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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 9B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE, America's fractious, dysfunctional politics is exacting a. cost Last month, The Economist, WHERE I STAND complex. You will find plenty with a multi-year plan for You need 60 votes to move own hopes and aspirations, the renowned British weekly, . .......................................... of mayors, governors, state highway spending. It needs to legislation in the Senate, but they also need to take ran an editorial advocating an LEE H. HAMILTON legislators and even federal reauthorize the Export-lmport .along with 67 votes to override seriously the responsibility to end to the U.S. dollar's INDIANA UNIVERSIW CENTER officials who don't have the Bank, which helps American a veto in the Senate and 290 govern. They need to fmd a ON CONGRESS supremacy as the world's luxury of gamesmanship; they businesses sell their goods votes to do so in the House. way past the unhappiness and chief currency. The magazine confront problems and solve overseas. It has to decide what With the White House anger that are evident in the offered several economic in the world and causes undue them, often with great to do with a series of tax controlled by one party and country at large. motives and one supremely economic and social hardship creativity. Those who breaks that are due to expire. Congress controlled by the Given the seriousness of our political one. "For how long," at home. discount us forget that we These things will not happen other, those numbers are the problems and the lack of its editors wrote, "will What strikes me hardest have a deep bench, without a great deal of fundamental fact of legislative progress on the policy agenda countries be ready to tie their about that sentence in The Yet, if you look ahead at the turmoil, life. They force a choice on Congress is supposed to financial systems to Economist is that it reflects a next few months, it's hard to That's because members of Congress: to handle, there's really only one America's fractious and sobering truth: people both at avoid a sinking feeling. The congressional politics today protest, make speeches and way forward: through dysfunctional politics?" home and abroad now accept leadership battles put the are bewildering, strike ideological positions; or negotiation and compromise. I want to be blunt here. that our current unworkable Congress in even greater free-swinging, unscripted and to govern. Too many members This has never been easy -- Congress's inaction on a host politics shows no sign ofdisarray just before a series of unprecedented. I can't figure are oPting for the first choice, learning to compromise on the of important issues -- its changing and could intensify, critical fiscal deadlines, out how so many members of Yet, if we're to get out of this issues without compromising inability to deal with our We are getting a reputation as Congress has to raise the debt Congress reached a Point mess, the starting point is to one's own principles -- but it's problems-- is doing real a nation that cannot deal with ceiling by early November. It where they cannot accept the recognize the political reality especially challenging now, damage to our country. It many of its problems, needs to craft a long-term fundamental political reality of divided government. The undermines our ability to lead The truth is always budget deal. It has to come up of our times, parties have a right to their See Hamilton, page 10B Would making guns illegal eliminate our mass murder horror? Has making marijuana WHERE I STAND amazing. I have spent maybe want to point one at approved adult to sign on as The biggest problem we illegal for most of the country ............................................ $20 in my lifetime playing the somebody unless my family, their accountability big have in America is an evil eliminated the use of pot? GLENN MOLLETTE one arm bandit. It doesn't do innocent people or I are in buddy until they have problem. Only the darkest of Has making cocaine and SYNDICATED COUMNIST a lot for me. danger, reached 25. Adults with minds and hearts can so heroin illegal eliminated the I've heard horror stories of Some gun control would criminal records don't randomly execute the lives of use of these drugs in ourknives in 2010. people losing everything in not hurt our nation. We qualify as a sponsor. Andinnocent people. If we ever country? . If we made guns in casinos. Yet, while I don't feel monitor a lot of things in this yet this still will not solve needed a revival of kindness, Prostitution is illegal in America illegal would gambling is the best use of country and a few checks and the mass murder love and new hearts it's most of America. Is thereMexico suddenly have a new' my time what business is it of balances on guns would not problem, today. Yet, for the most part I prostitution in America? If tremendous source of mine if others want to throw end the world. More security and more believe America is filled with we made cigarettes and revenue? They disperse their money away? Except, it For example, we could live people carrying guns will not good people and good hearts alcohol illegal would this drugs throughout Americabecomes my business when with a two-week or even atotally stop murder and who would never harm eliminate their usage in and people buy them and use those same people have to fall 30-day waiting period on violence. However, it's time anyone. It only takes that one America? Murder is illegal in them. back on welfare or society to buying a firearm. Everyone for all schools to employperson to bring about so America, but it happens Can you imagine if we tried take care of them. should fill out paperworkmore security guards and much pain and loss of life. We about forty times a day in our to make casino gambling in It's none of my business if when buying a gun. Showing utilize metal detectors, all need to work together to country. Stealing is illegal, this country illegal? Some of people want to own guns. It's a government issued ID and College presidents who are stop that one insane person but how much shoplifting the senior adults in this my business if they want to allowing time for a proper making over a half million wherever that person goes on in Wal-Mart everycountry would throw a fit. I walk into a school or my background check would not dollars and professors who appears. single day? Making anything live about 14 miles from a house armed with intent to hurt anybody. We further are making over $120,000 illegal does not stop thevery big and active casino kill. need a gun sponsor program can take a small cut so Glenn Mollette is an American activity. By the way, over and the senior citizen buses I am a Second Amendment in this country. People under our schools can hire Syndicated Columnist and 1,700 people were killed with coming and going are quite guy. I own some guns. I never 25 years old should have an security. Author. LETTERS to the E.DITOR Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone : 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 offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmcdonald@plumasnews.com Jefferson not feasible Many of the federal and state programs within a county are mandated and this county presently receives compensation from the State of California, accordingly. So it's also highly possible, and probable, that if Plumas County should decide to join the state of Jefferson, the average Plumas County taxpayer would have to carry