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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 11B Co MMU NITY PERSPECTIVE Compromise, critical link in government, is failing This shutdown should not have happened. The framers of our Constitution designed our system to have tension and differences between the two houses of the Congress. That's a given. But after the House and Senate have exercised their best judgment, they are then supposed to then sit down and negotiate out their disagreements. This is the way our bicameral system has worked for 225 years. It is the only way that it can work. That hasn't happened this time. This time, the House proposed a compromise -- nearly two weeks ago -- to keep the government open and to defund Obamacare in order to address the epidemic of dropped health care policies, massive rate increases and job cutbacks that we are now seeing as a result of its implementation. WHERE I STAND afternoon-- on the day of the ..................................................... fiscal deadline -- and then TOM MCCLINTOCK CONGRESSMAN 4TH DISTRICT The Senate rejected that compromise by insisting on full funding with no reform. That is their prerogative and represents the best judgment of that body. At that point, the differences were supposed to be negotiated. They weren't. The Senate's leaders refused even to discuss a compromise. So the House offered a second compromise: fund the entire government, including Obamacare, but at least delay its implementation for a year to address the rapidly growing complaints we are all receiving. Instead of taking up the measure, the Senate instead chose to take the weekend off, come in at the leisurely hour of 2 in the summarily rejected the House offer, again refusing even to discuss a compromise. With the clock running out, the House offered a third compromise: fund the entire government, fund Obamacare, including the malfunctioning exchanges, but at least delay the mandate for individuals to obtain coverage for a year while these problems are addressed, and rescind the illegal action of the president that shields members of Congress from the costs of this law. It's a simple principle: equality under law. Since the president exempted big business from the mandate to provide health care for employees, it's only fair that those employees should also be relieved from the mandate to purchase it. And if members of Congress can't afford the new costs of Obamacare, how do we expect the average American to do so? But once again, the Senate summarily rejected the third compromise by the House and once again, refused even to discuss our differences. And the clock ran out. And the government is now in a partial shutdown. Ironically, House Republicans have been accused of a "my way or the highway" approach. Yet the record is quite the opposite: House Republicans compromised and compromised and compromised, only to be met with absolute intransigence at the door of the Senate. The House has now asked for a formal conference committee. This is the mechanism that has evolved over centuries to resolve even the most intractable differences between the two houses. Once again, Senate leaders summarily rejected the offer-- this time even before it was made. The only explanation for this conduct is that Senate leaders believe that a government shutdown inures to their political benefit because they can blame Republicans. If Mr. Reid and his followers didn't want a shutdown, they would have been feverishly working through the weekend to avoid one -- as the House was doing. The fact is, they didn't, and that speaks volumes. Our system of governance was not designed to operate in this manner. It cannot operate in this manner. The essence of a bicameral legislature is for each house to act according to its best judgment and then to isolate the differences and work them out. This is the critical link in our deliberative process and it is not happening -- not because of any failure of design, but rather because of designing men. In his 1862 message to this Congress, Abraham Lincoln set the only course open to us. He said, "We can succeed only by concert. It is not 'Can any of us imagine better?' but 'Can we all do better?' The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise -- with the occasion .... We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country." I appeal to the Senate to set aside its dogmas, rise with the occasion, and accept the invitation of the House to sit down in conference. Then let us reason together. And then let us save our country. LETTERS to El:it EDITOR Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week per person and only one letter per person per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words. The editor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words. The deadline is Friday at 3p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed to Support the Almanor Sports Complex Asa 10rig tinf+ *"u 6 ............ , distinguished marksman and shotgun sport enthusiast, I can tell you that what the Lake Almanor Sports Complex committee is trying to do will have a long and lasting benefit to Plumas County -- like none ever 'achieved in recent times. Shotgun shooting sports is an activity the entire family can participate in together. Often at our range, Quincy Sport Shooting Association, we have three generations of family members shooting together. Every weekend we have grandmas and grandpas shooting with their children and grandchildren. Scholastic shotgun shooting sports is the fastest growing sport right now in America. Not boogie boarding or skateboarding. Each weekend from February to June, hundreds of scholastic trap and skeet shooters accompanied by family show up at ranges across America. They are affiliated with their local gun clubs and/or elementary and high school gun sports programs. The sport has grown so quickly that ranges are expanding rapidly and in California the California Youth Sport Shooting Association holds events at two different ranges at one Up-to-the-minute forecast and road conditions at time, with talk of expanding to three. If the leadership of this county, businesses, individuals, and local shooting clubs and their affiliated organizations all come together it is quite possible that by this time next year we could be seeing hundreds of shooters descend upon Chester. I don't need to tell you the economic benefits of fun shoots being held at the complex each weekend May through October, along with Nordic Biathlon shooting events during the winter months. The LASC, led by Jeff Greening and Sherrie Thrall, have our support. The PHC mission: "To help our members and the communities we serve be healthy" is a continuous daffy dedication to education, prevention and timely access to quality healthcare services. All Partnership members are encouraged to call PHC with any issues they have surrounding their care. As a locally responsive organization, Partnership exists to serve its members and that mandate is taken very seriously. The article has alerted us to a problem that PHC is working diligently to resolve. I can assure you that the resolution will be focused on the specific needs of PHC's members. That is and always Matthew F. Culver will be P0rtnership . + .... " ......... Presideht,: ' HealthPianof Calff0rnia's Quincy Sport Shooting Association Healthcare clarification The recent article "New Medi-Cal Plan Displaces Patients" needs some clarification. Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC) is the new administrator of Medi-Cal benefits in Lassen County. Under the managed care model that PHC provides, members must choose a primary care provider in their county of residence when possible. That doesn't work for a small number of people, so PHC has designated them as "special members" so they can continue to access care from providers in another area. Continuity of care is an important issue to patients undergoing treatment for specific medical conditions and PHC wants to ensure their care doesn't get interrupted. To date, PHC has received five calls from Lassen County residents regarding access to medical care. Of those, one has stated that distance to care is an issue. Partnership can and does work with these members and others so that high quality medical services are available to all. primary concern. Dr. Michael Vovakes Regional Medical Director Partnership HealthPlan of California Redding Not just for birdcages anymore When I came to settle in Plumas County 30 years ago, a common theme among locals was that the local paper was absorbent and a good birdcage liner. So, I used it for that. Well, as animals don't have the guarantee of eternal life, my bird eventually died. And I began to read the paper. Always headlines first, letters second, sheriff and CHP reports, and then back to page one. You can't imagine how many times through the years folks have said, "I always look for your letters. Whether I agree or not, I always enjoy your perspective." Well, hell, that makes a fella feel pretty good. Thanks for your service to our community. Somehow, it means more to me than the Wall Street Journal. And you just printed a photo of my great-granddaughter and her dog, that mean so much more to me than the price of crude or yellow-legged frogs. Look at the photo of Marissa and Cloe in the Amazing Animals recently. The bond between dog and child is a wonderful thing. This particular photo says something very powerful and important about that relationship. It says, "Don't touch this child 'til you talk to me." If every child had a Cloe, we wouldn't have pictures of missing children on milk cartons. ' :EdLatirie : Portola American hunters The story you are about to read deals with the closing of the Crocker campground to hunters and others this weekend. This following paragraph describes Plumas National Forest Supervisor Earl Ford: Long-time Natural Resources Staff Officer and civil rights activist Earl Ford has postponed his planned retirement to continue to contribute to the greatest good. (Really?) He will move to Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region as the Forest Supervisor on the Plumas National Forest in Northern California. Mr. Fbrd please read from your own memo, published for the general public last week: "Visitors may continue to enjoy traveling on forest system roads and trails, cut firewood with a permit, hunt and camp, among other activities. All campgrounds without gates are open although services are Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LE'I"I'ER$ TO THE EDITOR curtailed." I personally ripped down the following sign at the Crocker Campground which isn't gated. I called the sheriff, then I called the newspaper. "CLOSED .... This U.S. Department of Agriculture campground is currently closed, due to the lapse in federal government funding. Once Congress restores funding, please contact Beckwourth RD for an update." Someone on your staff is overzealous and senseless. It seems you want to start a war with hunters and that, sir, isn't a good idea. Keeping American hunters from using forest campsites anywhere isn'tm0rt  . ' You came heer'om ' ..... southwest Washington, please go back. You made the following statement, "With increased diversity, we've improved the strength of the Forest through an enhanced tapestry of individuals." We are Americans, Mr. Ford. We are not diverse when it comes to hunting; clean up your act or get the hell out of the Plumas Forest. Do I sound angry? Please, I am just speaking for several thousand people that would love nothing better than to get in your face on opening day of deer season. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Climate change Republicans attacking environmental scientists seem not to be talking to one another. Some admit to global weather change but have their doubts as to what is causing it. Other Republicans, Dana Rohrabacher, Limbaugh, James Inhofe, to name a few, reject altogether the fact that there is such a thing as climate change. Indeed, in rhetoric that echoes the John Birch Society and the tactics of Joseph McCarthy, Rohrabacher has said climate change is a plot by liberals to "create global government to control all our lives." Robert Welsh, the founder of the John Birch Society, would have been proud of Inhofe who said that climate change is a "hoax" perpetrated by the United Nations and the "Hollywood elite." W,en D octorKaerine ' Ia;h6e ws helpi NewtS, ' , Gingrich write a book addressing climate change, among attacks by the conservative media and a barrage of hate mail, she was demeaned by Rush Limbaugh who called her "a babe named Hayhoe," showing his disregard for scientific facts and women. In the early 1980s, scientist David Attenborough was very forthright in his condemnation of pollution and specified some areas where man and his industries were and continue to be responsible. Today, the findings of scientists are either ignored or vilified by those who do not offer an iota of scientific data. Republican rhetoric will not protect anyone from the consequences of climate change, even those who deny it. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Eax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: / 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: U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 I 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. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 2885 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 Hills Constituent Service Center: 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112 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, Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2003; FAX (916) 319-2103. ! District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002;i (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. t