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88 Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter LETTERS, from page 7B "Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends." "We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike." "Until blacks and whites see each other as brother and sister, we will not have parity. It's very clear." "It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength." "It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it." "Prejudice is a burden that cob_fuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible." Finding common understanding and empathy will require objective analysis of the real issues, elimination of the race/class baiting and irrational hyperbole, and working together for reasonable solutions. Will you join the challenge? Lynn Desjardin Portola The rest of the story With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays past, I feel I might take time to address an article that was in the newspaper Nov. 26. The article on the old Meadow Valley Store/post office/gas station. A very nice story about all the hard work that has gone into restoration of the dilapidated building. The women that started this project deserve recognition for their hard work. However, I found it very upsetting that "the older man that lived in an apartment adjacent to the old store" got kicked to the curb so easily by your paper. Warren Junge and his wife Jessie owned and operated the store for many, many years. They were a big part of the store's history. As I recall, Jessie was the postmistress and Warren was the store proprietor. These people helped many of the locals through hard times and were always ready to lend a helping hand if necessary. When they retired in the mid-'70s, they started traveling to Arizona in the winter. Every spring they would come home to Meadow Valley for the summer. Quite a few years back, Jessie did not come home. Over the years, as Warren aged, the store just slowly fell into disrepair. Yes, the last year Warren came home he was indeed a little old man. He was having major medical problems just before his trip back to Arizona. Warren never came home again; he died in Arizona, just as Jessie had. There are many great, funny, and some sad stories connected to these people. So, maybe your article could have included a little more information on the folks that made that building a central gathering place. Because those people were what made it special, not just the building. Shame on the newspaper. Janet Kane Meadow Valley Win-win situations I was very pleased to read in the Dec. 31 issue of the Feather River Bulletin about Arlene Stahlman's "Superheroes of Kindness." I'm sure that the residents of the Country Villa enjoyed the children's singing, and the children enjoyed doing it. Even some of the adults were smiling in the background. It was a win-win situation. Apparently Ms. Stahlman does a lot of this and creates many win-win situations. I have heard of children singing to the elderly, but the article above it was about jail inmates baking cookies for needy adults. Another win-win situation, but I've never heard of that before. Jail Commander Chad Hermann says some of the inmates have never baked cookies. I wonder how many have ever given to the needy before. I hope Mr. Hermann continues with this program for a long time. Carol Leonhardt Quincy Surveillance state What a mess. The NSA tracks and logs all our electronic communications. The NDAA tramples our Constitution and allows anyone to be "disappeared" (I mean rendered) without any evidence or warrant. Cameras on the corner. And soon.., the drones. At the same time our southern border is purposefully left like Swiss cheese. Anyone or anything can easily enter into the country with a little help from a friend. Add to that the undocumented status of many border crossers and we do really have a "wild card" scenario. As a result, everyone is living under the camera. Under an unnecessary scrutiny by the very government that created the dangers. Police are put between a rock and hard place trying to deal with gang crime and the fear that the next bloke is some crazy terrorist. Surely this rant is moot to many, but to the others, is our plight of living in a 1984 surveillance state really fair to you and yours? I feel insulted. I feel betrayed. By the blatant Hegelian wash, rinse, repeat cycle Americans are being put through by leadership bent on "throwing the fight," that is, letting our country and people fail. I suppose it's also moot to suggest that if the above-mentioned technology was deployed at the southern border and not on "us," we'd be a heck of a lot safer. Because those who see that simple solution also realize that would never happen. Cameras on the corner and a Swiss cheese border are here to stay. It's the New American way. So remember comrades -- DHS says -- "If you see something, say something." Oh... and if you see any kids with a Pop Tart shaped like a pistol, please call the authorities. Remember -- safety In'st. Robert Milne Clio Wishful thinking Late hit, out of bounds. With the not-so-serious predictions for the year I couldn't stop myself from piling on. This year representatives from Portola and from Lake Davis will travel to Quincy to meet with supervisors. The meeting will sound exactly like this: Supervisor, "Oh, thank you so much for bringing that discrepancy to our attention. Since our coffers are overflowing and we just can't begin to find appropriate places to spend all of this money, we'd be happy to adjust the LAFCo payments to a per-capita basis. Would retroactive payments going back 10 years be enough, or should we go back even further?" "And while you're here, we've ordered a new plow truck with a sander for you; despite what they say about global warming you might have another blizzard of '52. One more thing, we've budgeted for materials and 2,000 worker-hours for street repairs, hope that will be enough to fix the roads." Yeah right, and if the representative from Lake Davis buys that he should be entitled to have the Gulling Street Overpass thrown in for free. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills I enjoy exposing facts Humor me: Are you tired of TV commercials touting prescription drugs? Want to become really sick? Learn the side effects of a particular pharmaceutical while watching TV. For your headaches (Bayer) to your fibromyalgia (Lyrica), you listen and self-diagnose, now you're alarmed. You're already dialing 911, after hearing the side effects. You'd be better off not taking any pill if you suffer the consequences of its side effects. But wait, order now and we'll double our offer; blah, blah, blah. Remember men, consult with your physician before taking Viagra, you don't want to pass out. Then there are the TV attorneys that prosecute certain causes of disease. Are you tired of mesothelioma yet? So help me God, if I ever meet one of these attorneys... I'll need an attorney. I put these TV attorneys right up there with city attorneys and county councils; these guys just couldn't make it into the big leagues so they advertise on TV or get government jobs. I write impassioned letters for fun and schooling; some people have a cocktail at the end of a day. I am truly blessed. A week doesn't go by that I don't thank the good Lord for his blessings and the experiences I've had in life. I enjoy exposing facts from rumors that I hear. Too many locals fear writing because their families or jobs might suffer; it's a small town. I have nothing to lose and my "friends" know my intentions. There are too many injustices and absurdities that I learn locally and see nationally. Recently, liberals manufactured protests based on their soup d'jour. Their passive-aggressive personalities only hold contempt for more responsible citizens. It's all about their self-pity, but marching against the police in New York City says it all. Really? Perhaps they should write more letters and drink less. Trent Saxton Lake Davis ......... tourists & visito00rs to your business! We'll make it simple for you. The Plumas County Visitors Guide is designed locally to entice & invite tourists & visitors to our pristine area. Visitors will look here first & that's how they will find you. 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