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8B Wednesday, June 16, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL and OPINION EDITORIAL With the kids now out of school, and sunny weather finally here, it's time to get out and en- joy all that Plumas County has to offer. A quick look at our Events Around Plumas calendar reveals a number of no,cost and low- cost options, many suitable for the whole family. There are choices for every taste -- from book signings to square dancing. This weekend alone you can listen to music, take a garden tour, send your kids to a basket- ball camp, take a wine walk or a bird walk, par- ticipate in a horseman's play day, try a line at a fishing derby, bicycle around Lake Almanor or participate in a poker run. Truly, we will never understand those folks who say there's nothing to do in Plumas County! Can't afford a vacation this year? Try a "stay- cation" right here in Plumas. Make this the year to explore another area of Plumas or neighbor- ing Lassen County. We know there are places and events we've always wanted to check out, but haven't gotten around to. Make this the sum- mer to do so. Don't know where to start? Stop by your local Feather Publishing office and pick up free copies of our visitors and dining guides. There's enough information in them to keep you explor- ing for many summers. If you do have a few greenbacks to spend, please spend them with area merchants. You don't have to go overboard, but sandwiches for a picnic here, ice cream after a day of fishing there ... it all adds up. Having a variety of unique busi- nesses is part of what makes Plumas a great place to explore, whether you're a tourist here or a resident playing tourist. While you're out enjoying the season's plea- sures, please take care. Officials are warning that streams and lakes are running cold and fast right now, so take the proPer precautions, like wearing a personal flotation device and appro- priate clothing. It is very easy to get hypother- mic in cold water, a contributing factor in all too many drownings. Protect yoursetf from the sun, which is more intense at our higher altitudes. Stay hydrated -- but not with alcohol. And please, please, please do not drink and drive. Be on the lookout for out- of-town drivers unfamiliar with ou.r mountain .... roadways. Hope to see you out and about. Here's to a safe, profitable and fun summer for all of Plumas County. 11 " re a plSrn m g go to Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Diana Jorgenson .......... Portola Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Kate West ............... Chester Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Mona Hill ........ .......... Copy Editor Staff writers: Joshua Sebold Cheryl Frei Will Farris Ruth Ellis Sam Williams Brian Taylor Barbara France Pat Shillito Susan Cort Johnson Linda Satchwell 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 Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in ;our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Glass is more than half full it's overflowing MY TURN LINDA SATCHWELL Staff Writer His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead. - James Joyce, "The Dead" This is where I left off last time I wrote. It's true that, perhaps, I could be accused of delving into death a little too much this past season. As the long cold lonely winter finally sputtered to a close, as I slipped from an icy sadness to the bottleneck of. Memorial Day tourists in Graeagle, I noticed that, some- times when you look at it, the half of the glass that's half full is actually overflowing. There were a host of reasons that particu- lar half of the glass was tippling near the top, and some of them had to do, ironically, with a wake for the dead. At that event, which finalized an acute sense of absence for me, many people came and shared, tabled grief, for the most part, and offered nothing less than the best of themselves. Another several friends kept me going quite literally, enabling me to continue to get to this office and (I like to believe) write about not only what happens, but also what matters. Finally one morning, I noticed the world beginning to move again. It stretched its stiff and aching winter muscles, the cogs of its mind caught and chugged forward, for- ward into spring and life, and to quote James Joyce again (imitating, unaccount- ably, his stream of consciousness style), "Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience..." Now, I should digress for a moment to mention my editor Delaine and her delight- ful rant on her puppy, Chip, whom she adopted from me, When I realized that talk- ing about dogs was acceptable here, I was ready to give up death because, aside from the poet W.B. Yeats and Ireland, dogs are my passion. Saving them. Rescue. So, it's no surprise that when death raised its head this winter, my response was to rescue a hairless pit bull. Sean's hair is growing back slowly -- it's a soft red and he has light green eyes, so I Shown here in front of the White House, 17 students from Plumas Christian School and eight adults visited Washington, D.C. in April. After a tour of Washington, they were bused to Times Square in New York City, where they arrived 20 minutes before the Times Square bombing. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along and including it in a photo. Then e-mail the photo to thought the name appropriate. Now that I have a foster home for him, I've turned my attention to Maisie, a little American bulldog that was about to be eu- thanized. Facebook, that remarkable and frighten- ing social document, enables rescues from everywhere to find me. Delete has become a habit so that I don't feel completely over- whelmed all of the time. When you know that 5 million animals are euthanized in this country alone every year, it's hard to look at one sad, incarcer- ated and, likely, doomed face after another. So, up comes Maisie, with her wide little bulldog smile. Maisie, who's slated to be eu- thanized in two days. I click on the video link. I watch this dog walk down a row of dogs all barking and lunging at her from their kennels. She moves to the other side of her handler and, with a tentative smile, keeps looking up at him for direction. Once outside in the fresh air, Miss Maisie is a bucket of joy. OK, I say, how can we save this gal? I post her on my Facebook page, and a woman I helped with a pit bull about a year ago, replies. "I've talked to my husband, we can foster her if you'll find her a home." "Done," I answer. So begins the convoluted process, involv- ing the Los Angeles rescue that evaluated her temperament and is trying to get her out, the temperament tester from San Diego, a transporter from Riverside who takes her in for a couple of nights until we can get her on a transport to Merced, where her foster family