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lOB Wednesday, July 2, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter LETTERS, from page 9B which bills are brought up for vote. Bills are passed by simple majority. In the Senate, there are 53 Democrats, 45 Republicans, and two Independents. The Democrats have the majority, and just like the House, control the committees and what bills are brought up for vote. The Senate also has a rule called cloture (or filibuster). It takes 60 votes (super majority) to even begin to debate a bill. The Republican-held House spends its time repealing Obamacare (54 times), endless Benghazi hearings (what about the 13 embassy attacks under Bush?), making up scandals to impeach Obama, and voting on bills designed to harm Americans, like cutting funding for food stamps and unemployment insurance. The Senate has killed over 307 bills by filibuster. Republicans have blocked the veteran's jobs bill, minimum wage increases, allowing students to refinance student loans, energy efficiency bills, and any bill designed to create jobs like infrastructure projects. America's middle class is shrinking, child poverty is increasing, our jobs are still overseas, our healthcare quality is dead last compared to other countries, and the American dream is stuck at minimum wage. With the Republican majority in the House and the constant Republican Senate filibuster, America's decline is diabolically intentional. Mark Mihevc Graeagle Taking back America A writer's June 25th letter ("Take your country back...") set me to thinking. My father also fought in World War II. He served on a B-17, flying bombing missions out of England and over Germany. Dad did not talk much about the war while I was growing up, but now that he is in his tenth decade, he is telling his sons and grandchildren about his experiences. Dad says that he didn't do anything special. I say that he is my hero and role model. The call to arms passed over my brothers and me but landed on our children. My son served in Afghanistan, a nephew in Iraq. Our family knows something about protecting freedom. After the war Dad ffmished college on the GI Bill, went into manufacturing and became an accomplished executive. In public policy his prime values included fiscal and military restraint, civil liberties and equal and fair opportunity. He generally voted Republican. In time, Dad says, the GOP lost interest in his values. He has been voting Democratic for some 30 years now. So have I. No political party has a monopoly on patriotism, service, skill or wisdom. Like the letter writer, I believe that all Americans should honor and pray for the men and women who serve in our armed forces. Like him, I hope that voters Events Around Plumas County Graeagle: Free live music, 6:30 p.m. - dusk, the Outpost. Quincy: Save Our Theatre campaign kick-off, doors open 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theatre. Open mic night supports purchase of digital projector. Includes bake sale, movie concessions. Sign up for seven-minute performance slots at Admission $5; additional donations welcome. All proceeds go directly to Save Our Theatre/Go Digital campaign. For information: Quincy: Quincy .Certified Farmers' Market, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., corner of Church and Main streets. For information:, 487-4386. Quincy: High Sierra Music Festival, Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Chester: American Legion Pancake Breakfast, 7 - 11 a.m., Chester Memorial Hall. 35th Chester Classic 5K Fun Run, day-of registration 7- 8:15 a.m., Collins Pine Main Street lawn. Run starts 8:30 a.m. Sponsored by Almanor Recreation and Park District To preregister: For information: Shane Bergmann,, 816-0524. Elks pancake breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m., Lake Almanor Elks Lodge in Old Town Chester. 42nd annual ChesterArtsand Oak Show, lO a.m.- 3 p.m., Chester Park. Presented by Chester Lions Club. Forinformation: Shauna Varner, 258-2297. 94th annual Chester Main Street Fourth of July Parade, 11 a.m., Main Street. Chester High School Booster Club chicken barbecue, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., Chester Park. Great Feather River Ducky Race, 2 p.m., down the Feather River. Sponsored by Rotary clubs of Chester, Westwood. Fireworks Extravaganza, 9 p.m. Sponsored by Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. Taylors'ville: Cowboy breakfast, 7 - 11 a.m., Indian Valley Museum on Cemetery Street. For information: 284-1046, 284-6406. Graeagle: Mohawk Valley Independence Day Celebration. Fri: Street Dance at Corner Barn in Blairsden. Sat: Civil War re-enactment battles, Old West gunfights, concert in the park, fireworks display. Sun: pancake breakfast at Graeagle Fire Department, bike race, triathlon, gunfights, battles, parade. For information: Taylorsville: Gem and Mineral Show, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Indian Valley Museum on Cemetery Street. Gem, mineral vendor exhibits/sells rocks, minerals, fossils in museum meeting room. Museum also open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (regular museum hours 1 - 4 p.m. Sat and Sun through October). For information: 284-1046. Chester: Almanor Recreation and Park District swap meet, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Truman Collins Sports Complex at 450 Meadowbrook Loop behind Antlers Motel. For registration forms: coordinator David Slusher, 258-7750; arpd01 All-American Beer Walk, 4 - 8 p.m., Old Town Chester. Live music, American-made beers. Art show and reception, 5 - 8 p.m., Blue Goose Gallery of Artists. "First Friday" becomes "First Saturday" for month of July. "Red, White and Blue" theme featuring papier-mache, fabric artist Gayle Bower; wildlife photographer Pat Neely; pastel, oil artist Billie Colson; woodcarver Gary Spence. Graeagle: Triathlon, starts 7:30 a.m. at the Millpond. Community Multisport Events offers three courses, sanctioned by USA Triathlon. For information:; Alice Berg, 836-1201. Lassen National Forest: California Native Plant Society outing, Jonesville Meadow. Group meets at Chico Park & Ride; contact leader for alternate meeting site. For information: 893-2886; Mon, July 7 Quincy: Mini Trojan Dance Team car wash fundraiser, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Quincy High School cafeteria area. Donations greatly appreciated. Greenville: Summer Reading Club begins, 11 a.m., Greenville branch of Plumas County Library. Program for kids 5 - 12 continues through July 29. Paws to Read theme includes visits from animals, those who work with them. For information: 284-7416. Chester: Summer Reading Club begins, 10 a.m., Chester branch of Plumas County Library.  - Program for kids 5 - 12 continues through July 30. Paws to Read theme includes visits from animals, those who work with them. For information: 258-2742. Portola: Summer Reading Club begins, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Portola branch of Plumas County Library. Program for kids 5 - 12 continues through July 30. Paws to Read theme includes visits from animals, those who work with them. For information: 832-4241. will take back our country in the elections this November and in 2016. Unlike him, I hope that will mean more victories for Democrats than for Republicans. Andy Johnston Clio NATO the real terrorist In the late seventies, we called the Mujahadin in Afghanistan freedom fighters. They were the Cold War proxy opposition to the USSR. By the mid-nineties they became A1 Quaeda, and an excuse to invade a foreign country. Now there is a potential terrorist behind every blade of grass -- you and I are terrorists -- false paranoia abounds. Now Obama is going to fund the Syrian freedom fighters (Free Syria Army or FSA) with 500 million dollars under the lie that Assad is killing his people. These are essentially the same terrorists our soldiers fight in Afghanistan. The same brand of teri:orist was imported into Libya so that we and NATO could claim Gaddhafi was killing his own people. Watch the YouTube clip "I cried watching this" and you will cry. Watch the babies die from the NATO bombings. Gaddhafi, like Assad, was killing terrorists, not his people. Yet we get to watch the vile Hillary Clinton remark "We came, we saw, he died...ha, ha, ha." Wow, that's sick. Do you recall the terrorists in Libya driving new fleets of Toyotas with 50 cals in the bed?... Hmmm, same dudes in Iraq now called ISIS. They ought to do a Toyota commercial "I love what you blew for me." ISIS and the FSA are being funded by the west, Saudi Arabia and NATO. In my humble opinion, there will be a major attack on our country by ISIS... i mean Barrack Obomba. The New World Order NATO is the real terrorist organization in this world -- devastating countries and stripping their sovereignty. We are next. Robert Milne Clio Whose Freedom? In a recent letter, a writer asserts, "We had more freedoms in America in the 1950s than we have today." He ignores the truth that freedom is not absolute; it is relative. Historically, freedom for one meant less for another, so the question is, "Who had more freedom?" Women, who were largely considered unworthy of public off'me, equal pay or job opportunity, or even control of their own bodies? African-Americans, whose right to vote, live in peace and respect, attend school and be employed as freely and equally as whites was non-existent in most of the country? Indians, who after being stripped of their lands and traditional culture and denied equal access to jobs and education, were in the 1950s still prohibited by law to freely practice traditional religion and still had families fractured by boarding schools as an educational model? Hispanic Americans, many of whose roots in America's west preceded the Constitution, who were only able to perform manual labor, live in sub-standard housing, and have little or no education available for their children? LGBT Americans, for whom it was impossible to live openly with those they loved, enjoying protection of. the same laws as their neighbors? Or in the 1950s was it the white male elite, who practiced their "freedom" to deny others equal voting and educational rights, to exploit the labor and talents of women and minorities, to , persecute others based on religion, ethnicity, or socio-economic status, and to squander limited natural resources while degrading the very environment in which we all live? If those "freedoms" are passing, then so be it. Yesterday's minorities are collectively tomorrow's majority, and all must be : freeand equal for the United States to be a credible, viable nation capable of leading the, world. Piers Strailey Quincy Say something original I sometimes wonder why I : read a frequent writer's letters. After all, he is merely: regurgitating Rush, Hannity, O'Reilly and others. Perhaps I am looking for an original thought, an informative argument or a constructive solution to one of this country's many problems. . But sadly, no. I fred in his writings that he is woefully uninformed, unimaginative, i unhelpful, angry and wildly conspiratoria !. I mean, come. on, Benghazi, the IRS scandal? These have been investigated almost to death;, there is nothing there. But by all means keep looking-- it gives the appearance of doing something while, in fact, doing nothing. And I will keep reading the' writer's letters, hoping against hope that someday he will someho.w have " ',ll' . something wortti saying. Chuck Savage: Blairsden ! Oil quest began in 1997 : I agree with the letter about Dick Cheney and his quest for oil in Iraq. However, what is generally , unknown is that it began in 1997 when Cheney gathered three dozen like-minded cohorts to form the Project for a New American Century (PNAC). Included in the group were Governor Jeb Bush, the Secretary of Defense and other influential: politicians. In 1998, they wrote a letter , to the White House urging an i attack on Iraq. Ignored, they picked Bush to run for president with Cheney as vice-president. They also had' their own Internet with the White House letter, a membership list, a statement outlining their purpose, and other related material. Strangely, that Internet is no longer available. When airplanes piloted by men from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan crashed into the Twin Towers, it played right into their hands. John Gauss Portola, I SENIOR. MENU I, I Monday, July 7 | Ethnic: Bean & cheese tostada, tomatoes and | lettuce, Mexican succotash, | cantaloupe slice. Tuesday, July 8 I Healthy heart: Baked fish, I I I l I III I! Wednesday, July 9 Hot roast beef sandwich," I I steamed broccoli, coleslaw, pear/lime jello " II i Thursday, July 10 Pork chops, mashed potatoes, | green beans, red peppers, whole grain bread, Waldorf salad ! Friday, July 11 I: quinoa pilaf, green salad, Ethnic: spaghetti & meat | orange slices, oatmeal sauce, tossed green salad, | cookie, ice cream steamed spinach, peaches | I i . -- |Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643; Greenville, 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832- 4173; Blairsden open Wed. only, call 832-4173 Tuesday for m |': I reservations. Suggested donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. | One guest may accompany each senior, $6 mandatory I' charge. Menus may change. Hours: Noon at all sites. [ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1  1 .i