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Page 2 Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Edd00.00 The "Fiscal Cliff" - Wall Street Shuck and live, Part I ing - less gravy for Wall Street! Count on these mammoth banks and their enablers in Congress to say and do anything to keep that from happening. Hysterical predictions of economic doom will flood the airwaves. Shrill voices will decry "the biggest tax hike in history;' whereas in truth those tax cuts were always intended to be temporary. It's all shuck and jive. Sound monetary policy is essential to a healthy economy. There is no rea- son why we cannot steer a course back toward fiscal responsibility by navigat- ing the fiscal cliff in stages. Funny that thiscourse of action is rarely mentioned in the media. Extending these tax cuts is not avoiding a "fiscal cliff". It's rewarding irre- sponsibility and dishon- esty. Don't fall for the con. rr V /.A;/,op, C.o,,._.,'/ Dear Editor, We're hearing a lot about the looming "fiscal cliff" these days. The "fis- .cal cliff" refers to the eco- nomic Armageddon that awaits us unless Congress extends the Bush-era tax cuts and forestalls mandated reductions in Federal spending by December 31. But haven't.,we Mard this story before? Remember back in 2008 when Wall Street demand- ed $700 billion from the  US Congress, or else it's the end of world? Got a fam@ of four? Your fam- ily's share of that came to about $9000. Haven't got the bill yet? That's because you're on the minimum payment plan - the one that keeps you in debt forever. You might want to think about what else we could have done with that money, like prosecut- ing financial fraud, for instance. And who benefited? As "Deep Throat" famously said during Watergate, "follow the money". When we do, we find that $20 billion of it was lavished on Wall Street bigwigs as bonuses. The rest was used to cover their losses from reckless speculation and imprudent financial management. And then there were various members of Congress. They got their cut of the loot during the next election cycle. It's a cozy deal! So here we are, four years later, facing yet another "crisis." Yeah, right. Here's the ugly truth: debt is Wall Street's gravy train. And the biggest, baddest debtor of them all is the Federal Government. This year, it will pay out more than $225 billion in interest. That's $2000 from your household. And the key to all that debt is deficit spending, caused in no small part by those tax 'cuts. Get it now? Going over the "fiscal cliff" means less deficit spend- citizens of Adams County, done this without you. I look forward to serving you all as Adams County Assessor. 5fac/5',ef re/er g Madc,,.,.xs up on your property, let- ters to the editor, phone calls, and for all.the words of encouragement. Thank you to my husband and family. I could not have To the I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and votes during the general election. Thank you for allowing me to put signs Protect Your Pets from Holiday Hazards So don't forgo that lovely holiday candle display just because you have a pet in your life. More information can be found at www.invisiblefence.com. Watch Your Plate As most great pet owners know, not all human foods are safe or healthy for pets. Pets can choke on bones in meat or fish dishes. And such foods as onions, macadamia nuts and chocolate -- which are commonly found in holiday cooking and baking -- are unsafe for dogs. Avoid having your well- meaning guests sending Spot to the vet by laying ground rules about sharing food. Also, one man's trash is a pet's treasure, so be sure to keep the lid on the garbage secure. By taking proper precautions, you can keep the holidays festive this year for both you and your pets. FROM STArEPOINTMEDIA You can bet that during the h)liday season your pet is bound to sniff out leftowrs, dig into the preserts and have fun with all ot your decorations. And vhile these holiday effects can spread cheer and joy amongst your human family members, they can be a real hazard to pets. This season, keep your holiday celebration safe, happy and healthy for pets by taking these key measures: Decorate Wisely Avoid poisonous holiday plants, like poinsettias and holly. There are plenty of toxic-free alternatives as evocative of the season as these traditional holiday favorites. If you must deck the halls with such plants, place them in an out of the way spot your pets can't reach and keep your pets away from those areas of your home. Tinsel and gift ribbons are tempting for pets that like to iplay with shiny things, but when swallowed, such items can cause intestinal obstructions. Clean up after opening presents and vacuum around the tree to pick up any gift debris, as well as fallen pine needles which pose a similar hazard. Avoid the Problem When it comes to the holidays, there's no need to be a Grinch in order to keep your celebration safe for pets. New technologies are making it easier to teach pets to stay away from certain areas of your home, both indoors and outside. For example, Invisible Fence Brand Micro Shields Avoidance Solutions are small mobile wireless units to train pets to avoid areas of the home or yard where they might get in trouble: And if you have multiple pets, you can set different rules for different pets. The Adams County Record Adams County Commissioners Continued om front page and it will be disposed of at another location. Conditions at both sites were good going into the winter season. Commissioners Paradis and Holmes agreed to support a grant being prepared by Valley County and the Donnelly Snowmobile Club to construct restrooms on Council Mountain near the Five Corners junc- lion on the road to No Business Lookout. Adams County cooperates with these groups to provide groomed snowmobile trails acr.oss the coun- ty and allocates funds each year to offset their costs of operation. The Commissioners voted to offer $1,000 towards the matching portion of the grant application and will write a support- ing letter to the State Commerce Department. Commissioner Paradis hopes that the snowmo- bile trails will be expanded to include a loop starting at Lost Lake and ending at Price Valley.. Road and Bridge Supervisor Tom Glenn led a tour of the Council Recycling Center to review Chris Friend's proposal for expanding the building to house an industrial baler. Plans call for extending the existing building by 36 feet to the east to create room for the new equipment. The Commissioners agreed to a $20,000 down pay- ment for the baler that will be installed in the Spring. Tile baler will cut the transportation expens- es for moving recycled materials, and will allow the county to sell mate- rials to different buyers as the markets change. Supervisor Glenn will add a part time employee to assist the department mechanic, Marion Denney, who will have surgery on his shoulder in Dec.ember. The Department will switch back to five-day workweeks to be ready to handle snow plowing this winter. Newly promoted Under Sheriff Ryan Zollman (who is already Sheriff- Elect) reported that the State Department of Corrections may be open to signing a housing con- tract with the Adams County Jail if the county will ban smoking by the prisoners. According to Zollman our county is the last in the state to allow inmates to smoke at the facility. Zollman announced the promo- tion of Chris Green to Corporal within the department. The jail housed fourteen state inmates this week. Under Sheriff Zollman has plans in place to convert the radio systems to the new narrow band mode in time to meet the January 1 deadline imposed by the Federal Government. County Extension Agent Shanna Hamilton would like the Commissioners" to consider moving the department to better quarters with more updat- ed facilities. The Agent's office has been suffer- ing from an invasion of field mice as the season changes. The current county building housing the group was constructed over fifty years ago and does not meet current building standards. THE ADAMS COUNTY RECORD q'he Adams County Record is published weekly at 108 Illinois Ave., Council, Idaho 83612-000R by Adams County Record Publishing Co LLC., Lyle SaU, Publisher. Periodical postage is paid at Council, Idaho. 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