Open Conversation for November 2017

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163 Responses

  1. cheyenne says:

    #45’s pick for HSD states no wall shining sea to shinning sea. More spent on beefing up checkpoints which the Arizona Republic has been running articles about. Mexico is Arizona’s biggest trading partner and the shortage of customs inspectors is creating a back log. And most drugs come through the checkpoints, not across the desert. And she is a woman.
    Also a woman is #45’s pick to head the BLM. A Wyoming attorney she wants to drain the swamp by moving the BLM headquarters to Denver. The left doesn’t like her and spread lies about her ties to the Bundies whom she once represented as a small part of a farm group years ago in a lawsuit against the government.
    I’ll leave it to others to post the bad about Trump while I post the good. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Remember when Obama was in China and he praised China’s leadership to high heaven, blamed all of our trade problems with China on past U.S. presidents, said that the U.S. had fallen behind China, and gave China a complete pass on human rights issues?

      Yeah, me either. That’s because all of that happened yesterday. But imagine the shit-storm on Fox News if Obama had done it.

  2. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    Rumor has it that the New York Times is about to drop a career-ending story about my favorite comedian, Louis C.K. Ugh.

    • Tim says:

      They are the same allegations that gawker wrote about in 2012 and 2015: quirky comedian, who often jokes about not being able to control his masturbatorial urges, likes to masturbate in front of female colleagues…

  3. Tim says:

    More than half of Shasta County students failed state testing this year; 52% failed to meet standards in English and 62% failed to meet standards in Math.

    These scores show little improvement since Common Core began: In 2016 53% failed English & 62% Math, a small improvement over 2015 when 56% failed English and 66% Math.

    Statewide, students did about the same: 51% failed English & 62% failed Math in 2017, a small improvement from the 53% that failed English & 63% Math in 2016 and 56% that failed English & 67% Math in 2015.

    Shasta County students scored much higher 10 years ago under the STAR testing program: in 2007 66% of 11th graders passed English and 72% passed Math (vs statewide passing rates of 61% in English and 71% in Math). The Department of Education cautions against comparing STAR scores with the new CAASPP scores.

    Schools with the majority of students passing both tests in 2017:
    University Preparatory: 76% pass English, 69% pass Math
    Grant Elementary: 72% English, 68% Math
    Millville Elementary: 67% English, 64% Math
    Manzanita Elementary: 56% English, 60% Math
    Fall River Junior-Senior High: 68% English, 58% Math
    Cottonwood Creek Charter: 57% English, 57% Math
    Junction Elementary: 67% English, 53% Math
    Stellar Charter: 57% English, 53% Math
    North Cow Creek Elementary: 54% English, 50% Math
    Chrysalis Charter School: 53% English, 50% Math

    • cheyenne says:

      In Denver and Phoenix all school funding taxes or bonds, every one, passed. The Denver liberals and the Phoenix conservatives are not looking for any help from a dysfunctional DC. They are doing it locally.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Interesting how poorly North Cow Creek fared. It’s the school across the street—my daughters went there. We’re surrounded out here by hobby ranches—lots of parents who are well-off professionals. You’d think their kids would be reasonably bright. Of course, the school board (made up of parents, I presume) recently voted to allow teachers to pack heat at school, so……

      • Tim says:

        They still made the top 10, so they did well compared to the dismal scores elsewhere… A more typical elementary school score looks like this:

        Lassen View Elementary
        English: 45% pass
        Math: 32% pass

        Bonnyview Elementary
        English: 39% pass
        Math: 30% pass

      • cheyenne says:

        Steve, I worked in Shasta County schools for twenty years and the last people to be allowed to carry guns are teachers. While there are many mature teachers who know guns there are a few who lose keys, left them dangling in the door, and whose students would end up with those guns. And who decides which teachers would carry? In a political atmosphere like schools it would be the administrator’s lap dog who very well might not know which end the bullet comes out.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          I wouldn’t trust ANY teacher to have a gun in my kid’s classroom. If I had kids at NCCS, I’d demand to know which teachers had guns. Police officers are some of the most highly trained firearms users in Shasta County, and we’ve had at least one local cop’s kid die when the cop left his service revolver where his kid could get it.

          A handgun in a secure quick-code gun safe in the Principal’s office, just to give the gun-humpers some measure of comfort? Maybe, but only if the two or three people with access to the code undergoe extensive firearms training.

          • cheyenne says:

            I read, on USA Today, where a school in Florida is selling $120 bulletproof pads for student backpacks. That doesn’t surprise me but apparently student bullet proof pads have been marketed for 25 years. And the tweets from other countries are not exactly favorable.

    • cheyenne says:

      K, interesting link about the back door attempt to prevent abortions. While everyone is concerned about the big items, as you point out, it is the small details that both parties stick into these bills that cause the harm. Of course this is about a tax plan that has not, and will not pass.
      Also the part about removing the ban on churches politicalizing, how’s that ban working now on Bethel? Are they exempt if they buy Redding. Of course, as Steve Towers pointed out, then they could solve Redding’s budget problems with supernatural funds.

  4. Joanne Lobeski Snyder says:

    Nothing will change in education until experienced elementary and high school teachers, neurologists, college and trade school teachers, employers and experts in cognitive development get together. The people who toy with and change the curriculum have degrees but are not the experts. There is a lot of money involved in textbook creation and adaption, new educational standards and programs. If you’re a long time teacher who is really concerned about “best practices” and what works, you roll your eyes every time some new program comes down the pike.

  5. Beverly Stafford says:

    “Those who can, teach; those who can’t pass laws about teaching.” I worked in a school district for a number of years – from No Child Left Behind to Common Core – and good teachers left because of these unworkable programs. As the song goes, “When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?”

    • K. Beck says:

      Total agreement here. People seem to think teachers are just glorified baby sitters. I have an elementary teaching credential and a Certificate from UC Santa Cruz in Training & Development. I spent most of my life teaching people how to do things. Just because you have a degree in math does NOT mean you automatically know how to teach math. There is way more to it than having a degree in some random subject. Think about some of the College Profs you had. You can teach Jr. College on up with no credential.

  6. Common Sense says:

    “President Trump today stated that he believed Vladimir Putin is being sincere when he denies Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and reiterated that he hopes to cooperate with Russia in Syria. There’s nothing ‘America First’ about taking the word of a KGB colonel over that of the American intelligence community. There’s no ‘principled realism’ in cooperating with Russia to prop up the murderous Assad regime, which remains the greatest obstacle to a political solution that would bring an end to the bloodshed in Syria. Vladimir Putin does not have America’s interests at heart. To believe otherwise is not only naive but also places our national security at risk.” -Senator John McCain

    Ahhhh GOP….someone is BEGGING to be impeached here!…..Hello

  7. cheyenne says:

    And today, DNC chief Tom Perez, vowed to make the 2020 Democratic nominations fairer as he had a laundry list of what the DNC needed to do. No mention of Russia probably because the Dems did such a bad job in 2016 it wouldn’t have made a difference. HRC won the popular vote on the coasts but lost the fly over voters who voted for Obama in 2012 but voted for Trump in 2016. That alone shows what a bad candidate Clinton was.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      We will likely never know the extent to which Russia’s meddling had an effect on the election; just that it likely had an effect. (If Facebook ads are worthless, it’s hard to imagine how they’re able to sell billions of dollars worth of them. If they’re effective, it’s hard to imagine how the Russian ads were exempt from that effectiveness.)

      We do know who the Russians targeted, including which states (21, including three big rust belt states that swung from Obama to Trump) and which political persuasion (mostly conservative). On Facebook, via likes and shares, we know that the ads reached at least 126 million people.

      Clinton was a bad candidate. That doesn’t legitimize Trump or the election.

