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lOB Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter "31"-I ]2,DITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Your local merchants will gladly accept credit and debit cards In the last week, there have been quite a few comments about an article in Quincy's Feather River Bulletin on the cost of credit and debit card transaction fees paid by merchants. Unfortunately, it resulted in some consumers saying they now feel guilty when using their cards at local businesses. Don't feel guilty. That was not the intent of the article. Local businesses are happy to have your business, regardless of the payment method. Courthouse Caf6 owner Kim Morrison said using cards in her restaurant is the preferred method of payment and she is happy to accept them for any amount. She clearly understands it's a convenience to her customers and fees are just part of the cost O f doing business. Reporter James Wilson got the idea to write a story on the cost of card fees paid by merchants when he was surprised to learn there was a fee attached to every debit and credit card transaction, regardless of the amount. Wilson (who is in his 30s), like other young people of his generation, had no idea that there are fees attached to using a plastic payment method. When he found out, he thought our readers who vere not aware of the costs might be interested as well. So here's the deal: If you go into a store and have a $5 bill in your pocket, great! But, ff you have is your debit card, that's also great! Local businesses are happy to have you in front of their register, regardless of your preferred method of paying. Period. That last thing we want is to have an article "in our paper discourage anyone from shopping locally. Feat lishing spaper For breaking ,news, .... 0, ;to PlUmasnews.com MiehaetTborski : : .:. ...... ...Publisher 'Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald .......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee ........... :.... .... Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Miriam Cody Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Greg Knight Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Debra Moore Maddie Musante Ann Powers M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Printed on Ill California Newspaper recycled paper Publishers Assoc. Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Turn back the clock? I wish I could I want to do it all over again. Do you know the feeling that you get when you have been on a great vacation or had a wonderful day and wish that you could reset the clock and relive the experience from beginning to end? Well that's how I feel about my life -- my perfectly imperfect life. It seems to intensify after every visit to my childhood home in Napa, where everything is pretty much the same as it was when I left for college in 1976. My dad built that house in 1958 and almost every detail is original. While the Napa earthquake drove MY TURN DEBRA MOORE Staff Writer dm0ore@plumasnews.com many people out of their homes late last year, it actually saved my parents' house. When PG&E arrived to relight This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINAR.Y DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. April 22 Today is Earth Day. On the first Earth Day, in 1970, photographer and conservationist Ansel Adams spoke at the four Plumas County high schools and a public slideshow was held that evening, sponsored by Feather River College. Today is Administrative Professionals Day (Secretaries Day). Today is Jelly Bean Day. The first jelly bean dates back to the 1860s; however, the first mention of jelly beans in the news occurred in July 1905 when they were advertised in the Chicago Daily News newspaper for 9 cents per pound. 1976 -- Barbara Walters, the first woman anchor of a network television news program, is hired for ABC's Evening News at a salary of $100,000 a year. City, Nebraska. 1704 -- The first continuously published newspaper, a single-page weekly, the News-Letter, is published in Boston, Massachusetts. 1800 -- The Library of Congress is established when.S. President John Adams signs an act of Congress when the seat of the government is transferrbd from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. 1913 -- The 57-story, neo-Gothic designed Woolworth Building skyscraper opens in New York City. April 25 1901 -- New York becomes the fst state in the United States to require automobile license plates. April 26 Today is National Pretzel Day. Pretzels are believed to be the world's fn:st snack food, dating back to 610 A.D. in southern France where monks baked dough in the shape of arms folded in prayer. 1798 -- Today is the birth date of Jim Beckwourth, for whom Beckwourth Pass in Plumas County was named. He was born in Virginia to an African-American slave and an English father (Sir Jermings Beckwith). April 23 1865 --In Virginia, Union cavalry troops 1985 -- Coca-C01a changes its formula and 99n.r an dk :Joh nJ,.flkes Booth, the ,,,:z: releases New Coke. The publig response : a ss, sin of Presi  ent Abraham Lincoln . is overwhelmingly negative and the ......... original formula returns to the market within three months, rebranded as Coke Classic. April 24 Today is Arbor Day. The fwst Arbor Day was held in April 1872, when some 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska 1894 -- The post office in Chester, Plumas County, is established. April 27 Today is National Prime Rib Day. Personal note: I have to dedicate this day to my husband, Mike, who is a most devoted fan. the heating system's pilot light, technicians discovered a crack that had undoubtedly been leaking carbon monoxide through the vents. Growing up, my five siblings and I spent countless hours hovering over that furnace with its one opening into the kitchen and the other into the hallway. My room, "the girls' room," was notably cold and my mom used it as a second refrigerator to hold her holiday baking. I can't tell you the joy I feel now when I wake up in the lavender bedroom of my youth to warmth wafting around me. Though a temperature gauge would have suggested a chilly childhood, that house was filled with the warmth of two parents who devoted their lives to their six children. I