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lOS Wednesday, April 4, 2001 / l ~n, Prog Bulletin, Progressive, Record, It When the economy began slowing in 1999, the Republican-controlled Congress repeatedly sent the Clinton White House tax-reduction bills. In September 1999, in fact, Clinton re- jected a 10-year, $792 billion tax-reduc- tion plan. And, last year, he vetoed two other tax bills--the end of the mar- riage penalty and the end of the death tax-=both of which enjoyed bi- partisan congressional support. Today, with industry struggling, re- tail sales falling and the stock market seeing troubled times, bipartisan sup- port, this time including the Democra- tic leadership, has emerged for imme- diate tax relief. Both sides agree that a tax-cut stimulus package of at least $60 billion should be put into place soon. Providing the wrong kind of tax re- lief, however, would be comparable to a doctor prescribing the wrong medi- cine to a sick patient. Liberals are backing a redistributionist plan that would have little long-term effect on incentives to work, save and invest. One of the plans proposed by De- mocrats is a proposal that would dis- pense checks to all workers, including the millions who pay zero income tax- es. The emerging twofold Democratic strategy is simple and politically moti- vated. They want to throw their sup- port behind a short-term tax relief, which will not hurt the long-term tax windfalls they want to spend at a later date on programs that have caused the current economic woes. At the same time, they seek to bury President Bush's long-term, growth-oriented plan. In other words, they want to cash in on the popularity of Bush's proposal, while damaging him at the same time. It's the Clinton method of adopting youy enemy's strategy and then acus- ing him of not supporting it. The real solution is simple: Con- gress should get behind the presi- dent's 10-year, $1.6 trillion tax-cut plan. Fea g f spaper Michael C. Taborski Publisher Keri B. Taborski Legal Advertising Department Debra Coates. Managing Editor Alicia Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terri Nacar Portola Editor Christi Sevtap Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Jenette Meneely News Proofreader, Kid's Page Editor Staff writers Dave Keller, Gall Brown, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Woody Morgan, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams. Lately, watching the board of supervisors is worth buying a There was a time when I was the new kid on the block. Not anymore. Now, when I cover the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, I realize I have more tenure than anyone on the board--except Robert Meacher. It's the same when I cover the school board--only Kathy Price has been there longer. I have now been covering both entities for eight years, which translates into two terms if I were elected. I think it's probably a good thing I'm appointed instead. I haven't run for office since I was elected student body secretary at St. Mary's College. Actually, life hasn't changed much since then. I sit through the meetings, take notes, then try to make sense of what happened in some kind of logical, coherent or- COATES MANAGING EDITOR dee Given the tenor of some of the meetings I now cover, that's no small feat. Watching the board of supervi- sors is more entertaining than most movies. Recently, in a particularly barbed exchange between super- visors B.J. Pearson and Bill Den- nison, I almost felt guilty that I didn't have to pay the price of ad- mission. While I hope the hostility does not escalate between the board Photo courtesy of the Plumas County Museum No one noted what the tqpeclul mca en was, F.die and IRecn Penm=m had am OlP I =tunity to deck them=elves out for n special photo semdon in about :Mlao, A clal colorizing technique was used on the originals, turning one hat pink, and adding accents to the other. ETCALJ: STAFF WRITER l members, a difference of is refreshing. Split votes independence of thought. : There was a time when the school board believed every voteMItl should be unanimous--that the, !mlnlE c board members needed to show united front I disagree. WENT It's nice to see some indepen- ---- dent thinking and know how elected ofrmials actually feel about an issue. Because I have been covering the boards longer than most of those seated at the table, I often Emd myself knowing more than some of the board members do most issues. I've testified in federal court cause my record of events was more complete than other sources. C udec When it comes to the supervi: b sots, there are two people besid u - JIIV~ Meacher and myself who can pr e bt vide a historical perspective--- County Administrative Officer m-- Jim Stretch and County Coun Rob Shulman Now Stretch will " aelin, be gone. I believe that our newspaper ers, a ph01 had something to do with his re., one k ignation, and for that I am sorr a Stretch was a very talented ad-montt mmzstrator," " and though_I don't. ._ ! '0r op agree with every action ne tOOK, ited believe he guided this county t. An, well is wifi ff he had too much control, it'sdeadli " ars Ill, because he was allowed to nave ' , , ler Pu ff he wasn t popular, that s the = t, nature of his position. The CAO is the liaison between other "don't shoot the messene" fitsa this scenario perfectly. -- Ias Wq I f'md it interesting that wnen li at told a few people that Stretch ha ]]s resigned, they expressed sur- ta prise, but also admitted that the re' wouldn't recognize him if they e shin saw him on the street. So much e so for the monster he has been DotJ ene lubt trayed by some to be. lone. With Stretch gone, and two tha brand new supervisors on the lgenc: board, it will be left to Meacher, nOder ito Dennison and Clark to provide to be the continuity, ed b3 But, Dennison is on a short lis}ies. - eist of candidates for a job in Wash- nissi ington, D.C. one Those who follow county gov- gulat, ernment know that Dennison :c. plays a key role on the board an Seo takes the lead in many areas. !ey aj , hou] His loss, on top of Stretch s de-u parture, would be perilous for future of this county. I hope he :. ha,, opts to stay at home. tt is Besides, on a purely selfish . of co note, Tuesdays have become a a sc more entertaining lately. And, ing e without Dennison, I'm not sure ota, who would spar with Pearson. lea hey I ant read reports and no doubt seen pho- - ful clothes, who was about t to u tos of Stephanie as she's grown and adopted.- hug changed, upon our meeting for the The little girl the social first time, I just fell apart, knew isn't visible any longer.hth W t gove Here was the social worker who still lurks inside, ho ever, and b- " knew Stephanie at the very begin- means there are years more ning of her stay in child care ser- ahead, tor u vices. She worked with the child m, But it was a beautiful day, ~o tOil, r In an emotionally charged cere- who wasn't accustomed to civiliza- was nearly over and spring mony, my husband, Tom, and I tion as most of us know it. She was showing promises of itself adopted our daughter last month, the one who took her for rides, sunshine and warming air. We hadn't intended it to be an talked with her, took her places so Many friends and family me2e a emotional time--no sad poems, no.she could begin to discover what gathered as Judge Garrett I one talking about the struggle it's the world around her was really said the magic words that been--but the tears and deep gulps about. ' a legal family. The actual for air were there, nonetheless.When Stephanie arrived and the formed long ago, but it was n a__e I was fine--frantic about food, two hugged one another, I couldn't hear the words he had writte o cake, flowers and arrivals, until I begin to realize everything that met the woman who originally must have run through that thank special people for their[ helped save the little five-year-old woman's mind, but it gave me a sideration, and watch as who has become our daughter, quick look at how far we've comeproudly stood before her audi g with this child in two years, not a bit afraid of anyoneir ,o She traveled for hours to attendHere was a healthy, shiny-haired, adding her own brand of h$ the adoption, and although she's successful child, dressed in wonder- we'll all remember.