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lOB Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL il ill We're confused why some North State legislators seem to be sitting on the fence on a critical issue that would help protect jobs, especially in our rural community. None of our local Senate or Assembly members have yet made a commitment to vote for this legislation that is critically important to our area -- and we think they need to. California's Legislature is wrapping up the state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. While much can be said about the budget in general, we are watching to see what will happen to a budget "trailer" bill that is to be considered as part of the deal. This bill includes three provisions that will go a long way toward stabilizing an already shaky tim- ber industry in this state. The industry, as well as homebuilders, agriculture, utilities, railroads and some environmental groups, support it. However, we understand the Carpenters Union is opposing the legislation. They represent our local workers at mills in Chester and Quincy. Certainly, local union members want the state Legislature to take action to help preserve their jobs. Yet it's curi- ous that their union finds the bill objectionable. We suspect it has more to do with a dispute with one company than public policy, particularly when oth- er organized labor groups support the measure. Our timber industry is already at a competitive disadvantage compared to their counterparts who operate in other states and Canada who don't have to bear the cost of complex forestry regulations. This measure wouldn't change our standards, but it would help to level the playing field just a bit. The bill includes what we believe to be several reasonable elements. First, there is a 1 percent as- sessment on retail lumber Sold in California to pay for the state's review of timber harvesting plans -- documents that are required before harvesting can take place on private lands. The state spends up- wards of $20 million annually to review those plans. Since California has the most stringent envi- ronmental standards found anywhere, it seems rea- sonable that all of the lumber sold in this state bear the cost, rather than just pinning it on in-state pro- ducers who are already struggling to stay afloat during these rapidly changing socio-economic times. Second is a provision that would provide a more reasonable level of claims for damage when a fire j mpsfr0m privatelands to public lands. As we ,' saw:in the Storrie Fire, the federalgovernmenf ; used state law to go after excessive damage claims against a railroad because California's current law allows the reds to extract what amounts to a gold mine of cash from private landowners. This legisla- tion would bring some sanity back into the equa- tion and provide a reasonable method to calculate damages based on the pre-fire value of the property that burned. Last is a relatively small, but important, element that would allow timber harvesting plans to have a shelf life of up to seven years, rather than the cur- rent five years. This would mean landowners would file fewer plans with the state, and be given more time to weather bad markets. Some 70 percent of the lumber used in California is brought in from other states and Canada. We'd like to see much more of our demand be met from in-state producers. This would help the employees and their families who work in the industry, which drives our local economy and determines the health of our community. Our representatives need to be in the forefront on this bill and secure the votes necessary for its passage. Fea ing spaper Breaking News go to plumasnews.com 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 Clan] Debra Moore Michael 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 orter wants l h I've decided to clone myself at the first opportunity. That way I can take turns with myself and work every waking mo- ment, be everywhere and everything peo- ple seem to think I should be. It troubles me when people attack me verbally and in public for what amounts to unfair reasons. But then they are upset enough at the time to believe they know everything they need to know and are in the right. When I'm troubled about something, I of- ten find myself searching for answers, try- ing to understand what happened and why. I appreciate people who do the same, peo- ple who come straight out and ask me why I did something this way or that, why I ran one photo on the front page and a more im- portant photo inside. MY TURN ALICIA KNADLER Indian Valley Edito( aknadler@plumasnews.com Everything has an explanation, which is hopefully not an excuse. I dread becoming one of those people who always has an ex- cuse for failure. I may have been guilty of This week's special days NOT JUST AN O1KDINAKY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. footprints. Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival will be held in Westwood July 6 and 7. June 29 -- Waffle Iron Day Celebrates the handy waffle iron as we know it today. The waffle itself dates back to the 1300s in Greece where Greeks cooked flat cakes between two metal pans, flavoring them with herbs and cheese -- not syrup. June 27 -- Happy Birthday The song "Happy Birthday to You" was composed in 1859 by Mildred J. Hill with lyrics written later by her sister Patty Hill. The song was first published in 1893 as "Good Morning To You" and the lyrics were amended in 1924 to include the stan- za "happy birthday to you." June 28 -- Paul Bunyan Day Paul Bunyan is a gigantic lumberjack of American folklore who among other things is credited with creating logging in the United States, creating the Great Lakes to water Babe, his ox, and creating Minnesota's 10,000 lakes with his huge July 1 -- canada Day A celebration of Canadian heritage when Canada became self-governing from British reign July 1, 1867. The official cel- ebrated holiday of Canada Day was changed in 1982 by the Canadian Parlia- ment and is now celebrated in October. July 1 -- Walkman debuts The Walkman, introduced by Sony, was introduced in America in 1979, selling then for about $200. July 1 -- zIP codes The United States Postal Service first in- troduced the five-digit ZIP code in 1963. such behavior in my youth, but I sure hope I've matured enough to accept blame when I've erred. These days my searches for answers to troubling thoughts are often online, with a Google search or by browsing sites such as WebMD, Psychology Today, bible.com, even inside my own head. Is it just me, I wonder? Searching