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ll)B Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Congratulations and our best wishes to the Class of 2014 Take action. Every story you've ever connected with, every leader you've ever admired, every puny little thing that you've ever accomplished is the result of taking action. You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or you can be the active hero of your own life. Emmy Award-winning actor Bradley Whitford said those words during his commencement speech for the University of Wisconsin in 2004. Whitford isn't known for his sage advice. He's probably best known as the fictional White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman in the former NBC drama "West Wing." But his words of advice can apply to all of us -- especially young people about to embark on their adult journey. In the coming days, high school seniors in Plumas County will toss their mortarboards in the air and officially begin thdir journey. Some will fly away and never return. Some will put down roots and never leave. But they are all about to face challenges and decisions that could shape the direction of their lives. To them we say: Take action. Go for it. Be the active hero in your own life. Don't follow the pack. Don't take the path of least resistance. Don't settle for less. Today's high school seniors are entering a much different, much more challenging world than their parents and grandparents did. For one thing, getting a job isn't as easy as itused to be. Getting a job to support a family is even tougher. On the other hand, today's high schools are producing graduates who are more soptisticated. They are better equipped to meet the challenges of being an adult. They are more savvy when it comes to technology. They have the tools to succeed. Now it's time to apply them. Take action. Whether it's in college, the labor market or the military. Whether it's raising a family or working in the family business, those who take action will be more likely to succeed in the end. : Don't be afraid to fall. Ask anyone who is successful and they will likely tell you their road to success was littered with failures along the way. Don't let failure, or the fear of failure, stop you, Embrace it. Learn fro m it: .Get nvdust0ffand, keePm0ving forward. To those of you about to graduate, we want to thank you for the memories you are leaving with us. It has been fun to watch you grow up. And we are excited to see you take this next big step. We are proud of you. And we are pulling for you. You are our future. And that future begins now. Congratulations and our sincere best wishes to the Class of 2014. 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. Feat hshlng .00Wspaper j' 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 Beaton 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 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 n Printed on INKJ California Newspaper recycled paper Publishers Assoc. BE HEARD Don't sit back and let olhers do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR I Overcoming obstacles makes life more precious MY TURN Staff Writer several years, arrests, tattoos and scars later, at a funky trailer in the middle of the high desert, bussing tables, flipping burgers, learning about the restaurant business and living on his own. Back then, in 2010, the Wood'n'Rose served as a transitional'housing program for kids in institutionalized foster care. The kids who wound up at the I saw one of my former students address an audience of about 500 at Feather River College's graduation ceremony May 16. I first encountered this young man, Ricardo Archundia, when he was living and working at the Wood'n'Rose Caf in Chllcoot. Ricardo is a native of Mexico, and immigrated to Stockton with his family when he was just 7 years old, speaking no English whatsoever. So it was with great joy that I listened to Ricardo tell his story in hopes of inspiring others to work hard, make the right decisions and strive to achieve their dreams. His mother left the family when he was 13, and his father began drinking heavily. That's.when Ricardo started down the path of self-destruction that landed him, This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINAP,. DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. June 4 1912 -- Massachusetts becomes the fwst U.S. state to set a worker's minimum wage, but only covered women and children. June 5 1956 -- Elvis Presley introduced his new single record "Hound Dog," shocking the public with his suggestive hip movements. 1968 -- United States Senator and Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles by Sirhan Sirhan, dying the next day. June 6 Today is National Donut Day (t'n'st Friday in June). 1914 -- "Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs is published. :advertisement: "The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the kids are." 1946 -- The National Basketball League (NBA) is crefited with eleven original teams. June 7 Today is the Belmont Stakes horse race in Elmont New York, the last race of the Triple Crown. t982 -- Priscilla Presley opens Elvis' 13.8 acre Memphis, Tennessee Graceland mansion residence estate to the public. June 8 1949 -- George Orwell's novel "Nineteen Hundred Eighty Four" is published. June 9 1934 -- Donald Duck makes his film debut in "The Wise Little Hen." More Donald Duck facts: It his birthday today and his middle name is Fauntleroy. 1968 -- United States President Lyndon B. Johnson declares a national day of mourning following the assassination of U.S: Senator Robert F. Kennedy. 1973 -- Secretariat wins the Triple Crown. June 10 1947 -- Saab (of Sweden) produces its first automobile. 