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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 11B LETTERS, rom page 9B long time. When man interferes with the natural flow of things, bad things usually happen. Take the spotted and barred • owl fiasco, the current yellow-legged frog plight that the government admits is not caused by mankind. (They don't mention that because it conflicts with their agenda.) Say you have a heart condition and see two equally qualified cardiologists. One says pacemaker, the other • recommends surgery. You will choose the treatment that most closely matches your own preconceptions and prejudices. Same with climate change. That's why the draft general plan is overloaded with climate change language and directives. The authors, and apparently the Board of Supervisors, support the notion of manmade climate change, so • the entire county will be stuck with a theory that is, as yet, scientifically unproven. Until there is consensus, follow the money. Who (NGOs, special interests, A1 Gore, etc.) benefits from jobs, power, speaking engagements, movies, books, grant money, etc.? Despite their claims, it's not Mother Earth. Lynn Desjardin Portola Forced equality isn't good This newspaper wrote about a local woman's memoirs, mentioning her membership in the Communist Party. I was pleased it is finally safe for people to "admit" that. Things I value most about our country are the freedoms enumerated in our Constitution and the principles of equality and equal treatment before the law. These are fine principles. Communists, socialists and Tea Party members should be free to argue for a government that reflects their views without fear of reprisal. Freedom of speech (and the implied freedom of thought) along with rights to assemble, vote, and of the press, all point to that conclusion. The founding fathers of our federal republic understood we would not all agree on issues, that there should be robust debates and fair elections. It's natural for anyone to get their hackles up when confronted by a view that is contrary to their own strongly held convictions. I recall a saying: Freedom of speech is not to protect your speech, but rather to protect others' speech which drives you mad. Communism and socialism attract mainly the low-skilled and poorly educated, naive young adults exposed to left4eaning educators, right-brained individuals and power seekers. Communism promises equal distribution of the nation's wealth. Socialism promises fair redistribution. Communism delivers equality of misery, poverty, Short life expectancy, loss of freedom and hope. Socialism is communism-light and is the path Japan and Europe took to economic stagnation. When people are free, prosperity flourishes but the individual results will be unequal. Pursuing equality requires surrendering freedom and civil liberties for the sake of conformity. Progressives enacted "protected classes" and speech control which results in thought control, and that led to socialist indoctrination in our schools. The Democratic Party champions the destruction of our freedoms for the sake of forced equality (like Obamacare). Not goodl Gene Kailing Portola Obama scare The Republican/Tea Party agenda of repealing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, will deprive millions of Americans of health care. Why are Republicans so scared of Obamacare? The Republican Party has attempted to brand the health care law a "train wreck" and tried to repeal it 40 times now. If the Republicans really believe that the law is inherently unworkable, why not sit back and let it fall. "The truth is that Republicans are terrified Obamacare could actually work. The law has provided 13 million Americans with rebates from insurance companies that overcharged them and soon insurers will not be allowed to refuse service to those with pre-existing medical conditions. California and New York insurance exchanges already offer policies for the uninsured that are much cheaper than expected. Yet states that are dominated by Republican governors and legislatures are still trying to block millions of their residents from finding out about how to sign up for Obamacare, and are doing everything possible to frighten people away from this most excellent new health care program. This seems almost criminal. Ron Lowe Nevada City Race baiting I can't help myself; did you hear that The New England Journal of Medicine reports that nine out of 10 doctors agree that one out of 10 doctors is an idiot? On race issues: The race baiting hucksters as well as the TV media long for'the old days when the nation was torn apart by color. The truth? The liberal elite use their philanthropy to camo~.flage their guilty ....... conscience. The fact? They wouldn't live ne~t door to the people they claim to help. The Al Sharptons and Jessie Jacksons of the world have done nothing in 50 years to improve the welfare ghettos in cities because they would lose their own relevancy. Remember: On June 17, in Chicago there were 41 wounded and seven dead during weekend shootings between Friday night and Monday morning this past month; all were black on black. Where was the media and concerned leaders (self-serving, opportunists) as blacks murdered each other? Where was their idiot president as he laments, "My son would look like Trevon"; race-baiting? Intellectual lightweights are always quick to use name-calling for lack of a soluti6n, or an answer to a difficult question. The media doesn't care about race issues any more than