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8B WednesdL~y, Jan, 24, 2001 Bulletin, Pr0gress,ve, l I ! ~ ~ J:?: 7 :?': : : . . is not that u It's July in Sacramento. Temperatures soar past 100 degrees. PG&E calls for black- outs. Workers swelter in their office build- ings. Medical professionals try to care for those stricken by heat exhaustion. Mil- lions of people are suffering through the heat wave. Nerves are at a breaking :::[ point. {' I It's July in Lake Almanor. Temperatures are in the 80s. Residents and tourists cool off in the lake. They enjoy the recreation and are thankful they don't live amidst the population and heat of the valley. It's July at PG&E headquarters in San Francisco. (Assuming PG&E survives.) Company officials are seeking any way to keep the air conditioners blowing that cool air. They must weigh the needs of millions against those of a few thousand. What will be their choice? Draw down Lake Almanor to fuel PG&E hydro facilities to produce much needed power? Or leave the lake at recreational levels to fuel the Almanor Basin's economy and lifestyle? What about Bucks Lake? These are questions that have local offi- cials and residents understandably wor- ried. Plumas County Supervisor BiU Denni- son, who represents Lake Almanor, has said, "We're in a real critical situation. We face the potential of the lake being drawn down. We're always concerned about the lake levels, but, here, we are in potential jeopardy." This isn't the-sky-is-falling politics. It's the real thing. Dennison and members of the 2105 Lake Almanor Committee will meet Feb. 14 with PG&E representatives. The 2105 committee has been meeting reg- ularly in preparation for the relicensing of Lake A[manor and the answering of the question of who wilt control the water" rights to the'lake. PG&E's critical need for power, when weighed against the light sea- sonal precipitation this winter, makes the Feb. 14 meeting critical. Any situation that impacts Lake AI- manor will have a ripple effect across the entire county. Plumas County residents and their leaders must pull together to pro- tect our lakes. Though faced with a grim ' situation, Plumas County officials have wisely looked ahead, having prepared for years now for the lake's relicensing. But no amount of preparation could have primed local officials for the energy crisis. This crisis is no fault of local leaders, but it will be their job to overcome it. It must be remembered that the lakes exist to pro- vide a power resource; that's why they were built in the first place. But residents have built their lives around the lakes, which have been transformed over the years into recreation and visitor destina- tions. This raises interesting issues and conflicts, and strong leadership will be needed by Dennison and his colleagues. The state needs more power. In the over- all scheme of things, considering the needs of millions of Californians is essential. But Plumas County cannot afford to roll over, because the residents have invested much into the lakes' perpetuity. Our local leaders must be diligent in ensuring that Plumas County is justly compensated for any sacri- fices we make. Feather Publishing wants to know how you feel. Log onto our website at plumas- news.corn to register your opinion. Feather Publishing Newspaper Michael C. Taborski Publisher Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicia Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terri Nacar Portola Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Staff writers Dave Keller, Gall Brown, Christi Sevtap, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Dave Moiler, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams, Mary Kathleen West When George W. Bush became our 43rd U.S. President this week, many folks whimpered and whined that he does not deserve to hold office. Politics aside, the whimperers and whiners point to the fact that Bush received fewer popular votes than A1 Gore, but slipped into office due to that crazy Electoral College thing and the Florida ordeal. They also point to the fact that Bush received less than 50 percent of the vote. The Electoral College has been in place for 200 years, as required by the U.S. Constitution. It's a great system, a method that essentially weighs the popular vote, ensuring a fair means of electing the president, especially in close elections. The United States has never been a direct democracy. Why this is a -,," ' : DAVE STAFF WRITER shock to people is hard to deter- mine. The system does not need to be re- formed. We should not try to reform systems just because the result isn't necessarily popular with some of the American people in this one in- stance. As for the Florida situation, the U.S. Supreme Court made the right decision, which was actually a 7-2 decision--not the 5-4 vote that newspapers and their unlettered po- litical reporters keep touting. [):, il . P,~.otc ~. ]~r~esy Rumas Count,, Museum No i ifl mtion was inelmhKI on where or when this snowy picture took pla e, but it appears to have taken a lot of horse power to pull this vehicle. The decision--hardly the depicted by the Rev. Jesse and other hate-advocating ics---prevented the ty from hijacking the If Gore and his comrades allowed to continue, they have devised a method of votes from people who didn't ly vote, but who thought of for Gore. Second, the number of votes Bush received was not unusual. Nine other presidents have up a smaller percentage ular votes than Bush. They include Abraham (1860), Richard Nixon (1968) Clinton (1992)---three men would win second terms. About half our presidents ceived less than 50 percent popular vote, because of candidates who were able to into the winners' piece of the As a result, the popular necessarily any kind for whether a president can successfully. The only things that get in way of a successful are poor policy and scorched politics. It's too soon to tell whether policies are going to be But there's no doubt that will struggle against the attempts to incapacitate his implementation. Just consider the tacks on Attorney General John Ashcroft. Their attem: paint him as a racist thug is a grace, especially since some folks committing the attacks lesser civil rights records thari man they're attacking. Ji;i,i!i!!iiiii!ii!i:iii!iiiiii ii?ii!i i iiiiiiiili ii ::: 75 Years Ago ................. 