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:lOB Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 EDITORIAL and OPINION Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL When you travel, take the paper with you This week we are starting a new photo feature we are excited about. Actually, our usually quiet newsroom staff meeting was quite animated when the subject of "Where in the world has my paper been?" came up. There are only a few of us, but we al1 knew someone who was traveling or lived somewhere far away from enchanting Plumas County who wouldn't mind posing with the Feather River Bulletin, Portola Reporter, Indian Valley Record or Chester Progressive. We start the feature this week with graphic artist Rose Torres holding a recent issue of the Bulletin next to a London phone booth with Big Ben in the back- ground. Rose took a theater tour of London over the holidays. Dear reader, where do your travels take you? Do you go on exotic trips to sandy beaches? Do you drink lattes or espressos at open-air caf6s in Europe or visit family in the Midwest? Send us a picture with the paper in it. It is a good way to let your friends and neighbors know where you have been. If you are a homebody, ask someone you know to take the paper on his or her next trip and send you the picture. We are in the days of digital cameras and cell phones so it is easier than ever to get the picture and send it anywhere. Remem- ber two things: The bigger the picture the better, and tell us who is in the picture and where it was taken. It is also important to leave the paper be- hind. One of our goals is to ha'ge people from all over the world learn about Plumas County. We're not sure how many readers are aware, but after another California pa- per featured the Susanville Symphony So- ciety 10 people from Roseville decided to drive up for the concert and a man from the Sacramento area made a donation to the sYmPhony. Perhaps if someone picks up our community paper, he or she will see there are parts of America that are nothing like Hollywood, New York City or Washington, D.C. We are already lining up some of our traveling friends to take the paper with them. We also love to have pictures of our servicemen and women with their local pa- per. Send your photos to smorrow @plumasnews.com. g / Breaking News .... go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Diana Jorgenson .......... Portola Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Kate West ............... Chester Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Mona Hill .................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Joshua Sebold Will Farris Sam Williams Barbara France Susan Cort Johnson Cheryl Frei Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Lassen County Times (530) 257-53211 Portola Reporter (530) 8324646 Ruth Ellis Brian Taylor Pat Shill:to Linda Stachwell Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Ch ester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Citizen o0000trage - theater ,of'the absurd MY TURN JOSHUA SEBOLD Staff Writer Jsebold@plumasnews.com I begin every workday with coffee anal a quick perusal of my e-mail. Now, of course, there is a grab bag selection of various local people who may have sent me a threat, inter- esting anecdote, off-the-record tip or sugges- tion for a future article. The mix may differ from day to day, but the most reliable part of checking my e-mail is that I will have several messages from Sacbee.com, where I subscribe to an alert system to keep up on events at the state level. Every now and then there is an article worth glancing at, usually about something to do with the economy or politics. After reading one of these articles I can never re- sist the urge to take a quick look at the com- ments section at the bottom. These com- ments provide what is probably the largest source of humor and frustration associated with my fellow human beings week in and week out. I am constantly amazed by the ability of people to maintain such an unfathomable level of rage about this state and country on a daily basis. The amount of pure distilled anger that people excrete onto those com- ment pages is utterly overwhelming. Almost as stunning as the rage itself is the lengths to which people will go to ex- press that rage, literally finding any way possible to turn a completely unrelated article into a rant on the incompetence of our state government. A good example of this type of behavior occurred recently when the site posted a sto- ry on major California cities dropping in na- tional literacy rankings in an annual Cen- tral Connecticut State University study. A user named yolowolf reacted, "There is also a declining level of literacy amongst our state's elected officials. No wonder the legis- lature can't come up with a balanced budget. I think they all flunked out of Economics 101 as well." Now the first time you hear something like that it may seem slightly humorous and clever. But after glancing at the comments sec- tion of articles for two years you begin to re- alize that nearly half of the people posting on any given Story, no matter how unrelated to the intelligence of our state government's elected officials, are making comments like this. You may also notice that yolowolf may not have even read the article in question, as no History & Myslery On a recent holiday trip to England, Rose Torres displayed the Feather River Bulletin in front of a London telephone box and Big Ben. Next time you travel, bring your lo- cal newspaper along and include it in a photo. Then e-mail the photo to smor- row@plumasnews.com. Photo submitted part of that comment goes any deeper than taking the topic of the article, expressed in the headline, and immediately connecting it to his feelings about the state government. Then, adding to the maddening quality of this trend, the comment section will often devolve into a conversation about how bad our state government is and how everybody associated with it is much more incredibly stupid than the authors of these comments. This seems to ignore the fact that at least some of these brilliant people must have used their superior intelligence to vote for some of the people they so hate. The original topic of the article is quickly forgotten in many cases as the daily episode of this "citizen outrage theater" plays out. That's right, I said this occurs daily, which means that these people never seem to get tired of taking turns saying that our government is broken or that the governor is stupid or that the Legislature is corrupt. Needless to say, this gets slightly annoying after awhile, and eventually becomes severely depressing. What amazes me is not that people are an- gry but that they keep being entertained by this concept of expressing that anger in the same way on a daily basis. There are several reasons