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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 11, 2015 91B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Coaches teach lessons that far outstrip simply winning WHERE I STAND BETTY BISHOP FORMER BOARD MEMBER PLUMAS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT play the game." But if winning really was everything, Lance Armstrong would still have seven trophies, and Pete Rose and Barry Bonds would be in the Hall of Fame. As with other high school programs, there are higher goals for athletics in the educational system. I seriously doubt John Madden would make a good high school coach, because he would be more concerned with his reputation than the character of the players. There's a lot more to coaching young people than putting the X's and O's on a game plan. In 1995, Chester had a really good boys' basketball team. They had a number of very talented players and two I have to take issue with part of the "From the Sports Desk" column presented by Greg Knight in the Feb. 25 issue of your paper. I am not addressing the question of teachers versus nonteachers as coaches; I know there are valid arguments on both sides of that question. But I hope we can think about the greater goals of high school athletics. We don't create schools just to offer athletics; we offer athletics to augment our educational aims, and character is a big part of those goals. In particular, I question the "winning is everything" stance. In any year, a few teams go on to playoffs, and in the end, only one wins. Does that mean there were no lessons for the kids on those other teams, or that their experience as participants had no value? Mr. Knight quotes Rick Tolley, "There's only one thing people remember. And it ain't how we The test of a coach is not how the best player feels at the end of the season, but how the worst player feels. excellent coaches. CHS blew through the playoffs, and went on to defeat Colusa High School in the fmals in Chico. We all felt great, chanting "We're No. 1! We're No. 1!" But some of the players graduated in June, and although the next year's team was good, it didn't reach the finals. Does this mean those coaches weren't as good as they had been the previous year, or that the lessons they taught along with basketball basics weren't valid? No, of course not. Win or lose, there's still a message there in life skills that goes along with practice drills. And the test of a coach is not how the best player feels at the end of the season, but how the worst player feels. Coaches love to fred themselves with a bunch of really talented athletes. They don't have to teach the simple things, and they get to stretch their own abilities as leaders. But a coach has to lead the team that shows up, not the dream team, and has to make each athlete understand that showing up is as much a part of being successful as the elusive "will to win," that working together is the road you all have to travel. Everyone has seen big-name teams, with big-name players, lose, while teams with perhaps less talent succeed. The team that just comes to win can be beaten by the team that comes to play its best. A number of years ago, a boy with autism played on a Chester football team. Actually, about all he really got to do was practice with the team, because in a game situation, he didn't have the skills to contribute. However, the coach created a play with this boy's name on it, and the team practiced it often: to reward his hard work and to recognize his dedication. No one expected to use that play, until a game in Esparto. Chester was losing badly, so the Chester coach approached the Esparto coach. He explained the play, and asked if the Esparto team might let that boy get the ball and move it down the field a bit before a not-too-violent takedown. The Esparto team made a different decision about the situation, with the result that when this boy got the ball, each would-be tackler missed by inches, and Chester made its only score. Every kid on the field felt good about that game. Chester lost, Esparto won, but what everyone remembers is the spirit of that play, the camaraderie of players on both sides making something very special happen. Greg Knight performs a valuable service in our little community. Kids love to see their names in print. They might cut out the article to send to the grandparents, or put it in a scrapbook and someday show it to their own kids. Hundreds of papers in towns large and small across this country rely on local reporters to keep everyone in touch with the news. Is his position any less important because he's never won a Pulitzer Prize? Are the only "winners" in the sports reporting world the guys who covers sports for the New York Times or the suits behind the See Bishop, page lOB State leaders shouldn't spend time creating new tax schemes If high taxes guaranteed results, then California should have some of the best roads in the nation. For years we've had one of the highest gas taxes, yet our freeways consistently receive failing grades. It makes no sense unless you admit that high taxes don't guarantee good roads. That's one of many reasons I had no trouble voting with my State Board of Equalization colleagues to approve a 6-cent cut to the state's gas tax. Under a confusing and complicated law commonly known as the "gas tax swap," the state has been overcollecting tax dollars as gas prices have fallen. The new rate helps solve this problem. WHERE I STAND user fees -- aimed at getting ......................................... even more of your dollars. GEOR6E RUNNER But before