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lOB Wednesday, June 13, 2012' " Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL I High school graduations in Plumas County culmi- nate this Friday with commencement exercises at our four public high schools: Chester High School, Greenville High School, Quincy High School and Portola High School. Our schools have certainly seen their share of turmoil this year. But none of that can diminish the accomplishments and promise of our graduates. This is your moment. Herewith, some words of advice from commence- ment speakers from across the country: "I just want to pause for a moment on the word 'in- vent' because the phrase isn't 'succeed in the future,' it's not 'plan for the future' or 'do the best you can in the future.' It's 'invent the future.' And with those three words comes a simple message: a call to chart your own course and live life on your own terms .... In the end, it's upto each of us to define ourselves. It's up to each of us to Invent our own future with the choices we make and the actions take." --Michelle Obama, Virginia Tech "Sometimes, as Dr. Viktor Frankl observed in a book for the ages, it is not a matter of what we are asking of life, but rather what life is asking of us. How often the answer to our own troubles is to help others with theirs." --Gov. Mitt Romney, Liberty University "You must bite the hand that feeds you. You are perhaps always told the opposite of this. The opposite of this is of- ten said to you, 'Do not bite the hand that feeds you.' But from time to time I tell you, you must." ---Jamaica Kincaid, Grinnell College "Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It's life's change agent; it clears out the old to make way for the new ..... Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dog- ma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition." ---Steve Jobs, Stanford (2005) "Make no mistake about it, you are dumb. You're a group of incredibly well-educated dumb people. I was there. We all were there. You're barely function- al. There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoid- ing the screw-ups, but the screw-ups, they're a-com- ing for ya. It's a combination of life being unpre- dictable, and you being super dumb." --Aaron S0rkin, Syracuse University "Commencement is in itself ridiculous: to Inspire at a moment which needs no inspiration. Something incredible is happening to you right now. The whole world is opening to you. You have completed some- thing difficult that took persistence and probably you questioned yourselves again and again. What can words add to that except delay the moment you get your diploma?" --Ira Glass, Goucher College "My advice to you: .live in the moment. Stay fluid and roll with those changes. Life is just a big extend- ed improvisation. Embrace the ever changing, ever evolving world with the best rule I've ever found. Say "YES AND." --Jane Lynch, Smith College "You don't actually have to build a rocket or go into space, but please take us somewhere. Please keep us moving. Push us, lift us up. Make us better." --Brian Williams, George Washington University Fea ing /) mvspaper Breaking News ..... go to 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: Laura Beaton Dan McDonald Jordan Clary Debra Moore Miohael Condon Brian Taylor Ruth Ellis M. Kate West Will Farris Sam Williams Mona Hill DJ Estacio Susan Cort Johnson Feather River Westwood Bulletin PinePress (530) 283-0800 (530) 256-2277 Lassen County Chester Progressive Times (530) 258-3115 (530) 257-53211 Indian Valley Portola Reporter Record (530) 832-4646 (530) 284-7800 from a yogi f her own MY TURN JORDAN CLARY Staff Writer Definition: a yogi is someone adept in yo- ga. It can also be a wise or sagacious per- son. Then there's Yogi Bear. We all have our shortcomings. Some might be no more than peccadilloes, while others are more serious, glaring flaws. The one that has been causing me a lot of grief lately is a certain impulsivity. I'm not impulsive in little thIngs like food or mon- ey. I keep a good budget and can get in and out of the store with only the items on my list. But there's another kind of impulsive- ness, or maybe it's illogic. It's the kind where you decide on something, then put on blinders and go about doggedly pursu- ing what everyone else around you can see is a really, really bad idea. I excel at that kind. My latest one is this dog I brought back from India. Let me rephrase that. I brought two dogs back from India. Four-month-old brothers, rescued from a New Delhi garbage dump with a story to break your heart. Since I already have a dog, I pl'anned to foster them both until I found them homes. Zorro immediately found a home with a nice fam- fly by the river. Yogi is still with me. At first he seemed calm, but that didn't last. He's stubborn. He'll listen when he wants to, which, fortunately, is