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6B Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter D ITORIAL AND OPINION- EDITORIAL Carter Kurpjuweit was just 2 when he decided to Bread" the newspaper. We at Feather Publishing are doing everything we can to ensure that the newspaper will still exist to chronicle his generation. What took you so long? That was the overwhelming reaction to our announcement last week that we were raising the price of our newspaper to $1. It had been 25 years since the last price increase. For those of you who missed it, we raised the price to offset the cost of skyrocketing newsprint due to new tariffs and an increase in wages over the past two decades plus, while simultaneously facing a decrease in advertising revenues due to some businesses' new reliance on social media to promote their products and services. When the announcement was made last week, we thought we might be in the position of defending the price increase, but instead our readers and subscribers told us that the price hike was long overdue and more accurately reflects the value that the newspaper provides them each week. Those of us who work here take pride in the fact that each week we begin with nothing and seven days later, due to the contributions of a lot of individuals, produce four weekly newspapers for Plumas County and two for Lasse , We try to provide the news~fliat can t be found anywhere else; our focus is hyper local. Our newspapers have been part of the fabric of the communities for decades and, in the case of the Feather River Bulletin, for more than 150 years. We asked our readers to imagine what it would be like if the newspaper no longer existed. It scared some who wanted their children and/or grandchildren to have the newspaper that they have enjoyed their entire lives, if it's Wednesday, then it's newspaper day. In a world where we are seemingly moving in different directions and fmding our entertainment and news from a multitude of entities, it's nice to have commonality -- a shared source of local news that celebrates our communities. It's how we know what's happening at school board or service district meetings. It's how we keep track of our high school sports teams and what our local youth are accomplishing. It's how we learn of the milestones of our neighbors from the celebration of new life to the recognition of lives lost. In a world of fleeting page views, it's something we can hold and turn its pages. We are doing everything we can to preserve this important piece of our communities for future generations and this price increase is just one part of the effort. We thank our readers for understanding. A~-yr Feathe lishing wspaper / For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski Publisher Keri B. Taborski Co-publisher,' Historian Debra Moore Managing Editor Jenny Lee Photo Editor Nick Hall Copy Editor Staff writers: Makenzie Davis Mari Erin Roth Will Farris Stacy Fisher Susan Cort Johnson Roni Java Victoria Metcalf Carolyn Shipp Ashley Grogan Gregg Scott Maggie Wells Sam Williams Kerry Johnson 'Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Indian Valley Record (530) 283-0800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 283-0800 Printed on recycled paper Member, California Newspaper Publishers Assoc. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per person will be published; only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic will be published. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous or open letters. Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at noon; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmoore@plumasnews.com. Pseudopatriots Those who wave flags and those who serve our republic are not necessarily incompatible. Yet the flag waving tendencies of the pseudopatriot are best suited for totalitarian regimes. They have little to offer a democratically based government. Extreme nationalism is often -their primary objective. Democracy in any form is not easy. Democracy requires constructive criticism. Dictatorships require total conformity. Democracies require the well-informed, personal opinions of thinking individuals. Excessive conformity and belonging are anathema to a regime that is predicated on freedom of thought and respect for the individual. America is sustained through personal responsibility, free speech, and a system of education in which learning to th~ is preeminent. Far too many of our flag waving pseudopatriots pretend to be representing a country, when they are actually representing a falsely contrived image. Symbolism without substance is more in line with soccer team fanaticism and street gang mentalities. With little knowledge or understanding of America's origins, or of its history, or of the absolute necessity for compromise (the most important element in any democracy), the pseudopatriotic flag waver is bypassing the reality of his homeland. To wave a flag, and expect others to handle the difficult task of maintaining the republic is not patriotism. Wallace B. Eshleman Quincy A call for freedom July 4 is a day of celebration, the day our fledgling nation voted to throw off the shackles of British rule. The fundamental impetus to rebel was the desire for fair representation in government. Colonists resented the British government for making laws without their consent. This desire for serf-rule served as the foundation for the rebellion. Americans wanted the right to vote and have each vote count. We are currently at a point in American politics where the validity of elections is heading toward crisis. Strategic maneuvering by political parties is creating inequity in the polling booths. Special interest groups are stifling the Democratic process to promote their own agenda at the expense of the majority. This is not what our founding fathers envisioned for our country. There has often been some form of intimidation or deception in politics, but it has risen to an unprecedented level. The Republican party has strategically utilized the election process to gain party control of state legislatures. Republican state legislatures have instituted gerrymandering and voter suppression techniques to prevent segments of our citizenry from being able to vote or to make their vote count. By'doing this, they further their own agenda and erode the Democratic process. Democracy is strangulated when the views of the majority of Americans go unheeded. Common sense gun laws, LGBT equality, protections state of Jefferson supporters; some fundamentalists; some NRA all the way; some favor any military