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lOB Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter DITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL .| District 5 Supervisor Jon Kennedy ceased his campaign for re-election partly because of the relentless barrage of negative rhetoric that had been leveled at him and affected his family. But none of that vitriol was on display during the League of Women Voters election forum held last week in Graeagle. The League's format requires that all questions be written and then asked by the moderator, which results in no dialogue between the candidates and the audience. Nor did Jeff Engel or Jim Judd address each other directly, except aurmg closing remarks when Judd complimented Engels character and voiced the hope that when the campaign ended they would still be friends. About 70 people attended the forum. If they came in undecided about which candidate to vote for, they probably left equally uncertain. The questions were often presented in a disjointed manner, and the one-minute response requirement seemed to limit the candidates' ability to answer the multi-layered inquiries. Time is running out for the public to hear from the candidates. Even though Election Day isn't until June 3, mail-in ballots hit the post office May 5, less than a week from now. And because 75 percent of the Plumas County electorate is registered as permanent vote by mail, it's critical that the candidates get their messages out quickly. There are two more scheduled opportunities. The Special Districts Association is sponsoring a forum Wednesday, May 7, at 12:15 p.m. in the Quincy library meeting room. The League of Women Voters presents another forum later that same day, at 6:30 p.m., in the same location. We encourage the constituents in District 5, which includes Graeagle, Mohawk Valley and East Quincy, to attend. This is a critical election and affects all of the citizens of Plumas County, not just District 5. The supervisors have been leading this county without the benefit of a CAO (county administrative officer) and thus far have done an admirable job. The result has been a balanced budget and a good working relationship with county department heads. Both Engel and Judd said during last week's forum that they favor hiring a CAO. And, in the absence of Kennedy, that might be necessary. One of Kennedy's strengths is his ~asp of the county's~ ~ ~ ~ finances andhe' be me the go-to leader during;the budget process. Judd and Engel could prove equally adept, but there will be a learning curve. The current supervisors now have been through two budget cycles, during which they learned the machinations of the county and its departments. It will take time for either of the two candidates to get up to speed. Last week's forum attendees heard from the candidates on a variety of issues -- they answered 17 questions in all. But Engel and Judd were only able to respond superficially, at best. That makes it difficult to form an opinion on who would be the best representative for their district and county leader for the next four years. The candidates will be holding their own gatherings and no doubt going door to door to meet their constituents. Take advantage of all opportunities presented before you cast your vote, which for most could be within the week. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of thepublisher, managing editor and appropriate staff writers. Feat blishing spaper / For breaking news, go to 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 Be.aton 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 Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Printed on recycled paper Member, California Newspaper Publishers Assoc. We should honor our mothers every day My mother is the best mom in the world. That's right, Mom -- read it and weep! We set aside one day a year to honor our mothers -- without whom we couldn't exist. It's fine and dandy to recognize our incredible mothers on their special day, but we should be honoring them every day of our lives. Most of us take our mothers for granted, expecting them to take care of us in our youth, celebrate with us as we start our own families and continue caring for us throughout our adult lives. Our mothers are often the focal point of our lives; they are the ones who host the MY TURN LAURA BEATON Staff Writer holiday dinners, who remember our birthdays as well as our kids' birthdays. They remind us of our siblings' birthdays This week's special day so AN 6R] I-i , Y " " " "; "" t COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Downs in Louisville, Kentucky has run Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of consecutively yearly since 1875. It is the weekly notable special days and facts first race of the Triple Crown and is throughout the year. followed by the Preakness Stakes later in May and the Belmont Stakes in June. April 30 1789 --United States President elect 1937 -- "Gone With the Wind," the novel George Washington took the oath of office by Margaret Mitchell, wins the Pulitzer on the balcony of Federal Hall in New Prize for fiction. York City to become the first elected president. 1952 -- The Kentucky Derby is televised nationally for the first time on the CBS television network. 1803 -- The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $1.5 million, doubling the size of the nation. 1812 -- Louisiana (The Pelican State) became the 18th state of the United States. 1973 -- The 108-story Sears Tower in Chicago, Ill., is topped out at 1,451 feet as the tallest building. i927 -- Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first Hollywood celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. 2009 -- Chrysler Automobile Company filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. 1979 -- Margaret Thatcher is elected to her first term as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. May 4 1904 -- The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal. Mo,, 1959 -- The first Grammy Awards were a,,v L r~ The birthstone for May is the emerald, held. 1930 -- The dwarf planet Pluto is officially May 5 named. . ~P0day'is Cineo de'Ma~ signifying when , :L:^. '~ '.' :'2-: 2' ,~:i.:,,: .: :,;,',:,;:;~tfie;Mexictih:,t~i~i-fi~'~fefitedtheFrench - .... 1u~1 :me ~:mpwe ~tate t~ulmmg is .... army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, dedicated in New York City. 1862. 1956 -- The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the 1973 -- Secretariat wins the Kentucky Derby in 1.59 2/5 seconds, still a standing public, record. 