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Please do your job in Washington

Where did the Indian gaming money go?

I want to know what happened to the money the schools were supposed to get from Indian gaming. That was supposed to take care of the schools for a long time.

Laura Mantei

Grass Valley

Please do your job in Washington

I urge all citizens to write Congressman McClintock, ca04tmima@mail.house.gov, and remind him that 70 percent of Americans think it is only fair that the top 2 percent of taxpayers go back to paying the tax rates they paid during the Clinton years.

Given the top 2 percent’s inordinate gains in wealth since Reagan’s “trickle down” economic shell game, this is 40 years overdue. The Repubs argument that this will hurt job creation because employers won’t hire if they have to pay higher taxes is refuted by basic economics — employees are ONLY hired if they will create more profits, and profits will definitely be going down if Congress refuses to do their job.

The election is over. You lost. Now please do your job and govern.

Wayne Hild

Nevada City

Dementia a gun safety issue

As we discuss gun safety and mental health issues as a nation, I hope we include dementia as another risk factor.

Public health officers have a role to play. Gun safety screenings should be done at points of contact with individuals at risk. They could be performed by physicians, clergy, counselors, home care agencies, etc.

Nevada County has a high percentage of seniors. Tragic losses have occurred here that don’t make the news.

While not mass murders, a single death at the hand of someone with known mental confusion causes great pain in a family and community, and it’s avoidable. A public campaign to offer education and supports to family, friends and professionals would make a difference in stopping tragedies.

Gun control is a politically charged topic. Yet there’s much we agree on regarding gun safety. As a mental health professional, I’ve rarely (if ever?) heard gun safety and dementia discussed together. With our aging demographics, how can we not?

Mary McClain

Nevada City

Regarding friendship, trust
and betrayal

Regarding Mr. Lown’s remarks that “It’s offensive to think that poor people are paying to defend these formerly rich people in order to get restitution for other rich people,” we find that Mr. Lown is himself offensive and has obviously not done his homework on the investors (victims) in this case.

To the best of our knowledge, few, if any, of these people are “rich people,” but instead would fall in the category of hard-working people who, after paying their taxes, supporting their families, contributing to charities, and (if anything was left) saved for their own retirement.

Investment with Gold Country Lenders was not based on greed, but simply an attempt to supplement their Social Security retirement funds and hope that it would be “enough” to last through their aging years. The involvement with Gold Country Lenders for most was based on years of friendship and trust that their funds would be secure.

Many entrusted and lost their life’s savings. To the best of my knowledge, most would have been self-employed, small business owners, farmers/ranchers, etc. In other words, people who did not have employer retirement plans and were simply those who work hard and accept their own responsibilities.

It is highly doubtful that the investors will ever get restitution for their losses; however, we do hope that others in the community will learn something from our losses and will not make the same mistakes in the future. Rather than “poor people paying to … get restitution for other rich people,” Mr. Lown and others should keep in mind that these “rich people” do pay their taxes and other obligations, which means that we also pay a share of the cost to defend those charged, benefits for the poor and most likely also help pay for Mr. Lown’s salary.

Haven’t we paid enough?

Phyllis Shippen

Penn Valley



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