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12B Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter LETTERS, from page 11B granddaughter Katie were not present at the last mo- ment. She died on their liv- ing room floor nestled in warm and cushy thick blan- kets surrounded by her loved ones. There could not have been a greater closure for all who were there, in- cluding Grace. For me, there was a per- sonal facet to her passing. Sunday night, I had gathered some of the most successful duets that Grace and I had taped some 10 and 15 years ago. I was able to glean a program of an hour long. My intention was to make a CD and give a copy to her grand- daughter Alyne Rose to play for Grace the next time she saw her. This was the first time that any such gleaning had ever entered my mind. On Monday morning, I com- pleted the CD and called the Keller residence, expecting to leave a message, believing that no one would have been back from the various places that I thought they would be. Daniel, her grandson, sur- prised me by answering the phone. It was then that I heard the not too-unexpected but still shocking news. In a moderate wind, diminutive Grace would have been blown away, but she was one of the strongest and most well-respected forces in the American and Indian valleys. She lives in the memories of all who knew her and is now enjoy- ing her most famous green drink. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Speeding A friend and I were walk- ing to the post office and the kids were getting out of school for lunch. We walked across California Street and I walk slow due to back prob- lems and almost got hit. Then we walked across Nevada Street, and the kid speeded up and I almost got hit again. The sheriff's department needs to patrol or put a speed sign by these streets.The cars were going too fast for me to get a li- cense number. Dianne Hale Portola Helpful, friendly While I was driving up the Feather River Canyon on my way home from the Bay Area the evening of Jan. 1, my mind was wandering back to family and friends as I neared he end of my long journey. Suddenly, flashing lights in my mirror brought my thoughts back to the pre- sent. The next thing I knew af- ter I pulled over, the CHP of- ficer was at my window. It was reassuring when he said he just stopped me because a brake light was out. He checked my motor home with his flashlight to make sure I was safe while I rum- maged around inside for my driver's license and registra- tion. I was embarrassed when I could only find an in- surance card but Officer Grover politely said that he would check my license and registration over his radio. When he came back he let me know I was OK and he politely recommended that I keep my papers handy. It was wonderful for me to be back home in this little community. I thought about the officer being out on the dark lonely canyon road watching over people in- stead of being home with his family and friends on the first day of our new year. I really appreciated this friendly, helpful officer. Susan Asta Quincy PLUMAS GRAEAGLE OUTPOST Open 7 days 8:30am-3pm all Winter Food - Refreshments Hot Chili & Soup for Lunch High speed internet graeagleoutpost.com 530-836-2414 0000CTORY Soup * Salad * Sandwiches * Pasta * Pizza * Calzones OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 197 Commercial St., Portola 832-0430 ,MBumeu,du7 Su Im g Tue 7pMt: Pod Tu, J'"-" Lyv Tk 7m: "Do T  Open 7 Days a Week- Lunch & Dinner At the old Log Cabin Reservations Suggested 64 E. Sierr&SL, Portola 832-243',. ,o  Events Around Plumas County Jan. 16 Portola: Scott Arthur and Friends in concert, featuring the Kepple Family as special guests; Portola Station Church, 171 S. Gulling Street. Free admission, refreshments provided, donations appreciated. For information, Scott, 260-3222. Feb. 17 Johnsville: Historic Longboard Revival Races, Johnsville Ski Area, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; contests, races commemorate 1855 origin of downhill skiing. Participants, spectators in period costume. For information, 283-6345 or visit plumass- kiclub.org. Jan. 22 Portola: Words & Music, Feather River Community Arts Center; featured artists: Penny & Dude Berry. Doors open at 7 p.m. Monthly.series of acoustic music and the spoken word, open mic. Admission, $3. For information, Plumas Arts, 283-3402. Taylorsville: Taylorsville Tavern Nite Club, 8 p.m. A variety of performances by local artists. Sign-up at 7:30. Free to 21 and over. For information, 284-7656. Greenville: Cooking Workshop, easy, low-cost, fresh and tasty meals, by Plumas Rural Services; United Methodist Church; doors open 4:30 p.m., class 5-7:30 p.m., meal provided. Pre-registration required; call Elizabeth, 283-3611, ext. *839. Quincy: Feather River Grange dinner, 5-9 p.m., 55 Main St. Jan. 23 Graeagle: Redstreake Snowball, Longboard's Bar and Grill, 7 p.m., dancing, 8:30 p.m., semi-formal gala with music by Akimbo. Hors d'oeuvres, no host bar and door prizes. For tickets, information, 283-6345 or plumasskiclub.org. Maybe: Elks bingo, 7 p.m., Calpine Elks Lodge, Highway 70. Open to the public; for information and tickets, 832- 5785. Lake Davis: Graeagle Preschool Poker Run to benefit the preschool; check-in, 9-11 a.m.; drawing prizes. For infor- mation, 832-5330. Jan. 25 Quincy: Gluten-free night, Quincy Natural Foods Learning Center (across the street from the co-op), 5:30 p.m. Class taught by Katie Bagby; pre-registration required at co-op. For information. 