May 21, 2012

Meeting of the Rotary Club of Eureka
May 21, 2012

40th meeting of the year

Past President Will Kay presided over the meeting, as President Pierson was out of town. 

John Burger led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  

As Memorial Day is one week away, Bill McAuley used that theme for his invocation and acknowledged the sacrifices of the men and women in our armed forces. 

Four members from Old Town Rotary made up at our meeting. Lisa Fryrear, Liana Simpson, Jill Hansen and Kim Brown.

Guests of Rotarians included: Cindy Bedingfield's, CEO of Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, who was introduced by Lowell Maffia; Linn Van Meter, attorney to the Federal Magistrate Judge, who was introduced by Jill McDonald; and Dick Storre introduced his wife Debbie. 

Birthdays and Anniversaries
Acting President Kay gave a pass to those who had a birthday in May and didn’t sit up at the head table.  Those with Rotary anniversaries included Sue Bosch and Paul Hagen

There is a joint board meeting at noon May 30th at the Ingomar Club for the current and incoming board. 

John Bradley reported on the Backpack Buddy Night fundraiser held the night before.  Preliminary numbers showed the joint clubs of Rotary Club Eureka, Southwest Rotary, Old Town Rotary and Soroptimist of Humboldt Bay raised over $15,000.  John thanked the many members who donated items for the event. 

During Will’s year, he developed a new badge and he acknowledged Murl Harpham and Kurt Barthel who still wore those badges.  Will Kay, on the other hand, wore no badge and Past President Bill McAuley recognized him for $25 to get his badge back. 

Rotary Club of Eureka and the Eureka Chamber of Commerce is honoring Joe Mark, CEO St. Joseph’s Hospital, on June 2.  Contact the Ingomar or Gregg Gardiner if you’d like to attend.  

Two new members were inducted into the club.  Russ Harris introduced Chris Witt, Director of Donor Services and Planned Giving at the Humboldt Area Foundation.  Chris has taught bee keeping, comes from MN and is a Viking fan, and three times rowed down the Grand Canyon. 

Mike Cunningham introduced Bruce Smith and read the biography and mini craft talk written with flair by Bruce.  Bruce has lived in the Philippines, Alaska and Japan and received his degree from UC Berkeley.  He is the CFO of Premier Financial Group and is a scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts. Hank Ingham gave the past president’s words of wisdom, pulling information from the club roster including the mission of Rotary and the bylaws. 

John Ash volunteered that he has a new great grandchild, Vincent Gunner, son of Lisa and Jon.  He will donate $100 to the Foundation in recognition of Vincent. 

Nancy Dean talked about her trip to the Rotary International Conference in Bangkok, Thailand and her opportunity to meet the girl and her family that she sponsors at a Rotary built school in Cambodia.  As she will be president next year, she was not financially recognized. 

Alicia Cox was recognized for a number of items that occurred many years ago, including a tourist trip to D.C, her daughters graduation from So. Oregon and a Tech Beat article in the Times-Standard.  She received the coveted tape measure as she was tapped out. 

Murl Harpham was recognized for his annual vacations in late July and August in Trinity County and also received the coveted tape measure. 

Finally, Keith Crossley, received the tape measure for multiple items like receiving tax training in Sacramento, and saving his family from going along to the training, and surviving the recent tax season.  

Guest Cindy Bedingfield and Jill McDonald had the winning tickets for the Spengler Science Fair Raffle  

Gregg Gardiner introduced Honor Flight as our program.  He gave some background that Katherine Burleson spoke to the club in Feb. 2011 about Honor Flight and Steve Justus took up the local cause.  Steve, with many members of Rotary Club of Eureka, including Keith Crossley, Pat Folkins, and Gregg Gardiner, have raised over $256,000 and sent 108 World War II veterans to the World War II museum in Washington, D.C.   Rotary Club of Eureka members Al Crnich and Ken Stoddard and guest Gordon Redtfeldt received a standing ovation for their service during World War II.

