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lOB Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter DITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL is in mail Candidates continue to woo voters, but will it be too late? Plumas County voters are participating in an all-mail voting process this election cycle. The ballots were scheduled to be sent out May 9 and have been arriving in mailboxes across the county. Registered voters who have not received their ballots by now should call the county's election's office at 283-6256 for assistance. These ballots are not to be confused with sample ballots, and Kathy Williams, the county's chief election official, who has been trying ,to alert the public in any way available to her. "We encourage voters to vote and return their ballot as soon as possible," Williams said in an opinion piece that she penned for this newspaper last week. Election Day is June 7 and all ballots must be postmarked by that date. That is still more than two weeks from now, but three weeks from the time when voters started receiving their ballots, and could immediately fill them out and return them. That means that while the candidates are still trying to get their message out, it may be too late. It's an issue that has always existed and as more people chose to vote by mail, rather than by going to the polls, the campaign window grew shorter. (Some may think h~at is a good thing, particularly with some of the offices such as the race for president.) But for local positions, as with the contests for supervisorial Districts 1 and 2, the window is narrower. Now all of Plumas County will be voting by mall. There are four men-- Phil Oels, B.J. Pearson, Bill Powers and Mike Sanchez -- vying to represent Portola and portions of Eastern Plumas in District 1, while Supervisor Kevin Goss is being challenged by Mina Admire to represent a large swath of the rest of the county in District 2. As supervisors, they will shape this county's future for the next four years and it's important that voters know what the candidates represent. So while it's important to return those ballots, take advantage of opportunities to make informed decisions. One such opportunity has been orchestrated by Indian Valley Academy's government and economics class, which will host a candidates' debate on Thursday evening, May 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Indian Valley Elementary School cafeteria. The event is open to the public. Incumbent Goss and candidate Admire will respond to questions developed by the students, as well as from questionnaires that they placed at PtumauBank and Evergreen Market. This is a great chance for those in District 2 to see their choices for supervisor side by side. We encourage registered voters to take advantage of this opportunity and others as they are presented. But, keep track of your mail-in ballot. That is your ticket to have your voice be heard this election. It's up to us to help law enforcement Banks were robbed in the Northern California towns of Durham and Weaverville on May 10, and the suspect's picture broadcast by law enforcement. That led to a tip that the individual was seen at Safeway in Quincy, and other potential sightings as well. While none of the individuals identified in Plumas County turned out to be thesuspect, it's important for the public to remain vigilant in such situations. Law enforcement can't be everywhere, and while tips don't always pan out, the public can provide much needed assistance when they see anything out of the ordinary. The sheriffhas asked for such help in the recent spate of burglaries in La Porte, where deputy patrols are limited. We don't have to live in a constant state of alert, but it's good to be aware. Feat hshmg spaper For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski :..Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald ......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee ................. Photo Editor Nick Hall ................... Copy Editor Staff writers: Makenzie Davis Ashley Arey Mad Erin Roth Josh McEachern Will Farris Delaine Fragnolli Stacy Fisher Gregg Scott Susan Cort Johnson Maggie Wells Susan Jacobson Sam Williams Jake Jacobson Michael Condon Feather River Indian Valley Bulletin' Record (530) 283-0800 (530) 284-7800 Portola Reporter Chester Progressive (530) 832-4646 (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Westwood ; Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 T Hate is not a word that I like to use I probably need to set a backdrop before making the comments I am about to share. I am one of those people who do not often use the "H" word. That's probably because, over the. years, I have not encountered many people or things in my life that I can truly say I hate. Now don't get me wrong, there have certainly been times when events have aggravated me or tried my patience, but my frustration usually lasts less than a few hours. Of course, there, too, have been people who have lied to me, deceived me or even lied about me. The personal pain derived from