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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 11B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE California would create more jobs without Prop. In his recent piece for The WHERE I STAND rates, like North Dakota,environment, contribute to since its passage the state has Sacramento Bee, "State's job ........................................... Utah, Texas, Delaware, the high cost of living that received a surge in new growth defies predictions GEORGE RUNNER Colorado, Florida, Oregon, undermines our state's revenue unrelated to after tax increases," David STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION Indiana and Washington, competitiveness and Proposition 30 -- leading Cay Johnston argues that have all out-performed impoverishes many of our Sacramento Bee columnist California's recent job the nation: California in per capita job citizens. Dan Walters to question creation numbers prove Thirteen counties in creation. In his op-ed, Johnston fails whether Proposition 30 was recent tax increases embodied California still have At best, California's jobto answer, let alone ask, key truly needed. in Proposition 30 aren't double-digit unemploymentcreation record is middle of questions, like: How manyThe governor and killing jobs or slowing _ rates, the highest of which is the road. Given our climate, more jobs would California legislators are using billions economic growth. 22 percent, natural and human talent,have created if Proposition 30 in new revenue to grow Yet the evidence Johnston Due in part to California's and need for jobs, we should hadn't passed? How many job government programs. What presents is less than oppressive tax and regulatory be leading the nation in creators have left our state? if those dollars were instead convincing-- surprising for climate, the recession was employment gains. Were the high taxes embodied given back to taxpayers to an academic and former markedly worse in our state. Instead we lead in taxes,in Proposition 30 even invest in their families and investigative journalist. He As a consequence, we ended California has the highest top necessary? local communities? points to recent positive job up with a bigger jobs hole, and income tax rate, the highest Proponents of PropositionEven the Legislature seems growth numbers but neglects we now need more jobs than statewide sales tax rate and 30 warned of dire to recognize that California to mention that California's other states to fill that hole. the second highest gas tax. consequences, including can't compete under its "unemployment rate" Yet in the past year, states High taxes and fees, combined devastating cuts to schools, ' current tax scheme and has remains tied for fifth worst in with lower unemployment with an oppressive regulatory should the measure fail. Yet recently voted for a number of boutique tax incentives to keep businesses from leaving our state. How, then, can anyone argue that California taxes and regulations aren't driving jobs away? As California's economy continues to recover, we should not be satisfied with middle-of-the-road job creation numbers, high taxes and high poverty rates. We can and must do better. George Runner represents more than 9 million Californians as a taxpayer a dvoca te and elected member of the Sta te Board of Equalization. For more information, visit 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; and only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters should not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at 3p.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 e-mailed to Didn't learn the lesson My first assignment in woodshop, long ago, was a small, octagonal table. Six inches across with a one-inch-high pedestal. Starting with a square piece of pine board, I cut:off the cornexS:perfectly,' and then used a vertical belt sander to tidy up. I was a bit OCD even then, so when I noticed a slight imperfection, I immediately sanded it but. I no longer had an octagon, and since I hadn't yet taken geometry, I thought I could somehow sand the adjacent side to fix it... Eventually, I decided to make a smaller table. Coach said, "Nope, times up. Go fmish it." Lesson 1. Chasing perfection on a small scale can lead to a larger imbalance. Lesson 2. Always keep an eye on the deadline. Those lessons never did take, which is why I wish to correct two items in my letter last week. First, when suggesting that America might pay an enemy to stay out of a fight and that we might kill them when we're done, what I actually had in mind were all of the (mostly purchased) allies of convenience we've abandoned to certain death after deciding it was time to pick up our toys and go home. Second, the First Amendment right to petition the government for redress of grievances does not automatically guarantee the granting of said petitions, or even a response. President Obama's "We the People" petition website is 21st century democracy in action. You can peruse and sign others' petitions and even start your own. Petitions are screened for inappropriate/illegal content, and you then have 30 days to gather 100,000 signatures. Upon success, the White House will "review and respond." No guaranteed action is promised or implied. Response topics range from pediatric cancer to beer recipes. The address