Ken Stoddard talked about his experiences in World War II when he was in the Army Air Corp from 1944-1946 and then was brought back from the reserves to fight in Korea in 1950 and 1951.  Ken was in Alamogordo, NM and observed the first atomic bomb blast, though his crew was initially told it was an ammunition dump that exploded.  Ken was in the second group of Honor Flight and remembered the large greeting the group received at Dulles Airport. 

Gordon Redtfeldt, retired Lt. Col Army Air Corp, was then introduced.  Gordon was in the last honor flight. He remembered the wall of gold stars which included 4000 gold stars with each star representing 100 men who gave their lives.  Gordon joined in Feb. 1943 and was shipped off to training to an all-women’s college in Idaho.  His fiancĂ© quickly joined him and they married in April 1943 and they recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.   Gordon was a navigator in a B-17 and told a story of getting caught in the jet stream over water with lots of cloud cover as they were flying to Iceland.  Even though the jet stream was unknown at the time, Gordon trusted his training and the plane landed exactly when he said it would.  On Gordon’s eighth mission to Germany, his plane was shot down and he parachuted to the ground fracturing three vertebras.   He was captured by the Germans and spent 1 year in a POW camp.  After WWII, Gordon stayed in the military due to his strong patriotism and fought in the Korean and Viet Nam wars.  

We are dark May 28 due to Memorial Day and our program June 4 will be Lost Coast Brewery.   While Will started the meeting with a loud clanging of the bell, there was not even a soft ring to close the meeting.

Respectfully submitted,
Nancy Dean

May 14, 2012

Meeting of the Rotary Club of Eureka
May 14, 2012

Pledge and Invocation
President pro tem Hank Ingham, surrounded by reporters, asked John Burger to lead the pledge. Then Bruce Rupp led the invocation expressing gratitude for the nice weather and, without wincing, the political process in which we are about to engage. 
Winners were Ziggy Ziegenfuss and one other person whom I did not recognize.

Exchange Student
In spite of being youthful and beautiful, exchange student Tonje Sarum had nothing to report about any recent adventures or travels.

Student Guests
Tess Armstrong and Joshua Ulansey from Eureka High School.
Visiting Rotarians 
Liana Simpson from Old Town and Melinda Ciarabellini from Southwest.
Guests of Rotarians
Shannon Falk Carlsen with Boy Scouts came with Susie Smelser; Asa Shively from Edward Jones. Keith Crossley brought his wife Carol, Bruce Rupp’s his wife Marilyn, and Dick Storre his wife Debbie. Matt Owen introduced Mike Jones, and Dan Heinen brought Mike Newman--both members of Eureka City Council.

John Bradley mentioned Backpack for Kids Buddy Night tickets will be sold today as the last chance. The fundraiser will be held at Cher-ae Heights Casino Sunday night at 6:30 pm. Donations are still needed; if you can donate an item to be auctioned please talk to Jeff Leonard.
Our next club board meeting is May 30th.
Jay Reed just earned his blue badge and is to be congratulated.

Anyone not wearing a shirt put $5 on the table, said Hank Ingham. Steve Beckman asked not to be recognized, so Hank said, “I don’t know you.”

Chuck Ellsworth was accused by Pres pro tem Hank of various things, some of them profane or silly, but finally admitted that he did go to Texas to run a race with Jim Hoff. That will be $145, Chuck.

Roy Frostenson was accused of nefarious heroic deeds like bagging a buck with a Ford F-150.  But it turns out that he did go to South Africa—that’ll be $145.

Stacy Lane, “Where have you been?” asked Hank. She responded, San Francisco, San Diego and back. Hank recognized her for the heck of it in spite of her meager itinerary.

Dan Heinen was perhaps going 80 mph in a parking lot, or raising artificial flowers, but actually went to a place that begins with ‘C’ and no one could pronounce or spell.

Ziggy Ziegenfuss got accused of being the following: bartender at Elks Club, honor flight attendee and soon to be Rotary moderator. Guilty on all three counts.

