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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 7B COMMUNITY PER.S.PECTIVE Despite my efforts to stop it WHERE I STAND Association plans to file a No matter how many mail- We need more firefighters,you live in a State Responsi- by referendum and legisla- lawsuit disputing the fee's le- ers or explanations or warn- bulldozers, trucks and thebility Area and will be paying tion, the illegal fire tax is be- TED GAINES gality and I hope it is over- ings any agency sends out, it other equipment that does the this tax. ing assessed on more than CALIFORNIA STATE SENATORturned as soon as possible, doesn't make this tax anyhard work of fighting these For questions regarding 825,000 rural Californians 1 ST DISTRICT Until that happens, though, more right or more legal,wildfires and protecting us, your bill, contact (888) 310-6447. starting this month, including It's a lose-lose proposition the state Board of Equalization It was, is and always will be our homes and our property. For more information re- 10,991 in Plumas County. for the people in my district (BOE) has already begun mail- a shakedown of rural proper- This tax leaves us no safer, garding the Howard Jarvis This so-called fee was and for anyone concerneding th4fwst bills for the new ty owners that takes their only poorer and more skepti- Taxpayers Association ef- passed in 2011 to extract up to with public safety and the fire tax this month and hopes to money every single year but cal than ever .of a government forts, visit fretaxprotest.org. $150 per habitable structure rule of law. have all bills sent by December. gives them zero in the way of that takes and spends taxpay- from property owners. This tax should have been The BOE has also begun additional fire protection, er dollars with no regard to Senator Ted Gaines represents The tax will not provide subject to a two-thirds vote in mailing an advance notice to Wildfires are currently rag- the law or to fairness, the 1st Senate District, which any more fire protection and the Legislature just like every affected property owners to ing out of control across the I wanted to share with youincludes all or parts of Alpine, will actually make it harder other tax, but the Democrats warn them that the bills are Northstate and they won't be several resources you can use Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, for local fire agencies to raise called it a fee to get around coming, and to provide them put out by the phantom pro- to equip yourselves with in- Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, the money they need to keep that requirement, with a brochure explaining tections promised in this bo- formation. Placer, Plumas, Sacramento people safe. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers the "fee." gus tax. Visit calfirefee.com to see if and Sierra counties. Canada/Obamacare: What's in store for California? The clock is ticking toward WHERE I STAND times, patients also endure ra- he was sent home and had to an 18-month waiting list for health savings accounts and the full implementation of DAN LOGUE tioned care. In 2008, onewait over a year for the hole . surgery, even though she was allowing out-of-state plans to Obamacare in 2014. Yet, Cali- VICE CHAIRMAN woman received a note that to be closed, at.risk of permanent damage to be sold in California, we can fornians still have many ques- CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY she had been dropped as a pc- An Ontario man with ap- her organs. When her parents make health care more afford- tions about what it will mean HEALTH COMMII-rEE tient of her doctor due to a pendicitis was turned away publicly complained, she was able and accessible without for their health care. random lottery to help over- from six hospitals and eventu- dropped from the waiting list destroying the system. There are many unanswered take a patient to receive a worked doctors. A recent me- ally had to travel 120 miles and denied future care except The lessons of Canada tell questions about how it will im- heart bypass or undergo ra- dla account told of two doctors and wait 28 hours to receive in the case of an emergency, us that government health pact the cost, quality and avail- diction therapy, for example, holding a lottery to choose treatment. It's scary to think thatcare willimean less access to ability of care. But we need But the Canadian Institute from among 4,000 potential pa- A Calgary woman had to Chicago-style politics could care and even rationing, look no further than Canada for for Health Information tients for their new practice, give birth to quadruplets in get in the way of our receiv- while hurting employers, a preview of what Californians found that even these unac- But health care is about Montana because there wasing necessary treatments killing jobs and raising can expect under Obamacare. ceptably long benchmarks more than numbers. It's no Alberta hospital with the when we dare criticize a gov- costs. Sadly, this is exactly Most Californians are fortu- aren't being met. about real people. The real capacity to care for four pre- ernment official, what we are facing in Cali- nate to have access to the It takes 239 days on average life experiences of Canadians mature babies. I don't believe we should de- fornia in 2014 under Oba- medical care that we need, in Canada for a patient to re- are shocking and show what An elderly British Colum-stroy a system that successful- macare. Now that the court when we need it. ceive a hip replacement,278 could be in store for all of us bin woman with severe heart ly serves 90 percent of patients has ruled Obamacare to be Unfortunately, the opposite days for a knee replacement, under Obamacare. problems went untreated for to solve the problems facing 10 constitutional, there's only is true under Canada's gov- 22 days for radiation therapy Consider the case of a more than four months before percent. We can reform health one thing left to be done: We ernment health care system, and 50 days for heart bypass Toronto man involved in aher doctor ultimately recom- care without busting the bud- must send leaders to Wash- Patients typically endure surgery. The Fraser Institute bad car accident. He had to mended going to the U.S. for get, raising taxes or putting ington who understand the long waits for basic care and found that Canadians are cur- have a fst-sized piece of bone treatment, the government in charge of damage caused by govern- life-saving treatments. The rently on waiting lists for 1 removed from his skull to re- Most shocking was the case our health care. ment health care and will government has issued guide- million procedures, lieve pressure on his brain, of a 12-year-old girl from Through free market solu-work to repeal and replace lines for how long it should In addition to long waiting' Once the swelling subsided, British Columbia who was on tions like tax-advantagedObamacare.