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Mountain Democrat (Newspaper) - July 17, 2008, Placerville, California Thursday, July 17, 2008 Mountain Democrat A- 5 y Thu 7/ 17 91/ 60 Generally sunny. High 91F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Sunrise: 5: 52 AM Sunset: 8: 26 PM Fri 7/ 18 93/ 63 Abundant sunshine. Highs in the low 90s and lows in the low 60s. Sunrise: 5: 53 AM Sunset: 8: 25 PM Sat 7/ 19 93/ 63 Sunny. Highs in the low 90s and lows in the low 60s. Sunrise: 5: 54 AM Sunset: 8: 24 PM Sun 7/ 20 88/ 63 Abundant sunshine. Highs in the upper 80s and lows in the low 60s. Sunrise: 5: 55 AM Sunset: 8: 24 PM Mon 7/ 21 92/ 65 Sunshine. Highs in the low 90s and lows in the mid 60s. Sunrise: 5: 56 AM Sunset: 8: 23 PM San Francisco 74/ 54 Sacramento 93/ 58 Los Angeles 82/ 65 San Diego 72/ 66 Bakersfield 99/ 73 Redding 96/ 68 Placerville 91/ 60 South Lake Tahoe 80/ 40 California At A Glance Area Cities City Hi Lo Cond. City Hi Lo Cond. Anaheim 85 65 pt sunny Palmdale 102 71 sunny Bakersfield 99 73 sunny Pasadena 89 66 pt sunny Barstow 102 72 sunny Redding 97 67 sunny Blythe 111 84 mst sunny Riverside 97 66 sunny Chico 95 62 sunny Sacramento 89 57 sunny Costa Mesa 79 66 pt sunny Salinas 70 53 pt sunny El Centro 110 83 sunny San Bernardino 98 67 sunny Eureka 58 49 pt sunny San Diego 72 66 pt sunny Fresno 101 67 sunny San Francisco 74 54 pt sunny Los Angeles 82 65 pt sunny San Jose 78 56 pt sunny Modesto 97 63 sunny Santa Barbara 74 60 pt sunny Mojave 100 73 sunny Stockton 88 58 sunny Monterey 67 53 pt sunny Susanville 90 49 sunny Needles 111 88 mst sunny Truckee 80 45 mst sunny Oakland 76 55 pt sunny Visalia 100 65 mst sunny National Cities City Hi Lo Cond. City Hi Lo Cond. Atlanta 89 68 mst sunny Minneapolis 83 68 t- storm Boston 86 68 mst sunny New York 91 72 mst sunny Chicago 92 70 mst sunny Phoenix 102 82 mst sunny Dallas 98 74 sunny San Francisco 74 54 pt sunny Denver 82 59 t- storm Seattle 77 53 pt sunny Houston 95 71 mst sunny St. Louis 95 73 sunny Los Angeles 82 65 pt sunny Washington, DC 94 73 sunny Miami 88 80 t- storm Moon Phases First Jul 10 Full Jul 18 Last Jul 25 New Aug 1 UV Index Thu 7/ 17 10 Very High Fri 7/ 18 10 Very High Sat 7/ 19 10 Very High Sun 7/ 20 10 Very High Mon 7/ 21 10 Very High The UV Index is measured on a 0 - 11 number scale, with a higher UV Index showing the need for greater skin protection. 0 11 More letters Continued from A- 4 Obituaries on this page are written and paid for by the families or funeral homes. They are edited minimally by the Mountain Democrat. E- mail or fax obituary submissions to obits@ mtdemocrat. net or ( 530) 622- 7894. Include contact information with all submissions. L OGBOOK . see LETTERS, page A- 6 F UNERAL NOTICE W EATHER Rosemary Beth Strauss Winchester Dec. 5, 1951 – July 13, 2008 Rosemary Beth Strauss Winchester resident of Grizzly Flat, Calif., born Dec. 5, 1951, died July 13, 2008. Graveside Services will be held Thursday, July 17, 2008 at Home of Peace Cemetary, 6200 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, Calif. at 10: 30 A. M. A celebration of life will follow at the home of Fred Strauss, 5740 Blue Mountain Drive, Grizzly Flat, Calif. burger or hot dog, or try to win one of many incredible raffle prizes. You can take a plant home from the plant sale table and maybe even a new furry friend too. Thank you. JUDY STANFIELD and MARYANN SCHULTZ Placerville Why should we care what the world thinks of our guns? EDITOR: I own a T- shirt that reads in part: “ Politicians prefer unarmed peasants.” I think about that shirt every time I come across the intellectual dishonesty that comes from people like the four U. S. Supreme Court justices who voted in the minority in the latest 2nd Amendment case, or letter writer John Garon. They are all intelligent people who choose to believe that Americans do not know or believe in their own history. Garon recently chose to try to convince us that we should determine the intent of the Founding Fathers and creators of the Constitution solely by analyzing the syntax of a single sentence. Does he really expect us to ignore statements and writings by those same Founding Fathers? Just one example: “ Sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone ... Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation ... inflicted by those who had no power at all?” — Patrick Henry, responding to Edmund Pendleton who opposed the Bill of Rights. I could supply other quotes from numerous Founding Fathers, but I’d end up with a book instead of a letter. My T- shirt may have been written in the 20th century, but it summarizes much of what was said by many of the Founding Fathers. Perhaps a little modern perspective can help make my point. Look at what has happened in Zimbabwe, Sudan, Cambodia, Yugoslavia when it was breaking apart, Uganda, Rwanda, Burma ( or Myanmar if you prefer). In each case what you see is typical top- down government where the government decided how the people would be governed and protected, and where the people had no firearms. The