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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, July 15, 2009 11B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Reform needed now to decentralize California WHERE I STAND BY'DAN LOGUE ASSEMBLYMEMBER, 3RD DISTRICT "The greatest threat to lib- erty is the concentration of economic and political pow- er." Milton Freeman's words have never more accurately described the reality of a situ- ation as when this truth ref- erences the government in California. Years of big government power grabs, shifting control over every hspect of life from the sovereign citizens to Washington and Sacramento bureaucracies, have left our beloved state and nation in an economic ruin and crises in confidence. Even when the people of a region send responsive repre- sentatives to the Legislature, they fight a losing battle un- less that battle is fundamen- tally shaped by the basic self-government principle that economic and political power should be sent back to the people. This should be our reform message to the people of Cali- fornia and our nation. Across the state and na- tion, the people are rising up and demanding that govern- ment return their god-given liberties that Sacramento and Washington have stolen through excessive taxation and overregulation. The people's cries are get- tang louder and rightfully so; Sacramento bureaucrats are getting more brazen and shameless. But demands for change are not enough. The answer to our problems, the tangible action behind our message is simple: Decentralize California. Now is the time to shift economic and political power away from Sacramento to counties, cities and families. The more localized the con- trol, the more likely the voice of the people affected will be translated into real and tan- gible results. When Sacramento unties the hands of local leaders, they are freed to make deci- sions that are in the best in- terest of their communities. Consequently [they] are more accountable for their actions. They truly are boots on the ground. One-size [-fits] all solu- tions for localized problems are the rule, rather than the exception in Sacramento. California is as diverse as it is large. North and South are like night and day. Agricultural valleys bear little in common with coastal shorelines. Cali- fornia is not per se ungovern- able, but it is ungovernable from a central location that treats Lassen and Los Ange- les problems with the same solution. Restoring local control means regaining the ability for government to function. It needs to be fluid and re- sponsive, not draconian in nature. When California is decen- tralized, cities and counties will compete for industries and business that will, in re- turn, lower the costs of busi- ness and will enable us to grow out of this recession. Jobs fleeing California for Nevada because of hyper-tax- ation and overregulation in this state are not shared by our neighbor state. President Reagan started the move- ment of power away from Washington to the states; the problem is that after he left office, we stopped. The end goal is not for Sacramento to replace Wash- ington, D.C., as Big Brother; the goal is for individuals and families to grab hold of as much liberty as possible. We've seen the state over- reach, with its costly and grand scheme quick fixes, but we've also seen the peo- ple rise up and restrain gov- ernment. Proposition 218 and Propo- sition 13's limit on taxation are great examples of what a passionate and organized people can accomplish when they set out to protect their liberty. Propositions 13 and 218 must be maintained as amax- imum threshold of taxation, but cities and counties must be allowed to charge less. They should be allowed to lower impact fees and streamline permitting re- quirements so their neigh- borhoods can be revitalized with jobs and prosperity. The California economy will not rebound until we end the hostility toward pri- vate sector job creators. Com- petition brought about through decentralizing Cali- fornia will put us on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, "decentral- izing Sacramento" and restoring both power and prl- macy to local governments will not occur overnight. It will only be achieved one dif- ficult step at a time. If the California Legisla- ture put as much effort into restoring the principles and prerogatives of local govern- ment as it has into promoting dependency upon state gov- ernment and increasing fund- ing for state entitlements, the cost of state government could be significantly re- duced, helping to balance the state budget while reducing ; our tax burden. Government would be- come leaner, more account- able and individual freedom would expand. California should shift di-. rection and give local govern ment more control over our tax dollars, law enforcement, land use decisions and our lo- cal schools, while simultane- ously relieving pressure on the state budget. There is no way a legisla- tor from Malibu understands the needs of Red Bluff. Local control, together with strong. taxpayer protections like Propositions 13 and 218, the "Right to Vote on Taxes Act," are the certain prescription for our ailing state govern- ment. "We, the people" was based on trust. It's time we start doing this. This is what Thomas Jef- ferson and James Madison had in mind all along. LETTERS to th.e EDITOR Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an ad- dress and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week, per person and only one letter per person, per month re- garding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anony- mous, 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 3 p.