to find homes with loving owners for our animals. I found "Ross," who was six at the time. Linda Satchwell had rescued him from the Susanville animal shelter. High Sierra Animal Rescue had saved him Mike had been his caregiver until his adoption. I gave him a ride when he needed it. This is my story with Mike. Over the years, others have their stories. Mike has continued this service as an employee since that time. He was dependent on others for a ride sometimes. Other times he walked. He was last seen getting into a car. He now needs our help in getting home safely. I hope that we can aid in his search like Graeagle did in the search for "Fredo." Pray Mike is found unharmed. "Graeagle aids in the search for Fredo" was the cover story on last week's Portola Reporter. Mike's disappearance was on the fourth page. More help is needed if we hope to fred Mike in the near future. More than sheriffs need to be on the alert. Anyone with information call the Sheriff's Office at 283-6300. More media coverage is needed. More flyers need to be posted. Another coalition of concerned citizens needs to be created• Mike is lost and we need to fred him. Larry F. Douglas Portola Missing man a priority Front page news: "Missing Dog." Really? Shouldn't our missing Por ola resident Michael Mowrey be on the front page? Ann Cary Portola Missing man. deserved front page I feel you have your priorities mixed up when you run a story on the front page about a dog finding his way home, when on page 4 you have an article about a local man missing! What is more important? Anyone Who knows me knows how much I love animals. God bless you Michael Mowrey. Please, if anyone has any information, please contact the police. Debbie Peterson Graeagle IVCSD board should resign In a farming/ranching community, "servicing" an animal usually results in an offspring. Our results in Indian Valley more resemble a steaming pile of excuses. Perhaps our board members need to review their job descriptions. At the recent meeting of the board, we were handed a sheaf of papers, none of which pertained in any way to the matter being discussed. The board members were sworn in for another term, and it was business as usual. Responsibility for the missing money may be that of one individual, but the other board members failed to pay attention. They should step up and step out. Anne Ruffner Taylorsville Commending the IVSCS board Certainly, the fraud allegedly perpetrated by a former indian Valley Community Services District manager is bad news. Some folks are shocked that such a thing can happen, assuming that the board of directors should be able to exercise 24/7/365 vigilance over all district activities and expenditures. Meanwhile, board membership is completely unpaid volunteer work that some weeks amounts to a halftime job with no paycheck. Clay Singleton, CPA and partner in the Susanville firm SingletonAumon, contracted to manage the forensic audit of the IVCSD books, reported at the recent board meeting that several such events will be discovered among the fifty to sixty-five audits managed annually by the firm. Folks - who are shocked and calling for the board's resignation might take this in to account, so to speak. I take the position that the present board of directors has been dealing remarkably successfully with a long list of problems derived from decades of failure by previous directors to plan for the future, which is now the present. Several aspects of our infrastructure approach end of usable life without money having been set aside for replacement. The finances alone have been daunting, antl a silver lining in our cloud of alleged fraud is that perhaps legitimate cash flow is better than we have thought. My opinion is that this board is the only reason our district didn't fall to state control years,ago. I commend the present IVCSD board members for the difficult work they have done to maintain and improve our infrastructure. I call upon critics of the board to step ffp and offer any similar level of volunteer effort. Interestingly, most of the citizens complaining loudest right now do not regularly attend board meetings. Hank Alrich Greenville Rumors cause damage I would like to thank the editor for the recent editorial regarding rumors. He was absolutely correct regarding the damage that rumors can cause in a rural arealike ours. We run into one another and we depend on one another daily, so anything said about a neighbor can be spread around our communities like a deadly disease. I know. I casually repeated something a friend said some years ago about someone who is well known around the county and just a few days ago it came back to me as a virtual certainty. Again, I mused about a mutual friend to an acquaintance a few days ago, and she asked me if I knew what I had said was an actual fact, and when I said I didn't, she justly said, "That's the way vicious rumors start. You shouldn't say things about people unless you are sure that something you have said is a fact. Actually," she said, "it's best not to say anything bad about anyone at all"" Already feeling guilty about those two recent incidents, I was, as you can imagine, surprised by the editor's apt editorial. I swear the following coincidence is true. Not long after I finished the above, I sat down at my TV and began to surf. The very second channel had an old Andy Griffith Show. I decided to see what he was up to and, lo and behold, the whole episode was about rumors. The first part featured rumors spread by women and .the second those spread by men in the rural town of Mayberry. I was and am astounded! Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville General plan issues ignored General Plan Update (GPU) is uncommon• Many people, such as myself, were not even aware of its existence. I attended a meeting and perused the plan several times. I think the GPU is forward thinking and contains some progressive and smart provisions. Some provisions require intimate knowledge of the subject to even comment upon. Unfortunately, my involvement was towards the end of the GtbU process. I took exception to the 'industrial biomass energy' provisions. Although there are explicit provisions for the county to implement biomass, there were no corresponding environmental impact report (EIR) entries. Cutting down the forest and burning the wood is not deserving of EIR considerations? Of course, my. concerns were completely ignored. Must be because biomass is all about a few people getting rich at the expense of our forest and the people who will breathe the constant polluted air. Then, talk about corruption: After years of discussions, EIR updates, public comment, and after the public hearing, the planning commission made changes to the GPU and EIR without any notice or public comment. Then they immediately voted to recommend the GPU and EIR to the BOS. These changes invalidated provisions of their resolution to recommend the plan. The commissioners are appointed not elected. What right do they have to make these changes? This is, at a minimtun, unethical. County counsel and the planning director said nothing and let these changes proceed. So did the Board of Supervisors. I spoke of these issues at the hearings and in writing. This issue was ignored as well. Unbelievably, the only concern of the BOS was the word 'prosperous'. Finally, although every agenda item is subject to public comment, Chairman Swofford, under the threat of police action, denied the people's right to public comment. The GPU was unceremoniously approved. Mark Mihevc Graeagle Missing Dr. Bill Dore Six years ago, I had the good fortune of taking over Dr. Bill Dore's optometric eye care practice in Portola. Dr. Dore had taken care of Plumas County's eye care needs for many years with offices in Quincy and Portola, and he was ready to retire. At the time, it just seemed like a good business decision when combined with my office in Reno. I didn't know that I would also be getting a good friend. Dr. Dore and I both attended the prestigious U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry. Although we were in different generations, we had many friends in common. We enjoyed meeting for dinner at Mt. Tomba, discussing eye care, colleagues and Plumas County. Turns out that Mt. Tomba was owned at one time by one of his optometry classmates, Dr. Vardanega from Placerville, and I had gone to school with Dr. Vardanega's son! It's a small world. Bill had some tough times since his wife Gwen passed away, and was lucky to have a supportive family to help him. He never lost his wonderful sense of humor, his deep understanding of our profession, or his concern for his patients. He was proud to • have given his career to serve our area's healthcare needs. I'm told that he also was able to achieve one final goal just a week before he passed away. That is, he won at cribbage in Quincy! Thanks, Dr. Dore, for your service to us all. We miss you already. Mark G. Mitchell, OD Portola 'Choice' is a powerful word Choice. Oreo cookie or snickerdoodle? Denim shirt or T? Seriously, "choice" is actually one pillar of a free society. To be a doctor or teacher, a poet, a baker? Move to the mountains or live on the beach? Your choice. Decide you don't like it? Choose something else. Making rational and reasonable choices is @hat we teach our children, who learn by example: To respect diversity and different opinions, treat others with kindness, take responsibility, strive to do your best... When others restrict our choices, we lose power over our own destiny and forfeit our freedom. Is that necessary sometimes? Sure. Actions detrimental to others must not be allowed. But as long as we do not harm anyone, we should be free to make our own choices. Which shirt we wear rarely matters. But shouldn't it be it our right to choose which car or health care policy we buy, which doctor we see, whether or not we say a prayer, what we do with our property', who we hang out with? Think of the choices we're losing. Through our general plan, neo-environmentalists will dictate our land use; Obamacare determines what insurance and doctors you can have; government decides which schools your kids attend and what and how they are taught; our increasing national debt dictates our future tax burdens, reducing our choices on managing our earnings; "income equality" punishes those who choose to work hard and succeed. Choices for spending our tax dollars are made by power-hungry politicians with no common sense. (Shrimp on a treadmill or military pensions? Duh) Where does it stop? When we choose to elect people who believe in our right to make choices instead of their right to dictate those choices to us. Powerful word, choice. In • the upcoming elections, use it wisely. Lynn Desjardin Portola I may be crazy My Obamacare navigator asked me what sort of pre-existing condition I was suffering from. I told him I was crazy. He said prove it. Well, says I, I think that Congress can't pass laws respecting religion or free speech. He says, "hmmm!" I told him I think I can own agun. He says, "Wow!" I say, "Not 0nly that, but you guys can't keep soldiers on my property during times of peace or war, unless I say it's ok." He replied, "Drones ain't soldiers, buddy! You must be nuts!" That's nothing, I tell him, watch this. "I believe you can't search me, my house, my papers (including my toilet paper) or my effects. I believe you can't be tried twice, you must have a prompt trial and the government can't take a person's property without paying for it." Another thing, "I believe that the powers given to the government by the Constitution must be recognized, but if it ain't in the Constitution, the powers belong to the states." "Man," he said, "You n ay be crazy, we can cover that, but you sound like a commie- to me, get outta here." "Fine,, I said, "I like my insurance. Crazy? Yeah, I know, but I'll keep my insurance!" "What's your SS number, mister?" I hung up. Ed Laurie Portola Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., -NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (2021 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contact/ 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: feinstein.senate.gov.. U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. lamalfa.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Omville, CA 95965; 2885 Churn Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916)r 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center. 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, El 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) 319-2003; 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: gov.ca.gov/ (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. I