Opinion

Some suggestions for fixing the economy

With unemployment now over 10 percent and looking like it will get worse before it gets better, Obama’s answer is to call for a summit of small business executives and unions. One has to wonder what Obama’s definition of “small business” might be, but it is hopeful he would actually listen to the sector of our economy that has historically created the most jobs. However, with Obama’s propensity for big government solutions I am doubtful he will give real capitalists any serious consideration.

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Hardto play the game if you don’t know the rules

The federal Department ofLabor is inspecting family farms in Okanogan County and so far it sounds likethey are asking orchardists to play a game in which the DOL doesn’t want to letthe farmer in on the rules.

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I hate to say I told you so — but I told you so

During the previous administration my liberal minded friends would routinely ask me if I was sorry I had voted for Bush yet. Well, now I submit that same question about Obama – are you sorry yet?

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Row after row of white crosses and Stars of David, fill the Normandy American Cemetery in France. The burial ground overlooks Omaha Beach, site of part of the D-Day Invasion. Photo by Gary DeVon

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Visiting the D-Day Invasion sites was an overwhelming emotional experience

Some of you may have noticed I’ve been missing the last couple weeks, that’s because my mom, uncle and I went to visit my younger brother and his family who live on the Isle of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands.

While Guernsey has a facinating history in itself, dating back to before the time of castles and knights, as well as its occupation by the Germans during WWII, its close proximity to Normandy in France gave us the opportunity to travel to the places where the allies began their invasion of Europe to free it from the grasp of the Nazis. 

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Is this truly the direction we want our country to go?

There is a revolution going on in our country. It’s not a new struggle but it should now be clear for all to see. The question posed by this revolution is just who can best provide for the needs of our citizens – the government or private industry?

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Dumping capitalizam for other failed economic systems

Obama and his Democrat partners in Washington are working hard to make the new economy described in one of those progressive columns I ran a few weeks ago calling for a “new design for the economy,” a reality. Having taken over the banks and the car industry, they have now set their sites on the health care industry. They apparently plan to regulate wages, especially for the fat cat executives and to tell all of these greedy businesspeople how to run their companies.

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Other Voices

Proposed legislation to cut levy equalization stopped – for now

Whoever said, “the best is always saved for last” got it wrong! This past legislative session had a record number of new laws passed – 583 – and one of the worst bills to come up for debate in the final hour of the legislative session was House Bill 1776. This proposal would have cut $60 million from levy equalization funding and allowed wealthy school districts to make up the money by increasing property tax levy lids by four percent, or up to 35 percent.

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Campaign of disinformation won’t relieve anger

I have never read anything so lacking in journalistic integrity as the opinion in last week’s edition of The Chronicle. 

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The first golden shovels-full of dirt were turned by local dignitaries last week at the ground breaking ceremony for the North Valley Hospital expansion and remodeling project. Photo by Gary DeVon

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New and improved hospital will benefit North County community for years to come

Many of us breathed an inward sigh of relief when we saw those first golden shovels-full of dirt being turned by local dignitaries marking the reality of North Valley Hospital’s expansion plans.

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Few bad apples could spoil it for all dog owners

Oroville’s second annual Kite Day was a huge success with over 100 kids and kites taking flight this year at Bud Clark Memorial Ball Fields. However, the biggest disappointment was the fact that participants had to watch where they stepped because of irresponsible dog owners who have let their animals use the park as a toilet.

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