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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, July 1, 2015 11B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE It's time for California to regulate medical marijuana As a lifelong conservative, WHERE I STAND and armed robbery rates in medical marijuana legal I'm no fan of government ...................................... California's rural counties under state law, even while it regulation. Even so, I'm GEORGE RUNNER have skyrocketed as the remained illegal under convinced it's time for STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION cannabis industry has federal law. California to aggressively grown. The FBI and U.S. Cannabis has become regulate the medical Equalization (BOE) MemberAttorney are investigating readily available to the marijuana industry. Fiona Ma. Our April tour and prosecuting local lawseriously ill --and anyone I've spoken with concerned showed how we can work enforcement officials at who has an hour to visit a citizens, local government with the industry to generate staggering rates for taking "doctor" to get a officials, rural law greater voluntary cash bribes, recommendation and a "215 enforcement officers, federal compliance with California These problems stem in card." Freeway billboards officials, anti-drug crusaders law. part from ongoing conflict advertise local dispensaries, and medical marijuana The current cash-based between state and federalwhile apps provide for industry insiders, system is dangerous. Crime, laws. Nearly 19 years agodoorstep delivery. During I even visited the Emerald corruption and tax evasion California voters approved this time, federal raids and Triangle with fellow Board of are far too common. Murder Proposition 215, making prosecutions have waxed and waned depending on the political climate in D.C. There's no state regulation, just a patchwork of local rules. True, the California Department of Public Health runs a voluntary identification card program for patients and caregivers, but it has no jurisdiction over retail dispensaries or the production industry. A better structure would be what Californians voted for in 1996. Proposition 215 sought to "encourage the federal and state governments to implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need of marijuana." State rules would help law enforcement distinguish the good actors from the bad, leading to improved public safety. Rules would help stem the tide of rural murders, armed robberies and public See Runner, page 13B 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 3p.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 dmatonald@p s.oor ACA political theatre I can imagine the content and tone of many letters on this page. "This country will never be the same." "How could the Supreme Court have gotten it so wrong?" "Free healthcare, paid by hard-working Americans, for all the lazy people on welfare and those nasty illegals?" "How outrageous!" In reality, affordable healthcare options under ACA are for all citizens and lawfully Now it is about time Terry Baumgartner, head coach of FRC's men's baseball team, get the same recognition. He's a super guy and he too has earned it. He has nine straight years of conference championships, reaching the state's fmal four two years ago and the final eight last year. What a super job he and his coaches have done. Coach Terry is long overdue for coach of the year. Bob Baitinger Quincy Global warming Well I'm no scientist, but I can read a calendar, a thermometer, a graph and the news. The combination of little (or no) snow on Beckwourth Peak and the low-flow in the Middle Fork in mid-April looked like the conditions one would expect in late-May or June in a "normal" year. The graph of average temperatures is certainly not dropping. The news from January mentioned greatly increased fire activity in Australia (their summer). In February there was a 135-acre fire near Genesee; in many "normal" presen~ immigrm~ts;,Opponer~m.,~ ,years that area would have been telling us for years what a disaster Obamacare is. The House has wasted time voting over 50 times to repeal ACA knowing it was nothing more than political theatre. So never mind that millions of people who had been denied coverage are now able to be covered. Never mind that all those opponents' stories about people losing their plans, while true, omit the fact that those plans were just not compatible with the ACA and those same people are eligible for new, useful plans. Can you pay more? Do you get more? What if you don't want more? Wen? You can pay the fme and hope for the best. But when you get in an accident or get some disease, guess who foots the bill? Now, who is the freeloader? Is the ACA perfect? Hardly. Can it be improved? Of course, One premise is that it will be more cost effective the more people are involved. Hence the mandate (a Republican idea). But the opponents, in their wisdom, chose to try and derail ACA from it's inception. Republican governors in 24 states refused to implement state-run exchanges and accept Federal Medicaid funds, thus denying millions healthcare, in a futile attempt to do their part in derailing ACA. So, with this second affLrmation by SCOTUS, what will opponents try? Their plan? Make Obama a one-term President. Oops Torn Slavik Mohawk Vista Congratulations Congratulations to Jessie Segura for being named National Rodeo Coach of the Year. The FRC rodeo team is number one in the nation. Jessie is not just a great coach, but he is a wonderful human. He is the most sincere, polite, loving person I have ever known. What he has done for the rodeo team is simply awesome. All the cowboys and cowgirls are the same. They are all clean cut, very polite and are all well groomed with no visible tattoos or earrings and say "yes sir and no sir" when addressed. Just a great bunch of rodeo stars. snow-covered. In April i read of Russian farmers burning off their fields to prepare for spring planting, the fires kept jumping from one field to the next. Now I've heard that high temps have helped to re-start spot fires within the 134,000 acre Happy Camp complex from last summer, and the Washington Fire is steadily increasing near MarkleeviUe. As I've heard from Sean Hannity directly following the noon news on KSUE, "we're just getting started." We know from experience that Sheldon Adelson, the Koch Brothers and other prominent figures with vested interests won't even consider possibly easing up a bit on the extraction and consumption of fossil fuels. I keep asking myself; "is the Pope Marxist? and does a bear... ? Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills We are making Earth warmer Your frequent contributor from Lake Davis weighed in last week on the subject of human-caused (anthropogenic) climate change. His thesis was that this was a false political issue. Strike one, strike two, strike three. It's not false, it's true; it's not political, it's scientific; and it's not an issue, it's an established, obvious, undeniable fact. We need to address two questions here: (1) Is climate change occurring? (2) If so, is it due to human activity? First it's clear to any rational person that the Earth's climate is changing at a rapid rate. But loug-term climate change has occurred naturally in the past; that's how the ice-age ended. How do we know that the recent climate changes are man-made? It's pretty obvious. Just consider what happens when you park your car in a sunny place with the windows closed. The interior temperature becomes way higher than the exterior temperature. It's called the greenhouse effect because that's how greenhouses work. Sunlight consists of a band of wavelengths, mostly visible and ultraviolet. The sunlight penetrates into the greenhouse and is absorbed. Normally this energy would be released as infrared radiation. But the greenhouse enclosure is designed to inhibit the emission of infrared radiation, so the energy stays inside, and the temperature goes up. And that's exactly what's happening to our home, the Earth. Humans have increased the concentration of carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere. These gases, like the greenhouse enclosure, are known to trap infrared radiation, and that's why they're called "greenhouse" gases. Anybody who is aware of the properties of these gases would have predicted global warming. There is no mystery here; our atmosphere has become a greenhouse enclosure. Mike Mcgie Lake Almanor Choose the right woman R has been a diffmult climb for women to overcome the not-so-long-ago image of "the fairer sex," or "the little woman." We work the fields, raise children alone, manage households and careers, and are sole breadwinners. We are entrepreneurs, intellectuals, scientists, and more. We are some of the richest, most influential and prominent people in business. A woman president will be a momentous milestone in America's history books. It will be our opportunity to showcase the strengths and capabilities that prove America's women are wise, intelligent and ready for leadership. I want to be proud to look anyone in the eye and say, yes, I voted for the first woman president of the US. I chose a role model for my zreat-granddaughters - a composite of the best women in our country- a person of integrity, strength, honesty, trustworthiness and compassion. I want our daughters and sons to see the unique qualities and capabilities a woman brings to the world arena. But, who should that woman be? Will she represent the best we have to offer or only demonstrate we were so desperate that we let emotion overcome critical evaluation in our choice? When children of the future read about her will they say, "Good job, women of America. Thank you for choosing someone I can admire and aspire to emulate"? Or will they hang their heads in despair that in our desire to get a women elected, any woman, we were willing to accept the mediocre? Will they wonder where our hearts and minds were when we confirmed that women are no less driven by greed and power and are as corrupt as any man? Choosing the wrong woman for president will marginalize the strides we have made. Is that where we want to go? Lynn Desjardin Portola Get what you pay for The city of Portola has a fire department that has been paying it forward for years. The city is getting more than what it is paying for. Portola's firefighters received hazardous material training at the Union Pacific Railroad training facility in Pueblo, Colorado. At the June 24 Council meetIng, a resolution was passed to provide payment to the fire chief of $300 per month and the medical captain a payment of $200 per month. The established rate of $10 per call for actual participation in fire and emergency calls for the volunteers remained the same. This is an affordable public service which is helping serve and develop our community in a positive way. The directors of Graeagle Fire Protection District can learn to pay it forward from Portola's fire department. Is the annexation really necessary and law? Or just a way for a district to extract money for a district to develop itself?. The Gold Mountain development contracts with Portola for its fire protection. The construction of Lodge at Nakoma has not been delayed by not being annexed into a fire district. Does the Feather River Inn really substantially increase responsibilities anymore than the Gold Mountain development? The Schomac Group may decide to focus on the new Portola Highlands development with a cooperative City Council. Portola's firefighters are volunteering in other ways than fire protection. Councilman Oels and Fn'eflghters worked on a city park. They will likely volunteer for