283-3528. Jan. 28 Chester: Words & Music, The Coffee Station. Doors open at 7 p.m., featured artists: Doug Sheehy. Monthly series of acoustic music and the spoken word, open mic. Admission, $3. For information, Plumas Arts, 283-3402. Jan. 30 Maybe: Annual crab feed; social hour, 5 p.m.; dinner, 6 p.m., limited seating. Calpine Elks Lodge, Highway 70. Open to the public; for information and tickets, 559-2425. Feb. 5 Quincy: Artists opening reception, Plumas Arts Gallery, 5-7 p.m.; featured artist: Lucinda Wood. For information, Plumas Arts, 283-3402. COMING: SHERLOCK HOLMES Quincy: Art Walk, Main St., 5-8 p.m. Galleries include: The Eagle's Nest, Plumas County Museum, Epilog Books and Plumas Arts Gallery. For information, P!umas Arts, 283-3402. Feb. 9-10 Quincy: Vagina Monologues, Quincy Town Hall Theatre. For information, dramaworks, 283-1956. Feb, 11 Ouincy: Words & Music, Morning Thunder Caf6, featured artist: Olive Echo. Doors open at 7 p.m. Monthly series of coustic music and the spoken word, open mic. Admission, $3. For information, Plumas Arts, 283-3402. l **To include free or nonprofit, fundraising, educational or charity events in this calendar, e-mail mhill@plumasnews.com or call Mona Hill at 283-0800. For sporting events, including Exit ASAP It is time to bring our brave men and women home from Afghanistan. At pre- sent the Taliban are on the offensive and winning the war. There is hope that the surge will turn things around. There is supposed to be a far-off light at the end of a very long tunnel. Shades of Vietnam. World War II was fought and won in four years. We are still in Afghanistan eight years with no end in sight. Our troops are weary from battle fatigue Their deploy- ment to Afghanistan for three or four times is taking a toll on them and their fam- ilies The repeat deployments to Afghanistan are because there isn't anyone to replace them. Only one percent of the. population is fighting this war. If voters had to chose right now between having a draft to provide manpower for Afghanistan or leaving, the troops would be homeward bound in a heartbeat. Afghans are being trained as soldiers and national po- lice reports say they have a long way to go. Simulated combat situations perfor- mance has been poor. Re- ports say they have stolen military gasoline and weapons while also collabo- rating with the Taliban. Some 10-15 years will pass before Afghanistan can fund its projected 400,000 soldiers and national police. It can only be guessed their quality and competence in a country where 90 percent of the population lives on $2 a day or less and people speak 30 different languages. Military operation costs are another reason to exit Afghanistan ASAP. These will cost $300 billion through 2013. Each soldier has a cost of a million dollars per year An exit from Afghanistan can direct money to meet American needs here at home in these tough econom- ic times. It will mean having our brave men and women to come home in person rather in a body bag. James L Overstreet Quincy Need resolve A fountain of hope came this new year with the an- nouncement of the reopen- ing the co-generation plant in Loyalton by Sierra Pacific Industries. It is a positive sign for the economic recov- ery of Plumas and Sierra counties. Our communities must convey our apprecia- tion to SPI for their invest- ments in our counties. The Quincy Library Group and the Plumas Economic Recov- ery Committee deserve our thanks for their work with our representatives. Special thanks goes to Michael Jack- son for his work in the courts. Our New Year resolutions should focus to heal the tragedy of the commons. Our elected officials and local businesses should resolve to focus on economic recovery, community redevelopment and generating "green" indus- tries. Our waste management companies can make resolu- tions to further advance bio- mass energy as a viable en- ergy alternative in rural forested communities. Other partnerships of eco- logical scientists, business- men, attorneys and politi- cians can further aid in our economic recovery and bring us jobs in green indus- tries. The clean-up of our abandoned mines can im- prove water and health to the entire state of California. Since Feather River water- shed provides 70 percent to the state's water system we should continue our leader- ship of such projects. The habitat restoration of Lake Davis can bring a healthy fishery back and prevent further lawsuits. Better management of our forests and watershed can reduce wildfires, improve the water quality and its quantity. A