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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter ' Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 91B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE November elections won't resolve much of anything Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about. The Congress that just recessed until after the elections makes the 80th -- the one that Harry Truman blasted as "do-nothing" -- look like a paragon of productivity. This year's members did manage to avoid a shutdown, but that's about all. Congressional leaders spent the better part of the year avoiding tough votes. They didn't pass an annual budget. They made no pretense of weighing U.S. policy against the Islamic State group or, really, any other foreign or defense policy issue. They " didn't tackle immigration reform, climate change, tax reform, the minimum wage or domestic surveillance. They passed fewer bills than any WHERE I STAND focused on a variety of issues they're not attacking it as they accomplish much of anything, that a number of gubernatorial ....................................................... than on one dominant issue, once did. There's even talk of whoever controls the Senate seats are likely to switch hands LEE H. HAMILTON Apathy is high and we arebipartisanship and building will be able to maneuver only in both directions, and if DIRECTOR headed for low voter turnout, bridges, sentiments that were on the margins; resolvinganything this year's 36 CENTER ON CONGRESS INDIANA UNIVERSITY even by the standards of nearly invisible in recent tough issues head-on will be gubernatorial contests will midterm elections. Voter years, difficult, maybe impossible, have more of an impact on outrage at Congress is not Given President Obama's Unless the recent election talk politics two years from now other Congress in 60 years. In translating into a message of lack of popularity, there's a of bipartisanship and finding than what happens in the }he 3-1/2 months between the rejecting incumbents, general sense among members common ground becomes a Senate. beginning of August andThis has made the tone ofof the political class that reality, in other words, the In short, whatever happens mid-November, they'll have the election rather interesting. Republicans have an edge in dysfunction and lack of on Election Day this year, it's been in session all of 10 days. Candidates appear to havethe election and may well take productivity that have become unlikely that much will change Small wonder that voters are picked up on voters' dislike of over the Senate. A battle to defining characteristics of in its wake. This may hardly in a sour mood when it comes mean-spirited campaigning, control the Senate can have Congress in recent years are be the most important election to Washington. They want to and for the most part aresignificant consequences, yet likely to continue, of our lifetimes, but the see our elected leaders tackling showing restraint. The deeply it's unlikely that much will This is ironic, because large business that Congress left issues that confront the partisan politics we saw in change on Capitol Hill in the amounts of money are being unfinished is still waiting. The country. They want less2010 and 2012 have abated, near term. Midterm elections poured into the fall elections, nation needs an elected partisanship. They don't Where a couple of years ago are usually about the especially in races for the leadership capable of rolling understand government'sthere was heated talk of president, and Republicans are Senate. You'd almost think up its sleeves and meeting our frequent failures, and crave storming the gates in largely content in this election transformational policies were challenges head-on right now, more competence. On every Washington and potentially to attack him, while Democrats at stake. In truth, though, not a few years hence. front, the people they've shutting the government are content talking aboutthese elections are more of a elected have disappointed down, that kind of anything but the president, run-up to the presidential race Lee Hamilton is director of the them. campaigning is just a memory Even ff the Senate majority in 2016. Center on Congress a t Indiana This may be why there is no this year. changes hands, it will do so And even then, the attention UniversiG He was a raember of the dominant theme in this year's Candidates may not be only narrowly. Given that a on the Senate is probablyu.s. HouseofRopresentativesfor84 elections: voters seem more embracing Washington, butparty needs 60 votes there to misplaced. Polls are showing years. 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 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 at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dma~nald@plumas~ws.vom, awareness in time for BCAM. Paul Cavanaugh Quincy Great local hospital This summer I had a major knee replacement at Saint Helena Hospital by the robotic engineer doctor. I had driven five hours to get to the hospital for the last doctor's appointment. At 1:30 in the afternoon I was told, "Ok, now we are sending you over for all of your post operation labs and work up to be done." I said, "Can I get these done in Quincy?" They said, "I don't know." So I called the hosPital and talked to Kim Eliason and asked them if they could do all of Improve your awareness this in Quincy. The response Breast Cancer,A~ar~es ~ ....~ '" ' .......... was~ :Absolutely, w~ d9 ~ .,~~a~)" bil~gone dow-?- ,. Month (BeAM}, Which:'. ' ........ ..... 