so- called “ international community” has not protected them and they cannot defend themselves. On the other hand I can look at my grandparents who grew up in a very racist Virginia at the beginning of the 20th century where the 2nd Amendment at least gave them a chance to protect themselves against those who wore pointy hats and white robes, and resented the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments. Depending on local law enforcement for protection wasn’t always an option at a time when many in state and local government and law enforcement were the very people who wore the pointy hats. For all the lynchings of black males in the South that we know of we may never know how many were prevented because the American equivalent of “ unarmed peasants” had a shotgun or rifle in the house thanks to the 2nd Amendment, that despite the best efforts of the KKK. Here’s a question: What do many of the existing state, county and city gun- control laws have in common with poll taxes? Answer: They were all designed as dodges around the 2nd and 15th amendments in order to minimize the numbers of Americans of African ancestry who could then own firearms, or vote. I never cease to be amazed that so many well educated Americans, most of them selfdescribed liberals, are surprised that so many black Americans believe that the 2nd Amendment is an individual right, or that blacks have been elected to positions on the NRA Board of Directors. They have consciously chosen to ignore the obvious concept that the Washington, D. C., gun control laws turned the mostly black population into a city of defenseless victims. Does the rest of the world think we’re insane when it A caption about outlet repairs at Silver Lake was incorrect. According to El Dorado Irrigation District, on Monday, the Board authorized the purchase of new slide gates for the Caples Lake outlet works, and if all goes as planned, they will install them this fall. Staff did not ask for authorization to purchase materials for the Silver Lake outlet works repairs, and as of now, no repairs are planned for the Silver Lake outlet works in 2008. C ORRECTION BURGLARIES D UI ARRESTS The following were arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in El Dorado County: UBA D. DELACRUZ, 24, Placerville, booked July 7 by Placerville police, in custody in lieu of $ 25,000 bail. TRAVIS C. KURPIESKI, 31, Coloma, booked July 7 by CHP, released on $ 10,000 bail. SIERRA J. MCDANIEL, 31, Sacramento, booked July 7 by sheriff’s deputies, released on $ 5,000 bail. TYLER J. VALDEZ, 20, Placerville, booked July 8 by CHP, released on $ 2,500 bail. RONDA L. SCOTT, 44, Rescue, booked July 9 by sheriff’s deputies, released on $ 2,500 bail. SUMMERE M. SMITH, 32, Belen, booked July 9 by CHP, released on $ 2,500 bail. SHERYL L. GRANZELLA, 53, Richmond, booked July 9 by Placerville police, released on $ 2,500 bail. CATARINA M. NUNCIO, 43, Somerset, booked July 10 by CHP, released on $ 2,500 bail. JERMON A. PORTER, 29, Oakland, booked July 10 by sheriff’s deputies, in custody in lieu of $ 50,000 bail. SABRINAY. AHMED, 26, Cameron Park, booked July 11 by sheriff’s deputies, released on $ 2,500 bail. MATTHEW A. ELLIOTT, 25, Pollock Pines, booked July 11 by CHP, released on $ 2,500 bail. SCOTT M. PIERSON, 32, Camino, booked July 11 by CHP, released on $ 2,500 bail. ANTHONY DUPLANTIER, 50, Sacramento, booked July 11 by CHP, released on $ 15,000 bail. CECIL E. SIMS JR, 36, Mosquito, booked July 11 by CHP, released on $ 2,500 bail. ANDREW R. CHICO, 22, Mt. Aukum, booked July 12 by CHP, released on $ 2,500 bail. BRIAN L. HUDAK, 46, Citrus Heights, booked July 12 by State Police, released on $ 2,500 bail. AMANDA R. MEYER, 22, Mt. Aukum, booked July 12 by CHP, released on $ 2,500 bail. BRUCE O. MOMSEN, 60, Placerville, booked July 12 by CHP, released on $ 2,500 bail. RICHARD D. MORTENSEN, 21, Placerville, booked July 12 by Placerville police, released on $ 2,500 bail. DUSTIN S. EVANS, 34, Lodi, booked July 13 by CHP, released on $ 2,500 bail. KENDAL M. LOBB, 26, Cameron Park, booked July 13 by CHP, released on $ 2,500 bail. GEORGE S. MUZZY, 40, Placerville, booked July 13 by Placerville police, in custody in lieu of $ 10,000 bail. ROBERT W. WALLACE, SR., 41, booked July 13 by U. S. Forest Service, released on $ 5,000 bail. JEFFREY T. HUNTER, 41, Cameron Park, booked July 14 by CHP, released on $ 15,000 bail. JUAN C. RIOS- FRANCO, 20, Napa, booked July 14 by CHP, in custody without bail. ARNULFO L. CRUZ, 50, Windsor, booked July 15 by CHP, in custody in lieu of $ 2,500 bail. KATHLEEN A. KIRKPATRICK, 48, Paradise, booked July 15 by Placerville police, released on $ 2,500 bail. MARTIN S. SMITH, 43, Placerville, booked July 15 by Placerville police, released on $ 2,500 bail. The following are from El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department and Placerville Police Department reports : Woodpile — A stack of wood valued at $ 150 was removed from a house under construction by Centex Homes on Larkstone Place in El Dorado Hills on July 2 or 