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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, June 17, 2015 9B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Hopefully young people will see the rewards of running for office I spend a fair amount of time talking to students and other young people about Congress and politics in general, and I've noticed something. It used to be that I'd regularly get asked how one runs for oifme. Nowadays, I rarely do. This is a young generation that is famously leery of politics. Every year, the Harvard Institute of Politics surveys young Americans about their attitudes. In their most recent survey, only 21 percent of respondents considered themselves politically engaged. Last year, only a third counted running for office "an honorable thing to do" -- compared to 70 percent who considered community service honorable. A lot of young people are repelled by politics; they've lost faith in the system just as many other Americans have. WHERE I STAND LEE H. HAMILTON DIRECTOR INDIAN UNIVERSITY CENTER ON CONGRESS And I fully understand that elected office is not for everybody. You can make wonderful contributions to our communities and to our society as a whole without holding office. But look. If you don't have people who are willing to run for office, you don't have a representative democracy. As the leading edge of the millennial generation reaches the age where running for office is a realistic possibility, I hope they'll consider a few things. First, it's hard to find a more challenging job. The number, complexity and diversity of the problems we face are astounding. As a politician, your work is never done; your to-do list is always full. It's intellectually as challenging an occupation as anything I can imagine. It's the chief way we resolve, or at least manage, the problems we face. In a country as diverse as ours, building a consensus behind a solution -- which is what accomplished politicians try to do -- is difficult work. It can also be immensely satisfying. The long and short of it is this: I've encountered plenty of accomplished people in other professions who told me that in the end, they're a bit bored. I can't ever recall hearing a politician say that he or she was bored. Second, I don't know of another profession that puts you in touch with more people of more different types, ages and views. You meet-- and, if you're serious, really engage with -- liberals and conservatives, voters rich and poor, religious believers and secular humanists alike. It's often said that if you don't like people, you should stay out of politics. This is true: politics isn't for everyone. You have to enjoy all kinds of people and learn to get along with all kinds. Inevitably, you'll encounter people who idolize you, others who demonize you, supporters who praise you, and critics who are more than happy to tell anyone who'll listen that you should just drop dead. Odd as this sounds, this is one of the great attractions of the job: the splendid array of individuals and convictions that you encounter in politics. Finally, and perhaps most important, the work can be immensely satisfying. Whatever level you're running at, whether it's for the school board or for president, you're doing it to try tO make things work. My first year in Congress, in 1965, I voted for Medicare. I'd had no role in drafting it. I played no substantive part in its passage. Yet I still remember that vote, and I still derive deep satisfaction from it. Because I know that I voted for legislation that has helped millions of people, and will continue to do so into the future. That's the thing about holding public office: you have a chance to contribute to the direction and success of a free society. In the scheme of things, this chance isn't given to all that many people. I know a lot of people who've worked mainly in private sector but spent some time in public office, and they almost invariably speak of their time in the public sector as among the most rewarding and satisfying times of their professional lives. That's because I think they understand a simple formula: there's no America without democracy, no democracy without politics, and no politics without elected politicians. There are a lot of exciting, challenging and satisfying professions out there, but here's what I tell young people: I consider politics chief among them. Lee Hamilton is director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University; distinguished scholar, IU School of Global and International Studies; and professor of practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34years. LETTER.S 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 clmcdonald@plumasnews.com. !,Eroding our :., .  . personal liberties I try to avoid the courthouse as much as possible. I don't have too many clients left and most of them are not criminals, but just conservatives. Recently, I picked up a copy referred to as Part 3 of Title 13 of the Code of Civil Procedure, entitled "Inspection Warrants." Section 1822.50 states, in part, that an Inspection Warrant is an order, in writing, in the name of the people, signed by a judge, directing an official to conduct any inspection required or authorized by state or local law or regulation relating to a building, fn'e, safety, plumbing, health, labor or zoning. According to Section 1822.51, it states that the warrant may be issued upon cause, describing the place or vehicle to be "inspected" and consent was sought but refused. Cause shall be deemed to exist with respect to a place or vehicle if there is reasonable reason to believe