1933 -- The first drive-in movie theater opens in Camden, New Jersey, with the Wood'n'Rose had usually been through multiple foster homes, stints in juvenile hall, court school and group home situations. If you have traveled east on Highway 70 toward Reno, you probably drove right by the now-defunct Wood'n'Rose Caf and trailer park without even noticing it. There's not much to do in Chilcoot. A blink of the eye and you've passed through "town." Many a resident of the Wood'n'Rose fled to try his luck elsewhere -- but that always led right back to juvenile hall. ' Ricardo was one who stayed, who completed his required high school coursework, passed the exit exam, got a car and a job at Hallelujah Junction, saved some money, moved to Quincy, and began classes at FRC. Ricardo was different from most of the boys I worked with at the Wood'n'Rose -- his determination, positive attitude and gentle heart stood out and endeared him to me. It's gratifying to see a young person come through so much hardship and rise above to emerge victorious. I'm thrilled that Ricardo is moving on to Chico State to pursue his dream of helping kids fred a path to success. I have no doubt that Ricardo will earn his bachelor's, maybe even a master's degree, and find the career that fits him. He told me he'd like to run a foster home for kids. It's human nature to want to belong. If we aren't lucky enough to have a loving, functional family to live with, we seek a substitute. For many, that could be a gang. When I was'working with kids at the Wood'n'Rose, their single biggest desire was to unite with their family -- to love and be loved and have a place in the world where they fit in. Ricardo's family was broken, and he floundered around in his teens, making bad choices and suffering the consequences. Happily, Ricardo got through those troubled years. He made rules for himself to stay strong and do the right thing. Sure, he made mistakes and fell down a time or two. But he pulled himself up by the proverbial bootstraps, trusted a few select others to help him, and made it through. .............. Congratulations, Ricardo, and thank you for being a part of my life. You have given me hope and touched my heart. I know you will succeed and prosper, and I wish you the very best. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 A drove of Mormon crickets, covering an area of 40 acres have invaded Long Valley and Vinton adjacent to the Nevada state line. Earl Morrow of Quincy and L.O. Gray of Greenville were elected to the Plumas County Board of High School Trustees. Gray polled 702 votes, Morrow 602 votes and W.B. McKnight of Portola garnered 450 votes. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 Plumas County Sheriff Sargent Hugh Bryant was named Undersheriffthis week by Plumas County SheriffW.C. Abernethy, replacing Vic Armitage, who resigned recently. Bryant has been with the department since 1960. The Federal Aviation Agency has allocated $16,782 for improvements at Beckwith Airport 25 YEARS AFO ...... 1989 An Alaskan weather front blew in hard rain, wind and snow at higher elevations sending Plumas County Memorial Day vacationers indoors over the weekend. The Plumas County Board of Supervisors has exercised its option to purchase 2.5 acres of land and the adjacent buildings located next to Rogers Airfield in Chester for $330,000. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 The Plumas Unified School District board of trustees is rewriting and may implement a new dress code for all PUSD students in an attempt to make the dress code more consistent in interpretation. The State recommended improvements of the grandstands and the family gardens area at the Plumas County fairgrounds have begun. An American Disability Act (ADA) mandated handicap access is included in those project areas. 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. If I had to do it all over again, I would The flowers made my mother cry; I shouldn't have been surprised, she tends to get a little emotional. At Christmas, my siblings and I measure the success of our gifts on whether they bring her to tears. I had sent flowers to my mom with a card that said although it was my birthday she was the one who should be celebrated. After all, she's the one who can vividly recall every detail of the day I was born. I can picture her as an excited, but frightened, 20-year-old giving birth to her first child. My mom and I haven't spent all of my birthdays together, but recently we have made an effort. Even though it's never been discussed, we both are aware of time passing and fear missing precious opportunities. The Memorial Day weekend, which coincided with my birthday, provided the perfect opportunity for my oldest daughter to come home, ostensibly to help me celebrate, but really to see her new nephew, my first grandchild. Age-related health issues prevented my parents from making the drive from Napa to Quincy, a setback for both of them. Just a couple of years ago my dad was shoveling truckloads of gravel on their garden paths while my mom was crisscrossing Europe with my sister. Now a four-hour drive posed a challenge, at least temporarily. I feel their frustration and their pain. If his college fund, but to her, his birth also heralds a shift in the family dynamic. She fears that we will no longer make the holiday pilgrimages home, but it's more than that, it's a changing of the guard so to speak. I can empathize. I remember when I was in my daughter's position welcoming a MY TURN new child into the world and beginning a ................................................ new phase of my life. The next two DEBRA MOORE Staff Writer I could, I would turn back the clock and relive the wonderful family-centric life that they provided for me and for my siblings. They were the center of our universe and they still are, but I don't think they believe that's true anymore. And I suppose my recent choice to stay and celebrate in Quincy only reinforced that perception. My parents are the glue that holds us six siblings together and mom worries that we will drift apart in their absence. We all try to congregate at the family home for the holidays, and given the fact that we are Scattered across Northern California and Oregon and have our own children, we have done very well. But now the next generation poses a threat to the family gatherings. My morn adores her new great-grandson and made a generous contribution to start decades, raising my children, proved to be some of the happiest and most rewarding. The teen years, which many people dread, were my favorite. I enjoyed having a house full of young people. Recently, I played chauffer for some of those teens, all now 20- and 30-somethings, picking them up from a wedding reception. It felt like old times driving over Cemetery Hill with a car packed full of young people, sharing details about the event. Everyone tells me that it's great being a grandparent, because you can enjoy your grandchildren and then go home. But what if the house you want to go home to isn't your own, but the childhood one that you grew up in so you could live your life all over again? This weekend I get to do just that. I'm headed to Napa where, for 48 hours, I can turn back the clock, make sure that my parents understand that they could never be displaced, and, oh yes, celebrate with my morn.