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Penn Valley Fire District voters have Measure U on the ballot today. The law requires the Fire District to come to you every four years for permission to spend the tax money you have already authorized us to collect. These expenditures are essential for providing existing fire protection and ambulance services.

Your yes vote will not increase taxes or fees. Your no vote will cause the Fire District to make drastic cuts in the emergency services now provided. Contact the district administration office if you have any questions. Thanks for your continued support.

Gene Vander Plaats



Penn Valley

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This is the mission statement of the Penn Valley Fire Protection District:

Provide a system which will, in the most effect manner, reduce the loss of life, and property from fire, medical, and hazardous material related emergencies through education, hazard reduction and emergency response. All goals, objectives, tasks and activities of this agency shall:

Support this mission.

Be in the best interest of the citizens of the district.

Be developed and implemented using career personnel to supplement and support a strong volunteer force.

During the past three years, the district has become a functional agency providing the above listed services in a professional and cost-effective manner. Bill Neville’s proven fire service knowledge and wisdom, generosity provided, served to guide and assist us in accomplishing this. Neville has demonstrated his commitment to the fulfilling of the district’s mission as stated.

Be careful who you vote for. The district must not backslide into the paralysis and dysfunction of the past. Join a truly creative and productive staff and supporters in the steady progress being made by voting for Neville.

Roberto Garcia

Penn Valley

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In the barrage of political ads arriving in the mail, Congressman John Doolittle has tried once again to present himself as he would like to be seen, but not as he really is. This flyer, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has a seriously retouched photo, showing Doolittle with a strong, chiseled jawline and a serious face.

What happened to those soft-jowls and the double chin so apparent in recent media-event photos? Another Doolittle deception. Why is he unwilling to show what he really looks like? Because he lacks the integrity for even an honest photo of himself.

Barbara Larsen

Nevada City

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As if people need any more reasons to not re-elect Doolittle, the Americans Arts Action Fund, which rates congress members on their voting for arts funding, gives him, on a scale of 0 to 100, a zero and an F(lunk) Doolittle’s compatriots Pombo and Lundgren also received that same miserable grade.

We pride ourselves as a community that supports artists. Which we do most effectively. Can we afford another congressperson who consistently votes “No” on any funding for the arts?

Claire Carsman

Grass Valley

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Sue Horne backs Doolittle because he “supports the troops.” She also touts his “support” for veterans. On this issue, she is gravely mistaken.

The nonpartisan Disabled American Veterans organization rates congressional voting records on veteran issues. Doolittle’s rating in the recent 109th Congress was 13 percent (far better than the 0 percent rating he received in the years 2003, 2004 and 2005). Currently, his voting record in supporting veterans is the second worst in the House of Representatives.

How is it that Horne could be so befuddled on this issue? The reasons likely pertain to Doolittle’s tactics to make his record appear as something it is not. One way he does this is by supporting bills being introduced for debate (making him seem a true supporter), but then votes nay or abstains when the bill is brought to a vote. Another way Doolittle obscures his record is to voice support for a particular bill, but then vote against specific provisions or amendments that would target specific veteran needs (as he did last year in voting down $53 million in veteran health care).

Voters, beware. John Doolittle has proven himself an enemy of the American veteran.

William Larsen

Nevada City

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I always felt that John Doolittle was always representing the people that gave him the most amount of money instead of representing the needs and wishes of the majority of his constituents. After listening to the debate between him and Charlie Brown, I have no doubt he is out of touch with the people he is supposed to represent. I strongly urge people to listen to the debate. I believe it can be found on The Union’s Web site and KCRA 3. Once you hear this man actually speak, you might have second thoughts about him being your representative.

David Wills

Nevada City

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We have been getting a lot of automated political phone calls. Because I had never listened to one and because at the start it sounded like they were from the Charlie Brown campaign, I thought they were from the Democrats. On Oct. 19, there was a letter to the Sacramento Bee (“Why Brown lost this vote”) blaming the Brown campaign for the incessant automated phone calls. The link to this letter is http://www.sacbee.com/326/story/41889.html.

But on Oct. 24, I read in the Bee that the National Republican Congressional Committee has paid for automated phone calls for John Doolittle that begin with a statement that makes it sound like they come from Brown. The link to the story is http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/44470.html.

My spouse tells me he has listened to one and that the phone message continues with an excoriation of Brown and that it is obvious if you listen to the whole thing that it is from the Doolittle campaign. I think this should be exposed for the dirty trick that it is.

