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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11B SIMPSON, from page 9B recommendation from a hired CAO, without taking an interest or asking some questions? Why shouldn't the five elected supervisors do some of their own homework? The CAO is a middleman between the Board of Supervisors and the county department heads. I would ask any county supervisor to ask these questions before hiring a CAO: Should a county supervisor rely only on a . recommendation from a CAO who filters the information on up to him/her? Or should a county supervisor feel free to pick up the phone, visit a department and find out the information for his/herself if need be? What if the CAO does not give you all the information, but has another agenda? What if the CAO personally does not like a county department head and portrays him/her in a negative light to the supervisors through a bad evaluation? What if a county department head goes around the CAO directly to a county supervisor and the CAO retaliates because he/she has then lost control? While CAGe are supposed to remain neutral and stay clear of politics they are just as susceptible to become influenced by a one county supervisor, another elected official, a favorite department head or a private industry person. They are also in a position to become very powerful and be able to become the decision-making person for the county if the Board of Supervisors becomes complacent. ' We hire our department heads to run their departments. Shouldn't they be allowed to report and communicate to the BOS directly with an open line of communication at a BOS meeting telling of accomplishments and upcoming events or must we funnel all this through a CAO? After all, we hired them to run a department in a small county. Our current budget officer is one of the hired consultants critically spoken as hired as a waste of money. I disagree with that statement. I have never seen a budget so clear and easy to understand presented in public as by this consultant. Why should it all be done behind the scenes? Why not let the public see the line-by-line review of their taxpayer dollars in public? We have a human resources director who is a longtime, vastly experienced county employee. She has been instrumental in many successful recruitments of department heads with her many available resources and has saved the county money in the process. Why is she given no credit for her hard work in personnel matters? There is a place for a CAb position in the county and the BOS should consider hiring one in the future. The CAO is a highly controversial, highly political and highly paid position -- finding someone who is willing to get out there to actually supervise the county departments heads, visit them at their departments, work with the community and stay out of the politics is a challenge. Just check the revolving door of county CAOs in other counties; we supervisors know what is going on when we get introduced to the new CAO of another county, and wonder what happened to the last one. The public should weigh in on whether we should hire a CAO or perhaps fill some of the short-staffed departments first. If the BOS is expected to regress back to already-decided, closed-door decision making, and expected tojust show up for a yes or no vote, based on a CAO recommendation, with no discussion or questions in a public meeting, then I want no part of that government. After 24 years of serving the public, this is where I stand. LETTERS, from page 9B Electrosmog Wireless broadband may be relatively cheap and quick (Grizzly Lake gets fast Internet) but it's certainly not a "plus-plus for everybody." There are serious and well-documented security, speed and reliability issues with wireless compared to fiber optic. A growing body of peer-reviewed science also demonstrates increasing human health and ecological harm from microwave RF "electrosmog." Former President of the California Public Utilities Commission Michael Peevey -- who forced smart meters on Californians and is currently under federal and state investigation for bribery and corruption -- has admitted that RF does in fact cause pain and electro-sensitivity. I note that the proposed area for the antenna(s) near Lake Davis is within the nesting area for flammulated owls and other precious wildlife, not to mention human residents and visitors. In a published study, scientists found that chicks exposed to RF suffered "abnormal weight of hatchlings (and) incidences of abnormalities and mortality." "Guinea pigs" is exactly what the community become if .we a)low P1umas-sierra Rural Electric Cooperative to do the quick and dirty thing and fail to make the long-term investment in the community that extending fiber optic throughout the county represents. Wireless may ultimately come at a higher price than wired. It's been a year since PSREC cut off electricity to our family after we spoke out about the dangers of their AMR smart meters. PSREC continues to deprive the "cooperative" of hundreds of dollars in revenue a year-- and our family of electricity-- by refusing to do the reasonable and lawful thing and reconnect our household with a safe analog meter. Links to the 2011 World Health Organization's classification of all wireless devices as "possibly carcinogenic," and reports from other health agencies are available at ce. Let's get the tech, but please, let's not wreck the rec. Josh Hart Portola Coach's wisdom I For many decades I've ! admired John Madden's skills as a coach and as an announcer. He did an incomparable job with the I telestrater diagram and description of the turducken. ! Two of his pearls of wisdom i during one Monday Night Football game were, "Winning is the best deodorant," and "What you put up with when you are winning you also have to live with when you lose." The first implies that the internal squabbles, jealousies and heated arguments get smoothed over when the team is winning, as the Raiders usually were in the Madden era. The second quote suggests that if the coach is aware of, or Madden I've read and enjoyed a paperback biography of Ken Stabler's high school, college and professional career. Suffice to say, it wasn't exactly a model of appropriate behavior that we would encourage in our local high schools. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills More taxes As we woke up Jan. 1 to a new year, we also woke to a new tax. A new 10-cent-a-gallon tax on gas. We did not feel it because of lower gas prices. This gas tax will go to 76 cents per gallon, and you take two 5-gallon gas cans to the gas station to fill up, you will pay $7.60 more for that gas. I feel sorry for those who still commute to work. They will really feel this tax. As George Runner, our member of the Board of Equalization, wrote in the Feb. 18 newspaper, there are several more taxes coming. 1. $10 billion tax on services, haircuts, movie tickets, bank transactions. I guess when I put money in the bank or take it out, I will be taxed. 2. $1.8 billion road user charge, this will cost us $52 each. 3. A tax on the number of miles you drive. I thought we paid a road tax on every gallon of gas we bought. This sounds like doub!,taxation to me. The Legislfi u e fiifist-thihk this is OK, because for one of these, they don't use tax or fee, it is a charge. The lawyers are gong to have fun with this word game. When is enough enough? The Legislature thinks never; I think now. Overtaxation, regulation, fees, permits for everything, 700- 1,100 new laws every year are some of the reasons I support the state of Jefferson. Some say don't split the state, fix it. But the majority of the Legislature cannot, or will not hear the grievances of us who live in rural California. The time has come for rural northern California to separate, no, the stronger word, secede from the state of California. What do you think? Troy Rittgers Twain Looks can be deceiving Building codes are established to keep both the public and private sectors safe. The NEC (National Electric Code) Table 300-5 sets the minimum coverage at 18 inches to grade level of all nonmetallic conduit that holds wiring to wells, swimming pools, etc. That is determined to be the safest for the public. Anything other than that depth would be , considered to be negligent should anyone become electrocuted due to sucll a lapse of code compliance. People "bootleg" in many upgrades in order to keep from having a county inspector involved. To pay for a permit to upgrade causes property tax to go up a bit. Having a code to comply with in the case of an electrical upgrade would be a good thing. It would protect not only the public, but also the owner, in case of electrocution. Also, foundation upgrades require a permit, due to the required rebar that needs to be strongly suspects that a group present in the footing. of his players are out In the case of rentals in "clubbin'" and it doesn't bother California, many causes for i the coach while the team is uninhabitability occur. There winning; then it gets pretty are landlords that refuse to I tough after two consecutive repair or replace broken i losses to say, "Now everyone windows; have too few electric goes straight home after circuits in the dwelling, practice and studies their causing thrown breakers when playbook until they fall asleep." using portable appliances; In addition to the wisdom of stairs that are too steep in pitch, causing fails; exposed wires to nonpermitted electrical upgrades; spongy stringers under the house where dry rot has occurred; siding that is pulling away and damp underneath, which attracts bugs or a place for mold to occur; trees with trunks the size of 55-gallon drums that are completely rotted and pose a death hazard to occupants. It is a very good idea, when looking to rent a house, to have a trusted contractor or inspector come .with you in order to make a sound decision whether to rent or just walk away from a dwelling. Just because it looks good on the outside doesn't mean it isn't just a polished stool sample on the inside. Rosemary Key-Barnes Indian Valley The rest of the story I read with great interest that our beloved president stated publicly that Muslims built "the very fabric of our nation." My understanding of the fabric of a nation is the creation of culture, establishment of schools, writing the Constitution and, in general, contributing to society the benefits which we claim were granted by God and the laws of the land. If you do not believe in God, at least give credit to the .... fathers this nation. ....... : It seems appropriate to discuss the contributions of the Muslims. I figured it out. They came with their camels and donkeys across the Sahara Desert and landed in Sot th America, some place. From there they crossed the Suez Canal, went north as far as Mexico and found that the borders to the USA were open. They crossed part of the USA and landed at Plymouth Rock where they met the passengers of the Mayflower. They smoked their Camels, ate the donkeys and tried to enslave the Indians. The Indians revolted and drove the Muslims back to their homeland. Most of them were killed, but they kept their beards. The Pilgrims were delighted and very thankful and threw a big party with the Indians as special guests. The main course was turkey, and to this day we celebrate Thanksgiving with turkey as the main course. Much time was wasted on the search for achievements and contributions of the Muslims to the building of the "very fabric of our nation." None were found, except that the Pilgrims and Indians contributed to the initial "fabric" of our nation. As the man stated, "Now you know the rest of the story." Jan Klement Quincy Love of