Ted and Anne Loring (5/2), Steve Beckman and Ellie Lee (5/5), Dale and Jeannemarie Warmuth (5/5), Kurt and Linda Barthel (5/10), Lane and Susan Strope (5/15), Cindy and John Cree (5/17), Gregg and Beth Foster (5/20), Ryan and Jamie Fray (5/25), 

Susie Smelser and Will Kay (5/1), John Winzler (5/5), Chuck Edwards (5/7), John Ash and David Kuta (5/9), Dale Warmath (5/11), John Bartholomew (5/19), Robert Prior (5/22), Dan Price and Carlton Nielsen (5/15), Joe Mark (5/17), Craig Hansen (5/18), Larona Farnum (5/28)

Beth Matsumoto from The League of Women Voters served as moderator and introduced the candidates. First she asked them to make opening statements.

Brief opening statements:

Click here to watch the video of today's forum.

(Candidate web sites can be access by clicking on their name below)

Cheryl Seidner thanked the League and Rotary for hosting this event. She was born and raised in the First District, went to school in Loleta, and has lived here ever since (except for 3 years). Her roots go deep here. As supervisor she would look to people who live here and wants to hear their ideas to get direction.

Rex Bohn thanked Rotary and The League of Women Voters. He is running because he wants to take his community commitment a step further. While supervisors can’t create jobs, they can open the door to business and create good laws regulating building and zoning. Rex loves the County of Humboldt.

Annette Demodena said service is the key to the way she lives her life. Since leaving teaching she has volunteered for numerous positions including many boards and the Grand Jury. She says she understands the concept of service, she also understands the need for jobs, transportation, etc.

Question #1: Name one piece of legislation that the County Supervisors have done that has benefited the county.

Annette: The General Plan.

Cheryl Seidner says, So many things, but the supervisors must listen to the people of the community. Prosperity is fabulous, but we need to listen to the people.

Rex Bohn said they have managed the headwaters fund well. He also approved the laying of the redundant fiber optics cable.  Committing land to the oyster industry has benefited us, and this little niche industry is a great usage of our bay. 

Question #2: Please share your thoughts and plans for economic development and environmental protection.

Rex Bohn Those can go hand in hand says Rex. He gave several examples of companies that are doing a good job at doing both. The County needs to develop a what can we do for you, rather than, what can we do to hold you back, attitude.

Annette Hates to agree with Rex, but there can be a balance between economic development and environmental protection. Our harbor needs to be improved. We need to protect the land and use it responsibly.

Cheryl: streamline our regulations and put them in one place. Talk to one another and communicate better with each other. Education is important. University and City College need to reeducate people who want to go back to another job. Environment and economy go hand in hand. 

Question #3: The County planning and building process including the staffing and budget--how would you regulate these?

Cheryl: Communication is key. Sometimes the county planners are at odds with each other and sending mixed messages. We need to come together to plan better and communicate better.

Rex: the board of supervisors will address this tomorrow. In other counties the supervisors actually look forward to doing business with you and, finally, talk to the people who do business here; they might have the answers.

Annette: Planners need to give service to those who are the customers; there must be a review system.  Board of supers is working on a division of duties. Planning Dept. needs to be smaller, headed by new persons.

Question #4 Who are your largest financial supporters? 

Rex has had over 900 people contribute to his campaign, including a lady who gave him a dollar. He said the Sheriff gave something like $5,000. Jack Rieke of Ace Hardware is also a large supporter. And finally, I have envelopes if anyone wants to donate to my campaign.

Cheryl: her treasurer deals with all the money that comes in and she sees little of it. Most of the donations are between $5 and $1,000.  Humboldt County Employees gave her $1500. Grassroots and putting people first. This is about you and not about me. 

Annette agreed. Her highest contributor gave $1,000 dollars. It’s about you and not about me.

Question #5: What specific programs would you advocate to bring jobs here?

Annette: Harbor revitalization. Harbor must be used; do a feasibility railroad study. We need to build an east and west railroad. Harbor then could take the grain to Asia cheaper.

Rex: there are a lot of employers in our room. Schooling and training are important. If you have a trade work force that is good, industries will come. Also throw in the pre-permitted property on top of that will attract businesses. They will come because this is a great place to be.

Cheryl: our bay is under utilized. Make it so the youth can stay here. It’s great to come back home after going away to school. Streamline regulations. Can’t depend on retail. Rely upon ourselves for the solutions.