is petitions.whitehouse,gov/res ponses. Gary Terhune East Quincy Life is fragile I was originally going to send a message to Plumas News regarding the following topic, but my sentiment is not to the newspaper. It is to the people that write thoughtless and insensitive comments on the "online" version of Plumas News when there has been a death or injury. Many important topics are covered in this excellent newspaper. Take your pick. Does anybody comment with much to bring to the table? Very few. Not many understand how the real politics work. Give them a little D&D (death and destruction), and they are out in droves. Rubberneckers -- get a life. Sept. 22 there was a fatal head-on collision near Mohawk Vista. A lady from Quincy was killed and five injured in the other vehicle. Some tears here, so understand my sentiment. I don't advocate censorship. Plumas News stands for freedom of speech. Thumbs up. But is there a "line" that shouldn't be crossed when individuals are injured or die? I think so. It must be tough to be on duty and have to wit~ss stch tragedy. I rode my bicycle past that spot not one hour before that accident. And now I am reflecting on my feelings o'f today (Sept. 23), as I again rode past there. Only this time I could feel a passing soul and pain. A man was there by himself. I wanted to stop and talk, but I didn't know what to say. If you are reading this, sir, I hope you are OK. My condolences to all involved in this tragedy. Life is fragile. Robert Milne Clio Good use of water I was reading the story about water use on your website,, Sept. 24, and there was a comment about water use at Sierra Pacific Industries' sawmill in Quincy. I would suggest the mill has made extraordinary steps to recapture water as evidenced by the paving project last spring. I'm no expert, but I'm guessing lots of water is reused when it drains back into the pond, rather than soaking into the ground under the decks. It should also be noted that SPI made a major investment into the future of our community when they decided to replace the large log mill. They're investing millions of dollars into this project, which will contribute nothing but a long-term positive financial impact on Plumas County. SPI made an additional commitment to its employees when they decided to use them to help build the new mill, rather then lay them off during the demolition and reconstruction. Seriously, does anyone really think we should limit the mill's activities? Also, while I question pumping water for snowmaking at Sierra ski resorts, I know that not making snow would impact the region's employment and small business revenue. It could also be said that golf courses should have water use cut, but let's remember that golf courses and other attractions in Plumas County bring visitors who shop, eat, and rent lodging which provides employment and generates tax revenue. The debate between business and the environment will continue. We have to support (and grow) the communities that have existed for years. Water use needs to be prioritized and the results may not seem fair. Randy Scurry Blairsden Obstructing democracy Over a week ago Quincy's one large roadside sign advertising Heidi Hall's candidacy for congressional representative of our district was stolen. It was not something I thought would occur in this county. Sadly, Heidi is one of many candidates who have lost campaign signs to thieves who wish to silence them. Yes, the loss of Heidi's sign constitutes theft as We.!! as, a basic disrespect for the principles of free speech in a democracy. There are many threats to democracy. Some, such as slander, libel, theft (at many levels) and misrepresentation are not only illegal, but obstruct the democratic process. Americans have fought and died for the opportunity to choose their own leaders and to have the right to be heard. Informed voting is crucial to the success of a democracy. Voters need to know who their choices in an election are, what they stand for and whom they actually represent. For those of you who have not had an opportunity to meet Heidi, Heidi Hall is a credible candidate who believes that informed decisions based on complete, factual information is crucial to responsible legislative voting; that objectivity is preferable to the tunnel vision which accompanies adherence to myopic dogma; and that effective government necessitates communication across party lines. ~rther, she believes in the democratic process and the importance of effective government. Heidi Hall is a well-informed, middle class, working mother who hopes to build a positive future for all citizens in this district. She cares about veterans, working families, managing resources for the benefit of future generations, and believes education should be affordable to anyone who seeks it. What kind of person could object to that? And what kind of person would intentionally obstruct democracy? Faith Strailey Quincy Board also responsible On my way home Sept. 24 from the sentencing of former General Manager Leanna Moore, I got angry with myself for not speaking up at the hearing. While I do believe that Leanna is guilty of stealing from the IVCSD and she is being punished for her crime, I also believe that the board of directors should take responsibility for not doing their jobs. Maybe if they had been doing their checks and balances this