that always lasts longer, but still I can't bring myself to say I hate them. I may never trust them again, but I feel they already have enough problems dealing with the lack of character that will haunt their lives. Now we come to that moment of truth when I have to admit my ability to forgive is completely shattered. I'm talking about Robo-Calls and the people and companies that inundate the sanctity of our homes with the constant intrusion of their moronic attempts to hawk every possible product that no one will buy in a store. You know what I'm talking about, practically free insurance, psychiatric sessions for your pet hamster, or maybe even a resurgence of the Pet Rock comes to mind. Yes, I have found an event and a group of people who I have true didain for. Their total disregard for the privacy of others for the sake of making a buck brings forward the notion of a total lack of morally redeeming values. In a recent issue of Consumer Reports they pointed out that, "Many of those computer-driven calls are actually scams, resulting in a loss to consumers of about MY TURN GREGG SCOTt Staff Writer gscott@plumasnews.com $350 million per year." Consumer Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, started a petition in 2015 asking major phone carriers like AT&T, Century-Link and Verizon to offer free and effective call blocking technology to their customers. Over 500,000 people have already signed-up to date. Now keep in mind that most robo-calls are illegal, but if you've answered a phone lately, you know they're happening anyway. Weren't they supposed to have been banned? Yes, says the Better Business Bureau, but that hasn't happened in practice. Most recently, in 2012, the Federal Communication Commission revised its Telephone Consumer Protection Act rules to require telemarketers to "(1) obtain prior express written consent from consumers before robo-calling them; (2) no longer allow telemarketers to use an "established business relationship" to avoid getting consent from consumers; and (3) to require telemarketers to provide an automated, interactive "opt-out" mechanism during each robo-call so consumers can immediately tell the telemarketer to stop calling." Yet in 2012, the Federal Trade Commission fielded 2.26 million complaints about those very robo-calls that were banned that very year. There are some ways to fight back. The BBB says hang up as soon as you know it's a robo-call. "There is nothing to gain from attempting to reason with the people behind the calls," the BBB says. You can sign up for the "National Do Not Call Registry." It's free, your number is never taken off the list and it will at least stop law-abiding solicitors. "Nomorobo" is a free tool you can use to block r0bo-calls. You tell it who your carrier is, provide an email address and from that point forward an algorithm blocks the robo-calls. It works by letting your phone ring once. It then identifies the caller and if it's a robo-caller, it hangs up. Nomorobo web site advises, "Nomorobo is only available on certain VoIP providers and only in the United States and it isn't yet available for most major cell phone companies." That's all fine and a start I guess, but I must ask, "Why do I, as the victim of these intrusive forays by uncaring greed monsters, have to fight off their attacks on my own?" If this practice is illegal, why don't the politicians that made the laws insist that they be enforced? Personally, if there were one issue that could determine my vote for or against a politician, this would rise to the top of my list. So, if your ears are ringing from the myriad' of unwanted, ill-timed barrage of calls assailing your life, may I suggest you contact your elected assemblyperson, senator or member of congress and insist they take action to end the robo-call epidemic once and for all. By the way, did you know that it is actually legal for political parties and politicians to robo-call you? Hmmm! LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. 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 openletters. Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at noon; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmoore@plumasnews.com. OK and not OK Mountain View Manor, located close to Safeway, is a 45 unit,local, senior and/or, disabled, USDA funded complex. Residents are required to abide by rules and regulations that ultimately lead to their own comfort and safety; and, for the most part, they appreciate their well-maintained Complex, with green areas, many which are their own front lawns. Since many of these lawn areas are parallel to Jackson Street, school children often run across them, sometimes barefoot, or they sit to visit with each other, especially in the summer months; adults walk side by side on the sidewalk and into the lawn areas; visitors often park on Jackson Street, then walk across the lawns to visit residents; emergency personnel sometimeS:have to .... walk through the lawn areas here to access residents in "times of emergency; meter readers have to cross the lawn areas of every apartment, at