Margaret Baker

Nevada City

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Do you want to stop receiving automated calls with “information” about Charlie Brown? I just got perhaps my 20th call this morning. To get off of the Republican National Congressional Committee’s automated call list call (202) 479-7000. The person who answers will ask for your state, last name and phone number. Apparently the NRCC is doing this automated call business in many states. I am hopeful that at least my calls will stop now.

Margaret Baker

Nevada City

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In the Mountain Democrat’s editorial on Oct. 18, the editor said of Lt. Col. Charles Brown, “Appearances are deceiving.” There is nothing deceiving about Brown; rather, it is the editorial that is deceiving. Brown will always take responsibility for what he says and does. To imply that Brown agrees with everything that Cindy Sheehan, Sean Penn, and CodePink say and do is a pathetic attempt at guilt by association. If Brown happened to make a single appearance with these people, to stretch that into saying that he “hangs out with this ilk” is a distortion.

The best way to compare apples and apples is compare character. During four grueling years at the Air Force Academy, Cadet Charlie Brown learned to live by a code of honor: “We will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.” This is the code that was etched in that young man’s mind and soul. He carried it with him throughout his 26 years of service to the United States, as well as his seven years of service to the people of Roseville.

So on Election Day, you just have to ask yourself one question: Does John Doolittle live by that code of honor?

Thomas Gangale

Loomis

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Chicken hawk John Doolittle wants to “stay the course” in Iraq. Maj. Gen. John Batiste, a “lifelong Republican,” led the Army’s 1st Infantry Division in Iraq in 2004-2005. He stated, “The best thing that can happen right now is for one or both of our houses to go Democratic so we can have some oversight. It is time for a change.”

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charlie Brown knows it’s time to change course in Iraq, where our troops are in the crossfire of a civil war, while Halliburton make billions through fraud and cronyism.

Dump Doolittle. Brown for Congress.

Richard Katz

Nevada City

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As a newcomer to this area, I’ve come to rely on The Union for articles to inform me of local and regional matters of importance.

From your recent articles on the future of coal-powered, electric-generating plants and the concern for drinking water availability along with numerous recent stories on the flooding danger in the Delta region, I believe in the viability of the Auburn Dam and I will encourage our elected representatives to promote the dam as a power-generating, drinking-water-conservation, flood-control facility.

Thank you for providing me with the insight to make this decision.

Charles R. Duran

Grass Valley

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Whining, crybaby Republicans must be sent to the crybaby shed. I know that most Republicans are honest, and now see how they were duped by the elitist group that took over the Republican Party.

This elitist group had, and has, just one thing in mind ” power ” and wanted to get it and keep it through any means. The honest Republicans will take this time to rid their party of the cretins who seized control of their “Party of Lincoln.”

Alas, the whining Republicans will never get it. They’ll continue to “Stand Tall” with John Dooliittle. They will continue to think that he was looking out for your interests in the Marianas. They’ll continue to think that the dirty money he got from Jack Abramoff was really just honest pay for an honest days work.

These whining Republicans are like kids caught cheating at marbles. They make a fuss, accuse others of cheating and resort to crying. This November, when we take away their marbles, oh, what a fuss they’ll make. They’ll make allegations, they’ll cry, and we’ll send them to the crybaby shed.

Jerry Henderson

Nevada City

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I am a lifelong Republican, having voted for Barry Goldwater in 1964. I have been embarrassed and ashamed of what the Republican Party has done of late and I am not talking about on the national level, rather locally.

John Doolittle should not be re-elected. I cannot believe what he did at Lake Tahoe and also his involvement in the Sierra College Board of Trustees debacle.

Both Aaron Klein and Jerry Simmons should be recalled, hopefully in March of 2007.

Carl Howard

Grass Valley

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We’ve so far received five long, taped messages on our “do not call” home phone number from the National Republican Congressional Committee maligning Charlie Brown’s stand on issues.

They make me wonder: Isn’t there a single positive thing to be said about their candidate John Doolittle or his voting record?

Yashi Johnson

Nevada City

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Have you been getting those political phone calls? You know the ones I mean. They start out by saying that the computer generated message has information about Congressional candidate, Charlie Brown. Yeah, I’ve been getting them, too.

And after getting the fourth or fifth or sixth call, do you find yourself getting annoyed or even angry with Charlie Brown? And hang up on the calls when you hear the name Charlie Brown? Yeah, me too.

Maybe you’re getting mad enough that you wouldn’t vote for Charlie Brown?

Well, guess who’s sponsoring those annoying, intrusive phone calls that are making you so mad.

They’re the work of … (pause, gasp, no!) John Doolittle and his Republican band of merry pranksters and their tricksters. Don’t believe it? Listen to the entire phone call. It’s only at the end the voice finally tells you that the call is the work of the Republican National Congressional Committee.

