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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 11B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Californians aren't getting what they are paying for California Forward, a WHERE I STAND taxpayers with better value between money spent and traffic congestion. But if "prevention" efforts. I political reform group, for the money they already services provided and loses government can't solve the support our firefighters and recently invited Californians GEORGE RUNNER send to Sacramento. I'm faith in government. Timeproblem with the billions in my heart goes out to those to take a "Revenue STATE BOARD OF EQUAUZATION willing to bet the public' after time politicians revenue it already has, why who have lost their homes Challenge." The challenge would be more inclined topromise better roads and should anyone expect a due to fires this year, but not consists of an online survey focused largely on ways to provide input if they didn't schools, and time after time higher gas tax to make a a dime of fire fee money goes where participants can rate raise more revenue. This feel politicians were only those dollars are redirected difference? towards putting out fires. how more than a dozen isn't CF's fault. Its Financing gathering input in order to to bureaucracy• After Despite all this, proposals The program provides no legislative proposals -- the Future series highlights fred ways to raise taxes that sending money to a to expand and create new new funding for trucks, hoses mostly aimed at raising taxes the revenue proposals would be the least offensive government that fails to taxes have dominated the or helicopters. In fact, it may -- meet a set of criteria for a moving through the to taxpayers, deliver the promised discussion, have even delayed grants to sustainable tax system. The Legislature or making their Consider the Governor's services, why would anyone Over the years, we've seen local fire prevention goal is to gather feedback on way toward the 2016 ballot -- recent push to hike the gas want to send more? a stream of attacks on programs. existing proposals, identify and most of them would raise tax, It doesn't seem to matter A recent study released by Proposition 13, which These are just few ways to improve them, and taxes in various ways. to Governor Brown and other UC Berkeley's Institute of provides homeowners and examples of Californians not generate new ideas for The Revenue Challenge lawmakers that in the sixGovernmental Studies shows small business owners with getting what they are paying building a revenue system asks Californians to think years following the greatthat 63 percent of California much-needed protection from for. California can rely on. about whether these recession, gas tax revenue voters oppose raising gasbig jumps in property taxes. And that, ultimately, is the Kudos to California measures will "move the grew by $1.7 billion while taxes to pay for better roads• It's hard to imagine how state's real revenue Forward for trying to engage state toward a better taxroad spending remained Californians clearly don't homeowners or business challenge. a public that has lost faith in system." stagnant. And that's not believe sending more money owners would benefit from government. Changes to our However, the challenge counting the billions of to Sacramento to fLx roads is the removal of these George Runner represents tax laws should always be facing California isn't about dollars now being siphoned the solution to the problem; protections, more than nine million made with public input and revenue, it's about trust, from Californians due to the they've heard t-his storyThe Legislature also passed Californians as a taxpayer transparency. To move California mysterious cap-and-trade before, a controversial--and I advocate and elected member The Revenue Challenge has forward, we need to ask how auction on carbon emissions. No one likes a commute believe, illegal--fn-e fee that of the State Board of one major limitation: it's government can provide The public sees the gap full of potholes and heavy can only be used for fireEqualization. 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 oJTzces, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dma nald@p s.mm. Vaccines save lives Recent letters support the who comes from a slightly idea of not vaccina~ipg ~, ¢~Wff~e~ period, tre~ the.~, childrenand urgmg support audience with a fram and to repeal California Senate humorous account of his old-fashioned community gathering at the Cy Hall Memorial Museum in Greenville. With input from the packed audience, Kest Porter, former principal of Indian Valley schools, took us on an historical trip through the decades of the non-Native American settlers' involvements in Indian Valley. All through our historical journey, old timers filled in with personal memories, enhancing Kest's presentation. In her typical ingratiating manner, Trina Cunningham then charmed the audience with her knowledge of Indian Valley from a Maidu point of view. Then, Franklin Mullin, Bill 277. I would like to rebut personal Maidu experiences• those letters• Although being Maidu First, professionally, I might sometimes have been practiced as a pharmacist for difficult for them, neither over 40 years. I feel that Trina nor Franklin exhibited encouraging the public to be vaccinated helps to protect patients and the community. Second, historically, go visit the Robinsons' gravesite at the Meadow Valley Cemetery and look at small headstones that lie above the graves of the children of one family who died of typhoid in the late 1800s. Would those