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Ill Wednesday, May 2, 2001 Bultetin, Progressive, i l / are ex Tom Knudson, the Pulitzer prize-winning reporter for the Sacramento Bee, confirmed what members of the Quincy Library Group have been saying all along--the large envi- ronmental groups don't care about the envi- ronment, they care about their own exis- tence. Knudson spent the last 16 months re- searching the national environmental movement and the result is a comprehen- sive look at those organizations. In a five-part series, which ran the last week in April, Knudson detailed the abuses of environmental groups: from the Sierra Club to the National Wilderness Society, even to Ducks Un- limited (a favorite group in these parts). The CEO of Ducks Un- limited is the highest paid executive of any environmental organization at $300,000 an- nually. The Sierra Club devotes 60 percent of every dollar it raises to more fund-rais- ing efforts. Knudson also delves into the science pur- ported to be truth by the environmental groups. He cites many examples of environ- mental organizations manipulating scientif- ic data and taking data out of context to make their points. The result, Knudson con- tends, is a western United States poised on the brink of catastrophic wildfire. Citing the fire at Los Alamos and a blaze in Arizona, Knudson contends that R was overcrowded forests which led to the fires. Though local forest officials knew of the po- tential devastation and tried to prevent it, time and again environmental protests pre- vented any action. In the fourth part of his series, Knudson singles out the Quincy Library Group as the "most visible" example of a group that be- lieves in the value of thinning to prevent catastrophic fhe and promote forest health. For the last part of his series, Knudson takes a more optimistic view of the national e vironmental movem.ex!, noting that some g ups ai'6 h'd rh'a:k" b2 anges--both in how they raise money and what they do with the funding generated. The Audubon Society, while it still relies on membership to generate funding, says now it tries to avoid scare tactics, and in- stead focuses on what it will do with the money, i.e. buy habitat or restore areas. This new "do something" approach has been embraced by the Nature Conservancy, whose project directors leave headquarters to venture into the areas they are trying to protect or restore. Hopefully, this new-found involvement and desire for truth in fund raising will con- tinue. Grass roots efforts like the Quincy Li- brary Group have struggled far too long against the power of the national environ- mental groups. It's extremely difficult for community groups, operating on shoestring budgets, to battle the resources of the na- tional environmental groups. Imagine what could be accomplished ffthe two joined forces. In Plumas County, it would mean that finally, the principles of the Quincy Li- brary Group could be implemented. Fca g / vspapcr Michael C, Taborski Publisher Keri B. Tabomki Legal Advertising Department Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicla Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terri Nacar Portola Editor Christi Sevtap Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Jermtte Meneely News Proofreader, Kid's Page Editor Staff writers Oave Keller, Gall Brown, Victoria Metcalf, Will Fan s, Woody Morgan, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams. After work, I take off the skirt, the pantyhose and the heels, and reach for my husband's pajama bottoms. On weekends, my favorite outfit is a pair of blue jeans, a T-shirt, one of my husband's sweatshirts and, sometimes, a baseball cap. Hmm .... a woman who likes to wear men's clothing I guess you could call me a cross-dresser. Webster's would. According to the red volume located perennially on my desk, cross-dresser means: "to dress in clothing typically worn by members of the opposite sex." Also, according to the dictionary, the phrase was coined in 1920, so I guess the habit has been around for awhile. While it seems perfectly natural for me to dress in my husband's clothing, I suppose the reverse would be consid- ered weird. For those of you hoping for some kind of personal kiss and tell, for- get it--I can't think of an instance when he's worn my clothes. Which is good, because they wouldn't fit, nor be particularly flattering. MANAGING EDITOR I worked in San Francisco for several years, and I know the not flattering part didn't stop some men from don- ning a dress. And, it's not just in the city noted for such habits. Recently in Reno, at the lady's rest room in the Red Robin, a woman was fLxing her makeup in front of the mir- ror, but something in her spread-eagle stance drew my attention, and I looked closer. She was a he, and together they had not taken any care to remove their facial hair or the chest hair revealed by the plunging neckline of a floral en- semble. I beat a hasty retreat. Two weeks, ago we ran a front page picture in the Quincy students at Quincy dressing up in clothing of the sex. The photo opportunity way when one of the ployees said, "You should someone up to the school to pictures, because the kids cute." Cute, I like cute. We at the like cute. Well, maybe not: Mike Taborski. He thinks we, "cute" too often. So there cute. However, some members lic didn't think it was furor in some circles, asking why the public would by implication, deviant I say lighten up. When I school--I can't believe it was ago---we cross-dressed week. To be fair, Quincy officially called