Hating those who serve us:
Hug a miner today - Why are we strangling the industries and punishing the people who work in them that make our way of life possible?
(Note: This is an outstanding article -- one that should be read and shared, copied and handed out far and wide!)
November 15, 2004
By Ray Haynes (Ray Haynes' Capitol Report)
Assemblyman Ray Haynes represents California’s 66th Assembly District. http://republican.assembly.ca.gov/members/index.asp?Dist=66&Lang=1
Your car. Your desk. Your computer. Your pots and pans. The road outside. Your lunch.
What do these things have in common?
All of them involved disturbing the land and the "exploitation" of natural resources in their making.
Anything around you that contains metal, plastic, or rubber comes directly from mining and oil drilling operations somewhere in the world.
Anything that is wood, paper, or food was either logged or harvested.
Almost everything we have comes from mining, drilling, logging, and farming -- and yet these industries are increasingly under attack from NIMBY’s [Not In My Back Yard mindsets; think Ted Kennedy and wind turbines on the East Coast of Massachusetts], regulators, and environmentalists.
The public opinion of these industries is now such that, if you were to poll people on the least respected careers, you'd wind up with loggers, miners, and oil men right down at the bottom of the list with lawyers, telemarketers, and of course, politicians.
Farmers and ranchers continue to have a pretty high level of public support as occupations, but their industries are bearing the brunt of some of the newest rounds of regulation and NIMBY attack.
While nobody wants a repeat of the massive pollution caused by some of the older mining techniques -- and nobody likes to look at a clear-cut forest or an oil rig -- these industries have developed far less intrusive, far more environmentally neutral methods of extraction.
They are still hammered with charges based on images from long-discarded practices.
The regulatory system and local opposition groups have made it nearly impossible for any new mining or logging operations to exist in California, even when our society desperately needs new supplies of wood, gravel, and petroleum-based products.
Even when all environmental regulations can be adhered to, local opposition can scare a county or city into rejecting a necessary project.
Even the farmers, who maintain a high level of public support, now begin to feel pressure from activists and regulators.
It always astounds me when people move to a rural area (like much of my district) and then complain about the sights and smells and flies of agricultural operations.
Dairies have been all but chased out of Southern California by angry neighbors and air and water regulations.
Other livestock operations are being harassed by similar complaints.
What was once a thriving industry in Artesia, Chino, and other parts of our area, is now virtually non-existent.
Even simpler farming operations are under attack for using compost in the growing process and because of “fugitive dust” concerns caused by the plowing and harvesting of fields.
And farmers now fear allowing their lands to fallow out of concern they will become habitat for some allegedly endangered critter resulting in a ban on future replanting.
These are all messy industries, and all are necessary.
The rising cost of their increasingly scarce products -- a scarcity stemming solely from politically-motivated, slow strangulation -- impoverishes all of us.
Rising concrete, steel, and lumber costs drive up the price of schools, homes, and roads by billions of dollars, a process that will continue as long as production levels remain stagnant or in decline.
So it is time to stop attacking loggers and miners, oil drillers and farmers.
Stop accusing them of raping the earth.
Stop making their livelihoods more difficult than they need to be.
Start appreciating the benefits we enjoy as a result of their labor and their industries.
Next time you see a miner walking down the street, don't turn up your nose at him.
We'd all be wise to give him a hug instead.
Welcome to Ray Haynes' website:
Welcome to my web site. It is an honor to serve as your Assembly
Representative. It has been my pleasure to represent residents of
Riverside and San Diego counties in the State Legislature since 1992.
Additional article that you may find of interest:
Pursue Criminals, Not Their Tools
February 28, 2000
By Senator Ray Haynes
Ray Haynes' Biography
Assemblyman Ray Haynes, a native Californian, is a 1972 graduate of Elk Grove High School -- and graduated in 1976 from California Lutheran College (now California Lutheran University) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He received a Masters Degree in Public Administration in 1981 from Eastern Kentucky University, completing his education with a Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California in 1980. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1980, to practice law.
After graduating from USC Law School, Ray moved to Moreno Valley, becoming an associate at the law firm of Best, Best and Krieger in Riverside, California -- leaving in 1983 to begin his own practice in Redlands, California. Ray later joined Lawson and Hartnell as a partner in 1984. He began a sole law practice in Moreno Valley in 1988.
Assemblyman Haynes is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Riverside Youth Service Center, and is past Chairman of the Moreno Valley Community Assistance Program -- an organization dedicated to providing food and gifts to the community’s underprivileged families and children at Christmas. Ray was a member of Rotary Club, has served as a Planning Commissioner, organized the Riverside based Committee for No New Taxes -- dedicated to fighting tax increases, served as treasurer for Citizens for Property Rights -- to protect fifth amendment constitutional guarantees, and served as a delegate to the California Republican Party, where he serves as Chairman of the Resolutions Committee.
Ray Haynes was elected as the Assemblyman for the 66th Assembly District in 1992, representing Western Riverside and Northern San Diego Counties. In 1994, Haynes made it clear he was prepared to take on the popular incumbent Democrat state Assemblyman from the 36th district. Consequently, the incumbent opted to not run for re-election, and Haynes captured the seat with 55% of the vote.
In 1997, Haynes was elected by the Senate Republican Caucus to serve as Republican Whip. In that position, he was responsible for generating Republican analyses for the thousands of bills that reach the Senate Floor. He also served as Vice Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and the Public Employment and Retirement Committee, along with being a member of the Budget, Education, Judiciary and Industrial Relations Committees. Haynes served as the National Chairman of the 2500 member American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a national bi-partisan association of state legislators from throughout the nation.
Assemblyman Haynes was re-elected to the Assembly in December of 2002, where he serves as Vice Chair of Human Services. In addition, he sits on the Health, Budget, Natural Resources, and Appropriation Committees.
Assemblyman Haynes is routinely quoted in newspapers throughout California and is a frequent guest on television and radio news programs. He has appeared on the Today Show, World News Tonight, Fox News, and National Public Radio.
Ray’s wife’s name is Pam and he has three daughters -- Jennifer, Caitlin, and Sarah, 9.
Assemblyman Haynes and family attend church services at Calvary Chapel.