~ LETTE1KS to the EDITO1K Great credit The payoff came on July 20, As incident commander of 1969, when Nell Armstrong California Interagency Inci- stepped off the LEM ladder on- dent Management Team No. to the moons surface making a 4, I would like to personally footprint and saying the im- express my gratitude to the mortal words: "That's one communities surrounding step for man, one giant leap Lake Almanor, Greenville, for mankind." The U.S. had Quincy and the Feather River won the space race and the en- Canyon affected by the Chips tire world was united as one. the state and nation as well. Fire, and tothe citizen volun- Neil Armstrong was a hero. These meetings were al- teers who so graciously con- His heroism came at a when it ways open to the public and tributed to the well-being of was needed most. It had been often included citizens inter- the firefighters working to a troubling decade for the U.S. ested in possible impacts on suppress the Chips Fire. President Kennedy was assas- their lands, those seeking to Community members sup- sinated, as was his bother develop similar projects in ported firefighters in many Robert. Martin Luther King their own communities, and ways, from donations of food, was also assassinated. There those who just generally fruit, home baked goods and were Vietnam War protests make every attempt to edu- other items to signs showing and draft protests. There was cate themselves. support all over the local the epicsagaofWoodstock.Those critics making wild area. In addition, community Neil Armstrong was a hero assumptions about negative meetings held throughout the because he had great poise impacts on their lands have incident were incredibly well and self-confidence and was no scientific information on attended with a significant modest and shy. He stood up which to base those assump- amount of participation from well under the presence of tions and seem to be ignoring community members and lo- danger. During the moon the climatic conditions that cal cooperators, launch, his heart peaked and may actually be creating simi- These extraordinary efforts stayed constant at 110 beats lar circumstances around the have been greatly appreciated per minute. He was a can-do state and quite possibly the and will be remembered as guy who had the right stuff, nation. Please consider expert truly making a.difference in Nell Armstrong died Satur- opinions in your decision- the lives of these dedicated day, Aug. 25, i ,}12, in Ohio. He making process. firefighters. I recognize that was 82 years old. Valerie Nellor this outpouring of support James L Overstreet Quincy was made at a,time the com- Quincy munities in this area were ex- Ideological persistence periencing the stress of a ma- Wild assumptions Will those of you who are so jor wildfire. These generous I've been hearing an amaz- persistent in your ideology actions have reflected great ing amount of criticism about that you will vote for a presi- credit on the local area and the watershed restoration pro- dent who clearly is doing all will never be forgotten, grams of the Feather River Co- he can to further the destruc- Rocky W. Opliger ordinated Resource Manage- Lion of America, just as he Incident Commander ment group (FRCRM) and the wrote in his own words, in important work it has been en- "Dreams From My Father?" Right stuff gaged in for over 20 years. This is an election between Mankind has gazed into the For many years I worked for our freedom and big govern- nighttime sky at the moon as it the CRM group and personally ment. Half of the people are moved from a full moon to a invited many of these same the payers, and half are the new moon and t.he phases in critics to participate and offer takers. Which are you? between. There was both awe feedback at various watershed Remember when this presi- and fascination. The moon is restoration project informa- dent was elected, and Mrs. so close yet is so far away. A tional meetings, numerous Obama said, "For the first full-fledged U.S. space program tours of potential projects, pro- time in my life I am proud of was kick-started by the Soviet jects in construction and corn- my country." I have lived al- Union's successful space pro- pleted projects. None of them most twice as long as Mrs. gram. The space race was on to bothered to take advantage of Obama, and have seen presi- get to the moon first. President any of these opportunities to dents come and go, and to use Kennedy in 1961 said the U.S. learn more about the water- some of her words, for the was committed to putting a shed restoration projects, first time.in my life, I am man on the moon and bringing Since this is the case, how ashamed of the president. My him safely back to earth before can they possibly have any first vote at the age of 21, was the end of the decade, knowledge about the science for Harry Truman, and I How hard the program was behind these efforts to main- would vote again for old Har- is hard for us to understand. It tain water quality and water ry if he were living. was going into the unknown quantity while protecting the We will soon be $16 trillion and working out solutions to adjacent natural resources? in debt, $5 trillion of that problems entirely different. The FRCRM staff are somethanks to the president's poll- There were countless