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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, July 28, 2010 15B The Fair is committed to providing families with a healthy, smoke free entertainment experience. LETTERS, pag 14B right! I am paying only one third of the cost of my auto are more than willing toinsurance to ensure that a trade your home, lock, stock quality health care facility is and barrel, for the sight of a there when I need it? Which good doctor and his state-of- will I use more, the auto in- the-art equipment that may surance, or the medical ser- hopefully save your life. vices? Well, folks, that is just If you are a parent, anda no-brainer. I have lived in many of you are, are youthis county over 30 years, willing to risk the life of your and I have a file full of med- child rather than spend an ical billing receipts that veri- extra $100 a year for a func- fy just how often my family tioning hospital? You are? has used the facilities at The cost of a wasted night in Plumas District Hospital. Reno versus a year of med- The medical needs of my ical assurance for your loved family have run the gamut of ones? Good God! minor ailments to life-threat- Maybe you have never ening events. We have been been sick. There are such cared for, bandaged up, test- people, but not many. Most ed or stabilized and trans- folks at some time in their ported to larger facilities life become ill, often desper- when warranted. And now, ately ill, and need immediate some local opponents want to help. Not the help of a neigh- "cap the tax" to effectively bor, but that of a group of insure that necessary up- skilled, professional, dedicat- grades cannot be completed ed people -- doctors andto a level that will provide nurses -- who have spentour community with the years, if not decades, learn- quality facilities and service ing their craft. You think you we need. And let's not forget are going to find that profes- my $180 tax bill this year was sionalism without some cost? an estimate based on an ex- Please, be reasonable, pectation of selling the re- When you look at our hos- maining bonds at a rather pital in Quincy, you witness high rate -- they could actu- the locale of thousands of ill- ally end up selling at a lower nesses that occurred in the rate! past. Everything from pneu- Your voice needs to be monia to cancer to heart at- heard. Please join me to Save tack. They occurred, they ac- our Hospital. Cast your vote tually happened, and they -- and vote a resounding will happen again in the fu- "No" on Measure B. ture, you can count on it. Do Yvonne Bales you want the aid of a doctor Quincy and all of a hospital's experi- enced medical backup when You decide such illness comes to you, or Like many proponents of would you settle for an early Measure B who believe they grave, with an extra $100 in were deliberately excluded your wallet? Not much from the hospital board's spe- choice, as I see it. cial meeting July 16, I won- Tony Van Hemert dered why we weren't noti- Quincy fled. The hospital posted three Comparative shopping notices, one at the court- Just thought I'd take a mo- house, one on the billboard ment to put the cost of the beside Papa Murphy's and hospital bond in perspective one on the boardroom door. here. But, if you didn't have a need I just received the renewal to go to the courthouse, or on my auto insurance. Two have a yen for pizza, and you vehicles, full coverage on weren't in the vicinity of the one, liability only on the oth- board's empty meeting room, er. $580 for the year. Yikes! you probably missed the no- Plus, I am of an age where I tire. That's what happened to receive a lot of discounts, so us. this is technt~ally a low cost. A notice of the 'meeting. I have been purchasing auto was hand delivered to the lo- insurance since I started dri- cal paper Tuesday, July 13, ring 40 years ago. I have had after the newspaper had been one claim ... and the other printed. Since the meeting guy was at fault! So the in- was going to be held two days surer has not paid out on,he later, it was too late for the at all. next edition. Were they try- Now, let's look at my tax ing to exclude proponents of bill for the hospital bond. Measure B and anyone else Hmmm ... let's see ... my tax- who may be suffering from es are based on a net as- "fear and anger" over the sessed value of approximate, prospect of an unlimited tax? ly $150,000. The bond assess- You decide. ment fee this year was only We're being asked to trust $180. What? This can't be them once again. Can we? Can you help at Art Barn? Many volunteers are still needed to help at the Art Barn at this year's county fair. "It is a formidable task to give all the arts and crafts entries ranging from profes- sional to preschool levels the care and respect they de- serve for display. Many hands will make this possi- ble," said Plumas Arts Direc- tor Roxanne Valladao. Plumas Arts has coordi- nated this effort for the Plumas-Sierra County Fair on and off for at least two decades and continuously for the last several years. Plumas Arts board mem- ber Howard Heyden will oversee the effort once again this year. Help is especially needed for accepting and coordinat- ing art entries Thursday and Friday, Aug. 5 - 6, as well as hanging art and preparing displays between Saturday, Aug. 7, and Monday, Aug. 9. Additional volunteers will be needed to docent the building during fair time from noon - 10 p.m. Wednes- day, Aug. 11, to Sunday, Aug. 15. Each four hours of volun- teer time invested is reward- ed with a four-day pass to the fair or a ticket to a grandstands event during the fair. To volunteer some time to help at the Art Barn, call Plumas Arts, which will co- ordinate the volunteers' schedule, at 283-3402. ahead of our immediate frus- tration with taxes. We need our hospital. Will they hold the line at $125 per $100,000 for 28 years? They say they will but they can change their mind with a vote. All we have is their word, the same word they gave us when they promised $50 too much we would never pay more Save our Hospital? Does it than $87/$100K. We had to go feel like your hospital? It to court and fight for the does not to me. right to limit the damage. I could not believe that If we vote Yes on Measure such a large percentage of B we can hold the line for you voted to commit the ourselves and when times"property owners to 30 years are better, we can vote for of increased taxes so we other bonds to build our hos- could have a place where, pital. We're a tiny group of best case scenario, health