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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 9B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Spirited discussions While rural counties such as Plumas County suffer a disadvantage at a state and federal level, we benefit by our scale of government. Where layers in larger organizations insulate management and elected officials from one another, we enjoy a far greater intimacy and understanding within our organization. Where communication had often been lost, we now have a direct, streamlined interaction with no intermediary involved. Absent the luxury of affording staffers, it is incumbent on county leaders to engage each other directly and come to solutions. We mutually benefit from this open line of mean ,)]our government is working effectively WHERE I STAND difficult and challenging as it .................................................. may be. Perhaps Sheriff Hagwood's most recent decision regarding an office and jail project best illustrates our ability to provide for Plumas County the fiscally responsible government we are charged with delivering. As any official/department head would, he began with the desire for the ultimate, the "what if?.." Any of us would do the same, and should. Then followed the difficult evaluation process: want/desire vs. need in light of available money. For many years now the grand jury has found that we need to upgradeupdate or replace our jail. The proposed new jail project was SHERRIE THRALL PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERV!SOR DISTRICT 3 looking like the total cost might be in the neighborhood of $30 to 40 million. The state has a competitive grant program that might provide a maximum of $20 million -- that is ffwe were successful in obtaining the grant and it was approved for the maximum available. Assuming that (a huge assumption at best) it was looking like the county would need to come up with an additional $10 to 20 million. This, of course, did not include the costs of the new mutual sheriff/CHP office building that was also proposed. After many hours of consideration and discussion, Sheriff Hagwood, with the full support of the communication as it enables us to give the best possible effort at providing that with which Plumas County government is charged services to our citizens. If one positive may be drawn from the recession of late, it is that we were forced to adapt, and in retrospect, recalibrate. Government is, after all, to " serve the community and not government. Do we need a county administrative officer? We have determined thaf we do not and have benefited from the absence of the position, Board of Supervisors, decided this was not a "doable" project. He has started to explore new possibilities more in line with the size, demographics, needs and funding available to provide the jail facilities we need. He showed great' leadership and responsibility in arriving at this decision. It is common to see in the media some discussion of issues between the county department heads and the Board of Supervisors that on the surface appears to be conflict or outright combat. Rather, this does not always, indicate a war/controVersy; it is good government at work. These discussions ultimately lead to resolutions we can live with. We could never advance or succeed without these open discussions enabling everyone to bring to the table their various opinions and experience. Given our small government, absent the layers of secretaries and staffers, we enjoy the direct cross communication that helps shed light on the process. That process should, and frequently does, lead to the "ultimate" solution. Your county elected officials and department heads are working well together because we all share the common objective to provide the best ge'wctce possible to the people of Plumas County. 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 Fr.iday 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' dmanald@plumasnews.m Climate change Referring to last week's letter about climate change, I would like to state that those comments are .unjustified and not very resp0iil,   given the gravity of this matter. Probably most of us shall live long enough to see. But I wish people would spend more time inform'rag themselves properly before launching such diatribes. Interestingly, as reported on in EOS (the weekly newsletter of the American Geophysical Union), on October 28, 2014, p.392: "U.S. Department of Defense deems climate change a national security threat. Climate change is a "threat multiplier," according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The report, entitled 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap and released on October 13, lays out ways in which DOD will work with other nations to combat the challenges associated with, adapt to, and mitigate climate change. Speaking at a Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reiterated the possible consequences of climate change, including widespread drought, sea level rise and more extreme weather. He stressed that these threaten not only civilian populations but also regional militaries. The purpose of the report, Secretary Hagel said, was to determine the military's role in combating and adapting to climate change. "We have nearly completed a baseline survey to assess the vulnerability of our military's more than 7000 bases, installations, and other facilities," Hagel said. "Drawing on these assessments, we will integrate climate change considerations into our planning, operations, and training." Hagel added that militaries of the world must be a part of the climate change discussion." To view the full report, search Google for . "2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap." Burkhard