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8B Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL .AND O P INI O N EDITORIAL Teachers deserve support in very important role We expect a lot from our teachers, as well we should. After all, they are greatly responsible for helping to mold and extract the potential out of students who will be our future leaders. Unfortunately, the huge responsibility placed on educators isn't reflected in their salaries. Few professions in this country that require a four-year college degree pay less than that of a teacher. When you consider most salaried teachers are forced to take the job home with them, their hourly wage becomes even lower. It's an injustice that isn't being addressed. According to a 2011 National Commission on Teaching survey, half of all new teachers quit within five years. Why? The list of reasons talented teachers are switching professions is growing. Aside from the low pay, teachers are increasingly asked to do more with less support. The loss of classroom aides, added duties, more reporting, more testing and paperwork... It's taking a toll. Morale among teachers is at an all-time low. Our teachers are some of our children's most important role models, tasked with setting a living example of the kind of people our kids should strive to be like. But the role models themselves are unhappy. They are tired. Some are even bitter. No one should be surprised that teachers in Plumas County are speaking out about their low wages and working conditions. Our teachers aren't alone. They are merely the local voices complaining about a problem that is national in scale. Our country's education model, while it isn't entirely broken, certainly needs some repay. It's embarrassing that the richest nation in the free world is barely in the middle of the pack when it cpmes to test scores, particularly in science and math. A chief reason for America's lagging classroom performance is there simply aren't enough good teachers at the elementary and high school levels. Many of the good ones give it their best shot, but ultimately change careers to earn a better living. According to statistics for 2013 compiled by the National Education Association, the average starting salary for a teacher in this country is $36,141. The average starting salary in California is $41,259. In Plumas County, a first-year teacher with a bachelor's degree can expect to earn $33,672. On March 12, this paper published a perspective by R0 LQgan, president of the plumas County WeacIA$i.at:ion.  oge. touchec 0n a nif of issues regarding the Plumas Unified School District's budget. Two points in Logan's editorial stood out: He said teachers' salary structures in the PUSD haven't changed in eight years (an editorial on the next page, by PUSD Board Member Bob Tuerck, contradicts Logan's claim). Meanwhile, the district's reserve fund is $10 million. The school district has done a great job balancing its budget and socking away money for the future. As a result, our district is probably in better financial shape than most public school districts in the country. But, as the headline on Logan's story stated: How much is not enough? Ten million dollars would seem to be more than enough. At least a fraction of that money needs to be spent to support the students and teachers who are in the PUSD system right now. People don't become teachers with the idea of getting rich. They do it because they want to do their part to help give our kids the tools to succeed in life. We should do our part to make sure our teachers have the tools and support they need to do the job we expect of them. Feat00;00blishing /00wspaper 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: Laura Beaton Carolyn Shipp Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Debra Moore Maddie Musante M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson ' Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Indian Vallpy Record (530) 284-7800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Printed on recycled paper "Publishers Assoc. Change of season brings changes to job Earlier today I was Walking along the freshly refinished Spanish Traverse Trail, admiring the smoothness of the finished trail. It was midmorning and the sun was just starting to get perfect. I walked along in my T-shirt and admired the birds circling above. I got to the summit I was heading for and breathed in the view of American Valley. I couldn't hear anything but the sound of the wind rustling through the pines around me. On the way up, my mind wandered through a wide array of topics: what I was going to make for dinner, how I want to bring up my soon-to-be-born child, whether or not I should start a band, and what would life be like if I could fly. At the top, though, I didn't have a single thought in my head. I grabbed my camera between heavy breaths and snapped a photo. Then a thought popped into my head. I love this job. A story I was working on about the work done on the trail brought me on this little hike, which was a nice reprieve MY TUR`N JAMES WILSON Sports Reporter sports@plumasnews.com from the office. With the weather warming and the seasons changing, I'll more than likely be doing more "work" like this in the upcoming months. Spring and mostly summer are my favorite seasons at the newspaper. During the school year, games and events are scattered throughout the week, which makes it difficult to take a full day off many weeks. In summertime, it's rare that I don't get two full days off in a row. Another reason I love writing the Sports and Recreation section in summer is it forces me to go out of my comfort This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. March 26 1982 -- Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. March 27 1958 -- Nikita Krushchev became the Premier of the Soviet Union. 1964 -- An earthquake registering 8.4 on the Richter scale flattens the downtown business section of Anchorage, Alaska. 1975:-- Colstructionl of the :TransAlaska pipeline began. March 28 1776 -- Juan Bautista de Anza finds the site for the Presidio in San Francisco. March 29 1961 -- The 23rd amendment to the Unit- ed States Constitution is ratified, allow- Lug residents of Washington, D.C. to vote in presidential elections. 1973 -- The last of United States combat soldiers left South Vietnam. March 30 1867 -- Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million, at about 2 cents an acre, by the United States. 1981 -- United States President Ronald Reagan is shot outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John Hinckley, Jr. March 31 C6sar Chavez Day is observed today. 1889 -- The 1,063 foot tall Eiffel Tower in Paris officially opened. The three-floor structure has nine elevators. 