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8B Wednesday, Jan 7, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter D ITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Butte sheriff's silence about Plumas deaths sends deafening message Nearly three weeks ago a husband and wife from Cromberg were found dead in their car near a cabin they owned north of Oroville. The two were both popular and greatly respected county employees. Their grieving friends and co-workers wanted to know what happened. Were they murdered? If so, were there any suspects at large? In the days following the Dec. 20 deaths, Feather Publishing tried to get some answers from the Butte County sheriff. But each time we called the sheriffs media relations person the answer was the same: No comment. After a couple of days she no longer answered either of her phones when we called. And not once did she return our calls. After a week of this, we tried blocking our phone number so she wouldn't know who was calling. Maybe it was just a coincidence, but the first time we tried the blocking tactic, she picked up the phone. It's unfortunate that we had to resort to trickery to speak with a public employee whose main job is to work with the media. But even after we got her on the phone, she declined to comment on the case. When pressed for a reason why, she explained the sheriffs office didn't want to compromise the investigation. "Investigation? Does that mean this could possibly be a homicide?" we asked. "We can't comment," she said. If this is the way the Butte County sherifftreats the public he is sworn to serve, we feel sorry for the residents in his jurisdiction. If this is indeed a suspected homicide, photos of the suspects should be printed in every newspaper in the region. We realize that the police and the press don't always agree on the best way to report the news. Sometimes we find ourselves on opposite sides especially when we try to report about a possible crime that hasn't been solved. We get that. However, it is our duty to tell the public everything we know as soon as we know it. It's your right to know what your public servants are doing. Some law enforcement agencies don't feel the same way. They view reporters as intruders who can get in the way and compromise an investigation. They believe it is their job to tell us what they think we need to know, when they decide the time is right. In many large cities that way of dealing with the press has created an adversarial relationship between the cops and reporters. Neither side trusts the other. The police don't like the press Ruestioning their ctics ,,. d the reporters don't like the, pohc.e handing oCt dblts of useless informatlon. " .... . , That's why larger law enforcement agencies have a media-relations staff whose sole job is to deal with the press. They distribute carefully worded press releases that often lead to more questions than answers. We are extremely fortunate in Plumas County. Our sheriff, California Highway Patrol commander and district attorney don't consider the press to be an adversary. Quite the opposite. They often alert us when a crime has happened. They keep us -- and ultimately you updated with all the information they are at. liberty to give. Rarely will you read the words "No comment" from our sheriff in one of our stories. Our criminal justice leaders don't have media-relations staff. They pick up the phone themselves. The citizens of Plumas County benefit greatly from this working relationship. We are lucky. We can't say the same for the residents of Butte County. Their newly elected sheriff appears to have his staff on information lockdown with the public. It's a misguided policy that will eventually lead to mistrust. Late last week we learned through another media source that the case was being investigated as a double homicide. The news came nearly 10 days after the bodies were found. Is there a murderer roaming the streets of Oroville, or the towns of Plumas County? We might fired out, but the news probably won't come from the Butte County sheriff. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of the publisher, managing editor and the appropriate staff writers. .++,,.:: :~;++ ~+: 52" .:..:~++,+ :'~ . FeatN :: Publtshlng wspaper ] For breaking news, go to Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .. Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald ..........Managing Editor Jenny Lee ................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: Miriam Cody Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Greg Knight Debra Moore Maddie Musante Ann Powers M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Manifesting change through positive energy A friend of mine was reading one of my editorials while I was in Montana for Christmas, and suddenly a light went on in his eyes and he popped downstairs to his library. "It looks like you're conflicted on something." He said, "Read this." He handed me a book, "E Cubed" by Pam Grout. It's about conducting experiments to prove that magic and miracles can be manifested. Manifestation (revealing things) through believing was not a strange concept to me. In fact perhaps I manifested the book in previous weeks while my boyfriend and I discussed similar topics. I read it while I was there and it reinforced my budding idea that I can manifest the things I wish for. All I have to do is believe in my future. When we