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lOB Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter LETTERS, from page 9B needs several occupations to support his family. If re-elected he said he plans "to carve out more time for his family." Kennedy's life experience has forced him to face challenges. His rivals believe that job creation and sustainability is the real challenge. Kennedy perspective is "government needs to understand it's not a job creator, the private sector is." His perspective is unrealistic in a global economy and Plumas County. Over 40 percent of our jobs are in the public sector. It is the private sector that is the generator of additional revenue for the government. During his term, funding to non-profits, which are economic development organizations, was cut drastically. As a result of revenue reductions for the general fund, critical services have been cut. Kennedy's integrity has been challenged. Accusations of conflict of interest as a consultant to the City of Portola and Lassen County are examples. He and the cityjust terminated the contract since there was no longer a need for his services. Time was of the essence. The contract stipulated 20 hrs/wk of services. I believe he breached the contract. The LAFCo fee negotiation is on the horizon. Kennedy has already stated his opinion. Unethical. The future of the county is in the hands of the voters. Jeff Engel and Jim Judd are seeking office after their children have left their homes and are raising families of their own. They are focusing on job creation for the community, not just themselves. Each has the potential to lead the county in a new direction of prosperity. Larry F. Douglas Portola All hat, no cattle Before I respond to Mrs. Tansey's support of ' Supervisor Kennedy, I would like to extend a respectful thank you to the Tansey and Slavic families for their sponsorship of the Portola Community Supper in December. Regardless of our views on politics or elected representatives, we should all respect and say thank you for individudl acts benefiting our community. Returning to politics, you state that Supervisor Kennedy co-authored state legislation. Common sense would say that state legislators are solely responsible for authoring or co-authoring state legislation, not county supervisors. Perhaps Supervisor Kennedy offered suggestions on state legislation in support of Eastern Plumas District Hospital. This is proper, however, stating he co-authoredlegisMtion without substantiation is pure propaganda. In fairness, Supervisor Kennedy served District 5 and Plumas County when he joined Mr. Hayes, EPHC CEO, in Sacramento to support our local hospital. Suggesting Supervisor Kennedy is qualified to act on fire/medical issues because he was a volunteer firefighter is quite a stretch. Why? Be specific, when, where and how 10ng was he a volunteer firefighter? Did he receive training? What type? Fire? Medical? I can go on, but you get the point. Word limits curtail addressing Supervisor Kennedy with respect to education. He meticulously reviewed Events Around Plumas County Quincy: Community Supper, 5 - 7 p.m., United Methodist Church. Hosted this week by Community Connections. Weekly dinner open to all; free, donations accepted. "Local Women Making a Local Difference"; social hour 6 p.m., dinner 6:30; Tulsa Scott Pavilion at Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Sixth annual recognition dinner hosted by Quincy Soroptimist. Tickets $25, public invited. For information, reservations: Joyce Scroggs, 283-0795. ' Chester: AImanor Community Supper, 5:30 T 6:30 p.m., Chester Memorial Hall. Twice-monthly event hosted by different club, organization November through April. Free; donations appreciated. For information, to volunteer: Lisa and Craig Phillips, 714-801-2543. Greenville: Kindergarten Roundup, 9- 10:30 a.m., Indian Valley Elementary School. Physical exams, kindergarten registration, free health exams (up to $226 value), activities, resources, free school supplies. Bring child's birth certificate, vaccination records. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enroll. For information: Nancy Melsley, 283-6500, ext. 741. Quincy: Presentation on bee population declines, 9:45 - 10:30 a.m., library conference room at 445 Jackson St. Featured by Green Thumbs, Quincy gardening grotJp that maintains gardens around library. Also included: presentation by Gray's Flower Garden on organic plants grown in its greenhouses. Public encouraged to attend. Forest Management with Traditional Ecological Knowledge, 7 p.m., Quincy library. Presentation by Danny Manning, assistant fire chief of Greenville Rancheria, on how Maidu people traditionally used fire to manage forests. Words & Music, 7 p.m., Patti's Thunder Caf. Featuring Kelly Ann Miller. Sign up at the door for open mic. Admission $3. Sponsored by Plumas Arts. For information: 283-3402. Graeagle: Barbecue fundraiser, 3 - 6 p.m., Indian Peak Tasting Room behind the park. Burgers, hot dogs, all the lO/person. Proceeds benefit Horses Unlimited Project Mohawk. Music by Kelly Ann Miller. For information: Trevor, Sue, 836-2466. Portola: Second annual softball