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At this point Republicans started to say he didn't go far enough and was "still an extreme left- ist." Here's where things really get crazy. A recent National Public Radio program highlighted quotes from a speech in which Secretary of Defense Robert Gates argued that our country was spending too much on ,' stockpiles of military equip- ment. In the speech, honoring a similar famous address by President Dwight Eisenhow- er, Gates asked, "Does the number of warships we have, and are building, really put America at risk, when the U.S. battle fleet is larger than the next 13 navies combined 11 of which are our part- ners and allies? "Is it a dire threat that by 2020, the United States will have only 20 times more ad- vanced stealth fighters than China?" To answer his question, what is alarming to me is hearing a secretary of defense appointed by George Bush ar- guing that we give too much money to military contrac- tors. That's like having a fox tell you he thinks you've given him too many hens and it's an example of the ways that to- day's Republican Party has become significantly more ex- treme over time, making some members of the Bush ad- ministration look like cen- trists by comparison. Unfortunately, the only per- son in today's Republican Par- ty I can imagine acting on Gates' recommendations and cutting defense spending is Ron Paul. Most party line Re- LETTERS, f,om page 9B !i:! ii iil ili il :: :ii ii F.ST 1875 i 493 W. Main • Quincy Ii ' 283-0480 i!!ii , , Customized Engraving ' '  ii = Invitations.ThankyouCards ''’ :I i Novelty, Wedding atwl Baby Gifts . : : ' Home Accents . i y 283 0480 • 493 W. Main • Quinc " t lent commentary. I don't think women should ever be in combat because of the basic mental and physical differ- ences. I agree with Kate West that physically men and women are not, and can never be, equal. A man is three times (or more) stronger than a woman of the same height and weight. Plus men are capable of fo- cusing on a goal without be- mg distracted by collateral events. That's one of the rea- sons we get mad at them. Nev- er ask a man to fix the sink if you don't want dishes broken, wet floors, spilled cleansers and scratched counters. They focus on the goal. Women are aware of everything else around and recognize the con- sequences of an action. If men thought this way, they could never maintain themselves in bloody, brutal combat. All of this is evident in na- ture too. The male protects the territory and the female nurtures the home. Women are the weaker sex because they are designed differently to carry and care for young. It doesn't mean women can't fight; it's just that men are built for and enjoy fighting. Look at our football "gladia- tors" out there; you don't see any women playing. Of course, now we get into intel- lect, but that's a whole other , commentary. We're talking here about ba- sic testosterone and estrogen. In war, the entire dynamic changes when you introduce female com- batants into a group of male combatants. As it should, but it's not for the betterment of the group. A man's basic instinct is to protect a woman and that weakens his fighting edge and, therefore, weakens the entire group. I never understood why NOW (National Organization of Women) wants to take our true female nature away and become like males. Penis en- vy, no doubt. Sigmund Freud would have a great time in this era. The only time I ever wished I had a penis is when we stopped at a filthy gas-sta- tion restroom. Gayle Higgins Quincy Sincere apology The board of directors of the Central Plumas Recre- ation and Park District held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Quin- cy Library. Among agenda items was a visit by the board of directors of the new Quincy publicans consider him, you guessed it, an extremist. The reality is that, despite their ridiculous claims of lov- ing Reagan, most of the ex- tremists on the political right wouldn't vote for him today. The "great communicator," a compassionate conserva- .tive, would have shed teai's over Rush Limbaugh's hateful vitriol. Even George Bush wouldn't have stoked the anti-Muslim flames the way today's Repub- licans have. He characterized Islam as a religion of peace and tried to separate al-Qaida from every- day Muslims in the public dis- course. America has changed for the better, the Republican Party has changed for the worse: It no longer focuses on sound economics so much as it does culture war, fearmon- gering and big business. Sadly this leaves many peo- ple who once voted Republi- can wondering if they will ever be able to do so again, if their party will ever regain its philosophical bearings. In the end none of this seems to matter because right now the views of the Ameri- can people or of experts in a particular area don't appear to make a difference. At this moment, the Repub- lican Party keeps winning po- litical battles no matter where the center is. Perhaps the Democrats have only themselves to blame for this strange trend or maybe it's the mainstream media's fault for focusing on political rhetoric instead of the realities behind it. In any case, it leaves me wondering about a society and a political system where winning a political debate is- n't necessarily related to do- ing what the majority of citi- zens actually want. Youth Basketball (QYB) orga- nization. Board members of the QYB took exception to comments I made in a question-and-an- swer article that was pub- lished Dec. 15 in the Bulletin. Following a lively discussion, both the board and staff of the recreation district and the board members of the QYB group agreed to seek ways to collaborate more effectively in the future, for the benefit of local youth. While my remarks in the Bulletin on Dec. 15, 2010, were not intended to be an attack on anyone, but rather an ac- knowledgement that a coordi- nation problem seems to ex- ist, I obviously hit a collective raw nerve with the new Quin- cy Youth Basketball group -- as such, the group has my sin- cere apology. There are now five teams from the Indian Valley area participating in the district's 2010-11 youth basketball pro- gram. As overall registrations for the local community recre- ation basketball league de- cline, participation with the parents, volunteer coaches and youth from the Indian Valley is a most welcome addition. Jim Boland General Manager Central Plumas Recreation and Park District Quincy Whose news? I read with interest a recent article about the efforts of sev- eral environmental groups to stop the proposed Dyer Moun- tain ski area. I have not yet decided if I am in favor the ski hill or not. But the article did appear to be very one-sided, quoting two of the representa- tives of the groups suing to stop the project but there was no mention of any attempt to contact the proponents of the development. Quality report- ing usually covers both sides of an issue. There was also no byline identifying the source of the article. This was at least the second such "news arti- cle" published in recent months. Was this a press re- lease or a paid (or free) adver- tisement? I recognize that the newspa- per gets its information from a variety of sources including press releases submitted by various interests. However, I find it somewhat disingenu- ous of Feather Publishing to publish something like this attempting to pi'esent it as a "news" item without disclos- ing its source. Jay Francis Chester