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lOB Wednesday, July 14, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL and OPINION EDITORIAL The rumors started several months ago. Chicken Littles started calling, writing and e- mailing that transit service was going to disap- pear from Plumas County. What prompted the outcry was Alliance for Workforce Develop- ment's notice to the county that it would be ceasing transit operations and refocusing on what it does best job training. That notice gave the public works depart- ment just 90 days to work through a lengthy process, including Caltrans approval, to find a replacement. Public works staff, notably Assis- tant Director Marty Byrne, jumped into action. When we talked to Byrne early in the process, he expressed some nervousness about getting a new operator in place in time. We asked him what would happen ff no one bid on the re- quest: He didn't even want to think about that. In this case, all ended well. (But thenew con- tract gives the county 150-days' notice.) We're Pleased to report that the selection process resulted in Plumas Rural Service be- ing picked as the new operator. We think this is a win-win-win situation for all concerned. Because both the former and current opera- tors are local, the transition has'run very smoothly. Second, PRS could retain the entire transit staff so no one lost a job in the transition. (The other bidder was from out of the area.) Staff wages will continue to circulate through local communities; maintenance contracts will re- main with local businesses. Third, as a local entity, PRS knows the needs of area communities. Not surprisingly, in to- day's economy, overall ridership is up for the system. As a nonprofit, PRS can put service above profits and reinvest funds and fares into the transit program. Thanks to the hard work of Byrne, Michele Piller and her staff at PRS, Transit Coordina- tor Jimmy LaPlante and the transit workers, riders will see a seamless transition with unin- terrupted service. PRS plans to maintain the existing level of service. You can find Plumas Transit Systems' busi- ness office at 711 East Main St. in Quincy. Its phone number remains the same at 283-2538. Route and schedule information are still avail- able on the Plumas Transit System website at Fea :Shlng spaper 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 Kay]een Taylor 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 Music festival creates joy, teaches interdependence I B!IIII!!! MY TURN SHANNON MORROW Sports Editor Magical. It's the best way to describe the High Sierra Music Festival. Beckoned by music and art, thousands of people joined in the mountains over the Independence Day holiday and became a big quasi-family, unit- ed by joy and peace. In a jaw-dropping set that closed out the Music Meadow Sunday night, Ozomatli had the audience holding peace signs in the air during one heartfelt song and then dancing wildly with the next number. Then there were the fried pickles. With a specially seasoned beer batter and delicious dips, they tasted more like jalapefio poppers, and even better if you like vinegar. A hand- ful of new vendors added a freshness to the festival, and it was fun to discover different things. Art was everywhere. Bicycles and clothing and whole campsites were beautifully deco- rated. Colors and designs, merged by inspi- ration, created focal points of wonder. The paintings just south of the Vaudeville Tent stopped people in their tracks. The bands were talented beyond descrip- tion, and they worked their tails off each song and every set. With their creativity and courage, the musicians became instruments of gods, and the magic of music flowed through them. The crowds responded with much grati- tude and praise. HSMF has keen fans who are observant and appreciative. They eager- ly jumped up and down, and they were often moved to raise their hands worshipfully into the air. When saxophone great Karl Denson stepped in with Widespread Panic on the Grandstand Friday night and laid down a gut-wrenching solo, it reminded regulars of Denson's epic Sunday night closing perfor- mance in 2005. When the Black Crowes headlined Satur- day, favorite old songs stirred memories of the early 1990s and then morphed into bril- liant jams that brought everyone back into the moment. Chris Robinson's amazing voice and undeniable stage presence com- manded everyone's attention for two solid hours. The Avett Brothers' lyrics should be carved in stone. Carolyn Wonderland wields great power. Nathan Moore and Dan Bern are genius songwriters. Trampled by Turtles is going places. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are deliciously fun. The Slip earned an induction into the HSMF hall of fame. Once p.m. yielded to a.m., the magic'inten- sified. Sensual fire dancers seemed to appear from dreams, the muses descended upon the Vaudeville Tent, and parties came to life in various camps. Glowing fairies and wise elves wandered freely, and the late night shows revealed the next dimension. The days were also magical. Big hugs were exchanged as old friends reunited. Kind peo- ple with spray bottles and water guns kept the crowds cool. Children were taught sing- alongs in the kids' area. Strangers opened to each other. HSMF provided a special atmosphere ~ Pr~r,i~.,~'~ " f Jake Modena of Fair- field, whose family's favorite summer spot is Lake AI- manor, took a family vacation to Legoland and SeaWorld in Southern California. 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 smorrow@plumas where judgment was suspended and insecu- rities were released. There was more eye contact, more friendliness, more trust, more acceptance, more laughter and more love. As music and art inspired the masses, a collective creativity manifested itself throughout the festival. Performances were everywhere. Hula-hoops, poi balls, devil sticks, Frisbees, stilts, bubble guns and beautiful costumes all competed for atten- tion. With a new beer and wine tasting venue in the Tulsa Scott Pavilion, the Artist Playshops were moved into the roomier High Sierra Music Hall. Here, an average of five sets Friday through Sunday essentially brought back the fourth intimate stage, where people could get in out of the sun. The locals again brought their small-town friendliness to the festival, as hundreds of Quincyites and other Plumas County brethren integrated their special community spirit within the greater High Sierra collec- tive. As an organization, HSMF is impressive. Beneath the magic Was an orchestrated per- formance of stage managers, sound crews and artist liaisons, all working in sync, pro- ducing as many as nine shows on each of the three stages, all four days. In addition to the massive coordination to