1918 -- Daylight Saving Times goes into effect in the United States for the first time. 198-7 (25 Ye.r@ {K0)* qbks on the best seller list include ,Clear and Present Danger" by Tom Clancy, "The Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie, "Daddy" and "Star" both by DanieUe Steel April I Today is April Fools' Day. 1976 -- Apple, Inc. is founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in Cupertino. zone. There are several weeks where no big event or game is taking place, but I still have a full section to fill. This gives me the chance to explore interests I normally wouldn't have time to cover. Last summer, a conversation with my coworker Debra Moore summed this up perfectly. Debra was working on one of those in,olved stories that would affect the people she was writing about. She clearly felt the weight of the story. As Debra was fretting over her desk, I cheerfully popped up from my desk and piped out, "Well, I'm heading to the creek to go crawdadding!" Debra looked up at me straight faced and stared at me for several seconds. "Shut up," she mumbled quietly as she got back to her story. It's times like this that really make me love my job, though it's not all fun and games. Debra offered to trade me beats on multiple occasions, but on one condition: only for the summer. During the school year it's often a completely different story. For one, during football and basketball season, I don't get home until 11 p.m. multiple nights per week. Oftentimes I'll have to drive through less-than-favorable weather conditions to get to games in Chester, Greenville and Portola. There are also weird times in the seasons when two seasons overlap. Summer events will still take place in fall, and the fall season of sports will overlap with the winter season. Unfortunately, I still have to cover both. Those weeks double my workload without giving me more time to complete it. Another conversation between me and Debra sums this up perfectly. It was November and I was trying to gather enough info to finish this article I was working on so I could move on to one of the next 12I needed to complete within two days. I was zoned in to my work and a little stressed out when Debra merrily spoke up. "Well, I'm heading to Carey's Candy Company to take some shots of some gift baskets!" Now it was my turn to get jealous. "Shut up," I muttered as I buried back into my work. Nowrthat spring is here the enjoyment. factor m my job is up exponentially. I have a handful of stories for this summer in the back of my mind that I'm already looking forward to researching. If you're reading this, there's a good chance you'll see me at some point in the upcoming months covering one fun activity or another. If you see me with a wide smile on my face, now you know why. REMEMBER. WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 An anti-picketing Plumas County public ordinance was adopted at a special meeting of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors this week, providing that remarks and other forms of communication to provoke a breach of the peace, shall be unlawful. More than 70 yards of cement were poured Saturday for the Belden Garage located at the south end of the Belden bridge of the North Fork of the Feather River. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 The Plumas County Civil Defense Department has acquired a fully equipped $11,000 disaster and rescue truck. The Plumas County Board of Supervisors approved the expenditure to purchase office furniture for the newly completed office addition at the Plumas County fairgrounds building. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Interim Feather River College President Joseph Brennan has told college trustees that he plans to retire in December. Feather River College separated from the Oakland-based Peralta Community College District in July after two decades of affiliation. Brennan has been a part of Feather River College since its beginning, serving as dean for 12 years before his appointment as president in 1981. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 A historical themed ball will be held at the historical Feather River Inn in Blairsden next month to celebrate the 150th birthday of Plumas County. Historic period formal dress is required. 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. Are you really a journalist if you like fiuff? The calls came in quick succession: Fire near Carol Lane. Murder on Pioneer Road. Incoherent woman in Meadow Val-, ley. Emergency vehicles with their sirens wailing crisscrossed Quincy. Such calls can send a journalist's heart racing. But late on a Friday afternoon with a long week behind me, I must admit my first thought was "Please, not today." The last time the editor went on vaca- tion I covered a hospital shooting. Would this be a repeat? Thankfully, not. The fire turned out to be a smoky burn pile, and the murder was just two Chil- dren playing on the telephone. The 911 from Meadow Valley was a real emer- gency, though the response was delayed by the prank phone call. I'm very thankful that the forest wasn't on fire and that no one had been killed, but as a reporter, shouldn't I have felt a rush of adrenaline, instead of a sense of dread when the scanner crackled? Have I been doing this job too long? Do I have the wrong temperament? I have covered fires, vehicle accidents and crime scenes many times in the past 20 years. Once there, I get caught up in the moment as I try to get the photo and MY TUR.N DEBRA MOORE Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com the story. There's a sense of urgency and drama that is far more thrilling than tak- ing notes in a board meeting. But when I hear the call, there's no adrenaline rush, just a foreboding, know- ing that someone's life has abruptly changed. I am not a fan of blood and I tend to in- ternalize othecr people's pain. I can still hear the screams of a woman who was be- ing extricated from a vehicle crash on Highway 70, not far from Feather River College. It continues to amaze me that I can photograph a real trauma, when I have to cover my eyes during a gory movie scene. When I first came to this newspaper, I worked with Tom Wright. He was the crime guy; I think the sheriff had him on speed dial. He liked to call me "Fluff." I covered Girl Scouts, Soroptimist meet- ings, pep rallies, etc. I'll never forget how he laughed when I covered the Miss Neva- da Pageant, totally cementing my "fluff" reputation in his mind. But after Tom left the newspaper's employ we found a copy of my Miss Nevada article in his desk and it was my turn to laugh. I guess I'm still "Fluff" at heart. My fa- vorite stories are human-interest fea- tures. While some people enjoy reading that type of article, there's a reason why the term "If it bleeds, it leads" exists. At the Record Searchlight, we tracked which stories got the most views and, al- most without exception, they were the crime and accident articles. No doubt, if there had been a real fire and murder that Friday afternoon, our website would have recorded a record number of page views and the following week's newspapers would have flown off the racks. The year the Feather River Bulletin captured the state's top prize for general excellence, we happened to have murder, a drowning and fire for fr0nt-page news. I'm not sure we would have won with just "fluff," but I would have liked writing it.