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lOS Wednesday, March 14, 2001 Bulletin, Progressive, m The P1umas County Board of Su- pervisors is trying to back out of an agreement with the United States Forest Service that would give $80,000 in Lake Davis reparation funds to build a handicap access ramp at Lake Davis. Reneging on a contract is serious business but, in this in- stance, it is the right thing to do. It seems odd---downright inexplica- ble--that the supervisors agreed in the first place to give $80,000 to the Forest Service to build a handicap access ramp. After all, the law re- quired the Forest Service to build it and finance it on its own. The supervisors approved the fund- ing during a time when the board didn't see a spending proposal or trip out of town it didn't like. But, thanks to the electorate's chas- tisement at the polls in November, the supervisors have seen the light and become much more reasonable and prudent when it comes to spreading the county wealth. The change in heart over the For- est Service funding is being led by County Supervisor B.J. Pearson, who believes the county should not be giving money to the Forest Ser- vice. Pearson, like so many others, said he is baffled and questioned why the board agreed to give money to the Forest Service when the agency had already admitted it had broken the law by not provid g haadicap access ramp. On another level, the Forest Ser- vice has been anything but an ideal partner. This is the same federal agency, kowtowing to the most ex- treme of environmental factions, that has tied up the implementation of the Quincy Library Group law with lame excuse after lame excuse. It seems that the Forest Service has plenty of practice ignoring the law of the land, whether it pertains to dis- ability laws or land management. The county should do everything in its power to make sure it keeps the $80,000 and spends it on county services. At the same time, to bor- row a phrase from Supervisor Don Clark, the county should shame the Forest Service into providing ser- vices for disabled people. Michael C. Taborski Publisher Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicla Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terri Nscar Portola Editor Christi Sevtap Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Staff writers Dave Keller, Gall Brown, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Dave Moiler, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams. We are looking at the last days of free speech as we know it. It has declined in recent years, and it will continue to fall with each and every day. Maybe I'm just being cynical, but I see a world in which only politically correct opinions are allowed to be ex- pressed. The most recent example is the con- troversy at the University of Berkeley, where the student-operated Daily Cali- fornian newspaper recently published an advertisement, "Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Slavery is a Bad Idea." It was written by author David Horowitz, a Berkeley graduate and civ- il rights advocate. A group of students protested the newspaper's decision to publish the ad- KELLER STAFF WRITER vertisement, storming its offices with a list of demands, most of them strange and unreasonable. For example, the protesters wanted the newspaper to publish 10 articles that refuted the advertisement's con- tent. That would have been impossible since none of the facts in the advertise- of the Plumas County Museum Odd and Unusual Artifacts Here is this week's look at some of the treasures not normally on display at the Plumas County Museum. Our featured artifacts are made of heavy metal with clamp devices on the top of them. They measure about 8" x 10". These are two examples of many different styles and sizes and are not a pair. What are they? The answer will he in next week's paper. If you think you know what these are, call the museum at 283-6320. Last week's answer: these two Items are horseshoe cleaning tools. The one on the left is a cQmmerciaily manufactured tool, while the, one ,on the right is , t anC f ned. an old, steel,file. R was used,o the sarah at in the 18005. Donated by Roy Stoucky in 1968. ment were incorrect. The protesters also wanted paper to hire a censor, would read all the newspaper's in the future for anything The activists, in all Nazi-style glory, also stole all maining issues of the the newsstands to prevent furtherl tribution. The newspaper's editor, Daniel nandez, published a formal running the advertisement. Hernandez stated that the ment, even though each of its were accurate, contained blatantly inflammatory Hernandez also readers "it will not happen again In essence, Hernandez was that First Amendment rights do tend to everyone, only to people points of view fit inside a certain mindset. The Horowitz takes the position that people whO| er owned slaves should not be pay reparations to people who were slaves--may be offensive folks. But, there are ways to concerns. Folks can write letters editor or publish an advertisement that counters the one published bY Horowitz. It's alarming that Berkeley want to censor what others whether it's by preventing of a newspaper or by to screen content to block the nation of politically incorrect ments. What's also alarming is that a paper editor, whose position at a gious daily college ., ..sloPpier, someoneexercising their First ment right. Rememb HISTORIAN 75 Years Ago ................. 