fin'st came to California, I trusted in our ability to relocate to another state with no plans, just these ideas: I wanted to write, and my boyfriend wanted to mine gold, and we needed to survive in the process. We put our faith in the universe's ability to give us those things. Now I write full MY TURN MIRIAM S. CODY Staff Writer time, between my novel and your paper, and Larry is on a busy mining operation. We have more than what we need, an abundance of material things. Many other things have come to me as a result of believing in them, good and bad, so I had no trouble grasping the concept. My first experiment after reading the book was to manifest money on the road trip home. The morning we left, I thought, I am going to find random money today. Random money. Random money. I believed I would. This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. of 2011 -- Six people are killed and 13 people are wounded, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in a shooting at a Safeway store in Casas Adobes, Arizona. January 9 1788 -- Connecticut, "The Constitution State," becomes the fifth state to be admitted to the Union. 2007 -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils the first iPhone. January 7 1904 -- The distress signal "CQD" is established. (It was replaced two years later by "SOS.") 1927 The first trans-Atlantic telephone service is instituted, from New York to London. January 10 1776-- Thomas Paine publishes "Common Sense," presenting American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule. 1870 -- John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil. 1980 -- President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out Chrysler Corp. January 11 1935 -- Amelia Earhart becomes the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California. January 8 1949 -- The fwst official recorded 1790 :- President George Washington snowfall in Los Angeles is documented. delivers the Eirst State of the Union address in New York City. January 12 1915 -- Rocky Mountain National Park, "i835 TJnite'd tiafi6n d debt is olorado, is formed bY an Adf ...... zero for Lhe+ Only tim inU.S: histoi y, + hgress: ......... 1964 -- President Lyndon Johnson declares a "War on Poverty" in the United States when the national poverty level reaches 19 percent. 2004 -- The RMS Queen Mary II, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake's daughter, Queen Elizabeth II. 1965 -- "I Feel Fine" by the Beatles is the Billboard No. i single. 1971 -- The television situation comedy "All in the Family" premiers on CBS. January 13 1968 -- Johnny Cash performs a live show from Folsom State Prison. In a gas station in West Yellowstone, Montana, I found $7 on the floor, just sitting there. Now, I know $7 isn't much, but how often do you fmd any cash lying around these days? I wasn't convinced when I found the money. I was convinced long before that. I believed, and that's why it was there. Making magic happen We can use the power of positive energy in every area of our lives. Here in Plumas County, we have political conflict, harmful confrontations, illness. It could all be dissolved using positive energy. This energy is generated through positive thoughts. It comes through openly and thoroughly believing in a positive outcome. .Some may think, really, Miriam? Healing illness with your mind? Hippie... Fair enough, but dude! It works. I have had poor vision for most of my life and I wear contacts. A few weeks ago, I stopped wearing them and decided to train my eyes to see well again. I believed firmly that this would work, and I would see everything crisply without my contacts or glasses. It's not perfect yet, but I don't need either my contacts or glasses all of the time now. If I need to see out over yonder hilltop, then I whip my glasses out of my purse and check it out, but I can drive, work, read, watch TV without them. I couldn't do that a year ago. It's just an experiment, but one that seems to be working. That's what manifestation is all about. Tesla said, "To understand the true nature of the universe, one must think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration." Some physicists believe that everything we see, everything we feel and know is energy, whirling about itself and interacting. There is a balance there, and when it is disturbed and tilted heavy on the negative, illness can arise. If the energies can be restored to a healthful vibration, illness is cured. This is medicine, just not the kind widely accepted in the U.S. We can, in the same way, heal unrest among our communities. The Indian Valley Community Services District has had a difficult year, to say the least. But I look around me at their meetings and see a group of people who mostly just want the best for their community. What if every one of those people strongly believed that the IVCSD would bounce back fmancially, this year? What if they believed that by the end of 2015 trust would be restored between the two sides of a currently divided community? It would happemt,believe it would If each Plumas person put some focus into manifesting money for the county, really trusting it will come instead of worrying, worrying, worrying how, we would see it. I'm going to fmish my novel and start talking to agents this year. I believe and expect to be picked up and published. I banish all doubt. And this is what will happen, because of my faith. It is simple. You can believe or not, but you will unlikely ever see what you do not believe in. REMEMBER. WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ..... 