teachers' unions care about children. Race wars sell papers and ad space; the media loves "race" issues. Our fast-based culture is filled with gadgets and no soul. You want solutions? Go out into life looking like a prospect not a suspect (Treyvon). In other news... The next big political comeback sex scandal you'll be hearing about is from Democrats in 2016. They're saying that Monica Lewinski's ex-boyfriend's wife is running for president. You'd think she'd be tired of Weiner jokes by now. Always be yourself because the people that matter don't mind and the ones that mind don't matter. Trent Saxton Lake Davis IS il on August is Child Support • support they need., community organizations billion was distributed Awareness Month. The Employees recognize that that can help address directly to families, and $500 California Department of some parents face challenges non-child support needs, million was distributed to Child Support Services to making their child In Plumas County, the state and federal wants to remind parents support payments including officials strive to address the governments for that providing child support under-employment, re-entry unique characteristics of the recoupment of public is one of the many ways they after incarceration or other community through assistance and foster care . demonstrate love for their barriers, partnerships with other expenses. children. Local child support agencies that can assist Plumas Countyremains The department is agencies, through - parents so that they can be one of the top 10 performing commemorating the month partnerships, play an more successful in meeting counties, and local officials by recognizing Califorfiia's important role for parents their child support are ready to assist with the 51 local child support trying to be successful in obligations, following: agencies in counties across making consistent child ' Children have the right to --Establishment of the state, as well as the support payments. Parentsbe supported by both paternity. courts that collectively who are past due on childparents for their financial,Establishment of provide the services support payments are medical and emotional medical and/or child necessary to help children enc.ouraged to stop by their needs. The California support orders. get the financial and medical local child support agency. Department of Child Support --Enforcement of existing support they are entitled to When appropriate, child Services, together with the or newly established orders. in a fair and consistent support professionals local child support agencies, For applications or more manner statewide, provide their customers collected $2.3 billion during information, the local The department's mission with referrals to other the past federal fiscal year. department can be reached is to collect money owed to programs forcrisis That's a $48 million increase at 522 Lawrence St., Quincy, families so that children intervention, social services, over the previous federalCA 95971, or by phone at have the security and workforce programs and fiscal year. Of that, $1.8 866-901-3212. Children invited to take part in free fishing derby Kids and teens age 15 and activities, crafts, snacks, 7 is a California Department following signs to the younger are invited to the historical stories and more of Fish and Wildlife freereservoir. free annual Plumas fun. Prizes will be handed fishing day; no license is For more information National Forest fishing out to contest winners at the required (all other rulesabout the derby, cbntact the derby Saturday, Sept. 7, at end of the derby. The event apply). Overnight campingMt. Hough Ranger District Round Valley Reservoir is supported by the PNF, is available at the at 283-0555 or visit the PNF near Greenville. local businesses and Greenville Campground. website at The event runs from 8 partners. Round Valley Reservoir isfs.usda.gov/plumas. For a.m. to noon and includes Families and friends are located off Highway 89 inother community events and fishing, contests, prizes, welcome to stay and fish for Greenville; travel 3 miles overnight accommodations educational and cultural free after the derby as Sept. west on Hideaway Road, visit plumascounty.org. Nifty Budget conscious? Find good prices & good values at these area stores. ty 116 Commercial St. • "Old Town Portola" 832-5967 852-9676 Open for donations and great values. Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-3pm Clothing & Misc. Treasures All Donations Welcome Open Tue - Sat 10am-4pm Closed Sun & Mon 208 W. Sierra Ave., Portola KLOSET AND KOLLECTIBLES THRIFT STORE • Second-hand Clothing Collectibles and much more • Donations Welcome 530-832-5600 181 Nevada St., Portola KRISSY'S • Used Furniture • Books • Household Items • Jewelry Open Tuesday thru Saturday 10am-4pm 72850 Hwy. 70 • 3 Miles West of Portola • 530-249-1745 Quincy Thrift 484 ] ai l St. Dowatown Quincy if FIRE SIRENS ........ Thrift Store Check out our Buys! Wednesday & Saturday • 10am-2pm PUBLIC WELCOME 801 Golf Club Drive, Lake Almanor Clothing, Furniture, Coffectab[es Children's Clothing FREE on Mondays! Victoria Power 2095 E. Main St. (530) 283-3627 Quincy, CA 95971 Forget - Me - Not Thrift Store Supporting Sierra Hospice Tue- Sat • lOam- 4pm Come Check Out Our Daily Savings! Don't Miss Our Monthly Special ~ 50% offStore Wide Sale, the First Saturday of Every Month! 530-258-2046 684 Main Street Chester, Ca 96020 EAKING NEWS To send a legal: typeselting@plumasnews.c0m To send an advertisement: mail@pluma