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What You Said: What do you expect of Obama's second term?
Yuba-Sutter residents and prominent officials were asked: With the inauguration Monday of President Barack Obama for another term, what would you like to see from our federal government in the next four years?
Carla Virga, member of the Republican Party central committee in Sutter County and a Yuba City resident: It would be nice if they passed a budget and began adhering to the Constitution. And I would like to see investigations into Fast & Furious and the Benghazi attack. We need jobs, and we're going to have to cut back on the regulations that keeps those jobs from happening. And I'd like to see more people getting involved and learning what's going on, rather than just believing what they're told.
John Nicoletti, Yuba County supervisor and Marysville resident: For the federal government and how it relates to here, it's Beale Air Force Base and it's the levee project around Marysville, which is in the president's budget. We need to maintain that position. We've pushed ourselves to the far extremes with the conservatives and the liberals, but we've taken the debate out of the room. There has to be a time where we can understand the priorities each party represents and work together.
Angel Diaz, co-chair of the Democratic Party central committee in Sutter County and a Yuba City resident: Number one is reviving our economy and get to some place where we are creating opportunities for jobs and people getting back to work. I'd like to see more family farm support, and something with immigration, where there's no more using that as a way to divide our nation. We need secure borders, but we also want to bring people out of the shadows. Years ago, there was an urban revitalization plan. It would be nice to have a rural revitalization plan.
Jim Nielsen, new state senator for the Yuba-Sutter region: Let's see some financial stability and the expansion of economic opportunity. On the foreign side, I'd like to see the US return to the esteem it has held as a benevolent and powerful nation, particularly in our military presence. And I certainly would hope Washington and California policy makers would devote attention to the excesses of budgets, and we would begin as leaders and citizens to quit looking to government as the solution to every problem.
Yuba City police Sgt. Kim Slade: Probably the hottest topic right now is gun control. Connecticut and other things going on. For security, as long as we continue to have funding for law enforcement. Obama still needs to address the unemployment issue just to make sure that unemployment doesn't rise, considering we're still feeling the effects of the recession. It's mostly with just the economy, and how the state of California's going to deal with in terms of realignment and prisoners; and how do we in law enforcement deal with that.
Donna Castaldo, retired Yuba City resident: Reduce the debt. The economy can't recover with the government that's in there now. I'd like the government to find out what happened in Benghazi. I really think Sutter County, Yuba City and this area does a really good job, despite the government.
Pam Kyner, of Wheatland: I don't expect a lot because Obama didn't do a lot in the first four years. Locally, I work for a small business, so I know they're concerned with new taxes. Gun control is something I'm concerned a lot about because I really support the second amendment.
Bernard Rechs, MJUSD trustee: Personally, I don't agree with his agenda, and I'm against anything that's against the second amendment. But what I'm against the most is an increase in government in education. We already have enough agencies governing education.
Mary Alice Shumate, 73, director of the Sutter County Library's literacy center: I have a different take on this because I am African American, and because I am from the South. I have seen struggling people all over this country in my lifetime. Today, I put my big American flag on the door, and I was glued to the television. I'm pleased with what President Obama had to say. He has humility and that is something that is hard for people in the U.S. to understand. He doesn't gloat over Obamacare or about killing Osama Bin Laden. He wants us all to be a part of what he does. I hope tongress is motivated to work with him and work for the country and put aside old grievances, for the good of the people.
Ricky Samayoa, mayor of Marysville: I really appreciated his call for unity. He's calling us to make our communties better and help make the country better. (Regarding the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell): I appreciate that gay and lesbian people can serve (the armed forces) now without hiding who they love. That's great. (Regarding immigration reform): We are sons and daughters of immigrants, and this has been an important part of our history. You see people from different sides talking about immigration reform. We need comprehensive reform. We have a lot of immigrant families here and it's important that they be allowed to participate in their community without fear that their family is going to be torn apart. The us-against-them mentality will never resolve an issue. It isn't just about securing borders. We need to see it (immigration) as an economic issue. If someone has a job and pays taxes and purchases goods, that helps create other jobs and leads to a more productive economy.
Kristy Santucci, executive director Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce: The presidents second inauguration itself gives very little insight on the true economic impact our region will face in the upcoming year. The one common theme that has been consistent throughout the US. and is exemplified in our area, is that the hard working men and women out there are still concerned with the economy and economic growth. The inauguration itself has very little impact on business, but the policies that follow always do.