'you need this done Pf s id .... Hello? ..... ,'-.'2-, occurs in October, is upon"tomorrow." Her response Try electing people with us. Considering how much pain and suffering breast cancer causes, no effort should be spared in fighting this disease. In the past 50-plus years breast cancers have increased by 60 percent or more. What's the cause? According to BCAM it boils down to diet, heredity and estrogen levels. Women are encouraged to get mammograms. The problem is that only 50 percent of cases can be attributed to diet and genetics. Also, women with breast cancer have elevated rates of organochlorines in their bodies, chemicals produced at increasing rates during the 50 years of breast cancer's rise (organochlorines also reduce testosterone and sperm counts in men). Why do we hear nothing of the connection between organochlorines and breast cancer? It's because the chemical corporation that controls BCAM, Imperial Chemical Industries of England (ICI), won't allow it. ICI owns a paint company in Canada that is responsible - for one third of toxins dumped into the St. Lawrence River and does its $14 billion a year business by treating nature and humans as sewers. ICI started BCAM in 1985 and controls the flow of information around it, litigiously enforcing the ban whenever needed. By providing all of BCAM's funding, ICI thwarts efforts to cure breast cancer, in part because they fear liability for the sickness and death they have caused (including my aunt Karen). But there may be another reason why ICI goes to such efforts to harm so many, its subsidiary, AstraZeneca, now controls BCAM information and makes a breast cancer drug, Nolvadex (a half billion dollars a year in sales). Don't believe me? As with all letters to the editor, readers should research this for themselves. If you do, you will end up with heightened was, "Great, see you in the morning." I was greeted by Geri in admitting, who is the sweetest and nicest person in the world. She calmed me down about all the tests I had to have done that morning. As we walked down the hall, Brian Walmer met me, signed me in and welcomed me, making me feel so calm and good about the procedure. He was so nice and attentive to me, and he gave me a hard copy of my EKG. Tom Oglesby took my blood while I was still conscious due to the fact that he hit the vein. Then, the X-ray tech, Steve had a great story to relieve my stress. I had the opportunity to shop locally and I did. Side note, Geri followed up with a phone call to make sure I had everything that I needed. I had the choice that day to do my post-operation test at Coons Institute. But I know how important having and supporting our hospital is in Plumas County. Kudos to the personnel and to Dr. Kepple for his leadership at Plumas District Hospital. Sue Segura Quincy Vote for business experience You have a great opportunity to save the city of Portola by electing new people to your City Council. Your current council has done nothing; it's a popularity contest for them. They don't work or strive to improve the city, they just enjoy the prominence. This is a fact: When Powers and Morton had an opportunity to save the city $50,000 per year they voted for it, right before they voted against it. Why? Because. they didn't want to upset the county Board of Supervisors (BOS). Who are Powers and Morton supposed to represent, the city right? They were irresponsible and showed poor judgment as they cowered to the BOS. Call it silly politics, but Morton and Powers obviously are influenced by strong-arm members at the BOS. For what it's worth, they just voted to raise your garbage bill, too. Ask these questions: Do Morton and Powers have any "private" business experience? No. Have they been meeting with city businessmen wcmen? No. Have they done anything to make Portola a better place to live that you can 'see? No. Did they hire, then fire a city manager (at a cost of $10,000 to the city taxpayers) because they allowed the city employees to push them around? Yes. Did they fail to perform diligent background checks on two city managers? Yes. Have your city streets been ,,improved? NO. Have YOUr: business experience that will really work for this city. You have everything to gain. Remember, no one is watching you vote so go ahead and make the change; you can't possibly lose. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Support Terry Woods While waiting for the Graeagle parade to start last July, I met Terry Woods. She looked a little odd; she was nicely dressed, but with combat boots on. She wore Desert Storm camo boots. (Remember the old insult, "Your mama wears combat boots.") Well, there was Terry. The boots belong to her daughter, who is serving in the military overseas. She asked her mom to wear the boots to honor the troops in boots on foreign soil. We talked about "stuff' for a little while, when a lovely airman came by, a second daughter, serving our country in the Air Force. Terry Woods is special. She is bright, enthusiastic, and a solid American. It's too bad she is running for city counsel, she would make a great president. She loves America. That's about all one can hope for in this awful national presidency. It would be a change, for sure. Anyway, Terry Woods is a solid American, with a great mind, and a great attitude. Please vote. Ed Laurie Beckwourth Let's hear the facts The residents of Indian Valley are just becoming aware of an important meeting taking place on Monday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m. at the Greenville Town Hall. At this meeting, the Plumas County DA will address the community in regards to the recently settled criminal case against the former general manager of the Indian