that a nonconformity exists. A judge must examine the applicant and determine if grounds exist to issue the warrant (maybe the applicant is insane). There are some procedural requirements, time limits and so on, and a statement that if you refuse the inspection, referred to in the warrant, you are guilty of a misdemeanor. It seems that a judge becomes the ruler of the county. If a county official wants to inspect your car and applies for a warrant, the judge will issue it and your car will not be "searched," but "inspected." The U.S. Constitution tells the government and its henchmen to leave us alone, and that we are free in our persons, houses, papers and effects, unless a warrant has been issued. It now appears that California law is allowed to obtain a warrant to inspect, not search, thus by-passing the federal provisions. It is plain stupid! When a building is constructed, a permit is needed and when parts are finished, the finished part is inspected. If it is not correctly built, no occupancy permit is issued and the electric is not hooked up. Thus, in relation to a building, fire, plumbing, health and safety are in compliance. If no permit is issued, criminal charges may be filed and a warrant may issue subject to the constraints stated in the U.S. Constitution. The law also states that an inspection warrant may be issued for labor and zoning. To inspect zoning, the govidiots (government idiots) can take the address to the Planning Department and can tell you the zoning. Anybody can doso for any property. Labor is my favorite! How does one inspect labor? I assume it applies to govidiots, to determine whether or not they actually work for us. How are they subjected to an inspection warrant? It just seems that the effort is to erode our personal liberties, a little at a time. Nobody wants to say anything for fear of retaliation. That's why I am keeping my mouth shut. Jan Klement Quincy Choose wisely Bill Clinton said it: "It's the economy, stupid." Hillary Clinton is going to say it: "It's the economy, stupid." President Obama and Democrats have spent six years repairing a devastated economy, a record national debt and two expensive and unwinnable wars of occupation they inherited from the Bush-Republicans. Is that what you want to return to? The Republican Great Recession is gone and buried and President Obama and Democrats have the country and economy prospering again. The 2016 presidential election will be a time of choice for Americans. Choose to continue on with a Democratic president and a thriving economy based on sound economic principles or return to a flawed Republican supply-side economic agenda that broughtus the Great Recession. How tough of a choice is that? Ron Lowe Nevada City Pro-Jefferson I am so sick and tired of this Republican vs. Democrat talk when it comes to the state of Jefferson. The SOJ has nothing to do with whether or not you are a Republican or Democrat. I'm sick of this "Oh it's the Democrats' fault" or "It's the Republicans' fault." People need to stop blaming Democrats or Republicans and start realizing that they're both to blame. I am for a state split and it's not because I was born and raised in Chester and I am a conservative at heart. It's because I stand for one thing-- freedom; freedom to choose for yourself. I am pro-gun, pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, pro-freedom. I am for a state that doesn't regulate the people to the point that you can't even make a decent living, a state that doesn't regulate the housing industry to the point that when you're fmished building a house, it's worth less than what you paid to build it. I'm for protecting our nature. That's not. listening never should have been made the city's primary water resource. Development of the Woodbridge project is the key to making Portola an up-and-coming city. Rather than focusing on a city to "Live Where You Play," our tagline should be "Live Where You Can Find A Good Job and Enjoy Life." The blueprint of the city's future is not focused on attracting manufacturing businesses. Good locations are within our sphere of influence. Our rural setting and compact city is an attraction for young and old. Bottom line is Portola is open for new thought and growth. Larry F. Douglas Portola to people from Southern : California and what they think is best for our nature. They have a park in San Francisco with trees that were imported from China and people go there and call that nature. Those people are going to tell me what's best for my neck of the woods? I think not. It's time we moved away from Southern California and start looking after ourselves. Because they sure aren't. Oh, and as far as Chester being against SOJ, take a drive down Old Towne Main Street and count the Jefferson flags as well as the numerous others around town. Then count the California state flags. Geoff Foss Chester Business-friendly If Portola is to become an up-and-coming city, it must befriendly to private sector businesses to support the public sector jobs. City government must make changes. While City Manager Meacher is sending a message to Nevada Business Connections, the City Council needs to send a loud and clear message to our local businesses that they are building new policies to evolve the city into a business-friendly city. The blight condition of the city, the loss of businesses and population are indications for a new spirit of enterprise necessary to grow Portola. The new spirit is not seen in the proposed budget. It maintains the status quo of the establishment. The economic development fund will be drained before the new spirit of