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8B Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 EDITORIAL and ()PINION Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL Government tries to take over the healthcare system For a year, the Democratic-led U.S. Con- gress has debated healthcare reform. For a year, conservatives have denounced the plans as a socialist government takeover of Ameri- can healthcare. They're not. Want proof?. Just look at the California Legislature, where the state Senate just last week passed a true government takeover of the healthcare system--and not even for the first time. Senate Bill 810 is the latest version of a sin- gle-payer health care plan to emerge in Sacra- mento. In 2006, and again in 2008, the liberal- dominated Legislature passed bills to create single-payer health care in California. Gover- nor Arnold Schwarzengegger vetoed them both times, and he'll surely do the same if SB B10 passes through the Assembly. The bill deserves the governor's veto, even though Schwarzenegger has said he supports healthcare reform in general. The California Democrats' model is dramatically more radi- cal than anything the U.S. Congress has seri- ously considered. In brief, a single-payer plan would put health insurance companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield out of business. In their place, the state government would act as the health insurer for all residents. It wouldn't employ doctors or own hospitals, but it would pay all medical bills. In contrast, the House and the Senate bills in Washington--and a similar reform that Gov. Schwarzenegger pushed in 2007, and 2008---use a mix of subsidies and mandates to cover the uninsured while piggybacking on the existing health care system. There's a lot to disagree with in the details of the Washington plans, but fundamentally they aim to extend what's already working to more of the population. Sacramento's liberals, meanwhile, really do aim to topple the entire health insurance ap- paratus, put massive companies, for-profit and nonprofit, out of business, and directly hand massive new powers to the poster state for government dysfunction. Grant this to our leaders in Sacramento: They make Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid look like models of Caution and prudence: Courtesy Redding Searchlight Feathq A paper Breaking News .... go to g Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski . . .Legal Advertising Oept. 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 Will iams Barbara France Susan Cort Johnson Cheryl Frei Ruth Ellis Brian Taylor Pat Shillito Linda Stachwell Feather River Westwood Bulletin PinePress (530) 283-0800 (530) 256-2277 Lassen County Times (530) 257-53211 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 BE HEARD Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR It's all about control of the game MY TURN JOSHUA SEBOLD Staff Writer "I hurt myself today to see if I still feel. I focused on the pain, the only thing that's real. The needle tears a hole, the old famil, iar sting. Try to kill it all away, but I remember everything." Those words were written by Trent Reznor, the artist behind Nine Inch Nails, what some would describe as an industrial rock band that often evokes some of the more sickening sides of humanity like nu- clear war and other iterations of people's propensity for serf-destruction. The words, found in the song "Hurt," were made most famous when sung by Johnny Cash, known for being a rebellious country singer. Both men are considered symbols of righteous anger and dissent, often by oppo- site sectors of the political and cultural spectrum. H/here in the world Our local newspaper made it to Boston, Mass- achusetts, where Tim and Shawndra West walked the trail of Paul Revere's famous mid- night ride. Next time you travel, share where youwent by bringing your local newspaper along and including it in a photo. Then email the photo to smorrow. @plumas One of the main themes of the song (in my interpretation) is heroin addiction and a sense of self-induced dissonance from re- ality created by self-interest. The song is an apology to loved ones and to the singer himself for having let his ad- diction and other problems harm him and others. Both singers found common meaning in the song, a need to fight a sense of greed, which they found in their addiction to a feeling of pleasure at the expense of the needs of those close to them. It didn't matter that one played acoustic guitars and baby grands his whole life and the other spends most of his time in a stu- dio full of high-tech equipment. The lyrics above are about hitting such a rock bottom of addiction and serf-destruc- tion that the singer chooses to hurt himself to make sure he still cares about anything, that his body still has any will to avoid harming itself. In addition to their struggles with addic- tion, the artists were also connected by their experiences of being stifled by large corporations. Cash was dismayed when record compa- nies refused to produce an album he creat- ed, which focused on the plight of Ameri- can Indians. Radio stations refused to play the songs and magazines wouldn't review it. One of the musicians who brought the in- dustry to where it is today found those com- panies had more control over his music than he did. Reznor has separated himself from music labels and now produces and seUs his own music because of similar concerns to Cash's. Both artists realized the companies weren't interested in being vehicles for artists, as much as they were driven by their bottom lines. Each company was only interested in be- ing associated with music that would help it make more money, with a calculated lev- el of risk, even ff that meant killing some music in a way that helped the individual company at the expense of the industry and, artist. The difference between the singers and the companies is the singers felt guilt and remorse for their actions when they put their own interests over others and they struggled to get over those tendencies. Unfortunately, most large companies in the music business and elsewhere don't , seem to have that capacity. For these reasons I think both artists, coming from their separate backgrounds See Control, page 9B REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Hstorla 80 YEARS AGO...1930 Advertisement: For tasty, home cooked meals visit the Quincy Coffee Shop where you will find everything of the best and where you will receive every courteous at- tention with coffee, cakes and pie beyond compare. Advertisement: When visiting San Fran- cisco stay at the Ramona Hotela one price stopping place. Quiet, refined and harmonious. Make it home when in San Francisco. 