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Family Farm Preservation Act is critical to the future of agriculture

Mike Emigh
Chairman
Agricultural Council of California
11/4/2009


 
    The estate tax has for years compromised a family’s ability to successfully transfer its agricultural businesses to the next generation of farmers or ranchers.
    The estate tax was originally passed as part of the Emergency Revenue Act of 1916, and was part of the nation’s preparation for World War I.

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Taxpayers need to demand accountability from PDH

Robert T. Herr
Chief Financial Officer
Executive Vice President
Plumas Bank
10/28/2009

    I attended and spoke at the community meeting last Thursday night regarding the construction of the new Plumas District Hospital building. Like most of the hospital district residents, I would like to have a new medical facility in order to better serve the community.   
    The problem I am having is with the unfair distribution of the burden on the district taxpayers to repay the debt being incurred that will last for the next 30 years and the lack of accountability required on the part of the hospital during that time. I think it is time to step back and review the project from conception to the present and encourage the hospital board to do the right thing.

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Boom and bust is a well-worn cycle

18th Century Economics My Turn ALL
Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
10/21/2009

    Many of the experts on TV who talk about the current economic downturn argue that the financial devices that led to our downfall, like credit default swaps, were too new for people to understand and that rapid progression in the way we conduct commerce led to the downturn.
    I’m not interested in arguing whether or not that is true, but I would like to point out our tendency to allow our economy to be decimated by investment schemes has been going strong for some time.
    It seems the original idea of investment was to give money to someone who you thought would be more effective than you in making something useful with those funds.
    You give some of your money to the kid who used to conduct science experiments in his backyard, and hope he invents something with it that you couldn’t think up yourself.

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Big Win for Forest Service and QLG

10/7/2009

Members of the Quincy Library Group are cautiously celebrating what will likely turn out to be a seminal victory in the ongoing litigation over how to manage the national forests of the Sierra Nevada.

On Thursday, Oct. 1, District Court Judge Morrison England issued a “tentative ruling” at the federal courthouse in Sacramento, rejecting arguments made by Sierra Forest Legacy and other environmental groups, who claimed that the rules adopted in 2004 for management of these forests in the Sierra Nevada would cause irreparable harm to the environment. They wanted the previous rules of 2001 reinstated.

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Despite higher taxes, we can’t afford not to build

10/17/2009

As chairman for the Plumas District Hospital Measure A Citizen Oversight Committee, I would like to provide some updated information relative to the growing concern over the current tax rate (for the hospital bonds). The hospital did its original analysis for the bond and related tax rates in early 2008. At that time, the current economic downturn that has hit all of us was not even on the radar screen.

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