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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 91B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE November elections won't resolve much of anything Members of Congress are WHERE I STAND focused on a variety of issues they're not attacking it as they accomplish much of anything, home now, campaigning for .............................................. than on one dominant issue, once did. There's even talk of whoever controls the Senate the upcoming elections. TheirLEE H. HAMILTON Apathy is high and we are bipartisanship and building will be able to maneuver only DIRECTOR headed for low voter turnout, bridges, sentiments that were on the margins; resolving messages are all over the map, CENTER ON CONGRESS and for a good reason: they INDIANA UNIVERSITY even by the standards of nearly invisible in recent tough issues head-on will be have Very little to brag about, midterm elections. Voter years, difficult, maybe impossible. The Congress that just outrage at Congress is not Given President Obama's Unless the recent election talk recessed until after the other Congress in 60 years. In translating into a message of lack of popularity, there's a of bipartisanship and finding elections makes the 80th -- the the 3-1/2 months between the rejecting incumbents, general sense among members common ground becomes a one that Harry Truman blasted beginning of August andThis has made the tone ofof the political class that reality, in other words, the as "do-nothing" -- look like a mid-November, they'll have the election rather interesting. Republicans have an edge in dysfunction and lack of paragon of productivity. This been in session all of 10 days. Candidates appear to havethe election and may well take productivity that have become year's members did manage to Small wonder that voters are picked up on voters' dislike of over the Senate. A battle to defining characteristics of avoid a shutdown, but that's in a sour mood when it comes mean-spirited campaigning, control the Senate can have Congress in recent years are about all. Congressional to Washington. They want to and for the most part aresignificant consequences, yet likely to continue. leaders spent the better part of see our elected leaders tackling showing restraint. The deeply it's unlikely that much will This is ironic, because large the year avoiding tough votes, issues that confront the partisan politics we saw in change on Capitol Hill in the amounts of money are being They didn't pass an annual country. They want less2010 and 2012 have abated, near term. Midterm elections poured into the fall elections, budget. They made no pretense partisanship. They don't Where a couple of years ago are usually about the especially in races for the of weighing U.S. policy against understand government'sthere was heated talk of president, and Republicans are Senate. You'd almost think the Islamic State group or, frequent failures, and crave storming the gates in largely content in this election transformational, policies were really, any other foreign or more competence. On every Washington and potentially to attack him, while Democrats at stake. In truth, though, defense policy issue. They front, the people they've shutting the government are content talking aboutthese elections are more of a didn't tackle immigration elected have disappointed down, that kind of anything but the president, run-up to the presidential race reform, climate change, tax them. campaigning is just a memory Even if the Senate majority in 2016. reform, the minimum wage or This may be why there is no this year. changes hands, it will do so And even then, the attention domestic surveillance. They dominant theme in this year's Candidates may not be only narrowly. Given that a on the Senate is probably passed fewer bills than any elections: voters seem more embracing Washington, butparty needs 60 votes there to misplaced. Polls are showing that a number of gubernatorial seats are likely to switch hands in both directions, and if anything this year's 36 gubernatorial contests will have more of an impact on politics two years from now than what happens in the Senate. In short, whatever happens on Election Day this year, it's unlikely that much will change in its wake. This may hardly be the most important election of our lifetimes, but the business that Congress left unfinished is still waiting. The nation needs an elected leadership capable of rolling up its sleeves and meeting our challenges head-on right now, not a few years hence. Lee Hamilton is director of the Cemer on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member o the U.S. House of Represe~ta tives for 34 years. 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 of.Ewes, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmcd nald@plumasnews.mm. awareness in time for BCAM. Paul Cavanaugh Quincy Great local hospital This summer I had a major knee replacement at Saint Helena Hospital by the robotic engineer doctor. I had driven five hours to get to the hospital for the last doctor's appointment. At 1:30 in the afternoon I was told, "Ok, now we are sending you over for all of your post operation labs and work up to be done." I said, "Can I get these done in Quincy?" They -said, "I don't know." So I called the hospital and talked to Kim Eliason and asked strong-arm members at the BOS. For what it's worth, they just voted to raise your garbage bill, too. Ask these questions: Do Morton and Powers have any "private" business experience? No. Have they been meeting with city businessmen