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12B Wednesday, April 4, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter LETTERS. from page 11B constant pattern of actions that disrupt the course of busi- ness of the body he or she rep- resents. An incident that angers a portion of the public, and especially an acti6n that is later apologized for and behav- iors moderated, does not niake for a recall. If it did, there would be very few people left to serve on any boards, at all. I have attended several Por- tola City Council meetings since the incident that the de- tractors are spotlighting, and have seen good behavior at each and every one from Dan as well as the other members of the council. If a stranger walked in and was told that one of the council members was being recalled for his (or her) outrageous attitude to- ward the public, I expect the stranger would be hard pressed to select Dan from the group. I hope we let Dan Wilson continue to serve'us on the City Council. Bill Powers Portola Genius, pure genius Sunday afternoon, I viewed a performance of a play called "Parallel Lives" which was most ably directed by Edie O'Connor, and so profession- ally portrayed by two local ac- tresses, Kim Carroll and Tina Terrazas. It was truly a the- atrical tour-de-force, congrat- ulations! This play was performed in a new downtown edifice, the West End Theatre, a building which, after years of concep- tion, planning and financing, has been privately construct- ed. It is not only a lifelong am- bition fulfilled, but truly a work of love, and all executed by a local'resident and a true patron of the arts, Mr. Earl Thompson. I would like to thank you, Earl, for giving to the town, to the community, a platform up- on which local and visiting performers of the theatrical arts might ply their theatrical talents to appreciative audi- ences for many years to come. Sir, what Dale Carnegie gave to New York City, you have surely given to Plumas Coun- ty. We the community of Plumas County aretruly in- debted to you for this grand and glorious gift of a "home" for performers and apprecia- tors of the art of theatre: Thank you! And what a stroke of genius in your advertising campaign of the first production: to rent Klieg lights; have the town electrical grid fail; enticing an audience's appetite for great acting by Showing only the first act and then gaining free advertisement by making the front page of the local paper; genius, pure genius! I wish that I had thought of that! John K. Probst Feather River College Drama Director, 1978 - 1994 Brave vision Many of your readers re- cently attended the play "Par- allel Lives," performed by Kim Carroll and Tina Ter- razas at the West End Theatre in Quincy. We hear that the opening weekend was sold out Events Around Plumas County Wed, April 4 Lake Almanon Seder Dinner, 6 p.m., Lake Almanor Community Church at 2610 Highway A13. Commemorates exodus of Jews from Egypt; also observed by some Christians. Guest speaker Ruth Rosen of Jews for Jesus. Participants asked to bring sal- ad, side dish, main dish or dessert to free potluck dinner. For information: Jenni Schmidt, 596-3683. Quincy: Job fair, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Feather River College gym at 570 Golden Eagle Ave. Attendees should dress their best, bring resumes, prepare to interview with local employers for full- and part-time positions. Sponsored by Workforce Develop- ment Team, Business and Career Network. Free admission. For information: Jan Prichard, 283-1606, jprichard@ncen.org. "Unnatural Causes," 5 - 7 p.m., West End Theatre. Acclaimed documentary about health and illness.screened in honor of National Public Health Week. Additional segment screened April 5 in Greenville. Free viewing accompanied by free buffet supper. Free admission tickets available at Public Health, Stone Leaf, Alley Cat Cafe. For will-call reservations: 283-6358. Thu, April 5 Graeagle: Job fair, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Graeagle Fire Department at 7620 Highway 70. Attendees should dress their best, bring re- sumes, prepare to interview with local employers for full- and part-time positions. Sponsored by Workforce Develop- ment Team, Business and Career Network. Free admission. For information: Jan Prichard, 283-1606, jprichard@ncen.org. Greenville: "Unnatural Causes," 7 - 8:30 p.m., Indian Valley Community Center. Acclaimed documentary about health and illness screened in honor of National Public Health Week. Additional segment screened April 4 in Quincy. Free viewing; free refreshments. First come, first served. For information: 284-1022, rmcdowell@sierrainstitute.us. Fri, April 6 Greenville: Easter Egg Decorating Party, 8 p.m., Way Station at corner of Main and Highway 89. Decorate eggs for the annual kids' egg hunts in Indian Valley; donations of boiled eggs welcomebut not required. For information: Beverly Hardesty, 284-6018. Quincy: Art opening, Drunk Brush Wine Bar. Featuring "Troubled Times Call for a Troubled Mind," 3-D works by Chris Bolton based on "in case of emergency break glass" fire boxes. Artist will take questions; all pieces