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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 18, 2015 7B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Washington becomes richer Americans' median income WHERE I STAND include owning a house and was $51,939.00 in 2013. In 2012 ................................................. two cars, sending the kids to our median income was $51,759.00. In 1999, the prerecession peak median American income was $56,436.00. Five years ago the United States Treasury took in $2.1 trillion. Last year our federal government collected a record amount of taxes, just over $3 trillion (Wikipedia, "Household Incomes in America")! Struggling Americans sent more money to Washington than ever before in our nation's history. As Americans' incomes have struggled, stagnated and stalled good old Washington is rolling. What is wrong with this picture? Americans are poorer but Washington is richer. Washington is getting more of hardworking Americans' money so they GLENN MOLLETTE COLUMNIST can determine our lives. Washington now determines our health care, our retirement and care for all of the people who do not want to work. The average American could not survive in retirement without Social Security. Americans need more money, not Washington. Americans are spending their money on food, utilities, mortgages, rent, gasoline, car payments and health care. Granted, recent gasoline prices have helped. After these expenses, there is not much money left over for family excursions, clothes and saving for retirement. The American dream used to college and a two-week vacation each year. By the age of 62 you retired to do what you wanted to do with your life. That's not happening today because Americans don't have enough money. Go to Wal-Mart or McDonald's and you'll see lots of seniors working. People who are 75 years old and occasionally even 80 are working minimum-wage, 30-hour-a-week jobs. A few do it because they need something to do. Most Americans are in those jobs because they need the money -- desperately. Here are some stats: --19 percent of middle-class Americans have zero retirement savings. ---34 percent are not currently saving - Americans become poorer for retirement. ----41 percent of Americans between the ages of 50 and 59 are not currently saving for retirement. Based on the numbers, most retirees will be unable to even retire on 70 percent of their working income. The median savings across all age groups was only $20,000. Housing, health care, food and transportation make up about 65 percent of Americans' spending (Huffington Post, posted Oct. 27, 2014). Combine this with falling incomes over the last decade and you have a poorer America -- but not Washington. What's wrong with this pictur.e? Americans could always cut out a few things to save money, but what? Some Americans polled by Daffy Finance said they could curtail eating out, buy fewer clothes, take fewer vacations, give fewer gifts, buy fewer groceries and cut back on entertainment. Twelve percent of those polled said they would not make any cuts and are spending like there is no tomorrow. Americans need better jobs that pay more money. Working at fast food restaurants and in retail have never provided us with comfortable incomes. We need progressive industry. We need to continue on our path to being the world's energy provider. However, we must lead the world in clean energy. We can learn how to use fossil fuels more cleanly but we are not there yet. We should learn how because we have a lot ofoil and coal. However, we must become the world leaders in using wind and solar energy. We are on our way and this is not the time to stop. We must go back to making everything that China makes, from clothes to furniture to electronics. The auto industry exports our cars to other countries and then brings those earnings back to America. We have to go back to work in this country. We have to sell our products to the 95 percent of the world's population that does not live in America. We have to stop penalizing people and corporations for being successful. It is time to cut the corporate tax rate to 15 percent and lower taxes for all Americans. Washington does not need more money, Americans do. Dr. Glum Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and a uthor. He is read in a1150 states. LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per person will be published; only one letter per person per month 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 Mavis has our vote Let's seel th6Kennedys, Clintons and the BuShes are examples of past elected officials who are related. As long as Mavis Somers has no felonies, communistic tendencies or actively practices witchcraft, she has my vote. Mavis is very civic minded. When was the last time you attended a community event where she hasn't carved a wooden figurine or chest for auction? Most likely the event decor was also some of her work. Bernie Madoff ran the biggest Ponzi scheme on record. Did the banking industry and Wall Street fire or recall everyone who worked for him? No. We wouldn't have to measure Mavis' value if it weren't for this "pointless recall." You have our vote. Darrell D. Whitey Greenville Vote yes on IVCSD recall -- here's why The vote no on the recall folks claim that the recall is a senseless waste of Indian Valley Community Services District money, what they don't say is that ff the directors had done the honorable thing, stepping down as community members requested, the recall would have been unnecessary. It was only after the recall effort gained enough petition signatures to bring it to a vote that two of the three named directors resigned. It is the IVCSD directors who failed to resign early on that bear the burden of this cost to the district, not the communiW members. Note that the vote no on the Supervisor Simpson wrote an Importance of telling the recall campaign is led by opinion piece against hiring truth Mavis Somers, wife of a CAO. I respectfully During my life's education director Brad Smith -- the disagree with Supervisor by America's "Greatest one holdout who has yet to Simpson. Generation," several mantras resign. Somers is also Feather River College has a were taught to me. Such campaigning to be a board CAO, called a president, who un-American ideas as member, works for a board. Plumas"Children should be seen, not The vote no folks claim the Bank has a CAO, called a heard," ",Don't run with recall has nothing to do with president, who works for a scissors," "Give a liar enough selling Round Valley water, board. Plumas-Sierra Rural rope, and he will hang what? These three directors Electric Cooperative has a himself." were on the board when the CAO, called a general That last one vas my pop's transfer was approved and it manager, who works for a favorite. He felt that, as a liar will be on the table again, board. Plumas District lays more "rope" he will Selling our assets to make up Hospital and Eastern Plumas eventually get tangled in his for their losses. Health Care have CAOs, own rope, and hang himself. These directors were too called administrators, who whether that ideal was busy with "other things" to both work for a board. All of accurate or not, or whether it notice over half a million these successful public and holds water today, I couldn't ' donars walk out the door. private institutions are say. Seems like