Drawing a line on the editorials page

14 Mar

Below is Chico Taxpayer Association board member Casey Aplanalp’s letter to the Enterprise Record, run in this morning’s paper. 

If you haven’t seen the survey he mentions, look here:


The survey isn’t just leading, and it isn’t just misleading, it’s downright dishonest, insinuating that certain people and groups support the tax without asking these folks for their permission – including Larry Wahl and the Bidwell Presbyterian Church, both of whom contacted me/this blog. 

Lando will use the dishonest survey results to write his tax increase measure for the council, and I’m afraid certain members of council will try to say that’s enough to put the measure on the ballot. We have to write letters to council – write more than one letter if you feel the need –  telling them we want a petition with the legal number of signatures. We should let both Ann Schwab and Bob Evans know that if they put this measure on the ballot without the signatures, they’re going down in flames in November. 

I believe my question regarding how a tax increase measure gets on the ballot, along with a general report regarding the upcoming tax increase proposals (that’s proposals, plural…) headed for the upcoming ballot is agendized for the first meeting in April, but you’ll have to wait for confirmation from the city clerk. I’ll keep you posted. 

In the meantime, read this letter from Casey and try to search for inspiration to write your own:

We need to know more about the sales tax hike proposed by Tom Lando and Jim Stevens. This needs to see the light of day.

I have a copy of the script the survey company is using, and it’s as crooked as a rubber cane. Biased and leading. Results should be scrutinized and dismissed upon presentation.

I’ve sent Lando an invitation to present and explain his proposition publicly, which has been ignored. What is he hiding? The Chico Taxpayers Association, Butte Taxpayers Alliance, Chico Tea Party, Butte Republican Party, Butte Libertarian
Party, Young Americans for Liberty, and the local Ron Paul Support team are all opposed to this sales tax hike proposed by Lando.

Where’s the tax hike support? And where’s the coverage?

 Casey Aplanalp, Chico

3 Responses to “Drawing a line on the editorials page”

  1. Rick Clements March 14, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Two things…The tax hike proposal should not go forth, not for twenty years that Lando is projecting, and certainly Lando and Associates should be barred from receiving any business contracts due to conflicts of interest, and the money if somehow passed should exclude it’s contact from coming anywhere close to being governed by the City Council or the General Fund which by law the Council controls.

    The Progressive Liberal Delusional Hypocrites who think they own this town and the council need to go. For over 30 years, these people have made the Council seats and it’s chambers a god damn on going year after year battleground and not a place where “common sense” and peaceful harmony prevails. I grew up and around most of these people and they are ” the people are parents warned us about ” from the 70’s. They all need to get a life and quit trying to force theirs down everyone’s throat.

    No tax hike period…use your brains council…not the plastic bag cigarette butt one’s you oftentimes display, but the one’s you were born with if there’s anything left of them!

    • Juanita Sumner March 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

      My family can’t afford this tax, period.

      Tom Lando is trying to tell us, “Look, if you pay for the hayride, I’ll let you up on the wagon!”

      I don’t trust him. Guys like him will leave you standing in a pile of horse apples.

  2. Rick Clements March 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Subject: An example of PLDH: Splinters In Her Crotch.

    A woman from Los Angeles who was a tree hugging, liberal Democrat and an
    anti-hunter purchased a piece of timberland near Colville , WA .

    There was a large tree on one of the highest points in the tract. She
    wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land so she started to
    climb the big tree.

    As she neared the top she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her. In
    her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground

    and got many splinters in her crotch. In considerable pain, she hurried to
    a local ER to see a doctor.

    She told him she was an environmentalist, a Democrat, and an anti-hunter and
    how she came to get all the splinters.

    The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then told her to go
    wait in the examining room and he would see if he could help her.

    She sat and waited three hours before the doctor reappeared.

    The angry woman demanded, “What took you so long?” He smiled and then told

    “Well, I had to get permits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the
    Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management

    before I could remove old-growth timber from a ‘recreational area’ so close
    to a waste treatment facility.

    I’m sorry, but due to Obama-Care they turned you down.”

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