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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 9B C OMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Histori'cal example of service provides inspiration today Editor's Note: Freshman WHERE I STAND substantial living space for own doings and choosings." Noah Barrel, o St. Andrew's the orphans. In fact, he He thought one could fmd Academy, won theRotaryClub NOAH BARTEL provided such an true happiness by serving FRESHMAN extraordinary education and others, not by serving one's of Chester Speech Contest. This ST. ANDREW'S ACADEMY is his winning presenta tion. home system, that when theself. If Rotary had existed in During the early and famous author Charles his time, I'm sure he would mid-1800s, the industrial worse than the factories. He Dickens heard suspicions have been an exemplary revolution was well responded to these horrorsabout the orphanage, Miiller Rotarian. underway in Great Britain. and tried to help these gave him keys to every door. Rotary's motto was George This revolution changed the children for the rest of his After Dickens had done some Mfiller's mission. Rotary is lives of many Europeans and life. touring, he came out saying constantly trying to ensure a eventually Americans, To do this, he created thethat the orphans were treated healthy community by doing causing many people to lose Ashley Down Orphanage. Hisexceptionally well. simple, yet noble acts. their small crafter helping hand started in a Miiller also hired a school Locally, our Rotary club businesses, and forcing them small house, in which he and inspector for he wanted a sponsors the Craft Fair to work for the factories, his wife welcomed 30 girlsgreat education for these during late May, the Fourth These factories were not who had been left on the orphans. He helped raise aof July "Great Feather River only dangerous places street to fend for themselves; new generation of extremely Duckrace," and Midsummer wherein many children were these girls now had a place to well-prepared and Madness. They support injured and killed by the call home. weil-educated individuals. He students with vocational and machines, but the work was Over the years, the also then convinced local academic scholarships and wearying to the mind and orphanage would grow, as he businesses to give his kids partner in fundraising. body; and vitally, low paying, built more homes, until apprenticeships, professional Rotary also supports school not allowing families to feed finally, the orphanage wastraining, and domestic clubs and projects such as the their children. A man might settled in a huge, five-house service positions in order to Rotary Interact club, the work 14 hours a day, six days complex. Over the course of help secure a better future for Rotary youth leadership a week and still not have Mtiller's life over 10,000them. These orphans were so camp, the limnology program enough for his family. This in children of the city of Bristol well-off, in fact, that the at our local public high turn had the effect of making would call his orphanage factories (and mines) didn't school, and the Rotary youth street urchins out of many home. have enough workers where exchange. They donate books children, for the families George Miiller worked hardtisually workers would be to schools and libraries. Our could not afford to feed them. to ensure a better life for plentiful, local Rotary is also known for A man named George these children, and George Miiller put the its cleanups and Miiller noticed how many essentially, a better orphans above himself. He beautification programs, kids were left on the street, community. He, having given created hope where there was allowing the community to be scavenging and stealing in up all of his time, money, and none and changed thousandsand look both healthy and order to feed themselves. He energy, changed the lives of of lives, fostering not only a beautiful. also saw the children when those children all around thriving community, but Rotary wants to help the they were caught stealing and him. smart, respectable and polite community to create simple, sent to the work houses, When caring for his individuals. He believed that small, healthy habits in order where the conditions were children, he provided a "there is no joy in a man's to produce better-off future generations of the community. Rotary upholds and fulfills their motto "Service Above Self," allowing Rotarians to be foundational citizens for a flourishing community. Although they existed in different centuries, missing each other by only 10 years, George Mfiller and Rotary share the same ideas, particularly service above self. They both believe education and the community are ways to change lives, and they both believe that if they help in any way, it's bound to help the community, allowing both health and beahty. Now, is there a "George Miiller" today? Are there people out there who are willing to give up everything in order to foster a beautiful and healthy community? There are, but these people are getting more and more difficult to Emd every day. The motto "Service Above Self' will be an encouragement to these people, helping them to know that their efforts are not in vain/ With that ideal in mind, they start with the small things, opening the door for others, giving encouraging smiles; and then start moving to the bigger projects, including joining Rotary clubs and helping out charities. Many people, however, will back down at the challenge of caring for the community when an opportunity arises. In order to fully fulfill this motto, the Rotarian must take the chance to fail and accept the challenge. These potential George Mtillers must forget the self and pursue service, putting others before themselves. As soon as the community as a whole upholds the motto "Service Above Self," a