2011 -- Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001. May 6 attacks is killed by special U.S. forces in 1889 -- The Eiffel Tower in Paris, Pakistan. officially opens to the public. France, May 2 1885 -- Good Housekeeping Magazine is published and distributed for the first time. 1940 -- John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the novel, "The Grapes of Wrath." and drop hints about anniversaries and other special days of those we love. Mothers often start college funds for their children and grandchildren. They give us sound advice, encourage us to do the right thing and ease our worries when we have babies of our own. My mother, Joan (pronounced Jo Ann), is an amazing woman. Raised by Arkansas natives who moved to Boise when she was just a little girl, she grew up the oldest daughter of a tribe of seven and workedher whole life -- but didn't get paid for most of that work. If she wasn't doing chores like feeding the chickens, collecting eggs, milking the cows, washing clothes in an old-fashioned wringer washtub, working in the garden or putting up fruits and vegetables, she'd be taking care of her many siblings or doing housework. Throughout her high school years, my mom babysat tbr a local doctor's family at their house in town. During the summers she lived with them; this afforded her a little more freedom and a change of pace from life back home on the farm. But of course it wasn't all hard work and no play. My mom is a happy and fun-loving woman and knows how to play. She's always quick to laugh and let troubles roll off her back. She said she always knew she didn't want to be a farmer's wife. In her last year of high school my morn met my dad, a Boston boy stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base, on a blind date. Their whirlwind romance progressed quickly to a courthouse marriage and the young newlyweds -- my morn just 18 and my dad 21 -- moved back east to start a family of their own. The first four of us kids were born in the first five years of my parents' marriage. My morn may have escaped the farm but she didn't escape taking care of young kids! Only this time they were her own kids -- which brought child-rearing to a whole 'nother level. Mother's Day is just ahead. How fitting to honor mothers for all that they do at such a beautiful time of year: springtime, when new life bursts forth with colorful, fragrant flowers promising fruitful abundance for the seasons ahead. I haven't celebrated Mother's Day with my m0m in many years. Since I moved ;out west, following i'fi my mom's f0otsteps of heading into the great blue yonder, only occasionally have I made it back east to celebrate in person. But I always remember her and send her a sappy card.' that brings tears to the eyes. It's funny how the words are too hard to say despite perfectly matching my real sentiments. She has always been there for me, supportive, accepting, consoling- and, when necessary, she hasn't been afraid to talk sense into me. For my mom and all mothers everywhere -- Happy Mother's Day -- we love you more than we can say. I:(EMEMBEI:( WHEN logs will be transported to the High Sierra ................................................................................... : ............. Pine Mills plant at Twain. The Greenville KERI TABORSKI plant, built in 1934 and bought by the Historian Meadow Valley Lumber Company in 1958, employed 68 men with a monthly payroll 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 of $35,000. Advertisement: Get all you opening day fishing gear at Quincy Hardware-- The 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Feather River Wonderland fisherman's Low flying airplanes will spray a headquarters: Creels priced from $1.35 to bacteria again on the pesky moth larvae $3.25, salmon roe 35 cents, flies 15 cents, that feed primarily on white fit trees A baseball diamond is being built near native to Plumas County. The moth has the Cedar Tavern on the highway at the infested more than 100,000 acres in both entrance to Sloat. Plumas and Lassen National Forests. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 The Meadow Valley Lumber Company will close the mill at Greenville and the 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 When Plumas County District Attorney Jeff Cunan vowed addressing truancy issues in the Plumas schools as one of his top priorities, he meant it. One Portola parent, one Quincy parent, two Greenville parents and two Chester parents have been charged with misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors. Seven children, between the ages of 9 and 15 are involved. 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. Summer in the city makes the mountains look good I guess it's spring. The double whammy of what will the grass do; will it reach for the sky because of a really wet winter or dry up in clumps? Either way it is a hazard in fire season and we have had a bunch of those, like every summer. One fire a few years back, the sky became like a foggy day on the coast and it rained. This wasn't the rain that nurtures vegetation or even causes floods; it was a rain consisting of embers, some still glowing and some just black fluff but all scary. In the years before moving to Plumas paradise I lived mostly near the coast. Summer days were likely to be gray or windy or both. When the temperature hit 80 the natives got really grumpy, at 90 they were downright dangerous. One hot day in San Francisco the city bus I was in was packed to the windows with people who were actually sweating, a condition they were not familiar with. A pickup with a sweaty driver hit the bus: This moron, lacking all sense of survival, blocked the bus so he could get out and argue with the driver. By this time the male passengers were taking off their ties in preparation for strangling the pickup driver. But the bus driver managed to settle things down. MY TURN WILL FARRIS Staff Writer The guy in the pickup got back in his truck, but that didn't change a thing because the city was in total gridlock. Similar episodes with two or more sweaty, enraged drivers were being repeated at multiple intersections and the cops couldn't get to the problem areas. Most of the action was at the intersections where streetlights kept changing color and nobody went anywhere. Drivers were hoarse and red-faced from screaming obscenities at each other and honking horns created a chaos of sound. The streeflight would turn green and those concerned would attempt to cross the intersection but would only make it 10 feet or so. This is because cars heading in the other direction had done the same thing, disregarding the fact that they were stopped in the middle of the intersection. Then comes a ragged denizen of the streets brandishing a rag almost as dirty as his shirt, who must clean your windshield. Most drivers pay to prevent the inevitable smear, which is the whole point anyway. People are hot in more ways than they know, while traffic crawls in fits and starts and things couldn't get much worse, or so they think. Comes the inevitable, the camel back-breaker: thousands of cars sitting still on blacktop on a very hot day with air conditioning on max all producing massive amounts of heat that only contributes to the ambient heat of the day. They, these thousands of cars, begin to overheat and die. At this point drivers begin to contemplate suicide or homicide depending on their nature and moral character. Yeah, mowing weeds is tedious and fires are scary but the aforementioned situation is only one of many those in more populous areas endure, sometimes often. Until I actually get burned out or die of smoke inhalation I'm staying a Plumasanite.