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May 28, 2012

Editorial

Filed under: Uncategorized — waltblog @ 3:52 pm

Politics is one of those things where folks are going to love someone, hate someone or throw their hands in the air and say the heck with it.
Regardless of whether you love them or hate them there are two whose actions have affected our lives dramatically for a number of years, who are retiring and who deserve a big thank you – Congressman Wally Herger and Shasta County Supervisor Glenn Hawes. They did an awful lot of work to get their jobs. They did an awful lot of work to keep their jobs. That means that they did their best to represent us. They must have done what we wanted because they held their jobs for years. Thank you guys. We may not have always agreed. We may not have seen eye-to-eye, but you had the guts to do the job, put up with the guff and I appreciate you. Have a wonderful time during your retirement, get reacquainted with your families and do all the things you weren’t able to do because of your work schedules.
I’m going to endorse some folks and give you my reasons for endorsing them. I’m not going to cut their opponents down. Anyone who runs for an office should be thanked for having enough interest in what is going on around them to want to make a difference and to put up with the heat that goes with the territory.
I’m endorsing Pam Giacomini for Shasta County Supervisor for District 3.
One of the most important things about Pam is that she is a lifelong resident of the area. She grew up on a ranch and owns and operates a ranch. She is also a business woman. She has donated considerable time to her communities through the Burney Chamber of Commerce and the Burney/Fall River Soroptimists. We can find her if we need her help, vent our unhappiness or lobby for something. She has serious connections in government where she was a lobbyist and later on the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection and was chairman of the subcommittee that dealt with the SRA Fee. She was one of those who opposed passing that fee. She knows how government works and she is well aware of the issues.
I am endorsing Aaron Albaugh, He is a Big Valley Rancher, lifelong resident of that Valley and from everything I have observed will do his best to represent Big Valley and Lassen County.
I’m endorsing Tony Mallory for judge because he has a good record as a lawyer in Lassen County and has spent considerable time in the Big Valley area finding out what the people of the area need and want out of a judge. I believe he is intelligent, honest, and will operate his court in the best interests of those who appear in front of him.
I’m endorsing Republican Brian Dahle for Assembly. He is a lifelong resident of the area. He is a rancher and businessman out of Big Valley. He is a four-term Lassen County Supervisor who has years of experience dealing with the state government and representing rural northeastern California and is part of a team that has managed to keep Lassen County out of the red financially. We will be able to talk to him, reach him when we need him and let him know if we are happy or unhappy.
I’m going to break my rule about “shopping local” and endorse Republican Doug LaMalfa for Congress. He has spent a lot of time up here during his tenure in the state assembly and Senate.
He is a rancher who has gone the extra mile to fight for northeastern California. He has always returned my phone calls. He has always listened. He is more than willing to talk with us. He is an experienced legislator who knows the players and has experience at getting things done. When elected he can hit the ground running
I started this out by saying I was going to talk about the positive, so I’m ending my endorsements with this. Those who think their vote doesn’t count need to remember that the ocean is made up of trillions upon trillions of “one” drops of water. I’ve told you how, since I’m a resident of Shasta County, I’m going to vote and how I would vote if I was in Lassen County. If you don’t agree with me, vote for others, – either way – vote.

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