      • cheyenne says:

        I don’t know how Russian meddling would affect the election unless they actually got in the ballot box and changed the votes. If the Russians posted ads about one or another of the candidates how is that different then the lies that are posted by candidates or their political groups about other candidates. If a lie is posted by the Sierra Club or the Koch brothers or the Russians it is still a lie.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          It’s not different, and that’s the point. Advertising works, or it wouldn’t exist. Russia used Facebook to advertise on behalf of Trump, and it likely had an effect. The only question is, how big an effect?

          Cheyenne, you can’t seriously be arguing that Russia meddling in our presidential elections is no big deal. C’mon, man.

          • Common Sense says:

            Come on Steve….it’s just a little undermining of our Democracy….what’s the big deal?….but let me point out that one thing 45 has done that is a positive for you…..oh…sorry….that’s Cheyenne’s job.

          • cheyenne says:

            Steve, America has meddled in many elections in other countries that have resulted in leadership changes or tried too. Now it’s being done to us, I call that payback and we just have to deal with it. Of course you will just say I’m deflecting, but it’s the truth, deal with it.

          • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

            A lot of people are trying hard to deal with it—unfortunately, the Buffoon-in-Chief is trying to quash the investigations. What’s puzzling is that so many people are joining Trump in his “fake news” chant—as if assuring the sovereignty of our elections is no big deal.

  8. Common Sense says:

    Trump is toast…..he will get hit here soon my Mueller worse than a dime store pinata. As more and more underlings flip and Mueller builds piles upon the already large piles of evidence….his days are numbered…heck Mitt Romney is looking pretty good for President at this rate!

  9. Beverly Stafford says:

    I really like seeing A New Cafe’s advertisers on the sidebar. Unobtrusive but a nice reminder of who supports our favorite site so that we can support them.

  10. Common Sense says:

    “This Bud’s for you” will now take on a whole new meaning as Large Beer Companies look toward Cannabis as the next key Market!

    • cheyenne says:

      Actually, CS, this is old news and has nothing to do with Bud. The marijuana craft choices have been going on ever since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana. The Denver Post even ran a list of the top ten craft brands last summer with quality grading. A couple of brands were from southern California. As some of these choices are hybrids I wonder how that sets with the anti-GMO crowd. I think a big natural market awaits for Northern California’s Golden Triangle if the whole state gets on the same page.
      And a bigger threat to the craft marijuana industry, expressed by actual legal craft shops in Denver, is that Big Tobacco will take over the craft industry like Big Beer took over the craft beer industry.

  11. cheyenne says:

    While CS, Steve and others keep pointing out the pitfalls happening in DC, pitfalls that will have zero effects on Redding, I will point out a pitfall in Redding that many seem concerned about but apparently just shrug it off. Why are you keepers of everything negative not posting about raising the handy man limit above $500 to probably $5,000. From what I, who no longer live in Shasta County, have found, this seems to be a California problem. Many states require anyone doing electricity work to have an electricians license and other contractors to purchase permits for specific projects but I can find no monetary limit on what a handyman can do. If $500 is hard to stay under in Redding what’s it like in the Bay Area or LA, I would say impossible. So what does a homeowner in those cities do? They go down to where the day workers hang out and pay cash to someone who doesn’t pay taxes. Raising the limit would allow many skilled unemployed to begin working again and being a positive in the community.
    Time to start solving problems that affect Redding.

    • Gary Tull says:

      I think there ARE a couple of good reasons why $500 limits apply to handyman services in California. A big one is that they are not required to prove their skill level by taking a state contractors exam. Another: by-and-large, they are not bonded. Both are about consumer protection.

      • cheyenne says:

        Very true, Gary. But what do you do when a licensed contractor won’t do the job because it is too small. I know this from personal experience when I was a homeowner in Anderson. I had a 100 yard long dirt, actually DG, driveway. It had potholes that would appear every winter and DG would be tracked upon the concrete and in the house. To level and gravel the driveway the bids from licensed contractors started at $4,000. I bought the gravel from Axner, they delivered it, and I had a friend who had a small farm and a tractor that he would do odd jobs with and he leveled my driveway and spread the gravel. It cost me a total, including gravel, about $800. That was 12 years ago, I doubt I could get it done as cheap today. My point is that some jobs are too small for licensed contractors to make money on and they have to over bid just to break even. I was fortunate in knowing people who were handymen and competent and I recommended them to others.
        And just because a contractor is licensed and bonded doesn’t mean they are competent, only that to sue them for faulty work could cost more in legal fees than the initial job would have cost.

      • The kind of work I was hiring a handyman to do wouldn’t require any proof of skills: ripping out old carpets, patching rat entrances, sanding floors, hauling garbage, etc. I don’t care if my handyman is bonded for things like that. I think a handyman (or woman) would be able to earn as much as he or she wishes if they’re willing to work hard.

        I don’t need consumer protection from my handymen. But man, have I had some bad experiences with licensed contractors.

        • Gary Tull says:

          Doni, In your case, I understand your point.

          As for licensed contractors, I too have experienced bad results and damage that one caused. Case in point: lower exterior siding needs replacement now since a contractor installed an auto irrigation system (not long ago) that disfigured and rotted sections behind our front Escallonia. Didn’t notice it till recently.

    • K. Beck says:

      I agree, $500 is too low for the cost of living in 2017. This law was updated but they still left the total too low. Most people running the Government have no idea what anything costs. Remember when someone took George I to the grocery store and he didn’t know what a scanner was? They all have “people” who do the everyday tasks we all do for ourselves.

      You are correct, this is a CA state law, not a City of Redding Ordinance.

      I disagree with the comment about none of the “pitfalls happening in DC” having zero effects on Redding; they will have effects on everyone in this country. Especially the tax laws the Reps seem hell bent on passing.

  12. Gary Tull says:

    “Like clockwork, just as we learn of damning details of Donald Trump Jr’s contacts with WikiLeaks, the Trump administration is firing up the fog machine to distract from the Mueller probe”. Brian Fallon

    • cheyenne says:

      Gary, why is this a distraction. The uranium mine by Gillette was part of the deal to let a Russian company buy uranium mines. It is not against the law to sell uranium to a foreign country but it can’t be exported to them. We have concerns here in Wyoming about how involved the Clintons were in that sale. It may be a distraction to you but it is not a distraction to me when I live on the edge of a nuclear air base.

      • Gary Tull says:

        Cheyenne, look at the timing. The Mueller investigation is closing in on Trump affiliates regarding Russian connections and the election. Trump probably knows plenty and is up to his eyeballs in it. Sessions was in the hot seat today for the third time and 3 former Trump honchos have been criminally charged already and are co-operating to stay out of prison.

        As for the uranium thing: no uranium was ever exported and there is no evidence of HRC involvement. Certainly, not enough to assign special investigators anytime soon, Sessions more or less suggested today.

        In all due respect, It seems your concerns regarding the Clintons and uranium may be about a conspiracy theory to cause distraction from REAL and confirmed capital crime.

        I’ll say it again: When a machine is running this badly, it’s likely about to blow… soon. When all of that finally comes down, we will have a better overall picture of this colossal mess.

        • cheyenne says:

          The sale of the uranium mine by Gillette to a Russian owned company has been more than a distraction here in Wyoming even before the election. Whether the Clintons were involved has been a question asked by us in Wyoming and the Obama administration did nothing. With Trump leading an investigation we may finally learn the truth about the deal.
          Tick…Tick….Tick…Who will go to jail first?

          • Gary Tull says:

            “With Trump leading an investigation we may finally learn the truth about the deal.”

            WTF? Trump leading an investigation? He’s only doing what he always does — tweet gross exaggerations, call secretary Clinton crooked Hillary and lie-hard- all-the-time. As for his AG, he has been caught lying under oath already and his memory-lapses are not serving him well.