you send any MEMBER STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION Any tax cut is a rare bit of good news for overtaxed Californians. This gas tax cut also has the added benefit of partially offsetting the cost of a new hidden gas tax that took effect Jan. 1 to help fund high-speed rail and other so-called anti-global-warming efforts. California will still have one of the highest gas tax rates in the nation, but even so not everyone is pleased to see the tax go down, In fact, some government officials are devising new schemes -- like mileage taxes and road more money to Sacramento, you deserve a clear picture of just how much money the state already receives for transportation and how those dollars are spent. Here are a few key facts the media often fails to report: --Fuel tax revenues have grown. Even as vehicles have become more efficient, fuel tax revenues grew 35 percent in the past 10 fiscal years -- from $6.5 billion to a record $8,7 billion. Most of these dollars are reserved for transportation, although some sales tax dollars go directly to local governments, --Total transportation spending is an estimated $28 billion. Fuel taxes are only one piece of the transportation funding puzzle. The Legislative Analyst's Office estimates total transportation funding in California from all sources of government is $26 billion. About half of this funding comes from local governments, and a quarter each from the state and federal government. --There's plenty of money available. Gov. Brown's proposed $113 billion general fund budget would be a record high for state spending. Even so, it provides very little funding for transportation. Perhaps because most transportation funding now comes from special funds, California's spending on highways is below average when compared to other states. At the same time, California's overall state spending and welfare spending both exceed the national average. If we need more funding for roads, why not use general fund dollars like we did in the past? It's all about priorities. California taxpayers are not getting good value for the dollars they send to Sacramento. Due to questionable laws and regulations, the cost of transportation and infrastructure projects is far higher in California than other states. It's a tough sell to say Sacramento needs more money when projects like high-speed rail and the LETTERS to the EDITOR Bay Bridge are plagued by waste and cost overruns. The state of California ought to be investing your tax dollars wisely and cost-effectively, not wasting them on bullet trains and bureaucracy. If our leaders spent less time concocting new tax schemes and more time properly stewarding existing funds, perhaps we'd all spend less time stuck in traffic. Maybe someday we could have the best roads again, too. George Runner represents more than 9 million Californians as a taxpayer a dvoca te and elected member of the Sta te Board of Equalization. For more information, visit Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per person will be published; only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic will be published. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous or open letters. Letters must not ex2eed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at 3 p.m.; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emaUed to dmcdnald@plumasnews'cm" Jefferson a potential solution Through taxation and regulation, our personal freedom, gun rights, our children's education, property and water usage, livelihoods, etc., are dictated by Sacramento and LA politicians to further their agendas. Frustrated with the status quo, and intrigued by the prospect of real representation, State of Jefferson supporters see a potential solution. To those who oppose SoJ: Do you have skin in the game? Do you own property to leave to your children, make your livelihood with the land, own a business, teach your children to earn their way, want to instill your values and work ethic and love of freedom in your kids, want to use the savings you've worked for all your life to enjoy retirement instead of paying for others who don't work at all, etc.? If you don't, please tell us why you want to prevent this action. Many opponents don't discuss, they distort facts and practice character tssassination: "... a Silicon Valley billionaire funding the movement." FYI: he backed a proposal to split California into six states -- not the SoJ. "... they want (us) to pay for a special election..." It's opponents and the Board of Supervisors calling for an election, not SoJ supporters. And the quite tiresome argument that the tea party and conservatives promote "... no corporate taxes, no antipollution and corporate regulations, no social welfare Opponents call this a waste of time and perhaps money. And, yes, it's an uphill battle. But do we just give up, cave in and let our children suffer the consequences? What if our founders had had that attitude? The Jan. 28 editorial brought up valid issues. So, let's talk finances, constitution, regulations, law enforcement, taxes, federal interference, etc. If we are going to vote, we need townhall meetings so we can all participate in an intelligent and informed debate. Lynn Desjardin Portola Supervisors should support Jefferson Eight northern counties have passed declarations for the state of Jefferson, two more just a week ago, Lassen and Lake counties. Don't we in Plumas County want fair representation in our state? The Board of Supervisors members have each expressed that our rural county is ignored with impunity by Sacramento, that our county is suffering as a