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8B Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Effort to create a new state is a waste of time In principle, the movement to make Northern California its own state makes sense. Our voices are but a whisper when compared to those in the urban south. Our lack of representation in matters that affect us is very similar to the injustices that prompted our forefathers to declare independence from England. But the reality is much different. No matter how many small northern counties endorse the creation of a new state, it's not going to happen in our lifetime. While many of us might find it appealing to carve out a 51st state from the crags, buttresses and mountains many "Jeffersonians" call home, there are a bevy of factors those supporters are not taking into account. First and foremost, we are a firm believer in less government. That also means less money and time spent in Board of Supervisors meetings discussing something that won't happen. While the Fourth Article of the U.S. Constitution allows for the creation of new states within the union, backers of the state of Jefferson don't seem to fully grasp the process and the outcome should they ever be successful in partitioning California. One of the most promising and daunting factors is that of natural resources. Yes, Northern California has minerals in spades and the hydrology to go along with it... just ask the residents of Los Angeles how they like our water. But, the factor forgotten most often is that there is still a federal government to contend with. Barring a total failure of Washington, D.C., there will still be a Congress, a president, a cadre of lobbyist types and a well-heeled Left bent on control and infiltration of any government not approved by central casting. While the Jefferson movement is altruistic and freedom-based at its core, we must remember the words of our fourth president, James Madison. He said, "If men were angels, no government would be necessary." How true. The problem is, men and women are not angels and never will be... we are argumentative, warring and divisive human creatures that insist upon naming another person to rule over us, for good or bad. King or queen, president or chieftain, it is a common theme throughout history and cannot be understated when thinking about creating new governments going forward. The bigger picture infers that mankind cannot rule itself, though the smaller picture, one localized to Jefferson, seems to infer that if only we could break away from Sacramento and induce a form of home rule from Yreka, we might be able to shift the tide. Nothing could be further from the truth. Corporations, as they always do, will slowly but surely weasel their way into day-to-day life in the capitol in Siskiyou County. The proverbial small government model, which is consistently more effective than a massive bureaucracy, will slowly unravel until we will have the gridlock currently on display in California. Another aspect to consider is environmentalist factions that will sue Jefferson's governor endlessly to stop any kind of capitalist process that might be good for the citizens of this beautiful land. who gives a whit ff we are progressive when it comes to forest management? The woods must be controlled. The water must be controlled. There are trees and frogs and owls and lizards to save, after all. In short, Jefferson would be a financially poor state. We would be North Dakota or Alaska without the oil. The supervisors would be wise to forego any further discussion of the SOJ matter. Doing so, in our opinion, would just be a waste of the taxpayer dime they were elected to preserve. 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. Feat0000i!:P00blishing /!006wspaper e For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com 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 It's a little early, but it's so worth it I always thought my friend Leslie course I could teach a 5:30 a.m. Pilates class Mikesell was a little crazy. For more than Tuesday and Thursday to help out a friend. two decades, she taught a 5:30 a.m. exercise As you mighthave surmised, her knee class at the fitness club in Quincy. I also injury was much more severe than she taught there for many years albeit at a originally thought, and I am still greeting much more civilized hour-- and I would the dawn doing the "teaser." If you have periodically substitute for her. Those done Pilates, you will know what that is. mornings only reinforced my belief that one For those who aren't familiar with Pilates had to be a little different to lead a step class (pronounced puh-lah-tees) -- it's an or Pilates before the sun came up. MY TURN approach to exercise designed by Joseph Just about a year ago I was minding my ........................................................ Pflates in early 1900s Germany. He was a own business waiting for a doctor's DEBRA MOORE sickly child and developed a series of Staff Writer appointment. And there was Leslie, also dmoore@plumasnews.com exercises to strengthen his frail body. waiting, with a knee injury. She thought she Interned in World War I, he shared his just twisted it during a slip earlier that "No" is not a word that I use very often, techniques with his fellow prisoners, and morning. Probably nothing significant, but One could argue that has accounted for a their workouts are credited for saving them in the event she had to miss a couple few questionable life choices, but that hasn't from a deadly flu epidemic in 1918. of classes, could I fill in for her? made me use it any more regularly. Of Pilates movements are designed to strengthen the core muscles. Some days positions are similar to yoga poses, but it's This week's special morefluid. To the casualobserver, itmay appear easy, but those who have come into class with that attitude leave with a NOT JUST Records in London, which is stopped and different opinion. AN ORDINARY broken up by the police, when I taught the class several years ago, several members of the Feather River DAY 1973 -- Watergate: G. Gordon Liddy and College basketball and baseball teams COMPILED BY James McCord are convicted of breaking attended at various times; their reactions into and wiretapping the Democratic were interesting it challenged different KERI TABORSKI Party headquarters, muscles -- it wasn't the restful hour they Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of January 31 were expecting. weekly notable special days and facts 1930 3M Corp. begins marketing But the morning sessions are about more than exercise; they're also about the throughout the year. Scotch tape. relationship s . While people rotate in and January 28 1990 The first McDonald's fast food out, the core group remains and through 1915 The United States Coast Guard is restaurant in Russia opens in Moscow. the before, after and sometimes during chitchat, my class members are now established when the U.S. Congress 2010 -- "Avatar". becomes the first film to friends, and even more than that, an combines the Revenue Cutting Service gross over $2 billion worldwide, inspiration. and the Life Saving Service. February 1 I get paid to be there. They, on the other 1934 The first ski tow in the United The traditional birthstone for February hand, set their alarms and come to class States begins operation at a ski hill in is the amethyst and the traditional (which now begins at 5:45) out of a Vermont. flower is the violet, commitment to become and remain physically fit. Though, truth be told, ff 1948 Lego, a Danish company, patents Today is Super Bowl XLIX with the Patti's Thunder opened at 6 a.m. instead of the design of the Lego, colorful American Football champions New 7, there was one morning last week when interlocking plastic brick toys which England Patriots vs. the National we might have abandoned our gym mats were first manufactured in 1947. Football League champions Seattle for placemats and enjoyed a cup of French Seahawks to be played at the University roast with eggs and bacon. When I taught 1978 "Fantasy Island" debuts on the of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Pilates after work, we sometimes took a NBC television network. 1865 President ofthe United States vote and gathered at my house for a glass 1986 The NASA Space Shuttle President Abraham Lincoln signs the of wine. I know ... the instructor should set Challenger orbiter breaks apart 73 13th Amendment to the United States a better example. seconds after take off from Cape Constitution, which abolishes slavery. A college professor is one of my morning Canaveral in Florida, killing all seven students and he said he attends because it crewmembers. 1964 "I Want to Hold Your Hand," by the makes his entire day better, while he January 29 Beatles, reaches No. 1 on the billboard charts, maintains a varied routine, he swears that Pilates has allowed.him to attain new ' 1845 "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe February 2 .... , , , : .... . ...., , ,.. ..... , ..... is published for the first time in the New Today is Groundhog Day, first observed, levels of fitness. "'; , . York Evening Mirror. in 1896 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Another is an 80:year-old man who, as it is today. Folklore dictates that when along with his wife, rarely misses a class. 1861 Kansas, "The Sunflower State," the groundhog emerges from its winter The result is a couple that has been able is admitted as the 34th U.S. state, burrow today and sees it shadow, he will to remain flexible and agile. January 30 retreat back to his burrow, indicating six The interesting thing about Pilates is more weeks of winter. If he does not see that it can be equally challenging for all 1847 Yerba Buena is renamed San his shadow, spring is near. ages. Twenty-one-year-old twins who Francisco. Today is Groundhog Day ... Today is attend the class said they were surprised 1933 "The Lone Ranger" is first Groundhog Day... Today is Groundhog by the workout they received. broadcast on radio. Day... re,eat ... repeat. It's been a year and I have quit asking Leslie if she plans to come back. I don't 1969 The Beatles make their last 1982 "Late Night With David want to give up my early morning class public performance, an impromptu Letterman" debuts on NBC television or my students; I guess I'm the crazy one performance on the roof of Apple network in New York City. now. REMEMBER. WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ..... 