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lOB Tuesday, July 3, 2001 Bulletin, Progressive, Reo~ Progr{ ...... nil ..................... / omorrow we celebrate the 225th an- niversary of the adoption of arguably the greatest single political docu- ment ever written--The Declaration of Inde- pendence. The introduction, so eloquent in its sim- plicity, begs to be reprinted: When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dis. solve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. The next two sentences may be the most fa- mous and the ones most Americans think of when The Declaration of Independence is mentioned, even more than two centuries lat- er: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are en- dowed by their Creator with certain unalien- able rights, that among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new govern- ment, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safe- ty and happiness. It may not be necessary to fall to our knees and rejoice over the creation of this docu- ment and the way of life that has evolved as a result of it--in fact it might be more than a little bit un-American to insist that we do so. However, it does the heart and s0ul good to read those words and appreciate the courage, foresight and determination that are behind them. These concepts were the rallying cry of a group of young revolutionaries who had a vi- sion, :were able to aft're...U! te the'tr ide tO.,, :: th l b l '0t flaeii: ge'n'eration in s doing c ated a new concept of government that be- gala a political movement that continues to spread throughout the world to this day. The concept of unalienable rights to life, liberty and happiness and the political im- perative that governments derive their pow- ers with the consent of the governed, while fundamental to our sense of what this coun- try is all about today, were as alien as the an- cient language of Sanskrit when they were first being debated in the 18th century by the people of the day. The Fourth of July is not a sacred holiday. : Rather, it is a day of celebration when we demonstrate our unalienable right to life, lib- erty and happiness in traditionally Ameri- can ways. It is a day for ball games and flag waving, for backyard barbecues and fire- works and more than anything else, for fami- ly and fellowship. While we're going about our festivities, let's not forget to honor those young revolu- tionaries--our founding fathers--who laid the foundation for what we are today, the most free, the proudest, the most indepen- dent people on the face of the earth. Happy Fourth of July everyone! Fea g / wspaper Michael C. Taborski Publisher Keri B. Taborski Legal Advertising Department Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicla 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, Gall Brown, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams, Cassandra Hummel, Kelly Dachenhausen, Dale Defter You've got to wonder about a county that pays many of its employees below the poverty level. The starting salary for county employees is about $7.03 an hour, or about $14,600 a year. In other words, many of the employees are eligi- ble for food stamps and other public as- sistance. I bring this up because the adminis- tration is currently negotiating a new contract with employees. It would seem reasonable to pay coun- ty employees what is known as a living wage, which is about $8.54 an hour. That translates to about $17,760 a year. The living wage is a popular phrase these days, but what it really means is that employees should be paid enough to at least be ineligible for public assis- tance, paid enough to get by. As contract talks continue, the cur- rent offer, according to sources, is for a 2 percent increase. That calculates to about $7.17 an hour, or about $14,890 a year. All right, let's do some more math. The administration's offer would result in about $292 more a year for entry level employees here. It's hard to determine what exactly ii~,~iiii,ii!~ili: KELLER STAFF WRITER that will buy, especially when it's taxed. But one thing is for sure. It's not as much as the county's negotiator is mak- ing for every two hours he works. According to the contract, signed in March by County Supervisor Don Clark in his capacity as board chairman, the negotiator is earning $165 an hour. In addition, the negotiator also receives $200 to cover expenses for every trip he makes to Plumas County and another $119 when he needs to stay overnight. Potentially, the negotiator gets a $1,639 check from the county every time he blows into town. More math: The negotiator only needs to work nine days here to make what an entry-level county employee makes in a year. Photo courtesy Plumas County Museum Member= and friends of the reenville Fire Department turned out in tlmir flBest to celelxato the Days of '49 on JkmN 7, 1931L Somm ,illhe IIW MNMt, were Jake Laufman, Cecil Mclntyre, Fred Shumate, Bruce Bidwoll, Tom Sey- mero and O.G. Wardlow. Remember HISTORIAN 76 Years &go ............. 1926 July 4th this year, marking the 150th an- niversary of the signing of the Declaration if Independence will be appropriately celebrat- ed in Quincy with a mammoth baseball tour- nament, side shows, boxing contests, fire- works, concessionaires and a rodeo featur- ing the greatest independent riders in the entire west with music during the entire show by the Sierra Syncapators offering thrills galore and spasms of joy. 50 Years Ago ............. 1951 Advertisement: The second annual Bar- beque and Rodeo at Taylorsville sponsored by the Indian Valley Riding and Roping Club. Barbeque $1.25, children 75. Rodeo $1.25, children 75. Come early-bring your whole family. Gansner Park in Quincy will be dedicated Sunday when a flag will be raised and the ribbon cut. There will be free ice cream for kids. 25 Years Ago ............. 