1915 The Plumas County elected officers chosen by voters to serve the next four years were sworn in Monday at the Plumas County courthouse: J.O. Moncur, Superior Court Judge; L.A. Braden, Sheriff; M.C. Kerr, District Attorney; E.C. Kelsey, Treasurer; L. Clough, Recorder; L.P. Mori, Tax Collector; F.C. Pazour, Assessor. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1965 The first baby born in Plumas County this year was born January 6 at the Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. Deneen Marie Preston was born to parents Ken and Denise Preston, of Quincy. Robert Hunter, of Greenville, became a new member of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors at the board's first meeting of 1965. Supervisor Joe Crivello, of Quincy, was named chairman. E.J. Humphrey of Greenville, a supervisor for more than 17 years, was presented with a gold wristwatch 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1990 The first baby born in Plumas County this year arrived January 4 at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy, to parents Michael and Carrie Curran, of Quincy. Baby Christopher Lyle was born at 7:11 a.m. and weighed 6 pounds 6 ounces. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2005 Newly elected Plumas County Supervisors Rose Comstock and Bill Powers and returning Supervisor Robert Meacher were sworn in this week. Supervisor Bill Dennison was named chairman of the board. Maya Hansen, daughter of Dan and Doreen Hansen of Quincy, was the first baby born in Plumas County in 2005, January 3 at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. It's time to end the open season on law enforcement Last week I read a report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund declaring that police officers are being shot dead by firearms in an increasing fashion. After going over the report it gave me pause to think about how lucky Plumas County is to have a degree of insulation from urban America and the criminal element it often harbors. The report begins by stating a pretty ominous fact. "Firearms-related incidents were the leading cause of death among law enforcement officers in 2014. Firearms-related fatalities accounted for 50 deaths, increasing 56 percent from 2013 when 32 officers were killed," the report states. Another key element to consider is that there were only five fatal shootings of officers by ambush in 2013. That number jumped to 15 last year, a 200 percent increase. Officers being killed in traffic stops had an even worse statistic in 2014; while only two members of law enforcement were killed in 2013, that number rose by 300 percent to eight deaths in 2014. Largely, wehave been lucky locally to not experience this type of open season on our officers, but I still hearken back to the memory of Billy Hunter, a Greenville kid that grew up to be a deputy with the Butte County Sheriffs Office. Hunter, along with his supervising lieutenant, were killed by gunfire while responding to a call back in 2001. The only Plumas County Sheriffs Office ~.., "r" "~: MY TURN GREG KNIGHT Sports Writer deputy that has ever been killed in the line of duty is Stacy W. Baccala. At the young age of 32, he was shot to death in June 1932 while making a traffic stop and arrest on Highway 70. Thankfully, the killer was apprehended and hanged six months later. With all of these things in mind, this seems like the beginning of a war on police officers; a multipronged vendetta against the thin blue line that protects us from both the violent and nonviolent criminal elements in society. While there are plenty of people willing to coddle the criminal element, both in Plumas County and abroad, I won't. You can tell me all day long, until you are blue in the face, that "social justice," a raise to the minimum wage and more benefits for those not legally in this country will help cure the ills that are causing officers to be shot. Really? How about the criminals stop giving the police a reason to shoot them? Don't assault cops. Don't pull a gun or a knife on a cop. Common sense, right? I'm not denying the fact that there are bad cops in every state of the union-- officers who will plant evidence, fire their weapons outside of protocol and lie under oath -- and do so without compunction. Those rogues are not indicative, however, of the vast majority of officers and need to be ferreted out and fired. Most cops I know consider law enforcement a profession and take it seriously. To put it in other words, there are bad doctors, untruthful lawyers, teachers who prey on students and any number of other professions that have bad apples in the barrel. Why aren't they being killed by gunfire? In my opinion, the criminal element is out to protect the criminal element and the sworn enemies of criminals are cops. The bad guys know the enemy and, having been emboldened by the rhetoric of rubes like A1 Sharpton, Nancy Pelosi and the talking heads on CNN, are taking to the streets and , hiding in bushes to attack law enforcement. Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day and we need to support them. Ask yourself this: How many times have you muttered under your breath "there is never a cop around when you need one"? With the way things are going, will there actually be one around when you need one?