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Real budget reform needed to move California forward

Tom Berryhill - Guest Opinion


When the budget proposal was presented, it was clear that there was plenty of pain to go around. The proposal relied more on taxes than on cuts; however, the Governor seemed open to discussion. It would have been irresponsible of me to have ignored the opportunity to work with this new Governor and explore just what opportunities were available to us to reform and restore California. 

While I believe the voters have a right to choose, we in Sacramento must work our hardest to assure there are actually choices on the ballot. Simply placing a tax extension on the ballot is not the solution to getting us out of this mess. We must have reforms, otherwise they will be back again with their hand out for more when those tax extensions expire. 


Bravos to broadband; Barbs to elderberry bureaucrats

    It’s time for a special spring edition of Bravos & Barbs, The Union Democrat’s occasional compendium of the good, the bad and, once in a while, the ugly, here in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.
    Because our April list is only four items long, we’ll get right to it.

State funding should allow flexibility, local input

    In our culture of deficits, cutbacks and layoffs, few government expenditures escape careful scrutiny.
    The days when boards would casually approve six-figure purchases with little or no discussion are long gone — as they should be. Even state largesse, once accepted without question by grateful counties and cities, can raise eyebrows.

Letters to the editor for April 8, 2011

The raising of the Stormy in Crescent City Harbor

The Stormy was hoisted out of Crescent City Harbor on Saturday March 28. She was one of 16 boats that sunk as a result of the March 11 tsunami - most of them commercial fishing vessels. Stormy was built in 1942 in Bay City, Ore., and was made of double-planked Port Orford cedar. Triplicate Photo
    I don’t stop to gawk at accidents nor do I have any desire to watch a fire burn.
    It’s not in my nature to get in the thick of things that are best left to professionals. So, during and after the recent tsunami, staying clear of the harbor seemed like the natural and wisest thing to do.

    I had access to photos, videos and eyewitness accounts. All I had to do was check in with our photographer or one of the reporters covering the harbor or ask editor Richard Wiens for an update and I had my tsunami news. And my partner Rick, in his capacity as Coast Guard Auxiliary public affairs officer, was now at the harbor daily sharing what he could with this civilian.
    It was my desire to see Rick in action that took me to the harbor Saturday. I was curious to see what he actually did there.

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