hours of of the most knowledgeable, cies. There are 23 million peo- test flights along with some well-respected and well-edu- ple out of work, or have given Sub-orbital flights. There was cared scientists in the nation up looking for work. This, too, the tragic loss of three astro- with regard to watershedis thanks to the president's nauts in a tragic fire. restoration. Working with sci- policies. Thousand of people The program continued, entists from many different are on food stamps and we all agencies, public and Private, see TV ads advising more peo- this goal. Our elected leaders This goal was just completed. they have developed these ple to apply for them. It is dis- remain apathetic to the loss of It resulted in the justification projects by combining their gusting. He is buying votes by businesses. They have been to raise our water and sewer many years of expertise to giving all the benefits possible more concerned about balanc- bills without our vote but plan and implement projects to illegal immigrants while ing their budgets. Government with our protests. Everyone that have consistently deliv: thousands of our veterans go employees are concerned with knows we are in trouble. ered positive outcomes not without the care they need. maintaining the status quo or Now is the time for the City only in the Feather River wa- How is it that we send their royal treatment. Thanks Council to change their poli- tershed, but in other areas of politicians to Washington, goes to the Board of Grizzly cies to conform with the eco- some of them of modest Lake Community Services nomic vision for the future means? They are there year District and its employees for found in the general plan. It is after year, and when they are their sacrifices. finally defeated, they go home Our royal city eml loyees millionaires. I believe Dianne claim they do not have the Feinstein has had her hand in the public trough long enough. She will have the best of retirements and benefits, that all politicians get. I hope voters send her home to San Francisco in November. Patricia R. Burke Lake Almanor Prime importance Regarding the national debt, I find that on the whole: the Republicans have in- creased it far more than have the Democrats. Indeed, Ch- eney said that it didn't matter how high the national debt rose as the Bush administra- tion was pouring billions into the disastrous wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and giv- ing tax breaks to the wealthy. Except for Roosevelt's brief peak during WWII, Obama has increased it more than any other Democrat. Howev- er, we must bear in mind that he was handed a huge debt for which we are now paying $1 billion a day in interest alone. In addition, let's not forget the inherited, continuing expens- es of our unwieldy involve- ments in the Middle East. Also, unlike the Republican administrations, Obama's in- creases have gone to helping the 99 percent. It is interesting that when the Republicans are raising the debt to pamper the 1 per- cent at the expense of the wel- fare of the 99 percent, it doesn't matter; but when Oba- ma raises it to help the 99 per- cent buy groceries, suddenly it becomes of prime importance. Salvatore Catalano Tayiorsville time and it is not in their bud- get to even review the sign or- dinances. It is time the staff follow the direction of coun- cil. Most business owners do not have medical insurance or have workman's compen- sation insurance. They risk their assets on a brighter fu- ture that is looking very dim. The Portola General Plan 2020 has goals and policies for economic development. Many have not even read the gener- al plan. In the past decade they have had goals like the eradication of northern pike which has impacted our local economy and the safety of our drinking water. They have made million dollar loans to the county to rebuild the Lake Davis Water Treatment Plant. Dying We're dying and business owners want more signs. We need an economic recovery plan to rebuild the businesses of Portola and create jobs. The High Sierra Community De- velopment Center and B.J. Pearson have been working on time for them to follow the recommendations of the Grand Jury. Leaders in Plumas County and the City of Portola have to make the tough decisions before we die. Larry F. Douglas Portola Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week, per person and only one letter per person, per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words. The editor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words.The deadline is Friday at 3 p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed at mail@plumasnews.com 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, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D~C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202456-2461. 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; TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Off~ce: 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: 501 1 St., Suite 7-60G Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448,2563; OR 112 Har Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 2284)454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 4TH DISK - Tom McClintock. 508 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-2511; FAX (202) 225-5444. I mcclintock.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICE: 8700 Auburn Folson Rd., Suite | #100, Granite Ba)~ CA 95746; (916) 786-5560, FAX: (916) 786-6364. STATE SENATOR, 1st DISK - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3056, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. Roseville office: 1700 Eureka Rd., Suite #120, Roseville, CA, 95661. (916) 783-8232, FAX (916) 783-5487; Jackson office: 33 C Broadwa3~ Jackson, CA 95642, (209) 223-9140. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 3RD DIST. - Dan Logue, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 319-2003; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 1550 Humboldt Rd., Ste. #4, Chico, CA 95928; (530) 8954217, FAX (530) 8954219. 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. ' ~ - . . . . oorco*cva*~