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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 9B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE cial servi m myths are.untru EveDr" once in a while I'll WHERE I STAND cent, comes from federal the counties. In exchange, through the recession, the here." Again, that's pretty get stopped by someone I sources. Federal dollars off- the governor required coun- CalWORKs program has much a myth. The recession- know who wants to ask me Elliott Smart set our costs in a number of ties to pay a larger share of shown the least growth ary economy has caused about something they've Director, ways including payment ofcosts for the social services among the benefits we ad-many families to have to heard about social services Plumas County Department of 50 percent of the cost of Cal- programs, but he also dedi- minister, move in together and often programs and whether what Social Services WORKs cash assistance, the cated a portion of state sales The largest cash assis- that might mean that an they heard is true or not. I program many people refertax dollars to pay for it. That tance programs we adminis- adult daughter with a Child hear some of the questions services programs don't get to as "welfare." is what is referred to as re- ter here in the county are or children has had to move often enough that they oper- any money from the coun- An additional $3.2 million alignment money, the Foster Care Assistance in with relatives because of ate almost like a myth, ty's general fund. We don't or about 33 percent of our None of the money that isand Aid to Adoptions pro-the loss of a job or housing something that gets handed compete for.the same dollars funding comes from the used for social services pro- grams. This year, the depart- elsewhere. The rules that down from one person to an- that are used to fund the state general fund. State gen- grams can be used for any- ment estimates it will pay govern public assistance are other but is never really an- sheriff, the jail, the library, eral fund dollars and federal thing else. It can't, for exam- out $2.97 million in benefits the same across all of Call- swered from the source, the museum or the roads, dollars account for 77 per- ple, be used for sheriffsto support children who are fornia. So the idea that it is Recently one of the busi- All of the funding that sup- cent of the money that sup- deputies or for clearing the in foster care homes due to somehow easier here just ness people in town asked ports social services pro- ports social services pro- roads in the winter, being abused or neglected, doesn't match with truth. me about the social services grams comes from eithergrams. A second myth that I hearor for children who require We here at the department budget. She told me that she federal or state sources or Most of the balance of our from time to time has to do specialized care in a group of social services know that had heard that the county from a portion of state sales funding comes from realign- with which program or ben- home. That amount is close not everyone is always going budget would be better off if tax dollars called "realign- ment. Back in 1991, the state efit forms the largest portion to 60 percent of the total to be in agreement with we didn't have so many peo- ment." had a budget problem. Theof our assistance expendi- amount of assistance we ad- some of the things are pro- ple on welfare. The social services budget state's governor at that time, tures. Some people might minister in the department, grams do or provide for. But This is certainly not the this year totals about $9.5 Pete Wilson, decided to do a want to point to the Cal-Every so often I also hear we also welcome calls or oth- first time I've heard that but million. A significant por- swap with the counties. The WORKs program, our cash that "people move to Plumas er inquiries from the public it's just not true. It maytion of those dollars, roughly state would take over fund- assistance program. That is County so they can get on any time there are questions come as a surprise but social $4.15 million or about 44 per- ing of the court systems in not true either. In fact, even welfare because it's easier about our programs. Student learn Democrats, Republicans can work together A big thanks goes out to The point of the class -- to gesturing over the chart were Many of our Congressionalsimple: Congress has become Ned Maino, Quincy High's WHERE I STAND learn just what the parties' Slightly different, but the mes- Representatives and Senators a battleground of extreme government teacher. On Oct. Trish Welsh Taylor differences are -- was satis- sage was Clear. Extremism are more committed to their party ideology when it's 24, Mr. Maino created an op- Chairwoman fled, of course, as the ap- prevents Congress from work- political party than to their meant to be a house for build- portunity that took me a level Plumas County Democratic proa es of the two parties to ing. constituents. That is a prob- ing and protecting a