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IBIB Wednesday, May 23, 2001 Bulletin, Progressi , m Monday, May 28, is Memorial Day. The holiday offers a day off from school for students, a three-day weekend for many of their parents, and a time to honor the nation's war dead for everyone. For those with first-hand knowledge of war, it is a time to remember fallen comrades, to ask the unanswerable question, "Why them and not me?" and to rededicate ourselves to protecting, preserving and defending the prin- ciples of freedom, justice and equality for which they died. More than words on a page, these radical notions of our revolu- tionary forefathers are at the foundation of the great political experiment that came to be the United States of America. To be sure, this experiment is a work in progress that continues to be bombarded by contradictory philosophies, tyrannical oppres- sors and maybe the most insidious enemy of all, indifference. The concept of a nation of the people, by the people and for the people is one that has to be understood, embraced and defended if it is to be protected from attacks by megalomaniacs, despots and other zealots bent on taking from us what those who died for this country fought so bravely to preserve. Who will ever forget the f'mal scene in "Sav- ing Private Ryan" as Ryan stands over the grave of the Army Ranger captain played by Tom Hanks a half a century after World War II has ended, asks his wife whether he's been a good The grave, marked by a sim- ple white cross, is one of thousands that ex- tend to the horizon. These thousands are but a fraction of the graves that mark the burial sites of the millions of men and women we honor each Memorial Day. Ryan wonders what everyone who enjoys the freedoms these millions died for should be contemplating; "Have I done right by those who sacrificed their lives?" That's a tall order when measured against the sacrifice of even one life, let alone mil- lions. But it is not impossible. : ' It means rededicating ourselves the prin- ciples this country was built on as spelled out in the Declaration of Independence, the Con- stitution and the Bill of Rights. It means living by the principles of life, lib- erty and justice for all as more than a cate- chism but also as a way of life to be revered for their fairness, regardless of race, color, creed or national origin. It means insuring that these principles are taught to and embraced by the next generation t "I KEilIll II St{t HISTORIAN 75 Years &go ................. 1926 L.B. Jenkins of Reno has purchased an inter- est from C.G. Hankel in the Hotel Quincy lease and furnishings. Jenkins will take an active part in the management of the hotel and will be making a number of improvements and changes for the betterment 'of the hotel. 50 Years &go ................. 1951 Plumas County is to be divided into three jus4ice court districts instead of the present five districts. One justice court will operate in Quincy, one in Portola and one alternating be- tween Greenville and Chester. 25 Years Ago ................. 1976 Faced with a "near crisis" situation, the Quincy Water Company announced no more watering of lawns and gardens will be permit. ted in Quincy. Note: Quincy Water Company eased the watering ban the next week due to pressure from Quincy residents. The Quincy Highway couplet project, two years and $3 million in the making will be offi- ciaUy opened to one-way traffic during dedica- tion ceremonies next week. 10 Years Ago ................. 1991 Aurelia Jewelers. in Hamilton Branch was the object of a break in and burglary during the night. The store alarm deterred the intrud- er who attempted to torch open the safe, but was not successful due to the quality of its con- struction. NOTE: Items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound edition newspaper archives and represent the writing style of that rticular l er'.md. : The speiZhlg grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspa- per& If that is true, we have no one to blame but ourselves for not teaching them the values we hold so high. of Americans so they can carry on that which No" one comes into this world knowing we hold so dear It means finding opportunities to export what is expected of them,and how to act these principles of freedom we enjoy beyond in any given situation--it s all learned. our own shores so that those less fortunate can STAFF WRITER Portola will soon be sending another learn the value of fighting for, obtaining and group of kids off to college and with -------~------: them they'll be taking the lessons defending their own freedoms, liberty and jus- ' Each week, I attend some kind of meet- they've learned over the years. rice. And ffmally, it means being willing, if we are ing, where I sit quietly and take notes. Most recently, as a community, we have called, to step forward and defend this coun- I don't engage in debates or add my two taught them to stand up for what they be- try, even with our own lives if we must. Cents, as I need to remain neutral so I lieve is right. . . We owe that much to those we honor each can write my stories objectively, keeping We taught them to explore ana re. Memorial Day and we owe it to future genera- my personal feelings to myself, search issues an " g " " d brm those Lssues into tions. , However, at one meeting, a question the open, especially if they feel some. : It may be a lot to ask, but it s not too much was asked that I would like to address in one--or the environment--will be hurt this column. to give. The question was whether a man by theactionsofothers. should remove his hat upon entering a And, from what I've seen on my many building, saluting the flag or while con- trips to the high school, we have also Fea g ducting a public meeting, taught them respect. ' / vspapcr Now i know that etiquette has changed I can honestly say that I have been over the last few decades, but I believe treated with respect and kindness in all some things should stay as before, my contacts with our students. Michael C. Taborski I was brought up that a gentleman al- As they make their way along the path Publisher Keri B. Taborski Legal Advertising Department Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicia Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terri Nacar Portola Editor Christi Sevtap Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Jenette Meneely News Proofreader, Kid's Page Editor Staff writers Dave Keller, Gail Brown, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Woody Morgan, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams. ways removed his hat, especially in restaurants, public buildings, churches, and while saluting the flag, as a matter of respect. And, as far as I'm concerned, it says something for the way a man was raised. Opening a door for a woman was also a sign of respect and, although I know I can open the door myself, and I often times do, I still feel it's something which should not vanish from our society. I still stand when someone approaches me, especially when an older person en- ters the room--another Sign of respect. I offer my seat to older people on buses, or in any setting where they would oth- erwise be left standing. I was taught these things beginning when I was very young, most of which was done through watching my elders' actions. Whatever we choose to do today will carry itself through to the next genera- tion. So think carefully about your actions and practice what you preach, being a role model for the next generation. You often hear people saying that to- day's youth has lost all respect. of life, sometimes stumbling and some- times veering off the road, they have shown that they are caring, respectful and worthy of our praise. I send my best to the graduating se. niors in Portola and the rest of Plumas County. You are our hope for the future and we pray we have taught you well. As you travel through the rest of YOur fives, I hope you'll never forget the Small communities which are your roots and I wish you success in all you endeavor. I will miss your smiles, your enthusi. asm and your energy. ManY of us will remain here, trying the best we can for the students who will be graduating in theyears to come. I hope that means we will teach them respect for their families, their elders, their peers, their communities, and their country. And I hope some of the old traditions, like removing your hat when entering public buildings and When standing to salute the flag, will continue to be passed down to the next generation. May 15, 1918 May