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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, June 3, 2015 9B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Ongoing war against Islamic terrorists raises tough questions A few weeks ago, Sen. Tim Kaine, of Virginia, made a small splash in the press when he took Congress to task for failing to authorize our nation's ongoing war against Islamic militants. "The silence of Congress in the midst of this war is cowardly and shameful," he said. "This Congress, the very body that is so quick to argue against President Obama's use of executive power ... allows an executive war to go on undeclared, unapproved, undefined and unchecked." Those were strong words, meant to spur Congress to action. Yet after a day or two, they sank without a trace. No one in the media picked up the call. No one in a position to influence the Senate or the House made a move to advance a congressional war authorization. WHERE I STAND LEE H. HAMILTON DIRECTOR CENTER ON CONGRESS AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY Indeed, it has been three months since President Obama sent his proposal for an "Authorization for the Use of Military Force" focused on ISIS to Capitol Hill. It, too, met with a brief flurry of attention and then went nowhere. This is mind-boggling, ff you had any question that we're at war, the bombing runs over Ramadi and the recent Delta Force raid that killed an ISIS official should have settled it. On the most important question government faces -- military intervention overseas -- Congress seems unable to stir itself to hammer out an agreement with the president. You can blame the president for this or you can blame Congress -- each side comes in for its fair share -- but inaction only expands the power of the president, leaving him to make hugely consequential decisions by himself. It's a shocking dereliction of duty on Capitol Hill. Why do I say this? The Constitution vests in Congress the power to declare war, but should that mean that Congress also has the responsibility to do so? Let's start with this: former acting CIA director Michael Morell recently said that the "great war" against Islamic terrorists is likely to last "for as long as I can see." This is going to be a long and difficult conflict. It raises tough questions about the scope of the president's powers, the duration of those powers, the definition and identity of the enemy, the extent of the field of battle, the kinds of force that should be used, America's vital interests and its fundamental role in the world. The decision to apply American lives and resources to such a war is momentous, and as a country we need to know -how far we're willing to commit ourselves. The president needs backing for a military campaign, and the discussion about what it ought to entail needs to be open and rigorous. I understand that this is a lot for Congress to undertake. A resolution authorizing the use of force is tough to draft -- Congress needs to make the parameters and goals of military action clear without hindering our ability to respond to a fluid situation or micromanaging the executive branch. And, of course, it's just as tough politically. Some members will want to give more powers to the president, others less. No one wants to be on the wrong side of a war vote. But the diffmulty of a task is no reason to avoid it. ffwe are going to send U.S. forces into dangerous places, they need to go in with the public. backing that comes from a formal authorization hammered out in Congress. This does not mean enacting a resolution after we've intervened -- because then it's an argument about supporting our troops in the field, and only a few members will vote against that. Both the president and Congress are dragging their feet on this, but that only helps the president, not the country. It leaves him -- and most likely his successor-- with dangerously broad authority to use military force without restriction, in perpetuity. This is not how a democracy like ours should operate. The American people are beginning to understand all this. They overwhelmingly believe that Congress needs to weigh in on the government's war-making powers. Yet that seems to mean nothing to Washington. "Cowardly and shameful," Sen. Kaine said. That pretty much sums it up. Lee Hamilton is director of the Center on Congress at lndiana University;, d'Jnguished scholar, IU Sehool of Global and International Studies; and professor af practice IU School of Public and Environmental Atfairs. He was a member o the U.S. House o R epreseta tives for 34years. LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per person will be published; only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic will be published. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous or open letters, Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at 3 p.m.; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to Cemetery needs some care board to see if the tax dollars collected each year would support hiring Mr. Gibson full time and, in addition, at least one part-time helper for the heavy jobs, to be left to the discretion of Mr. Gibson. As it is now, one person, part time, during the summer season, has no way to stay current on all the maintenance and the heavy repair jobs. (This budget is supposed to be printed in the paper each year anyway so that the taxpayer can keep tabs on expenditures, as so stated in the state Constitution concerning tax-supported small districts.) If the budget is not sufficient, then it's time to raise that one tax rate Memorial Day to usa  enough to do the job right. I day of remembering the i ................... have no idea who the :b0d ' brave military people that served our country and it is a day of remembering family members and friends who have passed away. We honor those that have passed