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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, March 31, 2010 11B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Creating a healthy environment for children is the focus in April WHERE I STAND ELLEN VlEIRA C HAIRWOMAN PLUMAS CHILDREN'S COUNCIL "The children are our fu- ture." We have all heard that so often. They are that, but they are also our joy and our responsibility. Plumas County is fortunate to have so many people will. ing to give their time and money to help our children in these challenging times. April is national Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. Throughout Califor- nia, and the nation, events and activities are being planned. The Plumas Children's Council wants to remind everyone "It only takes a minute to make a difference in the life of a child." Tuesday, April 6, the Plumas Children Council will ask the Plumas County Board of Supervisors to sign a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Preven- tion Awareness Month in Plumas County. Locally, the Plumas Chil- dren's Council is a coalition of government and nonprofit agencies along with local par- ents who promote and coordi- nate programs to ensure'that all families and children in our county are healthy and safe. Property owners in Plumas County can also help the Plumas Children's Council in its efforts to strengthen the lives of children and families. April's property tax bill gives everyone the opportunity to contribute to local child abuse prevention programs. This is a good time to thank those who took a mo- ment last year to send a check for the Children's Trust Fund along with their tax payments. They made a $10,000 difference in 2009. Please, help support this work by sending in the dona- tion requested on the blue form in your April property tax bill. The council will extend our observance of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month to May 15 with our 23rd Children's Fair. Local organizations and businesses will come together for a cele- ' bration of families at the fair- grounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Events, games, food and en- tertainment are free or low cost. It's not only a day of fun; the Children's Fair is a chance to learn more about the wide variety of services available for children and families in Plumas County. Parents are children's first teachers, but not their only teachers. Childcare providers, teachers, doctors, neighbors, coaches, pastors and grandparents all influ- ence children as well. The quality and stability of young children's relationships af- fect virtually all aspects of their development. Children learn a lot in their early years: respect for themselves and others, right from wrong, and how to get along with each other. All the people they meet have a chance to help reinforce their learning and to influence their long-term development. When children are sur- rounded by secure relation- ships and joyful experiences, they incorporate these expe- riences to become confident, caring adults who are con- tributing members of society. However, if they are sur- rounded by violence and don't feel safe, or are given little intellectual or emotion- al support, it is much more difficult for them to grow up healthy. As members of the commu- nity, we should each ask our- selves if we are providing the type of environment that al- lows our children to grow in- to citizens who can give back to their communities. Throughout Plumas County, there are programs and services available to help adults become supportive, healthy parents. Plumas County's resource centers, located in each community, help refer families to home visiting programs, parenting classes and parent support groups, along with other useful pro- grams and information. Individuals, as well as agencies, are making a differ- ence in the lives of our chil- dren. Communities are work- ing together to prevent prob- lems before they start by de- veloping neighborhood ties that bring people together. If you would like morein- formation about the Chil- dren's Fair or about prevent- ing child abuse in Plumas County, call 283-5333. Assembly Republicans propose putting California jobs first WHERE I STAND seventh worst for lawsuit ............................................................................... abuse. DAN LOGUE In recent months, my As- ASSEMBLYMAN With our state's unemploy- ment rate now 12.5 percent -- and 2.26 million people out of work -- there is no priority more pressing for the Legis- lature today than putting California jobs first again. As a former small business owner myself, I know first- hand just how difficult it is to create and retain jobs in our state. According to Forbes magazine, California's job creators are forced to pay the highest business costs in the country and bear the third- costliest business tax climate nationwide, while enduring the constant threat of junk lawsuits in a state ranked the sembly Republican col- leagues and I have heard from business owners across the state as to the challenges they face in keeping their doors open in California. We even traveled across state lines to Reno, Nev., to hear why businesses relocated out of our state. Their answer was the same -- expensive mandates, bur- densome regulations, high taxes and fees, and down- right hostility from state gov- ernment drove them away. It's no wonder businesses that should be flourishing in Californi 0 are expanding op- erations in other states. We have recently seen business- es like Mia Sole, a Silicon Valley manufacturer of solar panels, social networking gi- ant Facebook, and aerospace giant Northrup Grumman look to expand outside of Cal- ifornia when they should be keeping these jobs here. As vice-chair of the Assem- bly Committee on Jobs, Eco- nomic Development and the Economy, I believe