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Page 4, Cloverdale Reveille, February 19, 1997 .$: .::< . .....-x:::'::i:i:-::: Reader against Balanced Budget amendment Editor:. I am sure that you have read in this newspaper about the upcoming vote on the balanced budget amendment which is scheduled in the next couple of weeks in Congress. While I agree that it is important that our elected officials should do the right thing and balance the budget, a Constitutional Amendment is not the right way to get the job done. The Constitu- tional Amendment that our Senators Dianne Feinstein and Bar- bara Boxer will vote on would allow Congress to use Social Security trust funds to balance the federal budget. This would put the Social Security system at risk for both current and future generations. Many economists believe that if the current Balanced Budget Amendment passed the average Social Security recipient would loose up to $1200 annually. That $1,200 loss would be hard for my parents who receive Social Security to do without. I know that I can't afford to make up the difference. Don't allow Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer to balance the budget on the backs of seniors. Phone them at 800-962-3524 and say that you're for balancing the budget, but against the balanced budget amendment. Robert Wilhelm, Napa Eastern Star thanked for donations Editor'. The following is an open letter to Ms. Shirley Smith, Worthy Matron, Sotoyome Cloverleaf #82, Order of Eastern Star I would like to express the appreciation of the Cloverdale Food Pantry for the donation of canned food and other food gifts presented by your chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star at ChriStmas. The Cloverdale Food pantry receives no government support, but subsists solely on the good will of our community and the generosity and kindness of groups such as yours. Our Food Pantry provides good, nourishing food to those who might otherwise go without. We see many families with small children and a number of seniors whose pensions or social security just don't go far enough. On behalf of all of them, thank you and your members for their thoughtfulness. Lynn Gibbs Readers urged to vote yes on Measure D Editor:. I strongly urge every Cloverdale resident to get to their polling place to vote YES on Measure D during the special election being held in our City on Tuesday, March 4th. As a past City Council person and past Mayor of Cloverdale, I know the importance of emergency protection. I have watched our fire department staff save lives and aid our residents so many times, I couldn't possibly count. My years spent serving Cloverdale has gained me knowledge of our city's needs. Cloverdale needs measure D to ppss on March 4th in order to keep its present level of fire protection and service. Cloverdale needs full-time paid staff to respond to emergencies. Cloverdale needs their Fire Department and your Yes vote. .....  ..... Marie Van dagriff ' CHRISTIAN SCIENCE .... THE. CHRISTIAN SClENCE SOCIETY, 424 East Street, Healdsburg, 433-7645. Sunday Church Service 100 am, Evening meeting, second Wed. of month, 7."30 pm; Churctt Reading Room, 307 Center SL Hours: Tues, Wed, Frl, 12-4 PM. DIRT PLANE TICKETS. PACKAGES. CRUISES I p, or)sa4-=eeo ![ 307 South Main Street. Sebast0pol ]; f DIRT CHEAP TRAVEL  J Wednesday, February 19 Family History Ctr., LDS Chumh .................... 9 a.m.-9 pm Soroptimist Intemational, Sciaini Office ................... 12 pm Senior Center, Grange Hall ........................ 9:30 a.m.-4 pm Bingo, Kings Valley Seniors ....................................... 1 pm Cioverdale Grange; Business meeting, Gange Hall. 7 pm Green Thumb Garden Club, Vet's Bkig ..................... 1 pm Thumdmy, February 20 ' Thrift Sale, United Church ............................. .\\;:. 10 to 3 pm Rotary Club, Owl Cafe .....  ........................... ,....,.. 12:15 pm Cloverdale Host Lions Club ................................... 7:30 pm Eagles Booster Club, CHS .................................... 7:30 pm Italian Catholic Federation, St. Peters .................. 7:30 pm Friday, February 21 Toastmasters, The Blvd. Dell ..................................... 7 am Senior Day Center, Grange Hall ..................... 9:30 to 2 pm Saturday, February 22 Family History Ctr., LDS Church .................... 9 a.m.-1 pm Flea Market, Citrus Fairgrounds ................. 7 a.m. to 4 pm Thrift Sale, United Church ............................ 10 a.m.-1 pm Sunday, February 23 Flea Market, Citrus Fairgrounds ................ 7 a.m. to 4 pro\\; Monday, February 24 Boy Scout Troop #41, City Park ....... . ......................... 8 pm TuelKlay, February 25 Family History Ctr., LDS Church .................... 