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i Bullet=n, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 9B COMMUNITY f PERSPECTIVE Support local advertisers Did you have your cup of coffee this morning on your way to work? How much did it cost? A buck, $1.50, two dollars? And, to think a cup of java or "joe" used to cost two bits (25 cents) not that long ago. Is there anything you can buy for just a couple of quarters anymore? Well, how about this newspaper? Fifty cents for all this local news, grocery ads, school announcements, events and business calendar and all these words, ink and paper? WHERE I STAND ROLLIE ATKINSON PUBLISHER SONOMA WEST PUBLISHERS HEALDSBURG How could that only cost 50 cents? We're glad you asked. Now we'll tell you how we do it. First of all, subscription prices only pay for the cost of delivery. All of our other essential revenue comes from selling advertising. We hope this doesn't come as a surprise to anyone, but we don't charge for the news, except for the 50-cent cover charge. That means we don't charge to send a reporter to a meeting. There is no photographer's fee for publishing all those local youth sports photos, ribbon cuttings and breaking news images on the front page. We print dozens of local press releases in the newspaper every week for free and we publish items like local obituaries, police logs, weather charts and they're paying for this news government updates that are not available anywhere else -- at any price. Our editors and other staff often listen to as many citizen complaints as does the mayor, police chief or school principal. We think listening to our readers is a big part of our job. First we listen, then we tell the story. No extra charge. As you might imagine, we are extremely grateful for all the local advertising support we continue to receive. We keep the presses rolling and the local news flowing thanks to a very old business formula -- paid advertising. Ads are a form of news, too. Readers learn about shopping soecials at local stores and shops. For the benefit of more than just this local newspaper, please don't take your shopping money out of town. Support our advertisers, who support you, local jobs, our schools and our charities. They pay local taxes. Truth be told, we .never have enough paid advertising for the week's newspaper and we always find more news around town than we have space to print. How many pages we print each week is determined by how many ads we sell. Ink, paper and postage cost real money. But the real expense at newspapers is the people who gather the news, report , it and hold themselves to a very high standard of credibility, accuracy, See Atkinson, page 10B Hold the congratulations: Congress isn't doing crucial work Now that Congress has its immense, $1.1 trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing easier. They ended the specter of a government shutdown for the moment, and funded the federal budget or most of the year. The media has been commending Congress for finally doing its job. : This praise works only in the context of recent history, however. The bill that congressional leaders WHERE I STAND LEE HAMILTON CENTER ON CONGRESS INDIANA UNIVERSITY produced is hardly a triumph. Instead, it's another example of Congress's stubborn determination to deal itself out of the budgeting process. Let me explain. In recent years, Congress has funded the federal government in one of two ways. Either it's passed a "continuing resolution," which is a stopgap measure to keep the government functioning with the same funding it had previously, or it's passed huge omnibus bills like the one it just enacted. This most recent bill runs more than 1,500 pages. Before this current budgeting era, however, Congress used procedures that put the ideals of representative democracy into practice. It divided its responsibilities into policy development, which was in the hands of its various "authorizing" committees; and establishing funding levels, which was done by the appropriations committees in the House and Senate. Once the president submitted his proposed budget, the appropriations committees and their subcommittees would meet, hammer out the issues, and fund the government according to the policies set by the authorizing committees. They would hold hearings, debate furiously, accept and reject scores- if not hundreds -- of amendments, and ultimately produce a series of appropriations bills generally divided along federal department lines. The process didn't work perfectly. It pr0duced hiccups and grandstanding, and required a lot of negotiation and compromise. But it also spread the work of Congress among expert members, employed the capabilities of dedicated and knowledgeable These would go to the floor of , legislators who knew the each chamber, where they'd be debated again, and finally to a conference'committee, where each side of Capitol Hill would have a final chance to weigh in. various departments and agencies of the federal gQvernment intimately, and provided for deliberation, See Hamilton, page 10B LETTE]KS 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. (Doadlns may tlavage:due to,:, holidays.) Lett may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed to Fine article by James Wilson ", I'd like to thank the publisher, editor and Sports Editor James Wilson for the fine article on the reburial, with honors, of Civil War veteran Edwin Ware. The article delved into the many societal issues that had affected his life and previous burial. Thanks to the efforts of great-granddaughter Sandra Ellis and Wflson's fine reportage, many members of the public are now aware of this touching story. I do not follow sports, but have been moved by the passion of some of its reporters. One of my favorite articles is "Nothing but nets" by Rick Reiily. Thanks again for a great piece. Ed Powell Chflcoot Wake