Valley Community Services District (CSD). At a previous similar meeting, the DA, David Hollister, was unable to provide any case details because the case was on-going at that time. At this Oct. 20 meeting, he will be able to explain in detail how the embezzlement, fraud, etc., took place. He will be hie to ns,, er the h rd points of what happened, and how it happened. Because of the embezzlement, a small group of disgruntled and angry citizens have formed a recall petition of the board of directors of the CSD. The recall petition details a proposed list of failures of the board. I have attended the CSD meetings since November 2010, and not seen any members of the public that ha~re'~a~ed lhis, ~, it, ,~ petition at any meetings certainly not with any regularity. Their list of attacks on the board does not have merit' and some are just goofy. I do believe there are people in this community who just like to be angry and create drama. People will accept gossip and innuendo from the disgruntled few, and make facts out of thin air. I urge anyone considering signing a recall petition to wait until after the Oct. 20 meeting, when all the facts of the case will be made available. Please do consider that the district attorney is in a neutral position, so I urge you to respect him and together we'll all get the facts as they happened. Tanya Henrich Greenville Potential problem At the upcoming Plumas Unified School Board election I see a potential problem. In the Quincy attendance area there is only one candidate, a virtual no contest. But, in the Chester attendance area there are two candidates. One candidate, Traci Holt, is a long-time resident of Chester and business owner and served on the Austerity Committee and chaired the Chester 7-11 Committee. The other candidate, Cheryl James, happens to be the wife of Chester High School Principal, Jeff James. That alone creates a potential problem with voting on salaries, budget allocations and a number of other issues. Not long ago Jonathan Kusel was pressured by the administration to resign his board position because his wife worked for an obscure organization funded by his coalition because it was a "conflict of interest." It seems to me that having a principal's wife on the board would also be a "conflict of interest" issue. The school board members represent their attendance area but they also vote on resolutions that effect all schools in the district which includes most of Plumas County. If it was a conflict of interest for Mr. Kusel and he resigned, that left the board with only four members which could have resulted in tie votes on issues. The very same thing could happen again in the Chester area thus creating a similar I rohlem. Our school board has functioned with only three active members over the past few months. It sure seems like the right thing to do when the election results are final would be to immediately install the two new winning candidates on the board. Chester and Quincy have not been fully represented for some time and a full board would cure that ~ situafion. ' This is a very important election and every voter should come out and vote. La Verne Strate Chester Editor's note: School board members will bes worn "m during the first board mooting in Deeomber. California dreaming They built a $4.7 million courthouse in Portola that now sits empty. Woodbridge was a miscalculation that leaves Portola saddled with the repayment costs for the new (and grossly oversized) water treatment facility at Lake Davis. The old one worked just fine. Now the new "uber" facility burdens the residents of Portola with overpriced per-unit water prices. In unfair retrospect, what ff Portola and private investors bought land and grew things. Greenhouses. Aquaculture. Four season areas heated by wood boiler. Livestock, poultry: etc., raised locally. Butchered locally. Sold locally. How about a "micro" dairy where milk can be homogenized? What is not sold locally goes out of the area. A whole c raglex, if you will, where agricultural hands-on education is available to kids. They could be making money instead of losing. Food is the thing now. I'm a "free market" type, but I'll say this -- private industry, on the whole, is bringing us garbage for food these days. It's a "way out" concept, but imagine a "country" store in every locality that provides year-round local organic produce, meats, dairy, bake goods, cheese, deli, at a competitive price, from local and "cottage" affiliated producers. In a heartbeat, .gov could give us that. But "Big Agri" and the boys got the lobby cash. But just as desalinization plants become economically viable in regions of the world, some day, and soon, food will be at a premium. At some point, a big investor with big ideas should go big and start a chain of local Farm-to-Market facilities. It could even partner with .gov to offer education and employment to locals. I might be "California Dreaming," but the food supply is getting yucky. Just some thoughts... Robert Milne Clio See Letters, page 11B Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-marl: / 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: U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 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, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 2885 Churn Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El 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, 1ST DIST. - Brian DaMe, State Capitol, Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, 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: 916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. I 1 i