"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

President Abraham Lincoln
At first blush not seeking the death penalty in the murder of David Wicks may seem totally wrong, but there are good reasons for what the District Attorney did.

In the first place, Mr. Venegas has not had his day in court. He has not been proven guilty.

Even if he is, the strongest argument against the death penalty in this case is that the family of David Wicks has told the District Attorney they don’t want it.

You and I may disagree or not. Those poor folks have already lost their loved one. It would be absolutely inhumane to add the burden of guilt that would fall on their shoulders to the already absolutely horrible death of David.

The argument that we will pay for an incarceration in prison for years to come doesn’t hold up in California.

It may be expensive to house and feed someone but not as expensive as paying some already rich attorney millions of dollars to find a loop hole and let the killer off.

Then, I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t want to spend the rest of my life locked up with the lovely folks who actually get locked up in California.


Google It! How many restaurants does Guy Fieri own? How tall is that quarterback? Is there an Olive Garden close by? These are just a few of the things I have “Googled”. Any information you need is right at your fingertips, literally. You don’t even have to wait to get home to your computer, look it up on your phone!   I even have a Google Home which I can just speak out loud and ask what I want.

Times have changed. Does anyone remember what an encyclopedia is? Or how to use the Dewey Decimal system? Back in the day we had to look things up in the library or encyclopedia. We couldn’t get answers in an instant, we had to research.

It is amazing to me how available information is. I admittedly Google silly stuff. The things that could be classified in the “who cares” department. Then there is the information that is really important to know “right now”. Like when someone is sick or hurt and you need some quick information. When you are struggling with a new crochet stitch and you need a quick tutorial. When your family requests a certain food and you need the recipe immediately. What do you do? “Google it!”

I am not sure I would want to go back to the encyclopedia days...but I do think the younger generation should experience finding information in that method...at least once!

Dear People of the Great State of California Hello! I am a fourth grade student in North Carolina. In fourth grade, we do sate reports and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of California as I work on my report. Most of the information that we get for our reports will be from books and web sites. We also like to get information from people who live in the state, too. This is why I am writing to you. I was hoping that you would be willing t o send me some items to help me learn more about the best things in your state. It could be things like postcards, maps, pictures about the best things in your state. It could be a newspaper article, or any other items that would be useful. You can mail items to the address below. I really appreciate your help!@ Sincerely, Lane Baylog Mr. McConaughy’s Class Charlotte Latin School 9502 Providence Road Charlotte, NC 2827

Senate Bill 1:
Myths vs Facts
Myth: All $52 billion
will go to fix our roads.
All $52 billion will go to fix our roads.

FACT: Senate Bill 1 sends money to transit, walking and bike paths and state parks, and leaves the door open to divert money to highspeed rail.

Myth: This is a solution where drivers will pay less for a better quality of life.

FACT: Huge increases in the gas tax today will grow in the future while failing to recognize a pending “cap-and-trade” expansion could raise gas prices by an estimated 63 cents per gallon in 2021, increasing to 73 cents per gallon in 2031. Automatic inflation increases taxes without accountability.

Myth: Republicans do not have a plan.

FACT: Republicans have a plan, Assembly Bill 496, that fully funds road repairs and traffic relief without increasing taxes on working and middle-class Californians.

Myth: Everyone pays their fair share.

FACT: Electric vehicle owners pay a flat rate of $100. More typically, California drivers will pay an extra $125 to $260 each year in gas taxes. (This is on top of what we currently pay.)

Myth: This is a compromise solution.

FACT: Conducted behind closed doors, this is a deal driven by Sacramento Democrats.

Myth: Californians will spend less time on congested highways and roads.

FACT: Only about two (2) percent of the funds can be spent on highway and road congestion relief, leaving drivers paying more while still stuck idling in traffic.

Myth: California cannot pay for these costs out of the General Fund.

FACT: General revenues are at an all-time high, but Democrats have increased spending on discretionary government programs other than roads by billions of dollars in recent years. Democrats could have prioritized our roads.





Senator Barbara Boxer
1700 Montgomery St. St 240,

San Francisco, CA 94111


Senator Dianne Feinstein
One Post St. Ste 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104

Rep John Doolittle

4230 Douglas Blvd, Ste 200

Granite Bay, CA 95746


Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa
2865 Churn Creek Rd. Ste. B
Redding, CA 96002

Senator Sam Aanestad

777 Cypress Ave.

Redding, CA 96001

Rep Wally Herger
55 Independence Cir, Ste 104,
Chico, CA 95973

 Supervisor Brian Dahle

Supervisor Dave Bradshaw
155 Co. Rd. 90



Supervisor Glenn Hawes
1815 Yuba Street

Redding, CA 96001