I'm still marching

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RE: Care to Join Me at a Tea Party Thank you for all your comments. One of the things that I am grateful for is that for the most part people are free to have and voice opinions in this country. I thank all of you for your comments. I see frustration, hopelessness and anger. I was around in the 60s and 70s when we marched for equal rights, women’s rights and against the Vietnam War. I marched for the first two and not for the latter because I enjoy the right to have and voice my opinions. The one thing that is glaringly obvious about those marches, now popularly called “tea parties”, is they made a difference because they were nation wide and people were passionate about what they believed. I don’t think there is anyone, liberal or conservative, who will deny that we need change. We need to make a difference. We need to let our elected officials know what we think and that we will not stand for the way they have handled the government. Among other things, I recently challenged my district assemblyman and sent an e-mail to the govenor for the elected officials to take a voluntary 18% salary cut as mandated by the California Citizens Compensation Commission in May, 2009 instead of waiting until 2010 to take it. I also challenged them to forgo some of the perks of their jobs like travel expenses. My letter was shortened in this section so not all of that was included. I, along with a lot of people, have ideas and solutions. One of them is having the federal government pay for the incarceration of illegal aliens in our jails and prisons (or deport them), the cost of which is in the billions of dollars for California alone. You may have other ideas. You may not agree with my ideas. But we can’t sit around and say it is a waste of time to make an attempt to make a difference. If you can write your comments here, you can write to your elected representatives. We are nearing the July 1 deadline for the budget. Do you want the federal government to control California through bail-outs like they do financial institutions a nd the auto industry? We are headed for a financial disaster in this state. What are YOU going to do to make a difference? If I have to march and write alone, I will, but it would be much more effective to have a lot more people with me. Take Care Everyone. Sunny Brave, Rocklin