country deeper in understanding what Central Committee these perpetual needs are in- The Democratic Party pre- lem. worth living in. ails America. deed distinct, senter explicitly said, "It's the They are more dependent Our economic doldrums are Mr. Maino posed this ques- Maino indicated students Republicans view govern- moderates that get the work on their big campaign fun- not an accident or a mistake. tion to his students: What are should list facts, questions ment as a necessary but po- done." Both indicated that we ders than on their grassroots When party loyalists' refuse the defining features of the and insights as the discussion tentially intrusive force to be need Congress to work, to to get re-elected. That's a to budge from prescribed two main political parties, the unfolded, kept to a minimum so as to pass appropriate bills into problem, stances, they block practical Democrats and the Republi- Students throughout theprotect people from its poten- law so that we can get theThey are more devout to solutions. That is the cause of cans? To help the students, he room drew this chart onto pa- tially abusive power. Democ- economy moving, pledges than to common the doldrums. brought to the classroom rep- pers on their desktops and rats view government as an The spokespersons also sense and fair play. That's The practice of pledges resentatives from both par- hunched in for the two pre- organizing force to be utilized completely agreed on a simple just not right, must be challenged. Pledges ties and gave them equal time sentations, for the betterment and equity flow-diagram that one of them We need real problem denude a representative's to explain just what their par- The chart on the black-of society, had drawn to show how the solvers in D.C. again, people role down to that of a pawn of ties are about - from the board took front stage. The At some point in both pre- economy works, with the courage to truly ne- their party. When party pre- horse's mouth. It was not a firm line drawn down the sentations, each spokesper- These spokespersons gotiate across the aisle. It cedes the individual judg- debate or battle, simply two middle of the chart gave the son, while speaking and deliv- should be in Congress. I'dtakes independence, which is ment of a representative, that presentations with Q & A. impression that the parties ering points, moved to the vote for either of them. They virtually impossible with the office holder is a representa- Class began with Mr. Maino are stridently different. But chart dividing the parties, worked together even when amount of money involved in tive of their party, not of the drawing asimple T-chart on in fact, the problems society Lifting their hands, they each they were expected to demon- campaigns. We need leaders people. the blackboarffto model how needs to deal with, as present- gestured in soft circles over strate their differences. They who can assert enough inde- Thank you Quincy High his students should take ed by each of the partythe center of the chart on the were doing a job, not to bene- pendence from their party's and Mr. Maino for the oppor- notes. Conveniently, Democ- spokespersons, were dramati- blackboard, as if to erase the fit themselves or their party, line so as to be examples of tunity to discover that, at rats were placed on the left of cally similar. Health, educa- hard line drawn between the but to serve these students, freedom of speech, examples least locally, Democrats and the chart, Republicans on the ti0n, jobs, national security, left and right sides. They would be the moderates, of American passion for Republicans can work togeth- right-hand side. Below each public safety, food, energy, They did this individually, They would show the extrem- achievement. ' ' er and agree on the need to do of the two parties' names, Mr. transportation, peace, and their talking points while ists how to work together.What ails America is so. LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an ad- dress 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 to dmcdonald@plumasnews.com. It's exploitation I read with great interest your article "Living off the land" published Oct. 17 about Geoff Foss. I'd like to mention that the "all natural" trout he eats very likely came from the hatchery where their upbringing is anything but natural with regard tb diet and genetics. Geoff being a trapper, the statement of his lifestyle "to conserve life not exploit it" struck me as odd. While he doesn't believe in "hunt- ing for sport," when I pull the trigger on my rifle I am 100 percent certain of the maturity, sex and species that I am shooting. Can he say the same when he sets a trap? A trap is designed to grab and hold onto any animal that trips it without con- cern if it's an endangered species or a non-target ani- mal. It will be held in place until the trapper returns or a predator comes along and eats it. I have nothing against trapping but, given these facts, I am struggling to understand how this is conservation. Killing of animals (many of which