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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 11B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Americans need to wake up and remember events of 9/11 Where were you on 9/11? More importantly, what will you do on this 9/11? On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I awoke at a bed and breakfast with my wife celebrating our 18th anniversary. As we came down for breakfast the hosts reported to us the news about that national nightmare and the first thing I thought was, "Where is my 14-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter?" It's hard to believe that it's been 14 years since the events of 9/11. What's even more difficult to believe is how too many across our great land have forgotten and returned to a pre-9/ll mentality and paradigm of the world. WHER I STAND PASTOR TODD DuBORD MT. LASSEN COMMUNITY CHURCH We don't call terrorism "terrorism" anymore. The war on terror is now an "overseas contingency operation." ISIS is more barbaric than al Qaeda, and both continue to gain their impetuous from the Koran. Sadly, we refuse to call either "Islamic terrorists" even when they take full credit for an act of terror. Today, we are negotiating with terrorists and those who sponsor them. We've moved from hunting those who harbor terrorists to granting them nuclear blessings. Deal or no deal, I don't like anything about Iran having the potential to build a bomb. I also don't believe for one second, as their history clearly shows, that the country's leaders will comply with any tenets of any U.S. deal, especially a nuclear one. I'm not a warmonger and I respect all religions and races and I won't be pigeonholed into some stereotypical Republican, white, Christian archetype. I'll fight for others' freedom despite how they disagree with me (or vice versa), because freedom is at the heart of our republic and my religion. However, I will not endorse or help make this world a more dangerous place for our posterity, and I don't believe a single leader considering fmally closing the Chuck Norris of the U.S. should either. Guantanamo Bay and enterprises, we were doubly I'm an optimistic guy and possibly moving al Qacda and honored to be able to visit will lead the way helping Taliban terrorists to ourtroops in Iraq, Kuwait, others build a better world, mainland? Turkey, Germany, Ireland but I don't believe sticking I'm not only concerned and several places in the our heads into the sands of about 9/11 amnesia but also U.S., including military ignorance, denial of history American amnesia and I'm hospitals full of wounded and blind optimism, while not talking about being awarriors. enabling others to make the Republican, Democrat, or We were so proud, and still world a more dangerous Independent. I'm talking are, to look into the eyes of place, is any way to lead about being an American each military service anyone forward, first, member and thank them for Do you remember the 9/11 I'm talking about being atheir service and sacrifice. patriotic dictate, "We will patriot before partisan. I'm As patriotism waned in our never forget?" talking about understanding country and many in the I think it's easy to forget and fighting for the great armed forces began to 9/11 when we actively help American experiment and question their country's other nations, especially republic -- not merely backIng, we reminded them volatile Islamic extremists, democracy -- that our over and over that there are make this world a more founders started and still many of us Americans dangerous place, founded, who are fighting hard to Even now, on the eve of Over the seven years I was 9/11, the White House is honored to be Chaplain for See DuBord, page 12B Top five tax traps that.small business owners need to avoid As vice chair of the California State Board of Equalization, I regularly hear from small business owners who are caught off guard by tax liabilities. This isn't surprising given the complexity of California's tax laws. Even the most Well meaning, knowledgeable business owner can run into problems. Because of this, I regularly host free small business and nonprofit tax seminars throughout my district to help business owners avoid these "tax traps." In fact, we're hosting a series of events in the coming months designed to help small WHEPd I STAND business, protect yourself ................................ from this liability by GEORGE RUNNER STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION business owners be successful. Learn more at boe.ca.gov/events. For those of you unable to attend one of these free seminars, here are the top five tax traps to avoid: -Getting stuck with a prior owner's tax bill. Buying a business or stock of goods? You could become responsible for the seller's unpaid tax, interest and penalties up to the purchase price of the business or stock of goods. Before buying a the potential liability, to report taxes simply pay your sales and use tax -Dumping records too soon. because they aren't sure if obligation. To better manage requesting a certificate of tax If you maintain a their sales or purchases are this money, open a separate clearance by contacting your California seller's permit, the taxable. If you're havingbank account. This will local BOE office or by calling BOE requires you to save trouble determining if anensure you have the funds the BOE's Customer