So when you vote remember the old adage, “Don’t get mad, get even.” It will be your chance to get even with John Doolittle by casting your vote for Charlie Brown for Congress.

Laurence Kaufman

Nevada City

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As a combat veteran of Vietnam, I honor candidate Charlie Brown’s military service, but I cannot vote for him. As a Democrat, he has embraced a party that has, since 9/11, been on the wrong side of history on all important national security measures. This once great political party of liberal icons such as Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy is today the best party George Soros can buy and the best party Michael Moore can propagandize for.

In addition, a victory for the Democrats in Congress would be viewed, by the terrorists, as their victory. Tragically, the terrorists would be encouraged and energized by such a shift in U.S. political power. And it goes without saying that the Democrats would be the most obstructionist party this nation has ever seen. I say this not just as a combat vet, but as an American who spent 10 years living in the Middle East, two years in a Shiite country and eight years in a Sunni country. This will be the most important battle of the 21st Century and we had better win it.

Dennis McMurray

Nevada City

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The 4th Congressional district deserves an honest representative with integrity. John Doolittle does not fulfill this basic requirement. He is not running an honest campaign. He paints Charlie Brown, his opponent, as one who will ruin Medicare and Social Security and as a “liberal.”

Brown’s positions are moderate by most standards. Doolittle calls people who turn up with signs at his appearances as “liberal hooligans.” Is that honest? Some of Doolittle’s friends have been convicted for criminal acts such as: Jack Abramoff and Randy “Duke” Cunningham. These “friends” rewarded Doolittle with loads of money for his votes in Congress. Is that honest? Doolittle will not return this tainted money and refuses to admit any wrongdoing. His ethics are situational: he is against casinos unless there is a payoff from Abramoff for his vote. He killed a plan to turn the Homewood Ski Resort into more National Forests saying that we have enough public lands already and he would rather see expensive houses on this prime property. Again the big money wins.

It is time for this to stop. Elect Charlie Brown, a man who knows how to lead and how to judge people. He is an honest person with integrity. He will not yield to the highest bidder.

Karen Tajbl

Auburn

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Charlie Brown threw himself into the campaign for Congress against John Doolittle a year ago, when no one was given a chance of unseating the incumbent. But Brown has done his homework and his legwork ever since. Today he has an impressive command of local, national and international issues. There is no doubt he is committed to serving this district.

His opponent is embroiled in the lobbying and campaign donation scandals, has publicly stated he responds to lobbying, not constituents, and has perhaps the worst environmental record in Congress.

Brown is best.

Stephen Munkelt

Nevada City

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Can a community call itself patriotic if it fails to send a representative to Congress who keeps our promises to our troops? As the father of a current warrior and the son and husband of veterans, veteran’s aftercare is an every day issue-not an election year issue for retired Lt. Col Charlie Brown. Brown will always keep our promises to our troops.

John Doolittle held a fundraiser for himself with Dick Cheney when he should have been in Congress voting for increased life-insurance benefits for the families of service members killed and disabled in the line of duty. Doolittle voted to increase his own pay and benefits eight times while voting against granting a $1,500 bonus to every service member at war. He voted against adding funding for veterans education and health care by reducing tax benefits for those earning more than $1 million and voted against amendments requiring a balanced budget. He voted against ending the military families tax which would have increased survivors benefits to over 50,000 orphans and widows of deceased and fully disabled military personal. He voted against expanding TRICARE health insurance to reservists and National Guard who make up 35 percent of our forces in Iraq; 20 percent of whom lack health insurance.

Scott Johnson

Auburn

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You answer your telephone and a recorded voice says: “Let me tell you about Charlie Brown.” If you hang up immediately you might think the call is from the Brown campaign. Not so. Should you listen further you will hear one of several misleading messages about Lt. Col. Brown. In seven days, I have had six calls misstating Brown’s position on national security, border control, Medicare, Iraq and other issues. Each message was a clear-cut falsehood.

After the third call, I contacted Congressman John Doolittle’s office to complain and to request removal from the autodialing list. I was told that the calls came from the National Republican Congressional Committee and that Doolittle had no control over the content nor can he stop the calls. Yeah, sure. Now sell me the Brooklyn Bridge.

Doolittle is linked to corruption and bribery with Jack Abramoff and is under investigation by the Justice Department. His sleazy campaign is merely an extension of his history. Neither party has an exclusive on dishonesty or integrity, but Doolittle is an embarrassment to all of us and should be removed from office.

Stan Levin

Nevada City

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