wouldn't have gone this far and Leanna wouldn't be serving 10 years in prison. Dawn Kile Taylorsville Let me believe Your quest to erase God from Christians' personal . lives and public recognition is puzzling. You do not believe in God; we do believe in God. But both are "beliefs," not actual facts. Believers and non-believers cite personal experience or anecdotal "evidence" that God does or does not exist. But neither of us will really know until we die; at which point one of us is going to be very surprised. Lots of things in this world irritate us. I don't like tepid soup at a restaurant. Perhaps you don't like crowds on the bus. My kids didn't want haircuts and maybe yours don't want vegetables. But, as they say, stuff happens. Here's a suggestion: you let me believe in God and practice that belief by whatever means I choose -- displaying a cross in my yard, handing out Bibles at school, keeping "under God" in my pledge of allegiance, etc. In return, you can do things like display a cross in your yard with the universal "no" symbol, hand out anti-religion leaflets at school, ignore the pledge altogether or just hang on a second while we finish. This way, neither of us takes away the others' constitutional first amendment rights regarding religion. It's a win/win situation. Oh, by the way. You see that guy over there on the cross? He's with us. So you may want a Plan B. Here's a recommendation. Simply treat us like a piece of chewed bubblegum melting on the sidewalk. Don't look closely; it will upset your Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR emaih stomach. Walk around it carefully so you don't get any on you. Don't bother to clean it up; there will always be more. Life's short-- don't let these little nuisances ruin your day. God bless you, or not. Lynn Desjardin Portola The same boat The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision allows corporate bosses the right to curtail their workers their full medical rights by denying them insurance access to contraceptives. Alito defended the decision on purely religious grounds, citing as his precedent a 1935 religious tract, "Moral and Pastoral Theology." When Ginsburg suggested that many other medical treatments could also be denied under this ruling, Alito said he was "concerned solely with the contraceptive ~. mandate." In other words,' he: is concerned only with the dictates of his religion. In spite of the fact that Scalia once said he does not see the words, "separation of church and state," in the Constitution, the concept is there and has been accepted in law ever since Jefferson is said to have coined the phrase. Our Constitution gives every person the right to practice his religion and make peace with his maker in his own way, but it inherently forbids a civil law from favoring one religion over another. Since people tend to think that their religion is the only true religion, it's best to ' keep civil law separate from religious law. We are all travelingin the same boat and under the same umbrella no matter where we choose to sit. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Bombing terrorists Our beloved president asked permission from the Congress to bomb ISIS assets in Syria. The ISIS people, who are not stupid, listened to our news and moved their bullets, tanks, armored cars and equipment to other locations. We bombed empty buildings but apparently hit another group of terrorists who were close to hitting our country. It is really confusing because usually buildings don't hurt people, people do. How about using some AC-130 gunships and daisy cutters and reduce the numbers of terrorists. Now we all know that the terrorists are going to attack us at home. While we are waiting, the president wants more gun control. That would make an attack by terrorists a lot easier. It would greatly assist them in their beheading programs, right here at home. Just a comment on the President's military greeting. A salute is a token of respect and is usually not performed by swinging a coffee cup around. Even the boy scouts know better, but than, he never was a scout either. He was simply an organizer in a City with one of the highest murder rates in the USA. Our president does not want us involved in a war and is against boots on the ground, ff I understand it correctly, shooting missiles and dropping bombs is an exercise in doing precision bombing and the troops on the ground will wear sandals.' Seems appropriate in the desert. Lastly, we have a Marine in Mexico. He is guilty of intentionally driving the wrong way. The president does not want to get involved. He can just solve the problem by trading five imprisoned drug dealers for one combat See Letters, page 12B Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Marl: Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TrY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 Website: feinste' U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, OroviUe, CA 95965; 2885 Chum Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State CapRol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center:. 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, E1 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 Dahle, State Capitol Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737, I GOVERNOR - Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. 1