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lOB Wednesday, March 31, 2010 2DITORIAL aD.d OPINION Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL 'Take 10' to complete and return your censUs form Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and the other Founding Fathers created the census in 1790, when they wrote the U.S. Constitution and empowered Congress to count every per- son living in the United States of America and to use that count to determine representation in the Congress. The census has been taken faithfully every 10 years since then and the use of the data collect- ed has increased. Watch out now -- this year is a census year. Everyone in the United States must be count- ed in the census. This includes people of all ages, races and ethnic groups, citizens and non- citizens. Local participation is important to the future of our community. Census data provides many benefits to the people of this nation and the places we live. For example, census data is used to reappor- tion seats in Congress and ensure proper dis- trict representation in state and local govern- ments. A good count is important because an expected decrease in California's population may reduce the number of the state's represen- tatives in Congress. Every year the federal government distrib- utes more than $400 billion to tribal, state and local governments based on census data. Information from the census helps determine locations for childcare and senior centers, new roads, hospitals, schools and community centers. These and many other benefits only are pos- sible with an accurate count in 2010. Participat- ing in the census is one of best ways the people of Plumas County can contribute to society and make a lasting difference. Nationally, 72 percent returned their forms last time. We can do better. It's really easy. Census forms have been mailed or delivered to every household in the country. Simply complete the form on behalf of every person living in your residence -- both relatives and non-relatives -- and return it in the postage-paid envelope. Census workers will visit households that do not return the forms to take the count in per- son. If you need assistance, Questionnaire Assis- tance Centers will be available to help those who cannot read or understand the census form, and Language Assistance Guides also will be available in 59 languages at all center locations. For those with visual impairments, the Lan- guage Assistance Guide will be available in large print and Braille. Deaf and hard-of-hear- ing persons who do not have access to Video Relay Service may call the TDD number (866) 783-2010. For more information, visit Be a good citizen and take 10 minutes to fill out and return your census form. A Fea g / Breaking News .... go to Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. 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 Williams Barbara France Susan Cort Johnson Cheryl Frei Ruth Ellis Brian Taylor Pat ShiUito Linda Stachwell Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Lassen County Times (530) 257-53211 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 70Let's make California the Green State MY TURN JOSHUA SEBOLD Staff Writer News sources have recently begun to cov- er the story of a marijuana legalization pro- posal that will be on the November election ballot. I know it will take about two seconds for this issue to become a complete circus and political chest-puffing contest, so I figured I should hurry up and throw out the first pitch before the game is afoot. A recent poll has indicated the majority of Californians are not in favor of making cuts to any state services. The poll told po- tential voters about service areas one by one, and asked if they would be in favor of making cuts in that area. Meanwhile, the idea of tax increases seems, as always, to be greeted with blood- thirsty screams of outrage. Basically, this means most Californians don't seem to be in favor of having to make a decision when it comes to what course our state should chart in addressing its financial woes. My suggestion is Californians vote yes on the marijuana legalization proposal, which will allow citizens over the age of 21 to con- sume, produce and sell the plant. Please take a deep breath after cheering, giggling, screaming or preparing to light the paper on fire, and hear me out. There is absolutely no question in my mind that marijuana is already easily at- tainable in our state. Many people believe marijuana is easier for a juvenile to obtain than alcohol or cigarettes. That makes sense because a drug dealer is taking a risk with every sale as opposed to bars and convenience stores, which can make legitimate sales at no risk, while sell- ing to a minor can have negative conse- quences. In this way, legalizing the plant would give sellers more incentive to avoid selling to children. The current legal status of marijuana has done very little to keep it out of our state. What the illegal nature of the plant has pro- vided is a source of income for gangs in our state and the Mexican mafia in particular. That fact would lead many to argue the most alarming dangers associated with marijuana are caused by its illegality, not by the actual effects of the drug on the mind or body of the user. Every year local and state law enforcement officers have to spend valuable resources tracking down Mexican mafia groups hiding in the Plumas National Forest. Where in the world Debra Ozanich of Quincy traveled to Roatan, Honduras, where she spent part of her vacation donating much-needed items to an orphanage. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along and including it in a photo. Then e-mail the photo to Photo submitted The PCSO often reports these marijuana producers are dropped off in the forest with no information on where they are and little knowledge of our state. They sit out there with guns, terrified of detection, posing a danger to hikers, Boy Scout troops, Forest Service employees, loggers and off-highway vehicle enthusiasts. To battle the illegal marijuana trade, we fly Blackhawk helicopters with infrared sensors all over our state at great expense. Meanwhile, our state has been ordered by federal judges to lower our prison popu- lation. There was much public outrage over the recent decision by our Legislature and gov- ernor to release prisoners from custody earlier than they would have otherwise been let out. Legalizing marijuana would go a long way in addressing all of these issues. The proposition calls for taxation and regulation of marijuana, meaning the state would earn revenue from the plant. The legalization of marijuana would mean the money currently made from sales