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12B Wednesday, May 26, 2010 'Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter LETTERS, from page 11B threat brought by the invasion of ad valorem property taxes. Moreover, some of the bizarre conjecture Gardner of- fered via his letter to the edi- tor published May 5, "the as- sessor has a forest fire behind him and he is stamping out the embers dropping in front of him by only helping those who complain," prompted this valley geezer to wonder about the veteran's mental health. After connecting the arrows in favor of the incumbent, there should be room on the back of the ballot for voters to express their appreciation for Gardner's patriotic service in Southeast Asia. In the meantime, the chal- lenger is encouraged to contin- ue touting his "foxhole logic" by ringing doorbells and pointing at his tattered com- bat boots, however expecting Chuck Leonhardt's noncom- bative and straightforward candidacy to be a runaway success. Rod Turner Los Molinos Tried and true Voters of Plumas County will soon be going to the polls to vote for the Plumas County assessor. Unfortunately, I no longer live in Plumas County. I did, however, live there sev- eral years ago and worked as a property tax appraiser in the assessor's office. I worked un- der the direction and leader- ship of Charles Leonhardt. Plumas County is, indeed, fortunate to have Mr. Leon- hardt as the county assessor. I have first hand knowledge of his professionalism, knowl- edge and honesty. Integrity is the cornerstone of the profes- sion, and Mr. Leonhardt holds to these high standards. He is not only a professional, in the true sense of the word, he is an excellent leader whose em- ployees, working in harmony under his leadership, produce an accurate estimate of value of the properties within Plumas County. Property tax appraising is a highly sPecialized field. It not only takes dedication but years of training and experi- ence to be a qualified property tax appraiser. Appraisers are constantly required to attend continuing education courses in this field during their ca- reer. Knowledge is required in all aspects of the appraisal process. Mr. Leonhardt has been an appraiser for about 20 years with the last 13 years of his ca- reer serving the citizens of Plumas County as your asses- sor. He is a tried and true pro- fessional highly respected by the other 57 county assessors within the state of California. Mr. Leonhardt has been past President of the Northern Cal- ifornia Assessor's Association. He has chaired key commit- tees including the education committee upgrading the pro- fessionalism of the property tax appraisers throughout the state. Mr. Leonhardt has an excellent staff of professional appraisers who, under his di- rection, are serving the citi- zens of Plumas County well. James Hazel Tehachapi Very Simple To re-elect Chuck Leonhardt as Plumas County's assessor on June 8 is a very easy, logi- cal decision. Lassen Community College ONLINE Classes Summer CA59 CD 22 HIST 17 PSY 1 PSY 18 Microsoft Windows The Infant Toddler Post Civil War Intro to Psychology Human Development Fall BUS 10 BUS 27 CA31 CD 20 COT 50 COT 52 ENGL 1 HIST 16 HUS 40 MATH 51 MATH 60 PSY 18 SOC 1 Huma, n Resource Management Business Communications Computer Applications Principles/Practices of Teaching Young Children Keyboarding Level 1 Keyboarding Level 2 College Composition U.S. History Field Instruction Seminar I Elementary Algeria Intermediate Algebra Human Development Introduction to Sociology For detailed course descriptions and instructor contact information please check our website at www.lassencollege.edu Unlike the property tax laws of the state of California, which are apt to be as confus- ing and frustrating as the most elaborate labyrinth (as one would expect, having been crafted over decades by the Legislature in Sacramento), Chuck is as straightforward, professional and locally grown as it gets. He knows this coun- ty, he lives here, he is thor- oughly interwoven with the fabric of Plumas County life. Having worked for him for more than 10 years, there was never a day that he neglected to make the effort to speak to property owners with ques- tions or problems. Every week's staff meetings ad- dressed the cold fact that even in hard economic times, and being understaffed and under great pressures, customer ser- vice was number one. Sometimes it seemed that half of our working days were spent on the phone or at the front counter going over the property laws of this state so that, even if there was no comfort in the reality of the laws, at least there was understanding. To that end, the assessor's office has battle-hardened, !oy - al, well-trained staff that are doing everything they can to be fair, to be timely, to listen carefully and to avoid mis- takes. And for all of that, you can thank Chuck Leonhardt. He knows how to lead, he knows how to communicate. And he is first and foremost an honest man. It really is very simple ... vote for Chuck Leonhardt on June 8. Tom van Rossem Quincy Lost without him I am writing about your can- didate for sheriff Bob Shipp. I have a short story tO tell about him, one that I think you should all hear. My grandfather had been struggling with leukemia for some months. I made a trip to Montana, but when I learned that my grandfather was start- ing to go downhill, I canceled the trip and flew home. He sank faster than expected. When he became bedridden, Bob stepped in to help. I arrived to find Bob on du- ty. He had been there for a long time, perhaps as many as 12 hours. He was there, mop- ping my grandfather's brow. He was also administering medication on the hour, and keeping a log of both the dosage and my grandfather's responses. And through all this, he was as considerate as could be of my feelings, which were pretty raw. Several hours later, Bob rec- ognized that my grandfather's breathing and general condi- tion had altered for the worse. My grandfather took a few more breaths, and passed away. Bob ran through all the checks of pulse and pupil dila- tion tomake sure life was real- ly absent. He had the presence of mind to note time of death. He clarified the exact legal sit- uation -- whether we had to call the coroner, and that sort of thing. He helped the morti- cian and myself move my grandfather into the hearse. I have no interest in your lo- cal politics: I am a permanent resident of Davis and Yolo County. Your elections and elected officials are your own business. But I thought you should know the quality of man Bob Shipp is. He displayed both an exper- tise and a compassion that were more than admirable. I would have been lost without him. Scott Herring University of California, Davis Be optimistic Voters, frequent victims of bait-and-switch politicians and the resulting full-term em- barrassment, are a resilient lot. They must choose between the hammered-home lesson to never again cast an aye vote for the un-contracted promise of a politician and the hope- springs-eternal optimism en- couraged by the next glad- handing campaigner. The voter hopes to discern who brings the talent, train- ing, temperament, tools and tone of a learned man, who is in it for the good and for. the long haul, who has compas- sion and passion, and who in- spires confidence. The voter simply deserves full value for his vote, wants an advocate: with strength of character who harbors worthy convic- tions; and is long overdue. In the upcoming election for county supervisor some candi- dates have the uncertain back- ward-glance of those who have been haunted by indifference and academic misfortune and are reasonably sure it is still on their trail. Some candidates court the favor of the wooden nickel contingent with a "Lucky for you there's me!" overstatement. These are serious times with serious problems requir- ing serious solutions. Now is not the time to accept those who will attempt to address to- day's problems with yester- day's solutions. Not spell- bound by special interests nor overwhelmed by complex is- sues, one candidate is deserv- ing of our consideration. Jon Kennedy, candidate for 5th District supervisor, will address more than some of the problems for some of the peo- ple. He has earned respect through a "battlefield commis- sion" rather than requesting allegiance based on a king- maker's anointment. He is the See Letters, page 13B Cowboy Up! Friday nights all you can eat Ribs & Chicken Bar-B-Q Join us - Season Now Open 5:00- 8:30pro Come early and enjoy a hike, play with our new baby horse, Bellarouge. Do some fishin', or have a refreshing dip in our swimmin' pool. 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