are not edible) for their pelts so you may sell them fits the dictionary def- inition of "exploitation." It would seem that his idea of sustainable living is sustainable if only a few of us are exploiting the re- source and not too worried about conserving-its future. Those sport hunters and fishermen he doesn't be- lieve in are the major rea- son there is the amount of game and fish out there to fill his stomach and wallet. I don't know, maybe these are just the views of a cyni- cal middle-aged man who longs to be 24 again and have all the answers. Carl Woodruff Graeagle Thank you I would like to thank Quincy Rotary for the scholarship that I have re- ceived to attend Feather River College. This scholar- ship has helped me out tremendously to further my education. Feather River College is a fantastic college with a great staff. The small class- es allow you to build a rela- tionship with the teachers. This is one of the many as- pects of FRC that I love; I'm not just another student there. I would definitely recom- mend Quincy High School seniors to consider attend- ing Feather River College. Rotary, I really hope that you know how much your scholarship means to me and how much it helped me out. I also hope that Rotary continues this scholarship for years to come to help out future students just like me. Brady Kaumans Quincy Government waste We all heard about the Parks Department closing parks while sitting on $54 million in a secret fund. The fund was kept to buy out all the vacation time up to 16 Weeks -- park em- 1) The president shall be ployees stored up (some- commander in chief of the thing private sector em- Army, Navy and militia of ployees are not allowed to the several states when do). What wasn't made so called into the actual ser- public is that there are vice of the United States, about 500 of these funds in and has the power to grant the state government. Just reprieves and pardons ex- 10 of them, off the top, cept in cases of impeach- added up to $29i million, ment. (The president can- Yet they say we must gen- not declare war -- Congress erate more tax revenue, or must declare war.) face the dire consequences. 2) Make treaties and ap- Seems maybe it's time they pointments of ambas- faced some consequences. If sadors, other public minis- they don't get more of your ters, and judges of the money they will have to use Supreme Court with the ad- all they are sitting on and vice and consent and two- wasting. We already pay for thirds of Senate concur- legislative cars and credit ring. cards -- the latter of which 3) Fill vacancies that may they use for everything happen during recess of the from jet skis to vacations. Senate. For some reason they are 4) Duties: give message to pressing a train that can el- Congress of state of the ther try for enough riders union and on extraordinary to make it pay, or be fast. It occasions convene both can't be fast ff it's stopping houses or adjourn them. He for customers. The Legisla- shall receive ambassadors tive Analyst's Office lists and other public ministers all the ways this train will and take care that the laws fail and bankrupt the state be faithfully executed and -- it's already about $50 bil- shall commission all of the lion over budget. Six mil- officers of the U.S. That's it. lion dollars have been paid Have you noticed, none of out to contractors, but no- the powers of the executive body knows if any of that branch involve the individ- work was done. And that's ual citizens of the states? just a fraction of the mis- Where are we today? Con- spent money, gress has usurped many I am a Democrat who vot- more powers than it was ed for Jerry Brown. This is delegated by the people, an issue that should have and turned them over to the Democrats and Republi- executive branch: IRS, cans joined in protesting EPA, OSHA, Labor Depart- government waste, not ment, FBI, Patriot Act, fighting on partisan lines. NDAA detention without DuaneHoobler due process, TSA, Health Portolaand Human Services, Medicare, student loans, Presidential powers FHA, Social (In)Security, In the interest of being an Department of Education, informed voter, this is czars, president making straight from the u.S. Con- war and foreign policy and stitution for understanding kill lists, need I go on? the powers and duties of Is there anything Ameri- the president: cans can do without per- He must take an oath of mission from the govern- office to preserve, protect ment? Time to put a stop to and defend the Constitution it all. For liberty. for the United States. Barbara MacArthur Four paragraphs only: Lake Almanor Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our 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: 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) i 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 Website: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 I 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, 4TH DIST. - Tom McClintock. 508 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-2511; FAX (202) 225-5444. mcdintod