result of it (case in point, the State Water Board's determination to deprive Lake Almanor of its cold water. Thank you, Bill Dennison, for your excellent column on the subject.) The board can act, which is what we elected it to do. No need to hide behind holding an expensive countywide referendum to simply make a declaration. This is a timely opportunity for the northern counties to form a united voice for representation. The status quo is unacceptable. Barbara MacArthur Lake Almanor Great way to promote our county Highway advisory radio stations, sometimes referred to as travelers' information stations, allow highway agencies to broadcast important messages about traffic, weather and roadway conditions to motorists. Caltrans has deployed HAR stations across the state. During my annual walkabout this past summer, I traveled into the city limits of Cody, Wyoming. Just on the edge of town there was a (HAR station) WYDOT radio advisory station that directed you to the AM channel 1610. I tuned to the channel; it was broadcasting the events and activities that were happening in Cody that week. It seems the local chamber of commerce shares the "loop" recording with the Wyoming Department of Transportation. If there are road or weather warnings the yellow lights blink and the weather or emergency road conditions supercede the local activities announcement. I thought, what a great idea to help promote the county and help visitors traveling in this county. Where's ours? I contacted Ferdinand Mflanes, chief officer of radio communications and engineering, California Department of Transportation, for further information. He stated that we fall under Title CFR part 90-242. We could license our own HARs, and coordinate them With a letter of concurrence. We too could broadcast as a secondary user. The city could apply for its own HAR license through the FCC too. Cost is $80,000- $50,000 per station. The stations could be linked. together or they can download separate information. There are mobile HARs available too. Perhaps we could promote the county by placing HARs at the major entrances to the county? As well as local events, imagine an Amber alert, accident, fire or natural disaster that could be placed on the AM channel from the sheriffs dispatch. It works in Cody, Wyoming. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Deceit A letter writer raised the question, "Do we want an educated successful nation or a nation full of idiots?" I'd like to try a nation full of educated successful people. Heck, we have already experienced idiots. Aren't they the ones who voted for President Obama -- twice? An educated man once said, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." You see that man felt to fool an idiot is as shameful as kicking a gimp. But if the gimp didn't learn a lesson the first time, I suppose the second kick won't teach him much either. And that puts the shame on the gimp. when deceit is used to advance a cause, cause does not advance -- deceit does. We ought to start teaching that. Ed Laurie Beckwourth Founding Fathers' dreams A few years ago, I mentioned that in the summer of 1954 a business school graduate student attending UCLA said that his goal was to get in on the ground floor of the new aristocracy, then being planned by a few large corporations. The February 2015 issue of a national monthly review has this to say on the subject: During the last 35 years or so, an oligarchy of elite corporate executives and their immensely rich investors has incrementally been tightening its grip on our people's rights, opportunities, communities, elections, legislatures, courts, media, wealth -- and even our air, water, food and lives. In his autobiography, Thomas Jefferson seems to have thought that our Founding Fathers had passed laws that would prevent that very thing from happening in the nation they were establishing. The following is what he said: "I considered four of these bills, passed or reported as forming a system by which every fibre would be eradicated of ancient or future aristocracy; and a foundation laid for a government truly republican. The repeal of the laws of entail would prevent the accumulation and perpetuation of wealth in select families, and preserve the soil of the country from being dally more and more absorbed in Mortmain. The abolition of primogeniture, and equal partition of inheritance removed the feudal and unnatural distinctions which made one member of every family rich, and all the rest poor." How far we have moved in such a short time from the dreams of the Founding Fathers to the reality of the present! Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville 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@countyofphmas.eom. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, PRESIDENT- Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: U.S. SENATOR Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954;ITY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710. Website: U.S. SENATOR- Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 5011 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563. 112 Hart 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.;; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) - 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. 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 Daide, State Capitol, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-00001, (916) 319-200 I; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 280 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR - Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.