and women? No. Have they done anything to make Portola a better place to live that you can see? No. Did they hire, then fire a city manager (at a cost of $10,000 to the city taxpayers) because they allowed the city employees to push them around? Yes. Did they fail to perform diligent background checks on two city managers? Yes. Have them if they could do all of your city streets been Improve your awareness Breast an iAwa ness- ; was,'"AbSOIutely, x Ke.n do Month'(BCAh hi Jh" "" ' y0tifie6il th:is donee, s id this in Quincy. The response ..... i proved? No. Have your occurs in October, is upon "tomorrow." Her response us. Considering how much was, "Great, see you in the pain and suffering breast morning." cancer causes, no effort I was greeted by Geri in should be sPared in fighting admitting, who is the this disease. In the past sweetest and nicest person in 50-plus years breast cancers the world. She calmed me have increased by 60 percent down about all the tests I had or more. What's the cause? to have done that morning. According to BCAM it boils As we walked down the hall, down to diet, heredity and Brian Walmer met me, estrogen levels. Women are signed me in and welcomed encouraged to get me, making me feel so call mammograms, and good about the The problem is that only 50 procedure. He was so nice percent of cases can be and attentive to me, and he attributed to diet and gave me a hard copy of my genetics. Also, women with EKG. Tom Oglesby took my breast cancer have elevated blood while I was still rates of organochlorines in conscious due to the fact that their bodies, chemicals he hit the vein. Then, the produced at increasing rates X-ray tech, Steve had a great during the 50 years of breast story to relieve my stress. cancer's rise I had the opportunity to (organochlorines also reduce shop locally and I did. Side testosterone and sperm note, Geri followed up with a counts in men). phone call to make sure I had Why do we hear nothing of everything that I needed. I the connection between had the choice that day to do organochlorines and breast my post-operation test at cancer? It's because the Coons Institute. But I know chemical corporation that how important having and controls BCAM, Imperial supporting our hospital is in Chemical Industries of Plumas County. Kudos to the England (ICI), won't allow it. personnel and to Dr. Kepple ICI owns a paint company in for his leadership at Plumas Canada that is responsible District Hospital. for one third of toxins Sue Segura dumped into the St. Quincy Lawrence River and does its $14 billion a year business by Vote for business treating nature and humans experience as sewers. You have a great ICI started BCAM in 1985 opportunity to save the city and controls the flow of of Portola by electing new information around it, people to your City Council. litigiously enforcing the ban Your current council has whenever needed. By done nothing; it's a providing all of BCAM's popularity contest for them. funding, ICI thwarts efforts They don't work or strive to to cure breast cancer, in part improve the city, they just because they fear liability for enjoy the prominence. the sickness and death they This is a fact: When have caused (including my Powers and Morton had an aunt Karen). opportunity to save the city But there may be another $50,000 per year they voted reason why ICI goes to such for it, right before they voted efforts to harm so many, its against it. Why? Because Subsidiary, AstraZeneca, they didn't want to upset the now controls BCAM county Board of Supervisors information and makes a (BOS). Who are Powers and breast cancer drug, Nolvadex Morton supposed to (a half billion dollars a year represent, the city right? in sales). They were irresponsible and Don't believe me? As with showed poor judgment as all letters to the editor, they cowered to the BOS. readers should research this Call it silly politics, but for themselves. If you do, you Morton and Powers will end up with heightened obviously are influenced bY ,bi ls g0ne down? ::c Hello? ..... Try electing people with business experience that will really work for this city. You have everything to gain. Remember, no one is watching you vote so go ahead and make the change; you can't possibly lose. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Support Terry Woods While waiting for the Graeagle parade to start last July, I met Terry Woods. She looked a little odd; she was nicely dressed, but with combat boots on. She wore Desert Storm came boots. (Remember the old insult, "Your mama wears combat boots.") Well, there was Terry. The boots belong to her daughter, who is serving in the military overseas. She asked her morn to wear the boots to honor the troops in boots on foreign soil. We talked about "stuff' for a little while, when a lovely airman came by, a second daughter, serving our country in the Air Force. Terry Woods is special. She is bright, enthusiastic, and a solid American. It's too bad she is running for city counsel, she would make a great president. She loves America. That's about all one can hope for in this awful national presidency. It would be a change, for sure. Anyway, Terry.Woods is a solid American, with a great mind, and a great attitude. Please vote. Ed Laurie Beckwourth Let's hear the facts The residents of Indian Valley are just becoming aware of an important meeting taking place on Monday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m. at the Greenville Town Hall. At this meeting, the Plumas County DA will address the community in regards to the recently settled criminal case against