Bohm Blairsden My forecast Last week a writer invited anyone to respond to his request that "warmers" (global warming believers) should demonstrate an ability to forecast weather at least a week in advance. Okay, I'll bite. There'll be a daily fog of misinformation, followed by a cold affront to all intelligent life maintaining that polar ice hasn't melted, sea levels haven't risen (and won't), and that there are no climate worries. This will be followed by a hot-air tornado suggesting that Agenda 21, a New World Order, and somebody high up in the U.S. government is behind the ,warmer" point of view. Then, a record snow-job to convince us that those in science studying atmospheric gas are working to put us under domination of a non-governmental ori$in. The,writer is welcome to his own opinions but not his own facts regarding reduced polar ice, rising sea levels, greater greenhouse gas production, altered regional rainfall and greater storm intensity. He's quiteupset about' carbon dioxide being an essential component of life on the planet, while it's termed a greenhouse gas. ff this is because he's familiar with photosynthesis requiring CO2, he might consider that the atmospheric balance between green plant uptake of C02 versus natural fn'e and the decomposition of surface organic material returning as CO2 has ended. We've removed sequestered underground carbon from former plant material and burned it since the beginning of the Industrial Age. That is why the previous (and relatively stable) CO2 levels of 150 years ago are continuing to soar. Until we commit to renewables, we are destined to face costs far exceeding the price of Cap & Trade. Prevention remains the most reliable path; cures for climate change cannot be purchased at a later date for any amount. Bill Martin Quincy Global warmers I'm not sure which is worse; so called "conservatives" ignorant of the difference between weather and climate, or those that pretend ignorance. Terry Southworth Blairsden Think snow Eight years ago unprotected tomato plants in Indian Valley were frostbitten and finished before the middle of September. This year tomatoes were healthy and productive until the last week of October. In the short term I enjoy having about a Six-week extension to the gardening season, in the long-term I'm aware that if we don't have a substantial snow pack on the surrounding mountainsides that water for next year's garden will be in very short supply. So, hoping that a positive attitude will help us out of this mess, think snow. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Slippery slope Have you ever heard the term, "slippery slope?" well I think I can definitely relate it to the plight of the Social Security seniors in this country. To begin with, inflation in this country has risen over 18 percent in the past 10 years. I averaged my income from 2005 to 2014 and divided the total by 12 to reach my average monthly income amount for that same 10 year period. From there, I was able to arrive at my actual overall, gain or loss. From 2005 -- 2008, I'm below the overall average by a total of $3,796, and from 2009 -- 2014, I'm above the overall average by $3,800, the overall difference being an actual, overall gain of $4. My income range now is in the medium range of Social Security income, so, even though I receive a COLA each year, as we all do, at this rate, I'm slowly, and consistently, losing far more than I gain due to the ever increasing rate of inflation. I now see that if I carry this same concept out for the next ten years, and inflation continues to rise at the rate it is now, and our COLAs keep fluctuating downward, I should be somewhere in the lower end of the low income range within a few more years. The higher range will have slid downward into the middle range, and the middle range will have slid into the low range, and will be bumping the rest of us straight to the street. Hence, the "slippery slope." Nansi Bohne Quincy An eyesore I am a resident of the Valley Ranch community in Clio and so is Mr. Jeff Engel. As such we are both members of the Valley Ranch Homeowners Association (VRHOA) and subject to the covenants, codes and restrictions (CCR'S) of that organization. Mr. Engel has never been active in the VRHOA. In the 12 years that my wife and I have been members of the VRHOA, we have seen Mr. Engel at the annual meetings only once, recently, when he became a candidate for the District 5 supervisor job. Over the years he has accumulated a significant amount of trash on his property, some of .which is clearly visible from Highway 89 near the bridge over the creek, and in direct violation of the CCRs. It consists of corroded pieces of culvert, empty barrels and piles of wood. It has been there for a long time. As a private citizen I have requested that Mr. Engel eliminate this eyesore in an e-marl dated Aug. 20, 2014. There was no response. Recently the Board of Directors of the VRHOA sent a letter on behalf of the entire community requesting that Mr. Engel remove the trash and eliminate the eyesore. As of this date there has been no around Lake Davis. I smell poisoned fish, again. