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Serving the Republican Women of Humboldt County
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Colleen Hedrick, President · Joy Finley, Newsletter Editor

Humboldt Republican Women Federated announces

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C OLLEEN H EDRICK

Spring Tea in Trinidad
Thursday April 16th 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

There are at least promises of spring, although that cold wind has a tricky way of taking charge. That said, it makes it a pleasure to think about a couple of tea parties scheduled for our Humboldt Republican Women Federated members, their guests, and interested community members. On Wednesday, April 15, multiple organizations are focused on a Tea Party gathering of citizens who Think they pay enough taxes now and are far from pleased with the direction they see the country headed. Join them at 12 noon and stand up to be counted at a Taxed Enough Already gathering at The Court House, 5th & I, Eureka. Thursday, April 16, from 1 to 3 pm is the time for our Membership Tea at Esther Holmes’ home at 637 Driver Road in Trinidad. It is a great opportunity to visit and enjoy a fashion show by the Irish and the Cotton Shops. There’s a rumor that you will be knee-deep in cookies and fun. Bring Your Old Cell Phones Please bring your old cell phones to the Membership Tea Thursday, April 16. Collecting our old cell phones and checking with family, friends, and neighbors for any of their discarded cell phones will enable us to send them in to be traded for phone cards for our service personnel. This could enable many in military service to make the calls home that are valuable support for them and their families. Cell phone accessories are also useful for trading.

It is TEA Time….Hat Time …..Time for our Annual Membership Tea sponsored by your Board of Directors. This year our tea will be hosted by Esther Holmes in her lovely home in Trinidad. Let’s make the most of this annual event, bring a guest, a potential new member to enjoy tea, coffee and goodies while visiting with old friends and making new friends. The IRISH SHOP will be presenting their wonderful new fashions modeled by several of our members. Be sure to wear your favorite hat; pretty, fun or outrageous. This is always a fun event, if you have not attended before, make plans to be there. Address: 637 Driver Road, Trinidad, CA Take 101 N - Exit 726A to Westhaven Drive, (.1mi) right at Scenic Drive (92 ft) right at Driver Rd (.1) 637 Driver is on the left.

Please RSVP to Colleen Hedrick at 268-0101 Reservations are to be honored. Cancellation notice is a

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Rep. Mike Thompson 269-9595

Senator Barbara Boxer 1-202-224-3553 1-415-403-0100

Senator Diane Feinstein 1-202-224-3841 1-415-393-0710

Email boxes for senator’s offices are often a lost cause because they are full. This sometimes also happens with voice mail but persistence pays.

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Here are some quotes from Journalist Judy King: Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? One hundred Senators, 435 Congressmen, one President and nine Supreme Court justices....545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human begin would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it. If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they (Congress) want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red. If they do not receive Social Security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

C HAPLAIN ’ S C ORNER
Discouraged? Do you find yourself as a Republican discouraged with the direction our country is going? Are you discouraged that those in power, little by little, seem to be taking away the freedoms we once knew? Many of the Bible’s strongest leaders became discouraged at one time or another. Many mourned when they witnessed the

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compassion will provide a refuge even in life’s most grievous times. Let us remember to pray for our nation and that our leaders will turn to the God of our founding Fathers for guidance and wisdom.

Israelites mistrusting their almighty God. Though the author of Psalms 102 is unknown, the words clearly indicated he turned to God in his distress and prayed the prayer of one who had nowhere else to go. After laying his troubles before God, he suddenly remembered God’s immutable nature. He only experienced relief when he realized God cannot change and that His

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by Chris Wennerholm The Executive Board of the Humboldt Republican Women Federated is pleased to report that, in the name of our organization, we ordered a Squad-Sized Care Package (for 8-10) to be delivered to our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan or Guantanamo Bay to help lift their morale and let them know, in

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buttons (bug repellent), Gatorade, Simple Green Hand Cleaner, lip balm, deodorant, special CDs for the troops, and a note from all of us expressing our deepest thanks and heartfelt gratitude to our military men and women for their service to us and our country.

no uncertain terms, that we support them and their mission. It was ordered through Move America Forward and the package contains some or all of the following: Easter Egg candy, Jelly Belly jelly beans, gourmet coffee, Oreo cookies, premium beef jerky, trail mix, Nascar Bug

California Legislation by Vee Sorenson
State Senator Tony Strickland wrote an interesting article about our unneeded California Boards that we, the taxpayers, support year after year. According to Strickland, these positions are nothing but rampant patronage doled out to an elite few by political friends of legislators. They are often used as so called “soft landings” for termed-out legislators, or a reward for favored staff members, spouses or other connected insiders. He points out one of the notorious examples is the California Integrated Waste Management Board. This panel consists of 6 people who implement policies to recycle to divert waste from our state’s landfills. This committee and others receive over $100,000 per year and meet once or twice a month. These boards and commissions make two and one-half times more than our school teachers. They make more than firefighters and police officers. Does this make sense when we are seeing teachers being laid off and government employees being furloughed? Does it make sense when our state is on the verge of bankruptcy? When we hear debating on how to trim our budget, you never hear these positions mentioned. A recent Field Poll found California Legislature’s approval rating is at 18 per cent. The disapproval rating is 72 per cent. A higher percentage of Californians had a favorable view of the job Richard Nixon was doing at the height of the Watergate scandal. We in the 1ST Assembly District should be spreading the word about these ludicrous appointments since Wesley Chesbro’s last job between elected positions was his appointment to the Waste Management Board. It is impossible to make needed changes in Sacramento unless more Republicans are allowed to run our state once again. The above information should urge us all to write letters to the editor and work extra hard to bring about change in the next election.