other needed projects. Thanks for all the dedicated work of our firefighters, but especially those in Portola. Some have memories of service. Others like Kelsi Rai Carr have memorials of their lives given in public service. Rest in Peace. Larry F. Doug/as Portola Jail debate I wrote a letter to the editor last week expressing my support of the proposed new jail location, but I also knew that the property being proposed was only about 100 yards from where the jail is now located, and I also know that there is a pressing need for local government to act. I also should have mentioned that I was a county supervisor from Greenville at the time the existing jail was built. Our board and our sheriff back then wanted the jail to be directly accessible from the major highway for many reasons. The main reason being that of law enforcement daily activity. Even though there are residences and businesses in near proximity to the jail where it is now, many were not there at that time, but it was also obvious that East Quincy was growing, and I remember well that this was a major concern. The now proposed new location would still be directly accessible from the major highway, and that's still a good thing; and I might add that public safety has not even been an issue until now. Aside from the accessibility issue, the main issue facing the sheriff and the board of supervisors at this time is one of the need for action. If it doesn't get built this time around, then chances are it won't get built at all, in which case, it could eventually have to be shut down, leaving the entire county in dire straights by creating huge ongoing, county wide, safety issues, aside from overwhelming fmancial problems. But what is even more important is that we have a public safety program housed in an environmentally unsafe facility, go figure. Nansi Bohne Quincy Scare tactics A recent count indicates that there are 1,700 domestic hate and terror groups with thousands of members. Extremist, anti-government groups have become mainstream, permeating the whole country. In 2015, already many hate crimes have been committed across the nation. Cities in southern states are being bombarded by Ku Klux Klan hatred fliers. The Constitution gives them the right to believe whatever they wish, but inciting to diminish the rights of others is unconscionable if not unconstitutional. In California cities, Loma Rica, San Francisco and Santa Barbara have suffered hate crimes. FEMA, Walmart and a routine small army exercise to be held in Texas have been used by extremists to panic the ~ citizens of Texas. For instance, agitators claim that the closing of Walmart stores was not for renovating plumbing but for building underground prisons for detention of American citizens. These scares are not just paranoia; they are deliberate attempts to fulminate hate for our America government. Also, throughout the country, extremists are being emboldened to attack policemen, a police headquarters, a courthouse, a bank, and a Mexican consulate One militia group was strong enough to cause local law officers to withdraw. Just as insidious, the Republican National Committee endorsed the John Birch Society's outrageous claim that Agenda 21 is somehow a plot to impose Marxist socialism on America. To support their party, loyal Republicans have bought into the scare. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsvine No dust Back in the day the 'devil may care' attitude of the astronauts cavorting on the moon and zipping around in the four-wheeler without a worry of ripping their spacesuits seemed a bit odd, but never in my wildest dreams did I think our government would fabricate such an event. I am older now. I know better. For those of you who have swallowed the "it would take too many people" bait and therefore can never believe a conspiracy narrative, wake up. Everyone was busy handling their little piece of the big picture. Watch the scene between Donald Sutherland and Kevin Costner in JFK, which spells the scenario out much better than I can. Think about the time: Still smarting over the fact that the Russian defeat of the German army on the eastern front in WWII left them vulnerable to the Normandy invasion and led to Germany's ultimate defeat, We needed to prove that we were the exceptional people and that our system was superior to Russia's. Then the Russians beat us into orbit, so we had to beat them to the moon; multiple times supposedly. The iconic "footprints on the moon" photos: how much dust do you estimate, two inches, more? Watch NASA's film of the astronauts running on the moon: no dust. Watch NASA's film of the astronauts zipping around in the four-wheeler: no dust. I recently drove up to Silver Lake and, let me tell you, there was dust! Watch Alan Shepard hit a golf ball on the moon which he said went for miles: no dust. How is this possible? I know: Each particle of moon dust must weigh 300 pounds. Remove the flag from your face and you will see more clearly. Jeff Ladvigson Quincy Z222222LZ2222222222LLLL_L_L__L_~ Contact your elected officials PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS- 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, PRESIDENT- Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TITflDD: (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, IST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076.;; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. STATE SENATOR, Ist DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center: 4359 Town 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, 1ST DIST. - Brian DaMe, State Capitol, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-00001, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103, District Office, 280 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, 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. 1 I I