a much higher local and state tax load than they ever dreamed could happen. A new Frontier always has great appeal, just consider that many of our 50 states started out with the same idea. But times have changed and there's so much more to be considered in this day and age, that even though it sounds like a great idea to those who support the idea, it's simply just not feasible. Nansi Wattenburg Bohne Quincy Plumas County ignored When the current governor's father was in office, California was in the top 10 percent of states in supporting education as measured by spending per pupil, and Plumas County was in the top three of the 58 counties in California by that same measure. These days it is exactly the opposite. While I know that there has been a lot of water under the bridge, many factors have influenced the changes, and many administrations have come and gone locally, fishery of biodiversity to water and to warn their statewide, and nationally, attract fishermen and parents not to drink it either, SfilI I fixate on that Spotted homebuyers to the ': :',beeause the State was Coming owl deciSion. Just can't help Now is the time to stop but think about that wasting taxpayers' money on exclusive club that has so litigation and a fishery that many members in the urban has been a "high cost, low areas by the bay, whether yield" fishery. It did not they were the plaintiff, or sustain trout. Lake Davis, filed an amicus brief, and with vigorous promotion, how easily they dismissed could become the pasture for the industries of Plumas an aquaculture of trophy County in that fervent effort trout to stock the Feather to save those owls. River and the reservoir. The In the 60s and 70s it was the warm water reservoir could forest reserve funds, aka become the habitat for the timber tax, that benefited the non-natives that the CDFW local schools and roads, have sought to eradicate. Among many great The National Habitat programs, there was a Action Plan and the U.S. forestry program in each of Department of Fish and the four Plumas County high Wildlife could help restore schools. You probably Lake Davis and its waters. It remember who was the would require a plan to governor from January 1975, . remove the decay from over through the end of that stocking and poisoning of a decade. From what I've read lake in the state water the major industries are still system. Now is the time for agriculture and locals to be heard in manufacturing; marijuana Sacramento and Washington. cultivation and the Now is the time for a new manufacture of direction for clean water and methamphetamine. So can the vigorous promotion of you run that by me one more aquaculture on a global scale. time about how wonderful Larry F. Douglas the current governor is, and Portola how much he cares about Plumas County? Lake Davis Gene Nielsen It has been determined by a Crescent Mills jury of my peers that California screwed up. My peers also decided that I was not insured by the actions taken by the "Department." I can see how my peers would agree that I wasn't harmed, but what about all those little kids who were told in school not to drink the New Direction "Now, faced with overcrowded coastlines and dwindling sources of fresh water, China is beginning to move in a new direction. In 2013, the State Council, China's cabinet, released a policy document that called for the 'vigorous promotion' of sustainable aquaculture and the expansion of offshore fish farms. Both goals have become major components of China's 13th five-year economic plan." (Christian Science Monitor) Now is the time for the Department of Water Resources and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to adopt China's goals and begin the vigorous promotion of them. The reservoir and fishery at Lake Davis is the best place to start. It would help the city of Portola in its economic recovery. A new direction would provide clean water to the city and a sustainable to poison us. They are grown up now. Were they harmed? Come to think of it, they are my peers. And a lot of them would like a chance to tell Fish and Game... (Wait no. Like any failed organization they changed their name. They call it Fish and Wildlife now.) My peers would like to tell Fish and Wildlife to stick their warted trout up their collective dark place. They used to call Lake Davis a trophy trout lake. If you want it back, move it to Jefferson. Ed Laurie Portola Voting details Last week a reader commented that since non-citizens now could get a California driver license, they would also be voting. I know only US citizens can vote. I checked with the Registrar of Voters in Quincy, and this was confirmed. Evidently the DMV will let the Registrar of Voters know who is a citizen. Hopefully they will do a good job on this task. It would be better to iron out these details than to leave the great State of California. Lane Emerick Portola Money and power A few years ago, I mentioned a comment made by a graduate student of the Don't sit back and lot others do the talking for you. 'Express yourself in our email: dmcdonald@plumasnews .com UCLA business department in 1954 regarding anew form of aristocracy in the making. He said he was getting in on the ground floor of that aristocracy. Since then, a crushing movement in that direction inexorably has been taking over, strengthening corporate power and weakening democracy, the only voice of the people. Recently, Washington watchdogs cried out in the wind to overturn the Supreme Court's decision that gave corporations First Amendment rights while allowing regressive states to diminish those rights for the people. ' The watchdogs said, "Make no mistake; the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is using the tools of American democracy to destroy it." Also, "ALEC wants to 'exchange' the great American experiment in democracy for an oligarchic state where it rules and you obey." I am reminded of the statement Goebbels (Hitler's propaganda minister) made regarding the Nazi takeover of Germany. I quote: "We National Socialists never maintained that we were representatives of a democratic viewpoint, but we have openly declared that we only made use of democratic means in order to gain power, and that after the seizure of power we would ruthlessly deny to our opponents all those means which they had granted to us during 'the time of our opposition." Jefferson was adamantly against the power of wealth; Jackson championed the little man; Teddy Roosevelt "busted" the trusts and FDR helped working union members. Eisenhower warned aga.inst the military-industrial complex and Kennedy "jawed" the steel industry. America has a history of distrust for big money and its power. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville / II IIIIII I II 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@countyofphmas.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) 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: 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.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. www.LaMalfa.House.gov.; Facebk'cndRepLaMalfa; 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: 4359Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Reddiug Constituent ServiceCenter: 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225- 3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, IST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-00001, (9 ! 6) 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 I 173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/(916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.