1926 A decision in favor of the United States gov. ernment which asked a permanent restraining order to prevent A.A. HaU and C.F. Lunn, both of Quincy from interfering with the construc- tion of a recreation park by the City of Oakland near Quincy was handed down this week by a federal judge. The City of Oakland, in search for a recreation park for its residents, sought and received permission to build a park in the Plumas National Forest preserve, near Quincy. 60 Years Ago ................. 1951 Advertisement: Powered for thrills...praised for thrift! 2,615 nimble pounds, 204.8 inches of overall length. The 1951 Buick special deluxe two door sedan only $2,275 at Alexander Motor Company, Main & Filmore, Quincy. 25 Years Ago ................. 1976 Advertisement: Just in time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day: Featured grocery items in this week's grocery ads: corned beef $1.29 per pound, cabbage 10 a pound, Irish Spring soap three for $1.00. Advertisement: St. Patrick's Day party at the Ranch House, Chester, featuring corned beef and cabbage dinner for $2.45. 10 Years Age ................. 1991 In order to further recognize members of the United States Armed who have, and continue, to serve in Desert Storm, Feather Publishing offering a full colored paper American each of it's newspapers this display in their homes and businesses port to the troops. NOTE: Items included in the When column are taken from our newspaper archives and represent the style of that particular period. The grammar are not edited, so the copy is as it actually appeared in the pers. tb STAFF WRITER The frogs are beginning to croak, the birds are beginning to chirp and be- tween snowstorms, you can feel spring trying to break through. To me, springtime is a new begin- ning; the earth feels young and fresh. Wildlife begins to stir and small buds can be seen on dormant trees. It also means there is only a short time before my wedding and I can feel myself becoming more anxious as each week passes. I have always been a somewhat com- pulsive, obsessive type person and have a tendency to go overboard at times. Well, this wedding is no different and I have formulated an agenda for myself which scares even me. I don't have a huge budget, but the first time around, I didn't have a wed- ding to speak of and want this one to be as special as the man I plan on marry- ing. I have decided to make my own fa- vors and table decorations, two for each table. I enjoy working with wood, so I've de- cided to cut out and paint 40, or more, of the table decorations. The favors I'm still struggling with, but am beginning to formulate a few ideas which might Work. That, with all the other preparations, should be enough--but no, there's more. Everyone seems to have more energy when the sun is shining and the weath- er is warm, so we have decided it's a good time to remodel the bathroom from ceiling to floor and everything in between. But then, there is also the deck that needs tackling, a back deck and hot tub that needs to be finished and we've de- cided to change from a wood stove to a propane stove with a mantel. Of course, by changing all that, you also need new carpeting and lots of wallpaper. It's not just me and the animals that awaken at the In'st signs of spring, but the entire community seems to begin buzzing around. And, since I write for the newspaper, provement and The Wedding which also require additional Then, there are the stories out of what's going on in the rest state and the world, such as the shooting in San Diego and the utility crisis. I am also a member of: ternational of Portola which raisers looming on the horizon a cancer survivor I enjoy taking the Walk for a Cure in June. Throw into that mix the fact have been single for 21 years having to relearn how to home with another person, can see how it might have some on my being. If, for any reason, in the months, you have contact with I appear a bit spaced, please bear me---I promise to be back to soon. Throughout this, I will put my job on the top of my list and diligently report to you taking place in your communit and our end of the county seems to Spring is just around the have more and me re going on all the the World is looking bright, time, re.ere are a ton of stories to write, its problems and I feel very In or(mr to write, you first find your- have found someone to share self attending meetings and appoint-with, lucky for having a job merits, with many of them occurring at ployer that I like so well, night, am able to live in and be a In addition, the paper has several community and thankful for =supplements like Spring Home Ira- friends that surround me here.