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10B Wednesday, May 2, 2012 EDITORIAL AND i, ,Ij ..... Ll.! E/t ,I L!UII,IINIIIPlIdlII! I i Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter OPINION EDITORIAL 7-11 committee members are our heroes Today we are not going to scold anyone or place any blame or point any fingers. Today we want to sing the praises of the four school-clo- sure, or 7-11, committees. The members of these committees are our heroes and stand as an amazing example of citizen engagement. Over the last four months these dedicated vol- unteers have poured their hearts and souls and literally hundreds of hours into their task of advising the school board on school closures and consolidations. The results are outstanding. The reports, which the district released late Friday, April 27, are thorough, substantive, well-written and pro- fessionally presented. Most are 40 or more pages long with multiple appendices. Although Portola's is short at just one page, that community has less at stake in the immedi- ate future than other areas. Even so, the Portola report is straightforward and doesn't shy away from the difficult. Its last recommendation is that the district acknowledge "the real and/or perceived distrust with the community of Porto- la and the school district. We request that the board acknowledge this fact and take action to address the issue of distrust." With its colorful, accessible graphics, the Chester committee's report is probably the most visually appealing. The Indian Valley report is the most detailed, going into master schedules and staffing levels for a variety of options with Plumas Charter School. Quincy's report is probably the best Written and easiest to follow, with a yeoman's number of appendices. Our favorite is the one that coolly and methodically takes apart the district admin- istration's recommendations one by one. Its notes are full of "clarification," "unsupported," "unsubstantiated," "incomplete," "contradic- tion." You get the idea. As of Monday, the Quin- cy report was the only one posted on the district website, pcoe.kl2.ca.us, albeit without the ap- pendices. Taken together, the four reports serve as a re- pudiation of the district administration's recom- me:n, datns T0 a man, they are more compre- hensive, more documentI,, better written an4. ,. more clearly presented. Intelligent public dis- course depends on good information. The com- mittees' work goes a long way to providing what has been lacking in.discussion of school closures -- solid data. We look forward to a robust discussion of their recommendations at tonight's special board meeting at Quincy Elementary School. You can read an outline of the committees' sug- gestions in our Citizens Guide to School Closure in the front section of today's paper. It is our honor to report on the work of these community heroes. Editorials are Written by members of the editorial board, which consists of the publisher, the managing editor and the appropriate staff writer or writers, and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. Fea ng /A00ewspaper Breaking News .... 1 go to plumasnews.com I Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: Jordan Clary Michael Condon Ruth Ellis Will Farris Mona Hill Susan Cort Johnson Dan McDonald Debra Moore Brian Taylor Kayleen Taylor M. Kate West Sam Williams Feather River Bull etin (530) 283-0800 Lassen County Times (530) 257-53211 Portola Re porter (530) 832-4646 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Comments. K00'ep them coming MY TURN ALICIA KNADLER Indian Valley I=ditor aknadler@plumasnews.com Anonymity. I can't say it's surprising what some people will say or write when they know their names will never be used, when their identities will remain secret. So it was little surprise when I read on- line at plumasnews.com th snide com- ments about the county auditor last week. I'd heard the grumbles before, even way over here on the other side of Mount Hough. So it will be with interest I hear about the maneuvers and job changes at the county level. I'll have to put my long ears on again, but eh, it's good to shake the dust off 'em once i a while. I'll definitely enjoy reading about the changes, as well. Opportunities to add comments about online news articles are great, but the bullying spirit and igno- rance in some of the comments aren't so great. Folks can even anonymously add a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down to the com- ments. I, for one, clicked on some of those thumbs by mistake, and then couldn't un- do them like on Facebook. I've got to talk to a coworker about fixing that -- or else I'd better be more careful. Even though I work for Feather Publish- ing, I still subscribe to our news via plumasnews.com, and I've started double- and triple-checking the news to look for the comments. There aren't too many yet, but the three that I see received a large number of com- ments recetitly related to an opinion piece about the California Highway Patrol, and news articles titled "Public Health Direc- tor Hall withdraws resignation," and "Har- ris to resign as superintendent" -- in that order. One would think the Harris thing would receive the most comments, as worked up as each community is over the mess of lay- offs and bumping going on. . But then, one must have Facebook and friends who add their friends to groups -- so in this way I see how the loops of con- versations and comments intertwine. Sometimes I like to guess who might be writing comments from their flair for rhetoric, the phrases they turn. It's an interesting pastime, but I don't think I'm all that great of a guesser, so please keep,the comments coming, even though you writers are afraid to identify yourselves for one reason or another. Maybe one person fears for his or her job, or maybe it's fear of retaliation, em- barrassment or rebuttal. Are these the same reasons some people cover their faces when they are protesting, especially those involved in violent foreign demonstrations? Maybe they are scared for their families, as well. When people hide their faces during protests here in the U.S., I wonder where they are from. Not here, surely? All this anonymity just makes me un- Comfortable, yet I can definitely