50 YEARS AGO...1960 Archie Hamlin of Blairsden was elected president of the Plumas County Fair Board. Other officers include Fred Guidici of Chilcoot, vice-president and Carol Bel- lamy of Quincy, treasurer. Directors in- clude: E.L. Walters of Greenville; Marcel Bony of Sierraville; C.L. Peckinpah of Quincy; C. Roy Carmichael of Portola, Arthur Peter and John Hardgrave of Tay- lorsville. 30 YEARS AGO...1980 Turmoil at Feather River College result- ing in votes of"no confidence" in FRC President Lyndell Cheeves by both the in- structional and classified staffs brought Peralta Community College District Chan- cellor Max Tadlock to Quincy this week. Record Breakers: Louisiana Pacific's Crescent Mills lumbermill broke a produc- tion record last Friday night by processing 246,297 board feet of lumber in a single shift. The crew planed, stacked, bound and tallied the record footage, breaking the pre- vious record of 201,767 board feet. 10 YEARS' AGO...2000 Quincy car dealership Nugget Motors has been purchased by Caesar Jha and will. be re-named Caesar's Nugget Motors. Plumas County Superior Court Judge Stanley Young ruled that accused killer Michael W. Franklin will stand before a ju- ry trial after hearing pre-trial argumentsa He is allegedly accused of murdering his wife in 1996 at Bucks Lake during a snow- mobile excursion. L00,,ther soggy search for the sun MY TURN ALICIA KNADLER Indian Valley Editor After yet another dismal failure to find warmth on a winter road trip, I wonder ifI should give up trying so hard. I mean, I even researched weather in the Old Farmer's Al- manac to better our chances this year. We left at mid-month, which was in the midst of stormy weather, just like the Al- manac forecast. But after that, everything just sort of fell apart into a soggy mess. All of the zones we traveled through on our way to Yuma, Ariz., and back were out of sync with what forecasters predicted. It was supposed to be drier with milder tem: peratures than normal for the last half of January. Uh huh. What we actually had was a soggy mess, but to tell the truth, it wasn't all because of the stormy weather. We had ourselves to blame for some of it. We went out and bought a 23-year-old mo- tor home that was in good shape for its age. It was small, but after a trial run to Chico and a new refrigerator, we thought we were set. No one told us we'd need a regulator to hook up to city water. Talk about a sprin- kler system--we blew seals and gaskets all over the place. But we did find some nice places to stay while we dried out. Thank goodness for the iPbone and great 3G service. The first spot we stopped was in Fresno, just offthe I-5. It was late for checking in there at 7 p.m., but it was our first night out and we just wanted to try all the hook-ups--splish, splash, we soon had our baths. So, we stopped at a nearby supply center and bought a new pump. The seals were brittle in the old one, and water was just gushing out the seams. The new pump was much quieter. Our next two nights were spent in River- side, at Rancho Jurupa Regional Park. What a hoot that was. The park was a nice place, with a modern and clean RV park and store, miniature golf and a smoothly sanded trail system. But we just couldn't get over what they referred to as a lake. Lake Jurupa reminded me of Ellis Lake in Marysville, except smaller, maybe half the size. It was bounded by concrete and fea- tured an almost-real looking feeder creek that was dry with a few scattered boulders. The children there had so much fun climbing on the boulders that they didn't make use of the three playgrounds stationed around the lake in picnic areas. Fat and happy waterfowl swam and wad- dled about the picnic tables, and there were lots of planted fish for people to catch. It was an unusual place to find so near the big city, and I'm sure the people there really enjoy feeling like they are in the great outdoors. But, come on--a cement pond as a lake? After a one-night stay m a park near the Queen Mary in Long Beach, we headed for Yuaa, along with tens of thousands of other folks who were trying to escape colder climes. Thank goodness for family members there who were able to save us the last open park space. After two days of torrential rains and damaging winds, we finally saw the sun, though it never quite reached 70 degrees. We were happy to meet a fellow Indian Valley resident at the Yuma Lettuce Festi- val, but we were sad to see Arizona make the CNN Headline News-- three people had died due to that storm--one a young boy who fell into a wash full of raging storm water. By then I knew our trip was about over; forecasts were full of more rain for Arizona and for California, where we had hoped to meander up the coast for our final week of vacation. We took off midday on a Sunday, spent the night in a rest stop on top of the Grapevine, and made it home Monday afternoon. Soi in the end, we were happy to miss the big snowstorm and power outage here. It's just kind of funny that "the sun has been shining rather warmly ever since we got home.