available for sale. For in- formation: 283-9380. Art opening, 5 - 7 p.m., Main Street Artists gallery. Featuring Michael and Terry Kerby. Free wine, appetizers. Sat, April 7 Chester: Rotary Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., Chester Park on Main Street. Easter Bunny arrives at 9:30 a.m. Eggs filled with goodies, some have tickets for prizes. Dress for the weather. For information: Harry LeSeur, 258-7923. Greenhorn: Elvis Tribute Concert; seating opens 6 p.m., show at 7; Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch at 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road. Performer Arron Phillips ranked third at world's largest Elvis festival. Tickets $10 for adults (over 12), $5 for kids. $2 from each adult ticket donated to support local victims of child abuse in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. For information: 283-0930. ] Greenville: 21st annual Chamber of Commerce egg hunt, 11 a.m., Greenville Elementary lawn area. Children from toddlersto 10- year-olds invitecl; bring your own baskets. Donations of colored hardboiled eggs welcome Friday, April 6, at Evergreen Market, Nellz Towne Pump, Way Station. Hamilton Branch: Hamilton Branch Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., fireball at corner of Big Springs Road and County Road A13. Hosted by Fire- belles Support Group and Volunteer Fireman's Aodation. Lassen Volcanic National Park: i Ranger-led snowshoe walk, 1:30 p.m., meet at Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Explore winter ecology and Lassen's geologic history for 1.5 to two hours. Must be atlleat 8, capable of moderate physical exercise. Infants and children in carriers not allowed. Wear boots, dress in war layers, bring water bottle. Snowshoes provided, suggested donation $1. Reservations required for organized groups: 595-5133. For information: 595-4480. Quincy: Masonic Family semi-monthly Pancake Breakfast, 7- 10:30 a.m., Masonic Hall at 70 Harbison St. across from the If- bran]. Menu consists of scrambled eggs, sausagei OJi coffee, hot chocolate, all-you-can-eat pancakes. Donations at the door are S6 for adults, $3 for children under 12, 55 for students with,ID. Proceeds go to scholarship fund, other frater- nal purposes. Chili cook-off, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ranchito Motel. beer, wine, soda available;'silent auction. Prizes for first, second, third place. Contestants bring the ingredients to makellarge pot of chili, entrance fee $25. Tasting kits $2.50. Proceeds go to new welcome sign in East Quincy. For information: 83-2265. Table Mountain: Guided tours, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve near Oroville. Department of Fish and Game presents discussions of area geology, vistaS, wildflowers, vernal pools, more. Tours last two hours, cover uneven rocky terrain. Wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes; bring water, snacks. Advance registration required at dfg.ca.gov/landslerlregion2/northtable.html. Space limited, eany registration recommended. Free; online donations re- quested. For information: DF6 Interpretive Services, (916) 358-2869. Taylorsville: Mt. Jura Gem and Mineral Society egg hunt, 10 a.m. Egg donations welcome Friday, April 6, 2 - 4 p.m., at the muse- um. For information: Kathy Iglesias, 284-6406. **To include free or nonprofit, fundraising, educational or charity events in this calendar, email iburke@plumasnews.com or call Ingrid Burke at 283-0800. For sporting events, induding chari(y golf tournaments, call Shannon Morrow at 283-0800 or email smorrow@plumasnewcom. We will publish the name of the event, location, date, time and a phone number, as space permits. |.iff IO Vi,l,J m onaaY,Apple prigherb" r=ste7 roe, ltttuc, tmat exi ,- juice, can succotash, corn bread, l For the nutrition site in your chicken, green beans, fettucini, pineapple. *High Sodium Day carrot/raisin salad, ww dinner | (searchlights even, huzzah?), and that the following two weekends were well attended. We went to the final perfor- mance. We were amazed by the simple elegance of the the- ater, but it was the play itself and the performances that riv- eted our attention. The stars of this Perfor- mance were incredible and the material did what good lit- erature does. It showed us what we don't want to look at, acting it out so that it can be witnessed. Some of it was, frankly, hard to take, not comfortable topics, to be sure. Because the truth about our lives and our way of living was presented fearlessly, it resonated. We laughed, we cried, and sometimes we just squirmed in our seats, the per- formances were so frank. The production taught us about ourselves. We are proud that our com- munity dared to put on this production. Thank you, Edie O'Connor and Earl Thomp- son, for having a brave vision and persevering to make the West EndTheatre come true. Thank you to all the many others in our community who supported this production. We look forward to many more thought-provoking pro- ductions. Trish and Ron Taylor Quincy Great asset I'm writing this letter to of- fer my sincere thanks to Mimi Hall for the great leadership she has