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8B Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL our comml i care n times C rsity Spaghetti feeds. Tri-tip barbecues. Silent auctions. It sometimes seems that the chief form of entertainment in Plumas County is fundraising. From the schools to the hospitals, and the service clubs to the chambers of commerce, virtually every weekend offers at least one opportunity for entertainment with a charitable contribution. But often, the fundraising springs because of personal trauma or tragedy. Friends and community members rally around individuals and their families who are facing a debilitating illness, injury or other life circumstance. That's when living here takes on a special dimension. There are a lot of good reasons to live in Plumas County -- the beauty, the access to nature, the lifestyle -- but the No. 1 reason has to be the people. To pull out a clich6 -- when the chips are down -- there is no place that we would rather be. We do not live in a wealthy county; most residents struggle to pay their own bills. But despite that fact, they are more than willing to reach into their own pockets over and over again to help someone who is in a worse circumstance. Living in Plumas County truly means that you never have to be alone. This weekend there is a barbecue for physical therapist Kory Felker. The young family man is recovering from a serious illness, which has severely hampered his ability to see patients. Friends are hosting a fundraising barbecue this Sunday to help him and his family. It's only fitting that the community come to the aid of a man who has helped so many others return their own lives to normalcy. In the Lake Almanor area, residents continue to raise money to help David Beavers, a Ferrellgas employee who was burned during a propane explosion in June. He, too, is facing a long recovery, and the community hosted fundraisers and opened bank accounts to offer assistance. One of the biggest fundraising events in recent memory was an entire weekend devoted to Steve Tolen, a father of six and well-known loc~,Paramed!c, who volunteered count! SS~ hours in his community. His 2010 cancer diagnosis and subsequent experimental treatments rallied the community for three days of activities that generated funds for him and his family. Whether someone is well-known or lives a more private life, help is always available. There is such comfort in living in a community that cares. And it doesn't have to be a life-threatening illness or injury. Neighbors help neighbors when the snow falls, when the power goes out or when fire threatens. Living in a rural environment isn't easy, and it takes coming together as a community to make it possible. Sometimes, it also means attending a tri-tip barbecue on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board, which consists of the publisher, the managing editor and the appropriate staff writer or writers, and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. Feat Pfibli wspaper ,y;' For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald .......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................. Copy Editor , Staff Writers: Laura Beaton Carolyn Shipp Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Far'ris Susan Cort Johnson Debra Moore Maddie Musante M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Printed on recycled paper Member, California Newspaper Publishers Assoc. Saying goodbye to the paper is bittersweet It's been a little more than two years since I joined the staff of Feather Publishing and learned how to write in AP style. And now it's time for me to move on. I came to the newspaper business from the teaching world, and now I'm returning to that world to teach a class of fifth-graders. I'll definitely miss being a news reporter, but words and pictures alone do not a living make. It's an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with the care and education of children. The world is much more complicated and scary these days than when I was a kid. We never dreamed of having to lock down a school because of an active shooter. What makes an individual, a society, a MY TURN LAURA BEATON Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com culture or a country become an environment where innocent people are gunned down, kidnapped or otherwise harmed? Part of being a news reporter is trying to make sense of the things that This week's special days NOT JUST September 7 AN ORDINARY Today is Grandparent's Day. DAY 1921 -- The first Miss America pageant, ' COMPILED BY a two-day event, is held in Atlantic City, KERI TABORSKI New Jersey. Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of September 8 weekly notable special days and facts 1892 -- The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited. throughout the year. September 4 1888 -- George Eastman registers the trademark "Kodak" and received the U.S. patent for a camera that uses ron film. 1950 -- Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C., is the site of the first 500-mile NASCAR race. 1954-- The Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel. September 5 1882 -- The first United States Labor Day parade is held in New York City. 1975 -- Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme attempts the assassination of United States President Gerald Ford in Sacramento. 1930 -- 3M Corporation markets Scotch tape. 1966-- The first Star Trek series premiers on the NBC television network. 1971 -- The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (the Kennedy Center) opens in Washington, D.C. 1988 -- Yellowstone National park is closed for the fncst time since opening in 1872 due to ongoing forest fires. September 9 1791 -- Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, is named after President George Washington. September 6 1991 -- The name St. Petersberg is restored to Russia's second largest city, which had been renamed Leningrad in 1924. 1997 --The funeral of Diana, Princess of 'Wales, was held in London where over one million people lined the city streets and 2.5 billion people around the world watch on television. 1880-- California (The Golden State) is admitted as the 31st U.S. state. 1926-- NBC, the National Broadcasting Company (the peacock television network), is formed. 1956 -- Elvis Presley appears on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. happen in our lives. I'm glad that my entry into journalism was in a small town in a sparsely populated county that remains mostly exempt from the horrors that people in bigger cities and less-developed countries face. I say that even though my first big -assignment was to cover the officer shooting at the Evergreen trailer park more than two years ago. In that incident, a man high on drugs and armed with weapons threatened others and refused to step down when approached by sheriff's deputies. I arrived in the aftermath of the man's death, before the yellow crime scene tape was even strung, and I started asking questions and taking pictures in places I didn't know I shouldn't have been in. I ended up with photos of the fallen man as he was being covered with a yellow blanket, then the blazing inferno that erupted 20 minutes later from the man's trailer. That rush of adrenaline was the biggest one I've had in my news reporter career, but there has been plenty of other action to pique my interest. I covered car wrecks, fires, dead bodies, angry citizens' complaints, controversial environmental and political issues and other difficult topics. I've sat through more board meetings than I can