produce all the music, the whole infrastruc- ture of the festival was an amazing logistical feat that kept 10,000 people healthy and hap- py. The security teams, trash crews, box of- fice workers, food services and many others worked around the clock in collaborative harmony, providing the backbone for a bliss- ful festival experience. One could not help but ponder brains of the operation, those few special people who were in charge of the whole thing. What sort of evolved beings can dream up such an event and then pull it off with so much style? The music industry is especially tricky to- navigate, and it must take special powers to assemble so many talented groups, attract thousands of people, and administer the en- tire creation so it purrs like a well-oiled ma- chine. Of course, HSMF has been a 20-year pro- ject that has taken unimaginable amounts of effort and dedication. There have been many challenges to solve, but the festival has grown and evolved into its own entity, greater than any of its individual creators. And that was the lesson of this festival. The fourth and final day of the event fell on the Fourth of July, and the American flag was reflected in various forms, from face paint to bikini tops. As thousands of festival- goers celebrated the freedoms brought by In- dependence Day, the group consciousness became aware of something much more valuable: interdependence. Musicians need other musicians to form great bands. Bands need festivals to gather the fans. Festivals need fans to support the bands, and fans need bands to bring them to the festival. Everything is dependant on everything else, and it takes many parts to create the whole. When individuals realize the power of connectivity and interdepen- dence, anything is possible. And then the sky lit up. Fireworks! A spec- tacular grand finale of multicolored py- rotechnics illuminated the western sky late Sunday night, surprising us all. It was the perfect ending, and it evoked a vision of HSMF up there on stage, sweaty and smil- ing, taking a bow. Who's at fault in America? The Democrats; of course! : 4/ ..... ~;. . . " " ........ ..... i/}: ....._ 2 MY TURN M. KATE WEST Chester Editor Here we are at just past the midway point of 2010, and change still doesn't appear to be the name of the game. Not with jobs, not with the mortgage crisis, not with politics as usual. What does remain the same is Bush-bash- ing, albeit with a different twist. I find it in- teresting that the question now being raised is when "enough is enough" and, secondly, when do America's problems begin to rest in the lap of the current administration? The last go-round I chanced upon with this particular topic was in the July 6 CNN Blog, "The Cafferty File," where columnist Jack Cafferty not only pointed out President Obama has been in office for more than 18 months, but also stated that Democrats did, in fact, hold full control of Congress the last 24 months President Bush was in office. Let's do the math ... that would be 36 months, a full three years of democratic de- cision making and, of course, spending. Here we go with the "wow" word again... Wow! Three years later and the Democratic Party as a whole still claims someone else is at fault for this country's economic and oth- er woes? It becomes all the more amazing when one understands that no president has the power to spend money unless Congress says, OK. Another thing I find absolutely incredible Of course, if they don't, that is just that about the thought processes of this group of much less expendable income for mort- politicians is how they differentiate about gages, food, clothing, utilities, all money when it's OK to spend and when it's not. that ripples within a community and helps To date it has been reported that America to keep small businesses alive. is now bending under the load of a $1 trillion what I found most interesting in her re- deficit with no relief in sight either tomor- port were the final paragraphs in which she cow or even the next half-century, yet, it wrote, "The 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire in seems the Democrat-controlled Congress six months. President Obama had promised continues to find new and unfunded ways to to make them permanent for the majority of spend money each and every day, despite Americans. But the reality of the federal the legislated requirement to "pay as you budget's impending shortfalls is making go". that a hard promise to keep. Totally disheartening, the bottom line to "Indeed, some influential players in this, as with anybody's checkbook, is that Washington have signaled that it's no the black numbers turn to red and the plus longer a given that the tax cuts will be made signs to minus with each vote. permanent, at least not right away. If the government doesn't have the money "The most prominent Democrat to suggest to pay for programs it is instituting, who as much is House Majority Leader Steny does? Oh... right, that would the diminish- Hoyer, D-MD. In a speech last month, Hoyer ing middle class, said point-blank that lawmakers couldn't ig- Why diminishing? The answer is simple, nore the budget consequences of extending Just try guessing how much money can be the cuts." taken from the pockets of America's work- Yet those same lawmakers are not talking ing class before they too fall below the na- about the consequences that may fail on the tional poverty level, shoulders of the working class as a result of When that happens, what does America Congress re-spending the re-paid TARP dol- have left? The very poor, the very rich and lars without the legal authority to do so or the Democrat-controlled Congress that about playing the partisan game of titling special class of Americans who lacks for bills as emergent so they become exempt nothing with Cadillac health plans, top So- from the PAYGO rule requiring the use of cial Security retirement benefits, cushy of- existing funds to back program expenditure. rices and wages, government paid travel and Talk about using the system. I have to ask, no term limits, is it all about playing Monopoly to them? Going back to when Congress chooses to Win at all costs and spend all the funny spend or not spend, not a day goes by that money you can accumulate on your side of you don't have examples of such illogical the board? thought processes thrown up in your face. With all the smoke and mirrors and back- Again on CNN, this time July 7, and con- door politics it all seems so d~j& vu ... Just tained within a story by se- shift the geography away from New York nior writer Jeanne Sahadi was news cover- City and it's like traveling back in history age on whether or not the tax cuts to the for a replay of Boss Tweed and Tammany middle class would continue. Hall.