          • Common Sense says:

            Last months keyword….Collusion….

            This month’s Keywords are …..Obstruction of Justice/Collusion/Treason

            Don’t take your eye off the ball…….the 45 train is Going Down!

          • Gary Tull says:

            Cheyenne! Here are the facts concerning Uranium One reported by none other than a FOX news anchor.

          • cheyenne says:

            Gary, while digging up a you tube video how did you miss the articles in The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and even another FOX article by a different person about the facts, or lack of, in the Uranium One sale. Bribes were made and one person is already in jail. The FBI reported just recently, which explains why this was brought up now, that they have an informant that was privy to all the dealing and can revel what actually took place. Were the Clintons involved other than Bill being paid to speak at a Russian uranium meeting, who knows. As one official pointed out it was doubtful HRC was involved in the actual details, but maybe she should have paid more attention. This is all old news as these dealings have been in Wyoming news for over a year. But we mine uranium here, unlike Redding, and maybe we like to know where it’s going.

  13. Dear ones, bear with us while we fix the Photo Cafe box.

    Carry on.


  14. Gary Tull says:

    Cheyenne, I didn’t have to dig much. The Washington Post (today’s edition) front page, top article w/video is comprehensive enough for me.

  15. Common Sense says:

    Why we have the problems we have in this Country! Some great comments from Trump voters here.

  16. Common Sense says:

    12 Year old Girl suing the Federal Government over Cannabis. Her Premise in court will be- You guys have a patent on the plant for the medical benefits( CBD)….it helps my Seizures and yet you have it not legal across our great country.
    Not sure if she will win or not but bringing to Light the Hypocrisy of the Dept of Health and Human Services having a patent on the plant for medical benefits yet not allowing people to use it for medical benefits should be an eye opener for any one in possession of common sense!

    We need to Move Forward and get Rid of Sessions….it’s Quite Obvious he has some SEVERE issues going on with his brain and Can’t remember anything! Suffering from CRS….The Selective Version of it!

  17. Hey, peeps, I know this is last minute but I have some tickets available for tonight – Wednesday – for Riverfront Playhouse’s media night performance of A Christmas Carol. 7:30 p.m. I’ll be there.

    Please email me at if you want a pair of tickets. First come, first served .

  18. My column will appear Friday instead of Thursday this week.

    Carry on, and have a wonderful day. xod

  19. Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

    Thanksgiving comes next week. I’ve long had mixed feelings about restaurants that stay open for the holiday. No doubt many if not most food service workers would rather be home, but for folks who have no family or are traveling on a holidays, those open establishments can be a real blessing. (Been there.) As far as I know, CR Gibbs, Lulu’s, Win River, Marie Callendar’s, and Denny’s will serve on Thanksgiving. A special tip of the hat goes out to Mister Taco in Anderson, who will be offering their 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Day at Mister Taco, offering free meals to those who might otherwise miss out. Also, the Woodside Grill in the Gaia Hotel will offer a Thanksgiving meal and live music from J. Norman Stewart.

  20. Common Sense says:

    New round of Indictments should be happening here soon….Papadopoulos may have been wearing a wire prior to leaving. He has spilled the beans on 4 others now!

    I am guessing Mueller will hand out or unseal these Indictments in the next 2 weeks….

    Muellers Christmas table might be Full of Turkeys!


  21. Common Sense says:

    Dianne Feinstein may be helping to Double the sales of guns here Soon! What she is missing…..Bad Guys Don’t go by Laws….much less gun laws!

    Sales should Surge now until the law goes into effect! Gun Shops are Very happy with this new Law and Christmas is looking much rosier in sales revenues!

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      How stupid do you have to be to view any gun-control bill offered up by Feinstein or any other Democrat as anything other than symbolic? If any mouth-breathers actually think that the GOP-controlled Congress is going to put a serious gun-control bill on Trump’s desk that he’s going to sign—making it time to panic-buy a bunch of guns—that alone should disqualify them from the right to purchase guns. You’d have to be dumber than dog$#!+ to believe any of that is going to happen.

      • Beverly Stafford says:

        My sister in Washington State wrote a letter to Feinstein regarding her proposed bill. In essence she said, “How can you believe that further gun control bills will keep guns out of the hands of criminals? These laws do nothing more than harm honest gun owners.”

  22. Did you miss A News for more than 24 hours? We missed you. We had a major glitch that started with a plug-in that broke the site, and then we had issues with a back up of EVERYTHING, which took forever.

    I never want to go through that again.

    Extreme thanks to Joe Domke and Jim Gore for working for hours and hours and hours to make things right, and special thanks for Jim for the final fixes.

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      I surely missed you! Each time I attempted to log onto the site and failed, I thought of Joe tearing out his hair over those little pixies who invade our ether lives. And to top off not being able to access my favorite site, I arrived at our Redding house only to find that there was no hot water. Scott from Earl’s Plumbing came within 45 minutes of my call, looked at the ten-year-old tankless water heater, showed me the discoloration and how “squishy” it was, and he’s in the process of locating a new one – on the weekend, of course. Who knew tankless water heaters were supposed to have service once a year? Better no hot water than no power, methinks. But it’s still a pain.

  23. Eleanor says:

    YES!!! I missed you and have been searching high and low!! Major thanks to Joe and Jim for rescuing you (and all of us). Had been worrying about your beautiful house, with these huge rains. First thing I did this morning is to look for your column…………Hoping all is good.

  24. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    Nice to click on on my browser ribbon this morning and see the familiar home page load up after a teasingly long wait (damn you, satellite internet!).

    • Hal Johnson says:

      Steve, is Warp Two available where you live? I understand that it’s available in parts of Palo Cedro. We’ve been happy with it for the most part. The speed is nothing like what my wife gets at her office in Redding, but it beats the heck out of Hughes.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        I’ve had Warp 2 on my roof, and the prognosis is that I might be able to get their signal if I put up a tower for $10k. Shastabeam looks at my address and says, “nope” without even visiting. Too many big oaks in our neighborhood on North Cow Creek.

  25. Common Sense says:

    Today Key Word- Treason

    Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution of the United States provides: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.

    While the penalty for Treason Can include Death….that is highly unlikely…….best bet is 5-7 years in Federal Prison and a Fine……

    Any Indictment with the words “Crimes against the United States” might raise one’s eyebrows in this matter….

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      As I understand the charges in the current high-profile indictment, the “crimes against the United States” involve tax evasion. If any prison time is involved, it’ll likely be Club Fed. This is still America, after all. We rarely throw our millionaires in the same holes as the “real criminals.”

      • Common Sense says:

        We agree the sentences handed out will more than likely be at the High Roller Penitentiary/Country Club facility!
        Tax Evasion/Money Laundering……just to warm the band up with!

  26. Common Sense says:

    American Taxpayers footing the bill for #45’s Private Businesses Lawyers! How’s that one rub you?

    • Tim says:

      Misleading characterization as private lawyers… They are defending lawsuits brought against Trump in his capacity as President of the US, not as a citizen.

      These are frivolous lawsuits from partisans who want to believe Trump can’t own businesses that serve foreign nationals when the emoluments clause only prevents foreign parties from paying the president FOR BEING PRESIDENT (with no prohibition against providing unrelated services).

  27. Common Sense says:

    “These people are defunct,” Francis told Buchanan. “Go to New Hampshire and call yourself a patriot, a nationalist, an America Firster, but don’t even use the word ‘conservative.’ It doesn’t mean anything anymore.”

    Interesting read by David Brooks….

  28. Common Sense says:

    Rudy Guiliani in the Ukraine yesterday?……am I the only one that finds this interesting? Perhaps talking about “Adoptions” also??

    And why did the news agency refer to him as Trumps Advisor?

