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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 71B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE On Voting... No one is too busy to take the time to vote The campaigning for next WI--IEI:( I STAND making sure voters are year's elections is starting to informed. Others are draw more attention, and LEE H. HAMILTON pushing to make it more with it comes a focus on DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER difficult for eligible voters to ON CONGRESS voters and their mood. INDIANA UNIVERSITY vote, since their chief Which is all well and good, concern is to protect the but it leaves out of the system that they want nointegrity of the ballot and equation one large bloc of part of it. reduce fraud. citizens: people who are There are also legitimate Still, plenty are deeply eligible to vote, but don't, reasons: people are ill or concerned about falling rates Over the years, a fair disabled, they didn't know of voter participation -- the number of people I've where to vote, or their 2014 elections saw the lowest encountered have confessed polling place was hard to turnout rate since 1942, that they do not vote -- and I reach, according to the United often surprise them by Sometimes they didn't States Election Project, pressing them on why they meet their state's which found that a mere don't. They give a multitude registration deadline --35.9 percent of the of reasons, which might be a month voting-eligible population The most common is that ahead of the election -- or cast ballots. they're too busy, or that they ran into ID They're concerned because voting takes too much time. requirements that stymied voting doesn't just put Plenty also say they're them. office-holders in place and turned off by politics, On the whole, it didn't take push policy in one direction politicians, and anything much to keep them away or another. Voting also having to do with from the polling place, affmns the electoral system. government, which, for many When people don't vote, they "What difference does it policy-makers, is of little undermine the legitimacy make?" they'll ask. Or they'll concern. Some don't worry and effectiveness of our argue that money has so about low voter turnout;representative democracy. corrupted the political they're more focused on The vigor of our system depends on the vote of each certainly occur. question of voter ID. It's citizen. We also need to recognize legitimate to ensure that a So, what do we do about it? that the days are long past person presenting himseff or My first recommendation when it was okay to place herself at the voting site is is actually a note of caution, election administration in . the same one named on the Generally speaking, the hands of partisan state or voting list. However, democrats have emphasized local politicians. They will requiring an ID needs to be making ballot access easier; push for power and use the accompanied by aggressive republicans have focused on system to influence the efforts to Emd voters and ballot integrity. Both need to process. It's time for election provide free access to the be addressed ff we're to build management across the voting booth. the legislative support country to be in non-partisan Instead, many states that necessary to achieve needed hands, have instituted ID changes in our electoral The aim of reforming therequirements have system, system is to make votingdismissed the idea that this We have to make it easier convenient, efficient and imposes a responsibility to to vote and harder to cheat, pleasant; to make sure the reach out to voters and make We need to modernize the mechanics work as they IDs available to those who system. Democracies like ought; and to ensure that can't afford it. They're Australia and Canada invest disputes are handled fairly, subverting representative serious money in their This means that state democracy. election infrastructure and governments, not localities, For information about our conduct widely acclaimed should be responsible for the educational resources and elections. Ours, by contrast, accuracy and quality of voter programs, visit our website are fragile and uneven, lists and for educating the at centeroncongress.org. Go We've already had one public about voting. Often, to Facebook to express your presidential election decided local governments have views about Congress, civic by courts on a question of neither the expertise nor the education, and the citizen's failed infrastructure. More funds to' do this effectively, role in representative embarrassing cases will Finally, there's the democracy. 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 dmcdonald@plumasnews.vorrL Comedy from the GOP Already, many GOP elected officials have subjected themselves to ridicule, but some are determined to outdo themselves. Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, senator from Texas, announced that as president he would "red line" every word of Obamacare, which has brought medical coverage to more than 10 million otherwise uninsured Americans. The next day, however, on a CNN interview, Cruz said he would have fo sign up for Obamacare because his wife's coverage, and therefore his, had been suspended during her leave of absence from her job. Also, when John McCain called Cruz a "wacko bird" in regard to Cruz's opposition to immigration reform, Cruz proclaimed that he was "a very, very proud wacko bird." Donald Trump, perennially in the news and leading in the polls for the GOP nomination for president, boasted on Fox News that he had a 100 percent foolproof plan to eliminate ISIS. When asked to elaborate, he declined because he said he didn't want the enemy to know what he was doing. Florida governor Rick Scott sent a letter of reprimand to an environmental employee in his state for saying "climate change." Scott further placed the employee on suspension without pay and ordered the employee to undergo a doctor's exam to determine his sanity. Scott dismisses the rising coastal waters of his state as "nuisance flooding." More to come. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Show us some results "Pandering" and "Dysfunctional" defined; please read the following. The "I love Portola" club. What ever happened to them; when was their last meeting? What have they accomplished since they started? Please list their finished projects and outcomes. Going out of business seems to be the fad these days in Portola. Here's a reasonable question that deserves an answer. How many businesses are actually supporting the city coffers these days? Will someone at the city please print the number of commercial businesses still paying business license taxes to the city? What happened to the Hostel project on 241 Commercial Street? Anyone? Has the CEQA report on the Woodbridge development been published? While I am at it, can the Board of Supervisors list the projects they have worked on this past year besides paying the bills? What businesses have they managed to bring to this county? Anyone care to share? The people pay supervisors a tidy sum, so tell us what you have done besides pay an attorney to file a lawsuit against the USFS. The city council is still "overpaying" $50,000 a year to the county for LAFCo fees. They're still overpaying salaries to their attorney and CPA. We're watching the slow demise of a city and county. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Pro-life hypocrisy The Republican presidential candidate's focus on abortion is a carefully planned detour aimed at taking people's attention away from what is actually important to our society's health. The Ryan budget, as an example, deliberately deprives people of programs that are health promoting. Ryan's budget cuts funding to food stamps, education, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, school lunch programs and fmancial aid for college students. Republicans also want to do away with the EPA and environmental regulations. At the same time, they want to increase military spending and cut taxes for the very wealthy. They are even promoting war with Iran. The Republican stance on these issues make them the party of death, not the party of life. The hypocrisy of Pro-Life Republicans. It's time for them to get their noses out of women's lives and accept the real world that the other 99 percent of the country inhabits. Ron Lowe Nevada City Learn the Jefferson facts State of Jefferson supporters had a booth at the Plumas County Fair. They were amazed at the amount of inaccurate and outrageous information being circulated about SoJ. For example, many retirees fear they'll lose their pensions if Jefferson separates from California. ff that were true, they'd lose them moving to any other state, too. Flocks of California retirees are moving to Nevada. In Jefferson they could keep their pension AND their home. Have you heard these? "Jefferson would not have environmental regulations." "We'd be over our heads in debt to California." "The Feds control so much it wouldn't make a difference." "Jeffersonians are rich tea party people who don't care about the working class." Who says and where are the their facts? What's their agenda? Scare tactics and intimidation, obscuring truth and twisting facts - all out of the progressive/liberal Saul Alinsky playbook. Presenting facts and speaking to the issues informs people, and once informed, they think. When they think, they question. When they question, they don't always draw the same conclusions as progressives/liberals. When they don't reach the same conclusions, progressives/liberals lose their stranglehold on the masses. Ask your small business neighbors how California regulations are working for them. Or our nurses how user-friendly the healthcare system is. Or our ranchers about land and water restrictions. Or yourself about how limiting gasoline consumption helps you run a farm and get kids to school. Ask why we pay for a train to nowhere, why illegal and criminal foreigners vote, how carbon taxes help us, why we depend on grant money for survival, why our schools need common core, or our kindergartners need sex education .... Where does it end? Only when citizens learn the facts and work to secure a better future for their kids. Are you one of them? Lynn Desjardin Portola Lion killing Now I don't have any objections whatsoever if someone wants to drive 10 or 15 miles out of town, hike a few more miles through rugged terrain, take a legal buck, field dress it, drag it back to the pickup, tag it, and hopefully use as much of the venison as possible. No problem at all. But it is a completely different matter when someone flies to Africa, pays two guides to kill an antelope to drag behind a Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. yourself in our email: dmcdonald@plumasnews, com vehicle, lure a lion out of a protected area, wound the lion with a crossbow, pursue the wounded lion for 40 hours and then kill it using a rifle. Was there any bonus paid to the guides for overtime, or for hazardous duty pay? Will Mr. Palmer help out by contributing to their legal defense costs? Sure seems that it would take a lot of fillings and root canals to pay for that adventure. Those few bad apples you mentioned before must have had a thick coating of caramel to cause that many cavities. In a previous letter I mistakenly wrote Tanzania as the site of the lion killing, it happened in Zimbabwe. I regret the errorJ The San::' Francisco Chronicle of Friday, July 31, 2015, carried a Washington Post article describing poachers killing a family group of five elephants and cutting off their tusks in the Tsavo West National Park, Kenya, then escaping by motorcycle into Tanzania. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Fine whine If you will excuse a little ' plagiarizing, may I say: The weekly letter writer from Taylorsviile is a friend of mine. I've never understood a single word he says, but I'd help him drink his whine. He always has a very fine whine. Jeremiah. Ed Laurie Portola Comic relief Just when I think the far right whackos can't get any more ridiculous, a writer says conspiracy theories are not crazy. You just need to investigate. So, let's see ifI have them right: the chem trails are dropping disease and chemicals on poor Americans, and when we go for treatment we will be put into FEMA camps, but just until the UN's Agenda 21 forces us to live in the cities, where we can be controlled by Obama's brown shirts, until something, something .... Did I miss anything? Thank you tea party for the comic relief. Terry Southworth C-Road Prejudice against men It is good that local social services are starting to recognize the need to create .... programs to help men. But it appears that those who intend to start such programs have such a deep prejudice against men that I doubt their efforts will be successful. This article, in the Aug. 19 paper, begins by stating, "Not all guys are bad guys." The message is very clear: Men are assumed to be "bad guys" until they prove themselves otherwise. This statement is sexist, bigoted, and not the least supportive of men who are "good guys," and work hard to be good parents and good husbands. The persons leading this program need to take a long step backward and reconsider this self-defeating attitude. I also suggest they ponder how many of the problems men face originate, or are sustained by, those who share this same prejudiced attitude towards men. Ken Donnell Greenville Contact your elected officials PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS- 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT- Barack Obama, the White House, 16110 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contact/ U.S. SENATOR- Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TrYfH)D: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710. Website: feinstein.senate.gov. 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. LLS. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. www.LaMalfa.Honse.gov.; Facebook.com/RepLaMalfa; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. STATE SENATOR, lsi DIST. -Ted Gaines. 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, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, 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: gov.ca.gov/(916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. i 'v q