it's a tragedy California is losing jobs to other states -- and even other countries -- be- cause of high costs, expen- sive mandates and govern- ment overspending imposed by the Legislature. If we are ever going to get our economy back on track, and bring in the revenue that we desire to help close our $20.7 billion budget deficit, then lawmakers in Sacra- mento must focus on bring- ing back jobs. That's why Assembly Re- publicans have introduced a package of common-sense measures that will do just that: Make California more competitive so we can get people back to work. Republicans have intro- duced an extensive package of pro-jobs measures that will stop the irrational regu- lations that are driving busi- nesses and jobs away and lower the cost of doing busi- ness in our state. The goal is to inspire job creators to come back to California, in- vest in our state, and hire out-of-work Californians. You can review the mea- sures introduced as part of the Assembly Republican "California Jobs First" pack- age by visiting cajobs- Our first bill is a measure I have authored, Assembly Bill 1833, requiring state agencies to conduct a thor- ough economic impact report before adopting, amending or repealing any state regula- tion. I believe that reviewing every piece of legislation and every state regulation for its impact on jobs is just plain common sense. But the answer to Califor- nia's jobs crisis is not new government programs, more government jobs and raising taxes, as Democrats have proposed. The solution is to restore a pro-growth econom- ic climate in California that encourages the creation of more private-sector jobs. Only by passing our Califor- nia Jobs First bill package can we do that. I am hopeful Democrats will join with Republicarfs to do the right thing by passing our California Jobs First bill package, but we need your help to make this a reality. Visit our California Jobs First website today- cajobs- -- and make your voice heard. Only when you, the hard- working Californians who are losing opportunity be- cause of misguided action by the Legislature, add your voice to the debate and de- mand to bring back jobs will we succeed in turning our economy around and getting people back to work. Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Linda, is vice-chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy, and represents the 3rd Assembly District in the California Legislature. LETTERS to the EDITOR, ............. .=,.,, ............ .......... >.:, .... . a  Guidel'ines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week, per person and only one letter per person, per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words. The ed- itor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words.The deadline is Friday ! at 3 p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed at Personal kindness Although we are always ap- preciative of the work done by our Plumas County Sher- iiFs Office, we were recently the recipients of an especially thoughtful gesture by one of its finest deputies. While coming home from a trip last week, one of our tires went flat on a narrow and curvy section of Highway 70. Luckily, the traffic was light and we were able to dri- ve very slowly until we could pull over safely. Shortly after getting out of our SUV and trying to deter- mine how we should deal with the situation, a car passed by, then turned around and came back. The driver asked if he could assist us. He indicated that he was a deputy sheriff, presently off duty. We gladly welcomed the help as it was dark and we were quite tired. As he removed the flat tire and "unwedged" the spare from beneath the vehicle (not an easy task), we learned that his name was Shawn Webb. As he worked, we also learned that he had been on the road since 3:30 that morn- ing and was now en route home from an appointment in San Jose. He had additionally taken some time to stop and see a child who had been di- agnosed with a brain tumor. In a heartbeat, we realized that he was the deputy we had read about recently as a result of his own battle with the same disease. Despite voicing our concerns about his continuing to assist, he did so and even followed us into Quincy to be sure we were all right. He did all of this after having been travel- ing for over 18 hours! Shawn Webb is an excel- lent public servant and a very remarkable man. The Plumas County Sheriff's Office is for- tunate to have him among its officers, and this community is fortunate to have him as a resident. We will not forget his personal kindness and have gained an even greater measure of respect for the outstanding service that our local deputies provide. Susan Carroll Scott Carter Graeagle Tragic I relate the following story because it offers insight to corporate America -- to so-called big business -- that most people have little oppor- tunity to acquire. It. occurred about 60 years ago in Detroit, Mich., in the executive conference room of one of that city's "big three" auto manufacturers. About 15 top executives of the compa- ny were seated around the conference table, listening to the president (whom we refer to today as the CEO). I was seated next to him, as an out- side consultant. At issue was an ongoing strike for higher wages by the workers in the various company plants. The president raised his fist and slammed it down hard on the table. "I don't care if the SOBs starve to death," he cried. "I'm not go- ing to give an inch to their de- mands." His audience clapped their hands. I sat silently, ruminating over what he had just said. Although I was a strong con- servative Republican, I didn't like it. I thought the men down in the plants had as much to do with building that corporation as did these top officials, and calling them SOBs was way out of line. That was beginning of my gradual reformation from a Republican to a