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  • commented 2018-04-05 05:32:24 -0700
    I’m not in your district – but I’m hoping you can tell me if there are local versions of the problem-solver caucus.
  • commented 2018-03-22 13:24:09 -0700
    I understand that Congressman Jim Costa may not be in Fresno in early April. However, I did want to share with him and his office an important upcoming event at the Shinzen Japanese Garden. We will be hosting a Garden exhibit of the McLane High School Gaman Exhibit, Stories and Images of the Incarceration of Japanese Americans at Manzanar on Saturday April 7. Gaman means “enduring the unbearable with dignity and patience.” This is a powerful translation of stories of the survivors onto painted panels on wooden doors. Many of the students and their art teacher will be on hand to talk with the visitors to the Garden. It is the day of the annual Spring Cultural Faire at the Garden and we are honored to host and to support the students in the significant learning experience.

    For more information, please go to www.shinzenjapanesegarden.org


    Thank you.
  • commented 2018-03-21 14:53:21 -0700
    Mr. Costa, my name is Joe Cedillo. I am a retired Air Force veteran for 20 years now. The cost of my health insurance payments has nearly doubled in co-pays for doctors visits and prescription medications of which I need so badly since Ive had a kidney transplant Nov. 2011. The health insurance company that serviced Tri-Care has changed over to Health Net. My wife and I deserve better than this so I am asking for your help to reduce the cost of health insurance not only for myself and my wife but for all veterans and retired military.

    Thank you

    Joe Cedillo
  • commented 2018-03-09 10:58:46 -0800
    It has been only a few weeks since another mass shooting in US and yet, this horrific event has already receded to the background as public attention has riveted on latest news, both local and international. Any violent event forever changes the lives of everyone who was there and for their families and friends- for those that were killed and those who were maimed and who will carry the physical damage and the psychological trauma for the rest of their lives. It should change our lives, too, and make us initiate change so that this will never happen again.

    This shooting was just the most recent of a string of mass shootings that our country has known-1991- Killeen, Texas- 24 killed; 27 wounded; 1999- Littleton, Colorado at Columbine High School- 13 killed; 20 wounded; 2007- Blacksburg, Virginia at the Virginia Tech campus- 33 killed; 17 wounded; 2009- Fort Hood, Texas- 13 killed; 33 wounded; 2012- Newtown, Connecticut at the Sandy Hook Elementary school- 28 killed (20 of which were children); 2 wounded- 2012- Aurora, Colorado at a movie theater- 12 killed; 70 injured; 2015- San Bernardino, California- 16 killed; 24 wounded 2016- Orlando, Florida at the Pulse Night Club- 49 killed; 58 wounded; 2017- Las Vegas- 59 killed and 441 wounded; Sutherland Springs, Texas- 27 killed; 20 wounded; Corning, California- 6 killed; 12 wounded; 2018- Benton, Kentucky- 2 killed; 14 wounded; Pomapno Beach, Florida- 17 killed, 17 wounded…and sadly, this is just a partial list.

    While mass shootings garner more attention, there are hundreds that die and are injured every day from gunshot violence, whether it be from criminals, gangs, drive by shootings or accidental killings such as when a child discovers a loaded gun in mom’s purse or dad’s drawer and shoots his parent, a sibling or himself.

    While this carnage should be igniting discussion, the most deafening sound is the silence about enacting gun control. This event should act as a catalyst, sparking demand for change of this country’s insane gun laws that allow anyone to have easy access to weapons.

    Pro-gun enthusiasts like to cite the Second Amendment that refers to a “well-regulated militia” which made sense in the 1700’s in a country that had recently gained its independence and which had no standing army. It also referred to muskets, not semi-automatic rifles.

    The NRA and the pro-gun lobby wield such influence and power that no Congressman would dare propose gun control legislation at the federal level. Basic common sense measures should ban ALL assault weapons, limit the number of firearms that an individual can buy and have each firearm registered and tracked along with a rigorous assessment of an individual’s mental stability and criminal history for potential buyers, whether the purchase is made in a gun store, gun show or on-line. Yet, rather than passing measures to limit guns and violence, just before the Las Vegas shooting, Congress was considering passing legislation to legalize silencers, armor piercing bullets and to permit open carry (where federal law would supersede states with more restrictive gun laws). Not only would these further endanger all ordinary citizens, it would put the lives of law enforcement officers at much greater risk.