wish I could wake up as my 5-year-old self and grow up all over again. I feel safe in that house. When I return home for the weekend and crawl into my twin bed, I sleep more soundly than I do anywhere else. The older I get, the more I want to return home. I realize now more than ever how fleeting time is and what a rare situation I have. When I lie in bed I look out the same window that my 17-year-old self did, watching to see if my high school boyfriend would drive past. I look at the shelves that hold a piggy bank my best friend gave me in fifth grade and the stick doll that I made at Girl Scout camp. One of the drawers holds the white purse that I carried for my First Communion. Walking down the driveway I can hear the pounding of a basketball as we played late into the summer night, or, when I walk into the oversized garage, I can hear the rain pounding on the metal roof as we whizzed around on our roller skates on a stormy afternoon. Not many people can return to their childhood home and fewer still could return to find that time has barely altered a thing. Some people might think it's odd or a little strange, but for me it is the most amazing gift. I've often wondered: If I had my life to do  Overaga, wd  anything ,, :, differently? The easy answer would be "yes" because maybe I could reverse some of the experiences that caused me pain, but the real answer is "no" because every decision that I made has led me to where i am today -- and that's perfectly imperfect. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ..... 1915 The classy 50 cent dinners served in the metropolitan style at the Plumas House each Sunday are being well patronized by the public. The dining room last Sunday was crowded to capacity and the repast, together with the musical program offered during the dinner hour, was greatly appreciated, 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1965 A 500 pound safe containing checks, currency and charge slips were stolen from Cullen's Fod Market in Portola Sunday night. Entry was gained to the building through a skylight in the roof, then by cutting a hole in the floor of the attic. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1990 The Plumas County Board of Supervisors has officially f'wed Plumas County Deputy District Attorney Michael Crane over allegations that he was insubordinate, dishonest and misused power while in office. Crane has hired an attorney, disputes the firing and allegations and is currently a candidate in the Plumas County District Attorney election race. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2005 A new Plumas County election workshop room, Room 112, has been created at the Plumas County courthouse providing storage for voting touch screen units, other election materials, computers and fries. 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. State of Jefferson: Contact your supervisor The financial benefits of separating from California were discussed at the state of Jefferson meeting in Portola on Saturday, April 11. Terry Rapoza chaired the meeting and began with a discussion on the unequal representation between southern and northern California. From there he went on to provide an overview of the different fmancial obligations California lays upon its counties and how the state of Jefferson would mitigate many of those obligations and create healthier county governments. Eight northern California counties have now declared for the state of Jefferson and more are on the fence. The main goal of this meeting was to make those of us in the north aware of how helpless we are when southern California lawmakers pass legislation that is one-size-fits-all and has no or little bearing on us in rural counties. The Jefferson constitution provides for one six-week legislative session with part-time lawmakers. California passes 800 to 1,500 laws a year, many of which make criminals out of law-abiding citizens. Red Smith spoke about the fire prevention fee that has been laid on 800,000 rural California property owners and is referred to as an illegal tax by many. The $80 million collected from that revenue goes into the general fund with $55 million eventually allocated to Gov. MY TURN WILL FARRIS Staff Writer Brown's pet project -- the high-speed train. Nothing goes for fire prevention except what has already been allocated in the general fund. Smith went on to discuss the negative aspects of some California bureaus including the California Air Resources Board. This is a well-funded organization that is not coordinated with anyone or responsible to any regulatory body except itself. As Northern Californians have learned in the past decade, these types of bureaus and other environmental organizations have prompted regulatory laws that have no provisions in them for the impact they may have on humanity. Breaking away from California would not be free of liability. Jefferson would have to shoulder its share of the massive debt California lawmakers have burdened us with over the years. The last time California operated in the black was when Ronald Reagan was governor. His successor was Jerry Brown. Jefferson's share of the debt would be calculated based on population. Based on this calculation Smith estimates that the new state could pay of its share in 15 years and then concentrate on eliminating personal income tax. Obviously all this would not come without a lot of work and cooperation, but the reward would be a more realistic government that could be passed on to our future generations. Only one supervisor, Terry Swofford, attended this meeting. The following Tuesday a similar, more detailed presentation was made at the Board of Supervisors meeting. Comment from the audience was mostly in favor of declaring for Jefferson, but there were also some ', who voiced objection to the entire project. This was in stark contrast to the April 11, meeting, where there were no dissenting voices. Rapoza closed that meeting with the message that the constituents within the county for or against should contact their supervisor and urge a decision. The main thing that a declaration would provide is a seat at the table when all this gets hashed out. The Jefferson committee can only provide a framework. It is up to "We the People" to provide for "We the People." !