Opposites Day--but when went to take pictures, all of theJ dents kept referring to So, that's what she went with companying caption. As her editor, I didn't because I don't see the same viant behavior that others read into the situation or the was simply cute. I would love to hear what have to say. But, I know pants doesn't make me want man (not for a second), nor that wearing a skirt makes to be a woman. I believe five Scots might have something to J about that idea. Some notable men women's clothing: Joe Nama$1 pantyhose on television but t had the legs for it. wore dresses in Mrs. was still very much a man by of the movie Actually, until fairly recently I world history, men wore sure no one challenged hood. So, the kids School had a little fun, the day experiencing what the( gender does on a daily basis. Maybe this world would be place if men were forced to in heels and pantyhose. It cute. KERiT/IBORSKI HISTORIAN 75 &go.... ............. 1929 The new Feather River Inn at Blairsden is now completed and will open June 19. There are 50 guest rooms, each with a bath. The lounge and dining rooms have the charm of un- usual comfort and spaciousness. The swim- ruing pool and tennis court have been replaced and the golf course has been so much approved that it is believed unrivaled by any mountain course in the west. SO Y mm A4go ................ Plumas Unified School District teachers have received a cost of living pay increase of $28.33 per month--or $340 per year to be effective with the new contracts for the next school year. 25 Years Ago ................. le'rs Lack of April showers may mean no May flowers and browner lawns in Quincy as Quin- cy Water Company imposed a water rationing program that will hopefully offset low water supplies. The Plumas District Hospital trustees award- ed the contract for a $400,000 medical building to an architect in Long Beach. In addition to the medical center, to be leased by physicians, the hospital has plans in the works for S tion which will include labs, halation therapy sections. 10 Years Ago. ................ 1991 A log entry way for the rear Plumas County Fairgrounds will be ed similar to the one at the smaller, it was announced this Plumas County Fair board logs will be donated by Sierra tries. NOTE: Items included in the weekly When column are taken from our newspaper archives and represent style of that particular period. grammar are not edited, so as it actually appeared in the The two most important gifts you can give your children are self-esteem and self-confi- dence---a belief in oneself and a confidence in one's own abilities. With these two gifts any child can perform to their highest potential, face defeats not as failures but as learning experiences and have the strength to deal with any challenges life might throw at them. And, by saying "your" children, I mean any of them who are a part of the communi- W--theY are the future and we can all help. These gifts won't cost you any money, but do require some time and forethought which can become a habit if used frequently. Unfortunately, after speaking with local school staff and some parents, there are many students who are lacking these gifts and it is showing up with poor grades, lack of interest and attitudes. Luckily these students have teachers who sincerely care about their future and have taken steps to try and turn around the low self-images they carry with them. other words show you care' A new reading help prog '_am, which de- pends on volunteers from the community, unportant,"T"Ha msifle the body and mate. j has already had some positive results, th4And You can't do it just once Teachers and parents are .co _mmenting. on to change for the child. the differences in attitufles mey _are seeing, a Sj mething which needs including more interest in completing their -uay, Week after week. school assignments. . all, it took years for then1 STAFF WRITER Changing a low serf-esteem ana__cre_ating self-confidence in a child can be d ...cult and a elralow self-esteem and )rv . rang, if not longer. _ in many cases you II never su _cceea .VLmy. ,And make sure they realize But, any little bit helps, and .as mey gro. w atone, that the majo ty of hum o,der, of we' no, ve g ven vw onto the base you na ev'e.aSSured as many of us lead to higher levels. It's easy to spot those who need the most help They walk with tl eir neafls flown, In fact the low self-esteem hen talking to someone, confidence we see in children . avoid eye contact w. _ ..... some rm degree,the factthethat their parentS and refer to themselveStalkedaS flumO.to aboutr smpm, espec ..ially,when_ being_.,.,ch was unacceptablesome- same xeelings. YO lfff Ypu have a basic good f thing mey ve flone wlp,,= ., ,h,,,, When you hear a cnuu "" men you can deal ..... them and g ve mere an ex- or stuplu, t, rt - t ample of something they've done which " ayou feel less than perfect. When you feel good abO proves they are not dumb or st_U v they "' nave all the tools necessary Talk with them and ask -, .... that way ' th . You, have an ; u aiece of work, art extra hour or If they re showing y_o. state the) Literac the high school o.r or anything else they ve uu,, ,'--- .... c"" ...... e sure you mere time to{ program a call and vol it isn z very goou, . - - -- - nell) those students who sO know how much. you likeortlt, atyou K lOWit tOOK anu now lY eeee m Your help. __.. how much ttme and eft ...... eate some mg the results and knowing. special they are to be able m ,.* u erence, will make you feel thing so unique, than You do now.