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12B Wednesday, July 7, 2010 LETTERS, from page 11B Overhaul Forty-five years ago I bought a new 1965 Ford truck. It was a "bare bones" model with the fuel tank be- hind the seat, one-speed wipers, and no seat belts (which I installed later). The front bumper was chrome and was free since the dealer didn't want to remove it. With a Barden Bumper in- stalled the total price was $2,5OO. I knew very well that soon- er or later the truck would riced repairs or replacement. At the time I thought when the truck got older I would just buy a new one. As time went by the en- gine became weaker and I figured on getting a new truck. However, money was not put aside in a "truck fund" and now a new safer truck could not be bought. I overhauled the engine since it was less costly than buy- ing the wood I needed for the following winter. Well, here it is, 45 years later and once again the o1' truck needs repairs. It would be nice to have a new truck ($25,000 - $30,000) with all the environmental and safe- ty equipment. But guess what? Dumb me didn't sock any money away throughout the past 45 years. Now the o1' half- ton is in store for an- other overhaul. But hold on there, just a minute. If I could sell a bond or two and get someone else to buy me a new truck, I would let them use it once in awhile for a fee ... honest! Better yet, I think I'll vote Yes on Measure B and wise- ly save the money in taxes to buy a new rig at a later date. My good o1' American-made pickup truck most likely will outlast me. You can just about bet that not many of us are going to get out of the world alive. Milton K. Beer Meadow Valley PDH economics It does not matter if you have lived in Quincy for 10, 20, 30 years or more and you feel that our hospital will continue serving you and the community. What mat- ters is over that time, our hospital has deteriorated and continues to deteriorate and cannot continue to meet our medical needs. We need to take emotion and misleading information out of the debate and look at the Market Potential Eco- nomic Study conducted by the Center for Economic De- velopment, Chico State Uni- versity, in February 2010. This study was done to ana- lyze the medical and eco- nomic impact the Measure A bond will have on our com- munity. The study was done to re- veal consequences of losing the hospital and how that would impact the communi- ty's levels of population, in- come and business revenues. It states the loss would not be immediate, but deteriora- tion will continue and lead to the eventual closure and loss of vital medical care. This eventual loss has neg- ative impacts on future pop- ulation and additional con- sequences for property val- ues, local tax revenues, which could lead to reduc- tion in local government ser- vices and the quality of life for area residents. The loss also influences businesses and families that would like to locate in Quincy. Presently the positive eco- nomic impact of PDH is nearly $30 million in rev- enue to businesses and orga- nizations, $14.4 million in II$N gOHNTY r,,llR FRI, Festival ..... Box ......... ,=27 Handicap, i., ,.$25 Reserve ... General . ...,=17 labor income and 288 jobs. To quote the study, "Without the portion of property tax distributions that fund the capital improvement pro- ject, the quality of PDH's fa- cilities and therefore, its ser- vices would deteriorate over time. In the future, the hos- pital would have a more dif- ficult time remaining a sol- vent healthcare organiza- tion. Therefore the net eco- nomic impact of the proper- ty tax assessment to fund capital improvements is overwhelmingly positive from the overall communi- ty's economic perspective." Vote No on B. Bill Wickman Quincy Whole world I wanted to take a moment to say a huge thank you to Plumas District. Hospital and especially to Mike Vec- tor, (paramedics) and nurse Carol and Dr. Gladden. This past Sunday morning at 5:30 a.m. my precious 3- year-old granddaughter went into a seizure. As I held her in my arms and dialed 911, I had a feeling like no other, I was terrified and wanted help so desperately: When the paramedics came so fast and came running up my stairs, I handed my whole world into the compe- tent and loving hands of Mike Vector. Though I did not know what was wrong with my granddaughter at the time, just having them there made a world of differ- ence. The wonderful nurse Car- ol and the wonderful Dr. Gladden and the rest of the staff were absolutely great. That is the worst experience you can have, feeling so helpless and needing some- one right away. I sure hope everyone in Plumas County votes to build a basic hospi- tal that we all need -- what is a few bucks from us all knowing that ,our whole world could slip away if that immediate attention isn't given. After this morning I know in my heart that if each one of us were to have an emer- gency and put ourselves and our spare change out of the equation (this is not some- thing extravagant - just a simple basic hospital), but for the ones in our life that we can't live without is such a small sacrifice and a bless- ing. I hope that it doesn't take your heart being ripped out to realize how important our hospital is to each and every one of us. As I truly believe if you had been in my shoes this morning there would be no issue to helping support our basic hospital. Please remember some- times we only have a small window of opportunity to save someone and it will hurt us all and take away the few remaining doctors that we have and I believe just knowing that is worth peace of mind. Thank you, thank you, thank you each of you for all your help this morning as those paramedics were the best thing I have ever Seen running up my staircase. Melanie Parker Quincy Your kind of guy "Independence" Day Pa- rade, July 4, Graeagle .... Dear Ms. Kathy Rains, you were concerned about the in- clusion of the Tea Party marchers in the July 4 pa- rade. The Tea Party Patriot marchers are not a political party;" we hold ourselves to a higher standard ... unlike you and your chosen lead- ers, we read the legislation before we vote it into law. Honey, I hate to tell you this ... there are no Tea "Party" members on the bal- lots in November. The "po- litical forum" you wrote about are your "so called" neighbors and friends; they just don't tell you to your face how they really feel about