up, Portola The people of Portola have become very negative. I used to be very proud to say I live in Portola. It is not that way now as it is hard to fred anyone talking positive about our city. There are those that aren't afraid to speak out. However, all they ever say is the bad things that are happening in our town. Is there anything good about our town? I believe that there is and it is time that we start looking for them, How about living in an area where others come for vacation. We had a small group of people over for dinner the other night and of course, the conversation turns to what is wrong with Portola. We sat there and complained about everything and found out that we are part of the problem. Look around! Portola is a beautiful place to live, clean air and Very little crime. Where else can you find people waving to you as you drive by? Stop blaming each other. Be part of a solution and not part of the problem. City Council Stop giving our city away. Show us and help us build our city back. Promote Lake Davis for more than a place to fish. Let's clean up our town. The old cars in the front yard need to go. You don't see that in Graeagle. The business owners need to clean up their buildings. A little paint goes a long way. The downtown area is not a pleasant place to stroll. Why would I want to shop there? We are no longer a railroad town and it is time to move us into the 21st century. Portola could be a great tourist town if we made it that way. Wake up, Portola, before it's tootate,.. Linda Van Dahlen Portola Lack of trust In the city of Portola, there is a distrust of our city council. As owner of the High Sierra Community Development Center, I have experienced our dysfunctional government. Since moving to Portola a decade ago, I have not trusted the management of city. It was the motivation tO participate in local government, whether as a City Council member, a gadfly, whistle-blower or concerned citizen. For two months last summer my skepticism, and that of other business owners, turned to optimism. Ian Kaiser was not a messiah but an answer to my prayers. He was radically different from the past city manager that ran the city for years. Under the new management and the City Council, the city took a direction from higher cost of public services to becoming proactive for businesses in the private sector. When times got tough, Mr. Murphy volunteered to terminate his contract as the highest-paid city employee to help balance the budget. I was skeptical about hiring a new city manager. Mr. Kaiser was just what the community needed to move in the direction of economic recovery. In two months, I witnessed more progress than I had seen in a decade From where I stand, the only way for the City Council to regain the public's trust is to give Mr. Kaiser a second chance. I believe that the disciplinary action of the City Council was not only inappropriate but violates labor law. I believe that City Council has violated the terms of his contract. Our present management is not getting the job done to provide affordable public services to our community. It is not restoring trust in our local government. Larry F. Douglas Portola Where is the accountability? Plumas County is rife with a lack of accountability. Are the Board of Supervisors or local directors ever held accountable for wasting, or losing our money? Our Board of Supervisors wasted money for a new draft general plan; a plan created through contract by Design Workshop, without ever notifying, listening to the public's voice, or public input. Accountability. This is not the first time the IVCSD has been ripped off; remember the Indian Valley community center? Accountability? The $380,000 Ms. Moore is accused of absconding with would have gone a long way to restore the deteriorating infrastructure of Indian Valley. Who was accountable for the loss of our money? It appears the directors are not doing their job; this is not the IVCSD's money. The money belonged to the citizens of Indian Valley. where are the checks and balances? The IVCSD has the responsibility to oversee how our finances are being dispersed. We must demand accountability. Accountability throughout Plumas County is lacking. A year ago, we almost lost all our schools in Indian Valley under the direction of an incompetent superintendent of schools. Who was held accountable? Again, we lost money. Accountability. The closed school buildings on Main Street in Greenville are an eyesore and have the appearance of a building ready to collapse on itself. The recently closed school in Taylorsville stands ready to join its counterpart in Greenville. Accountability. Indian Valley no longer has a hospital. We no longer have doctors. Who is accountable? A note to those elected to various positions in Plumas County: no matter what office you hold you must be held accountable for the lack of administration and oversight. The people of Indian Valley and all of the people of Plumas County have the right to be heard, and the right to accountability. Richard E. Naas Greenville Indian Valley held hostage We are now over a half a million dollars into the embezzlement charges against Ms. Moore, including the audit and attorney fees which includes $50,000 for defense of the Indian Valley Board of Directors. What an out-of-control nightmare. So much money for such a small town. Outrageous! Does anyone in the valley feel confident that our board of directors, who failed us this badly, should be the boss of the new CSD manager? The board of directors is planning found in that agenda were We tell our kids not to lie on spending money on items commonplace right here in about meeting curfew or doing they say they need for the CSD Plumas County long before homework. Then they watch along with the $40,000 in the there was any such thing as TV where our leaders lie audit to see how Ms. Moore an Agenda 