  29. Gary Tull says:

    ‘You may be the only one who doesn’t see the ‘Translate’ link.

  30. Common Sense says:

    Thank you Gary……you can lead a horse to water….but if he doesn’t believe it’s water….he won’t drink…

  31. Common Sense says:

    Finally!!…Members of Congress make move to have #45 Take a Mental Health Exam!……like 50-60% of the population with Common Sense and Critical Thinking Skills are Shocked! Hello!

    Perhaps he can bow out Gracefully… was all my Dementia, or __________ you get to fill in the blank…..that’s why I need to get off on all these charges that Mueller has in his sealed Indictment against me…..yep…that it!

  32. trek says:

    So….. tell me why my comments are deleted and not other commentators whom have said much worse?

  33. Common Sense says:

    Our Twitterer in Chief Panics today and Calls Putin- For an HOUR long Talk!….ummm they just met 10 days ago for hours…..So??….oh and we don’t get to see or hear a transcript……well of Course Not!

    Pretty sure it wasn’t about anymore “Adoption” issues…..I know….he Wished Him Happy Thanksgiving!! Yeah….That must be it! Perhaps thanked him for his Service when he was in the KGB….


  34. cheyenne says:

    And I read in the Denver Post, I guess the California newspapers are too ashamed to run the article, about another clueless Californian who is going to launch himself in a home made rocket to prove the Earth is flat. CS you’d like the story, the posters mainly compare this adventurer to #45.

  35. Common Sense says:

    FCC to Police the Internet soon if Republicans get their way and get rid of Net Neutrality! Get ready for the Big Corps to change the way we use the Internet soon if it passes!

    Translation for those a bit slower……we must pay back our Political Backers that helped us Steal the Election……and we must get Rid of Everything Obama Did in his Tenure!

    Big Brother is coming……..

    • Tim says:

      Big brother is here; the FCC is already policing the internet! Doing away with net neutrality would actually increase freedom:

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        The European nation closest to having non-net-neutrality is Portugal. I don’t know what you mean by “increasing freedom,” but what happens with that model is that internet providers package bundles that give a huge advantage to established companies. Innovators and late-starters get screwed, because very few people will pay extra for Hulu in Bundle B if they’re already paying for Netflix in Bundle A. So eventually, you’ll have the “freedom” to give Netflix your money, or not receive video at all and pay nothing for it.

        • Tim says:

          The US has existing anti-trust laws that prevent the monopolistic behavior you just described. And did you really find the internet that… biased… in 2013? How about 2012? Or 2011? Most folks don’t realize that “Net Neutrality” has only been around the last couple of years or that its main beneficiaries have been a small number of data-hogging consumers who stream video all day at the expense of everyone else.

          It is also hilarious (and sad) that proponents keep using that graphic which depicts a “net neutral” internet costing $54.99 against a slew of individual bundles which, if you bother to add them together into an equivalent package, actually cost less! Newsweek even ran with that graphic in an article called “3 ways losing net neutrality will screw you over” under the first heading “consumers will pay more” When an idea’s supporters are so rabid they forget to do the most basic fact checks, despite being a seemingly reputable news organization, you might want to at least consider “alternative facts” (like reality).

          Net Neutrality is a great slogan, a name that is hard to argue against. But is it actually fair? I hear the argument that reversing net neutrality would be like charging different people different amounts to drive on public highways. It is a great comparison because we actually do charge people different amounts to drive on the same highways. Large trucks pay the most registration fees and gas taxes, while small motorcycles pay the least. We give discounts to alternative fuel vehicles. And yes, we sometimes even charge people a toll if they chose to use faster express lanes (a toll that helps maintain the entire roadway – not just that “bmw lane”). That sounds fair and reasonable to me, but it certainly isn’t equal.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            I really don’t feel passionate about this issue one way or the other—just barely curious enough to briefly follow up on it in an attempt try to figure out what you mean by “increasing freedom.” I still don’t know what you meant by that. Instead, in response to my feeble retort, you respond with: “But we’re protected by federal anti-trust regulations!”

            Doesn’t sound very libertarian to me—the opposite of that—and I still wonder how we’re more free by eliminating net-neutrality (unless you mean that media corporations would be free to charge more).

          • Tim says:

            Increasing freedoms means giving the consumer the power to decide for herself whether she wants to pay a fraction of her current bill for just the services she uses (e.g. allowing her to pay $18/month for the email & facebook she uses, rather than $55/month when she doesn’t even have Netflix or Hulu).

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            I am reminded of the Randy Newman song, “Rednecks,” particularly with respect to how the North set black people free.

            Yes he’s free to be put in a cage in Harlem in New York City
            And he’s free to be put in a cage on the South-Side of Chicago
            And the West-Side
            And he’s free to be put in a cage in Hough in Cleveland
            And he’s free to be put in a cage in East St. Louis
            And he’s free to be put in a cage in Fillmore in San Francisco
            And he’s free to be put in a cage in Roxbury in Boston

            Big ISP wants it. The GOP wants it. The Media are mostly against it. Pretty much nobody else wants it. I wonder who it’s going to benefit?

  36. Common Sense says:

    Progressive Doctor speaks the truth on Cannabis! Glad to see some Progressive Doctors with some smarts!

  37. Common Sense says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone! Yes, even you Cheyenne!…..We may have our differences on topics but we are Fortunate to live in this Wonderful Country and have many Blessings!! Stay safe Everyone!

  38. Common Sense says:

    Czech Court Rules Russian Hacking Suspect Can Be Extradited to the U.S.A , Mueller is on a roll now!

    Michael Flynn is cutting a deal….now a Russian hacker with knowledge of the whole ordeal is being shipped to the USA to talk with Robert Mueller.

    To give an idea of how valuable Yevgeny Nikulin is to the Trump- Russia Investigation they arrested him a Year Ago! But it has taken this long to finally get him sent to our Country.

  39. Common Sense says:

    How the Reformulation of OxyContin Ignited the
    Heroin Epidemic-

    It’s not a secret how we ended up in this Abyss that we are in!

  40. Tim says:

    The Shasta County Gaurdian Angels may find themselves facing controversy after a volunteer alleged she was sexually assaulted by a Gaurdian Angel at a training exercise in May.

    According to her account on Facebook, the incident occured while standing around after a kubaton training session when one of the men pulled the her shirt up over her head, exposing her upper body & bra to the others. She alleges the local and regional organizations brushed aside the incident, blaming her attire, and that the perpetrator was not relieved of his duties until national leadership in New York was made aware of the pending assault charges against him.

    The Gaurdian Angels expressly forbid carrying any weapons, including the kubaton (a ~5 inch baton often kept on a keychain), which means the training session fell outside the official scope of the Angels. However, the local chapter’s facebook page offers free “self defense training” to its volunteers and this kubaton training session had apparently been advertised on that page.

    • Tim says:

      Here is the Shasta County Guardian Angels’ response:

      As many of you may be aware there has been an allegation against our organization. We would like to make it clear that the Shasta County Guardian Angels and the International Alliance of Guardian Angels organization was in no way part of the alleged assault. The alleged assault took place at a private Dojo in town where there were people present who volunteered with our organization. However this was not a Guardian Angel event nor did this take place on Guardian Angel time. If the accuser feels an incident occurred then we absolutely encourage them to take the necessary steps to have their voice heard. We have the utmost faith that law enforcement will conduct the proper investigation if indicated. We wish any and all involved parties the best.

      • Tim says:

        Her retort, summarized:

        She is not angry with the Guardian Angels because it was a Guardian Angel who assaulted her; she is angry that local leadership willfully ignored her reports about this particular member and even promoted him to the position of Patrol Leader after learning of his domineering & sexist behavior.