least one each month; all of which is very OK. The problem is that some fOlks don't stop to think about all of this when they bring their dogs to these lawn areas to do their business on a daffy basis, and that's not OK, especially, but not limited to, those that don't clean up behind their dogs. There are other areas for access, across the street, or along fences where folks do not walk though daily, but you get the idea, and, yes, you do know who you are. Nansi Bohne Quincy Victims of where we live It's that time again. We have paid our county property taxes and made the state and IRS deadline and along comes the green envelope from the State Board of Equalization on behalf of Cal Fire, with a demand for more. Long disputed and not yet defeated by rural Californians, this charge is levied upon us who live and work in the proclaimed SRA-State responsibility area. It's a complicated ritual to dispute this fine every year, as it requires copies made and sent to several agencies protesting the charge. Unfortunately, one must Continue to pay or face frees or even a state lien on their home. I challenge the Board of Equalization to justify these reoccurring fees against rural and semi-rural Californians when all citizens of this state, some 40 million, are affected by devastating wildfires. The cost of containment and suppression is high in human sacrifice and toil and the monetary cost should be shared by all citizens, not only levied upon those living along the perimeter of those caldrons of humanity such as the central valleys L.A. and the Bay Area. Wildfires are a water and air issue as much as they are a forestry and habitat issue. If you water a golf course in Sacramento or bathe a baby in San Bernadino, you probably have the SRA areas to thank for much of your water, not to mention vast areas of national forest for your recreational advantages that we all enjoy. So very many living in California's hinterlands can ill-afford the relentless annual fee thrust upon us to pay for what may or many not offer fire protection. Cal Fire does not extend services to many areas that are paid for each year. I would request of the Board of Equalization (a misnomer to be sure) to consider a re-evaluation of the dispersal of Californians who have a stake in this state's resources and spread the cost thinner over a greater population mass. No single Person or family should have to pay $117 or more each year - made of victim of where they live. H. F. Coogan Chilcoot Delayed action The smoke cleared from the Ponderosa fire on Commercial Street before the winter months. The Portola City Council delayed action impacting local businesses and the ecosystem of the Feather River. The delay was not necessary. It was not a priority. The smoke still hasn't cleared on the issue of allowing commercial cultivation of medical marijuana within the city limits. The council once again has delayed action. Council needs to take similar action of religious leaders who attracted the Western Pacific and Union Pacific to meet in what is now the City of Portola. They agreed to enforce the national ban on alcohol. Community development and our economic recovery should become city council's top priority. It can draft its own regulations to ban the recreational use of marijuana within our city limits. It can address the concerns of our sheriff with a decision to ban See Letters, page 11B REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ... 1916 Notice: Lost between the high school and the Ford residence: a silver brooch with a ruby setting surrounded by Scotch pebbles. Reward for return. Adverstisement: Automobiles to fit every pocketbook. The Overland five passenger: $695.00, five passenger with silent night engine: $1,260.00, seven passenger touring car: $1,275.00. Available at J.A. and John Donnenwirth, Portola. 50 YEARS AGO ... 1966 500 lumber and sawmill workers went on strike this week at Collins Pine Company in Chester with picket lines marching at Builders Supply in Chester, a subsidiary of Collins Pine. Some 6,000 registered Plumas County voters will receive a special letter and return post card questionnaire in the mail regarding the junior college situation. The letter outlines Plumas District School District's position on six proposals of addressing the state mandate of locating a junior college in every county in California, including Plumas County. 25 YEARS AGO ... 1991 The Fourth Annual Old Fashioned County Picnic will be held at the Plumas County fairgrounds in Quincy the week of May 31 and will feature a car show, a chili cook off and an art show. 10 YEARS AGO ... 2006 It was the end of an era when the former county hospital building, most recently housing the courthouse annex, located near feather River College in Quincy, was demolished this week. The former Plumas County nursing home and hospital was originally dedicated in ceremonies held July 6, 1960. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspaper archives and represent writing styles of that particular period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper.