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lOB Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL and OPINION EDITORIAL Flags were flying half staff last week across the state in remembrance of State Senator Dave Cox, who died Tuesday, July 13. Typically, when one hears the word senator, thoughts head in the direction of politician and that equates with special interest groups and a self-serving agenda• Senator Cox was by profession a politician, but our experience with him for the past five years was amicable and respectable. Cox meant what he sai l and worked hard to make sure Sacramento did not forget northeastern California, especially Lassen and Plumas counties. He always had an ear to the ground in Lassen and Plumas, holding town hall meet- ings or other forums to hear from local people instead of allowing pundits to work as surro- gates for the will of the public. Susanville Mayor Lino Callegari said Cox may have been a member of the Republican Party, but "he had the right answers for the right subject and could make members of both parties see what was best for the people." That is high praise for a man serving in Sacramento since 1998, first as an assembly- man then as state senator• Cox believed in limiting the scope of govern- ment and keeping power in the hands of the people but he also supported sensible regula- tions like requiring children to wear helmets on the ski slopes until age 18 and temporarily impounding the cars of suspects of repeat DUI offenses. Most of all, Cox never fell in love with cen- tralized power in Sacramento and was con- stantly fighting for local governments with bills like the one he authored in 2007, requir- ing the state to pay back prosecution costs in- curred on its behalf by local counties within 60 days of receiving a request• As we mourn with his wife of 44 years, Mag- gie, who always traveled with the senator and his daughters, several thoughts come to mind about the senator and the job he did for Lassen and Plumas counties. In recognition of his long-standing record of supporting law enforcement and public safety, the California State Sheriffs' Association named Cox, who represents 12 northern Cali- fornia counties, "Outstanding Senator for 2008." Considering Lassen and Plumas coun- ties are home to many peace officers, we saw this recognition as something to celebrate when Cox received the award, and worthy of mention again at the time of his death. He was a friend to Lassen and Plumas coun- ties. He was the hardest working senator in Sacramento, and he didn't let cancer keep him from doing the job he was elected to do. It may be an overused saying, but it looks like whoever takes Senator Dave Cox's place has some big shoes to fill. Our condolences and prayers go out to the senator's wife, children, family, friends, staff and constituents. Senator, you will be missed! Cox was the current state senator for Cali- fornia District 1 serving Lassen, Plumas, Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, E1 Dorado, Placer, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Sacramento and Sierra counties. Fea g [ go to plumasnews.com 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 Kayleen 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 Ultimate disc: more than just throwing the Frisbee I hadn't played since high school, back when I knew how to throw a disc, or Frisbee as they're unfortunately more commonly known. I have found accurately propelling one of those things for more than 10 yards isn't a skill that's quite as easy to recap- ture as the proverbial riding of a bike. MY TURN This had been my excuse for not play- .............................................................................................................................................. ing for the previous month or so. JOSHUA SEBOLD It would be an understatement to say I Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com was never that good at the whole "throwing" part of the disc experience After hearing about it off and on for a to begin with, which most people would few months from a couple of friends, I f- assume makes playing a game that fo- cuses on a disk being thrown around a nally showed up to one of the pick-up less than rewarding experience. games of Ultimate Disc that occur every Surprisingly, last Wednesday I found Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Feather River that supposedly common sense assess- College across from the tennis courts. -ment to be completely untrue. Tim and Karen Rhodes of Quincy recently visited the Field Museum in Chicago, II1., where they stood in front of "Sue," the most complete T-Rex in the world. During the Rhodes' trip to Chicago, Tim was honored with a Wall of Fame award from Kraft Foods, recognizing him as one the top one percent of salespeople in the na- tion. 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 smor- row@plumasnews.com Also different from my expectations and childhood memories of playing Ulti- mate was the level of strategy and orga- nization. As a kid I remember running around in circles, with defense and offense not being very different, and trying to throw the disc as far as I could whenever I got it. In the game I played on Wednesday, there was a distinct difference in strategy between people on offense and defense. Players on offense bunched together and then fanned out, creating separa- tion between them and the defenders in ways that made it easier for the person with the disc to know when to make a throw. Instead of having everyone go long all the time, most people on offense moved back towards the person with the disc on the majority of their cuts, so they are between the thrower and the defender. That seemed to have a dual function of protecting possession for their team and lulling the defenders into relaxation be- fore someone makes a break for the goal line. Players also would help out a less tal- ented thrower or a capable one facing a tough defense by