clinic, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Portola Little League field. Open to all Plumas County Little League players; registration starts 8 a.m. Participants get one-on-one training from Portola High School players, commemorative T-shirt. $20 per girl. Parents must be present to register; lunch not provided. All proceeds go toward PHS softball team seasonal expenses. Quincy: Portola: Trails for Recreation and Community meeting, 6 p.m., Chalet View Lodge. Includes community update on trail master plan. Open to the public. Quincy: All-you-can-eat ham dinner, 5 p.m. until food runs out, Feather River Grange 440 at 55 Main St. $8. All proceeds support Grange efforts to restore building as community meeting center. Chester: Kids Free Community Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. sharp, Chester Park. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Chester, Chester High School Interact Club. Includes visit from Easter Bunny. For information: Harry LeSeur, 258-2261. All-you-can-eat Biscuits & GravyBrealfist,"8   ''   - 11 a.m., Feather River Grange. Presented by United Bikers of Northern California; last breakfast of season. $6. Menu: biscuits and sausage gravy, fruit, juice, milk, coffee, tea, hot cider, hot chocolate; oatmeal option available. Bloody Marys, screwdrivers, mimosas $4. Opportunity drawing (need not be present to win). Supports local hospice. For information: Dave, Helen Reynolds, 283-4950. Eighth annual Taste of Plumas, 5:30 p.m., Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Sample fare from culinary establishments countywide; meet chefs, owners, staff. Silent auction. Tickets $40. For information: 283-3402, Sierra Valley: Sierra Valley workday, 10 a.m. - noon, Feather River Land Trust Maddalena Ranch. Lunch, carpooling provided. For information, to volunteer: Leslie Wall, 283-3611, ext. "818. Greenville: Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 8:30 a.m., Evergreen Market. Sponsored by Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce. For information: 284-7313. Hamilton Branch: Easter egg hunt, 10 a.m., Hamilton Branch Fire Protection District at corner of Highway A13 and Big Springs Road. Kids' event offered, by Chief, Gary Pini, Firebelles Support Group. For information: Pini, 259-2309. Quincy: Waffle breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m., Feather River Grange 440 at 55 Main St. Waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, beverage for $6. All proceeds support Grange efforts to restore building as community meeting center. Quincy: Local kids' Earth Day Celebration, 1:45 - 3:45 p.m., Alder Street Garden at Quincy Elementary School. Garden activities, recycled crafts, games, nature walk, Earth Day pledge; drop-ins welcome. quincy: Fundamentals of Social Media workshop, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Plumas Arts Gallery on Main Street. Hosted by Community Connections; featuring Michael, Patty Clawson from Big Fish Creations in Graeagle. Costs 2 time credits for CC members, $10 for nonmembers. Space limited. To RSVP (required): Leslie Wall, 283-3611, ext. "818. Portola: Kindergarten Roundup, 9- 10:30 a.m., C. Roy Carrnichael Elementary School. Physical exams, kindergarten registration, free health exams (up to $226 value), activities, resources, free school supplies. Bring child's birth certificate, vaccination records. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enroll. For information: Nancy Melsley, 283-6500, ext. 741. Chester: Taco night, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Lake Almanor Elks Lodge at 164 Main St. $8 per person. Graeagle: Meet and greet Jim Judd, 5 - 7 p.m., Graeagle Restaurant downtown. Participants meet county supervisor candidate. Portola: Words & Music, 7 p.m., Williams House. Monthly series of acoustic music, spoken word features C.L. Quigley, Johnny Walker. Sign up at the door for open mic. Admission $3. Sponsored by Plumas Arts. F0r information: 283-3402. t chester: Almanor Community Supper, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Chester Memorial Hall. Twice-monthly event hosted by ifferen club, organization November through April. Free; donations appreciated. For information, to volunteer: Lisa and Craig Phillips, 714-801-2543. Quincy: California's Water Issues, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., library conference room at 445 Jackson St. Free presentation by environmental lawyer Michael Jackson offers information on California's current water crisis, how it affects county, state. Quincy: Free interview skills workshop, 10 a.m. - noon, Business and Career Network office in Courthouse Annex at 270 County Hospital Road. Presented by Alliance for Workforce Development. Feather River College Earth Day Celebration, noon - 2 p.m. Includes drum circle at noon, presentations. For information: Darla DeRuiter, Earth Days celebration, 7 p.m., West End Theatre. Screening of "Treading Water," discussion with director and local activists. Includes announcement of winners of Community Sustainability Awards. Donation-based admission. For information: Darla DeRuiter, Feather River College environmental studies instructor, 283-0202, ext. 