1915 H.P. McBeth, former Plumas County Clerk and Auditor, accompanied by his family, departed Monday evening for San Francisco where they expect to make their future home. Mr. McBeth was born and raised in Plumas County and when his late father John McBeth, holding the office of Plumas County Treasurer died in 1899, he was appointed to fill the vacancy. He was elected to the offices of county clerk and auditor in 1902 and was re-elected until 1914. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1965 Lois Kehrer, Plumas County Clerk for the past ten years, has resigned effective March I and Raynelle Slaten, her top assistant, will succeed her. The population of Plumas County was 12,700 as of January i according to the California Taxpayer's Association numbers released this week. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1990 The Plumas County fair board of directors has elected new officers for 1990: Bill Anderson, president; Billie Bequette, vice president and directors are Chuck Stanga, Dave Goss, Don Guildici, Phillip Bresciani, Red Rademacher, Steve Zeigler, Hal Beatty, Susan Neer, Pete Wells and Jerry McCaffrey. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2005 It may not be an easy task for Plumas County officials to find a replacement for Plumas County Planning and Building Services Department Director John McMorrow who will retire soon. In addition to his chief position as planning director, he holds the position of building official, Quincy Gansner Airport manager and the manager of code compliance. Note: items included in the weekly Remember 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 original newspaper. Tom's sto W On world maps it is merely a dot that's located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 miles west of the Hawaiian Islands. During World War II it was the site of a pivotal battle between the Japanese and American fleets, in which the Japanese fleet was mortally crippled. Midway Island was subject to heavy bombing from the Japanese before they withdrew from the battle. Actually it isn't an island; it's an atoll, which is defined as bit of land and lagoon surrounded by a coral reel During the war it was a Naw base that provided a refueling depot for aircraft and a refueling and refitting base for U.S. submarines operating in the western Pacific Ocean. The atoll was a bleak, desolate piece of land, which could be circumnavigated by foot in about an hour. Today it is a bird sanctuary and home to a great variety of seabirds including the Laysan albatross nicknamed gooney birds by the sailors stationed there. On July 14, 1947, Thomas Edward Farris was born to parents Willard C. Farris and Gertrude Mildred Farris. He was the third baby born to dependents on the island and the first male; he was born in a converted concrete bunker. From the middle of the Pacific Ocean the family moved to San Francisco and then Japan before settling in Pacifma. Tom \\; took him from Midway Island to rare affliction jfi:" ,,,;}:; ...... .,d!: = , ....... MY TURN WILL FARRIS Staff Writer excelled academically in school, skipping the fifth grade and graduating with honors from Terra Nova High School. He was tormented by his peers, who taunted him with the moniker "professor." After high school he was accepted at the University of California, Berkeley where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry. From Berkeley he was accepted into graduate school at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Tom spent over three years researching genetic engineering only to fred that his work had already been done elsewhere. Discouraged, he took a job at Spreckels Sugar in Woodland for a brief time before moving to San Francisco where he eked out a living teaching music. It was in San Francisco that Tom first met Virginia Shubert. They became inseparable and stayed that way for 42 years. Virginia and Tom moved around some and Virginia earned her master's in hospice while Tom dabbled in data processing. Eventually they moved to Davis, where Tom finally earned his doctorate in physics. He took a teaching position at Cuesta Community College and they settled in San Luis Obispo where Virginia continued her work in hospice. In 2013 Tom was struck with recurring dizzy spells and weakness from extremely low blood pressure. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and told that it would be a lifelong affliction but not a mortal illness. This proved to be a mistake. While Tom had Parkinson's symptoms with tremors and low blood pressure, he began to lose his physical and mental functions. He could no longer understand the homework of his students and continued to weaken. Finally he was bedridden, in hospice, and continued to fade. On Christmas Day 2014 Thomas Edward Farris succumbed to his illness. He was surrounded by his two brothers, Will and Mike, his wife, Virginia, and other relatives. We now believe that he suffered from autonomous brain atrophy, a rare but deadly disease that destroys the brain's ability to function. The irony is huge. A once brilliant mind destroyed by a brain disorder and for those of us who witnessed the progression it was a heart-wrenching, sad experience.