shake a stick at -- some of them mundane, others fascinating, many emotionally charged with heartfelt testimonials by concerned county residents. But mostly I remember the wonderful stories, the heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking tales of humans triumphing over hardship. I have loved being able to take photos and write stories about the beautiful world of nature surrounding us here in Plnmas. I've learned a lot about the history and geology of the area, not to mention the geography. I have come to know many people across the county as I've followed a story -- people. from all walks of life and socioeconomic status. First among the many groups of folks I've appreciated getting to know are the very talented people here at Feather Publishing. You may not know it, but it takes an army of workers, in a wide array of capacities, to put out a newspaper that ends up on your kitchen table for just 50 cents. I've always been a newspaper reader and will continue to be. To me print media is far better than staring at a computer screen and the reality TVthat t]i~tternet seems ' to have become. ' ~'~ So farewell readers. I've enjoyed writing for you and have appreciated your feedback. Thanks for your support and keep on reading! rx_~lvmwmt:Kr~ .~ ~ ....~,,~, ' WHEN our archives for the year 1964 (July ............................................................................................... through December) is missing and those historical items are not available to KERI TABORSKI include in this Remember When column. Historian attending the five-day fair. More than 50 people were employed at the fair office during the fair with about half of that employed year long. 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Asbestos removal in all Plumas County 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 A new American flag was ordered this schools is right on target, having ffmished Plumas Eureka Volunteer Fire week by Plumas County for display at the its third project at Portola Elementary Department has taken delivery of a new Plumas County Courthouse when the School and work is currently in progress fire truck to replace the department's ragged condition of the old flag was 1975 fire engine. The newly acquired brought to the attention of the Board of at Portola High School. Chester, Greenville and Quincy schools are 1988 fire engine was dispatched at the Supervisors. completed. Sept. 11 World Trade Center Ground 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 Plumas County fair attendance was up Zero. The truck from Connecticut cost The last half of our bound volumes in 12 per cent this year with a total of 75,938 the district $38,000. State of Jefferson meeting draws full house in Graeagle The fwehouse meeting hall in Graeagle was packed Sunday, Aug. 24, in response to an educational meeting hosted by the State of Jefferson Declaration Committee. In a two-hour presentation three different speakers outlined the reasons that a separation from California should be made; the benefits such a move would bring to the northern counties of the state; and the feasibility of economically supporting such a state. John Kidwell, the Plumas County representative for the state of Jefferson, made a brief introduction and presented Terry Rapoza, who would be the master of ceremonies for the meeting. Rapoza opened with a discussion of the one-sided representation that major urban areas enjoy compared to the lack thereof for the rural north. Prior to 1964 there was one state senator per county in California -- post 1964 state senators are allocated based on population. We have one state senator covering multiple counties in the north, while L.A. County alone has 11 senators and 24 assembly members. It is this lack of representation that has given way to laws being passed by southern California lawmakers that do not have any bearing on our needs and lifestyle in the north. And, in fact, many laws coming out of Sacramento violate the state Constitution. This is not surprising when the state passes eight laws a day, many of which make criminals out of honest citizens. Rapoza then introduced Robert Smith, a young man with young children who is very concerned about the standard of living his children will enjoy. Smith, a well-spoken man, joined Rapoza in concern of our lack of effective representation. He also cited out-of-control spending, inflated salaries and benefits for state lawmakers, and the numbers game that California plays with a :?d~i ~""~"'. '~ ::'!! MY TURN WILL FARRIS Staff Writer balanced budget. We are the highest-taxed citizens in the U.S.A. and it's about to get worse. A pending tax bill would raise costs at the pump from 16 to 76 cents per gallon. Another bill (Senate Bill 1077) would shift taxes from the pump to annual mileage driven. The state takes a share of federal grant money from the feds right offthe top (14 to 40 percent). Each law passed by the state requires funding. California lawmakers pass laws mainly to make a name for themselves, which results in funding for the new laws and the state can never catch up with the deficit. The answer to this conundrum is, of course, new taxes. Mark Baird, who is currently writing the constitution for the state of Jefferson, wrapped up the meeting. Baird discussed the reality of separation from California. This is by no means a new precedent. Both Kentucky and West Virginia separated from Virginia and Vermont from New York. The way it works is that the new state retains all infrastructure within its boundaries and assumes a percentage of the debt from the original state based on population. The proposed state of Jefferson, based on the formula above, would inherit 3 percent of California's total debt as things sit today. Should California continue on its downward slide and the actual separation is delayed that liability would be dramatically' increased in dollar amounts. "Liberty or death," says Patrick Henry, and Baird used this speech to highlight the : plight that Northern Californians find themselves in today. Baird cited some very. simple examples of liberty and the lack thereof: In order to legally fish in the state one needs to purchase a very expensive license that more resembles a volume of an encyclopedia than a fishing license. He also cited property and water right issues and referenced the legal term "beneficial use." This term goes beyond mere property ownership and includes access to light and air over the land and access to it. The use of our property has been violated, not by adjoining landowners but by the state of California in the form of the fire prevention tax, mandatory fire inspections, mandatory septic tank management and whatever else the state decides in the future. In the question phase of the meeting, Baird was asked about the initiative that will be on the 2015 ballot -- dividing California into six states. Venture capitalist Timothy Draper managed to get the required number of signatures on this initiative to get it on the ballot. Baird stated that he had met with Draper, who admitted that he had made a mistake; the proposal is unconstitutional as it is written and once submitted cannot be changed. Strong movements to separate Northern California from the mother state are not new. One such effort was abandoned with the advent of the Civil War and another in the 1940s was put aside when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1942. The case for legal representation also has a precedent back in the 18th century when a bunch of activists vandalized a shipload of tea in Boston Harbor.