this gives me less faith in humanity. One is that these people are so caught up in this cycle of expressing anger that they are unable to see how pointless and annoy- ing it becomes after awhile. It seems crazy to me that these people can sit around all day saying the same things about how we should somehow re- place our entire state government in one I fell swoop and are not eventually annoyed by the repetition. For instance, let's say that I believed that the sky is blue and most people I talked to on a daily basis also believed that. I am rela- tively certain that if every day I said, "The sky is blue," to every person I passed that I would be swiftly and forcibly removed from society in less than a week. Now imagine that the opposite occurred, imagine that every person that you passed on the street every day and all of your friends and your family told you 10 times a day, "The sky is blue." Regardless of whether you agreed or dis- agreed that the sky was blue it would seem pretty absurd to you after awhile that a group of people who all agreed on this basic principle would continue to find it interest- ing or novel to tell you this fact. This is frightening to me. Now let me try to address why citizen out- rage, as employed today, is overrated. Probably the most well-known uses of citizen outrage to affect this country are the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement during Vietnam. Both of those fights were defined by a common goal that See Outrage, page 12B REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 80 YEARS AGO .... 1930 Tuesday night the mercury in the ther- mometer throughout Plumas County start- ed dropping with steady intent to eventual- ly reach the bottom of its confining tubes when it reached the ten below zero mark by Wednesday morning. An old fashioned snow storm visited Plumas County over the last weekend dropping five feet of snow at Bucks Ranch and two and a half feet at Belden in the Feather River Canyon. Telephone lines were destroyed between Spring Garden, Sloat, Portola, Quincy and Greenville as similar snowy conditions prevailed. Power lines were also effected county-wide. 50 YEARS AGO .... 1960 There is such snow and ice in Plumas County but the Plumas County fair manager has ordered 13,440 petunia plants to be deliv- ered iti April to brighten the fairgrounds and to be planted in boxes to line the main streets of Plumas County next summer. Masonic funeral services were held this week for Plumas County Justice Court Judge Fred Dettmer. 30 YEARS AGO .... 1980 Plumas County employees now have a personnel manual addressing county poli- cies on such things as vacations, holidays and dress codes. The ten page document was compiled at the direction of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors. A "constitutional convention", designed to draw a concensus of basic planning prin- mples within Plumas County is expected to draw hundreds of concerned Plumas County residents to the fairgrounds this Saturday. Over $4,500 has been spent to promote and ' accommodate the county's largest-ever townhall meeting sponsored by the Plumas County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. Eight workshops will be held and four speakers will be on hand to discuss future planning goals within the county. 10 YEARS AGO .... 2000 The flu bug, but not the Y2K bug, has hit Plumas County with hospitals in Greenville and Chester filled to near capac- ity with flu patients. Quincy and Portola hospitals have not been hit as hard yet. Note: Items ,included in the weekly Remem- ber When column are taken from our bound newspaper archives and represent writing styles of that particular period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the orig- inal newspaper. Would you 'Apple Z' if you could? MY TURN RUTH ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@l assennews.com The newsroom staff at the Lassen County Times sit in one large room, with only two dividers set up to create a small cubicle area for the managing editor. Due to the setup of the room, it creates the perfect setting for many interesting conversations, from who is predicted to win the upcoming football game to current events. Sometimes, the topics tend to be more philosophical in nature. One day this year, we started talking about a convenient option on our comput- ers that we call "Apple Z," or undo typing. If we simultaneously push the Apple and Z keys, it undoes the'previous action. This is useful especially when we accidentally cut out a paragraph. All we have to do is hit Apple Z. Did we import the wrong pic- ture onto a page? Apple Z. Our conversation that day turned to- ward the question, what if we could Apple Z certain moments in our life? In some cases, .we knew Apple Z would be a nice option, but I think the general consensus was that life would be boring if we could hit Apple Z option at every mis- take we made. With no consequences we would never learn and never become re- sponsible human beings. Looking back over 2009, I'm sure we can all think of things we wish we could Apple Z or undo, whether the incidents directly or indirect'lyaffect us. I have been at the paper for four years, and I think in my time here, this has been the first year we have been hit with consis- tent and oftentimes unpleasant news sto- ries. I'm not one for New Year's resolutions: but I do appreciate a chance to start a fresh new year, a clean slate: The past two months have bee busy and combined with several unfortunate incidences, [ was thinking, "Gosh. I can't Wait until this year ends." But, when I look back at the particularly trying times of the past year, not just in the community but personally, I like to think they were learning moments. Moments that remind you to hug those you love even closer, to fully appreciate the people in your life and all they do, to never miss out on a chance to help some- one else and to live life passionately, never stop dreaming and reaching for your goals. And no, this year wasn't all badthere was winter camp with the high school group from the church I attend; camping with the family and friends; Reno Aces baseball games; [econnecting with a col- lege friend I had not seen in five years; and watching another good friend get married. In the community, the generosity contin- ues even in a slower economy. A new class walked into adulthood at the local high school graduation ceremonies. A new Miss Lassen County was crowned during fair week and a sold-out crowd packed the main grandstands to hear award-winning country music artist Lady Antebellum. So, would I take an Apple Z option? If it were available, I hope not. While I do hope 2010 brings a little more joy and happiness to our area, I think the difficult times in life not only make us bet- ter and stronger people, they also help us appreciate the good times that much more.