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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Nov, 4, 2015 9B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE America's fractious, dysfunctional politics is exacting a cost Last month, The Economist, WHERE I STAND complex. You will fmd plenty with a multi-year plan for You need 60 votes to move the renowned British weekly, ......................................... of mayors, governors, state highway spending. It needs to legislation in the Senate, ran an editorial advocating anLEE H. HAMILTON legislators and even federal reauthorize the Export-Import along with 67 votes to override end to the U.S. dollar's INDIANA UNIVERSITY CENTER officials who don't have the Bank, which helps American "a veto in the Senate and 290 ON CONGRESS supremacy as the world's luxury of gamesmanship; they businesses sell their goods votes to do so in the House. chief currency. The magazine confront problems and solve overseas. It has to decide what With the White House offered several economic in the world and causes undue them, often with great to do with a series of tax controlled by one party and motives and one supremely economic and social hardship creativity. Those who breaks that are due to expire. Congress controlled by the political one. "For how long," at home. discount us forget that we These things will not happen other, those numbers are the its editors wrote, "will What strikes me hardest have a deep bench, without a great deal of fundamental fact of legislative countries be ready to tie their about that sentence in The Yet, if you look ahead at the turmoil, life. They force a choice on financial systems to Economist is that it reflects a next few months, it's hard to. That's because members of Congress: to America's fractious and sobering truth: people both at avoid a sinking feeling. The congressional politics today protest, make speeches and dysfunctional politics?" home and abroad now accept leadership battles put the are bewildering, strike ideological positions; or I want to be blunt here. that our current unworkable Congress in even greater free-swinging, unscripted and to govern. Too many members Congress's inaction on a host politics shows no sign of disarray just before a series of unprecedented. I can't figure are opting for the first choice. of important issues -- its changing and could intensify, critical fiscal deadlines, out how so many members of Yet, if we're to get out of this inability to deal with our We are getting a reputation as Congress has to raise the debt Congress reached a point mess, the starting point is to problems -- is doing real a nation that cannot deal with ceiling by early November. It where they cannot accept the recognize the political reality damage to our country. It many of its problems, needs to craft a long-term fundamental political reality of divided government. The undermines our ability to lead The truth is always budget deal. It has to come up of our times, parties have a right to their own hopes and aspirations, but they also need to take seriously the responsibility to govern. They need to fired a way past the unhappiness and anger that are evident in the country at large. Given the seriousness of our problems and the lack of progress on the policy agenda Congress is supposed to handle, there's really only one way forward: through negotiation and compromise. This has never been easy -- learning to compromise on the issues without compromising one's own principles -- but it's especially challenging now, See Hamilton, page lOB Would making guns illegal eliminate our mass .murder horror? / Has making marijuana WHERE I STAND amazing. I have spent maybe illegal for most of the country ...................................... $20 inmy lifetime playing the eliminated the use of pot? GLENN MOLLETrE Has making cocaine and SYNDICATED COLIMNIST heroin illegal eliminated the use of these drugs in our knives in 2010. country? If we made guns in Prostitution is illegal in America illegal would most of America. Is there Mexico suddenly have a new prostitution in America? If tremendous source of we made cigarettes and revenue? They disperse alcohol illegal would this drugs throughout America eliminate their usage in and people buy them and use America? Murder is illegal in them. America, but it happens Can you imagine if we tried about forty times a day in our to make casino gambling in country. Stealing is illegal, this country illegal? Some of but how much shoplifting the senior adults in this goes on in Wal-Mart every country would throw a fit. I single day? Making anything live about 14 miles from a illegal does not stop the very big and active casino activity. By the way, over ,and the senior citizen buses 1,700 people were killed with coming and going are quite want to point one at approved adult to sign on as somebody unless my family,their accountability big one arm bandit. It doesn't do innocent people or I are in buddy until they have a lot for me. danger, reached 25. Adults with I've heard horror stories of Some gun control would criminal records don't people losing everything in not hurt our nation. We qualify as a sponsor. And casinos. Yet, while I don't feel monitor a lot of things in this yet this still will not solve gambling is the best use of country and a few checks and the mass murder my time what business is it of balances on guns would notproblem. mine if others want to throw end the world. More security and more their money away? Except, it For example, we could livepeople carrying guns will not becomes my business when with a two-week or even a totally stop murder and those same people have to fall 30-day waiting period on violence. However, it's time back on welfare or society to buying a firearm. Everyonefor all schools to employ take care of them. should fill out paperwork more security guards and It's none of my business if when buying a gun. Showingutilize metal detectors. people want to own guns. It's a government issued ID andCollege presidents who are my business if they want to allowing time for a propermaking over a half million walk into a school or my background check would notdollars and professors who house armed with intent to hurt anybody. We further are making over $120,000 kill. need a gun sponsor programcan take a small cut so I am a Second Amendment in this country. People under our schools can hire guy. I own some guns. I never 25 years old should have an security. The biggest problem we have in America is an evil problem. Only the darkest of minds and hearts can so randomly execute the lives of innocent people. If we ever needed a revival of kindness, love and new hearts it's today. Yet, for the most part I believe America is filled with good people and good hearts who would never harm anyone. It only takes that one person to bring about so much pain and loss of life. We all need to work together to stop that one insane person wherever that person appears. Glenn Mollette is an American Syndicated ColUmnist and Author. LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an ddd?dSs and phone h mber: 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 Friday at 3 p.m.; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted any of Feath.er Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmcdonaid@plumasnews.com Jefferson not feasible Many of the federal and state programs within a county are mandated and this county presently receives compensation from the State of California, accordingly. So it's also highly possible, and probable, that if Ptumas County should decide to join the state of Jefferson, the average Plumas County taxpayer would have to carry a much higher local and state tax load than they ever dreamed could happen. A new Frontier always has great appeal, just consider that many of our 50 