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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 11B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE State of Jefferson would bring serious economic changes Editor's note: FoBowing is the winning essay in the reoen t League of Women Voters of Plumas County contest. The topic was "Should Plumas County join the sta te of Jefferson ?'" Jeffersonstate.com prominently features Thomas Jefferson's statement that "... a little rebellion now and then is a good thing..." The full quote, however, warns of a different outcome of rebellion that "... the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Who are WHERE I STAND figurative blood of its struggling economy, in a rural society with such a ...................................... residents in the form ofIn addition, young people small tax base? JAMES J. OP ,VETZ economic health and will lose access to the Beyond fmancial costs, the QUINCY.HIGH SCHOOL opportunity, and imperiling University of California, greater issue is what the very foundation of our which features six of the top happens when groups of the patriots and tyrants in democratic society? 11 public universities in the people decide that they no this scenario? What is often ignored isUnited States, and all but longer want to deal with one Jeffersonstate.com claims the immediate economic one of the California State another and choose to form that their goal is to "... bring costs of secession: the loss of University schools. All state their own state. Splitting land use controls and private state tax dollars supporting of Jefferson students would into smaller and smaller property rights back to the vital economic activity,be required to pay expensive factions due to political, local level governed by local Simply losing current levels out-of-state tuition, economic, or social people by any and every of state funding for mental effectively denying future disagreements creates a means necessary under the health, Highway Patrol, and generations the opportunity more tribal, balkanized law," citing Article IV,highway departments would to educate themselves in one society -- the very issue the Section 3, of the Constitution have widespread economicof the best public university United States has attempted as their legal basis forconsequences in our small systems in the world, to eradicate as it introduces creating a new state. Is this local community due to the Leaving education aside,democratic reforms in the omission intentional? Can loss of wages reducing local can the state of Jefferson war-torn countries of the the goals be accomplished spending power and even afford to maintain the Middle East, Africa, and, in without shedding the shrinking an already thousands of miles of roads the past, the Balkans. In his inauguration speech in 1800, Jefferson concluded, "We are all Republicans -- we are all Federalists." Democracies are built with citizens who debate and compromise. Warring third-world nations are plagued by conflicts over differences. Humanity has always been tempted by the individualism that breeds factions and rebellion, but history shows that democracies fall when one party or group succeeds in dominating. Will the United States be the next Greece and Rome, or will it continue to strive for "a more perfect Union"? We can do a better job combatting child poverty in this county Each night, thousands of children across California fall asleep hungry and not knowing where they will stay the next day. That's the stark reality in our state and sadly right here in Plumas County. California has an unacceptable rate of child poverty. According to the latest figures from the Public Policy Institute of California, nearly I in 4 children was living in poverty in California (24.3 percent) by 2011. That is hard to imagine, even in recession-plagued times. Here in Plumas County, we do a little better than the statewide average, Here, about I child in 6 lives below the poverty line, but children living in poverty is WHERE I STAND necessities (food, clothing ................................................ and shelter) frequently move ELLIOTT SMART DIRECTOR PLUMAS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES just something we shouldn't accept. We should care about child poverty for a whole host of reasons. Children who are born in poverty and continue to live in poverty are more likely to be impoverished themselves when they become adults. In that way poverty becomes an unbroken cycle that has impacts on the entire community. And it is costly too. Children whose parents struggle for the basic because they cannot afford safe, permanent housing. That means that children and families can lose connections that can provide some level of support for them, such as a consistent school where they know teachers and other caring adults. Children who move frequently also lose social supports that can include close friends, relatives and nonrelatives whose relationships with the children are functionally equivalent to those with blood relatives. In the absence of these supports, the likelihood that a child growing up poor will graduate from high school decreases. Without a high school education, one's chances for employment are marginalized at best. Children raised in poverty are far less likely to get routine medical care or to have a medical home. This can lead to poor overall health, which can, again, compromise their ability to attend school regularly