new generation can begin and grow, putting themselves last instead of fwst. The new and younger generation observes and follows the older. If a community can start by teaching the new generation that a small task of selflessness can help to bring about a happy, healthy, and beautiful community, then service above self can be effective to continually change lives. Let me allow George Mtiller to have the last word: "My business is, with all my might, to serve my own generation; in doing so I shall best serve the next generation." Thank you. LETTERS to the. EDITOR Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week per person and only one letter per person per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a storm drains, so they have filled with road sand and the water runs in the street. The autos have taken to driving in the ditches because it is smoother and saves their suspension from damage from the city's negligent behavior. I've heard that there is a maximum of,~ptwords. The civil engineer working for editor will ,qt ~ny letter in excess of 300 words. The deadline is Friday at 3p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed to dmcclonald@plumasnews.mm. Sacrifice and service When I look at the societies of the world it is easy to become discouraged by the many negative forces at hand. There is much selfishness, pride and disrespect. Yet, despite the fears and concerns, Delayne and I were determined to settle our newborn into our often too chaotic and busy life. Somehow, we were able to experience peace and comfort in this. This was thanks to the selfless acts of the citizens of Indian Valley. A friend made a call to action and things happened. We had meals every night for weeks. We had people dropping off diapers, baby items and even groceries. We had numerous offers for babysitting. There were people I hardly knew or hadn't ever met that gave of themselves and their means to serve our family. What a wonderful blessing this was. It truly made our adjustment happy and our burden light. Thank you to all you people that have this mind set of sacrifice and service. It has made me appreciate even more the powerful influence for good that a small town has. When what could have been scoffs at another's life choice, you turned and served without ever judging or expecting something in return. Thank you for being who you are! Brett Stapf and family Greenville Pothole city The rain got to Taylor Avenue and Second Street. When it got here it found no storm drains to run in so it took to running in the street, enlarging the existing potholes and developing brand new ones. You see, since Verlin left, nobody that works for the city has bothered to clean the the city;perhaps he or she could come over here and engineer a way to get the road sand out of the ditch and haul it away. Of course, they would have to repave the road because the damage is so extensive that repair just doesn't work anymore. If we cannot afford to replace our drains and streets when they are severely damaged there is no way to call this place a city. And we should seriously consider disincorporation and beg the county to take it all back under their control. Geoffrey Thompson Portola Improvement in Portola With the economic downturn, the grand jury reports and citizens' participation in our local government, we have seen an improvement in our public services and a focus on performance management. We have a long way to go just to become average. Diversity of thought and the power of intent are key to our improvement. The 2012-13 Grand Jury Report was a local enlightenment. It gave an image of distrust and. corruption in our local government. It did not report on performance management. The new City Council has worked to improve its image but has had recent resignations from trusted off'lcials. It is making an effort to lead the city to prosperity but still have to deal with seif-interest greed and pettiness in its ranks. City Councilmember Gault's volunteer group "I Love Portola" is growing in popularity with the power of love as its intent. The creation of the Economic Development Committee by the City Council shows good intent. We still have elected officials that chose to implement their vision and plans over implementing the goals and policies of our general plan. I believe that it gives an image of corruption and misuse of public funds. Gault's group is a perfect example. It contains her vision and plans. She will ask the council for financial support to fund a survey which could be passed out to the community members all over Eastern Plumas County from Chilcoot to Graeagle. We already have a vision, goals and policies of our people in our general plan. discriminating against 2,000 people with your 50 percent LAFCo overhead; 50 percent are below the national poverty level. This injustice/inequity cannot continue. Stop pushing around the minority because you choose to do so. It's our money, not yours. the district under state or federal management. For a long time the district's finances were negatively impacted by citizens' failures to pay their water and sewage bills. The board has been as gentle as possible pursuing collections. The state or the feds would But that shouldn't warrant ugly personal smears and defamation. They've worked hard to improve our quality of life and safeguard Indian Valley's future. Until we get burned most of us don't go around thinking people are lying to us, let alone committing forgery or They are legal and binding. :, :.: ' : ~ Terri Woods : just turn off services, cancel embezzlement. Eyeing , They are approved by the Portola occupancy cert'ff ~cates and everyone ~ ifli~ tt~iJi~iSfl~'-:E state for our combined evict resi 16hf :'" might have proved:hbil fui In prosperity in the future. Every day is special Where were these this case, but it's an awful They are our