    It took only a single mass shooting in 1996 in Dunblane, Scotland and in Tasmania, Australia for these countries to enact gun laws that have resulted in a dramatic decline in deaths from gun violence. This included buy-back programs, lengthy background checks and complete bans on automatic and semi-automatic weapons. While gun owners are adamant about defending their right to have guns and while many may be conscientious with their firearms, individual rights should not supersede legislation for the safety and well-being of the general public. When the terrible events of Sept. 11 occurred, no one questioned the need to subordinate an individual’s rights for the benefit to the public at large when security measures needed to be enacted.

    The NRA says that there are enough gun control laws in place, that no amount of background checks would make a difference, that guns don’t kill, rather that people do. When there has been a massacre, they say this is not the time to discuss gun control. There is NO reason for anybody to possess an assault weapon and banning access to these is a clear logical step!

    The answer to this epidemic of gun violence is NOT more guns as there is discussion and impending legislation to arm teachers. Teachers are paid a pittance for their most important role of teaching our children, the future of our country for imparting their knowledge and instilling good values. Not only are we asking them to teach, we are asking them to lay down their lives. We are asking them to be psychologists, guardians, officers and sharpshooters and at the same time, we are woefully underpaying them for such tasks. Arming teachers is NOT a good idea as the example of road rage shows. What about class rage? That is, it is entirely possible that a frustrated or exhausted teacher with a temporary emotional imbalance can act out with a gun in the classroom against the student(s) that they have been entrusted to protect. Besides ensuring safety in schools, what about safety elsewhere, anywhere, there is a gathering of people- concerts, malls, street demonstrations…? How do we guarantee the public’s safety? How about people’s basic right of freedom of the fear of being shot anytime, anywhere? Isn’t that more important that the concern of impinging on some people’s right to bear arms!?

    The students of the Parkland school who experienced the horrific event of Feb. 14 bravely took action and confronted the leaders of our country for real and meaningful gun law reform, not just the enactment of a minimal gesture such as ensuring a 3 day waiting period prior to purchase and raising the purchasing age from 18 to 21 years of age.

    If we cannot enact gun control laws, when? After Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, Parkland…now is the time to enact laws to restrict the number and accessibility of firearms in this country and to control this monster of our own making.
  • commented 2018-02-21 07:36:55 -0800
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  • commented 2017-12-26 13:14:35 -0800
    Lincoln Project


    It is time to evaluate the political environment within our country. Both major political parties are now monopolized by the extremes, the ultra right and the ultra left, that disparage and insult anyone that does not agree with them. The political landscape today is toxic. Trust in the governmental process is at an all time low. It may be the time to recalibrate our political process. . There is a need for a new political “big tent” for all patriotic citizens; Democrats, Republicans, independents and others who are morally and politically centered and have felt disenfranchised, offended, alienated and frustrated with the current state of politics n our country.


    The Republican Party still claims to be the “Party of Lincoln” Under its current leadership, the party has abandon the principles that Lincoln believed and lived.


    During Lincoln’s time in the early 1850’s, the two major parties, Democrats and Whigs were falling apart from within. Quoting What Can the Collapse of the Whig Party Tell Us About Today’s Politics? (Smithsonian.com):

    A new coalition that combined most of the Free Soil Party, a majority of northern Whigs, and a substantial number of disgruntled northern Democrats came together to form the Republican party.


    The creation of the Republican Party was largely in response to the abhorrent bigotry and treatment towards black slaves and Irish Catholic immigrants. (Smithsonian.com)


    Abraham Lincoln was one of the pivotal political leaders during the demise of the Whig party and when he chose to join the new Republican Party:

    It was not a decision that Lincoln took lightly. He was a staunch member of the Whig Party up until that point. Yet events in the country caused him to change course. Indeed, the birth of the Republican Party and Lincoln’s transformation from a local Midwestern politician to the greatest American President are intimately connected to the extraordinary tumult of mid-19th century America.