parents welcome the vaccine? Third, as a good neighbor, I belong to Rotary International, an organization that has been working for 30 years to rid the world of polio. Americans don't think much about polio anymore. An oral vaccine protects each individual and stopped a pandemic in the U.S. that most parents were terrified of in the 1950s. However, other areas of the world have had millions of deaths and millions of survivors who are disabled due to the disease. I would not like to see AB277 repealed and thereby give the impression to the world that vaccines don't matter. Fourth, personally, my sister passed away in Enloe Hospital in Chico 14 days ago due to West Nile Virus. If there were a vaccine for West Nile Virus, would she still be alive? California Senate Bill 277 will prevent a child from going to public school if not vaccinated• If a parent chooses to exercise personal beliefs and withhold vaccines, that parent is. putting the child's life in danger and the public at risk. We, the community, are not denying the child the ability to go to public school• It is the parent who makes that choice when they choose not to take advantage of vaccines that save lives. Rick Foster Quincy Historical journey On Thursday evening, the 17th of September, we were treated to a good any trace of bitterness toward anyone• Salvatore Cataiano Taylorsville Preserve Olsen Barn Re: Barn Supporters A letter in the Sept. 30 paper concerning a letter writer's discontent at the Feather River Land Trust's campaign to preserve the Olsen Barn and the 107 acres around it surprised me. Perhaps the writer doesn't realize that a lot of people believe part of the charm of our little town is the open space. We think of green spaces as precious resources that can be accessed by residents and visitors alike, and feel that development of that property could be detrimental to the quality of life. There are many factors contributing to the shrinking population of the community, mainly a serious dearth of occupational oppo mities for newcomers and local youth, but lack of places to develop is not one of those factors. The number of For Sale signs around the basin indicates that the need for a new housing development out in the meadow doesn't exist, and probably won't exist for many years to come• I grew up in Chester• It was a great place - there seemed to be no end of undeveloped land we used as our playgrounds. I could take you to places in the basin that were once open to the public, but now are commercial enterprises or residential neighborhoods• As children, we of course didn't know that much of that property was, even then, privately owned. We just knew we could roam about with our friends, have picnics, catch frogs and lizards and get muddy and dirty and come home tired and happy. The Feather River Land Trust didn't purchase the Olsen property to watch the barn fall down in the first heavy snow. There are already plans to bring in an archeological architect so stabilization and restoration can begin. There will be a committee that will include local citizens to help develop plans for public use of the property. Betty Bishop Chester False Jefferson information In recent Letters to the Editor, a couple of misinformed submitters denigrated and disparaged the efforts of the state of Jefferson supporters and their legitimate interests in seeing a new state formed out of the northern, rural 20. Haters should become informed before they begin issuing false information and " ill6g itiong 'Nn't it sb nething that people of this ilk can only spew invidious comments and invective rather than offer intelligent, factual argument. Nothing they said can be further from the truth. What those in the movement are attempting to do is get people to recognize that we have no effective representation in the state government and won't unless dramatic action, such as we propose, occurs. Our two senators and four assembly people, for the 20 northern counties, are simply, in a word, outnumbered. The other 38 have 114. Also, the money that Plumas County presently collects from the taxpayers and sends to Sacramento, where 85 percent is returned to us, will be retained by the county, less the amount necessary to support the much more limited state government, the extent of which to be decided at the constitutional convention• Because we would be a state, we would continue to receive the same allocations for federally supported programs the Feds presently provide to existing states. Not only would money not be a problem, as the state of California has already determined in it's evaluations of our fiscal model, we would have a tax foundation amenable to businesses, large and small, improving and expanding opportunities for our current and future citizens. There ... all that was said without casting aspersions, and it's all factual. John Kidwell Graeagle McCarthy isn't worthy This is just too good to pass up. I wish it were not true, but here are some exact quotes from Kevin McCarthy, the likely successor to John Boehner, as he announced his run for the Speakership. Quotes are from the Rachel Maddow show, msnbc.com/ rachel-maddow-show. "It defies belief that the President would allow the ban on Iranian oil exports be lifted and also stand by a Russia blackmails an entire continent, all the while keeping the place of the band on America.