by visiting our local Greenville cemetery on Memorial Day and leaving flowers for some and reliving memories of our friends who are no longer living. This Memorial Day we visited the Greenville Cemetery and were absolutely appalled at the condition it was in for this special day. A small section had been cleaned up but the majority of the cemetery was in a deplorable condition. It was very obvious that little had been done since before fall 2014. There were piles of oak leaves, oak leaves scattered about, pine needles covering virtually everything, branches and twigs covered much of the ground, and the grass was close to a foot tall. In addition to all of this, many graves were sunken down and head stones were at odd angles and up and down as well. We don't know who is responsible for caretaking our formerly beautiful cemetery but whoever it is is obviously not doing an adequate job. We are hopeful that the cemetery board sees fit to rectify this issue and see that our cemetery is returned to a much better condition in honor of all those that are buried there. Perhaps those people that worked on the Taylorsville cemetery could help out in Greenville because we understand they did an excellent job there. We do want to add that the flags that were placed at the cemetery were very impressive and "thanks" to those that placed them. Jim and Della Myers Greenville Cemetery needs help It seems to me that a simple solution to the Greenville Cemetery upkeep and maintenance issue would be to get a copy of the yearly budget from the cemetery members might be but I'm sure they must have some idea of what's expected of them in terms of upkeep and repair of one highly valued local cemetery area. Nansi Bohne Quincy Fantasy of Jefferson Is the state of Jefferson going to be a lily-white state of Obama-haters, anti-immigration, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-abortion wing-nuts? Then let's call it what it is: the state of Denial. If you have noticed, the majority of the writers who are in favor of the state of Jefferson are the same writers who have been spewing out their "politics of separation" and "politics of hate" for the last six years. To the millions of residents of Northern California, could you put your trust in these types of people to run a state and all that it entails? Running a state is not a fantasy mind trip. Ron Lowe Nevada City Threats real and imagined The state of Jefferson cannot become reality. In addition, lack of representation, the premise of the Jefferson idea, isn't the same as not getting your way. While conservative people here feel unrepresented in California, the same is true for everyone. Do they realize they are represented by conservative Doug LaMalfa at the federal level? With a Democratic president and Republican Congress, nobody in America has it all their way, and most people in the country understand that. People in Plumas County have more representation than other Americans, not less. Don't believe me? Just try to speak at a Board of Supervisors meeting in San Diego County (my prior home). Instead of badgering Plumas County supervisors about fantasies like Jefferson and the threats posed by Agenda 21 and Sharia Law, why not ask them about their vision for creating quality jobs that won't destroy the natural beauty of this amazing place? If you want to think big, ask them how the World Trade Organization has actually undermined American sovereignty by handing over our legal system to corporate interests. Or ask Mr. LaMalfa how a country that's supposed to be broke can afford $1.5 trillion for a plane that can't fly in the rain (the F-35). Humans tend to downplay real threats to their wellbeing while focusing on. irrational ones. Our corporate media deserves much of the blame, by focusing on the sensational and ignoring existential threats to our air, water, food and health. It's probably too mUch to:dsk the media to change, since corporations pay them to promote their interests. If the Jefferson crowd will do its homework and identify the real problems, I will be there with them to demand our county Board of Supervisors do something. Until then, please let our representatives do their jobs. Paul Cavanaugh Quincy State of Jefferson Over the past year, we held two meetings on the state of Jefferson in Chester. The In'st one was attended by over 100 persons and the second over 50. The subject was well-received. Then, many of us in the Chester/Lake Almanor area attended three supervisor meetings to further show our interest in pursuing the state of Jefferson. So well-attended were these meetings that many people had to stand in the hall for lack of seating. They were unable to speak in favor of the matter. You, Sherrie Thrall, are not representing the people. Your comment in the newspaper on May 20, "It's almost 100 percent against" the state of Jefferson, is a blatant lie. Just because we don't write to you over and over does not mean we are against being represented by a new state of Jefferson with real representation. Fay Almond Chester Tax dodgers It is interesting to note the reasons for the renunciation of one's citizenship of the United States. During the Vietnam war, young men fled to Canada to escape having to participate in and possibly having to die for a cause that was based on false evidence that caused the escalation of our participation in that war. Some have considered those men patriots for helping to make America realize that the senseless slaughter had to stop, Some saw them as deserters, abandoning their country when it needed them. During the past few years, the very wealthy have been renouncing their U.S. citizenship; 2015 is seeing the greatest number so far. The reason for their renunciation is to escape taxes. Some consider them patriots, making America aware of their perception of the evils of taxes. Others consider them ingrates