would go to local business owners and state coffers instead of local drug dealers and warlords in Mexico. Profits currently spent on automatic weaponry and gang warfare could instead go to small business owners like bakers, farmers and convenience store proprietors. People currently in prison and jail for marijuana-related crimes wouldn't be re- leased, but the stream of citizens heading into the criminal justice system for mari- juana-related offenses would disappear, saving massive amounts of state money. The savings -- mixed with tax gains and the economic boost from new business cre- ation -- would add up rather quickly. On the topic of public safety, there would no longer be an incentive for Mexican mafia members to grow in our forests or for many gangs to sell in our cities. Legaliza- tion would also allow law enforcement to concentrate on more dangerous and addic- tive drugs like methamphetamine. Some people argue a black market trade for marijuana will persist, but any econo- mist or sociologist can tell you it won't sur- vive for long. Most marijuana users would prefer to pay a little more to avoid the risk of impris- onment. Others argue users growing the plant at home would temper tax gains. This also may be true for a short while, but examples such as vegetable gardens, home brewing and backyard vineyards tell us that once large corporations develop economies of scale and local business own- ers demonstrate the quality of their prod- ucts, most users will end up getting the ma- jority of their consumables by purchasing them. Marijuana isn't some form of magic or See Legalize, page 11B REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 80 YEARS AGO... 1930 Despite inclement weather conditions, Plumas County roads connecting Genesee Valley with Taylorsville and other Indian Valley towns are in good condition. 50 YEARS AGO... 1960 Advertisement: Easter dinner grocery items featured in this week's grocery advertising: Ham 69 cents per pound, yams 13 cents per pound, frozen fruit pies 39 cents each, eggs 43 cents a dozen, cherry pie filling 45 cents a can. Advertisement: Quincy Hotel Dining Room Easter dinner menu: leg of lamb, smoked ham, pan fried caponette or prime rib with yorkshire pudding, $2.50. 30 YEARS AGO... 1980 Brent Webb. D.D.S. recently opened his dentistry office in Quincy. Originally from Oregon, he attended and graduated from Loma Linda in southern California. Ground breaking ceremonies were held this week for the new Quincy Volunteer Fire Department two-bay station on Chan- dler Road. Ernie Leonhardt donated the land for this new station. 10 YEARS AGO... 2000 Advertisement: Easter dinner items fea- tured in Plumas County grocery stores this week: strawberries $4.99 a fiat, angel food cake $2.00, cranberry juice 99 cents, five pound canned ham $7.99, artichokes 33 cents each, asparagus $1.50 a pound, leg of lamb $2.89 a pound, ham $1.89 a pound, Easter lily plants $5.99. ,Small Farmer'sJournal not just about farming MY TURN ALICIA KNADLER Indian Valley Editor March is one of my favorite times of the year, with surprising storms, daffodils and the national observance of reading month. Since it's so close to Easter, I thought it best to refrain from telling you about the beagle hunting and field-trial magazine I received from a new friend; though I still can't get over the difference between the fat-legged, slow-tracking beagles and the more slender-legged coursing beagles. I've got one of each now, and it's a hard lesson knowing they can't work together if I want to continue competition with the fat boy. Them rabbits are safe for now, I reck- on, especially since the hunting regula- tions are so dratted mind-boggling when it comes to dog control zones. Gads - I need an app for that. My other reading material for the month has been a treat, something different for me - the Small Farmer's Journal. I discovered it through a friend who gave me a clipping from the Smithsonian so I could do some research on the Internet for her. I turned it over mindlessly, while talking to her on the phone later and saw an ad for the magazine. So I wrote a letter to the pub- lisher in Oregon and asked if they would send me a sample copy, and just four weeks later, I received a back issue from last summer. With a cover price of $11, it's a tad pricey for some folks, but it's well worth it, be- cause it would last the whole season for reading material, could be shared between friends and family and then saved for fu- ture reference. The publishers offer a few dollars off if one subscribes for a year, or four issues. Beyond the draft horses on the cover, it's everything from art and poetry, to a study in plowing methods, such as when to use a dull blade, and when to cut in deep with a sharp one. The first article written by publisher Lynn Miller caught my attention, for it de- scribes a movement back toward the barter system -- similar to the time-bank- ing principals of Plumas County Commu- nity Connections. "I, a woodcutter, need to learn to play the piano and the piano player needs wood," he wrote in Apprenticeships and Labor: The Coincidence of Wants. "The music and the heat grow within the equation. And even more so if it is the piano player's in- strument tuner who needs the wood." He went on to describe the need for sustainable farming then delved into a plethora of apprenticeship opportunities similar to those offered here in Plumas County at the Dawn Institute. "We need people WITH the land and IN a gardening spirit to farm the world to new magnificent levels of fertility, diversity and health," Miller wrote. "No one who wants to eat should ever starve. No one who wants to care for the land should ever be without land to care for." More than 20 apprenticeships are de- scribed on the following two pages, includ- ing one in Ecuador that includes trans- portation from the airport or hotel, a rustic yet comfortable bamboo and thatch cabin and bedding, family-style meals, study ma- terials, Spanish lessons and rubber boots -- all for only $1,000 if booked three months before the starting date. While that description did not include what is expected from the apprentice, most did include a little about the work expected from participants, aside from learning about organic and sustainable farming. The Letters to the Editor section is amaz- ing, with an assortment of personalities all with something positive to write about, like a 15-year-old Ohio farm girl who is looking for a pen pal, and one from a Geor- gia farmer who shelters Korean refugees from Burma who just so happen to be farm- ers as well. "As we work the land together I listen to stories and learn of a carefully considered See Journal, page 11B