•. We must engage this war on radical Islam if our life depended on it. Because it does. This 'safe zone' would create a stem a flow of refugees•.. Unlike the surge in Iraq, when Petraeus had an effective politically strategy to match the military strategy... We have isolated Israel while bolding places like Iran. The absence of leadership over the past six years has had a horrific consequences all across the globe. In the past few years alone, I have visited Poland, Hungria, Estonia, Russia, and Georgia." This is a person who will be third in line to the presidency. These were written remarks that he read. Now I don't know i£ they were written this way or he just cannot read. But really. Just a word about Benghazi. These far right conservatives who have wasted their entffe time in Congress with 50+ votes on Obamacare, have been "investigating" Benghazi since 2012. After a bipartisan . committee led by R-Mike Rogers found in 2014 that the matter was closed, the wackos decided to form a select committee on the subject. In the past these committees were formed for the JFK assassination, Iran-Contra, Watergate, and 9/11. On the Hannity program, McCarthy bragged that this "Committee's" main purpose was to discredit Hillary. On that they have done a fme job.., so far. Tom Slavik Mohawk Vista Insults get better ratings Thirteen months until the next presidential election and there's a trend emerging: the larger the groups that get insulted, the better the polling numbers. Take Donald Trump for example (please); he insults the entire country of Mexico and the majority of Latinos living in the United States, and when a female debate moderator asks why he (Trump) had previously called women demeaning names he suggested that the moderator was being rough on him because it was the wrong time of month for her. Can't tell if our friend from Lake Davis is following the same strategy, or if maybe he thought of it first. Apparently he wasn't satisfied with insulting the fire department, the city manager, the city council and every "warmer" around; now he takes on the entire Catholic Church. Perhaps I can try to show my impression of what Pope Francis means when he says that the effects of(alleged) global warming unfairly impact the working class poor• The owners of coal mining companies could afford to build nice houses well away from the mines• Meanwhile, the worker's housing is right next to the mine. The worker suffers from black lung, his wife washes the laundry and hangs it on the line where it gathers free particles of coal dust, and the kid i.s out playing in the yard with still more coal dust. But the owner can afford a nice, large automobile. He can drive past the houses on his way to the office, and stir up even more dust. The worker's plight is exemplified in this line from the song "16 Tons" written (1946) and performed by Merle Travis: "St. Peter keeps callin', but I can't go; I owe my soul to the company sto'." Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Can't take him seriously '" I cannot be the only person amused by the spectacle of a chiropractor calling out the Pope for not being a climate scientist, as if chiropractory is climate science. I'll wager that the Pope's academic experience and credentials stack up well against those of his insufferably volcanic opponent here. This reminds me of the same submitter's remarks near the previous presidential election, regarding Obama's statement about the contributions made to our nation by those of the Islamic faith. The chiropractor suggested that the only contribution made was on Sept. 11, 2001. Historians estimate that 15 to 30 percent of the slaves brought over from Africa beginning in the colonial days were of the Islamic faith. Even before we were officially a nation, Muslims were contributing here, positively, if against their will. Apparently the study of history may also be insignificant in chiropractory. In this age of the Internet, information is verifiable if one is willing to take the time to ascertain whether or not the opinion one is about to spout has any basis in fact. One who fails to do so cannot be taken seriously• Hank Alrich Greenville Move the jail Last Thursday morning my family and I received a phone call that two inmates have escaped from jail and to lock our doors. We were in shock. As we are grateful to the Plumas County Sheriffs Office that the inmates were caught and no one was injured, it raises many questions, HOW did, ,th,ey .... escape? Who is responsible for this? Will it happen again? Why was the Plumas County emergency response email/text/phone alert not completed? Why were the teachers/staff of the Plumas County Charter School and Kindergarden/First Grade (which is only 1A mile away) not notified? My family and fellow neighbors voiced our opinion very strongly this past summer against the proposal for a new jail in our neighborhood. This further shows why there should not be a jail in a residential neighborhood. In a few short weeks, we will all learn whether or not Plumas County has'received a grant proposal for a new jail in our neighborhood• I ask ahead of time that, if we are approved, measures be taken to build a jail outside a residential neighborhood. There is no place for a jail in a residential neighborhood. Kory Felker Quincy 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.eom. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT- Baraek Obama, the White House, 1600 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;TI~/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Franc'too, 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. U.K REPRESENTATIVE, IST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. www.LaMalfa.House.gov.; Faeebook.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 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, 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.ea.gov/(916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. i