Service business records for a item is taxable, you can necessary to make full and Center at 800-400-7115. minimum of four years in the request specific advice in timely payments to the BOE. After receiving your event of an audit. Prudent writing from the BOE. If you don't make written request for a tax business people may want to You can do this by using payments, the BOE can hold clearance certificate, the BOE keep business records for up the online request form or by you or your employees will determine whether the to eight years, sending a letter to one of our personally responsible for business you are buying owes If you don't keep accurate field offices. Getting advice in any unpaid sales and use tax any sales and use taxes, records, government auditors writing may protect you from obligation. interest or penalties. If any may estimate your tax owing tax, interest or -Spousal liability. money is owed, the current liability. You'll have a penalties should the BOE In general, when you have owner will be notified and difficult time challenging a give you erroneous an existing account with the advised to pay the amount government estimate without information. BOE, with ownership as a due, or you will be advised of proper records. -Making late or incomplete husband and wife or a an amount to withhold from -Guessing instead of tax payments, registered domestic the purchase price or to getting written advice. The tax money you collect redirect to the BOE to cover Many business owners failfrom customers is meant to See Runner, page 12B LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for letters walls to extinguish the All, l t ersmust.contai an) ubbQm flames ...... . 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 offlwes, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmvdonald@plu~s.votr~ Priorities It seems to me, that Supervisor Goss owes his constituents an explanation, when close to 100 interested persons attended a State of Jefferson meeting in Greenville. Though he knew the meeting was to take place, I understand, he went to a football game instead. Fay Almond Chester Port01a FD wasn't prepared Accident or arson, volunteers risked their lives but the outcome was "forewarned" and predictable. The fire this past week is another blow to the City of Portola and its commercial district of old town. It was certainly viewed as one more nail in the coffm of a dying economy and business district. As hundreds watched in fear and sorrow from all over Portola, billowing smoke rose for hours as iconic buildings disappeared. Flames rose 50 feet or more into the air. The undermanned, under trained and frustrated Portola Fire Department volunteers, struggled to operate hydrants. Water pressure failed at one point and the fire rose again. Quincy's fire department arrived along with mutual aid volunteers from all departments to douse the flames. Quincy's overhead-extension apparatus certainly saved the day. Hours later, a bulldozer pushed in the remaining This fire should have been controlled in minutes; the Portola firehouse was one block away. what they lacked was fire personnel, training, and a responsible city council and city manager. The council is guilty of malfeasance in office. They knowingly ignored or failed to investigate their fire department's ability to fight fire; and they were warned. When will the Portola City Council take responsibility for its citizens' fire protection? The council failed preparation during last winter's nine-hour power outage and knowingly failed fire readiness. The city manager should be dismissed from his job. He's responsible (along with the fire chief) for assuring the daily duty roster for fire coverage, certifications of the department's equipment and training; that's part of his job. The ultimate responsibility lies with the city council. How many volunteer "Portola" fweflghters reported in? What equipment were fire fighters certified to operate? When were the fire hydrants downtown pressure tested and certified? The state fire marshal should investigate. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Leave no trace I am glad to see some responsible kids all contending for a $10,000 scholarship in last week's paper. They all seem to be so happy in the photo; bags full of cigarette butts, having picked them up on their litter "treasure hunt." However, I fund it sad that our little county, being so desirable, (number 43 out of 3,111 counties) yet no one seems to haul their garbage out of these desirable locations. Why? Maybe they have the need to turn our desirable space into number 3,111 out of 3,111 counties. Motto: "If you can pack it in, pack it out." Better yet: "Leave no trace." Words to live by. Rianne Barnes Indian Valley Reductions ............. Reductionsare the trend of the decade. Reductions in the family income. Reductions in jobs. Reductions in operating revenue. Now, is a state mandated reduction in water usage. It appears that Portola has led the way in Plumas County, and perhaps the state if they reduced water usage by 45 percent. Is Portola the model for other water districts to follow? If one reads the recent article in the paper carefully the reduction is compared to 2013. The compliance in Portola and Plumas County is close but not successful. Why is the city manager's comparison going back two years? Is it to give the public a false image of performance by the