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8B Wednesday; Feb. 25, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter LETTERS, from page 7B The value of education Right out of high school, I attended a California two-year community college and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree. It was more cost-effective to attend a local community college and save on room and board. The units from this college were transferable and I was accepted at CSU Chico. The tuition for the two-year college was free and CSU Chico cost $101.50/semester. My other expenses were books, and room and board. Before graduating, I worked an internship at a major computer vendor. It was a paid internship -- unlike in the "screw the American worker" corporations of today. After graduating with a BS in computer science, my fellow graduates and I all received job offers from five or more corporations. This was what it was like in the 1970s. This was when America valued education and corporations hired American workers. This "free education" I received translated into a successful career, a positive contribution to society and thousands in taxes paid. The decline of education and America began in the 1980s -- the President Reagan revolution. Free tuition ended. America's politicians no longer value education. "Greed is good." Today, students are strapped with over $1 trillion in student loan debt. Our colleges still produce graduates but there are no jobs because American corporations hire employees in other countries. It's like a conveyor belt full of educated graduates being dumped onto a rubbish pile. A successful nation, a successful democracy, is based on an educated populace. When you have a stupid and ignorant populace, democracies deteriorate into oligarchy. This is what is happening to America today. Free education from kindergarten t0 doctorate is an inveHi'he success . of citizens, our country and our future. The question remains, do you want an educated successful nation or a nation full of idiots? Mark Mihevc Graeagle Geography lesson The Lake Almanor Elks, who offer geography presentations in local schools, need to do their homework. In "Elks share U.S. history'; (Jan. 28, in the Chester Progressive), the class was told that Kentucky borders the most other states (seven). Wrong. Missouri borders eight states -- Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois. Please let Mrs. Van Acker's fifth-graders know. Paul Slater Berkeley Corporate predators There are predators and prey. The fact is all too evident in the animal kingdom to which we belong, It reveals itself in our everyday life. There are many illegal seams that prey on us. With just a few clicks of a computer key or careless handling of personal information one can lose one's life savings and/or identity. There are also many legal forces that constantly hammer us to buy, join, support, invest, convert or what-have-you. More subtly, domestic laws and international pacts have been and are being written so as to legalize the seams of predators. We are their prey. The Wall Street bankers are busily lobbying legislators to allow them to repeat with impunity the tactics that destroyed our economy in 2008. In other words, no matter what the circumstances or who might get hurt, they want to legalize economic chicanery. Although they seemed to be such a good idea at the time, NAFTA and CAFTA have proven to be wolves in sheep's clothing. Such pacts have stolen the power of governments and given it to governments for laws that might somehow impinge on a corporation's profit margins, but governments may not sue corporations. A secret tribunal decides the cases, and there is no appeal once the tribunal adjudicates. Canadian and Mexican corporations have sued the U.S, for labels that identify products as having been made in America. Such labels are seen as adversely affecting their profits. Phillip Morris is suing the governments of Australia and Uruguay for antitobacco laws that they claim lessen the company's profits. And so it goes. We have made ourselves and our governments prey to corporate predators. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Phantom homes? County "volunteer" fire districts are paid a percentage of your property taxes. Each parcel of land or home has a "tax increment" (a very small percentage of the dollar value) placed on it for the purpose of calculating the property taxes paid to the county. This tax increment becomes the main source of revenue for the county agency. A percentage is fire tax. It is paid to each fire district; the amount is determined by the county tax assessor and voters. Property owners are not always aware that their properties are being manipulated in a paper scheme, to bilk tax dollars from the county for fire protection. The more parcels you own the more taxes each landowner could pay for "future" development. Essentially it allows the fire district to "look" larger on paper than in really is. If any local fire district were falsifying undeveloped parcels as developed parcels in documents to the county planning department that would be a serious cost to the property owner and a gain in taxes for the fire district. The property owner is charged international corporations, more for fire protection ........... Corporatl0ns :sue  '.,, 7  Fwe dlstrmts have charged SPRING SAVINGS Sierra Park in Quincy- Energy Star/Solar Electric Homes Due to rising costs in code changes, material and labor increases, we find it necessary to increase our home prices. BUT! For 2 fortunate new home owners they will be able to purchase at our 2010 PRICES! Our Helmsley Home @ 1566 square feet plus 2 car garage was $250,000 in 2010. Our Bainbridge Home @ 1728 square feet plus 2 car garage was $260,000 in 2010 Our Malham Home @ 1908 square feet plus 2 car garage was $280,000 in 2010 Our Ingleton Home @ 1908 square feet plus 2 car garage was $280,000 in 2010 PRICES WILL INCREASE BY 8% For details of these homes and more information visit our website at www.sierraparkatquincy.com or Visit or call us on (530) 283-9301 and meet 'Bruno', Pick your lot and home design, move into your new home 14 weeks later! Sierra Park Property Development, LLC 749 Lee Road, Suite A Quincy, CA 95971 : . ............. >:,"  I'1 J]r'ir www.sierraparkatquincy.com ' vacant land as though a structure were on the land. Because it "was planned" to have a home in the future it now becomes a higher source of revenue for cash-strapped fire departments. It's fraud. Surprisingly, and unbeknownst to the landowner, his land is listed with the Planning Department (using documents signed by the fire department) as a 250-home development. In reality only four homes were ever approved for his property. How many landowners are totally unaware of factious "future" parcel development on their property by their local fire .department? What are your fire taxes? Are you paying too much or too little? Trent Saxton Lake Davis Vote no in recall election I am writing to encourage voters in the Indian Valley to vote no on the upcoming recall election for the directors of the Indian Valley Community Services District. But while I am opposed to the recall election itself, I do want to give a word of recognition to those persons who pursued making this recall election happen. The weight of the recently discovered embezzlement of funds by a former manager of the IVCSD was a huge impediment for the previous directors of the IVCSD. They did their very best to address this matter, but a problem of this magnitude takes its toll on anyone who is responsible. The efforts of those who promoted this recall election have resulted in the resignations of several IVCSD directors. And the new IVCSD board of directors has four new members who are not burdened by any responsibility for this embezzlement. These new directors are respected members of our community who bring a much-needed "breath of fresh air" to the IVCSD board. They deserve a chance to prove themselves befo re jdgment is cast on : worthiness. ...... Thef[nances of the IVCSD are fragile, and we are close to a possible default on loans to the USDA for infrastructure improvements. Do we really want to run the risk of pushing the IVCSD into federal receivership by acting on emotions rather than wise judgment? Do we really want to risk having USDA (i.e., Forest Service) management and ownership of our local water resources and sewer services? To the persons responsible for this recall election, I say -- "Mission Accomplished." But let us not undo these hard-won accomplishments by "throwing out the baby with the bath" and bringing in a group of newer and untested directors at this critical moment for the IVCSD. Please vote no on the upcoming recall election. Ken K.D. Donnell Greenville Veterans must meet minimum active duty requirements for benef, In order to be eligible for benefits from the Veterans Administration, a veteran must meet minimum active duty service requirements. For most veterans this means 24 months of continuous active duty. Nonduty periods that are considered excludable are not considered as a break in service for continuity purposes but are to be subtracted from total time served. Minimum active duty. service also includes the full period for which a person was called or ordered to active duty. Except as noted below, a person who does not complete a minimum period of active duty is not eligible for any benefit under any law administered by the VA based on that period of active service. There are circumstances in which the above rule does not apply. One circumstance is when a person is discharged or released under an early out program or a hardship discharge. Another is a person who is discharged or released from active duty for a disability adjudged service connected without presumptive provisions of law, or who at time of discharge had such a service-connected disability, shown by official service records, which in medical judgment would have justified a discharge for disability. A person with a compensable service-connected disability is also excluded. Other circumstances may apply. When a person does not meet minimum active duty service requirements, and is ,VET TRAX JIMMY LAPLANTE Veterans Service Officer, Plumas Co. therefore not eligible for VA benefits, the person's dependents or survivors are also not eligible to receive benefits based on the same period of active duty. As always, please contact our office if you have questions. ID cards The Pinmas County Veterans Service Office issues veteran ID cards to honorably discharged veterans. Contact Jimmy LaPlante at 283-6275 or Steve Jennings at 283-6271 if you would like to receive one (we will need your DD-214). There are many state and federal benefits and programs available to veterans and their dependents. To find out if you are eligible for any of these benefits, call our office. We accept walk-ins, but a appointment is preferred. We can and will assist you in completing all required applications. Jimmy LaPlante, retired Navy master chief petty offiaer, is the veterans service officer for Plumas County. Steve Jennings, retired Navy chief petty officer, is the veterans servioes representa rive for Plumas and Sierra counties. Jennings is in Loyalton (Social Services Department) on Thursdays at 993-6720 to assist Sierra County veterans and dependent. Foundation offe"rs. * your 5 turkey hunt drawing The Northern California Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and volunteer Mike Morgan are teaming up to offer a youth hunt prize drawing. The winner will hunt turkeys in Northern California for two days with Kristy Titus, co-host of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's award-winning television show "RMEF Team Elk." According to Titus, "There is nothing more rewarding than taking a kid hunting." To win the hunt, kids must be younger than 16 on July 1 and'have a valid California youth hunting license. The winner receives a two-day turkey hunt on a 30,000-acre private ranch guided by Titus and Anderson during the opening youth weekend. The winning youth hunter (and one adult nonhunter) will receive two days lodging and meals, and a mount of his/her turkey donated by Marc Anderson Taxidermy and RMEF. Drawing tickets are $10 each, three for $20, 10 for $50 or 30 for $100. Ticket requests may be sent to RMEF California, Attn: Mike Morgan, 22033 Kimberly Road, Anderson, CA 96007. Morgan can also be reached by email at ballsferrymike@yahoo.com, and by phone at 949-0367. The drawing will be held March 2. Entrants need not be present to win. HOBO "HOBO" is a very handsome neutered male. He is a love and the staff gives him 4 paws up! He's a domestic short hair Tabby & White. GALAXY "GALAXY" is now spayedl She is a independent little thing and would make a good lap cat or mouser. She's an all-around good kitty. She is a domestic short hair black. Our office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8am-5pm. Saturday viewing is by appointment only. Office hours are subject to change due to staffing; calling prior to visiting shelter is recommended. All potential adopters must complete an adoption consultation form and be approved prior to adoption. Adoption fees are $10.00 for dogs and cats, license fee for dogs is $15.00 per year. b Your Local Full Service Pet & Feed Store 283-9605 362 Crescent St. Quiricy (next to Feather River Fitness) "Plumas county Animal Shelter 201 N Mill Creek Road, Quincy, CA 95971" For More Information or to View More Pets, Visit Us at www.petfinder.com J