21. And most about health care, terrorist allegedly stole our money and people listened and no one attacks, spying on .us, the $50,000 mentioned above, was scandalized, not even unconstitutional invasion of Shouldn't we the people see those now circulating that privacy, agencies seeking some relief like 20 percent off material, retribution regarding our sewer and water bills? Of course, disfavored organizations, After all, that money is ours, ultra-conservatives have a running guns to Mexico, and not theirs to spend so right to spread their views, twisting statistics to meet haphazardly. When is enough And of course, I have every their objectives, and a myriad enough? They should save us right to be critical of them. of other assaults against our the trouble and just resign. .... Saltttore Catalano :freedtlm;mad:abitity:t,plarsue At the Jan. 8 board meeting, Taylorsville our own happiness, we the people called on the We wouldn't accept such board to not hold us hostage behavior from ou r kids, so and resign. We should all be Demand honesty why do we tolerate it from proud of our local business Honesty -- a lost art? To be politicians? If we cannot owners because they stepped honest with others, you have believe the people we elect to up. to first be honest with office, what does that say Mr. Supervisor, KevinGoss, yourself. Self-reflection is not about us? We've given so did you not notice how many easy. much power over to the elite lifeline business folks were at Back when parents, that we have lost control of that meeting? Ninety percent teachers and even friends held the situation. Yet, time and of your constituents want a us accountable for our time again, we reelect the new board, and there are actions, being dishonest was same liars, somehow hoping people more than willing to one point that was never that this time they'll be take a seat. overlooked. Blaming others honest. when the five board for things we did wrong got us Elections are coming; members walked out of that in more trouble, not less. demand honesty from the meeting, did they not notice Telling a lie to your parents or candidates. We must hold which way the wind is teacher took months to accountable our elected blowing. Public opinion has recover from. They simply officials at all levels of turned against them. We didn't trust us. government and not accept offered them the chance to When we are dishonest with dishonesty from any of them. resign with dignity without ourselves, we stop looking for Of course, we'd have to putting them through a recall truth because lying or admit our own duplicity in election. We the people are cheating gets easier as time allowing and assisting them to their boss yet they decided to goes by. We begin to believe be dishonest in the first place. continue to hold Indian Valley ourselves better than others That's the hard part. and Greenville hostage How or more intelligent or more Lynn Desjardin dare they put us through a able to make reasonable Portola recall, decisions. So be it. They have underestimated the power of thepeople. Contact your elected officials... Tarnara Talent PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Indian Valley Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: Individual supervisors can also be Propaganda circulating e-mailed from links on the county website, There is a video circulating in Plumas County that is PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., designed to create the fear and NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. dissention that permeated our E-maih nation during the Red Scare of u.s. SENATOR, Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg, the 1920's, the HUAC and WashingtOn, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TTY/TDD: Joseph McCarthy scares of the (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San 1950's and the Robert Welch Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 scare of the 1960's and beyond. Website: while the video is founded on actual events of the past, U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600, reminding one of such Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart conspiracy books as Stormer's Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. None Dare Call it Treason U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, IST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, (which was soundly debunked Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. at the time), it has very little DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 2885 to do with the present, Churn Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. although it does make a feeble attempt to do so. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070 The video is not pure and it Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado is not simple, but it is a Hills Constituent Service Center. 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, propaganda device being used E1 Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding by the ultra conservative Constituent Service Center: 1670 Market St., Suite 244; Redding, CA faction of the Republican 96001, (530) 225-3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. Party to scare STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, people into voting for their candidates. Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2003; FAX (916) 319-2103. I District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002;! Now, added to that video (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. some material is being circulated aboutthenew GOVERNOR Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State bugaboo, Agenda 21. I think I Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: should mention that many of (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. the terms and suggestions !