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6B Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend Memorial Day is a day when we should remember those who died in the armed services, defending our freedom -- and also pay our respects to those who are still alive. Through the years, some of us have forgotten why this important federal holiday was created. To many, the day is simply considered a Monday off from work -- a three-day weekend that signals the arrival of the summer season. But it is much more than that. In this country, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. The day when graves of soldiers were decorated dates back to the Civil War when more than 600,000 soldiers died. Soldiers' graves around the world have been decorated with flowers and flags for centuries. The tradition took on extra meaning in this country after the Civil War because of the overwhelming number of lives that were lost. Nearly every American family -- North and South -- lost a father, son or brother. The Civil War ushered in the creation of national cemeteries, many of them located near major: battlefields. And Decoration Day was the day (May 30) when we stopped to honor our soldiers who died in battle. The first documented use of the term "Memorial Day" was in 1882. Gradually that name replaced Decoration Day. After World War II, Memorial Day became the more common name. And in 1967 Memorial Day was declared the official name by federal law. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays -- including Memoria ! Day -- to Monday in order to create three-day weekends. Memorial Day was moved from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. Some veterans associations have argued that moving this sacred day to Monday in order to create a three-day weekend has undermined the meaning of the day. They say it is the reason people sometimes think more about barbecues and summer activities than the men and women who gave their lives to preserve our freedom. This Monday, we should honor our veterans -- those who have died ax!d th0se,who are stilt,01ive. Take the time to attend a Memorial Day ceremony and show your respect. There will be tributes and events around the county that we can attend. This year, the 10th annual Memorial Day Ceremony in Quincy will be dedicated to World War II veterans as our nation celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Allies' victories over German and Japan. Local World War II veterans -- most of whom are now in their 90s -- will be on hand Monday for the special ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Dame Shirley Plaza across from the courthouse. The event begins at 10 a.m. It's an opportunity to personally show our gratitude to the men and women who fought to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today, and a chance to remember those who died for the cause. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of the publisher, managing editor and the appropriate staff writers. Feat00Phbhshmg /JN6wspaper 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: Miriam C0dy Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Greg Knight Debra Moore Ann Powers M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Printed on recycled paper INK rnr, Califomia Newspaper Publishers Assoc. It's not always easy to be on the sidelines It's hard to sit there and be quiet. It's difficult to know something and not be able to share it. It's frustrating to want to weigh in, but be forced to remain silent. It's difficult to always be on the sidelines and not get in and play the game. What am I rambling about? I have been covering the Board of Supervisors off and on since 1993 -- not just in this county, but in Shasta and Tehama as well. During the past two decades-plus, I have become as familiar with county government as most of the people sitting at the table. MY TURN DEBRA MOORE Staff Writer I have been writing about the current supervisors for the past couple of years. It's amazing thenumber of times that they refer to the actions of past boards This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. May 20 1873 -- Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for copper rivets on pants. May 21 1881 -- The American Red Cross is established by nurse Clara Barton in Washington, D.C. 1914 -- What would eventually become Greyhound Bus Co. gets its start when a single Hupmobile car transports iron-mine workers between the Minnesota towns of Hibbing and Alice. The round-trip costs 25 cents. 1921 -- Wonder Bread is first distributed to consumers in Indianapolis, Indiana, after an advertising promotion that only stated that a "Wonder" was coming. The logo of red, yenow and blue balloons was inspired by the International Banoon Race held at the Indianapolis Speedway that year. 1915-- Lassen Peak (Mount Lassen) erupts and is the only mountain besides Mount Saint Helens to erupt in the contiguous United States during the 20th century. 1967 -- "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" begins on PBS Television. 1992 -- After 30 years, 66-year- old Johnny Carson hosts "The Tonight Show" for the last time. May 23 Today is Lucky Penny Day. If you fred a penny today, it is extra lucky. 1788 -- South Carolina (The Palmetto State) becomes the eighth U.S. state. The official state flower is the yellow jessamine and the official state bird is the wren. 1934-- Bank robbers and outlaws Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana. 1965 -- The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" is the No. 1 Billboard chart topper. May 24 1830 -- The song "Mary had a Little Lamb" by Sara Hale is published, 1883 -- The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River, is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction. 1979 -- Riots are sparked:,__:=;, ..:..., :in San Francisco, May: 5 .... ,,. ..... following man,aumer muruer Today is Memorial Day. Americans will the convictions of Dan White for the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. May 22 1906-- The Wright Brothers are granted a U.S. patent for their "flying machine" invention. consume more than 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 1968 -- The St. Louis Gateway Arch is dedicated. 