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Fair distribution More than two years ago now, while studying Portola's city budget, I stumbled on a $50,000 LAFCO fee that the city has been paying annually. I asked around the community what LAFCO is, but no one seemed to know until I asked Dr. Trent Saxton. He was kind enough to take his time and explained to me, and to our small concerned citizens group, all about LAFCO, which was established by state law, the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000. So, I started reading this law and through research, we found that under Section 56381 of the law was a response and no effort to abate the nuisance. Mr. Engel has just been elected to the District 5 supervisor job. In his promotional ads and in personal appearances he has claimed a concern for the community in general, and promises to work to improve District 5. I believe that Mr. Engel should begin his promised service to the community by removing the unsightly accumulation of trash that demeans the neighborhood. His failure to evenrespo.nd to requests for correction show an underlying contempt for rules. Perhaps he feels that his long- time residence in the county, which he has mentioned in his campaign presentationsl allows him to ignore the requests of his close neighbors, and refuse compliance to the rules of the community in which he lives, provision for an alternative ................. -. John,Lu//o ..... method of apnment. Clio wherein we could,hange New direction Remember this Obama quote, "We won, you lost, get over it?" This president did arouse a sleeping giant, the American senior; they won this election. After 2010, Tea Party members really didn't need meetings or marches, members foresaw the future; they voted to save their country. Ok Obama lost, but living in denial will just further your pain. If you failed to properly vet Obama or because you felt guilty for being white, forgive yourself. Maybe Jonathan Gruber (main author of Obama care) is correct when he said it's "the stupidity of the American voter." Those that drink the Kool-Aid of 'Socialism" will reap its after taste. Even liberals were disenchanted with Obama's six years of increased taxes, low wages, lost jobs, lower household income, and "You can keep your doctor." Don't forget the scandals and the terrorist attacks on this country (Boston, Times Square, Ft. Hood etc.). If liberals are the majority in America and they loved their party, why didn't America vote Democrat? Obviously, we're going in the wrong direction as a country. Our constitution, freedom, and liberty were all at stake. Now 242 Congressional Republicans and 55 Republican senators must do something or they will get the boot. If you plan on going to San Francisco in the future, take a bag lunch, restaurants will be forced to pay $15 per hour. (minimum wage) for dishwashers and table cleaners. Imagine what a meal will cost. Filed under "They just don't get it," our local Forest service is spending a million dollars to study snowmobiling at Lake Davis. They lost a lawsuit to an environmentalist group and the court forced them to produce anew Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The new EIR, due out by June 2015, could stop snowmobiling Portola's current LAFCO share of 50/50 plan to "per capita" plan. We all know that Portola is a struggling community, with a dwindling population of less than 2,000. Changing its LAFCO share to "per capita" would be a savings of approximately $45,000 for the city of Portola ... money which could be used to fix/repair our badly eroded 'streets and sidewalks. However, our current appointed and elected City Council, and the Plumas County Board of Supervisors don't seem to want to support us on this. Why not? what is wrong with trying to pursue fairness and equitable distribution of our LAFCO fees? Wouldn't you want to do the same for your community? Terri Woods Portola Now what? In 2008, the Democrats were given a nation in deep trouble. Banks were going under; work was scarce; the housing market was in shambles; major industries were in financial ruin; cities were losing their downtown businesses; and billions were being poured into the Middle East for a war engaged by deception. The nation turned to the Democrats to bail itself out of the mess. In his campaign speeches, Obama promised that he would instigate programs that would help the people. He tried to do the things for which he was elected only to be vilified and blocked with his every move for trying to carry out his mandate. The media confused the public with buzz words and a constant barrage of obfuscations. Even so, he was able to .... brings out of the financial mess with a jobless rate of under 6 percent, a strengthening of the economy, . a strong stock market, an improved housing market, infrastructure improvements, healthier banks, a viable health care system and the winding down of our Middle East involvement. The Republicans have not promised anything constructive since 2008; indeed, all they have been able to do is to bash away at the very things that have made our country the greatest in the world. Then why did the nation vote against the Democrats in this election? It was the millions the Republicans spent on deceptive ads. If they claim it wasn't the money, then why did they spend it? Obama is still the president, but with a hostile Senate and See Letters, page 11B Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Marl: i pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors can also be i e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com !PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. i NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. i 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; 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: feinstein.senate.gov. 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. lamalfa'.house.gov, i DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 2885 i Churn 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 l Hills Constituent Service Center." 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, i 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, i 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 I GOVERNOR - Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State  Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814 Website: gov.ca.gov/ i (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160 . Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 9B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Spirited discussions While rural counties such as Plumas County suffer a disadvantage at a state and federal level, we benefit by our scale of government. Where layers in larger organizations insulate management and elected officials from one another, we enjoy a far greater intimacy and understanding within our organization. Where communication had often been lost, we now have a direct, streamlined interaction with no intermediary involved. Absent the luxury of affording staffers, it is incumbent on county leaders to engage each other directly and come to solutions. We mutually benefit from this open line of mean ,)]our government is working effectively WHERE I STAND difficult and challenging as it .................................................. may be. Perhaps Sheriff Hagwood's most recent decision regarding an office and jail project best illustrates our ability to provide for Plumas County the fiscally responsible government we are charged with delivering. As any official/department head would, he began with the desire for the ultimate, the "what if?.." Any of us would do the same, and should. Then followed the difficult evaluation process: want/desire vs. need in light of available money. For many years now the grand jury has found that we need to upgradeupdate or replace our jail. The proposed new jail project was SHERRIE THRALL PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERV!SOR DISTRICT 3 looking like the total cost might be in the neighborhood of $30 to 40 million. The state has a competitive grant program that might provide a maximum of $20 million -- that is ffwe were successful in obtaining the grant and it was approved for the maximum available. Assuming that (a huge assumption at best) it was looking like the county would need to come up with an additional $10 to 20 million. This, of course, did not include the costs of the new mutual sheriff/CHP office building that was also proposed. After many hours of consideration and discussion, Sheriff Hagwood, with the full support of the communication as it enables us to give the best possible effort at providing that with which Plumas County government is charged services to our citizens. If one positive may be drawn from the recession of late, it is that we were forced to adapt, and in retrospect, recalibrate. Government is, after all, to " serve the community and not government. Do we need a county administrative officer? We have determined thaf we do not and have benefited from the absence of the position, Board of Supervisors, decided this was not a "doable" project. He has started to explore new possibilities more in line with the size, demographics, needs and funding available to provide the jail facilities we need. He showed great' leadership and responsibility in arriving at this decision. It is common to see in the media some discussion of issues between the county department heads and the Board of Supervisors that on the surface appears to be conflict or outright combat. Rather, this does not always, indicate a war/controVersy; it is good government at work. These discussions ultimately lead to resolutions we can live with. We could never advance or succeed without these open discussions enabling everyone to bring to the table their various opinions and experience. Given our small government, absent the layers of secretaries and staffers, we enjoy the direct cross communication that helps shed light on the process. That process should, and frequently does, lead to the "ultimate" solution. Your county elected officials and department heads are working well together because we all share the common objective to provide the best ge'wctce possible to the people of Plumas County. 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 Fr.iday 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' dmanald@plumasnews.m Climate change Referring to last week's letter about climate change, I would like to state that those comments are .unjustified and not very resp0iil,   given the gravity of this matter. Probably most of us shall live long enough to see. But I wish people would spend more time inform'rag themselves properly before launching such diatribes. Interestingly, as reported on in EOS (the weekly newsletter of the American Geophysical Union), on October 28, 2014, p.392: "U.S. Department of Defense deems climate change a national security threat. Climate change is a "threat multiplier," according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The report, entitled 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap and released on October 13, lays out ways in which DOD will work with other nations to combat the challenges associated with, adapt to, and mitigate climate change. Speaking at a Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reiterated the possible consequences of climate change, including widespread drought, sea level rise and more extreme weather. He stressed that these threaten not only civilian populations but also regional militaries. The purpose of the report, Secretary Hagel said, was to determine the military's role in combating and adapting to climate change. "We have nearly completed a baseline survey to assess the vulnerability of our military's more than 7000 bases, installations, and other facilities," Hagel said. "Drawing on these assessments, we will integrate climate change considerations into our planning, operations, and training." Hagel added that militaries of the world must be a part of the climate change discussion." To view the full report, search Google for . "2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap." Burkhard Bohm Blairsden My forecast