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12B Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter LETTERS, from page 11B pigs have lost their freedom. They run around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves. They accept their captivity. Today the Department of Agriculture gives out food stamps to 47 million Americans but the same USDA will arrest you for feeding animals in the woods, claiming that you make the animals dependent and they won&apos;t forage. Hmmmm. Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc'- ra-cy) -- a system of govern- ment where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers. Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are medically insured but not everyone must prove they are a citizen to vote. Good luck with that. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Wop it After attending the Board of Supervisors meeting Jan. 17, I have been thinking about the comment Super- visor Thrall made at the meeting when she said lodging providers were just "tax collectors for the TOT tax dollars." It is a shame that she does not seem to realize that in order to provide this valuable service to Plumas County some other things had to be done by us. Taking the risk and invest- ing hundreds of thousands of dollars to build or buy a lodging business. Doing the thousands of hours of backbreaking work necessary to "build" a business. PDH, from page 11B the hospital finds itself, the seismic and regulatory re- quirements of the state and the cUrrent resources that the hospital possesses. With that in mind, the proposal achieves a significant part of the ongoing goal for facilities at Plumas District Hospital, and will, for the foreseeable future, position it as the pre- eminent health care provider in Plumas County. The issue before us is to weigh the pros and cons and financial risk that comes even with this greatly re- dUced facility plan. The new proposal can be accomplished by a combination of long- term debt and the proceeds of a $50 flat property tax assess- ment, but at what cost and what risk? The hospital debt service on a $4.5 million loan will tie up a considerable por- tion of the hospital's annual operating budget for 30 years. I have a dream for Plumas District Hospital and for the delivery of quality health care in Plumas County. Over the next few weeks and months I will be exchanging ideas with the board of direc- tors, the medical staff and the community to ensure that it is also your dream and meets your needs and expectations. Additionally, we will be working together to answer the questions of how do we get there, how soon and how do vCe collectively carry this new debt load. My door is al- ways open to ideas, com- ments and feedback. The only plan that will be successful will be the plan that address- es the needs and resources of the greater community.. Providing hospitality Ser- wop it" is not a healthy or vices to our guests by send- helpful attitude in any case. ing them all over the county where they spend at our local businesses thereby generating sales tax revenues or to hospitals and other needed medical services providers. Increasing our property values thereby increasing our tax base. Investing in our own websites, which also market Plumas County. Willingly donating rooms and money to numerous local charities and community services projects because we know they are important to our communities' health. Never closing for holidays. Being available to our guests 24 hours a day/seven days a week. Creating hundreds of local jobs. Buying supplies and services from other local businesses: repair people, insurance brokers, utility providers, etc. Paying additional taxes on our increased property values to pay for hospital improvements that will benefit everyone who needs help. Being self-employed, we have no guarantees that tomorrow we will be able to pay our employees, PG&E bill, health insurance premi- um or anything else for that matter. And certainly no cost-of-living increases, just years of constantly increas: ing operating costs. All of our small businesses have taken huge risks and struggle to stay in business in this very poor economy. Most of those businesses generate the sales taxes that get allocated to schools, or the TOT taxes that go di- rectly to the county general fund. Cutting the services of the visitors bureau, who has ultimately helped us all, will do tremendous damage to our communities. "If you can't fix it (did you try?), Valerie Nellor Quincy Fizzled Our economy is crippled, people cannot find work, wages are falling, our coun- try is going bankrupt and scandals plague the Obama administration. The Middle East is spiraling out of control, Iran and North Korea are increasingly un- stable and dangerous with nuclear programs and Presi- dent Obama is devoting the final 22 months of his presi- dency to campaigning and fundraising. He just returned from a conference with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, and another with Latin American heads of state, at which they scorned his policies. A year ago, European leaders rejected his economic "advice" and rebuffed his leadership. Unemployment didn't stay below 8 percent, the country is more divided than ever, the world less safe and the oceans haven't receded. The Great Hope has fizzled. To distract voters from his record of failures, President Obama is trying to distract and divide voters with issues manufactured by him (War on Women) and trivial (the Buffett tax). Even Warren Buffett, a loyal Democrat, quickly clarified that perhaps a hundred or so of those earning tens of millions of dollars per year should be taxed more heavily. He never meant people earning a few million -- let alone $200,000. Obama hijacked Buffett's name, lowered the bar to include even middle class and is peddling this farce to distract from his policy failures. Federal spending increased by 27 percent since he and Democrats took control, but all Obama has been concerned with in budget negotiations is that Congress gives him all the money he wants, without spending cuts. When Democrats took control in 2008, the national debt was under 60 percent of GDP; now it's over 100 per- cent and increasing rapidly. Revenue from the "Buffett tax" would reduce future deficits by about 1 percent. Obama should support his own Simps0n-Boles Commis- sion recommendations. A responsible president would. Gene Kailing Portola Who decides Quiet room. Sit down. Feet up. Eyes closed. Mind clear. Deep breath. Relax. Picture your adult chil- dren: playing, working, living their dreams -- happy and successful. Will they ride horses, surf the ocean, climb mountains, ski at Johnsville, travel the country? Can they work at what they love, carry on the family business or farm, save for their future, reap the fruits of their labor? Are they free to eat what they'want, travel where they wish, live where they please, have access to good health care, buy the things they want or need, live' their dreams, save for a comfort- able retirement? What can you do to ensure that future for them? In a democratic republic like the U.S., without causing harm to others, individuals are free to choose their life's path. They choose what to call play and do it where they please; they choose their life work; they determine their own level of success; they take responsibility for them- selves and their actions; they decide how to make their dreams come true. In a democratic socialist society, like most of Europe, individuals aren't the point -- group well-being is. Whatever is good for the col- lective is what matters. Indi- vidual sacrifices of personal freedom and choice are irrel- evant. If food, energy, ca- reers, health care, property; movement and financial suc- cess are controlled, then so- cial justice can be served. The question becomes, who decides what the "collective well.being" is? Democratic socialists believe that elite intellectuals should decide. Because of their superiority, they make better decisions to benefit the group as a whole, rather than indulge the choices of the individual. Which future do you want for your kids? Don't be fooled by what is being said by either party. Watch what is being done. Question with boldness! Vote accordingly. Lynn Desjardin Portola Listens I was always one of those folks that never voted because I didn't think it mattered. That is until I met James Huffmon. James is running for supervisor in District 4. After several conversations with James at his local business, I was enlightened and decided to register to vote this year. When expressing my views, I could tell he was genuinely listening to me. He expressed his views on how he wants to use communication as a tool to get everyone involved in making a change in Plumas County. He is driven to strengthen the economy of our county. And I believe him. James and his wife, Stacy, are amazing people and successful at running their business. James is not all talk; he actually listens to people, a rare trait these days. And for the first time in over 20 years he has me casting a vote. Good work and good luck, James. Luann Brown +. 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