states started out with the same idea. But times have changed and there's so much more to be considered in this day and age, that even though it sounds like a great idea to those who support the idea, it's simply just not feasible. Nansi Wattenburg Bohne Quincy Plumas County ignored When the current governor's father was in" office, California was in the top 10 percent of states in supporting education as measured by spending per pupil, and Plumas County was in the top three of the 58 counties in California by that same measure. These days it is exactly the opposite. While I know that there has been a lot of water under the bridge, many factors have influenced the changes, and many administrations have come and gone locally, statewide, and nationally. ' ' :Still' Ifixate on that spotted owl decision. Just can't help but think about that exclusive club that has so many members in the urban areas by the bay, whether they were the plaintiff, or filed an amicus brief, and how easily they dismissed the industries of Plumas County in that fervent effort to save those owls. In the 60s and 70s it was the forest reserve funds, aka timber tax, that benefited the local schools and roads. Among many great programs, there was a forestry program in each of the four Plumas County high schools. You probably remember who was the governor from January 1975, through the end of that decade. From what I've read the major industries are still agriculture and manufacturing; marijuana cultivation and the manufacture of methamphetamine. So can you run that by me one more time about how wonderful the current governor is, and how much he cares about Plumas County? Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills New Direction "Now, faced with overcrowded coastlines and dwindling sources of fresh water, China is beginning to move in a new direction. In 2013, the State Council, China's cabinet, released a policy document that called for the 'vigorous promotion' of sustainable aquaculture and the expansion of offshore fish farms. Both goals have become major components of China's 13th five-year economic plan." (Christian Science Monitor) Now is the time for the Department of Water Resources and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to adopt China's goals and begin the vigorous promotion of them. The reservoir and fishery at Lake Davis is the best place to start. It would help the city of Portola in its economic recovery. A new direction would provide clean water to the city and a sustainable fishery of biodiversity to attract fishermen and homebuyers to the area. Now is the time to stop wasting taxpayers' money on litigation and a fishery that has been a "high cost, low yield" fishery. It did not sustain trout. Lake Davis, with vigorous promotion, could become the pasture for an aquaculture of trophy trout to stock the Feather River and the reservoir. The warm water reservoir could become the habitat for the non-natives that the CDFW have sought to eradicate. The National Habitat Action Plan and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife could help restore Lake Davis and its waters. It would require a plan to remove the decay from over stocking and poisoning of a lake in the state water system. Now is the time for locals to be hear in Sacramento and Washington. Now is the time for a new direction for clean water and the vigorous promotion of aquaculture on a global scale. Larry F. Douglas Portola Lake Davis It has been determined by a jury of my peers that California screwed up. My peers also decided that I was not insured by the actions taken by the "Department.". I can see how my peers would agree that I wasn't harmed, but what about all those little kids who were told in school not to drink the water and to warn their parents not to drink it either, beca6se the state was coming to poison us. They are grown up now. Were they harmed? Come to think of it, they are my peers. And a lot of them would like a chance to tell Fish and Game... (Wait no. Like any failed organization they changed their name. They call it Fish and Wildlife now,) My peers would like to tell Fish and Wildlife to stick theirwarted trout up their collective dark place. They used to call Lake Davis a trophy trout lake. If you want it back, move it to Jefferson. Ed Laurie Portola Voting details Last week a reader commented that since non-citizens now could get a California driver license, they would also be voting. I know only US citizens can vote. I checked with the Registrar of Voters in Quincy, and this was confLrmed. Evidently the DMV will let the Registrar of Voters know who is a Citizen. Hopefully they will do a good job on this task. It would be better to iron out these details than to leave the great State of California. Lane Emerick Portola Money and power A few years ago, I mentioned a comment made by a graduate student of the Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our email: dmcdonald@plumasnews .corn UCLA business department I am reminded of the in 1954 regarding a new form statement Goebbels (Hitler's of aristocracy in the making. .... propaganda minister) He said he was getting in on the ground floor of that aristocracy. Since then, a crushing movement in that direction inexorably has been taking over, strengthening corporate power and weakening democracy, the only voice of the people. Recently, Washington watchdogs cried out in the wind to overturn the Supreme Court's decision that gave corporations First Amendment rights while allowing regressive states to diminish those rights for the people. The watchdogs said, "Make no mistake; the American LegislatiVe Exchange Council (ALEC) is using the tools of American democracy to destroy it." Also, "ALEC wants to 'exchange' the great American experiment in democracy for an oligarchic state where it rules and you obey." made regarding the Nazi takeover of Germany. I quote: "We National Socialists never maintained that we were representatives of a democratic viewpoint, but we have openly declared that we only made use of democratic means in order to gain power, and that after the seizure of power we would ruthlessly deny to our opponents all those means which they had granted to us during the time of our opposition." Jefferson was adamantly against the power of wealth; Jackson championed the little man; Teddy Roosevelt "busted" the trusts and FDR helped working Union members. Eisenhower warned against the military-industrial complex and Kennedy "jawed" the steel industry. America has a history of distrust for big money and its power. Salvatore Cataiano TaylorsviUe Contact your elected officials PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS- 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofphmas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT- Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contaet/ 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: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR- Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 5011 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563.112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, IST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515..(202) 225-3076. www.LaMalfa.House.gov.; Facebook.comfRepLaMalfa; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. -Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. E1 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, IST DIST. - Brian DaMe, State Capitol, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-0000 I, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 280 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #I I0, Redding, CA 96002; (530} 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR- Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/(916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. i I