    Any effort to consider why Lincoln became a Republican and his role in the formation of the Republican Party must begin with two basic points. First, a single issue united early Republicans – strenuous objection to the extension of slavery into the territories. Second, Lincoln’s passion was always for the principles of liberty in the Declaration of Independence, especially the principle that “all men are created equal.”

    Lincoln abhorred slavery, a position that led him to the Republican Party. Once a Republican, his broader philosophy made its mark on the party. (Why Lincoln was a Republican, The Ripon Forum, Volume 0, No. 0, The Ripon Society)


    In an effort to unify the country, upon being elected President, Lincoln promptly selected his formal rivals to his cabinet:

    Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1860 marked the first time a Republican was elected president. Having no experience in national affairs and facing a crisis of enormous proportions, Lincoln strategically filled his cabinet with the men who had opposed him for the nomination and who were his political rivals. Formed from a disparate coalition of Whigs, Democrats, Free Soilers, easterners, westerners, northerners, radicals, and conservatives, the new Republican political party mirrored the men who served in Lincoln’s cabinet…Lincoln, extremely self-confident, selected a team of political adversaries who were regularly at odds with each other. However, Lincoln looked beyond each man’s foibles and competing egos and saw the talent and intelligence each man brought to his administration. Cabinet members were free to disagree with each other and Lincoln’s unique personality ensured balance within his cabinet. Lincoln recognized the risks in Lincoln’s cabinet…Lincoln concluded he “must risk the dangers of faction to overcome the dangers of rebellion.” According to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, it was Abraham Lincoln’s ability to effectively manage his Civil War cabinet that illustrated his political genius. (Lincoln’s Cabinet: From Rivalry to Respect, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, PresidentLincoln.org)


    So what can we learn from Lincoln’s example? When political parties espouse extreme political positions for an extended period of time, it may require a formation of a new political party.


    As happened in Lincoln’s time, there is a need to discuss a restructured political party that:

    • Represents the positions of those Americans found in the center, that being socially compassionate, the fiscally conservative and the morally principled in both values and behavior.

    • Encourages bi-partisanship, collaboration, compromise and civility in the political process.


    For those of you who stand in the center and are members of any of the following groups:

    • Independents

    • Democrats

    • Libertarians

    • Republicans

    • No Labels

    • Blue Dog Coalition

    • New Democrat Coalition

    • Republican Main Street Partnership

    • Utah United Party

    • Bipartisan Policy Center

    • Third Way Politics

    • The Lugar Center,

    It is time to unite in a new alliance for the purpose of creating an inclusive political process that represents the best ideals of our democratic republic. It is time to replace the hatred, acrimony and stridency that is now pervasive in our two major political parties. Who will be courageous and take the lead in organizing a Summit of the Center?
  • commented 2017-12-01 10:46:17 -0800
    To The Honorable Jim Costa,

    Due to your position as a ranking member under the Committee of Agriculture, I wanted to discuss the current state and relationship between agriculture and water. I wanted to voice my support at your efforts to focus on California’s water supply and the effect of water on farmers. Although positive aspects of your plan are mentioned that focus on the unsustainability of California’s current water practices, your solutions will not be as successful as perceived. Water projects that increase dams and aqueducts are destroying the environment because the creation of dams causes water conflicts, drought, and water loss. A major negative of dams is that they are expensive to build and operate. Currently, California’s debt is around $389 billion, the expense of building a dam will affect the economy in California. Since dams are ultimately deemed unsuccessful, Californians shouldn’t be expected to pay taxes for an infrastructure project that will likely fail. The Bill H.R. 1251 should not pass because improving infrastructure will create a false sense of security for valley farmers. Due to the dependence on this area for agriculture, the potential failure of the dam could create floods and destroy the economy.

    There are other issues regarding the agriculture business that I believe you should become focused on passing legislation for. Farmers should be held accountable for their process of raising livestock and growing fruits and vegetables. Consumers have become removed from this process which poses a health risk because people do not know the history behind different food items. In other countries, there is legislation that forces the supermarket to provide information about the location and procedures of the farm. Despite the growing demand on farmers to produce for a larger population, farmers still have to practice sustainable and reasonable practices. Thank you for your consideration in listening to my concerns.

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