more often these days. He's smart, as you might expect froma line of dogs that have lived wild for generations in India's crowded cities. They're known as Desi dogs, and are be- lieved to be descended from the original domesticated dogs in Asia. Dogs were my first impression of India. When I landed in Kolkata in the early morning of a sultry monsoon, the city seemed overtaken by dogs. As my taxi drove through the dark, damp streets, dogs ran singly or in packs, scavenging through piles of garbage, sleeping in the awnings of stores. And, thus, was born my first pho- tography project of my six months in India: photographing India's street dogs. One of the good things about foolish deci- sions is the hindsight that comes with it. Now I can look back and ask myself, what was I thinking? Just at a time when I'm simplifying and bringing my life to a calmer, more centered place, why would I bring a haft-wild Indian street dog into it? Why couldn't I have been satisfied with photographs? I don't know. Maybe I want- ed to do something for the country that showed me so much warmth and hospitali- ty. Maybe I was just impulsive. My other dog, Radar, is a sweet, even- tempered, obedient mutt that my son got a few years ago in San Diego. I thought Yogi would follow her example, learn from her, but he had other ideas. For Instance, one morning at 3:30 a.m. I got up to take Yogi outside to do his busi- ness. He just sat and stared at the moon. I took him back inside and he immediately squatted on the floor and started to pee. You can fill in the expletives here yourself. I grabbed the leash to haul'him back out- side, but before I could get it on, he bolted. A few minutes later I heard the neighbors' dogs baying and I knew Yogi was racing around their pen, stirring them up. I ran after him. My backyard is juniper, scrub oak and lots of rocks. I have more scratch- es and bruises on my legs than I've had since I was 10. I've now alienated my neighbors. The last time I chased him down there, my neighbor threatened to shoot him. I sup- pose I can understand his frustration. And just as we humans have a propensi- ty for attracting into our lives the very thing we say we'd like to avoid, so does Yo- gi. After a plane ride from New Delhi to Dallas to Reno in a crate, he's traumatized by small spaces. He seems to have a knack for locking himself in the bathroom. Short of installing dead bolts, I'm not sure how to keep him out. I'm also not sure how he manages to get in, but I suspect the cats, who have a collective mean streak, are helping him out. Regardless, several times a week I'll suddenly hear anguished howls and have to go release Yogi from where he sits quivering, the room as torn apart as a cubicle made of tile and porcelain can get. I realized I'd never find a home for him See Yogi, page 12B REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ......... 1937 Three Plumas County high schools will hold graduation ceremonies this week. Quincy High School will graduate 23 stu- dents. 22 students wili graduate from Greenville High School and 16 students will graduate from Portola High School. The Plumas County Chamber of Com- merce will meet at the Canyon Inn in the historic town of Jolmsville Thursday night, the first time the chamber has met in Johnsville. 50 YEARS AGO ........... 1962 Advertisement: It is fun again at Paxton Lodge in the Feather River Canyon with dancing under4he stars at the new dance pavilion there.--$1.00 a couple. Have din- ner the French way by Chef Marcel De- Bolan. So tasty, so liberal, so Cheap. Come for food, fun and refinement. Over 5,000 persons watched the Sweet- heart of the Mountains beauty pageant at the Plumas Countypicnic Saturday as 17 girls took part. Elfriede Walzberg of Quincy and Chico was selected and crowned by last years Sweetheart Nancy Gambell of Quincy. 25 YEARS AGO ....... 1987 Ptumas County high school graduation commencement ceremonies were held this week: Chester High School 41 students, Greenville High School 39 students, Porto- la High School 53 students and Quincy High School 93 students. A 12 foot by 75 foot mural is being paint- ed on the side wall of the Pizza Factory building in downto vn Quincy, depicting a horse drawn logging scene by muralist John Werhle, who was commissioned and financed by the Quincy Chamber of Com- merce with additional financial support from the Economic Development Commis- sion, Sierra Pacific Industries and other Quincy businesses. 10 YEARS AGO .......... 