3. Liquor and a laptop — These items were taken from Dennis Cox’s residence on Tea Rose Court in Bass Lake on July 3. The items are valued at $ 900. Parked on Main — Scott Costello lost a wallet and some cash when someone entered his unlocked 1992 Toyota 4x4, parked on Main Street in Placerville for 30 minutes on July 3. Suck it up — About $ 55 worth of gasoline was siphoned from Ashley Kelley’s 1982 Volvo and 2002 Jeep, both parked on Pony Express Trail in Cedar Grove between June 29 and July 6. Blocked — Michael Parker found his 2008 Dodge Ram truck sitting on cement blocks after a thief had removed his specialty tires and rims on July 7 or 8. Door ‘ n’ a jar — Vivinne Mallot returned from vacation on July 10 to find that a jar full of cash had disappeared, apparently when a burglar forced open the front door of Mallot’s Rough Ridge Road home in Rescue. Under remodel — Numerous construction tools and other personal items were taken from a house on Ranch Road in Placerville owned by Michael Lucas and currently being remodeled. The missing items, valued at $ 7,000, disappeared sometime between July 3 and 10. Uplifted — The control panel from a Genie man lift, owned by Nehemiah Construction, was taken from a construction site on Missouri Flat Road sometime between July 3 and 11. The control panel is worth $ 5,000. The Crime Alert program pays cash rewards of up to $ 1,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects or fugitive felons. Informants may remain anonymous. Call Crime Alert at 1- 800- AA- CRIME. Last week the Budget Conference Committee completed work on reconciling the differences between the Assembly and Senate versions of the budget. “ As a member of this committee, I am saddened to report that the conference committee actions increase spending, while enacting a huge tax increase to pay for the increased government spending,” said Roger Niello, R- Sacramento. “ This Democrat budget plan is neither a realistic nor balanced approach. It rejects many responsible budget savings proposed by Republicans and the governor, and imposes nearly $ 9 billion in higher taxes so they can spend even more,” Niello said. The following is a breakdown of the major actions of the committee: • Increases spending — Despite the fact that the state is facing a $ 15 billion deficit, increases spending by billions of dollars over last year. • Increases taxes — Imposes nearly $ 9 billion in higher taxes: • Eliminates the child dependent tax credit for Californians earning over $ 150,000 annually ($ 215 million tax increase) • Imposes new, higher 10 and 11 percent income tax brackets for higher- earning Californians ($ 5.6 billion) • Suspends for three years the Net Operating Loss credit that helps California businesses get through tough times and stay in operation ($ 1.1 billion) • Suspends indexing for joint returns above $ 97,000 ($ 815 million) • Restores the business Franchise Tax level to 9.3 percent ($ 470 million) • Includes a new Emergency Response Initiative, or fire tax ($ 280 million) • Accelerates the collections of fees paid by limited liability corporations ($ 360 million) “ Raising taxes on Californians will hurt working families especially hard and make it much more expensive to own and operate a business here, threatening our economic recovery and jobs. Hard- working Californians are already struggling to afford food and gas prices while home values go down and mortgage payments go up,” Niello said. “ California businesses already have one of the highest tax burdens in the entire country. Raising taxes even higher will cause many companies to leave California for other states that encourage job creation. Increasing taxes on those that create jobs will force many companies to lay off workers or close their doors entirely, further delaying any potential for economic recovery,” Niellko said. “ We did not run up a $ 15 billion budget deficit because Californians are paying too little in taxes. The problem is the Legislature is spending too much. The only way to get our budget problems under control is to work together to find significant budget savings, cut wasteful spending and reject costly new programs we cannot afford,” Niello said. Republican budget priorities “ Republicans believe that we must protect taxpayers as tax increases will only hurt families and kill more jobs. In the face of this economy, the worst thing that a government can do is increase taxes. California has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. “ In addition, significant budget reform is also necessary that limits our spending and establishes a rainy day reserve. Finally, we must reform the way that government operates. In order to stretch our tax dollars to the fullest, we have to look at ways of changing the way we do things. We must look to education and general government reform that will allow us to spend our tax dollars in the best and most efficient possible manner,” Niello said. Niello criticizes, details Democrat tax hike plan
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