        Rather than address that organizational issue, the “good ol boy” network began to distance itself from what it characterized as an isolated incident and claimed that it happened at an “unofficial” event. Certain other members began to marginalize & victim shame, saying that her PTSD caused her to read something into the actions that wasn’t really there, that a 65 year-old woman had no business physically training with the boys, and/or that she should have not been wearing a loose-fitting tshirt during training.

        Yet even if taken at face value, these ad hominem attacks ignore the fact that she had been vocal in her refusal to train with this particular individual and that she was not training with anyone when he came up behind her and lifted her shirt to humiliate her like a juvenile bully. These character attacks also ignore the other complaints about this man and help explain why many of the women who were early supporters of the Shasta County Guardian Angels are no longer with the organization (and why local leadership is dominated by men).

  41. Common Sense says:

    The Family that Built an Empire out of Pain! Any Guesses how we ended up with such a HUGE Opioid/Heroin Problem?

  42. cheyenne says:

    Who is building a wall? Why it’s the Democrats in Seattle who are spending $1.1 million on fencing their freeways off from the homeless. One suggestion was to bus the homeless to Portland who would keep them because Portland Democrats are stupider than Seattle Democrats. Can’t make this stuff up.

  43. Common Sense says:

    New Attorney to Shasta County shaking things up a bit! It used to be….hey we are going to do whatever we want and when it comes to Cannabis….Not in Our Back Yard!….Even though the State legalized it and the Nations opinion of it is up to 66% want it legalized across the Nation….Shasta County has always been behind the curve.
    Now they will have to answer some Questions on the Topic by saying NO….not in my backyard…..for starters Board of Supervisors….
    What is your Plan to Offset the Lost Tax Revenues by saying NO? Certainly you have a Proposal for that? Yes?…….What is your plan to Offset no new Grants from the State by Saying No to Prop 64?….Certainly, you have one? And last but not least…what is your Plan to get More Money for Law Enforcement to enforce the existing laws and to clean up the Illegal Grows in our County? That money would have come from the State by Saying Yes….and not No!
    And Jobs….what is your Plan to create the 50-80 jobs that would have been created by Saying Yes?

    I think what the Attorney is alluding to is……. There is a Corollary Causatum to your Outrecuidance and Malversation! Which may equate to a Sanctioned Court Battle and some serious money to be paid to defend if you Don’t have a PLAN in place.

    All Choices and decisions have Residuum effects! Times….they have changed!….Now everyone must answer to their Malefactions.

  44. Common Sense says:

    From the Company that put $500k toward the “Just Say not to Cannabis Legalization” Movement in Arizona. I present to you WHY! Too Much Money in the RX industry!

    • cheyenne says:

      And in positive marijuana news that is actually happening, Sun City opened Arizona’s first drive up medical marijuana dispensary. Now all those retired folks in Sun City, where golf carts are the preferred vehicle, can now drive in and get their scripts filled before teeing off. And in Williams on the refurbished Route 66 a MMJ dispensary has been open for a couple of years, you can really get your kicks on 66.
      A little late in Arizona for a just say no campaign.

      • cheyenne says:

        And CS, that INSYS is not breaking news, they have been after him for months as it has been reported in the Arizona Republic for awhile.

        • Common Sense says:

          Thanks for pointing that out!….I am guessing you were a Hall Monitor when you worked for the County?…I was pointing out one of the many reasons that the RX companies don’t want legal Cannabis…..carry on!

          • cheyenne says:

            As you always post what is in the main media headlines I was just wondering why you went to some off the wall news site when the same news is posted daily in the main stream media, Arizona Republic.
            Why don’t you write an article about the RX companies and their supposedly ban on cannabis like others on here have written about other subjects?

  45. Gary Tull says:

    Good question, Common Sense.

    Where IS the SCBOS plan to offset tremendous tax revenues that will be lost by saying no? Are they aware that two-thirds of the nation’s adult population is saying yes to legal cannabis and counties are benefiting greatly? Do they believe in conspirator myths from back in the reefer madness era?

    It appears blatantly wrong that a certain 5 people have the power to deny such tax revenue potential for the entire Shasta County. Let the voters decide!

  46. Common Sense says:

    James Woolsey meets with #45 At Mar-a-Lago this past weekend…..Interesting!….Certainly no Adoption Talk there!….watch, he had a Wire on the whole time?….if he didn’t….he might wish he did…..Flynn is finishing up on his Plea Deal-with Mueller….it might take another week or two….but it will be worth it no doubt!

    Grab your Popcorn……it’s about to get REALLY good here….Soon

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Flynn has to be giving up someone in exchange for his plea deal, else there’d be no deal. Mueller wouldn’t be offering Flynn terms unless someone higher on the food pyramid is in the offing. We can only guess who that will be. It likely won’t be Trump, but hopefully it’ll be someone he “cares about.” (The quotation marks are there to indicate irony, as sociopaths don’t care about others except how others reflect on them.)

      Once the sleuthing gets close enough to Trump that he can smell the coffee on Mueller’s breath, he’ll likely fire Mueller and start pardoning people left and right. At that point the ball will be in Congress’s court.

      • Common Sense says:

        He would have to fire Sessions and his boss to be able to do that. If you think of it…..firing all three of them would Only add to the Obstruction of Justice Charges…Flynn is only doing this to save his Son….which is ironic because the son doesn’t appreciate the fact that daylight beats 10-20 in the Pen!….Well at least not yet….after the son spends 30 minutes with Mueller…..the tweets will stop and the insults and all the other things Jr has been doing and saying…..I think he will come away from a meeting like that with a “Clear” understanding……

        The only one that might get out of this with a bruise is Sean Spicer…….the rest will flip or do time……

        I prefer my Popcorn with butter on it….and you?

      • Common Sense says:

        You can’t pardon anyone in the Admin from State Level crimes….and many of the crimes listed in the Indictments are running parallel in the States Case(s)!


        Mueller is the Best of the BEST……Ya’ll was looking Right when the left Jab hit…..

        5 Sealed Indictments left on the Federal Docket….that should be opened up here just in time for Christmas!! Talk about Presents…….oh….Michael has already told Santa what he wants for Christmas…..and the others?

        Anyyyyy guess who gets the Sealed Indictment “A” that is left???……..B was Manafort…..

  47. Tim says:

    Redding City Manager Barry Tippin recently boasted about Shasta County’s 4.9% unemployment rate, which (sadly) is the lowest in decades. But the raw data tells a less rosy story: 73,200 Shasta County residents have jobs against a population of 180,000 (the EDD claims only 3,800 of the unemployed were actively searching for work).

    And the jobs? Only 8,000 of them produce tangible goods (& that’s if you include farming); the rest are in service. The #1 employer? the Government… 29,000 of the 73,000 jobs are in government or education.

    Think about that for a minute… To be sustainable, the taxes on the 60% of workers in private jobs would need to pay the salaries for the 40% of workers in government. That’s insane!

    Rounding out the top job categories:
    Retail: 9,800 jobs
    Professional & Business services: 7,300
    Leisure & Hospitality: 6,900
    Transportation & Warehousing: 3,500
    Financial Services: 2,700

    So if you spent $112,500 for a 4.5 year degree from Chico State (which averages $25k/year for tuition, books, room, & board), you’ll have to compete for only ~15,000 private white collar jobs in Shasta County unless you move elsewhere or go into government.

    No wonder Shasta County’s top export is talent…

    • cheyenne says:

      Tim, it has been true in Shasta County for as long as I can remember. A third of the people work for the government, a third of the people are supported by the government and the final third pay for it all.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Both of you assume that Shasta County is a closed system, but it’s not. People who live in Shasta County don’t “pay for it all.” As much as the locals like to think that, it’s simply not true. If we had to pay our own way, we’d be floating tits-up in the lake inside of a month.

