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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11B S[ M PSON, from page 9B department and fmd out the official, a favorite department small county, has saved the county money in what is going on when we get information for his/herself if head or a private industry Our current budget officer is the process. Why is she given introduced to the new CAO of need be? What if the CAO does person. They are also in a one of the hired consultants no credit for her another county, and wonder recommendation from a hired not give you all the position to become very critically spoken as hired as a hard work in personnel what happened to the last CAO, without taking an information, but has another powerful and be able to become waste of money. I disagree matters? one. interest or asking some agenda? What if the CAO the decision-making person for with that statement. I have There is a place for a CAO The public should weigh in questions? why shouldn't the personally does not like a the county if the Board of never seen a budget so clear position in the county and the on whether we should hire a five elected supervisors do county department head and Supervisors becomes and easy to understand BOS should consider hiring CAO or perhaps fill some of the some of their own homework? portrays him/her in a negative complacent, presented in public as by this one in the future. The CAO is a short-staffed departments first. The CAO is a middleman light to the supervisors We hire our department consultant. Why should it all highly controversial, highly If the BOS is expected to between the Board of through a bad evaluation?heads to run their be done behind the scenes? political and highly paidregress back to Supervisors and the county What if a county department departments. Shouldn't they be Why not let the public see the position-- finding someone already-decided, closed-door department heads I would ask head goes around the CAO allowed to report and line-by-line review of their who is willing to get out there decision making, and expected any county supervisor to ask directly to a county supervisor communicate to the BOS taxpayer dollars in public? to actually supervise theto just show up for a yes or no these questions before hiring a and the CAO retaliates because directly with an open line of We have a human resourcescounty departments heads,vote, based on a CAO CAO: Should a county he/she has then lost control? communication at a BOS director who is a longtime, visit them at their recommendation, with no supervisor rely only on a while CAOs are supposed to meeting telling of vastly experienced countydepartments, work with the discussion or questions recommendation from a CAO remain neutral and stay clear accomplishments and employee. She has been community and stay out of the in a public meeting, then I who filters the information on of politics they are just as upcoming events or must we instrumental in many politics is a challenge. Just want no part of that up to him/her? Or should a susceptible to become funnel all this through a CAO? successful recruitments of check the revolving door of government. After 24 years county supervisor feel free to influenced by a one county After all, we hired them to department heads with hercounty CAOs in other of serving the public, this is pick up the phone, visit a supervisor, another elected run a department in a many available resources and counties; we supervisors know where I stand. LETTERS, from page 9B Electrosmog Wireless broadband may be relatively cheap and quick (Grizzly Lake gets fast Internet) but it's certainly not a "plus-plus for everybody." There are serious and well-documented security, speed and reliability issues with wireless compared to fiber optic. A growing body of peer-reviewed science also demonstrates increasing human health and ecological harm from microwave RF "electrosmog." Former President of the California Public Utilities Commission Michael Peevey -- who forced smart meters on Californians and is currently under federal and state investigation for bribery and corruption-- has admitted that RF does in fact cause pain and electro-sensitivity. I note that the proposed area for the antenna(s) near Lake Davis is within the nesting area for flammulated owls and other precious wildlife, not to mention human residents and visitors. In a published study, scientists found that chicks exposed to RF suffered "abnormal weight of hatchlings (and) incidences of abnormalities and mortality." "Guinea pigs" is exactly what the community will become if EleStric Cooperative to do the quick and dirty thing and fall to make the long-term investment in the community that extending fiber optic throughout the county represents. Wireless may ultimately come at a higher price than wired. It's been a year since PSREC cut off electricity to our family after we spoke out about the dangers of their AMR smart meters. PSREC continues to deprive the "cooperative" of hundreds of dollars in revenue a year-- and our family of electricity -- by refusing to do the reasonable and lawful thing and reconnect our household with a safe analog meter. Links to the 2011 World Health Organization's classification of all wireless devices as "possibly carcinogenic," and reports from other health agencies are available at StopSmartMeters.org/the-scien ce. Let's get the tech, but please, let's not wreck the rec. Josh Hart Portola Coach's wisdom For many decades I've admired John Madden's skills as a coach and as an announcer. He did an incomparable job with the telestrater diagram and description of the turducken. Two of his pearls of wisdom during one Monday Night Football