for taking their money and running away from the .country that gave them that wealth, especially at a time when their country needs their financial support the most. In earlier times, they would have been called by the pejorative term tax dodgers. J. Edgar Hoover put a lot of the underworld in jail for dodging their taxes. It is ironic that those most able to afford to pay the nation's taxes seem to be the most offended by them. Wars maim, kill, destroy and cause other untold agonies; in contrast, taxes build hospitals, roads and bridges, and provide money for the nation's other progressive developments. Also, taxes provide for many of the needs of those who live in northern California. Salvatore Catalano TaylorsviUe Moving forward The Portola City Council, its staff and concerned citizens who participate in their meetings are working to improve the image of Portola. The results are being seen and the city is moving forward despite the opinion of our Lake Davis critic. Moving the City Hall was an effort to consolidate government services in an effort to get the courthouse reopened. It was not a bad idea. The city now has two vacant courthouses, which do not improve our city's image. The new contract with the sheriff will provide a higher level of community services with a front-line law enforcement officer. It will move the city forward with not only weed abatements but also help to prevent structures from being vandalized. It can prevent vacant properties from becoming residences and dumping grounds for transients. The council is allocating all of the COP funds for law and code enforcement. In all fairness, they are not providing enough to the sheriff. This action compensates for the lack of fairness that the city has to pay for LAFCo fees. The city is moving forward in managing its property. Weed abatement and timber ................ addressed and action being taken. The city is moving forward in the direction of an economic recovery. The city is now recognized as a city in distress. The staff has been acquiring community development grants as a result of the high level of poverty in the community. Despite the poor decisions of the past, we are a proud community with volunteers performing the work of public servants. We are in a reform movement. Disincorporation may become a reality if the council continues the policies of the past. We need to keep moving forward. Larry Doug/as Portola Misinformation The current Indian Valley Community Services District notice of intent to adopt negative declarations (notice) was created without the current board of directors' approval. The notice has no page numbers so please bear with me. In the opening paragraph manager Lawson says, "1,000 acre feet historically released" and further on he states, "the regular annual 1,000 acre foot drawdown is not known to have created any adverse ..." Compare this to Lawson's Nov. 6, 2014, memo that says, "the two water systems will consume less than 85 million gallons in total this year." Here's the math: 85 million gallons is equal to 261 acre-feet. 326 million gallons is equal to 1,000 acre-feet. So, Lawson is saying in the notice that 326 million gallons was released per year while his earlier memo says that the two systems (Crescent Mills and Greenville) only use 85 million gallons per year. In the notice Lawson states, "statements and information presented are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief." The data he presents are contradictory-- either one or the other is untrue. If 85 million gallons (261 acre-feet) is the true figure then the 1200 acre-feet in the notice represents nearly four years of releases, not one year as Lawson states. The notice is full of historical data, but history is out the window. We are in the midst of an unprecedented drought and the future is unknown. The notice is fatally flawed and should not be approved. Also, any transfer will have a negative impact on downstream water rights holders and may subject the district to legal suits. Chapter 9 bankruptcy as used by other towns is a viable way to cure the district's financial woes, not transferring our precious water. Mike Meuser Greenville Biomass boondoggle There is important information missing from this newspaper's editorial and articles regarding the biomass boiler project in Quincy. The editorial states "green waste: residents need a place to tare their yard waste." The boiler only burns chips, bark, pellets or sawdust, so residents will have to separate out the needles and cones. Problem See Letters, page 10B Imlllll Illll I II II II L L Contact your elected officials PLUMBS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170;FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@eountyofplumas.eom. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.eom PRESIDENT - Baraek Obam, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202456-2461. E-mail: U.S. SENATOR- Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954;TrYfrDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710. Website: U.S. SENATOR- Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 5011 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563.112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - BOeg LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076.;; twitter: @RepLaMaifa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. -Ted 6aines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center: 4359Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center: 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225- 3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, IST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-00001, (9!6) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 280 Re lk, i Ste.#fIO  CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR- Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.