Question #6: Please address your experience in private sector, public sector and governmental agencies.

Cheryl: Tribal chair of Wiyot Tribe, Humboldt County Schools office, Indian Action Council, worked at HSU for 28 years in he educational opportunity program. Helped them fill out applications, homesickness, whatever they needed.

Annette: Taught for 28 years. Ran a small business. Worked at Arthur Johnson’s.

Rex: has been at it since 9 years old sorting bottles for his dad’s store and collecting baseball cards. Has worked in agriculture, owned a small restaurant in Eureka, bar and restaurant. Worked for small family owned businesses, and then at the Pulp Mill.  Can hit on both sides of the plate.

Question #7 If selected what is your approach to Occupy Humboldt Group?

Annette: I believe in free speech. So, no problem with them being there. But it became a problem in taking away the rights of others. Action had to be taken. I know the supervisors will study it and do what is right.

Cheryl: speech is very important. Not a good thing to stop free speech. That was not a good way to go about it. If they feel disenfranchised they can’t voice their opinion. The beginning of Occupy started with teachers and professors.... others moved in.

Rex: I don’t think our forefathers planned on having people camp at the county seat, or defecating on nearby property. So today they can’t sleep on county land, but now they sleep on Cal Trans property, which means the sidewalk. They are adversely affecting those going to work. We need to fix it.

Question: #8: What is the biggest strength of your opponent? And which would you vote for if not yourself?

Rex: I have two very nice ladies who are running against me. But, if I had to vote to for one or the other, I might not vote at all.

Annette: Rex has name recognition and Cheryl is a dear friend, and a good soul. I’d vote for Cheryl. But, of course, I will vote for me.

Cheryl: I’ve been sitting with these two individuals for 4-5 weeks and we chat and hug and rap on each other. We all have good strengths. Each one thinks highly of their strengths and themselves. Rex, you need to vote. I registered at 21 years and will vote.

Question #9; What can be done to help small businesses in Humboldt?

Cheryl: Listening to them; buy local. When I shop 99% of my vegetables from Farmer’s Markets. We need to streamline the regulations. While we cannot eliminate them, we need smaller government. Put people first, or things get out of hand. Work with businesses that are here and make them viable.

Rex: I was raised with a small business. So many government regulations are aimed at 24-25 employees. We should shift regulations to the amount of net income rather than number of employees. Talk to small businesses and find out what they do well.

Annette: give them a labor force that is adequate to their needs. Prosperity 2012 assesses the training that they need. New jobs require better training and education, more certificates. Look at regulations and they are crippling. The amount that is needed to put out in money for a new business damages job creation.

Question #10: What issues or challenges do you identify as being specific to the first district? And list solutions.

Annette: It is too early to prescribe solutions. We have diversity of enterprise: dairies, city workers, oysters, and farmers.  We need roads; we need to make sure ht Redwood Highway works for our good. We need to work together.

Cheryl: We have a big community from mountain and hills to pavement of Eureka. Three rivers than must be kept clean. Other enterprises are illegal: the marijuana growers are banking our streams. That part that hurts the environment must be regulated even though they have 215 cards.

Rex: Eel River Potter Valley diversion would be terrible. Wind farm Shell oil energy wind farm proposals. 20-year-old units on top of the ridge are old and cumbersome and need to be re thought.

Question # 11: Should the community financially support another airline into Humboldt County?

Rex: If you live on the south side of Humboldt it is only 4 and a half hours to drive to the Bay Area. No, we should not subsidize a bankrupt airport. As a company, we bought a $25,000 credit card for Delta and did not get to use it.

Annette: I’m not sure; we would have to look at that. It is not the business community’s responsibility to do that. I’d like to see more statistical work being done to show what those airlines can do for us. Rather than what we do for them. Let’ look closer at what they give us.

Cheryl: I think about the Shell Wind Farms in Ferndale; we are giving our taxpayer money away
for a foreign company. WWII we brought pilots here and it’s hard to get in and out of here, I know. I have to see more statistics and more reports. Again, it is going to take us all.