local If we have been able to concerned do-gooders while way to go through life-- and constitutions. Our elected officials in municipal governments should take an oath of office to defend them from special interest groups. Larry F. Douglas Portola Time to right a wrong Are all men created equal? Not if you live in Plumas County. For years, LAFCo funding between Portola and Plumas County has been split 50/50. This exorbitant fee ($50,000.00) has been placed on a minority of citizens by the county Board of Supervisor. They shrewdly placed the tab on 2,000 constituents, while the remaining 18,000 constituents pay the other $50,000, and the law allowed it to happen. Yes, it's legal; but they failed to read the whole law the alternative law allowing them to distribute LAFCo costs evenly on each person in the county. They argue that Portola is better off fmancially than the county; but won't tell us that LAFCo covers 53 special districts within the county; only two special districts are within the city (hospital and cemetery). They argue that the county has had to cut to bare bones on all its services. We make the same argument Portola supports the county by hiring the county sheriff. I'm sick and tired hearing the status quo: don't stir the pot that's not the way it's done here. I lived here 14 years; I've watched what's going on; how Portola residents are treated. We are not stupid, uneducated, second-class citizens. It's the twenty-first century, do what's right for everyone you represent, not a few. The money you think you are saving is our money too. We pay the same property taxes, TOT, gas, school, fire and solid waste; yet our neighbors living in the county pay 1/10th of what we pay to LAFCo. You're celebrate a day of introspection and thanks on Thanksgiving Day; have acknowledged universal peace at Christmas time, have used the new year as a time to renew ourselves as well as wishing a good year to all mankind; then did we extend, on February 14, our love for all fellow humans with an appreciation for the miracle of our mutual existence? But then, why set aside special days? Why not fill every day with thanks, peace, seif-improvement and love? Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Ignorant behavior I am amazed and outraged by the reported behavior of some Indian Valley citizens at the recent IVCSD board meeting. People making claims that had Frank Richardson not discovered the alleged fraud the board would have tried to cover it up? People accusing our services district manager of burning down the depot? Seriously? Would the people making such outrageous and unfounded accusations like to defend themselves in court against charges of slander? Are they smart enough to understand the implications of their ignorant utterances? This board hired a manager with a forensic background, a specialist in fraud investigation. I credit the board for that, and greatly appreciate their efforts to straighten out the operations of this district. Thank you, IVCSD board members and thank you, Frank Richardson. How about a brief review of some of what the board has managed over the last few years. When they came to the task they found a 60-year-old sewage system near it's end of life for which not one penny had been accrued for replacement. They found a water system that was leaking ten million gallons per month. Those two items alone could easily have put all that was shaping up over the previous decades? Did some of the complainants have a cozy relationship with previous boards, one that allowed them to extract personal favors at public expense? Some folks are treading thin ice, and they might want to stop and think before they continue their line of unreasoning. Hank Alrich Greenville Attacks on board are small-minded To have our IVCSD board members attacked and insulted really hurts. These are wonderful people; altruistic, civic-minded and intelligent. I understand that since the alleged larceny occurred on their watch, they have to admit a lapse in oversight, and take criticism. it provokes a negative response. Remember the district was relieved to Emd any qualified person willing to accept the salary we could afford at the time. And why should we pretend that coming from a good family with deep roots in the community isn't a positive? We need to remember how things have improved. Are we going to turn on our people because they were deceived? If we heed the small-minded and troubled, whose grievances predate this misfortune by many years, we risk losing the invaluable Jesse Lawson to set upa spoils system-- sliding back to temporary bandaging and continuous breakdowns. The critics are See Letters, page 11B Contact your elected officials PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530.) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas,com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. 1 E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contact/ ] U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg ' Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TrY/TDD: ] (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San! Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710i Website: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart i Bldg Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. lamalfa.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 2885 Churn Creek R Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. E1 Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center:. 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, E1 Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center:. 1670 Market St Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225-3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002 (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/ (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. State