your voting habits and the way you raise your kids. Wake up, Ms. Rains; a seri- ous question needs to be asked .... Are you under- taxed, Ms. Rains? Are ou holding on to some TARP monies and fear the end is near? That mob of protesters you saw marching in Graea- gle ... handing out American flags ... are reminiscent of the '60s ... just a little grayer and over 60. For now, they are the silent majority that found their voices, and only politicians need fear them. You could have joined us to celebrate the "freedoms" our forefathers intended us to enjoy or you could have formed your own group and marched by yourself ... per- haps in the May Day Parade, Red Square. In 1776, Americans treated you r kind of guy ... King George (Obama) ... with the same respect your kind gave our previous president (George Bush), so fair is fair. Come on, lighten up dude, put on your sandals, slip on a muumuu, tie some flowers in your hair, roll one, raise your rainbow flag and "cele- brate diversity." See you at the polls in No- vember, Ms. Rains ... best of luck, wink ... LOL. Dr. Trent Saxton Portola Defining liberal Bryan Hansen is proud to be a conservative (Letters to ENDEAVOR HOMES 1-800-482-8453 P.O. Box 1947 Oroville, CA 95965 ROUGH PLUMBING 8f FOUNDATION NOT INCLUDED "We Help From Finance to Finish" Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter the Editor, June 23). I'm also very proud to be a liberal, an endangered species in Plumas County! Please allow me to quote my favorite de- scription of a "liberal" to help enlighten some of my conservative neighbors. In his book, "Saying What You Mean (A Commonsense Guide To American Usage)," Robert Claiborne provides the following: "Liberal -- The rise of hard-core conservatism has turned this formerly neutral word into a political epithet. 'Liberals' in the eyes of the Radical Right are people who favor crime in the streets, permissiveness in education and sex, pornogra- phy, secular humanism and various other unspeakable things. Indeed, some 'liberal- s' are seen as disguised agents of the international communist conspiracy. The Radical Left has also gotten in its licks at 'liberals' claiming that they are really disguised agents of the es- tablishment. The widespread misuse of 'liberal' reflects two com- mon fallacies. The first is that people who are opposed to prohibiting something by law must be in favor of it. This is nonsense, of course. For example, I (and, I think, nearly all Americans) would fight against any law pro- hibiting the practice of Ro- man Catholicism, yet I cer- tainly don't favor either the church or its doctrines. The second fallacy is that if you question the value of a proposed remedy, you must be in favor of the disease. That is, if you believe that "getting tough" on street crime isn't likely to reduce it much unless something is al- so done about its causes -- notably unemployment -- you must love street crimi- nals. Which makes about as much sense as saying that doctors who criticize a dubi- ous cancer cure must love cancer. As currently used, then, liberal is a Humpty Dumpty word: it means whatever the speaker chooses. As such it should be avoided, except where the context makes the sense absolutely clear- or in political mudslinging." Chuck Davis Graeagle Differential My husband and I have been full-time residents of the Chester West Shore for 12 years. During that time, we've made a concerted ef- fort to support the Chester merchants as much as possi- ble by doing our shopping in town. I have become increasing- ly concerned about the dis- parity of the price of gas be- tween Susanville/Chico and Chester: Yesterday the price of a gallon of regular in Chico was $2.98; in Chester it was $3.59. Over the years, I've noticed the price differ- ence has been consistently higher, however never to this extent. Should this continue, I will probably join my (many) friends who pur- chase gas outside of Chester. I hope this won't have to happen, but the price differ- ential has become too great to continue buying gas in Chester. Roberta Carlson Chester SPI to re-tool Sonora mill In a joint announcement June 29, Sierra Pacific In- dustries and the Tuolumne County Economic Develop- ment Authority said SPI is making a major investment in Tuolumne County by re- tooling its sawmill in Sono- ra, updating an older mill that closed there in 2009. This facility, when com- pleted, will incorporate state-of-the-art technology to produce lumber from a wider array of log sizes than was possible under the older configuration. Remodeling of the old plant is expected to begin by mid-July, and the updated facility is planned for opera- tion in May 2011. The announcement does not impact the SPI cedar- fencing mill in Chinese Camp, which currently em- ploys about 80 people. "We are investing in the future of this community," said SPI area manager Ryan Land. "Lumber markets have improved modestly and by increasing the range of ac- ceptable log sizes we will be able to bring family-wage jobs back to this area," he added. "SPI continues to invest in its forests and mills to grow more trees and enhance productivity while protecting the environment and creating jobs," Land continued. He added that Tuolumne County Economic Develop- ment Authority director Larry Cope has worked co- operatively with SPI to re- tool the mill and restore jobs to the community. The Sonora mill closed in. July 2009 amid weakness in the lumber market, reduced timber harvests on nearby national forest lands and in- creasing state regulatory burdens. In addition, the plant was configured to only accept larger-diameter logs. "When combined, these factors left us no choice but to close the plant," said Land. At that time about 130 em- ployees were affected by the closure. About the same number of employees will be hired when the retooled plant begins production in 2011. SPI spokesman Mark Pawlicki said, "Retooling this mill will help California meet its own demand for wood products, rather than importing lumber from far- away places with lower en- vironmental standards. The time has come when more of the lumber needed in this state can be produced in Cal- ifornia's mills." Sierra Pacific Industries will manage retooling the mill and anticipates hiring local workers to help with the project. Golf Equipment Available y the Franke Miller Memorial Golf Club To Sign Up Call: Lee at 530-259-4167