Last week a writer invited anyone to respond to his request that "warmers" (global warming believers) should demonstrate an ability to forecast weather at least a week in advance. Okay, I'll bite. There'll be a daily fog of misinformation, followed by a cold affront to all intelligent life maintaining that polar ice hasn't melted, sea levels haven't risen (and won't), and that there are no climate worries. This will be followed by a hot-air tornado suggesting that Agenda 21, a New World Order, and somebody high up in the U.S. government is behind the ,warmer" point of view. Then, a record snow-job to convince us that those in science studying atmospheric gas are working to put us under domination of a non-governmental ori$in. The,writer is welcome to his own opinions but not his own facts regarding reduced polar ice, rising sea levels, greater greenhouse gas production, altered regional rainfall and greater storm intensity. He's quiteupset about' carbon dioxide being an essential component of life on the planet, while it's termed a greenhouse gas. ff this is because he's familiar with photosynthesis requiring CO2, he might consider that the atmospheric balance between green plant uptake of C02 versus natural fn'e and the decomposition of surface organic material returning as CO2 has ended. We've removed sequestered underground carbon from former plant material and burned it since the beginning of the Industrial Age. That is why the previous (and relatively stable) CO2 levels of 150 years ago are continuing to soar. Until we commit to renewables, we are destined to face costs far exceeding the price of Cap & Trade. Prevention remains the most reliable path; cures for climate change cannot be purchased at a later date for any amount. Bill Martin Quincy Global warmers I'm not sure which is worse; so called "conservatives" ignorant of the difference between weather and climate, or those that pretend ignorance. Terry Southworth Blairsden Think snow Eight years ago unprotected tomato plants in Indian Valley were frostbitten and finished before the middle of September. This year tomatoes were healthy and productive until the last week of October. In the short term I enjoy having about a Six-week extension to the gardening season, in the long-term I'm aware that if we don't have a substantial snow pack on the surrounding mountainsides that water for next year's garden will be in very short supply. So, hoping that a positive attitude will help us out of this mess, think snow. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Slippery slope Have you ever heard the term, "slippery slope?" well I think I can definitely relate it to the plight of the Social Security seniors in this country. To begin with, inflation in this country has risen over 18 percent in the past 10 years. I averaged my income from 2005 to 2014 and divided the total by 12 to reach my average monthly income amount for that same 10 year period. From there, I was able to arrive at my actual overall, gain or loss. From 2005 -- 2008, I'm below the overall average by a total of $3,796, and from 2009 -- 2014, I'm above the overall average by $3,800, the overall difference being an actual, overall gain of $4. My income range now is in the medium range of Social Security income, so, even though I receive a COLA each year, as we all do, at this rate, I'm slowly, and consistently, losing far more than I gain due to the ever increasing rate of inflation. I now see that if I carry this same concept out for the next ten years, and inflation continues to rise at the rate it is now, and our COLAs keep fluctuating downward, I should be somewhere in the lower end of the low income range within a few more years. The higher range will have slid downward into the middle range, and the middle range will have slid into the low range, and will be bumping the rest of us straight to the street. Hence, the "slippery slope." Nansi Bohne Quincy An eyesore I am a resident of the Valley Ranch community in Clio and so is Mr. Jeff Engel. As such we are both members of the Valley Ranch Homeowners Association (VRHOA) and subject to the covenants, codes and restrictions (CCR'S) of that organization. Mr. Engel has never been active in the VRHOA. In the 12 years that my wife and I have been members of the VRHOA, we have seen Mr. Engel at the annual meetings only once, recently, when he became a candidate for the District 5 supervisor job. Over the years he has accumulated a significant amount of trash on his property, some of .which is clearly visible from Highway 89 near the bridge over the creek, and in direct violation of the CCRs. It consists of corroded pieces of culvert, empty barrels and piles of wood. It has been there for a long time. As a private citizen I have requested that Mr. Engel eliminate this eyesore in an e-marl dated Aug. 20, 2014. There was no response. Recently the Board of Directors of the VRHOA sent a letter on behalf of the entire community requesting that Mr. Engel remove the trash and eliminate the eyesore. As of this date there has been no around Lake Davis. I smell poisoned fish, again. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Fair distribution More than two years ago now, while studying Portola's city budget, I stumbled on a $50,000 LAFCO fee that the city has been paying annually. I asked around the community what LAFCO is, but no one seemed to know until I asked Dr. Trent Saxton. He was kind enough to take his time and explained to me, and to our small concerned citizens group, all about LAFCO, which was established by state law, the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000. So, I started reading this law and through research, we found that under Section 56381 of the law was a response and no effort to abate the nuisance. Mr. Engel has just been elected to the District 5 supervisor job. In his promotional ads and in personal appearances he has claimed a concern for the community in general, and promises to work to improve District 5. I believe that Mr. Engel should begin his promised service to the community by removing the unsightly accumulation of trash that demeans the neighborhood. His failure to evenrespo.nd to requests for correction show an underlying contempt for rules. Perhaps he feels that his long- time residence in the county, which he has mentioned in his campaign presentationsl allows him to ignore the requests of his close neighbors, and refuse compliance to the rules of the community in which he lives, provision for an alternative ................. -. John,Lu//o ..... method of apnment. Clio wherein we could,hange New direction Remember this Obama quote, "We won, you lost, get over it?" This president did arouse a sleeping giant, the American senior; they won this election. After 2010, Tea Party members really didn't need meetings or marches, members foresaw the future; they voted to save their country. Ok Obama lost, but living in denial will just further your pain. If you failed to properly vet Obama or because you felt guilty for being white, forgive yourself. Maybe Jonathan Gruber (main author of Obama care) is correct when he said it's "the stupidity of the American voter." Those that drink the Kool-Aid of 'Socialism" will reap its after taste. Even liberals were disenchanted with Obama's six years of increased taxes, low wages, lost jobs, lower household income, and "You can keep your doctor." Don't forget the scandals and the terrorist attacks on this country (Boston, Times Square, Ft. Hood etc.). If liberals are the majority in America and they loved their party, why didn't America vote Democrat? Obviously, we're going in the wrong direction as a country. Our constitution, freedom, and liberty were all at stake. Now 242 Congressional Republicans and 55 Republican senators must do something or they will get the boot. If you plan on going to San Francisco in the future, take a bag lunch, restaurants will be forced to pay $15 per hour. (minimum wage) for dishwashers and table cleaners. Imagine what a meal will cost. Filed under "They just don't get it," our local Forest service is spending a million dollars to study snowmobiling at Lake Davis. They lost a lawsuit to an environmentalist group and the court forced them to produce anew Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The new EIR, due out by June 2015, could stop snowmobiling Portola's current LAFCO share of 50/50 plan to "per capita" plan. We all know that Portola is a struggling community, with a dwindling population of less than 2,000. Changing its LAFCO share to "per capita" would be a savings of approximately $45,000 for the city of Portola ... money which could be used to fix/repair our badly eroded 'streets and sidewalks. However, our current appointed and elected City Council, and the Plumas County Board of Supervisors don't seem to want to support us on this. Why not? what is wrong with trying to pursue fairness and equitable distribution of our LAFCO fees? Wouldn't you want to do the same for your community? Terri Woods Portola Now what? In 2008, the Democrats were given a nation in deep trouble. Banks were going under; work was scarce; the housing market was in shambles; major industries were in financial ruin; cities were losing their downtown businesses; and billions were being poured into the Middle East for a war engaged by deception. The nation turned to the Democrats to bail itself out of the mess. In his campaign speeches, Obama promised that he would instigate programs that would help the people. He tried to do the things for which he was elected only to be vilified and blocked with his every move for trying to carry out his mandate. The media confused the public with buzz words and a constant barrage of obfuscations. Even so, he was able to .... brings out of the financial mess with a jobless rate of under 6 percent, a strengthening of the economy, . a strong stock market, an improved housing market, infrastructure improvements, healthier banks, a viable health care system and the winding down of our Middle East involvement. The Republicans have not promised anything constructive since 2008; indeed, all they have been able to do is to bash away at the very things that have made our country the greatest in the world. Then why did the nation vote against the Democrats in this election? It was the millions the Republicans spent on deceptive ads. If they claim it wasn't the money, then why did they spend it? Obama is still the president, but with a hostile Senate and See Letters, page 11B Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Marl: i pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors can also be i e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com !PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. i NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. i 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; 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: feinstein.senate.gov. 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. lamalfa'.house.gov, i DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 2885 i Churn 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 l Hills Constituent Service Center." 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, i 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, i 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 I GOVERNOR - Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State  Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814 Website: gov.ca.gov/ i (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160 .