or to participate in school-based activities such as drama, athletics or other extracurricular activities that keep kids in school and connected to their communities. Even for those kids who do makeit to school regularly, if they do so while hungry, cold or sleep deprived because they share a'room with three other siblings or because of constant stress in the home, they are less ready to learn. We know that children who have poor educational attainment are more likely to turn to alcohol and drugs and to commit crimes as young adults and into their adulthood. Regular employment isn't necessarily a cure. We have families right here in our county where a parent has regular work, but the work isn't full time; it's seasonal or dependent on the building trades or tourism; and it simply isn't enough to make ends meet. We have other families here in our community with a working parent, often a single morn, and because the absent father (a so-called "deadbeat dad") provides no fmancial support for his children the family struggles on mom's limited income. She and her children need the extra support of child care or nutrition assistance, and still they live in poverty. You know working people in our community who have children and who are poor. They are your neighbors and maybe even your friend. We shouldn't accept that that's just the way it is and it's OK. People can disagree on ways to address our child See Smart, page 12B LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for letters of accommodation or All letters must contain an understanding. address and phone number. Among others, Thomas Only one letter per week per Jefferson extols James persb be PuT)l h e ,dh m ffi 6 il effective approach one :/etter per person per nth 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 3 p.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 dmo~nald@plumas~ws.oorrL Fair value? OMG, rent the whole Chester fire hall and a two-bedroom house for $400 a month when the Chester Fire Department is in the red? This is certainly not fair market value when the small one-bedroom cabins across the street rent for $350 a month. The renter has already been in the building for over four years and now wants a lease option to buy for another two years. They would like to apply 100 percent of all the past rent, approximately $30,000, to the purchase price. Free rent for over six years. It doesn't sound like the Chester Public Utility District board of directors is looking out for the people of our district. What has happened to the oath you took? Shouldn't it be a conflict of interest when a family member of the general manager is employed by the renter? I strongly urge everyorle that feels that this is wrong to attend the next meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 5:30 p.m. at 251 Airport Road at the new facility that is not even located in the Chester Public Utility and Fire District. Linda Neuman Chester A child's game Gratuitous name-calling is a child's game. It does not befit educated adults and just tirs up emotions when exchanges between adults should do just the opposite, " which is to come to some sort tdth debate of issues. Of' James Madison, our fourth president, Jefferson says, "he acquired a habit of self-possession which placed at ready command the rich resources of his luminous and discriminating mind, and of his extensive information, and rendered him the first of every assembly afterwards of which he became a member. Never wandering from his subject into vain declamation, but pursuing it closely in language pure, classical, and copious, soothing always the feelings of his adversaries by civilities and softness of expression, he rose to the eminent station which he held in the great National convention of 1787, and in that of Virginia which followed, he sustained the new constitution in all its parts." In his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin describes his own debating tactics much as Jefferson describes those of Madison. Of course, name-calling is not new. Jefferson was called "lecher, liar, thief, hypocrite" by Hamilton under the pseudonym of Pacificus. Hamilton also wrote under the pseudonym of Publicus. Ultra-conservative William F. Buckley resorted to childish behavior when in frustration he called his liberal opponent Gore Vidal names in a national debate. At that time, the public was appalled at Buckley's behavior. Today, too often, name-calling and attacks on a political adversary's character substitute for informative debate, and, too often, the public cheers on the abuse and elects the abuser. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsvflle No evaluation? I should think that an "environmental club" from an esteemed educational facility would have had the wisdom to evaluate the Dame Shirley Plaza for possible yellow-legged frog habitat before holding a demonstration there. I believe i saw yenow-tinged amphibian innards squished on the sidewalk immediately after their gathering. Perhaps they didn't have $7,000in their budget for a biological study so they should be exempted from the new regulations. Norm Lambert Quincy Stretching We at the Quincy Yoga and Wellness Center want to say a big thank-you to Debra Moore and the Feather River Bulletin for placing Debra's creative, insightful and well-researched article on stretching on the front page of the Regional section of the Jan. 7 edition. It is a great reminder for all of us that we can be the architects of our own