5 p.m.-9 pm Senior Center, Grange Hall ................................ 9:30-4 pm Preceptor Mu Theta, TBA ...................................... 7:30 pm Cioverdale Grove Druids, Druids Hall ........................ 8 pm Theta Zeta, Druids Hall ............................................... 8 pm Xi Delta Epsilon, TBA .................................................. TBA Copper Tower Family Health Center Free Blood Pressure Check ................... M-S, 9-12, 2-6:30 OutReach Mental Health ............ Mon.-Fd by appointment Free Vaccinations ......................................................... M-S Cloverdale Akoholk:s Anonymous Hot Une tor Cloverdale Information: 894-2070/544-1300 School Board holds special meeting,-g00s By Bill Cox For the CUSD School Board The Cloverdale School Board held a special meeting the evening of January 29 to discuss and experience the Internet. Several board member had requested a first-hand experience with on-line re- sources to help understand the issue of Internet access for our schools. The District is currently reviewing proposals to bring high-speed services to all sites. A fine attendance of 40 curious folks represented teachers and administrators, staff, students, board member sand parents. They joined four from City Hall and two visitors from a company that provides Internet access. Discussion was brief and focused, since everyone was eager to 'go on-line'. We began with a visit to the Cloverdale High School web site (www.chs-library.net). This set of web pages has been skillfully crafted by six students-Amy Hodges, Jerrod Meier, Caitlin Morri- son, Yuri Parsons, Ranjan Pillay, and Joe Simao-in a CHS Web Page Authoring Class led by Library Manager Dana Evans. They all deserve extreme praise for their web site creation and its continuing evolution. This site changes every week. Visit often. We jumped to the Cloverdale City site (www.cloverdale.net) and Bob Jehn showed us several pages at their newly updated creation. We proceeded through several on-line newspapers--The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The Press Democrat, The New York Times. We checked the Weather Channel, the Discovery Channel; we listened to a science program on Public Radio. We checked on weather radar, five-day forecasts, travelers' advisories. We reviewed a schedule of upcoming plays at London theater and we saw what was showing at the Raven on Friday. CHS teacher Joe Dobbins demonstrated how five mouse clicks brought us the entire contents of the new South African constitu- tion for his government class. Spanish teacher Joanne Argyres took us to a Madrid daily en espanol--ABC Electronicv-to display very current event material for her Spanish classes. We saw photos from the Hubble telescope and videos from the space shuttle. We browsed some company sites--Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Intel-- and visited several co]leges--SRJC, Sonoma State, Ca] Poly, UC. We saw how to get stock quotes and make trades on-line. For an hour and a half we pulled information from around the world and viewed it all on a big screen here at the high school. The amount and variety of information (the on-line term is 'content') that is a matter of seconds away on the internet far surpasses any resource we humans have ever assembled. A large library is fairly awe-inspiring for the vast number of books that stand ordered all around you. But now connect all the world's libraries (and more) and give anyone with access to a computer the ability to search all those libraries. You start to get an idea of the vastness of the InterneL Now add to those libraries--schools, government offices, entertainment companies, sports organiza- tions, public service agencies merchandisers, and on and on. And, it's all coming at you through those two dinky little phone wires. Tell me that's not magic. il Carla Shevchuk .... " " T , " I | J Your HO0000'mWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1879 Off.Hews Mon-Fri 9 AM to 5 PM CLOVERDALE REVEILLE F , Bonny J. Hanchett Roberts Lymu Robin Kramer 'veUisi.g/Cirada Bonnie Business he, roger ValHmchett Cloverdale Reveille (119-020 USPS) is published 52 times per year by Hanchett PublishirJ, Inc., on Wednesdays at'207 N: r CloverdaleBlvd, Cloverde, CA 95425 (707)894-3339. Subscflp- tions: (Price includes sales tax) $18.50 per year, $2750 per year out of Sonoma County. Sinsie copy 35. SecondClass PostasePaidatClo- verdale, CA 95425. Postmaster: Send address chanses to Cloverdale RevelUe, PO Box 157, Cloverdale. CA 95425. Adjud@ed a newspaper of b, en- eral circulation by the Supreme Court of the Ccunty of Semma, State ofCalifonda, mder the dae of March 3, !879,CaseNo.36106. Staff addition ,at Management