Question #12: What is your feeling about the Richardson Grover diversion?

Annette: We need to see it through; I want to see it done.

Cheryl: Realignment is a good idea. We need to bring things in and get things out. There are lots of things going further than Humboldt County. My Dad was a faller; he fell the big redwood trees. I would like to not see those trees go.

Rex: for the safety of the kids who ride school buses and it only effects about 8 trees, none of them old growth.  People today are having to reload trucks in Oakland and it costs 800 to 900 dollars per load.

Closing statements:

Cheryl: Thank you for your time. Think about it and choose wisely. I am endorsed by Wes Chesbro and Patti Berg. My door will always be open; it will not be closed.

Annette: One thing I have seen is the concept of we and they. It has to stop. Create unity, whether with development plan. Not my agenda vs. your agenda. I offer a new voice and a new vision. I ask for your vote because together it works for all of us.

Rex: I decided I was going to run four years ago. Observing what is going on. I know people all across the county; I can bring people together. I met with Longshoremen and they endorse me.  We can ship out of here, not just logs going out unfinished. I am running for the kids, so that they can stay here if they want to stay.

Respectfully Submitted,
Dan Price

May 7, 2012

Meeting of the Rotary Club of Eureka
May 7, 2012

Pledge and Invocation
Jim Howard led the pledge and Joe Mark mentioned the need for prayers for Steve’s wife and Joe’s aunt. In the invocation Joe asked the Lord for the wisdom and the courage to act-- particularly in difficult situations.

The raffle winner was Walt Shimasaki and a guest brought by Lowell Maffia.

Student Guests
Ryan Fray brought EHS students Catherine McGibbon and Izzy Piland, who sought support for Eureka High Loggers Academic Fair.

Visiting Rotarians 
One of the forum candidates from Mendocino, I believe it was John Lewallen.

Guests of Rotarians
Keith Crossly brought his wife Carol, and Kim Bauriedel his wife Sile. A third guest was
Chris Witt from Humboldt Area Foundation.

Dan Price encouraged our club to support Backpack Buddy Night May 20th. Please buy tickets (only $30) for this Sunday evening event, which will take place 6:30-9:30pm at Cher-Ae Heights Casino. See either John Bradley or Dan Heinen. Tickets are also available from SHN consulting Engineers, Old Town Coffee and Food for People.  If you can donate gifts to be auctioned off, please contact Jeff Leonard.

Next week Hank Ingham will be president pro tem, and the following Monday Will Kay will stand in. Memorial Day (28th) is dark.

Matt Owen presented the program, informing us that Congressman Thompson is no longer living in our district and is therefore not our congressman. We are now part of California’s Second District. Matt also said we have an open primary that may shift the number of candidates.

Beth Matsumoto from the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County moderated the meeting of the candidates for Second Congressional District. Ten were present, and two congressional candidates were missing (whose names you will have to look up if you want to vote for them).

Here are their brief opening statements of the ten candidates. The entire forum will be posted on YouTube by May 16th and we will add the link here (  Until then, this Burl reporter made an effort to accurately summarize the questions and answers as best he could:

Brief opening statements:

(click on each candidate's name below to link to their campaign websites)

Susan Adams says get out of the war and shift the money to healthcare. Susan is a nurse and has advocated for a healthy planet and healthy country, and says she can do a great job particularly with healthcare issues.

Andy Caffrey is from Humboldt. He says we are now making the same mistakes in the war in Afghanistan that we were making in the Vietnam war. He will urge congress to declare a national emergency, presumably to extricate us from the war.

Brooke Clark said that all votes for Republicans and Democrats endorse the status quo. Therefore he urged us to vote for him, an Independent.

William Courtney deplores the Patriot Act and says that airplanes did not bring down the WTC Towers in New York on 9/11. We need a full investigation because we are losing our civil liberties.

Larry Fritzlan is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Though a Democratic, he’s a self-proclaimed centrist. He asked why 90% of Americans do not trust congress. It is because of the money in Washington, he says.

Michael Halliwell is a retired college professor. He advocates for local control. He also thinks our county would benefit from parks and tourism, perhaps even more than marijuana sales.