lives. People on Facebook are doiaating money for her vet bills. Her temporary foster morn says she has a cold and that she'll take her to the vet for medicine and will keep her awhile longer. After all, turns out she's not only great with people and dogs, she also loves cats. And, she likes to snuggle up on the couch, her head in her foster mom's lap, and watch a good movie. Heigl Foundation (Katherine Heigl of "Grey's Anatomy" fame) says it will drive her to Merced for free. (Who drives to Merced for free?) Facebookers from all over are cheering, thrilled at sweet Maisie's narrow escape from death. I have just connected with three new rescuers who will do nearly any- thing to save a good dog. "It takes a village," the coordinating res- cue said in her e-mail to all of us. It takes a network of villages, in this case~ connected through the desire to save a littlebully dog with an unquenchable desire for happiness. By this time, I have to tell you, that proverbial half-of-the-glass is overflowing, a torrent of kindness spreading every- where; it is general all over Plumas County, over all of California, and beyond. Having recently awakened from the win- ter that gripped me by the throat, it is good to remember this, too, is true. County Superior Court Judge. The Board REMEMBER WHEN of Supervisors race saw Claire Donnen- wirth, representing eastern Plumas Coun- KERI TABORSKI ty and E.J. Humphrey, representing the Historian Quincy area, winning their respective races. Howard Train and Raymond Larri- 80 YEARS AGO... 1930 son will face a run off in November. Advertisement: Attention June brides-- If you want to show your new husband of 30 YEARS AGO... 1980 yours just what light and fluffy bisquits Residents of Quincy, Meadow Valley and you can make, try using Sperry Drifted Keddie will have a new Plumas County Snow flour in the recipe. Board of Supervisor representing those at- Advertisement: California Oyster House eas as Sandy Pricer of Meadow Valley nat- in Portola specializing in steaks, chops, rowly edged out incumbent Della Rogers in seafood and coffee supreme last week's election 607-553. In the eastern 50 YEARS AGO... 1960 part of Plumas County Leonard Ross (in- Election results of last week's election: cumbent) claimed a substantial victory Bertram D. Janes was re-elected Plumas over challenger Ron Jacobson 706-576. Greenville supervisor Russ Papenhausen, unchallenged in his bid for a second term of office, took 509 votes of support. Plumas County high schools graduated the class of 1980 last week. The number of seniors graduating from local high schools: Chester High School, 59; Greenville High School, 47; Portola High School, 48; West- wood High School, 26; Quincy High School, 110 and Feather River College graduated 33 students. 10 YEARS AGO... 2000 The first community Farmer's Market, sponsored by Quincy Natural Foods, will begin this summer beginning in August and will run through September on Harbi- son Street in Quincy. We' ,e reached a point where true chany e is needed Now we have what promises to be Obama- professional growth. How a government for gate, an official investigation about whether the people, by the people can put itself or or not the administration did, in fact, offer Delta smelt ahead of the good of American jobs to three candidates so they wouldn't families. run against the White House favorites. Today, America doesn't seem to be about And last, but certainly not least, was Pres- making the world a better place for our chil- Obama s June 8 statement, " I dren but rather about government saddling ident . know whose ass to kick." Oh yea, that cer- them with debt and teaching them, by execu- MY TURN tainly was presidential. As a matter of fact, tive rulings, that it isn't important for them it almost rates right on up there with Bill to accept or believe in traditional values. M. KATE WEST and Monica in the moments all Americans Instead, when this administration leads Chester Editor want to share with the world, by example, the first lesson to be learned Wow! I am not so sure where to go from this from the actions of Congress is how much Over the course of the past 18 months and point. I need to expand on one of these topics common sense is overrated as part of the de- since Barack Obama stepped into the top but as I read and re-read my statements they cision making process. governing role in America, so many topics all become an overwhelming blur. A good example of legislators' mindset is to dispute have arisen it makes for a true Is it because it seems a bit much to deal turning the water off in California farming dilemma when trying to choose just one to with that I have to question whether it's re- country and leaving themselves to wonder have an opinion about: healthcare reform, ally that bad? Or is it because I am older and why their strategies to reduce the mortgage declaring Modoc County an off-limits can remember a long history of better times crisis don't work. wilderness area, spending unbelievable in America or perhaps it's just shock over I want to believe Americans are hopeful. amounts of taxpayer dollars flying Air Force the fact the America I grew up with doesn't It is because of this belief I can hope that as One and other planes to a number of very seem to exist anymore? this administration continues to seek reso- partisan campaign events, keeping the I think the answer to those questions is a lution to the multi-faceted crisis America shades pulled down on transparency and all resounding, "Yes!" faces today, it too can learn lessons. the while pandering for the approval of spe- As we age we each go through stages. We Today, more than ever there is a need for cial interest votes and popularity on the adapt, we grow, we effect change and then a "We" instead of a "Me." Our president and world stage, we do it all over again in the perpetual cycle our elected officials need to learn this partic- Then came the suggestion of sending mon- of life. Always seeming to move forward, ular lesson very quickly. ey to keep Greece afloat while California I think what I likely find to be the most Earlier I spoke of moving through stages, and New York are sinking.., and now, an- bothersome about all of this is that America stages in which we adapt, we grow and we other request, this time for a $50 billion appears to have lost its momentum, and I'm effect change. boost to the dysfunctional stimulus plan, all having a hard time comprehending that. All Americans should understand elec- from an administration that counts tempo- I find myself at a loss in trying to under- tions are like those stages in life - a time for rary jobs, like those of census workers, to stand how we reached the point where grow- growth, adaptation where needed and true hype its job creation statistics, ing government comes before personal and change. J~ Y