Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Slush fund

EDITOR:

Has anyone noticed all the terrible fires lately? Cal Fire took our money through Congress, OK, we in the forest get none of the protection. It goes to a California slush fund. This year the grant money is to help seniors and low-income people clear their land for fire prevention, which insurance companies did not want to cover. I’m very grateful Supervisor Nutting got his grant. At least that area is covered; this year it’s not available to us property owners.

The Board of Equalization is nuts. They said at first the money was to set up an office. As I see it the office is already in existence. What is their purpose of existence? The fire department has been covering all along and the community participated in the Cal Fire program already. Now we pay twice a year property tax, which includes the fire department, so this is three times that we are paying for one thing.

Now the Forestry Department is involved. I ask why are two board members environmentalists? One from Camino and one from Pollock Pines, the environmentalists are paid by how many agencies? They get grants for litigation; in Cal Fire speak they said one issue was legal language? Is this intimidation? We the people roll up your sleeves and assume some responsibility for the benefits you will receive from others’ hard work.

I’m going to bring this up at the tea party meeting. You may save your hom;, forget the Democrats and Republicans. We can handle this situation with everyone’s input. We the people know when to stop crooks. Are you tired of crooks? Let’s get busy.

DOROTHEA FALKENSTIEN
Pollock Pines

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  • James E.August 27, 2013 - 12:17 pm

    I always enjoy Ms. Falkenstien's letters. The Tea Party will surely solve all of the problems she notes. One question, how did Cal Fire (a state entity?) take the money through Congress?

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  • James E.August 27, 2013 - 1:49 pm

    ADDED: OK, I think I get it -- she thinks the California legislature is call the "Congress." Sigh.

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  • cookie65August 30, 2013 - 4:22 am

    It is too early to even attempt to follow this letter.

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  • Phil VeerkampAugust 30, 2013 - 4:44 am

    Good job, James - cookie, you disappoint me. Keep trying. - Evelyn, team up with cookie. I'm feeling the love. Thx.

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  • cookie65August 30, 2013 - 5:20 am

    Phil, I'll get back to it after the coffee kicks in and try to follow the thought process.

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  • cookie65August 30, 2013 - 5:40 am

    Phil, I am guilty of what I got out of this letter at first read. Frustration, impatience, annoyance, hostility and the mind numbing marvel of how the equivalent of criminal behavior takes place under the noses of so many people with abandonment. I tend to get overwhelmed with multiple thoughts that require organization and structure in order to clearly communicate them.

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  • cookie65August 30, 2013 - 6:04 am

    James, did you see where the LATimes claimed the dimocrats led the passage of the 1964 civil rights legislation? It gives new life to Reagan's timeless remark, "It isn't so much that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so many things that aren't so." http://twitchy.com/2013/08/30/la-times-claims-democrats-led-passage-of-civil-rights-act-larry-elder-rebuts/?utm_source=autotweet&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=twitter

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  • cookie65August 30, 2013 - 9:24 am

    James, did you know there were two Republicans at zerobama's class warfare address commemorating MLK. President Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • PatriceAugust 30, 2013 - 10:09 am

    And you are proud of this fact? You call liberals communists. From a confederate point of view I suppose you and your small minority are right.

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  • cookie65August 30, 2013 - 10:44 am

    Patrice, contact the Sacramento city council, they are looking for a venue to accommodate a new sports arena and after living in your head rent-free I can testify there is room for it.

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  • cookie65August 30, 2013 - 10:48 am

    James, do you remember how many times I have told you next on the radical gay agenda is to have it taught to first graders? Here it is James.... "According to a report published yesterday by the CBS affiliate in Chicago, the new sex education program mandated in Chicago public schools will—like the SIECUS curriculum—instruct kindergartners about same-sex relationships." - http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-sex-ed-kindergartners-right-thing-do#sthash.R0PqIXRX.dpuf

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  • James E.August 30, 2013 - 10:53 am

    Cookie, a tad early to be talking sex with children. No one talked sex with me until I was 35, and even then I couldn't believe what they were telling me. Kidding aside, don't know the right age but I do know it's not kindergarten or 1st grade.

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  • cookie65August 30, 2013 - 11:02 am

    It isn't about what is right James. It is about them forcing their agenda on everyone else and accusing anyone who objects of being intolerant. "Hate" is a useful word James, over the years it has caused decent people to sit on the sidelines and take a whole lot of nonsense forced upon them.

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  • James E.August 30, 2013 - 11:19 am

    Cookie, government forces agendas on us all the time. I can only suggest you move to Chicago, get on the Board of Education and attempt to not force this agenda on the citizens and children of Chicago. But, question: Is this agenda being forced on us in EDC?

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  • cookie65August 31, 2013 - 7:20 am

    James, government does not force agendas on people. It is the people within government who believe it is the role of government to force agendas upon us. And you support the notion. I guess you can make the moral equivalency argument if you believe supporting limited government is "forcing" an agenda on people. Some people define freedom as the ability to live up to one's potential and work ethic free from endless restrictions, regulations and taxation. Others define freedom as being able to have a comfortable existence without being bothered by the need to provide for yourself, think for yourself, do for yourself or even be accountable for your own choices.

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  • cookie65August 31, 2013 - 7:26 am

    **not just "have" a comfortable existence, but have that comfortable existence "provided" for them.

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  • cookie65August 31, 2013 - 8:15 am

    James, one of the ways those in government force their agenda on all of us is thru taxpayer funded corporate welfare like obama's energy dept plan to handout another $16billion for cars no one wants. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/aug/30/editorial-obamas-venture-capital/

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