in- people who will have to pay surance corporations skim the entire debt with interest the cream off the top before in the next 28 years. Nobody giving the rest to the actual else is going to help us. So, health care providers. you decide. You can still reg- Doesn't the fact that the hos- ister to vote in this election pital is running in the red until Aug. 16. bear that out? Health insur- Judy Javaance corporations are cer- Quincy tainly not running in the red. Of course, worst case Think long term scenario, coverage is denied I realize people may be tit- altogether. That ever happen ing of the back and forth be- to anyone? tween proponents and oppo- OK, so you were misled by nents of Measure B, so I will measure A into thinking keep my comments brief, you'd pay between $20 and First of all, I understand $90 a year. Why such an er- the frustration and senti- for in disclosure doesn't nul- ment behind wanting to cap lify the measure I don't get, the tax. I am all for reigning but I don't get a lot of things. in spending and holding tax- Not to worry though, now es in check. But I am worried there is a pledge to not ex- that if we apply this concept reed $125 per $100,000 of as- to our hospital, it will all but sessed value, and most years seal its fate and mean that only $100 per $100,000! we'll end up without a hospi- Wrong last time and wrong tal. It is my understanding this time. The scenarios pre- that if we cap the tax, we will sented in the article did not not be able to secure the include one with declining bonds needed for this project, property values. What are I understand people's the values in your neighbor- anger when they thought hood doing? When will your they'd be taxed at a certain assessed value surpass the amount and came to find out actual value, two years, five it may be double the original years? figure. But when I look at the There's not going to be a long.term, larger picture, recovery. That would take this amount is tiny compared energy and the energy is to the drop that we will all running out. Good jobs have see in our property values if been shipped overseas by we live in a community of the same corporations that this size without a hospital, lobby to import engineers Not only will we have and scientists, taking even many homes end up on themore jobs away. But hey, market (which will drivethey're our corporations so down property values) with let's cut their taxes and re- the departure of many of the lax their regulations so hospital staff(almost 300 peg- they'll create more jobs. ple) who will no longer be Overseas that is. employed at the hospital and I'll be voting Yes on Mea- will presumably move else: : sure B to cap the tax. It's $50 where for employment, I also too much but better than the think that this county would alternative. Thank you cap- be much less desirable for re- the-taxers! tirees and others to move to JeffLudvigson knowing that there is not ad- Quincy equate health care. The increased amount of Modern tea tax per year, in my opinion, From what I understand, is nothing compared to the the Republican Tea Party potentially thousands of dol- group purports to be an echo lars less our property will be of the pre-revolution Boston worth should we end up Tea Party. Ironically, the without a hospital. So please, modern Republican group's let's put the long-term health thrust is just the opposite of needs of our community the reasons for the Boston Lori Hahn Genesee 11 - 15 All of our grandstand & carnival areas are smoke free[ Friday, Aug. 13 with special guests The Jeff Pershing Band Stage seats: $25 Grandstand seats $20 Bleacher seats: $15 P Aug. 12 $15 General Admission / $10 Seniors & kids under 12 Aug 14 $15 General Admission / $10 Seniors & kids under 12 Contact the Fair Office or www.plumas-sierracountyfair.net for event tickets and info. This ad paid for with Tobacco Use Reduction and Prevention Funds from Tea Party. tal individual right not a col- The Boston Tea Party was lective right limited to state aimed at a tyrannical king militias. who exploited colonists This was further affirmed without representation soin the recent ruling by the that the mother country'scourt last month in McDon- wealthy could get wealthier, aid v. City of Chicago. As the The present day Tea Partycourt stated in Heller, the supports those who exploit framers of the Constitution the struggling 99 percent of after the revolution defined the American population so "militia" as "all males physi- that the 1 percent of the pop- rally capable of acting in ulation can not only keep its concert with the common de- 70 percent of the nation's fense." This definition in- wealth but increase it. cluded the entire population Salvatore Catalano of the states, not simply a Taylorsvillelimited number of individu- als wearing uniforms. Individual right Furthermore, as the court In reference to the gentle- noted, the operative clause man from Taylorsville's let- of the Second Amendment is ter on "Gunpowder tea," I of- the second one indicating fer the following response "the right of the people to and observations, keep and bear arms shall not As to the Second Amend- be infringed." It was thus ment, permit me to provide a made clear that the refer- few clarifications. The ence to "well-regulated" was writer correctly quotes the intended to apply to the Second Amendment and state's militia, not tothepeo- points out other sections of ple maintaining guns in the Constitution that refer to their homes for self defense "militias." However, the and other legal reasons. statement that "the keeping I don't know what Sarah of weapons in one's home Palin's quip about "keeping should be for a state militia the change" actually meant and should be well-regulat- but it may have referred to ed" is contrary to the true those who would have us meaning of the Amendment.modify the Constitution to As the Supreme Court ruled fit their own social engineer- in the 2008 case of District of ing agendas. Columbia v. Heller, the right Bryan Hansen to bear arms is a fundamen- Graeagle j!Member Banquet ber 11 i Quin terd:Memorial Hall Door Dinner 6:30p pm Sign up by the Ear u 2 st) and be enterS. Limited Seating - eserve r Tickets Early! will win a prize * *40 Youth Sl00 before Sept. 9, 2010) information, call Gary Pini 283-5230 or Lori Pini 283-5240 ii i II I I Presents Rated Thurs., July 29 - Sat., July 31 PG-13 for crude material and some male rear nudity 102 rain. Comedy "Boys will be boys ... some longer than others." 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