partnership of the city of Portola and Grizzly Lake Re- sort Improvement District can bring community devel- opment to eastern Plumas County and lower water costs with improved water to its consumers. A partner- ship between the city of Por- tola and its electricity provider could utilize the landfill to provide power for the city. These are just a few of my thoughts and resolutions to improve the quality of life and health in Plumas Coun- ty for 2010. We as a commu- nity need the resolve to make them a reality. Larry F. Douglas Portola OUTRAGE, from page lOB was relatively easily defined. This is not to say those bat- tles weren't hard fought or that it wasn't very hard to ef- fect change, it just means it was easier for the group of people visualizing that change to agree on it and work to- wards it. Conversely, the current out- rage in this country seems to be aimed at just about every- thing! That's because this rage is essentially, based upon each ' individferson's need t have the world workthe way he or she wants it to. There is no single goal, no single outcome: Every person complaining just wants to be able to reshape the entire country based upon his or her individual whims. What is truly strange to me about the current round of outrage is that similar types of outrage have proven to be unsuccessful in achieving goals in the recent past. Outrage against George W. Bush didn't stop him from be- ing elected again and the out- rage against Grey Davis re- sulted in the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger; which has led to an almost identical form of outrage! Although I don't want to say that there will never be anh " :er successful use of citizen ' outrage in our country, I would like to suggest that cur- rently many people in our country are using that out- rage in a very selfish way, similar to a 7-year-old throw- mga tantrum. Just because the civil rights TOWN HALL THEATRE Presents FANTASTIC MR. FOX Fri., Jan. 15 & Sat., Jan. 16 87 min. Rated PG Animated Mr. and Mrs. Fox (George Clooney and Meryl Streep) live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristofferson. But after twelve years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr. Fox's wild animal instructs. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief, and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. THE BLIND SIDE Sun., Jan. 17 & Mon., Jan. 18 126 min. Rated PG-13 Sports Drama Already a Golden Globe nominee, Sandra Bullock will likely be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar as Leigh Anne in this film that depicts the remarkable true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher's presence in the Toughys' lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. iIiii0,,,00 S00owspmn0000y 4pm matinee on Sundays Adults .................. ='/.00 Students & SiLL ................. ,.oo Children ................ s5.00 283-1140 * 469 Main St., Quincy, CA Visit us at www.quincytownhall.com movement and anti-war move- ment are looked upon favor- ably doesn't mean that every group of people yelling loudly in front of a government building will be on the right side of history. One of the key tests of citi- zen outrage's usefulness in my mind is to ask yourself if you and the angry person next to you could sit down at a table and agree upon what should actually be done to re- place the current structure if your outrage ever did lead to successfu action. ...... If both of you are just angry that the world isn't entirely under your own control, then it is unlikely that you would do a better job than the people in power, some of whom you likely voted for. To those of you who are an- gry I suggest that you try to focus specificallyon clear, at- tainable goals and organize yourselves around those in- stead of anger itself. Similarly I suggest you calm down and think clearly before entering the voting booth next time because you will soon be voting for anoth- er governor, and frankly, I would prefer to not have to hear about how much you hate whomever you voted for in three years. Election officials seeking young artists Plumas County elections of- ficials are seeking talented, patriotic young artists to sub- mit drawings for the cover of the sample ballot book for the June 2010 primary election. Artists must be 6-9 years old and residents of Plumas County. Artwork must be patriotic in nature creativity is en- couraged. Entries should be no larger than an 8-1/2 by ll- inch sheet of paper. Contestants need to include their name, address, phone number, age and school on the backside of the submission. Send artwork to: Plumas County Elections Sample Bal- lot Art Contest, 520 Main St., Room 102, Quincy CA 95971. Entries are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10. The winning artwork will appear on the cover of the June 2010 primary election sample ballot book, which will be distributed county- wide. For more information call Plumas County Elections Of- fice at 283-6129. Illlilllmmillllllm , _ - -,, i _ .... ,