provided to Plumas County. I am very saddened to see her leave, and I believe the county is losing a great asset. Mimi is one of the best direc- tors of public health I have ever worked with. She has been very instrumental in supporting all the hospitals in Plumas County. She has helped spearhead a county- wide community heeds assess- ment and has participated in efforts to get the hospitals and Public Health to collaborate more closely in order to better serve the needs of all of our residents. I will certainly miss her leadership in health care in our county, but I wish her all the best in her future endeav- ors. Tom Hayes Chief Executive Officer Eastern Plumas Health Care Bizarre disconnect The resignation of Public Health Director Mimi Hall is an unconscionable loss to a community already reeling from a seeming onslaught of problems that threaten the very nature of our rural cul- ture. How, exactly, do these two things comport? On one hand, we have Mimi's account of her 2010 poor job review, in which CAO Ingstad rated her as "needing improvement" and "not meeting the basic re- quirements of the position in several areas." On.the other, we have the CAO quoted as saying, "We have been extremely happy with Mimi. She is one of our best employees." Did I read that right? There's a startling divergence in these individual assess- ments of Hall's employment status, yet they both come from the CAO. Given Mimi's 12 years of service and her stellar reputa- tion as a county professional, I have to wonder if either CAO Ingstad is suffering from a bizarre disconnect or he has, indeed, manipulated person- nel communications in ways designed to keep employees off-balance and insecure in their relationship with the county. That's not. leadership, it's Machiavellian. Maybeit's time for some creative thinking by the Board of Supervisors. How about we replace Ingstad with Hall? Susan Christensen Quincy Gin up After reading the article on area call: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643; Greenville, 284-6608; Portola, 832-4173 (call day before to make Ireservation); Blairsden, 836- 0446 (Wednesdays only). |Suggested lunch donation | price is $2.50. One guest may accompany each senior, LN mandatory charge. m m m  m m roll, sliced peaches Tuesday, April 10 High sodium day: club sand- wich, pasta salad, tossed greens, orange sections, cookie Wednesday, April 11 Ethnic meal: enchilada casse- ram, m the Moonlight Fire, I had to Thursday, April 12 wonder if I'd picked up a copy Beef pot pie, carrots & pota- of the National Enquirer by toes, biscuit topping, mixed | mistake. We had a breathless fruit cup, ice cream sundae | headline followed by rumors Friday, April 13 of peeing and pot smoking Swedish meatballs, noodles, | before getting down to busi- petite peas & onions, confetti ness on the status of the Cal- cole slaw, pumpkin muffin, | Fire case. Recounting these pears --- m m mm m mm --- m mm --- m J rumors did not provide mean- ingful, relevant insight into the case, and in fact detracted from the article. It Served only to gin up the rumor mill and damage the reputation of a member of our community. Not everything in the public record requires publishing in the local paper. Judgment is called for, and was sorely lacking in this instance. Deb Hurff Quincy Fried hair Environmentalists are de- veloping "sustainable commu- nities," saving forests and lit- tle fishies, keeping our air and water pure. SO positive and appealing it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Most of us are happy to be an environmentalist by recy- cling or planting trees on Ar- bor Day or clearing hiking trails. But Gene Kailing is cor- rect that there is an under- ground "progressive environ- mental" movement deter- mined to seize our lands. They are playing on our sympathies for protecting the environ- ment with an agenda that will fry your hair. This fifth column he men- tions is part of Agenda 21, the United Nations' progressive global governance movement that wa.s formalized in 1992. They paint a tantalizing pic- ture of environmental utopia where we save all the critters, the forests and the earth and we all live happily ever after. However, by controlling our property through "wetland preservation," dictating water rights (smart meters, any- one?), rezoning, eminent do- main and other means of con- fiscation, they will eventually control us. They are way ahead of schedule on their 100- year plan. They want to eliminate pri- vate property and herd us into "sustainable communities." By forcing people into urban centers to live, play, work and socialize in a capsule, they eliminate many of our consti- tutional freedoms. This is prettily called "smart growth." Agenda 21 is kept under the radar in order to surrepti- tiously gain ground without the general population catch- ing on. Very few understand it, and its platform, actions and regulations are cloaked in warm fuzzy language to dis- guise its real purposes. The UN; EPA; Sierra Club; International Council for Lo- cal Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI); departments of Transportation (Ray LaHood), Housing and Education; presi- dent; congressional members; California state officials. Check out their connections to Agenda 21. (american- thinker.corn; sovereignty.net; sierraclub.org/ca/scc/ growth.asp) Question with .boldness! Our children's and grandchil- dren's futures depend on it. Lynn Desjardin Portola Wonderful comparison The Where I Stand by Nan- cy Lund titled "Verify facts ..." provides a wonderful com- parison between the views of her far-left 99 percenters and the conservative tea party ex- pressed by Lynn Desjardin three weeks earlier. Tea: We have a lowest com- mon denominator: freedom. Freedom to choose our course, live our lives the way we want. It's not about Democ- rats or Republicans. A uniting message. 