      Shasta County, like almost every red county in California, is a revenue-suck. Shasta County gets back from the state and feds FAR more than we pay in taxes and fees. We freeload off of the prosperous blue counties along the coast.

      Writ large, the same is true of the United States. Kansas—that grand and failed experiment in Reaganomics on steroids—is one of the biggest fiscal parasites in America. Most of the red states are upside-down on revenues paid vs. revenues received—they shamelessly leach off of the blue states like California.

      What’s the problem with Shasta County/Kansas? Many things, but a microcosm of our problem is revealed in why it took us so long just to get a damned Trader Joe’s. That grocery chain puts a lot of stake in higher-education demographics—the percentage of the population with college degrees. The McConnell Foundation reportedly lobbied hard for TJ’s to give Redding a closer look—based on the proportion of college graduates, we weren’t seen by TJ’s as green pasture. We’re viewed as a pit stop on I-5.

      Now imagine that a high tech firm—not a grocery chain—is looking for a lower-rent place to locate in California. Bzzzzzzzz. Shasta County is the wrong answer. Our higher education demographics are off-putting. Our lack of a bona fide university is off-putting. Our reactionary politics are off-putting. Our insular, inward-looking culture is off-putting. Our absolutely unearned stand-on-your-own-two-feet sense of righteous superiority is off-putting.

      • K. Beck says:

        YEP!!! I read this after I posted the post below.

        There still seems to be something wrong with this site. I no longer get e-mails from here. And when I do the links don’t work (although that might have a LOT to do with the crappy e-mail on Charter, just switched, BIG mistake!) I have to get it off the web so I haven’t been reading much lately.

      • Tim says:

        Steve, I believe you misread my post. I said our current system was not sustainable because we aren’t revenue neutral — not that we are insular.

        You pretend it would matter if Redding were left-leaning or had a public university, but neither of those traits have turned Eureka/Arcata or Chico into bustling business hubs. All three areas share the same problem: they’re in a state that is hostile to business and have a ~50+ year old infrastructure network (60% of the US population lives east of the Mississippi River, but neither Eureka, Redding, nor Chico have direct truck routes to Reno & i80 — though 299 did finally open to national network trucks this year, 35 years after the truck standard was set). All three cities stopped being relevant in Sacramento after Reynolds v Simms.

        If a large business is willing to deal with California regulations, they go to a lower cost of living city that is still close to the population centers. Amazon’s California fulfillment center locations provide an example: Tracy, Patterson, Redlands, San Bernardino, & Moreno Valley. And if that business is willing to be farther from SF/Sac or SoCal, they move to Reno, Vegas, or Phoenix (e.g. Tesla’s Gigafactory in Reno).

        Democrats & Republicans share the blame. Democrats have enacted the NIMBY policies that crippled California logging & mining, while Republicans have allowed foreign countries to freely compete despite their having lower environmental standards & worker safety. You can’t have it both ways, at least not without crippling the goods-producers inside the US & especially California…

      • Tim says:

        Regarding college: According to a 2007 HHS report, Shasta County beats the state in the number of high school students that go on to college (55% locally vs 45% statewide). Graduates just don’t come back to Shasta County, which is why I said our #1 export is talent…

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          Back when the Record Searchlight was still a local newspaper that did investigative journalism, it ran a series of stories comparing Redding with Flagstaff, AZ. The series started out by examining all of the things that were similar: Population size, demographics, physical geography, traditionally reliant on extraction industries, relatively isolated from big cities but with an interstate freeways bisecting both towns, etc.

          So the question was: Why is Redding perennially dragging ass behind the rest of California, while Flagstaff is so damned prosperous?

          And the answer was: Northern Arizona University.

          True, Chico and Eureka are not bustling business hubs. But neither one is a research university, as the 10th UC campus would have been. Neither has PhD programs. Neither is a hub for innovation.

          And even so, Chico was for most of my time here in the North State far more prosperous than Redding—Reddingites used to travel regularly to downtown Chico to enjoy the far superior dining, shopping, and entertainment options. (My wife and I bought most of our home furnishings at Nantucket in Chico, rather than shop at Cowboy Slim’s in Redding.) Redding’s downtown was not a great place to hang out in the evenings, unless you were into getting bombed at Billy Bombays.

          Our local mega-church has significantly altered that imbalance between Redding and Chico—I long ago coined the term “The Bethel Effect” regarding not just the increased economic vitality, but also cultural changes that come with having increasing numbers of well-educated young people in town—but our downtown still isn’t of Chico’s quality.

          • cheyenne says:

            Flagstaff has the Grand Canyon to draw in tourists and businesses, while Lassen Volcanic Park is not the Grand Canyon it has as much to see and I feel, has never been promoted by Redding.
            Flagstaff has I-40 and I-17 interstates which draws travelers. In addition Flagstaff has restored a lot of Route 66, which Redding has not promoted Historic 99 and rerouted travelers to Hilltop drive. In addition Flagstaff has remodeled their downtown train depot and have a steady diet of Amtrak business. When I rode Amtrak I had to take a bus to Redding’s train depot.

          • Tim says:

            Flagstaff was really nice in the late 90s and early 2000s when the RS was doing those stories, but in the last 10 years it has become pretty bad: it honestly reminds me of 273 in south Redding/North Anderson. Flagstaff suffers from rampant drug abuse & crime combined with low wages — not unlike Redding — except Flagstaff has a much, much higher cost of living. Flagstaff’s police department is in total crisis mode with record turnover. (Stats: Flagstaff $47k median household income, $23k per capita income, 124% of national average cost of living. Redding: $47k median household income, $25k per capita, 110% of national cost of living.)

            Chico has also had a big decline in recent years. Their homeless problem is nearly as bad as Redding’s, despite more homeless services serving a smaller population (and the fact Oroville is the county seat). Unfortunately, decades of irresponsible spending have created horrendous unfunded pension liabilities and put Chico on the verge of bankruptcy. But at least their anti-growth “keep chico small” land development policy has prevented the sprawling blight of Redding’s half-empty strip malls…

          • Tim says:

            BTW, Merced isn’t reaping many rewards from their shiny new UC – probably because Stanislaus, University of the Pacific, & Fresno State were already within commuting distance. It may be too soon to tell the long term benefits, but, 12 years in, enrollment is still a miniscule 7,000 students.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Cheyenne, you say we didn’t get the 10th UC campus because of population density, but Merced is smaller than Redding, and Merced County isn’t exactly surrounded by densely populated urban areas.

            UC Merced was never intended as a commuting campus—it was supposed to be the San Joaquin Valley’s first research university (we already had UC Davis in the North Valley), with students in dorms. The SJV’s politicians lobbied/arm-twisted hard for the 10th campus, the North State’s lobbying efforts were nonexistent by comparison. I was inside the UC system at the time, and there was strong preference within UC to locate the 10th campus in Shasta County, as it was seen as a more desirably location. From afar, we were flummoxed that the locals up north didn’t seem to want it.

            Merced was a lousy place to put the 10th campus—it’s just not all that desirable. Shasta or Merced—either choice—was going to have to be attractive to students from the state’s population centers. For many reasons (not all of them admirable), Humboldt State is such a destination campus. UC Shasta could have been one as well.

            Last time I was in Flagstaff, it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as you paint it, Tim. Based on your description, it sounds like you didn’t get far off old Route 66, which definitely bears a resemblance to SR 273 in Redding or The Esplanade (old SR 99) in Chico. I haven’t been there in several years, but I just strolled around downtown Flagstaff out of curiosity using Google Maps Street View, and the notion that it’s gone to hell doesn’t pass the eyeball test. Not even close.

