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" -.~LJL~\ _ 12B Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter LETTERS, from page 11B hardt are politicians who couldn't get re-elected them- selves? I am also struck at how they all talk about his honesty and integrity. Have you ever no- ticed when someone tells you how honest and how much in- tegrity they have it makes you feel uncomfortable, like they think they have to keep say- ing it in order to make it so? When someone tells me they are honest, the first thing I do is grab my wallet. Those who seem to support the assessor seem to have a perspective from a govern- ment point of vmw or don't have any skin in the game. Their properties are older and won't be reassessed lower. They may have known Chuck's father and think the son is like the dad. Believe me when I say, kids are different from their father in many, many ways. In my opinion, having someone appointed by the Board of Supervisors is differ- ent than having them elected by the people. For 13 years the assessor has enjoyed a free ride. Our elected positions weren't made for someone to make a career out of. Seven- teen years is way too long for anyone in our county office. New blood and new ideas is what makes our government work for the people. This is the first time we have had a choice since this assessor has been in office. Mike Gardner has im- pressed me because he is from the business sector and sees our problems from the per- spective of a producer instead of a user of our wealth. Our assessOr should be free of po- litical favors and rewards and represent an independent per- spective. Gene Carson Portola Same goals I would like to express my support for Jon Kennedy as supervisor of District 5 in the upcoming election. Having known Jon for several years, I have always appreciated his perspective on life. His ambi- tious and positive nature, in combination with his strong ethics, is seldom found in to- day's cut-throat business world. As a county supervisor, working with other county of- rices is a major part of the job. His experience as a mediator, bank manager and realtor makes him a well-suited can- didate for our county in this position. Jon is adept in work- ing collaboratively, not only with the other supervisors on the board but with the people of our county. Jon is a family man of 13 years and has three sons. He has stated at the public fo- rums that these are his three main reasons for running for supervisor. I appreciate his vision for a stronger school system, helping small busi- nesses and thinking out of the box when it comes to tourism in our area. These are things that can make better commu- nities for our children to grow up in. I'm casting my vote for the candidate who has the same goals and visions that l have for our county. That candi- date is Jon Kennedy. Michael Quesenberry Blairsden Good old boy? I have known and worked with Sheriff Hagwood since 1990. We have both seen the ef- fects of the "good old boy" sys- tem and have had many dis- cussions about how detrimen- tal it was to our agency. I think Sheriff Hagwood has made it perfectly clear those standards no longer exist and, speaking from the inside. I can assure everyone they no longer exist. What amazes me is time af- ter time Mr. Shipp claims Sheriff Hagwood is part of that system. Maybe Mr. Shipp should look back to the time when he left Santa Cruz Coun- ty, why he really came to Plumas County and who hired him here. It was a "friend" and former co-worker from Santa Cruz, who happened to be part of our administration at the time. Sounds like Mr. Shipp was part of the "good old boy" problem, not part of Sheriff Hagwood's solution. Dwight Cline Portola Address the issues I have been a citizen in Plumas County for almost 15 years, and in that time I have had the privilege of working with both Greg Hagwood and Bob Shipp, both candidates for sheriff in the upcoming election. I have been frustrated by comments made by Bob Shipp addressing Greg Hagwood as a "good o1' boy,'? because this could not be further from the truth. I worked through those times and thankfully, they are behind us. Instead of throwing stones, I would like to see Bob ad- dress the issues facing our de- partment, staffing, budgets, a new jail. etc. Gary McFarland Quincy Rush hour Sheriffs have a lot in com- mon with hospital administra- tors. Both have to direct traf- fic never knowing when the rush hour will be. The differ- ence is, meeting the "rush hour" challenge in Plumas County covers a lot more ter- ritory than that of your local hospital. Greg Hagwood has already proven that he knows his boundaries and meets the challenges. What more could you ask for in a campaign promise? Nansi Bohne Quincy Unheard of Having been a resident of Greenville for eight years, I have had the opportunity to serve this community and the county as a whole doing vari- ous jobs and interacting with the people of Plumas County on many different levels. I believe that the most im- portant elected official in the county is the sheriff. I have worked closely with Greg Hag- wood on several committees, and with the population that I serve many have had contact with deputies under as many different circumstances. Eight years of being an advocate in this county, I have not had one complaint regarding Mr. Hag- wood. I must say that is excep- tional and unheard of in my line of work. I see a side that is not heard, the issues of arrest, the deputies' attitudes, and the manner in which they treated someone. In 18 months the sto- ries improved in the manner that people are treated, the at- titude of the deputies and the respect for the sheriffs office increases. This makes my job easier, but also allows for peo- ple to come to terms with ac- countability and responsibili- ty in order to ensure future choices are positive. A new era of deputy needs to evolve in order to deal with the com- plex issues facing the people of this county. Greg is the man to lead the sheriff's office into the future. I trust he will tell me the truth and he will protect my family as equally as all fami- lies. I appreciate what our deputies do in or out of uni- form. When you go to vote take a moment, ask yourself this question, "Whom would I trust with my life if some- thing happened to me?" My answer is the leadership of Greg Hagwood would be the one that I would trust with my life and with my family's life. John Banks Greenville Horrified I have been watching with horror as one of the worst oil spills in American history continues unabated, and mil- lions of gallons of crude oil now threaten our nation's vi- tal gulf coast ecosystem. This latest national environmental crisis reaffirms the oil indus- try's history of consistently underestimating the risks of drilling. In light of the crisis, Presi- dent Obama recently called for a timeout on new offshore drilling, but didn't specificaUy include the Arctic Ocean. De- spite the fact that there is no way to clean up a major oil spill amid the Arctic's broken sea-ice conditions, explorato- ry drilling is slated to begin in the Arctic Ocean in less than 60 days. If the oil industry can't even stop a spill in the Gulf of Mex- ico, surrounded by all of its infrastructure and technolo- gy, how will they ever stop one at the top of the world? Megan Adams Placerville Charting a New Course for the Plumas County Sheriff's Office. MORE community involvement MORE accountability MORE access by the public MORE interaction with schools MORE support for businesses MORE integrity & professionalism "With 36 years o flaw enforcement experiehce and direct personal community involvement, I ask for your vote for Sheriff. Let's re-set the sails/" Campaign Donation: Shipp for Sheriff Election Committee P.O. Box 1426, Quincy, CA 95971 PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT Reunion, Auction & Concert 22, 2010 Greenhorn Ranch Feather River Colh:ge AGRICULTURE 1:00pm Welcome Reception 2:30pm BBQ Dinner & 2116 Greenhorn Ranch RO. Silent Auction Quincy, CA 4:30pro Live Auction 5:00pm Concert Legendary Followed by Hot New Country Artist ear Blue Limited tickets are available thru: Jesse Segura (530) 283-0202 ext. 306 $75 Dinner ert or $ Date/Time: Addrees:' ili!i!i!iiiiiiii!!iiiii:!i!ii!!i Place a yard sale ad in the Classified section during the month of May for only *10 (twenty words or less) and receive free signs! 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