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Brown delivers on pension reform

Feather Publishing
11/9/2011

Gov. Jerry Brown has delivered on his campaign promise to tackle pension reform. The plan he put forward is bold and comprehensive. It is also politically risky.

Public employee unions, longtime allies of the governor, will strongly oppose key portions of it, as will many of Brown’s fellow Democrats in the Legislature. Even Republicans may balk when it comes to rollbacks for police officers and firefighters, the most politically powerful public employees who enjoy the most robust pensions.

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Preoccupied by movement’s socialist agenda


Mona Hill
Staff Writer
11/2/2011

 

The “Occupy” movement has unleashed its ire on the wrong people. Based on comments from protesters in the news, distribution of wealth has become the standard by which protestors evaluate American democracy. Hmm, I thought democracy meant majority rule, one person, one vote.

In fact, America is a republic: Its citizens elect representatives to represent them in government. It might even be argued we are now an oligarchy — ruled by an “elite.”

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We need to save our state park

Feather Publishing
10/26/2011

Over the last year or two, we have slowly but surely moved into a new era, an era of diminished funding and reduced services. If folks want a particular service, they increasingly have to “pay” for it, either with money or by volunteering.

Want an assistant museum director? Help pay for part of his salary. The Plumas County Museum Association has done just that. Want to keep libraries open and stocked with current titles? The Friends of the Library has done just that. Numerous civic groups continue to donate to our schools to keep sports, music and art programs alive.

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My Turn - In the hospital!

Feather Publishing
10/26/2011

Humbling as it was, I consider myself very fortunate to have had the experience of spending nine days in Plumas District Hospital in late August and early September, preceded by three consecutive visits to PDH’s emergency room.

Now, before you write me off as a complete whacko, wondering who in their right mind would consider it special to spend any amount of time in a hospital, I can explain. Oh, I’m also a newly ordained poster-child for following the doctor’s orders, but we’ll get to that.

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Avoid Halloween horrors with these safety precautions

Feather Publishing
10/19/2011

 

Ghosts, goblins and other seasonal decorations are popping up around Plumas County, a sure sign that we’re preparing for Halloween. Thanks to our chambers and other groups, trick-or-treating has become a relatively safe affair for our kids. But a few words of caution still seem appropriate.

An estimated 40 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 could hit the trick-or-treat trails this Halloween, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The nation’s emergency physicians want all of them to enjoy holiday traditions safely and not experience any Halloween horrors that would include spending time in the emergency department.

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