enterprise becomes a reality. Cuts in the staff have to be made. The City Council needs to let go of the chief financial officer. The procedures manual designates the budget preparation and compliance to the city manager. Council needs to find a local attorney for our city attorney. They need to void the contract with Plumas Flood Control for Lake Davis water. It Wrong impression In my previous letter, I adapted William Jennings Bryan's cross of gold image to symbolize what I consider the ills of greed. It occurred to me that I might have given the wrong impression regarding Bryan's intentions with his gold image. While he was a populist and champion of the little man and critic of the "trickle-down" economy, his gold image was about using only gold as a monetary standard. He was what was then called a bimetalist; that is, he thought that silver should be used along with gold for the nation's monetary standard. Bryan was a great orator, and with his Cross of Gold speech, he galvanized the Democrats. In stumping the nation for the presidency, he almost ousted the Republican administration, but the corporate-backed Republicans barely won that election and gold prevailed. It is ironic that it was a Republican, Richard Nixon, who was responsible for abandoning the gold standard. Also, it is interesting to note that Bryan, along with Will Rogers, used expressions similar to "trickle down" long before it was applied to Reaganomics. During Reagan's tenure, in order to counteract the negative connotation of "trickle down," the corporations plastered the media with what they considered a more acceptable term -- "supply side" economics. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville What XX means On the Jefferson website and across the front of its supporters' T-shirts is the "Great Seal of State of Jefferson." It's a large circle of those words, with just two bold "X" marks in the center. I had trouble figuring out exactly what that meant, so I looked it up on their website. It says the two "X" marks actually do mean "double cross," representing what they claim California and Oregon did to them. Well, maybe double cross isn't the best way to advertise a whole new state, but at least it's an honest symbol of the political process they're pushing so hard. George Terhune Quincy Rather cite Sitting Bull I have to agree with the lady last week who said she would willingly pay more for this f'me publication, and even promoted the idea. That last part is going a bit too far, but I agree. Especially if the publisher will rein in the so-called sports editor (or is it so-called political pundit?). I'm glad to see that others ....... may share the distaste I feel that such a person should be interacting with our children (the only sports he covers, after all). Whether or not he connects the two occupations himself, it is accomplished for him by having the paper contain them both. I am just plain disgusted with the Bard of Beckwourth. Unfortunately, I must quote him: "Promoting the positive and eliminating the negative. Trust me, it works. It's how we won the West." He later closes with, "In the coming election, write in 'Geronimo'; maybe our politicians will get the message." From Geronimo? Which one? The proud warrior chief or the sideshow freak? Personally, I fred it more appropriate to cite another warrior chief and sideshow freak, Sitting Bull. "I want to tell you that if the Great Spirit had chosen anyone to be the chief of this country, it is myself." I'm not sure what more Sitting Bull would have to say to politicians but as for how we won the West, I'm pretty sure his reply would be, "You committed near total genocide of our people and mass-slaughtered the buffalo upon which we based our livelihoods." The West was stolen by first laying waste to the land and its people, and then building a tyrannical and ruthless society based upon rape and plunder. The Bard from Beckwourth claims that the West was "won." I think Sitting Bull would probably say it was lost -- to everyone. ; ,,GarY ehne East Quincy The solution is worse than the problem Regarding "There is a free lunch"... Portola Councilman Oels is credited with reporting on a pine beetle infestation on city lands. He warns the infected trees must be removed or they will result in further infection. So far, so good. Then, I read the "solution" is to harvest them, divide them up amongst city residents and disperse them throughout the city. Is the plan to attempt to infect all the trees within the city, thereby killing them all and depriving the beetle of a food source? No, the risk is acknowledged and will be allegedly mitigated by some See Letters, page 10B Contact your elected officials PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofphmas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT- Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contact/ 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: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 5011 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563.112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Dong LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. www.LaMalfa.House.gov.; Facebook.com/RepLaMalfa; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. 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, El 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, IST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-00001, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 280 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: gov.ca.gov/(916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.