country Barack Obama was elected president twice. He has done his best to give Americans the support and comforts they deserve. The tea party has done its best to thwart his efforts to help our citizens. Giuliani has made a claim that Obama does not love America. when explaining what he meant, without taking back his claim, in a contradictory statement, he said he was sure Obama is a patriot but Obama does not say he loves America enough. Giuliani cited Reagan and Clinton as being presidents who did say they loved America. Does that mean that if we don't say we love America enough that we don't love America? Saying it does not make it so. In any case, the statement falls into the category of an unfounded personal attack. He made his comments at an ultra-conservative gathering featuring Scott Walker. On Fox, Scott Walker, in a true politician's evasive style, had recently stooped to name-cailing against his critics, indulging in irrelevant rhetoric without addressing himself to the point in question and then shifting to an empty gratuitous barrage against Obama. Walker's recent comments continue to disgrace him and his party. Who loves his country more than!Obama, wh0 against ..... overwhelming expenditures by wealthy adversaries, also known as the I percent, stoically continues to work for the good of 100 percent of our citizens? Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Obama's personality disorder To understand our president's obliviousness to the atrocities and terror confronting the world and the role America must play in defeating that movement and his belief that he can rewrite law, bypass Congress and the courts, and impose his policies on the American people at will, one must understand his personality. A careful look at the following goes a long way toward explaining the president's policies and actions (or in some cases, lack thereof). Excerpts (sometimes paraphrased) are from rcissistic-personality-disorder-s ymptoms. A person with narcissistic personality disorder: Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements). Believes (he is) superior, I LOOKED INTO HER EYES I looked into her eyes and said her name; She bowed her graceful head and murmured mine. I took her tiny hands and bowed the same; I squeezed and she squeezed back as though a sign. She gently freed her hands and backed away. I stood and stared and felt the tension grow; She raised her head as if she wished to say A word of comfort but a timid "no." I turned to walk away and heard a sigh. She asked for me to wait until she knew When then she'd give to me a frank reply Of "yes" or just a simple, sad "adieu." And when her heart-shaped lips agreed to be my wife, I understood the meaning of my mortal life. Salvatore (Sam) Catalano February 17, 2015 special, or unique and expects others to recognize (him) as such. Expects to be catered to and (is) puzzled or furious when this does not happen. Often displays snobbish, disdainful or patronizing attitudes. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance... Believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people. Requires excessive admiration. Has a very strong sense of entitlement, e.g., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations. Expects to be given whatever they want or feel they need, no matter what it might mean to others. Is exploitative of others, e.g., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends. Lacks empathy, e.g., is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others. Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes. Unfortunately for America, our constitutional republic and those we could be helping around the world, this description fits Obama like a glove. God help US. ...... L nn Desjardin Portola Get ready for more taxes I just read, to no surprise, two-thirds of Fresno business owners want to leave the state. This should be a front-page story. Imagine, two-thirds of business owners not merely want to leave a city-- but they want to leave the state of California. when our confused Gov. Brown crows about a "recovery," what is he smoking? This is an example of the problems facing the state. Those who have succeeded want out. It seems that 67 percent of Fresno County business owners who participated in its annual Small Business Economic Survey are planning to relocate outside of California. while the figure is triple the state average, most Fresno County owners cite being closer to family as the primary reason for planning a move, while most owners statewide cite tax burdens. If you didn't already know, be aware of Senate Bill 8; it's a game changer for everyone in California. If this bill is signed into law you'll want to pack too. SB 8 will be a tax on services. Will FedEx, UPS and Amazon be forced to tax you for the delivery service? Yup. Taxes remain a challenge for small business owners, especially in California. Here are some examples of SB-B fallout Hire an attorney, pay a sales tax. Get dance or yoga lessons? Pay a sales tax. Use a plumber, pay a sales tax. The cost of living in California is going to go up dramatically. Corporations will be hit hard, forced to pay a sales tax on the use of attorneys and financial advi-s . This will raise the cost of doing business by 8 percent or more in California-- think we can survive that? The consumer will pay for it all; as inflation creeps into your daily lives. What was the price of a dozen eggs a year ago? Trent Saxton Lake Davis COMING SOON TO TOWN HALL THEATRE During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting "ruring himself 'on charges of 'gross indecency', an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality--little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, The Imitation Game follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives. 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