game were, "Winning is the best deodorant," and "What you put up with when you are winning you also have to live with when you lose." The first implies that the internal squabbles, jealousies and heated arguments get smoothed over when the team is winning, as the Raiders usually were in the Madden era. The second quote suggests that if the coach is aware of, or strongly suspects that a group of his players are out "clubbin'" and it doesn't bother the coach while the team is winning; then it gets pretty tough after two consecutive losses to say, "Now everyone goes straight home after practice and studies their playbook until they fall asleep." In addition to the wisdom of Madden I've read and enjoyed a paperback biography of Ken Stabler's high school, college and professional career. Suffice to say, it wasn't exactly a model of appropriate behavior that we would encourage in our local high schools. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills More taxes As we woke up Jan. 1 to a new year, we also woke to a new tax. A new 10-cent-a-gallon tax on gas. We did not feel it because of lower gas prices. This gas tax will go to 76 cents per gallon, and you take two 5-gallon gas cans to the gas station to fill up, you will pay $7.60 more for that gas. I feel sorry for those who still commute to work. They will really feel this tax. As George Runner, our member of the Board of Equalization, wrote in the Feb. 18 newspaper, there are several more taxes coming. 1. $10 billion tax on services, haircuts, movie tickets, bank transactions. I guess when I put money in the bank or take it out, I will be taxed. 2. $1.8 billion road user charge, this will cost us $52 each. 3. A tax on the number of miles you drive. I thought we paid a road tax on every gallon of gas we bought. This sounds like double taxation to me. The Legisl atUr must think this: is OK, because for one of these, they don't use tax or fee, it is a charge. The lawyers are gong to have fun with this word game. When is enough enough? The Legislature thinks never; I think now. Overtaxation, regulation, fees, permits for everything, 700 - 1,100 new laws every year are some of the reasons I support the state of Jefferson. Some say don't split the state, fLX it. But the majority of the Legislature cannot, or will not hear the grievances of us who live in rural California. The time has come for rural northern California to separate, no, the stronger word, secede from the state of California. What do you think? Troy Rittgers Twain Looks can be deceiving Building codes are established to keep both the public and private sectors safe. The NEC (National Electric Code) Table 300-5 sets the minimum coverage at 18 inches to grade level of all nonmetallic conduit that holds wiring to wells, swimming pools, etc. That is determined to be the safest for the public. Anything other than that depthwould be considered to be negligent should anyone become electrocuted due to such a lapse of code compliance. People "bootleg" in many upgrades in order to keep from having a county inspector involved. To pay for a permit to upgrade causes property tax to go up a bit. Having a code to comply with in the case of an electrical upgrade would be a good thing. It would protect not only the public, but also the owner, in case of electrocution. Also, foundation upgrades require a permit, due to the required rebar that needs to be present in the footing. In the case of rentals in California, many causes for uninhabitability occur. There are landlords that refuse to repair or replace broken windows; have too few electric circuits in the dwelling, causing thrown breakers when using portable appliances; 'stairs that are too steep in pitch, causing falls; exposed Love of country wires to nonpermitted Barack Obama was elected electrical upgrades; spongy president twice. He has done stringers under the househis best to give Americans the where dry rot has occurred; support and comforts they siding that is pulling away and deserve. The tea party has done damp underneath, which its best to thwart his efforts to attracts bugs or a place for help our citizens. mold to occur; trees withGiuliani has made a claim trunks the size of 55-gallon that Obama does not love drums that are completelyAmerica. when explaining rotted and pose a death hazard what he meant, without taking to occupants, back his claim, in a It is a very good idea, when contradictory statement, he looking to rent a house, to have said he was sure Obama is a a trusted contractor or patriot but Obama does not say inspector come with you in he loves America enough. order to make a sound decision Giuliani cited Reagan and whether to rent or just walk Clinton as being presidents away from a dwelling. Just who did say they loved because it looks good on the America. Does that mean that if outside doesn't mean it isn't we don't say we love America just a polished stool sample on enough that we don't love the inside. America? Saying it does not Rosemary Key-Barnes make it so. Indian Valley In any case, the statement falls into the category of an The rest of the story unfounded personal attack. He I read with great interest that made his comments at an our beloved president stated ultra-conservative gathering publicly that Muslims built featuring Scott Walker. "the very fabric of our On Fox, Scott Walker, in a nation." true politician's evasive style, My understanding of the had recently stooped to fabric of a nation is thename-calling against his critics, creation of culture, indulging in irrelevant rhetoric establishment of schools,without addressing himself to writing the Constitutionand, the point in question and then in general, contributing to shifting to