management? "The curtailment comes at a cost," said Meacher. The conservation of water in Portola began in 2011 when council imposed a five-year water rate increase with their form of the Prop 218 process. The council approved $42,000 of public funds for an outside consultant. This action permitted the council to raise water and sewer rates as much as 170 percent. There was no consideration on whether the rate increase was affordable to the ratepayers. Policies have been changed to get fees from property owners who have vacant buildings. In the last budget, council approved of a 5 percent rate increase. Rather than setting the revenue aside for the anticipated reduction in water usage it has been diverted to give the staff pay increases. Council allocated funds to keep our city parks green at the expense of property owners that conserved water. Although the council continues to acknowledge that we are still in a drought condition it has taken no action for city owned property to follow state mandates. Action needs to be taken. Larry F. Douglas Portola Tragic use of guns Regarding the senseless and tragic use of firearms, I was sad to see on Friday, the day after the Virginia killings, that the Henry rifle company bombarded the Family Entertainment channel with an ad that appeared during every commercial break while I was watching a three hour series of back to back episodes of Murder She Wrote. It seems to me unwise and insensitive for a family entertainment channel to plaster the airwaves with ads that tout weapons of destruction the day after the tragic use of such weapons. Not to miss an opportunity for publicity, ultra conservatives Cruz, Rubio and Graham all have sent their condolences and prayers to the family of the victims. I would laud their compassion if it were not for the fact that they are staunch supporters of the NRA. In a larger sense, President Obama is right that anti-gun laws would not stop such killings. The real problem is the present trend of fostering hate. The symbol of hate, the Confederate flag, keeps cropping up on the government buildings of southern states. Some flags have been brought down, but does that eliminate the hate? The grieving boyfriend of one of the victims said, "We need to have a substantive conversation on what is going on in America that is allowing evil to crop up over love." During my childhood, people had guns, as did my father, but people didn't hate one another the way they seem to be doing now. If they wanted, I believe that the NRA could be doing a great deal toward influencing gun owners to stop embarrassing their organization. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Practical compassion Americans are compassionate people whose hearts go out to those in need. But can we single-handedly save everyone? Approximately 49 percent of Americans are on one or more entitlement programs. We have thousands of young people unemployed and breadwinners underemployed. The homeless, addicted and vagrants roam the streets. Our infrastructure.is., : crumbling and government borrows huge amounts of money. So where do we get the resources for better education, safer neighborhoods, housing, medical care and good jobs for our own citizens? Now add in thousands of illegal immigrants and infants granted automatic citizenship. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates the number of children born to undocumented immigrants at over 340,000. Through the process of chain migration, when such a child becomes an adult, he can legalize his parents, and bring into the U.S. a foreign-born spouse and any foreign-born siblings. And then they all can bring in their own extended families. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 75 percent of Mexican and Guatemalan legal and illegal immigrants who have children use federal welfare programs (does not include state programs). And most low:wage iBeg immigrant " receive entitlements in addition to their paychecks. The uncontrolled influx of illegal immigrants and automatic citizenship of newborns and their families negatively impacts school class sizes, curriculum and resources (including teachers). It increases entitlements such as WIC, welfare, food stamps and Medicaid. It affects housing and jobs, and reintroduces many diseases. It welcomes criminals and terrorists without scrutiny. How can we afford to assimilate all these people when we cannot even take care of our own? Children born of immigrants in the U.S. are almost always citizens of the country of their mother, too. So which country is obligated to care for them? Compassion is a good thing. Compassion without practicality is disastrous for everyone. Lynn Desjardin Portola 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, countyofphmas.com PRESIDENT- Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Penosylvania 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;TTY/TDD: (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: 501 1 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, 1ST DIST. - Dong LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. www.LaMalfa.House.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, 1st 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 I 12, 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, IST 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: gov.ca.gov/(916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.