the former general manager of the Indian Valley Community Services District (CSD). At a previous similar meeting, the DA, David Hollister, was unable to provide any case details because the case was on-going at that time. At this Oct. 20 meeting, he will be able to explain in detail how the embezzlement, fraud, etc., took place. He will be able to answer the hard points of what happened, and how it happened. Because of the embezzlement, a small group of disgruntled and angry citizens have formed a recall petition of the board of directors of the CSD. The recall petition details a proposed list of failures of the board. I have attended the CSD meetings since November 2010, and not seen County. If it was a conflict of interest for Mr. Kusel and he resigned, that left the board with only four members which could have resulted in tie votes on issues. The very same thing could happen again in the Chester area thus creating a similar problem. Our school board has functioned with only three active members over the past few months. It sure seems like the right thing to do when the election results are final would be to immediately install the two new winning candidates on the board. Chester and Quincy have not been fully represented for some time and a full Aquaculture. Four season areas heated by wood boiler. Livestock, poultry, etc., raised locally. Butchered locally. Sold locally. How about a "micro" dairy where milk can be homogenized? What is not sold locally goes out of the area. A whole complex, if you will, where agricultural hands-on education is available to kids. They could be making money instead of losing. Food is the thing now. I'm a "free market" type, but I'll say this -- private industry, on the whole, is bringing us garbage for food these days. It's a "way out" concept, but imagine a "country" store in every locality that provides any members of the punic : , board wouldcure , year-round local organic thathaize,ereatedthis, ;;: ,: .: situation, i' :p oduce:,meatd, i ,bake l: petition at, ar/y meetings = ::: '.' :' ::This is a ver i portant : "goods, cheese, deli, at a : certainly not with any election and every voter competitive price, from local regularity, should come out and vote.and "cottage" affiliated Their list of attacks on the LaVerne Strate producers. board does not have merit Chester In a heartbeat, .gov could and some are just goofy. I do Editor's note: School board give us that. But "Big Agri" believe there are people in members will bes worn in and the boys got the lobby this community who just like during the first board cash. But just as to be angry and create meeting in December. desalinization plants become drama. People will accept economically viable in gossip and innuendo from California dreaming regions of the world, some the disgruntled few, and They built a $4.7 millionday, and soon, food will be at make facts out of thin air. courthouse in Portola that a premium. I urge anyone consideringnow sits empty. Woodbridge At some point, a big signing a recall petition to was a miscalculation thatinvestor with big ideas wait until after the Oct. 20 leaves Portola saddled with should go big and start a meeting, when all the facts of the repayment costs for the chain of local the case will be made new (and grossly oversized) Farm-to-Market facilities. It available. Please do consider water treatment facility at could even partner with .gov that the district attorney is Lake Davis. The old one to offer education and in a neutral position, so I worked just fine. Now theemployment to locals. urge you to respect him and new "uber" facility burdens I might be "California together we'll all get the facts the residents of Portota with Dreaming," but the food as they happened, overpriced per-unit watersupply is getting yucky. Just Tanya Henrichprices, some thoughts... GreenvilleIn unfair retrospect, what Robert Milne if Portola and private Clio investors bought land and grew things. Greenhouses. See Letters, page 11B Potential problem At the upcoming Plumas Unified School Board election I see a potential problem. In the Quincy attendance area there is only one candidate, a virtual no contest. But, in the Chester attendance area there are two candidates. One candidate, Traci Holt, is a long-time resident of ,Chester and business owner and served on the Austerity Committee and chaired the Chester 7-11 Committee. The other candidate, Cheryl James, happens to be the wife of Chester High School Principal, Jeff James. That alone creates a potential problem with voting on salaries, budget allocations and a number of other issues. Not long ago Jonathan Kusel was pressured by the administration to resign his board position because his wife worked for an obscure organization funded by his coalition because it was a "conflict of interest." It seems to me that having a principal's wife on the board would also be a "conflict of interest" issue. The school board members represent their attendance area but they also vote on resolutions that effect all schools in the district which includes most of Plumas Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: ~cbs@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 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) 44822787; 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. lamalfa.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 2885 Chum Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002 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, 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. 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.