an empty gratuitous society the benefits which we barrage against Obama. claim were granted by God and Walker's recent comments the laws of the land. continue to disgrace him and ff you do not believe in God, his party. at least give credit to the who 10yes his country more fathers of this nation, : than Obama, who, agaim~t ..... It seems appropriate to overwhelming expenditures by discuss the contributions of the wealthy adversaries, also Muslims. I figured it out. They known as the 1 percent, came with their camels and stoically continues to work for donkeys across the Sahara the good of 100 percent of our Desert and landed in South citizens? America, some place. From Salvatore Catalano there they crossed the Suez Taylorsville Canal, went north as far as Mexico and found that the Obama's personality borders to the USA were open. disorder They crossed part of the USA To understand our and landed at Plymouth Rock president's obliviousness to the where they met the passengers atrocities and terror of the Mayflower. They smoked confronting the world and the their Camels, ate the donkeys role America must play in and tried to enslave thedefeating that movement and Indians. The Indians revolted his belief that he can rewrite and drove the Muslims back to law, bypass Congress and the their homeland. Most of them courts, and impose his policies were killed, but they kept their on the American people at will, beards. The Pilgrims were one must understand his delighted and very thankful personality. and threw a big party with the A careful look at the Indians as special guests, following goes a long way The main course was turkey, toward explaining the and to this day we celebrate president's policies and actions Thanksgiving with turkey as (or in some cases, lack thereof). the main course. Excerpts (sometimes Much time was wasted on the paraphrased) are from search for achievements and psychcentral.com/disorders/na contributions of the Muslims to rcissistic-personality-disorder-s the building of the "very fabric ymptoms. of our nation." None were A person with narcissistic found, except that the Pilgrims personality disorder: Has a and Indians contributed to grandiose sense of the initial "fabric" of our self-importance (e.g., nation, exaggerates achievements and As the man stated, "Now you talents, expects to be recognized know the rest of the story." as superior without Jan Klement commensurate achievements). Quincy Believes (he is) superior, I LOOKED INTO HER EYES I looked into her eyes and said her name; She bowed her graceful head and murmured mine. I took her tiny hands and bowed the same; I squeezed and she squeezed back as though a sign. She gently freed her hands and backed away. I stood and stared and felt the tension grow; She raised her head as if she wished to say A word of comfort but a timid "no." I turned to walk away and heard a sigh. She asked for me to wait until she knew when then she'd give to me a frank reply Of "yes" or just a simple, sad "adieu." And when her heart-shaped lips agreed to be my wife, I understood the meaning of my mortal life. Salvatore (Sam) Catalano February 17, 2015 special, or unique and expects want to leave a city -- but they others to recognize (him)want to leave the state of as such. California. When our confused Expects to be catered to and Gov. Brown crows about a (is) puzzled or furious when "recovery," what is he this does not happen, smoking? This is an example of Often displays snobbish, the problems facing the state. disdainful or patronizingThose who have succeeded attitudes, want out. Is preoccupied with fantasies It seems that 67 percent of of unlimited success, power, Fresno County business owners brilliance.., who participated in its annual Believes that he or she is Small Business Economic "special" and unique and can Survey are planning to relocate only be understood by, oroutside of California. While the should associate with, other figure is triple the state special or high-status people, average, most Fresno County Requires excessive owners cite being closer to admiration, family as the primary reason Has a very strong sense of for planning a move, while entitlement; e.g., unreasonable most owners statewide cite tax expectations of especially burdens. favorable treatment or If you didn't already know, be automatic compliance with his aware of Senate Bill 8; it's a or her expectations, game changer for everyone in Expects to be given whatever California. If this bill is signed they want or feel they need, no into law you'llwant to pack too. matter what it might mean to SB 8 will be a tax on services. others. Will FedEx, UPS and Amazon Is exploitative of others, e.g., be forced to tax you for the takes advantage of others to delivery service? Yup. Taxes achieve his or her own ends. remain a challenge for small Lacks empathy, e.g., is business owners, especially in unwilling to recognize orCalifornia. identify with the feelings and Here are some examples of needs of others. SB-8 fallout. Hire an attorney, Regularly shows arrogant,pay a sales tax. Get dance or haughty behaviors or attitudes, yoga lessons? Pay a sales tax. Unfortunately for America, Use a plumber, pay a sales tax. our constitutional republic and The cost of living in California those we could be helpingis going to go up dramatically. around the world, this Corporations will be hit hard, description fits Obama like a forced to pay a sales tax on the glove. God help US: use faffbrneys and financial .- , Lynn Desjardin adv Zrhis will raise Portolathe cost of doing business by 8 percent or more in California-- Get ready for more taxes think we can survive that? 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