Democrat. (I should point out here that most corporate officials are Republicans; I met few De- mocrats in my years in the business world.) What was revealed in that meeting was the inner guts of big business: To top execu- tives the enemy is not other corporations -- that is the competition -- the enemy is one's own workers, those peo- ple down in the plants who are forever asking for higher wages. The fat cats sitting around the table each received salaries and bonuses far, far above the income of the worker, yet they were dead against granting the worker a living wage. Recently, the Supreme Court granted corporations the right to give unlimited company money directly to Republican causes ... think what that will mean in com- ing congressional elections. Tragic. Tony Van Hemert Quincy No response Ever think your "Shop Lo- cal" ads may be targeting the wrong audience? I am a true believer that we should sup- port our local merchants; but, on the other hand, the mer- chants must be responsive to our needs. In the past month, I have contacted two "locals," one to repair a TV and the other to get a quote on new shower doors. I did not get a response from either. Maybe you should run ads reminding the "local mer- chants" about good customer service. Jerry Scotti Chester LEGALIZE, from page |0B witchcraft. It will soon follow the trends of all other con- sumer products. Many people are afraid to legalize marijuana for a variety of reasons, but most are simply suffering from the after- shocks of the war on drugs. The facts are simple. Marijuana is already readily avail- able. It's non-addictive and poses no risk of overdose. It presents similar issues to alcohol, which is already legal, but is usually associated with less violent activity. Like prescriptions drugs and booze, it will still be illegal to drive under the influence of the drug and most employers won't let you imbibe it at work. Legalization will lead to large savings and revenues for our state budget, which is in dire condition. Products like cigarettes have actually gone down in use as taxes have been applied and education has increased. Our state will be safer when gang warfare in our cities and at the border with Mexico subsides. Farmers, small business owners and large corporations will profit from the new commodity and will receive a con- siderable head start in cornering the marijuana market be- fore legalization spreads to the rest of the country. Marijuana legalization will make us safer; give us a new tourism attraction; a head start in an exciting new agricul- tural and culinary product -- where our state already excels -- and won't significantly impact the availability of the al- ready prevalent drug. JOURNAL, from page lOB agriculture powered by human hands, animals and commu- nal sharing," he wrote. Then there's another letter writer from West Virginia who wants to know which is better for his No. 9 mower, regular oil or synthetic? There are even letter writers from around the world, in- cluding one from a farmer on the rocky savannah of Africa who expands burro colorings to at least two more than the usual brown or gray -- and one letter was from an English- man who warns of substandard side rings on a stainless steel eggbutt jointed snaffle bit he bought from a Canadian har- ness supplier. Now none of this information really helps me of the brown thumb and no livestock to speak of, though I really did want to buy a team of draft horses after seeing the cavalcade of horses at the fair a few years ago. But it sure has been an entertaining read, especially the ar- ticle on cover crops and plowing. I never knew there was such an art to it. Heck, I thought cover crops just enriched the soil and plowing them under just loosened up the dirt in preparation for planting. I couldn't put the magazine down until I was finished plow- ing, and the next article I have my eye on is about horse log- ging in France, or maybe an educational one about raising geese -- not that I really want to do that or anything. Did I mention the phenomenal advertising section, where there's books about how to raise and train all sorts of farm animals, ads for carriages, collars, cider presses, and I never knew there was such a thing as a belted cow. Interesting. Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA. 95971, (530) 283-6170; (530) 283-6288 - FAX E-Mail: hdividual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, PRESIDENT - Bamck Obama, the White House, 1600 Petmsylvania 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., Washhlgton, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841, FAX: 202-228-3954; TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 E-mail: go to website "" U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 I St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart Bldg., Washhgton, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATWE, 4TH DIST. - Tom McClintock. 508 Cmmon HOB, Washhgton, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2511; FAX (202) 225-5444. District office 4230 Douglas Blvd., Suite #200, Granite Bay, CA 95746. (916) 786-5560, FAX: (916) 786-6364 STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Dave Cox (R), District office: 2140 Professional i Dr., #140, Roseville, CA, 95661. (916) 783-8232, FAX (916) 783-5487; OR: State Capital, Room 2068, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324- 2680;; Quincy office: 2094 E. Main St., Quincy, 530-283-3437. FAX 283-3439. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 3RD DIST. - Dan Logue, State Capital, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 319-2003; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 1550 Humboldt Rd., Ste. #4, Chico, CA 95928; (530) 895-4217, FAX (530) 895-4219. GOVERNOR - Arnold Schwarzenegger, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. act#contact