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 at mail@plumasnews.com People vs.,HP We nee/,{6 daiiii down the overwhelming negative talk in Plumas County about the amount of patrol cars we see every day and the amount of tickets that are given out. We need to make the CHP ac- countable to the people. From "I think your license plate light is out" to "Oh! I smell alcohol, how much have you been drinking, and your light is not out." Driving Highway 70 at 55 mph seems like you're going 30 mph after being out of town. Also you will see three to four CHP cars. Put on your cruise control. The CHP have five new people with one new car. BeL fore we had 24-hour service for five days a week. Now we will have 24-hour service, seven days a week and after 3 p.m., we could have up to five CHP cars at once. With all the higher taxes, less services, and layoffs, Plumas County is in very hard times. The Plumas Coun- ty courts agree with the CHP tickets because they make a lot of money. Businesses are hurt by the negative CHP. Some of the CHP make over $100,000 a year. A lot of the people in Plumas County don't even come close to this. People do have a problem with CHP's arrogant atti- tudes and their sneaky ways that they come up with to stop you. A lot of the truckers get stopped twice a day for up to 1-1/2 [hours] inspection. This is a lot of down time and money. Pretty soon we will all end up in jail because we can't pay these tickets. Send me your pros and cons about the way the CHP here does their job to 36 North Mill- creek Rd., Quincy CA 95971. Spend a Saturday morning with your family, checking out your vehicles. Tell your visiting friends to watch out for CHP. If you drink, don't drive, get a designated dri- ver. If you need to use your cell phone, pull over. Wear a seat belt. Let's try.not to give them any more money. We need it in our pockets. Art Vieira Quincy Fish tale Although I did not see a vision of the Virgin Mary in the scales of a fish, l still do believe in miracles nonethe- less. On Father's Day, I was fishing the Hex hatch from my kayak on Butt Lake up near our cabin. Just about at dark, I realized I had drifted away from the rest of the group. With the rod tip facing the bow I let out about 20 yards of line with a nymph fly on the leader and clenched the reel between my knees and started to slowly paddle the craft backwards, thus trolling my way back. I had turned to see where the Others were when he hit ... a fish of mythical propor- tions. My Sage rod and Hardy reel were jolted out of my knees and vaulted over the bow of the kayak, disap- pearing into the dark waters of the lake. After some rude utter- ances, I mark.ed the location for later search: The next day we returned to the scene of the crime. With the rowboat anchored, son-in-law Keith, in a short wet suit and mask and snorkel, began searching the weed-strewn bottom. High winds made the water murky and after three hours, the search was called off. Driving back to town, I told Keith that, just as a long shot, I would alert the owner of the fly shop in Chester of my plight, as there still are a few people with moral fiber and most of them fish. Tom, the fly guy, let me put a notice on his bulletin board and said he would spread the word amongst his regulars. I believed the rod and reel where buried in the weeds in the lake bottom. Hope of see- ing my tackle again (worth around $600) was lower than the lake bottom. This last Sunday, two weeks later, I returned to Butt Lake to fish the end of the Hex hatch and perhaps dive once more for the rod. It was very windy and we de- cided to fish Lake Almanor that night, where I did get a fine trout and a bass. Monday afternoon a stranger drove up to our cab- in and said he was looking for "a Rick Lewis." It seems Sunday evening he was trolling Butt Lake. He had his down-rigger set at 25 feet and was trolling a lure in the middle of the lake (over 1/4 mile from where the rod and reel went overboard two weeks previous). His lure grabbed my fly line. The drag of my tackle released his line from the down-rigger weight and up came my rod, reel and fly (the criminal fish escaped at some point during the two weeks). The fisherman, one Bran- don Gardener of Napa, realized this was a good rod and reel. Monday he went to Chester's Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Company and Tom pointed him in my direction. So once again, I believe in miracles, and in the goodness of people ... at least the ones that fish. Thank you, Bran- don. Thank you, Tom. Rick Lewis Windsor Garbage in and out When dealing with Goliath a man must try to reason and argue a point and hope that over time the behemoth will act correctly. I wrote a letter to the supervisor of the Plumas National Forest and, well, the behemoth has yet to move. I sent a copy of the let- ter to the Feather River Bul- letin in hopes that a stone from David in between the eyes would wake Goliath up. Alas, the letter was too accu- rate and lengthy to be pub- lished by the FRB and went the way of the all arguments against giant tyrants. The complaints about the firewood cutting restrictions go unanswered. It was nice the FRB went ahead and printed that the Plumas Na- tional Forest supervisor is another lemming ready to follow the rest of the Nation- al Forest system up in smoke, good article FRB. Gone are the warnings of forest closure, gone are the partial closures by zone, gone is the concept of time re- stricted (1 p.m. closure) shut- down. Gone is the logic to de- termine the amount of dan- ger to the Plumas; that is, we are tied to every other forest in California. That means the valley temperature readings are used to close the moun- tain forests. Gone is the fact that Plumas is a water re- source because we are now tied to the thought and be- cause we use too much water in the forest we don't send enough water to the valley. I have no confidence in a system that has no ties to the National Weather Service for its weather and water con- tent information. There is a 20 degree difference between what was told me by USFS and the weather service. Garbage in and garbage out. The net result is arbitrary use of temperature data to justify no science. This con- tradicts the article in the pa- per by the USFS. This was al- so in the list of complaints against the USFS that was not published by the FRB. So what was not listed in the FRB was that a citizen was threatened with being Tazered by a USFS enforce- ment officer for trying to complain about the new re- strictions to the USFS super- visor. A minor oversight I'm sure. I hope this is not too long for the FRB to print. Dennis M. Cokor Quincy Editor's note: We did not print Mr. Cokor's previous letter be- cause it was 1,479 words long. Our word limit for letters is 300. Obama