2011 -- Oprah Winfrey airs her last television talk show, ending the 25-year run of the "Oprah Winfrey Show." and I remember being present for the discussion and know why a decision was reached. Sitting in that room week after week is a Plumas County history lesson, but it also forces me to learn about forestry, biomass, water rights, budgets, human resources, negotiations, health care, mental health ... the list goes on. It's impossible to not have opinions; to not want to blurt out what I'm thinking, to not voice what I think the best course for the county would be. I can't even write about it because my job is to listen and to share information, not opine about what I think should be done. The Board of Supervisors isn't the only place where this occurs. In most instances, whether it be meetings or events, I am a bystander who takes pictures and notes and synthesizes the information into column inches. I didn't fully realize this until the recent closure of the skilled nursing facility in QuincY. As Plumas District Hospital explored avenues to take over the facility, I was kept updated of the behind-the-scenes efforts and invited to a meeting of community leaders about how best to proceed. At one point during the meeting it became clear that the brainstorming wasn't something for print, and I laid down my pen. From that point, I became a participant and felt free to share opinions and make suggestions. I liked being on that side of the table. But then there are stories that I write after sitting around a different kind of table. I sat across from Duane Austin in his Quincy dining room as he told me about the first time he laid eyes on his wife of 71 years, and it was at Bob and Dorothy Farnworth's kitchen table that they shared the secrets to 60 years of marriage. Quincy Petersen and her mom, Dante, talked about the 5-year-old's fight against cancer while sitting around the coffee table in their living room. Over the years I have been invited to many homes and listened to families tell their stories -- the uplifting, the heart-warming, and the tragic. These stories almost tell themselves. My favorite part of the job isn't the writing. It's the research and the interviews, and the getting out of the office and doing. This is an interesting job -- whether it's at a board table or at a kitchen table -- but just every once in awhile I'd like to try a different seat. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ..... 1915 Bills payable presented to and allowed by the Plumas County Board of Supervisors in the expense incurred by Plumas County in the two court trials of Frank Cooke for the murder of Thomas Reynolds totaled $6,000.00. The first trial resulted in a disagreement with the jury and the second trial resulted in a prompt acquittal. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1965 The annual dinner meeting of the Plumas County Chamber of Commerce was held last weekend. Newly installed officers include Bill O'Brien of Chilcoot, president; Gladys Mansell of Quincy, treasurer; George Wilson of Belden, vice president. Directors include: Ernie Murray of Quincy, Irwin Joy of Portola, Harvey West, Jr. of Graeagle, Carl Furrer and George Standart, both of Greenville, Bill Davis of Lake Almanor, and Wesley Meeker of Chester. C.L. "Linc" Peckinpah was presented a special award for outstanding service during his many years as secretary-manager of the Plumas County Chamber of Commerce. 25 YEARS AGO .... 1990 The Yellow Ribbon, a symbol of solidarity with the timber industry, is not a political statement and thus, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 2 to allow the yellow ribbons to continue to be displayed and fly on Plumas County owned vehicles. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2005 Judy Dailey of Meadow Valley was the grand prize winner of the cooking contest sponsored by Feather Publishing Company. Her award-winning recipe for Cajun chicken and shrimp on sauteed spinach earned her a cash prize, a floral bouquet and a silver wine bucket. 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. PG&E to honor claims for damages in storm The 60,000-volt power surge that hit some residents of Twain burned out appliances and electronics in customers' homes Feb. 15. Nine claims for damages were filed with the power company. Initially, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. sent out checks for half the amount claimed followed by a cover letter stating that the massive surge of electricity was caused by storm damage that PG&E was not responsible for by law. The check was, according to PG&E, a courtesy and nowhere in the letter did the power company accept liability for damages. The media representative for PG&E was contacted for a statement, recorded the information regarding claims and promised a return call by the next morning. That afternoon Paul Moreno, the media rep for PG&E in Chico, called, asked for details and said he would bounce the claims back for possible revision. There weren't any storms on the day of the power surge but PG&E claims that the tree that caused the surge Feb. 15 fell as a result of the storm damage from Feb. 6, which knocked out power to the entire county. Once again PG&E is protected from liability by the laws of the .... ,;,7' ' .. MY TURN WILL FARRIS Staff Writer California Public Utility Commission, which covers acts of nature that are out of the company's control. The morning after Moreno requested a revision from the claims people he called with the news that PG&E would honor all nine claims submitted from the Feb. 15 event minus whatever depreciation formula the company applies to its claims. After all this negotiation I turned to my personal confidante, Squeak, to get her take on the whol e matter. Getting past the usual demands for fresh salmon she did wonder why the utility was protected by law for damages caused by its product, storm or no storm. There was general agreement between us two that no single entity has any control of the weather and power outages are an accepted part of life in any community. What Squeak doesn't understand is why these events can't be isolated from her home. These kind of things take attention that should be hers away from her because her slave spends so much time trying to recover from them -- attention that rightfully belongs to her. Of course Squeak is very opinionated and her sense of what is right in the world is extremely self-centered. I cautioned her that Moreno did a great job in getting our claims validated and the voice of reason carried the day. We all have surge protectors in our homes down here and we had three power surges between December and February. Each one of those takes from surge protectors some measure of effectiveness. After each surge event the manufacturers of these protectors advise that they should be replaced. But then again that is just one more expense involved in recovering from surges, especially since we have more than our fair share of those things in the Canyon.