giving an option to make a short throw backwards. If someone throws 10 yards forwards to me and I throw it two yards back- wards to someone more capable, some- one like me can be useful without hav- ing to take the risk of making a bad throw downfield and causing a turnover. On defense, players agreed on who they would cover before a series began and also agreed where they would try tO funnel the offense. That involves the player covering a thrower blocking off one side of the feld while the other defenders shade their coverage to the opposite side of the field. The combination of these two actions hopefully force the offense into a corner where they have a shorter angle they can throw into. It was interesting to find a sport that most people probably associate with throwing a disc, actually rewarded run- ning and team strategy as much as be- ing able to flick your wrist with ffmesse. This isn't an argument to throw away your football, basketbal, or soccer gear. I don't plan to myself, but if you find yourself wishing there were more op- portunities to play team sports with a laid back and athletic crowd, you should show up some Wednesday. Most of all don't let a sense of less than graceful disc skills stop you from giving it a try. If you like to run, your team will find a way to keep you in- volved. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 80 YEARS AGO... 1930 will keep his office at the Quincy court- house open Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the accommodation of those desir- ing to register to vote in the upcoming Au- gust election• 30 YEARS AGO,,, 1980 served as chief clerk of the United States Chief Justice Earl Warren. Peter Hentschel, Quincy attorney was elected to serve as chairman of the Feather River Advisory Board this week with David Adrian, also a Quincy attorney, serving as vice president. Advertisement: Tenth annual Chester Quincy attorney Garrett Olney this week Rodeo to be held Sunday, July 27. Bronc announced the opening of his Office of the .. v ,,Do ,, .... riding, bull riding, steer roping, trick rid- general practice of law effective August 1, °r"" h"und Bus Lin^s "ch"duled to dis in Th ~ ~x u ~ , ~ • g. e Pendleton Round-up Band special- He is relocating to Meadow Valley from .......... rvi"^ *hr^" "h Plumas "ount ~UIILIII~ ~ ~ t UU~ ~ ~, ly engaged for this show, the only original Alameda where he was deputy District At- ....... a. .... .... a.m ...... cowboy band Admmsmn to rodeo $1 25 ..... s ........................ ...... • " " : • • torney for Alameda County for the last ....... Tom lxeno m urovme Plumas County Clerk Wilham F Werner • " • four years. His late father, Warren Olney, ' " • 'll bdo2s h se respons b hty" "" are they? 1421 8 : 142 0 was sickening. ' happened. I walked by the place again recently, He threw his paint rag over the pile and there were a couple small piles, and and quickly ushered my husband into the paper signs needed refreshing, but I'm the courtyard and carefully hosed off sure there will be a renewed effort once his shoes, even though he'd have to live the heat of summer dissipates a little, with the smell in there for a day or so -- Otherwise, the streets and sidewalks yuk! of Greenville were just starting to look I, for one, am sincerely grateful to the MY TURN all clean and cared for again the week businesspeople of Greenville who al- .................................................................................................. before Gold Digger Days, when the un- ready have enough of a load on their ALICIA KNADLER thinkable happened, shoulders, yet they make that extra ef- Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com My husband and I ended a busy weekfort to clean up the messes of irrespon- by going out to breakfast at Anna's sible dog owners. Caf . While I was standing in line at the I love my dogs, and I know those ca- Have you ever wondered what you register, my Joe decided to head for the nine prowlers are just doing what's in can do about problems with neighbor- car. their nature. I'm just surprised the poor hood dogs that constantly run amok? The window displays at the new of-dogs haven't been hit in the road or I know that Greenville businesspeo- rices next door attracted his attention, caught chasing cattle• ple have tried to handle the situation• and that is when he stepped in it -- a Their owners should think about the Dogs were turning the area into a toi- huge pile his failing eyes never saw responsibilities they are forcing others let, a landscape full of landmine-like right there in the middle of the side- to take on their behalf. I ran over such a piles of poop, especially around the walk. dog once, and another time, even community Christmas tree planted by The dog who left that loose and though it was a struggle to keep my kids Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce spreading pile must have been veryfed, I adopted a stray that was hit in the volunteers, sick, and its owners weren't considerate road in front of my house. I mean what It wasn't the dog owners who stepped of others in the least, can a mama do when her babies are cry- up to take responsibility then either, it One would think they would step into ing over it? was the business owner who finally the caf and ask for help, maybe some pa- Thank goodness the local veterinari- sent employees out there every day to per towels or something they could clean an at the time took pity and charged a clean up, post signs• and chase off dogs• up the mess with• But no, they didn't nominal fee for its hospital care• The initial clean-up took days, and bother. Those are horrific scenes I'll never I felt sorry for the woman who I saw Thank goodness the neighboring forget for the rest of my life. I feel bad out there filling up the wheelbarrow building owner, Eric Carlson arrived for those unable to meet their responsi- over and over again -- the stench at that moment and saw what had bilities - and that's a doggone shame.