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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11B LETTERS, from page 9B Mr. Kennedy, please allow me to remind you that you have all the time there is. No one has any more or any less. We all have the same amount of time. Ignorance or arrogance? Although not mutually exclusive, I now know the one I'd bet on. J. Richardson Graeagle Kennedy works hard for us What has Supervisor Kennedy done in the areas of health care, fire and education? Health Care: Last year Portola's hospital was in danger of closing because of the state's reduction in MediCal payments and its demand for a $2.4 million re-payment of MediCal reimbursements. Kennedy, along with EPHC administrator Tom Hayes and hospital PR Coordinator Linda Satchwell, made several trips to Sacramento and co-authored a state bill that ultimately saved Portola's hospital (and several other rural hospitals) from closing. Fire Safety: As someone with experience as both a paid and volunteer firefighter, Kennedy knows firsthand the importance of fire safety and prevention. With his fellow supervisors, he addressed the issue of fire protection for neighborhoods outside a fire protection district. They support a tax-sharing agreement between fire districts and the county for any neighborhoods they annex. He has a good relationship with CalFire reps who will be in the county offering educational inspections to homeowners. Education: Kennedy is a huge supporter of our schools. I taught in Portola for 27 years. Kennedy was the first supervisor to take on a school superintendent and the budget when former superintendent Glenn Harris disregarded school staffs' and parents' demands for a transparent, comprehensible budget. Harris was planning the consolidation of PUSD's high schools into one school in Quincy, citing "budget shortfalls" -- despite PUSD having a huge budget reser.ve. Kennedy meticulously went through the budget, researched Harris's past practices in former districts and helped a movement that resulted in Harris's welcome resignation. He is still working to make the almost-indecipherable school budget reader-friendly. Locally he is a parent driver/chaperone for the football, basketball and baseball teams, and a fixture at most school activities. And his part-time consulting for Susanville and Portola? He is one of the hundreds of parents in this county who findmultiple jobs necessary to provide for, their families. Past District 5 Supervisors have also had other jobs. Jeanne Tansey Blairsden PSREC sends wrong message Plumas Sierra Rural Electric Company's logo is Improving Quality of Life in Our Community. After having been informed with regards to Mr. Hart's appeal to replace the smart meters in his home, and then having his electricity cut off because of his appeal, I would suggest that you redo your logo to state: Improving The Quality Of Life For Some Members In Our Community! John K. Probst Quincy What is PSREC trying to hide? IfPSREC General Manager Bob Marshall is a "public official" as your headline stated last week, then PSREC meetings are public meetings and the public has a right to record what goes on at them. PSREC can't have it both ways -- pretending to be a "cooperative" responsive to the public and then flying into a rage when someone tries to videotape their meeting so the public can see what is really going on. In last week's paper, Mr. Marshall is quoted as saying, "we have a short fuse about being denied access to our meters." Well, Mr. Marshall definitely has a short fuse. But since we have never denied them access to their meters for reading or maintenance purposes, he must be confusing us with someone else. Maybe he means that we did not allow them to install a device tha.t a letter from my physician says is medically harmful to me. This is hardly the same thing as denying access to the meter. To make matters worse, last Tuesday we caught a PSREC energy services manager -- likely under direction from Mr. Marshall -- discussing our account with total strangers and' providing false information to make us look bad. Isn't it pretty clear by now that these illegal extortionate fees, the lies and the coercion are intended to be payback for our awareness raising activities in the county? Why else would we be charged a fee when hundreds of other PSREC customers are self-reading their analog meters at no extra charge? If anything, this incident should make PSREC customers wary of that meter on the side of their homes. IfPSREC is willing to go to such lengths to silence and coerce a community health advocate raising safety problems with their meters, what are they trying so desperately to hide? Josh Hart Clio Dumb decisions Here we go again, another rate hike in electricity. Perfect excuse again, blame it on the drought. In reality, it's the over-paid managers with their dumb-dumb decisions. Remember the Verizon store? So much was spent and that ended up being a $50,000 loss. Their wireless Internet? So much was spent and that didn't work out, presenting their board members with a list of 8,000 business phone numbers of potential customers for the new fiber line. Really. Does the local burger joint, hair salon, transfer station really need fiber for Internet? This is the reality of another rate hike to cover these decisions. By the way, the manager making these decisions, making at least $112,000 a year. For what? M. M. O'Rielly Cromberg Dr. King was right "If you like your insurance, you can keep yourinsurance, period. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor." 00ATTY (530) 283-2035 P.O. Box 1369 QUINCY, CA 95971 LIC. #453927 The Staff at Northeastern Rural Health Clinics express appreciation for our doctor's commitment and compassion. Happy Doctors Day! John Dozier, MD 00ii!iii!ilj Paul Holmes, MD Paul Davaines, MD Richard Carlton, MD Steven Braatz, MD Northeastern Rural Health CliniCs, inc. 1850 Spring Ridge Drive Susanville (next to Banner Lassen Medical Center) 251-5000 A service of Northeastern Rural Health Clinics Quality Healthcare, Your Choice... Our Commitment "The IRS targeting scandal had not even a smidgen of corruption." "Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency." "...a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world." Dr. King was right. We should judge a person by his character, not the color of his skin. Lynn Desjardin " Portola Opposite effect In a novel effort to control atomic weapons, Ukraine surrendered the third-largest inventory in exchange for the protection of its borders. Common sense seems to transcend centuries, whether it be muskets or nukes. "Firearms are second only to the constitution in importance, they are the people's liberty's teeth." (George Washington.) "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and will lose both." (Ben Franklin.) Considering the Ukrainian experiment, the stalled Syrian disarmament and Iran's ruse of developing a "safe" nuclear source ma be an unintended side effect of what seems to be a worthy goal. Brian Luce Portola Just wondering The March 12 edition of the newspaper contained a letter asserting that a statement made at a Portola City Council meeting showed prejudice and demanded a resigaation. A news report in the March 19 edition explained that the statement was from an e-mail that the council member wanted no part of. So my question is this: Was there any gesture of contrition? Something like: "Whoops, my bad, I didn't understand the context in which the statement was made." Anything to that effect? Just wondering. Oene Nielsen Crescent Mills No on Measure Why is Measure A so costly? Chester Fire annual assessment -- $95 improved and $75 unimproved. Hamilton Branch annual assessment -- $108. Lake Almar/or West PUD (Fire) annual assessment -- $195. Proposed Peninsula Fire Department annual assessment -- $295 improved and $280 unimproved. Do you want a 50 percent increase in your fire fees that are not tax deductible? Are you on social security, how much of an increase did you get? (1 percent) to Peninsula Fire 50 percent increase ! Sixty-six percent of all calls are medical which should be reimbursed by insurance or collected from the patient. Vote no on Measure A. 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