1926 Portola's recently completed $22,000 high school building this morning is a mass of charred and broken timbers and a total loss, as a result of fire that was discovered about 6:30 Wednesday night and tha} swept through the structure from foundation to roof before effec- tive resistance could be organized. The fire is believed to have been caused by a defective fire flu. The Portola High School building was com- pleted in the late fall of 1925 and was modern in all its appointments. 50 Years Ago ................. 1951 Former Plumas County" Supervisor John P. Branley, 78, died in San Francisco this week. Born in Greenville, he served three full terms and part of a fourth term on the Plumas County Board of Supervisors. taking office January 1938 and retiring July 1947. 25 Years Ago ................. 1976 Vowing*to carry their welfare reform battle through the courts--despite the cost--the Plumas County Board of Supervisors peal a Superior Court decision last week found them in contempt of court for violating state welfare regulations. 10 Years Ago ................. 1991 Marna Markham was recently postmaster at the United States Post Quincy having begun her postal career 1 ago in Doyle. NOTE: Items included in the weekly When column are taken from our newspaper archives and represent the style of that particular period. The grammar are not edited, so the copy as it actually appeared in the pers. STAFF WRITER Going through life, it is truly amaz- ing to realize how many roles we as- sume as we interact with family, friends, co-workers, employers, our pets and the world at large. You are one person to your child, an- other to your spouse, and another to someone else. The realization of how we are assigned these roles is interest- ing enough, but our seemingly natural acceptance really boggles the brain. To my dog and cats, I am the reliable giver of affection and food. Meowing or standing at the door will gain results. Throughout our co,existence, I have gained additional responsibilities. When Max, the boxer, goes on alert, I am supposed to go with him outside to check for the "bad guys." To allow him to relax, I have to say, "It's okay" This same phrase also works when he is worried or feeling insecure. I also have the duty to fulfill the role of playmate. For the dog, that means throwing the chewie and being on the other end of a tug of war--his favorite game. For the cats, simply offering my arm up to the elbow to be bit and scratched suffices well for them. To the child, I am the security blan- ket, homework and chore nag, and most fortunately, a confidant. As with the animals, I also rate high in his book as the giver of affection and food. I am the activity shuttle, the lending bank, and recently, the soft touch for Harry Potter books. With his gaining the age of 11 years, I am now his occasional verbal combat- ant as we set rules and boundaries. In many aspects, I hold the role of en- forcer. It's time to wake up, time to go to bed, time to turn off the TV, time to get dressed. I suppose I also fill the role of hygiene guru, as I frequently find myself saying, "Yes, I understand that you took a shower yesterday, but you still have to take one today" To my spouse, I am the old shoe---we have attained a good fit after almost 20 years of marriage. However, this is not to say that the old shoe doesn't occa- sionally give him a blister! The role that I most enjoy here, for which I have no scientific understanding, or expla- nation, is that of. extra sensory percep- tion (ESP) transmitter. I can be sitting in the living room, or in the car, or any- where, and have a thought about some- thing I want James to do, or something I should talk to him about and any- where from within minutes, hours, or even the next day, he will broach the sametopic. Sometimes, I purposely think of things I would like for him to do, sort of a silent nag. It doesn't al- ways work, but I would bet I'm batting 85 percent. If other wives are doing this too, it could get to be kind of a world for the opposite sex. To my mother, I have attained and stage in life when I am les child and more the friend. This pluses, as I tend to be sent on rands these days, and it has beerJ many years since I was re, attending a dance until my done. This new role I have mother in no way means that I occasionally still need "my which helps to keep her in her too! Fulfilling my assigned roles is difficult task; it just happens naturedly. The hard part is perceptions that people place oil those assigned roles. I can having a conversation with a ployer in which he said, "I more of you than the others." MY: was, "Why?" As human beings, we err, tired and, most of all, we will ways be all things to all people.: pose a lesson we must learn iriJ holding our own power. It is thing to f'md a way to empower just not over own selves. Just must strike a balance in our roles, we must also exercise care the responsibilities of roles we to others. It's tough letting someonere, under normal circumstances, ting SOmeone down over a expectation, of which you aware, can be hurtful to all