Stacey Lawson claims her twenty years of economic development and business experience will help her bring jobs to our area. Jobs are needed here and she wants to bring them back. 

John Lewallen is a businessman from Mendocino. He is a fisherman, environmentalist and Independent. He says warfare is speeding us toward economic disaster. He would also like to revisit the Magnusson Act.

Tiffany Renee is from Petaluma. She was involved in some aspects of the Golden Gate Bridge and local government. She claims to understand the needs in rural areas like Humboldt.

Norman Solomon grew up in a League of Women Voters household and accused Stacey Lawson of not voting in recent elections. He asked her to provide an answer.

Questions #1: Do you want health care for all Americans and how?

Susan Adams delighted in this question because she is a nurse. She is an advocate for single payer health care and reminded us that Medicare is a single payer provider. The problem is that Medicare is only for the old and infirm. We need a system that provides health care like Medicare for everyone.

Norman Solomon claims to have worked on the state and local level on health care issues. He wants health care for all and says it is a basic human right. He thinks it is terrible to have so many with health care needs going to the emergency ward because they do not have a primary care physician.

Michael Halliwell countered that health care is not a human right. But he did say that 10% should be charged across the board so that undue burden is not placed upon the younger citizens; he claims this is the case with Obamacare--it overburdens younger persons.

Stacey Lawson agrees that we need to move toward a single payer system. She is the daughter of a mother who was very involved in the health care system.

Andy Caffrey says that as Independent and Green he wants to get rid of the nukes (power or weapons he did not say), tax the rich, rebuild the infrastructure and give health care to everyone as well as freedom to everyone.

John Lewallen also would vote for a single payer system. This can only be done by a mass movement of people. He urged us to go to He said if we cut back the military we can pay for medical care.

Brooke Clarke also said we need a single payer system. He pointed out that the US is #1 in teen pregnancies, and mentioned that one of Clinton’s appointees was fired for talking about masturbation—perhaps placing the blame for teen pregnancies on this lack of freedom of expression. At any rate, he was convinced that the Democrats and Republicans represent a seamless garment so a vote for him would bring change.

William Courtney claimed that Medicare is excellent and reduces costs from 30% to 3%. He advocates for preventative medicine.

Tiffany Renee laments the increased cost of medical insurance and care for local governments. She would urge us to get out of foreign wars and thus have money for health care.

Larry Fritzlan asked why we do not have a single payer system. Because, he says, the 1% are running the show. Big insurance and big lawyers are running the companies and in order to make change we need to dis-empower them. 

Question #2 What should be done with the Klamath dam?

Stacey Lawson said that we need to remove the dam and restore the streams and our environment to their natural condition.

Tiffany Renee also supports removal of the dam.  This will help with food security for our area. She did not say how, but perhaps she assumes we in Humboldt are all on gluten free diets.

John Lewallen claims that the restoration of all our watersheds is a high priority in his campaign. He thinks the dam should be removed, to restore free flow of water and the salmon. Hoopa Indians need the dam removed, but he does not want to say when or how to un-dam.

Andy Caffrey said, “I am with the fish.” He then added that we should not pay to remove the dam, but I did not hear exactly who should pay for dam removal. Remove it for the fish and the fisherman, he said, adding that our water should not be exported to southern regions.

Susan Adams supports the removal of the dam. But the devil is in the details. How to do it right?
She has had experience doing similar types of actions and legislation (e.g. mining). It takes time to do these types of projects right.

William Courtney commented that water is a precious commodity and we need to look at the resource closely. He labeled this issue as difficult in general, then added, “I am an extreme environmentalist, but how to provide clean drinking water is a key question.”
Michael Halliwell said that on the state level he has experience in the water wars. He generally supports the long term over the short term and would vote to have the salmon restored.

Larry Fritzlan would vote to restore the biosphere by thinking of the bigger picture. If elected he would take on big oil and the big lobbyists back in Washington. He is willing to address the corruption that exists in Washington.

Brooke Clarke said I don’t know about the dam and won’t speak to it. Growth is approaching the big trouble; no growth, he said. 

Question #3 What are most important things to improve our domestic economy?