action anywhere; and many back Donald Trump. So how to express our concerns without instantly provoking a counter? What if we made up a story not about something done to us but about something we did to a rival country. (Let me be clear-- I do not miss the Cold War -- nuclear missiles on hair trigger.) To operate in this country covertly you need to launder money. We find a businessman who's perfect. He has no ideology, money is his measure of everything and he's a womanizer to boot. He's not an agent of ours, not even an informer. But he's useful, with his 'open for business' attitude. He likes publicity, he likes fame. He's a celebrity. He decides why shouldn't I run for the highest office? This is a great opportunity for us. He's not qualified but what do we care? We don't think he can win, but we can destabilize their country: dig up dirt on his opponents, spread wild rumors, create distrust. Then -- surprise -- he wins. Now through him we can really attack the institutions of their government and the free press. We can't control it but what ending would we prefer? Remember our goal is to undermine belief in their system, ff he pardons himself his backers will believe the establishment was so unfair he had no choice His opponents will ask what sort of government do we have where a person uses unlawful means to obtain our highest office and then uses the office to pardon himself?. against racism, support for Eric Lund refugees and immigrants, a Greenville woman's right to choose are : values held by most The C-117s Americans. The Republican I'd never want to be the one party has silenced the voice of the majority. Furthermore, Republican legislators have enabled their big business donors to have more impact on our elections by supporting Citizens United, the ultimate sell out of the American people. If we are to save Democracy and make every vote count, we must stand up to the politicians who would take Democracy away from us. Vote Democratic. Faith Strailey Quincy Surprise As blue people living in a red county in a blue state, if you're fair-minded you learn there are great people who disagree with you. Some are i to discourage anyone who's willing to think "way outside the box." There are so many, especially politicians, who complain about one problem after another without ever offering a solution. However, there might be a few factors to consider before fueling up the C-117s, loading them with asylum-seeking families, and taking off for San Salvador or Tegucigalpa. For one, since President Trump once referred to countries in that area as "sh es" they could refuse the planes permission to land. Though I'm sure you're thinking that could easily be overcome with some gentle persuasion through military force, we need to remember that stuff can get expensive and the U.S. is currently, involved in some hotspots. Even assuming the C-117s safely landed and the asylum-seeking families returned to their homes with protection from U.S. forces, you can't assume that all is well. The people and the governments of E1 Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras might not view the American soldiers as "protectors or peacekeepers," but as an invading force. There is a great line in "The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming," where Alan Arkin says to Carl Reiner, "Pretty soon there is World War Three, and everybody is blaming you!" The statement made in the LTE, "when things improved in their country, they could return home unmolested," sounded overly optimistic in the extreme; a suggested revision would read, "If things ever improve in those countries, then hopefully they (the American soldiers sent to protect asylum-seekers) could return in good condition. To answer the allegation about "feigned feelings" being "nauseating," the SF Chronicle of June 19 reported former fu'st lady, Laura Bush, saying it "breaks my heart" and describing the practice of separating immigrant parents and children as "cruel" and "immoral." The practice was termed "unacceptable" by former FOX News host Bill O'Reilly. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Trump voters Hey Trump voters. Don't wet yet. pa you do not need :, to be afraifl of ~!l~temalan babies. They wl]~ not hurt you, nor will their mothers, who are frantic, because your government took their children. And the stunning thing is: Trump's continued support from you and the cowardly congressional Republicans. Any of those guys got any guts? They are dismantling our country. They are denigrating the press, truth, facts, the courts, the FBI, CIA, his own appointees (that's pretty funny). We are on the path to becoming a s thole country. Oh 5y the way, the Mueller investigation has got one of Trumps pals in jail, three guilty pleas from big shots in his administration and at least 12 indictments. Sounds like a banana republic to me. Don McKechnie Sierraville REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian various rented quarters this fall, with construction on a yet unselected permanent site to start no later than 1972. 25 YEARS AGO 1993 Three post offices in Plumas County 100 YEARS AGO 1918 were broken into on Friday: Blairsden, Plumas County Free Library report to Chilcoot and Graeagle, where an date for the first half of the year: number undetermined amount of cash, stamps of active borrowers: 1676, number of and money orders were taken. One books in the county system: 7279. Both business, Graeagle Golf Company, a golf the Johnsville branch and the Fox Springs branch have been discontinued and apparel store, was broken into, taking cash and golf equipment. Earlier due to the lack of patrons and librarians in the week the caboose at Graeagle Mini at those two sites. Golf and Driving Range was entered and 50 YEARS AGO 1968 video games were damaged when the coin boxes were tampered with. Dr. Dale Wren has been appointed president of the newly formed Feather 10 YEARS AGO 2008 River College which will begin classes Evacuation notices have been lifted for this year. Various classes will begin in the Feather River canyon communities of Belden, Tobin and Storrie as the Canyon Complex fire rages around Tobin. The community itself escaped damage except for the water system which was heavily damaged by falling trees. The trees took out the pipes of the water system which was originally built in 1910. Highway 70 was reopened tO one-way traffic with escorts between Grandview to the maintenance station at the Greenville Wye. 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. Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our # t