262, the school district's budget and simplified it for all to understand? Anyone familiar with state school budgets knows this statement to be ludicrous. Maybe we should just ask: Are our schools better or worse off today, or just about the same? His behavior reminds me of the phrase "all hat, no cattle." Thomas Connolly Graeagle Judd a proven leader I believe Plumas County needs a strong, effective leader to champion solutions for our current and ongoing problems. I believe Jim Judd is the man in District 5 for that job. Jim is a very successful businessman, starting, owning and operating J & M Manufacturing for 30 years. Jim is a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is a kind and gentle man who believes we were given to ears and one mouth, so we could and should listen twice as much as we talk. Jim is a proven leader and a uniter of people. When faced with challenges, he works hard and quickly to find the best resolutions possible. Jim could care less about who is right -- he cares about what is right. Jim prefers to use the words "we" and "us" as opposed to 'T' and "me." It has been said and rightfully so; to be a great leader you must have great vision. Jim truly has that vision. He envisions private business growth and expansion creating jobs. He envisions much-needed county support of our sheriff's and fire departments and he envisions including the 50-plus special districts in our county's decision-making process. Jim also knows that vision is only half the equation -- for a vision without a plan is an illusion. Jim has the skills and willingness to work with the citizens of Plumas County to help create and implement these and other ? ideas for the betterment of all now and in the future. If you don't already know Jim, please come and talk to him at a Meet the Candidates night or a "meet and greet" function put on by the Committee to Elect Jim Judd Supervisor District 5. I assure you it will be well worth your time aiad effort. Jack Gilbert Graeagle ACA is an improvement Is the Affordable Care Act really as bad as they, the detractors, say it is? I think not. The ACA is NOT government-run healthcare. It is our elected government mandating to insurance companies that everyone have access to a policy that actually protects the consumer from, among many other things, going bankrupt due to an illness or accident. By law, all policies now must provide certain elements such as no cancellations for illness, no lifetime caps and no denial due to pre-existing conditions. These are essential elements. The law, which is not perfect and can be adjusted, aims to reduce the cost of healthcare in this country through prevention, early detection, less emergency room visits and a larger pool of insured. Many falsehoods have been and continue to be disseminated concerning the ACA, and each of us must educate ourselves as to what the facts are. Dialogue with the opposition concerning any policy needs to deal with realities and facts. We need to offer real solutions and interact with a mutual respect. Unfortunately, that is not what has been happening with this opposition to our President and a lawfully drafted bill that addresses what any reasonable person can see as a healthcare crisis in this country. The U.S. ranks 46th out of 48 countries in healthcare efficiency. 46thI The ACA is an attempt to reverse that statistic. The Tea Party-led House of Representatives has voted 50 times to repeal the ACA. Really! They have nothing better to do? Tom Slavik Mohawk Vista Poetic justice Beware! Fraud, theft and deception seem to be everywhere. For a while, I received notices that I had to send $500 to a certain address in order to get my million dollars from the lottery that I was supposed to have entered. Also, I was told that my bank needed some information to safeguard my credit card. A very official looking document supposedly from the Bank of America told me it needed my bank information to send me the multi-million dollars I had inherited. Often, I receive false requests for money supposedly from close friends who have been stranded in some remote part of the world without a cent. Last week, I received bills for renewals of two of the magazines I take. ' ' ':' All frauds. For the last nine years, a person who has the same name as mine, using my address and phone number and using various Social Security numbers has accumulated debts all over the country, including a federal student loan. Also, he has given my address to the IRS with fraudulent information. Then there was poetic justice that came with an authentic letter that I received a couple of weeks ago. The letter told me that my personal records that included my whole life's history, including my Social Security number, along with those of over 168,000 other Los Angeles County Health Department patients, had been stolen from the keepers of the LACHD'S records. Since I have never had anything to do with the LACHD, I called the number I was given and found out, as I suspected, that the personal information that was stolen was that of my alter ego. Apparently, it included his real Social Security number. 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