a good tale They were too busy to do the models for successful today has tremendous effect math on the new water relationships between a CAO on all of us, and the rope is treatment plant beforehand, and a board, around the wrong necks, wasting $2.4 million on a Recently two supervisors choking the truth to death. facility that was used for 18 voted no on a request to Quite some time before months, purchase two vehicles for one America's Greatest Now pumping county department. Why? Generation, a president groundwater. Have they done They said they needed more advised our government to the math? Will they overdraft information. A CAO could bring the truth to the the aquifer leading to prepare a board package to American people: That in so subsidence and collapse as be delivered to board doing "the people" could has happened around the members prior to each board handle any crisis. He state? Unknown liabilities meeting. Supervisors would reiterated "the important and costs? What about the attend meetings informed thing is to bring them the drought? Perhaps they and prepared to make truth." should be "banking" Round important decisions. He was assassinated. Valley water and use it to Who do department heads No lie. recharge the aquifer that report to, five different Ed Laurie they are pumping, supervisors? who provides Graeagle Please vote yes on the annual performance recall and vote for directors evaluations to departmentIt's about profit Mina Admire, Phil Shannon heads, five different The Graeagle Water Co. and Robert Heard. supervisors? rate hike will appear on the Michael Meuser while I understand California Public Utilities GreenvilleSupervisor Simpson's Commission agenda on April concerns, I do not agree.9. The resolution is for a rate Food processor permission The board needs to hire ahike of 40 percent resulting Over the past month I have CAO. in $179,133 in additional read (in Feather Publishing After hiring a CAO the revenue. Download and read newspapers) numerous board needs to clearly the resolution from stories and opinions identify clear channels of The concerning Plumas County communication between thecover page instructs how to government, specifically the board and CAO for internal submit public comments, Board of Supervisors. This communications, external which are due on or before week when I read that Sheriff communications and March 26. Hagwood had to go before the especially how the CAO The resolution states that DOS to get permission to communicates with the the rate hike is to install 282 purchase a mixer, a food board, department heads, meters (60 installations processor, a slicer and a cook county employees and, most annually for four to five top for the county jail I was importantly, the public, years) and to "provide an appalled. Really? Am I to Priorities need to be stated so adequate rate of return on believe that our sheriff and there is no confusion by the new plant investments." Per other department heads have CAO and board and, lastly, the GWC working papers, no line item in their budgets roles and responsibilities each meter installation costs that allows for some must be known by the CAO $700. Of the $179,133, $42,000 discretionary spending? We and every county employee, is for meters and $137,133 must have procurement None of this will happen seemingly is for rate of guidelines for department overnight. But over time return (or, net profit). heads to follow. Do we? If not, Plumas County will be Because GWC is an why not? better managed. There will s-corporation, net profit is Three weeks ago Feather be some bumps in the road, income for 11 very special Publishing wrote on its but we cannot continue stockholders (eight with the opinion page a compelling down the road we are surname of West). argument for the county to currently on. Ratepayers buy the meters hire a county administrative Randy Scurry while the special officer. The next week Blairsden stockholders pocket the Don't sit back and talking for you. let others do the yourself in TO THE email: profit. And what happens after all the meters are installed? Our rates won't decrease. That's all the GWC controller talks about -- profit. Even the resolution is devious. The resolution (page 16) shows where my per meter base rate increases from $20.47 to $31.21 -- a 52.5 percent increase. The water charge increases from $1.29 to $1.96 per cubic foot -- a 48.2 percent increase. That's $62.42 pex bill without using one drop of water. Why can't we spread the installations over 10 years instead of five? That would lower the rate increase to a reasonable level. How about all GWC's 941 customers pay an additional $17.48/month, for one year to directly pay : for all 282 meter installations? The problem is that GWC is a for-profit corporation. It's all about stockholder income. Water is a human right, and nobody should profit from its delivery. The GWC should be dissolved and transformed into a nonprofit water cooperative. Mark Mihevc Graeagle Why shoot to kill? I respect law officers and the difficult career they have chosen. A few things, however, are disturbing about the recent shootings by officers of unarmed African-Americans. Why were all shots aimed to kill? Officers are trained to be excellent marksmen, ff they were afraid for their own safety, they could easily have aimed their shots to render the suspect harmless without killing him. Both the old Roy Rogers and The Lone Ranger films made it very clear that neither of them ever shot to kill. Their aim was to disarm. Of course, these were fiction, but the writers were echoing the sentiment of the time to keep TV violence at a minimum; and, therefore, maintain a less violent society. The "make my day" mentality didn't come until later. In an old Dragnet episode, which was taken from the Los Angeles Police Department's actual files, an officer is suspended for slapping a suspect, who grabbed at his uniform. The hole episode was designed ,to show that an officer of the law should never lose control under duress and never cause undue violence to a suspect. However, I see a much more serious and widespread trend that is taking place in the attitudes and psyches of the American people. Americans are getting used to the idea of racial killings in much the same manner as the old South got used to lynching. Regarding the recent Wisconsin killing of an unarmed man, a short blip about the incident mentioned a protest with a comment like "an old familiar chant." In other words, "Ho hum, what else is new? Just another killing of an African-American by a police officer." Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville I IIIILII IIIIII I II L _L_LL_ I .... Contact your elected officials PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, PRESIDENT,- Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-384 I; FAX: 202-228-3954; TrY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710. Website: U.S. SENATOR- Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 5011 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, IST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076.;; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. 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, 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, IST DIST. - Brian Dahle, 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: 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. t