            Those Flagstaff statistics aren’t compelling, either—per-captia income is always low in college towns with big universities because of all the students, and real estate prices are high because those towns are desirable. Affluent Davis has HUBZones, for God’s sake. But nobody would drive around Davis and make the claim that it looks rough and threadbare compared to Redding—not with a straight face.

            And yes, both Redding and Chico have the AB 109/opioid epidemic blight problems. But maybe you weren’t here 20 years ago, when the chasm between downtown Redding and Chico was more dramatic than Black Canyon of the Gunnison (my favorite of the West’s canyons). What’s changed is that Redding’s downtown has caught up to some extent—and like it or not, that’s largely The Bethel Effect.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Incidentally, UC campuses are not commuter schools. They’re not intended to be commuter schools. Two-thirds of the students at UC Merced are from outside the San Joaquin Valley. That’s not surprising. Nor is it surprising that students from all across California and the world are failing to beat the doors down to enroll in a university located in Merced. I still think Merced was a poor choice, and the slow growth of the school is supporting evidence. But the willpower of the San Joaquin’s politicians was mighty.

  48. Common Sense says:

    Sounds like a trip to Colorado is in order for some Gov officials here…find out what they are doing right with a 2.4% rate! Maybe see from Colorado’s example what it would take to fill that Still Waiting Business park up! On second thought….that might not work too well for their current beliefs….they might come back and say….you know…..Colorado says turn the Still water park into a major cannabis hub and create 400 jobs and tons of tax money…….Never Mind!

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      It’s true that the cannabis industry is projected to create more jobs in the U.S. over the next two years than the manufacturing industry, utilities, government, and most other sectors.

      It’s also true that in emerging industries, “first-in” competitors generally enjoy a strong advantage over those who drag ass and are late to the dance.

      If I were investing in the cannabis industry, I would avoid Shasta County like it was a rabid dog. If I were already invested in the industry in Shasta County and wanted to be in it for the long-haul, I’d move. Our local “leaders” will continue to do everything in their power to ensure that we’re late to the dance.

      Same thing happened decades ago when the University of California system was looking for a place to put a 10th campus—a research university is a sure-fire way to stimulate the local economy. Our local political geniuses were at best ambivalent about the opportunity, and put up a half-assed effort. As one county supervisor put it at the time, a university shifts local politics in a liberal direction, and we don’t want that.

      • K. Beck says:

        RE: UC’s 10th campus:

        TOOOOOO many “outsiders” coming in, BAD idea! They might have “weird” ideas!

        • Gary Tull says:

          “We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat, Jones.” trump said in support of keeping Alabama red as possible regardless of how awful the red candidate is.

          Do the above initial 6 words sound locally common, or what?

      • Common Sense says:

        Hahah…yep….can have any of that Liberalization that provides hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to the community! The Early Adopters and first with the grand opening win!
        Look at Jaimie Diamond and Bitcoin…..he says its all a scam….LOL….it almost $10k today!

      • cheyenne says:

        Decades ago, pre Steve Towers time, the north state reaped in timber receipts that made some rural school districts wealthier than some down state districts, I.E, Hayfork. Decades ago high schoolers graduated and went straight to well paid timber jobs. While many educators pushed for a UC campus the decision to place it elsewhere, which any one can google from several sources, was population density, not because of one supervisor who was for seceding from California. Only the resident Monday morning quarterbacks could have foreseen the demise of timber in northern California.
        But, as Steve points out, education is a must for advancement anywhere, not just Shasta County. But with few options the best course is to join the military and receive an education.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          The local supervisor who made that comment that we didn’t really want the liberal influence of a UC campus was Dick Dickerson, and he wasn’t the most conservative of the North State’s local politicians—he was later bum-rushed out of the California Assembly by his own party for voting with the Demos on a budget deal.

          See my comment to Tim above regarding how the choice of the 10th Campus looked to UC insiders at the time. It was an extremely politicized process—not based on much anything else, least of all population density.

          At the time, from my position as a lecturer at UC Davis, I didn’t know a single person from Shasta County, but we were all paying attention to the competition for the 10th campus. I developed a strong sense about North Staters at the time that could be summarized by the question: “What the f*** is wrong with these people?” We couldn’t imagine how the area’s leaders could view the opportunity to land a UC campus with ambivalence ranging to hostility.

          • Tim says:

            Steve, it might help if you stop thinking of us as country bumpkins and instead ask “cui bono?”

            Shasta College administrators, who wielded considerable political influence then, were almost certainly behind the effort to block the UC. Community colleges were facing tremendous pressure to stay relevant under declining enrollments and a local UC may well have put a nail in Shasta’s coffin.

            Chico State, the university which received the majority of Shasta County students, was also threatened by a potential northstate UC. So suddenly the two announced a joint partnership in which Chico State would offer 4 year degrees through Shasta College. (15 years later, their degree offerings are still basically limited to nursing/teaching/social work/bookkeeping — a list of options that could make only Henry “You can have any color so long as it’s black” Ford proud)…

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            The San Joaquin Valley has community colleges in Stockton, Modesto, Fresno, Manteca, Lemoore, Reedley, Coalinga, Visalia, Porterville, Sonora, and Bakersfield. I may have missed one or three—those are from memory. I went to American River College in Sacramento, and competed against all of those schools (they all had wrestling teams back in the day). By your logic, all stood to lose if UC Merced ever broke ground.

            I have never heard of a community college taking the position that they are in competition with the UC system. Most hustle programs that guarantee acceptance into the UC system if you complete lower division coursework at their campuses with reasonable grades.

            As I said, we paid close attention to what the locals in Shasta County and the San Joaquin were saying about the chance to get a UC campus. I never heard any hint of opposition from Shasta College or Chico State. But, being the country bumpkins that we are, I don’t doubt you.

            Incidentally, the UC regents selected Merced in 1988—damned near 30 years ago. (God, I’m old!) The partnership between Shasta College and CSU Chico happened about 15 years later. Your proposed causality—Shasta College partnering with Chico State as a reaction to a perceived threat from a potential UC Shasta—is spurious. Fake News!

          • cheyenne says:

            I knew Dick Dickerson personally ever since he came to Redding in 1986. We played on the same softball team and I would see him at council meetings. He was appointed Shasta County supervisor in 1993 following his retirement from LE. Our union, CSEA, despite him being a Republican backed his election. As the UC campus was chosen in 1988 I don’t know how Dick could have opposed it as a supervisor as he was not one until 1993. He definitely would be the old guard conservative group and was opposed to legal marijuana like most former drug cops are. But that he was concerned about Shasta County was evident in his siding with the Democrats to pass a budget that brought much needed support to rural north state. But the GOP only saw he sided with Democrats, they didn’t care about his reasons. So, along with Maurice Johannessen, they were pushed out and Redding has not had local representation since at the state level.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            My bad. Merced was selected as the site of the 10th UC campus in 1995, not 1988. 1988 was when the regents voted to build a 10th campus—it wasn’t the date of the site-selection vote.

            And even so, my recollection of Dickerson being the local politician who cast shade on the idea of landing a UC campus could very well be a false memory. I distinctly remember moving to Redding, reading about Dickerson in the RS, and thinking, “Hey, it’s that guy who didn’t want Redding to get a UC campus!”

            It wouldn’t be the first time I built false memory out of trace recollections, or the last.

          • Tim says:

            Steve, you answered your own question: the San Joaquin Valley already had a number of community colleges and public universities so none would be as threatened individually and none wielded comparable political power. Shasta College had ~1,000 well-paid jobs in a regional hub city of ~70,000 in a county already hard hit by the Clinton administration’s new Northwest Forest Plan.

            The Shasta-Chico partnership was announced before the UC decision and it began in the mid-late 90s via teleconferencing Chico classes in a room in the Shasta College Library (this was before the downtown annex). A year or two after the program began, I distinctly remember administrators becoming irrationally concerned about the year 2000 bug and wasting a bunch of money to buy unnecessary new electronics with fancy “Y2K OK” stickers (and wondering why they weren’t as concerned about the dismal completion rates).