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B ARBARA H ECATHORN

We have four new members for the month of March. Please welcome the following ladies and thank the members who brought them into our group: Marcia Daniels by Della Chase, Margie Flanagan by Haline Sundet, Jean Glannini by Gwen Morris and Dorice Miranda by Debbie Walker. Thank you everyone who renewed their membership and to our new members who have joined HRWF. We were able to achieve 93% of last year’s number by CFRW’s deadline of March 31st. Great job, ladies.

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THOUGHTS ON TAXES....

C HRIS W ENNERHOLM

"I am proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is... I could be just as proud for half the money." (Arthur Godfrey) It's getting so your annual property tax is more than you paid for your home in the first place. April is the month the green returns to the lawn, the trees and the IRS. "The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale." (Arthur C. Clarke) "Today, it takes more brains and effort to make out the income- tax form than it does to make the income." (Alfred E. Neuman) The trouble with today's taxes is that they keep your take-home pay from ever getting there. A taxpayer recently sent the IRS twenty-five cents with a note saying he understood that he could pay his taxes by the quarter.... The American taxpayers wouldn't object to free transportation for certain government officials if they'd go where we wish they would. There is always death and taxes; however death doesn't get worse every year! It used to be only death and taxes were inevitable. Now, of course, there's shipping and handling, too. If you make out your income tax return correctly, you go to the poor-house; if you don't, you go to prison (unless you're in Obama's Cabinet). Golf is a lot like taxes. You drive hard to get to the green and end up in the hole. Ever wonder why the IRS calls it Form 1040? Because for every $50 that you earn, you get 10 and they get 40. Did you ever notice: When you put the 2 words "The" and "IRS" together, it spells "Theirs." Doing your own income tax return is a lot like a do-it-yourself mugging. Isn't it appropriate that the month when the taxes are due begins with April Fool's Day and ends with cries of "May Day!"? It's hard to believe America was founded to avoid high taxation. -----------------Obama, Pelosi and Reid were on a boat. The boat sank. Who got saved???... AMERICA!!!

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April 15 April 16 May 3-5 Taxed Enough Already Protest, Noon, Humboldt County Courthouse (5th & I, Eureka) Spring Tea in Trinidad, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Esther Holmes’ house in Trinidad CFRW 34th Advocacy Workshop and Spring 2009 Board Meeting Hyatt Regency at Capitol Park, Sacramento

May 4 & 5 Advocacy Workshop Each spring the California Federated Republican Women (CFRW) members and guest students meet together in Sacramento at the annual Advocacy Workshop to hear Republican leaders speak. This affords an excellent opportunity to introduce young people to the legislative process. Early registration is set for May 3 5 to 8 p.m. Registration reopens at 7:30 a.m. May 4. Invited speakers include Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. Members and students will have the opportunity to tour the Capitol and meet their local representatives. Hotel reservations may be made through the CFRW.org website which links to the Hyatt Regency, Contact may also be made with The Hyatt Regency at 916-443-1234 by April 15, the hotel cut-off date.

rlando! Now for O Plan

Caribe Royale Hotel Orlando, Florida September 10-13, 2009

C OLLEEN ’ S C OMMENTARY Y ES V IRGINIA , T HERE IS AN O BAMBAH L AND
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C OLLEEN H EDRICK
He and Michelle dropped hints aplenty along the way. They expect to render everyone equal by taking money and assets away from the rich, increasing welfare across the land, putting everyone in the same green cars, sending everyone to college, controlling all thermostats, and he’s got A.C.O.R.N. set to help the census count all these ordinary folk. The Obamas have not as yet told us what their status is going to equal. Congress already forced the big bust to enable everyone to own a house whether they had a down payment, a salary, or prospects. The Godawful truth is that this project didn’t work any better than a fast slide to hell is responsible for shoving us into the sorry financial mess we’re in now. A number of congressmen got big bucks from Freddie, Fanny, AIG, and others but that was the big pay-off for that fairy tale. Obama has essentially stayed in campaign mode. Air Force One zooms him to diverse points to sign a paper he could have signed in the White House, a photo op that could have been staged anywhere, a flight to Arizona for a 15-minute speech, and, more recently, a necessary trip to Europe that he conducted as an apologist for our country and a mud slinger at former President Bush.

Okay, so things haven’t been going all that great. Truth to tell, things have really been going lousy. But then again, truth to tell, there’s almost always something in which we can find a little glimmer of sunshine. Think about it: aren’t you plenty proud of yourself that you didn’t vote for Chris Matthew’s right or left leg thrill and help elect the Chosen One Barack (Havoc on the Potomac) Obama? It would sure be a bummer to look in the mirror and know you had a share of the responsibility for the daily assaults on a country he swore to protect. Now it’s clear that we were correct in our suspicions and it is dismantling he had in mind all the time.

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