Connections 2" ) CarlaShevohu]k hasjoinedthe administrative staff of Manage- ment Connections. She will over- see all clerical office functions, and assist with both applicant interviews and the company's marketing efforts. Anative of Michigan, who grew up in Santa Rosa, Carla has lived in Cloverdale for the past 2.5 years. Her children, Eric and Larissa, are first graders at Jef- ferson School. Management Connections, headquartered in Cloverdale since 1991, is a personnel staff- ing service, making both perma- nent and temporary job placements throughout Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino and Humboldt Counties. The agency has branch offices in both Ukiah and Eure- ks. For hiring or job search in- quiries, call 894-4400. "Some men , believe nothing 10ut what they can comprehend; and there are but few things that such are able to comprehend." Evremond IIII Measure D will not" your tax; voter pamph causes March 4 voters in the Cloverdale Fire Protection District to the polling booth at the Fire Station in Cloverdale to Measure D. The ballot measure asks the voters to approve a special levied on real property at a not to exceed rate of $22 per unit The average home owner now pays four units of risk $22 or $88 per year for fire and emergency medical care The voter's pamphlet presents the units of risk schedule to land use, etc. The measure, if approved, will establish the special tax same ate as the current assessment is set. The ballot provides that the Board of Directors of the District will. prepare a report showing each parcel of real property tax, the owners names, the land use classification applied proposed levy. However, Measure D limits the amount of the special tax it may not exceed the $22 per unit of risk that is now in the current assessment roll. This limitation will preclude the District from " " except by a special election that cannot be called but years and the tax rate proposed must have a two-thirds approval to pass. Wording of the measure in the voter's pamphlet has people in the District to misconstrue its meaning and Measure D does contain a tax increase. This is decidedly not the case. The need to have the special election was prompted by oflnitiative Proposition 218 in the November election. continue with the current assessment, levied at $22 per t risk, the District would have had to embark upon ing survey of every parcel to determine the benefit Board then decided to join with four other Fire Districts the same requirement, and seek voter a the same unit rate of risk. If approved Measure D will anyone's taxes. Measure D also includes an increase in th( for the District by the amount of additional tax money special tax and transfer of property tax revenue from of Sonoma and the City of Cloverdale. This is a provision of Prop. 4 passed several years ago, a limit on expenditures. This limit is set higher than anticipated revenues are, in the event you receive more from new sources. But, it limits additional spending. A district takes in $100 and the Prop. 4 spending limit is district acquires more property, and then has $200. District could only spend $120 because of the Prop. 4 limit. This limit is set by a complicated formula. The District will not be able to increase anybody's taxes approved by a two-thirds majority vote. :This is part Prop. 218 provision.  . .... ,  ,,: .....  ...... Should the district fail and the City is forefl protection obligation, patrors of the former district, City and the former Community Service area 39 would the same level of service. The City budgeted $207,000 protection prior to the District's formation. In City received $155,000 from the County for Community Area services. The City would not have this income County should the District be dissolved. This would result in a serious reduction of services. the City could continue to fund three paid firemen, a fire 24 hour manning of the fire station, since it hm make good on its commitment to transfer just $67,500 a property taxes to the District as its share of fire protectio Also, the City would not have the money to purchase apparatus that the District is arranging to lease/purchase. equipment would reI breakdowns and needs to be retired. While there are some inequities in the amount of now being levied on vacant land, the district's assessments are equitable and dale Fire Protection District, The Reveille urges voters to approve Measure D in continue present leve] of these services and to protect the tageous insurance rating that property owners now "Human behavior three main soumes: emotion, and TAX SEASON IS HERE! CLOVERDALE OFFICE SUPPLIES Your One Stop Tax Store! Wc do Tax Returns, 1099's and W2's Forms, Forms, Forms! 228 S Cloverdale Blvd. -- 894-3036