through different interpreta- tions of the Bible brought me peace, espe- cially Galatians 5 in the version tiffed "The Message." The main problem seemed to be serf-in- terest on one side, and a perceived lack of interest, or possibly something more sinis- ter, on mine. I pondered this for a while, and then I logged onto Psychology Today and laughed out loud. "Forgiving and Forgetting" was the title of one of the featured articles. So be it. I'll just clone myself, and maybe this will nev- er happen again. I'd be like Superwoman, able to take care of my family, work at my job no matter where, even when my inappropriate shoes are recognized from under a stall when the conversation is struck -- I'd be ready with paper in hand. Hot meals would magically appear on the table every day, never a hair would be out of place, and my fingernails would be un- broken and polished for a change. I'd be at every local meeting, even if one was at the same time as graduation, I'd never miss any community activity and I'd always have lots of photos of everybody and everything in the paper. Who even cares if there is not enough money to support all of this extra work? We can just pretend there is only one of me to pay for my usual 30 hours per week, and the newspaper can be like loaves and fishes. There will be plenty for all to have their fill, if only we just have faith, like Peter did that long ago night on the water. Now if I can just remember where I put my red shoes? They seem to have dis- appeared, or maybe someone waved a magic wand and turned them into rubber boots. , . REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO 1937 Advertisement: Feather River Inn at Blairsden grand opening under new man- agement on Saturday. Enjoy the festivities, the grand dinner and dance with music provided by Bob Besuka and his famous orchestra. Pleading for the preservation of Califor- nials wilderness, California Governor Frank F. Merriman addressed a conven- tion of some 70 California newspaper publishers at Johnsville Saturday night . as the guest of the annual Plumas County visit of the California~ewspaper Publish-=. ers Association. The week-long convention included a Governor's dinner at Bucks Lake Friday night and a Governor's trout breakfast Sunday morning. 50 YEARS AGO 1962 The walkway and bicycle path from Quincy to Gansner Park is now complete and in good use. The Valley Swim Club at Taylorsville is nearing its goal of a swimming pool. On a recent work day a large number of volun- teer workers constructed a fence and erected a sign. Actual construction of the pool is expected within the month. 25 YEARS AGO 1987 -, T-heGreenviileCresee~t[Str-ee~ >': ~ building that formerly housed~series of banks throughout the years did not sell at a recent public trustees property sale, The building has been vacant since February when First Interstate Bank closed it's Greenville-Indian Valley branch. Feather River College graduated 46 students this week at its 17th annual commencement. 10 YEARS AGO 2002 Plumas District Hospital took delivery of a new van-style ambulance, funded by a grant written by Nancy Coulter, emergency room director. Where in the World? Robert and Olivia Christian, of Lake Almanor, visit Chester, England, with their copy of the Chester Progressive. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along and including it in a photo. Then email the photo to smorrow@plumasnews.com. Include your name, contact information and brief details about your photo. We may publish it as space permits. Young people should follow the masters I've been thinking about our recent gradu- ates. What words of wisdom, direction and encouragement might we give as they grad- uate high school and leave for college or walk into the workforce with a bachelor's degree in hand? So often commencement speakers use phrases meant to inspire but have no con- crete value. For example, students are told in order to be successful they should believe in themselves. Actually, it is not the belief you can do something that results in success but the skill and talent that supports it. Yet advice abounds that is beneficial. I came across some good advice for those studying a particular college major or em- barking on a new career. It was in an arti- cle in World Magazine titled "Learning by copying." It was not suggesting people cheat but rather they learn from observing a master. The author of the article, Kira Clark, described a program that has existed since 1941 at the National Gallery of Art in Wash- ington, D.C that invites artists to recreate masterpieces by setting up an easel next to the original painting. The artists who learn style and technique through imitation are called copyists. Standing next to the MY TURN SUSAN CORT JOHNSON - Staff Writer wp@lassennews.com painting, the art student can see what the original artist did to bring the painting to life: using "thick lumps of paint" to give tex- ture or "light and dark" colors to create depth and dimension. This process allows artists to develop the techniques used by the masters, which can be applied to their own creative style. They don't continue to paint Rembrandts, but are able to create artwork in the same masterful way because they have learned proper tech- nique. It is similar to the advice I once gleaned from Writer's Digest Magazine that suggest- ed a writer could learn how to write well by reading the work of great writers. This same concept is used in apprentice- ship programs where a person learns a trade or vocational job by working with a skilled craftsman. An internship is similar, but for a white-collar profession. Then there are mentors those who counsel or instruct a student one-on-one. During the Women Making Pi workshop at Westwood High, one successful graduate in the field of science suggested those attending college look for internships and mentors to gain hands-on experience and hone skills. The time in which a person trains for a ca- reer and enters the job market is of great value and should not be wasted. College stu- dents should take advantage of every oppor- tunityto gain competitive skills in order to succeed. I was reading a column written in December 1999 by W. Frank Walton tiffed "The Wise Use of Time" in which he stated: "We can waste a dollar, but we can replace it. But if I waste a day, there's nothing I can ever do to recall it." Most people graduate with big dreams, but lack discipline to achieve them. My ad- vice to graduates is to look at the lives of those who have mastered the field they have chosen to determine what they did right, and learn from them.