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Lassen County Times, Westwood PinePress Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 9B LETTERS, from page 7B take" that is to be laid at the door of Clinton and fellow De- mocrats. That sits oddly with the facts that (a) all the names on the bill belonged to members of the Republican majority (both chambers of Congress) and (b) all but one of the few votes against the legislation were cast by Democrats. In the game of assigning blame for the financial crisis, there's probably plenty to go around for both parties. Plenty for the general citi- zenry as well: Many Ameri- cans lustily participated in an abracadabra economy that maximized manipulation, speculation, consumption and profit while minimizing cost accounting, ethics and risk. Now the party's over (or at least on hold), and many of us are suffering badly from hangover and property dam- age. It's fun to label part of soci- ety as ugly, bad and stupid (a category that seldom includes oneself). Our two-party system shamelessly feeds on the be- havior, but the world is rarely that simple. If it's important to hold public officials ac- countable, it's also important to see things whole and as ac- curately as possible, despite  our biases. That's never been truer than in this age of tweets and sound-bites and cherry- picked, haft-true (at best), in- stantly disseminated "infor- GIVING, from page 7B from 2007 when three in 10 (31 percent) also felt this way. Another one in five (21 percent) feel peo- ple should generally take part in things such as vol- untary service, donating to charities or getting in- volved in community ac- tivities because it is the right thing to do. Just under half (46 per- cent) feel people can get involved in different caus- es but shouldn't necessari- ly feel obligated to do so, which is up from the 40 percent who said this three years ago. Social responsibility Over half of U.S. adults (53 percent) say a compa- ny's reputation for be'.mg socially responsible at least sometimes affects their decisions about what to buy. Just under one in five (18 percent) feel strongly about this, with an additional 35 per. cent saying it sometimes affects their decision-mak- ing. Another quarter (23 percent) say a company's reputation for social re- sponsibility affects their purchase decision-making once in a while and 17 per- cent say it has no effect at all. Veterans medallion for, private cemeteries MIKP SCHNEIDER As mentioned in previous articles, upon a Veteran's death certain benefits are available, as a result of his/her military service. The department of Veterans Af- fairs is offering bronze medallions to attach to exist- ing privately-purchased headstones or markers, sig- nifying a deceased's status as a Veteran. ' Each service has its own medallion. The new item can be furnished instead of a tra- ditional headstone or marker for Veterans whose death oc- curred on or after Nov. 1, 1990, and whose grave in a private cemetery is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker. Under federal law, eligible Veterans buried in a private cemetery are entitled to ei- ther a government-furnished grave marked or the new medallion, but not both. Vet- erans buried in a national or state Veterans cemetery will receive a government head- stone or marker of the stan- dard design authorized at that cemetery. The new medallions will be available only to Veterans buried in private cemeteries without a government head- stone or marker. Families of eligible decedents may also order a memorial headstone or marker when remains are not available for internment. The medallion is available in three sizes: five inches, three inches and 1-1/2 inches in width. Each medallion features the image of a fold- ed burial flag adorned with laurels and is inscribed with the word "Veteran" at the top and the branch of ser- vice at the bottom. Next of kin will receive the medal- lion, along with a kit that will allow the family or the staff of a private cemetery to affix the medallion to a head- stone, grave marker, mau- soleum or columbarium niche cover. Note: Another entitlement is a military memorial ser- vice, which concludes with the rifle salute, playing of Taps and the presentation of the Flag. Our local memorial squad consists of members of the American Legion, Ma- rine Corps League and Veter- ans of Foreign Wars. Any Veterans who would like to join, call the office at 251- 8192. The Lassen County Health and Social Services, Veter- ans Service Office, is located in the Veterans Memorial Building, 1205 Main St., in Susanville. Normal business hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thurs- day. I welcome your ques- tions or comments at 251- 8192, fax at 251-4901 or e-mail WWW.( Welcome to Country Pines Quilt Shop Susanville's premiere quilting resource with hundreds of quilt kits, books, patterns, notions, and over 20,000 yards of fabric, all for your stitching pleasure! 704-395 Richmond Road E. Susanville STORE HOURS; Wed-Frl 6pm-9pm Sat 9am-6pm ................................. Sun 10am-4pm : ::: ::' :":: :: :: : : i,i,iii, i liiiii iii il : i]iiiiiii ii ii, ,,ill i i ill il i ruction." In the hurling of mud across fences, the solid dis- cussion of core issues is sel- dom a beneficiary. I hope that despite all the combative rhetoric I've seen in this forum, the end result will be a closer understand- ing of where we've been and where we need to go, rather than just an endless partisan mudbath, but the evidence does not always encourage optimism. At least Mr. Sandbrook "laughed" at the start of his letter. Maybe that's a hopeful sign. Don Lepley Susanville Ready? The Republicans made a big deal about the failure of the Democrats to change the way the government works or doesn't work. They say they are now ready to make the changes America needs to bring the budget under control and badly needed jobs for the American people. I doubt their sincerity, but the elections did give them a chance to put their actions where their mouths are. Some Republicans have de- clared that their main pur- pose is to make President Obama a one-term president. That will not create jobs. Some have said that they will cut spending, but that is not how jobs are created. Most have declared that tax cuts for the :ich and huge cor- porations will lead to more jobs, but that is what they have said for as long as the tax cuts have existed. The jobs only continued to be moved to foreign lands and the incomes of the average American worker have stag- nated over the past decade. What I will watch for is how eliminating government jobs will increase employment and how this decline in gov- ernment jobs will affect the local businesses that depend on those jobs. It will take a heap of pri- vate spending to make up for the loss of government jobs in this area. It will take some pretty good increases in wages to make up for the ever-increas- ing inflation and high inter- est rates that credit card com- panies continue to charge folks who have not seen in- crease in their incomes over the past 10 years. In short, the Republicans will be procen to be liars if they waste their and our time by again impeaching a Demo- cratic President and cutting taxes on the people who need help the least. And, the results will make fools of the average Republi- can TEA-partier for falling for the same old pack of dis- tortions if the next two years are just a repeat of the Bush policies of the past. I sure hope I am wrong about this, but I have seen this dog and pony show be- fore. 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