knows best QuR criticizing President Obama. Millions were lost in 401ks, IRAs and other retire- ment funds, but we received a check for $500 and one for $250. So be thankful and shut up. The banks do not want any more properties, which puts an end to foreclosures. Be- sides, Mr. Obama, Senator Dodd, Barney Frank and many others are unable to ac- cept money from Freddie one income when" their neighboring family suddenly has no income. It all amounts to the idea that everyone needs to look at what exactly are necessi- ties versus luxuries. Maybe five cars in the front yard parking area could become one car and four bicycles. Oh yes, and those govern- ment furlough days aren't re- ally a total loss; they can eas- ily be spent cooking ahead, holding a yard sale, strug- gling with a new budget, shopping sales or helping someone else's family figure out how to survive a "no in- come" crisis. Nansi Bohne Mack and Fannie Mae, at ....... ' least for now. All of our wars are pro- gressing nicely. Old Bill Clin- ton taught President Obama everything he knows about military tactics. In fact all he knows. You can tell we are winning because the antiwar protesters are not against the war anymore. Except for the casualties, the casualties are sort of in- significant. Just a few, here and there and those are prob- ably still President Bush's fault After the day Michael Jackson died we suffered 20 killed in action. The news didn't report anything. I guess no news, no casualties. The Axis of Evil does not exist anymore. Let's face it. Now that they have atomic weapons, you got to get more careful. Maybe we should call them APEs--Atomic Pro- liferation Extremists? How- ever, that may be racially in- appropriate and insult the apes. Gas and food prices are on the rise, That's good. Walk more, and eat less. You see that the president knows what's good for you! I don't know much about foreign af- fairs, except that there is a lot of that going around, but admittedly some are just plain domestic affairs. We cannot drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico because China wants to do that. Why tick off a billion people? Besides, with the Chinese there will be less pollution, the oil will be cheaper, because it is clos- er. You have to admit that the whole idea is a little slick, like oily. Jan Klement Quincy Quin'cy Forever grateful On behalf of the McMasters family, I would like to ex- press a long overdue thank you to the great first respon- ders, firefighters, EMTs and excellent hospital staff that we are so fortunate to have here in Quincy. Thank you is actually too tame a word to convey our gratitude. In March, my father-in-law collapsed due to a cardiac ar- rest. The event changed our lives forever; we are lucky to say, with a good outcome. If it wasn't for the expertise of these professionals, there would have been one less dad at the table last Father's Day. I sincerely would like to commend Deputy Shawn Webb. He was on the scene within minutes of the 911 call. I was administering CPR to my father-in-law when he ar- rived. He quickly assessed the situation, helped me Total loss What ever happened to the ethics of the "Head of the Household" employee being the last to be laid off during a budget crunch? This was once practiced to protect the family incomel not necessari- ly the family's total income. When so many families are facing financial disaster, it's not the best time to complain that a two- or three-income family can't possibly live on move him to the floor and teamed up to continue chest compressions, hardly miss ing a beat. At the hospital, he diligent- ly worked on his report, as the ER staff rushed to save my father-in-law's life., Deputy Webb was even on-, site consoling the family, as: my father-in-law was loaded into the ambulance to be transported to Reno, Our law enforcement pro- fessionals work silently in the background, unselfishly putting their lives on the line to keep our families safe; quite without notice. Deputy Webb's life was recently on: the line as he recovers from brain cancer. Please join us to show sup- port for Shawn Webb by con- tacting the Plumas County Sheriffs Office. He is a noble. man and a great member of our community. Don Miller Quincy Kick the can On June 16 the Board of Su4 pervisors gave, with mixec feelings, the Quincy Library Group $35,000 for their cur- rent legal battle. Assurance was given by the QLG's George Terhune the money was a wise investment. It ig hard to believe him, because, the QLG .since inception has' produced a meager 20 percent of their objective while blaming others for their failure. There must always be ac countability for how publi funds are used. Just giving money without this is totall See Letters, page 12 How to contact your elected officials... PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: president@whitehouse.gov. 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 E-mail: senatr@feinstein'senate'gv 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, 4TH DIST. - Tom McClintock. 508 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2511; FAX (202} 225-5444. mcclintock.house.gov. District Office 4230 Douglas Blvd., Suite #200, Granite Bay, CA 95746. (916) 786-5560, toll-free 800-232-1335; FAX: (916) 786-6364 STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Dave Cox (R), District office: 2140 Professional Dr., #140, RoseviUe, CA, 95661. (916) 783-8232, FAX (916) 783- 5487; OR: State Capital, Room 2068, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651- 4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680; assemblymember.cox@assemby.ca.gov; Quincy office: 2094 E. Main St., Quincy, 530-283-3437. FAX 283-3439. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 3RD DIST. - Dan Logue, State Capital, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 319-2003; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 1550 Humboldt Rd., Ste. #4, Chico, CA 95928; (530) 895-4217, FAX (530) 895-4219 GOVERNOR - Arnold Schwarzenegger, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 5583160. gov.ca.gov/inteact#contact ililllilli i ,. a " Umllllllltlml;iBmim]uiillilF--?.:i h..llill-llllmllillllrlml,-L:2,.- .............. 1 .... II ............ ,|lliillllll