Andy Caffrey says that gridlock is keeping us from acting on the economy. Domestic and Pentagon cuts are many billions and trillions: we need to look at the hard and ugly

Larry Fritzlan pointed out that our military spends more money than the entire world combined. Our system is corrupt, for example, funding oil companies. We need to take the money out of politics.

Stacy Lawson says we need to get small businesses going again. Wall Street takes all the money, but we need local main street businesses back in business. She would get an industrial policy in place.  We need to cut the military budget and put more into the domestic economy.

Brooke Clarke reminded us that the stock market crash of 1929 resulted in the Glass-Steagall Act, but congress took Glass-Steagall apart recently. He believes this was short sighted.

John Lewallen says we need to write a national peace conversion act.  Stop imperialism. A massive jobs program from the federal government is his solution. Tax reform is needed and regulation of the financial industry as well.

Norman Solomon wrote and spoke against the Wall Street Bailout; he also opposed the escalation of the war in Afghanistan. He also pointed out that with three billion dollars per day spent on military our veterans are not treated well.

One of the candidates, I believe it was William Courtney, claimed the largest organized crime and terrorist organization is the Republican Party. Because of the Republicans we now have hungry people and students are in debt. Wealth is being sucked out by Republicans, by the military-Keynesians, he said. His solution is #3 of his Great American Proposal.

Tiffany Renee proposed to bring dollars back from overseas and spend the money at home. Build bridges, highways, roads, and clean energy, more green power to Sonoma County. This program can go national and bring jobs to our national and local economy.

Susan Adams’ solution is to get out of the war, and eliminate the oil subsidies.

Michael Halliwell: the Republicans are not larger nor more criminal than the Democratic party.
A bi-partisan coalition got rid of pork barrel bills and earmarks.

#4 Closing statements:

John Lewallen. The 2nd congressional district should become a north coast bio-region. John says he runs a tightwad campaign. His goal is to work with people and have no obligations to big business or money.

Norman Solomon. Go to Solomon for congress website; and he does not have any obligations to big money or big business. Once again he asked, why did Stacy Lawson not answer his question about why she did not vote two-thirds of the time in recent elections?

Stacy Lawson says she did vote in 2008 and asked us to go to her website. She wants to fight for middle class families and get the economy going. She knows rural counties and logging economies.

Larry Fritzlan asked why are all of our politics so irrelevant that half the people don’t vote? He then argued that corporations are not persons. He pledged to not take more than $100 from any individual, and will not be party to big money politics.

Susan Adams claims that as a fourth generation descendant of a Mendocino ranching family, she has experience that money doesn’t buy. I have a 60% approval rating and an 80% approval rating from nurses. Go to Susan

William Courtney proposed that John Kennedy was killed by the CIA (or someone) for speaking out for freedom and peace; he added that we have murderers at the top. Finally, he repeated that the planes did not bring those two towers down on 9/11. We must get to the bottom of who really collapsed the towers, otherwise we are going to lose all our civil liberties.

Michael Halliwell closed with his position that traditional marriage is a big social issue and he strongly supported Proposition 8. Traditional marriage has to do with mate selection and encouraging couples to live together while raising children. He does not denigrate gay marriage, but thinks government should provide essential support for traditional marriage.

Tiffany Renee joined the Petaluma city council and balanced the budget at the local level. We’ve got to change the “dialing for dollars” system in DC. I am a tough worker and hard worker.

Brooke Clarke said, Independent means you are not throwing your vote away. Prisons are a result of the crime wave in 80’s trying to stop crime. The U.S. is the number one country in world for prisons.

Andy Caffrey closed with this: “There will be no jobs on a dead planet.”

No one asked the candidates, who would quickly dissemble our military, if Al Quaeda was a real threat, and if not, why they are still sending underwear bombers to blow planes out of the sky. Presumably they would ask the newly formed national health care system to deal with underwear bombers.

President Greg thanked the league of Women Voters for moderating.

Next week our club will host the candidates for First District County Supervisor in a similar forum.

Get backpack for kids going on May 20th, said President Greg, then dismissing us all.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dan Price