1976 Complete control of an east shore fire near Clear Creek, located just north of the Lassen View Resort, was expected, with a total IB NAC R STAFF WRITER You wouldn't think that getting mar- ried at my age, and especially since it's the second time, would be too exciting. But it is and I'm as excited as if I were in my 20s, looking forward to that big day. I've planned a fairly big wedding and as the tiros ticks closer and closer, I fred myself being unable to think clearly, wondering if I've remembered every- thing and hoping that everything will go as I envision. The ceremony will be sacred to Doug and me, but the party after is for family and friends and I want to make sure everyone has a great time and feels as important as they are to me. But, at my age, there are so many oth- er things which need to be considered. One of the most important is whether to change my name, hyphenate it, or leave it as it is. That really comes into play when you consider my name appears weekly on all the stories I write; it is how people have known me for close to seven years. Changing it would also mean having to change Social Security information, all my credit cards, bank accounts, my driver's license, medical cards, and so forth. After giving it considerable thought, I have chosen to change my name, taking that of my new husband. This will be the last My Turn as Terri Nacar-- the next time it will read Terri Daoust. And I'm hoping that if I should forget and accidentally use my previous name, my editor will see fit to correct me. Even though it will take a lot of get- ting used to, the feelings I have toward Doug are such that I am willing to en- dure most anything. For 21 years, I would go to bed each night praying that someday I would fred someone to love who would love me in return. I don't think I really ever thought it would happen, but I never gave up hope. And neither should any of you out there who are hoping for the same type of ending. If you are facing the challenge of liv- ing on your own, as I did 21 years ago, let me tell you it isn't that bad. You will be surprised at how much you know and how much you can han- dle on your own. At first it's different, but it gets to be quite comfortable having your own space, doing what you want, without the arguing and stress that is present in a marriage that's falling apart. Whatever you do, don't allow yourself to believe you have to have someone to .ill It's interesting that the superv J[ have hired a consultant, to do the ] ding, while the school district re d[l wrapped up labor negotiations a district administrator. ]NIzli It's no coincidence that the PU L. able to come to an agreement county's contract talks look like I going to drag on and on for a I'm certainly no big fan of labo r to unions, but this current situatio "T on . , ago, seems highly unfair. It s the perf tv poster child for folks who favor l rth unions, c( In the private sector, labor unite be a ruinous force. They have driP-nil. several companies out of busines#ther W ~an, r briefly orked at a newspaper m Angeles that closed because the unions essentially shut it down. bro But the public sector is differer ngel many ways. Many politicians haw CI-E tried time and time again to mak -ng: government operate more like vate sector. -)m But it doesn't work because govt ment provides essential services, as public safety, fire protection | er services that our society has de" - government should provide. As a result, citizens have a pect essential government servi livered in a proficient, competent1 ion. If we do not receive the service e pect, our elected officials pay t llJR litical price, as we saw in Novemltl when two incumbents were ouste Sq frustrated electorate. -- One way to provide better citizens is to make sure that peOP a u are delivering the services are sonably. ,alle Guess what? That's not happeni, , ine Plumas County. t coy The administration does not we back the union into a corner, public sentiment is going to back employees rather than the adm'mts. tion. s are If you don't believe it, you only to lookback to the Nov Igbere th to see how the electorate behaveS ao " it believes the administration is shooting fair pool. exe acreage burned at 411 acres. Advertisement: Grand Opening of in the Plumas Pines Shopping Quincy is being held today. 10 'team Ago ............. 1 m1 A partial solar eclipse will be Plumas County about midday on solar eclipse occurs when the moon[Ik!li 1/400th the size of the sun, passes ~- II the sun and the earth and partially od~ ! blocks the sun's rays for a brief period | NOTE: Items included in the weekly ! her When column are taken from our . 1 edition newspaper archives and repre . writing style of that particular per' : spelling and grammar are not edit -- : copy is presented as it actually appe#., ! the original newspapers. feel complete, and don't rush thing, i anc I strongly believe there is so _ t out there for everyone and tha the time is right, you will f'md rn S cial person, tl And when you do, it will be and so comfortable that you'll knO ur meant to be. iex That is exactly what happened th( and I have never been happier, at I also have one more hit of t, you f'md yourself in an abusive ship, get out now. I have been there and I kr things won't change and, kids, you're not doing them any by trying to keep the gether. I won't say the thought scary, and at times can be But it's not like it was 21 when there was no domestic shelter to go to, or When law ment took the stance that you have done something to deserve abused. There are people out there to even strangers such as myself. You're worth more and have offer. And, after you've the horrific ordeal, there is a waiting. I know, I have found mine. So when you see my new name byline, remember it's still me. I left and for now have no plans to I'm just celebrating my new my newfound happiness with name.