99er: The tea party wants to do away with Social Security, Medicare, disability, schools, road, sheriff and fire depart- ments a list of 11 things I've never heard any conservative (tea or otherwise) advocate eliminating. Many are not even federal functions, there- fore don't need authorization in the U.S. Constitution. Mis- characterizations, misinfor- mation and divisive. In 24 column inches, Lund mentions 19 issues and de- means five industries without justifications or recommenda- tions other than read the New York Times. Our country is staggering under a $15 trillion national debt, and President Obama adds over a trillion more each year. Social Security is under- funded by nearly $20 trillion and Medicare another $40 trillion. In budgetary terms, the U.S. government is spend- ing and promising benefits that will bring America to a catastrophic end during this decade unless drastic reforms are undertaken. Democrats won't allow nec- essary reforms, and in 2010 cut Medicare funding by $500 billion to get the cost of Oba- macare down to the $900 bil- lion Obama earmarked in his budget (he said reform wouldn't cost a single dime), while increasing the free enti- tlements. Democrats are following the Cloward and Piven Strategy I wrote about a few weeks ago: Overwhelm the system with demands for entitlements to purposely create a crisis. The crisis will be used to justify rewriting our Constitution, which candidate Barack Oba- ma said he didn't support. Tea party stands for fiscal prudence in a combination of limited government spending and tax policies. I like that. Gene Kailing Portola Defense of liberty I was disturbed to read par- ty partisan letters to the edi- tor by Trent Saxton and Tom Heaney on the subject of the NDAA and killing U.S. citi- zens abroad. How are these partisan issues? NDAA attempts to assert military control over criminal actions within the U.S. when someone in overnment claims the target, is a terrorist. Leaders of both parties stood side by side to defend this as- sault on freedom. They re- vealed that it had been includ- ed at the request of the White House. The administration threatened to veto the mea- sure, but only because it re- quired military jurisdiction, whereas the president wanted the discretion to choose mili- tary or civilian law. In other words, there is bi- partisan consensus across two branches of government that we should start trashing our freedom now, in hope of being better prepared to abolish it when the next threat emerges. On the other hand, opposi- tion .to .thissure also crosses party lirm'.. . Our own Rep. McClintock voted against NDAA. Sen. Feinstein mount- ed repeated attempts to block the offending language in the bill. She voted for it only after she succeeded in inserting a clause that insisted the law was still bounded by constitu- tional limits. That provision is the primary element mud- dying the anti-freedom effect of the law. As for drone strikes against Americans abroad, the issue is, again, "smal! 1" libertarian versus soft authoritarian. De- spite Attorney General Hold- er's recent claims, no amount of executive hand wringing amounts to "due process." .Americans living abroad should get at least the same chance to accept American justice as a bank robber gets when the police tell him to come out with his hands up. We cannot afford to let par- ty allegiance or left-right ide- ology divide us on fundamen- tal defense of liberty. Scott Corey Quincy Not clairvoyant I'm pleased Dr. Saxton ad- mitted his error and recog- nized that indefinite detention is a power granted by Con- gress. The "'democratically' held" Senate did indeed pass the Na- tional Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), but the Constitu- tion says, Congress "shall con- sist of a Senate and House of Representatives." The "Re- publican-held" House of Rep- resentatives passed the NDAA with "yeas" from 81 percent of Republicans. Democrats in the Senate pushed the Udall Amendment to prevent detention of Ameri- cans, but the Republicans vot- ed it down. Sen. Graham (R- S.C.) insisted that a president must be able to detain citizens because "when an American citizen collaborates with an enemy of our nation, that is an act of war by that citizen against his own country and the law of war applies, not do- mestic criminal law." So, why no veto? Well, there's that darned Constitu- tion again: Congress can See Letters, page 13B