under- stand why some ommenters would rather remain unknown. "Shoot, shovel and shut Up," wrote Roger Jensen when commenting on one of several mountain lion articles I wrote re- cently. The three S's, he called them. I wonder if this is his real name? "Remember the lions were here first," wrote Ruth, no last name given. "They came to this land at around tile same time as man," wrote Steve, another with no surname. He included some in :cr- esting historical information about ori gins with his comments. It's been fluite enlightening and edu( a- tional reading all of these online. But I appreciate even more the folks who take the time to send letters to the editl)r with their names, phone numbers and hometowns on them -- it's almostlike re- ceiving a hand-written card from someone when I read those. Sam Catalano's letter, in March I think, was especially nice, though I'm not so sure I know the community's heart and soul, like he thinks I do. Though he might be in- terested that one objective given me in training many years ago was to have a fin- ger on the pulse of the community. The other was to be a watchdog, not a pit bull. I must admit that every once in a while I lock my jaw on something, but I don't think I've ever mangled anyone. Some people self-mutilate just fine on their own. Where in the World? Tanya Henrich, of Greenville, stands behind Richdrdc " " Dawkins, a famous atheist, in Renton, Wash. Dawkins was the keynote speaker at the Northwest Free-thought Alliance Conference, held March 30 - April 1 in Renton. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along and including it in a photo. Then email the photo to smorrow@plumasnews.com. Include your name, contact information and brief details about your photo. We may publish it as space permits. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ........ 1937 High water this year will make fishing on opening day poor this year, local an- glers believe. A rotary snowplow, assigned to clear the Bucks Ranch Road of snow from Tollgate to the summit arrived in Quincy yester- day, transferred temporarily from Su- sanville. It will operate 6 hours per day, us- ing two crews of men for approximately ten days until the road is cleared. 50 YEARS AGO ........ 1962 Burglars, believed to be the same ones who broke into the Quincy High School last week and broke into the safe and got away with $437.34 in cash and then broke into Loyalton High School Monday night, struck again Tuesday night at both Portola High School and Portola Elementary School. They stole $115.00 in student body funds from the high school and $20.00 from the elementary school. 25 YEARS AGO ....... 1987 Work to repair storm damaged Highway 89 between Crescent Mills and the Greenville Wye began this week to com- plete last years storm damage when Indian Creek flooded during the flood of 1986. The repairs will cost $239,000/ 10 YEARS AGO ......... 2002 With a 4 to 1 vote, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors committed $15,000 toward the Quincy Library Group lawsuit aimed at the United States Forest Service in what QLG supporters call the federal government's failure to implement the Herberger-Feinstein bill pilot project. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspa- per 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. Loving the smell of old books MY TURN JORDAN CLARY Staff Writer jclaryr@lassennews'cm I love books and not just for reading. I love the feel of them in my hands and the quivering sound the pages make as I leaf through them. But one thing I especially love is the smeIi of a library filled with old books. It's a scent our children may never know. Fortunately, for us, our local library still has books in it, but many places are rapidly going digital. In the not-so-distant future, books may go the way of vinyl record'albums and become something that fills dusty shelves in thrift stores. Modern libraries have almost no smell at all, or if they do it's sterile, metallic and cold. Old books have soul. They carry memo- ries, the imprints of all the hands that have held them and thumbed through their pages. A kind of communion occurs between the reader and author. Old books are the closest we will ever get to talking with the dead. Through their voices we can experi- ence life as it was a hundred or more years ago. You can have a relationship with a book that you can never have with a Kin- die and I love my Kindle, but it's only a tool for reading; it doesn't involve the whole sensory, tactile experience of hold- ing a book. And where do the old books go? My friend Rakhal Purkayastha told me, when he was in the United States on a Fulbright scholarship, that trucks used to come to Wooster College in Ohio, where he was based, and cart off the old books. When he asked where they were going, he was told, "to be burned." He recounted this story one morning when he introduced me to the library at St. Anthony's College in Shillong, Megha- laya. It was in the basement of the media books in Hindi, English, Urdu, Bengali and Khasi. Even though I couldn't read most of them, I loved to look at them; the writing looked like the footprints of fairies dancing across the page. One cor- ner was piled with ancient journals. This was where ! used to go when I felt homesick or overwhelmed with the bustle of life in India. For a while I would escape, gliding in a plane over the Amazon or climbing an ice mountain in Antarctica. So niany good memories are connected with books and libraries. As a troubled teenager, I sometimes skipped school and hitchhiked to downtown Canton, Ohio. There was a great library there with sev- eral floors packed with books on rickety metal shelves. I used to sit on the floor be- tween the shelves and read Thomas Hardy, C.S. Lewis, Virginia Wolff, influ- ences from my mother, most likely. She loved British writers. Today I have books that I haven't read for years, but I can't get rid of them. There's something comforting about their faded jackets and yellowing pages, Some belonged to my parents and have annota- arts building. The light was muted the tions in my mother's handwriting. And, way I remember from libraries in my of course., there's the smeJ,1 musty and past. And the shelves were filled with familiar.