2000 The City of Oakland decided to allow the Department of Parks and Recreation to al- low Oakland Camp, located outside of Quincy, to open for the summer. It was proposed that the City of Oakland, which is facing a $15 million deficit, could trim $400,000 camp operatingcosts from the, , budget by closing the camp this summer. A $500,000 grant was awarded for the purchase and renovation of a building on Highway 89 in Greenville to create an Indi- an Valley Community Center. NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weeklj, notable special days and facts throughout the year. June 13 -- National Sewing Machine Day This celebrates a very important invention -- the sewing machine. First made in France in the 1830's, the first sewing machine was patented in the United States in 1846. June 14 -- Flag Day On August 3, 1949, United States President Harry S. Truman officially declared June 14 as Flag Day. In 1909 Robert Peary placed the U.S. flag on the North Pole. In 1963 a U.S. flag was placed atop Mt. Everest and in 1969 the American flag was placed in space on the moon by astronaut Neil Armstrong. If you study flags you are a vexillologist. June 16 -- Fresh Veggies Day On this day you are encouraged to eat veg- gies for every meal to make you healthier. Local Farmer's'Markets will begin selling locally grown produce soon. June 17 -- Father's Day The first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Wash., on May 18, 1910. It has since been celebrated on the third Sunday in June. uccessful in haring th pain MY TURN M. KATE WEST Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews'cm Three cheers for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for standing by his beliefs, his readiness to do battle for the fiscal health of his state and his win in the June 5 recall election. This election held fast the nation's atten- tion for many reasons and there is still a tremendous amount of opinion floating about as to what this might mean to Wash- ington, D.C., in November. Some are speculating this means a hard road ahead for President Obama. I think that is too narrow a vision for the likely November shockwave. In my opinion, Democrats and Republi- cans alike should give the bigger picture considerable thought and begin to tailor their actions accordingly. And, in.doing so, I am not talkIng about what is in the best interest of any political party but rather what is in the best interests of America. I also do not believe the'entire story is about breaking the backs of labor unions. I think the real story is about an elected offi- cial who listened to his fellow Wiscon- sinites and then set about making their de- sires for a balanced budget and improved economy a reality. Free choice wag also factored into this story. When the actual members of those unions were given what appears to be the first real option to having no choice but to join and fund their local union, 6,000 mem- bers opted out. I have no idea why they had no choice in the beginning. That they were mandated to join and pay a portion of their living wages to any organization sounds a lot like a vio- lation of the U.S. Constitution. I have al- ways been under the impression that hav- ing the ability to say "yes or no," provid- ing you were not infringing upon others or breaking the law', was pretty much guaran- teed. Where the television media is focusing on whether Or not governors in other states will shortly be taking on big labor I believe news show hosts and guest speak- ers should pay attention to the fact that Walker's win was a vote of confidence for a job well done in stabilizing the state bud- get and reducing unemployment. Two things we all wish for every state in the union. Another theory being floated about also attributes Walker's win to those voting against the recall for the sake of being against the recall in principal. While that may be true of some, I think he received the outstanding vote based on his demonstrated principles. That he was able to accomplish so much in so little time while under siege daffy speaks very highly of Governor Walker. As to breaking the backs of the unions, that has yet to be proved. From what I un- derstand, he didn't set out to dissolve unions but rather asked that members pay more (not all) toward their personal retire. ment accounts. I know many persons in our state, if giv- en the option, would do more to help. I per- sonally would support any across the board increases in state sales tax if they were solidly matched with deficit reduc- tion. I find that sharing the burden equally among all Californians sits better with me than, for example, Governor Brown trying to impossibly balance the budget on the backs of those 225,000 state employees who are not in a "protected status." Yes, there is talk that Governor Brown will reinstitute his furlough process for some state employees July 1. During the last round of furloughs he took 15 percent a month from every eligi- ble worker's paycheck. Those same em- ployees also had to contribute more dollars toward their health insurance plans and a larger share to their personal retirements. That was a pretty severe hit for those not benefiting frdm protected status. Although those furloughs and 5 percent See Pain, page 12B