          • Gary Tull says:

            Steve, I may not be accurate on this (it wouldn’t be a first) but a while back it seems someone mentioned that Dickerson was instrumental in pushing the idea through of chopping up old Redding for the sake of a shopping mall and anchor store. Perhaps someone can lend clarification.

      • Gary Tull says:

        Unfortunately, In terms of the CURRENT Shasta County political geniuses in charge, many of their antiquated (and debunked) beliefs run along same lines as their mid-twentieth century predecessor’s beliefs. ‘Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.’

  49. cheyenne says:

    A recent gas/oil auction in Wyoming generated $55 million to the state coffers. Environmental protesters, as they do at every mineral auction in Wyoming, drove or flew from San Francisco to protest the auction and then went back to their Blue concave on the bay to complain about how the Blue states pay for the Red states. Without the energy sector Wyoming would just be another Mississippi. Wyoming’s next biggest industry is low pay tourism jobs.
    In Colorado, that 2.4% unemployment rate is being driven by gas/oil jobs, millions are being spent by energy companies on local elections. Another job factor is outdoor tourism which netted the state $39 billion last year. A group of 100 Colorado outdoor companies has formed a lobbyist group to work in DC promoting outdoor industries. Many agriculture tech companies are moving to Colorado because of it’s agriculture history. The state expects 600,000 new residents in agriculture/oil/gas rich Weld and Larimer counties. But, while the front range is growing, rural Colorado, like Shasta County, is not improving. That is why many of those poorer counties are looking to grow marijuana to supply Denver shops.

  50. K. Beck says:

    From the NYT:

    David Leonhardt
    Op-Ed Columnist

    The independent evaluations of the Trump tax plan have been rough. They show a plan that deeply cuts taxes on the wealthy, causes the deficit to jump and does little to lift economic growth.
    Yet the plan’s defenders continue to describe it as a “beautiful” thing (President Trump’s word) that would transform the economy and bestow gifts on ordinary Americans. How do they keep making these claims? I count four major tactics that they’re using:
    1. Describe the benefits of a different tax plan — and make it sound as if they’re talking about this one.
    A group of longtime Republican economists took this approach in a long open letter, published yesterday by The Wall Street Journal. It’s titled “How Tax Reform Will Lift the Economy,” which sure sounds like an article praising the current plan before the Senate.
    But it actually describes a very different plan, a “revenue-neutral” plan that would offset its corporate tax cuts with fewer corporate loopholes. The Senate bill is radically different from this imaginary plan the economists are praising. Instead of being revenue neutral — technical talk for a bill that neither grows nor shrinks the deficit — the Senate plan would increase the deficit by more than $1 trillion over its first decade.
    The open letter is just one example of this deception. The bill’s defenders frequently say some version of, “We need tax reform.” But their plan bears little resemblance to meaningful tax reform. It’s akin to telling someone, “You need a new car,” and then giving the person a lemon.
    (For those who want more detail on the open letter, Jason Furman walks through its distortions in more detail.)
    2. Talk about the plan’s middle-class tax cuts — and ignore the middle-class tax increases.
    The plan is a windfall for the wealthy, but it’s quite mixed for the middle class and poor. Some provisions raise taxes on the middle class and poor. Others cut taxes. Long term, most families would probably be worse off, as I’ve explained before.
    One favorite sleight of hand from the plan’s supporters is to talk only about the provisions that help the middle class and conveniently fail to mention the other parts.
    Take Senator Rob Portman, the Ohio Republican, who went on “Meet the Press” this weekend to sell the bill. “The middle class tax cuts are in there,” Portman said. “It doubles the standard deduction up to 24 grand for a family. It doubles the child tax credit. It actually — it lowers the rates.”
    All that is true. Unfortunately, Senator Portman left out the elimination of the personal exemption, which protects $4,000 per person from income taxes. He left out the elimination of various tax breaks that help the middle class. And he left out the introduction of a new inflation measure that will push more families into higher tax brackets over time.
    3. Pretend that the future will never arrive.
    To hold down the estimated cost of the bill, Senate leaders have set some of its biggest provisions — the ones that most benefit the middle class — to expire over the next decade. The corporate tax cuts, by contrast, are permanent.
    But when the plan’s defenders describe the bill, they tend to be talking about a point before the bill is fully implemented — without admitting as much. If you hear a senator talking about a $1,000 tax cut that a typical middle-class family would receive, it’s in one of the plan’s early years.
    (If you hear a senator talking about a bigger tax cut, as Portman and many others do, they’re usually talking about the upper middle class or affluent without saying so.)
    By the time the bill is fully implemented, it will be a net tax increase on every income group below $75,000 a year. It will also leave federal taxes virtually unchanged for families making between $75,000 and $100,000. For the wealthy, it’s still a tax cut.
    And all of these estimates understate the long-term damage to the middle class, because they ignore the cuts to education, transportation, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security that will eventually be necessary to reduce the deficit.
    4. Rush, rush, rush.
    Perhaps the biggest giveaway about the plan is the way that its supporters are trying to push it through Congress as quickly as possible.
    They’re not holding hearings where experts can debate the content of the plan. They are not even waiting for a final analysis from Congress’s official tax arbiter, the Joint Committee on Taxation. They understand that facts and debate hurt their cause. They are hoping that partisan loyalty is strong enough to overcome substance.
    Related. “If the tax bill is so great,” Catherine Rampell asked in a recent Washington Post column, “why does the GOP keep lying about it?”
    “Why would anyone write a bill full of provisions that evaporate over time?” Paul Krugman asks. “There’s no economic or policy logic behind it. Instead, it’s all about trying to have it both ways, making a safe space for political double talk.”
    Poll after poll has shown that the tax plan is deeply unpopular, typically with a national approval rating around 30 percent. Three new polls show that the plan is similarly unpopular in Arizona, Maine and Tennessee, three states with swing-vote senators.
    In fact, it’s not clear any piece of legislation so unpopular has ever before become law, as Seth Hanlon notes.

  51. Common Sense says:

    North State Proud Moment….Ricky Ray from Happy Camp and Shasta College Football Doing GREAT in Canada!

    Ricky Ray of the Toronto Argonauts led his team to their fourth Grey Cup!

    Their….a nice Positive Story for Cheyenne.

  52. cheyenne says: announced Monday that the word of the year is complicity.

  53. Joe Domke says:

    Hey everyone, just a head’s up that we know email notifications aren’t working. We’re working on it and they should be back soon.

  54. Eleanor says:

    Thanks, Joe!! I’ve been checking ANC every day, but sure appreciate those notifications! Great work.

  55. cheyenne says:

    And the opinions turn as the Democrats are finding their party has as many sexual predators as the GOP. After ignoring Monica Lewinsky as a consenting adult the DNC is now joining her side and saying she was a victim.
    If HRC had divorced her serial adulterous husband she would have won the presidential election. Instead many worried that had she won the election Bill would be calling the shots, not her. #METOO is draining the swamp faster than Trump can, and he might be next.

  56. For those who notice these things, I’ll be running my column Friday so we can post a piece by Jon Lewis in tomorrow’s lead.

    Carry on.

  57. Joe Domke says:

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  58. Beverly Stafford says:

    The last two times I wrote a comment, I had to re-enter my name and e-mail address. The first time I figured it was because I had cleared my history with CCleaner, but I had to enter the information again after I had entered it the first time. Does that have something to do with the e-mail notifications?

  59. Beverly Stafford says:

    OK, I’m consoled. And I see that my name and e-mail address are back in the appropriate boxes. Thanks, Barbara – and especially, thanks, Joe.

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