personal health plan. Noting the photos with the piece, many of us may think that the yoga poses shown there look challenging or beyond their abilities. Not to worry, for we all are simply asked to begin exactly where we are, no matter what ' challenges we may be experiencing. It is important to discover exactly what exercise program works best to address our age, lifestyle, interests and physical abilities. There is something each of us can do every day to make our lives more healthful and enjoyable. I am reminded of a class in the Bay Area I often attended with my brother who had MS. The yoga instruction that is given there is specifically for folks with mobility issues; over half of the 20-plus students were quadriplegic and are fully confined to wheelchairs. The stretching, breathing and relaxation experiences were so deeply important for the students, and so inspiring to participate in in a support role. Just think what a bit of that can do for us every day. Jane Steidel Quincy Missing a parade Last week I noticed what I considered to be good news. Kurdish fighters, with substantial help from coalition (primarily U.S.) air support, ousted Islamic State militants from Ko.bani. Then the next day one of the letters in this paper handed our president a scathing rebuke for missing a parade in Paris. That made me wonder, which l ad eater:impo ce? ' I've Helping to oust IS militants from a strategically important city, or missing out on a parade? Tough question. Incidentally, I consider the diversity of opinions voiced in the Regional section of Feather Publishing, and particularly the letters to the editor, to be a demonstration of both conservative and liberal use of the freedom of the press. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Warning signs Always pay attention when your child says they don't like someone. Take the time and ask them why in a kind nonthreatening way, and listen to what they say. Any little child should always be able to tell a parent if something is wrong in their life. And if they are really that reluctant to be with someone, with crying, etc., or act different when they get back, then parents should stand up and take notice. This is a real serious warning sign that something is wrong. That something wrong could be molestation or other abuse, and no child should ever go through that. They should be protected. Not all abuse or molestation is the so-called "stranger danger." Most of the incidents involve people known to the family, whether friends or relatives. Never force a child to go with someone they are that uncomfortable with, in the notion of teaching them politeness, not hurting an adult's feelings or "what would people think?,' Take the time and f'md out why. Always trust the instincts when it comes to your child. If any adult in your child's life gets insulted or outraged by all of this, then perhaps this is a person who should not be around your child. Sandra Ramsey Quincy of taxpayers, produced acts absolutely Somehow, I feel like it must unjustifiable; but I hope they have affected me, but it's too will provoke no severities complicated to know for sure. ~om their, governments, A consciousnessof t.h~se'in ..... never liked: to jump to' conclusions about right or wrong, so I'll keep the faith in the handful, even if I'm the only fmger. LAFCo, this one's for you. Ed Laurie Portola LAFCo So what's with Laugh Co. (LAFCo)? Anyone remember that parody, issue? Probably not. After all it only affected a handful Rebellion In a 1787 letter from Jefferson to Madison, Jefferson makes the customary salutations of the day and then writes (referring to Shay's Rebellion): "I am impatient to learn your sentiments on the late troubles in the Eastern states. So far as I have yet seen, they do not appear to threaten serious consequences. Those states have suffered by the stoppage of the channels of their commerce, which have not yet found other issues. This must render money scarce and make the people uneasy. This uneasiness has power that their administration of the public affairs has been honest may, perhaps, produce too great a degree of indignation; and those characters, wherein fear predominates over hope, may apprehend too much from these instances of irregularity. They may conclude too hastily that nature has formed man insusceptible of any other government than that of force, a conclusion not founded in truth or experience." (Liberty vs. turbulence discussed.) "I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions, indeed, generally establish See Letters, page 12B 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 PennsylvaniaAve., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414 Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contact/ U.S. SENATOR- Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Seflate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TTYflDD: (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) 448-2563.112 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. www.LaMalfa.House.gov.; Facebook.com/RepLaMalfa; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFHCE: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. -Ted 6aines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 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 DaMe, State Capitol, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-00001, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 280 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 I ' 1