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8B Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter D ITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL How a write-in vote comes into play One might think that there is always a choice for an elected position. That if one doesn't like the options on the ballot, a voter could simply write in the name of a person that they would like to see serve in the position. And that is possible, but only if the race is on the ballot. But even if a race is on the ballot, a write-in candidate -- even if he or she were to win the majority of the votes -- wouldn't be elected unless the required election paperwork had been submitted. So those who would like to see an alternate : candidate for Trustee Area 1 on the Feather River College Board for example, are out of luck. Trustee Area 1 represents the eastern end of Plumas County. Graeagle resident Dr. James Meyers had been serving in that position and initially filed to retain his seat. Lake Davis resident Trent Saxton also filed his nomination papers. When Meyers later withdrew his papers, that left Saxton as the only candidate. When no one else came forward, Saxton was awarded the seat and will take his position on the board at its December meeting. Though some have mentioned the possibility of a write-in alternative, that is not an option. The Feather River College Trustee seat that will be on the ballot is that of Trustee Area 4 representing Indian Valley. And this race should be of interest to all Plumas County voters -- not just those in Indian Valley -- as the seat is elected at:large in the county. In this race Margaret Garcia is challenging incumbent Guy McNett. This is an example of a situation where an interested person could become a qualified write-in candidate. In upcoming issues of this newspaper, we will be prof' mg the candidates who are running for office.'.SU'C YC0verage has become more challenging for newspapers -- particularly in all mail ballot scenarios -- since registered voters can cast their ballots over a month-long period. Expect to see photos of the.individuals, briefbios, their reasons for seeking office, and answers to questions geared to their particular offices in the following weeks. Additionally, the League of Women Voters has announced several forums to introduce candidates to their constituents. Thus far, the candidates for Congressional District 1 will be featured Sept. 17 at the fire hall in Graeagle. A Seneca Health Care District forum is scheduled for Sept. 25 at the Chester Memorial Hall, and the Portola City Council hopefuls will meet Sept. 27 at the Portola Memorial Hall. All forums are set from 7p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Reminders of these opportunities will be published as these dates approach, as well as any other forums that might be scheduled. lishing paper 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 Will Farris Stacy Fisher Roni Java Kerry Johnson Susan Cort Johnson Victoria Metcalf Marl Erin Roth Gregg Scott Carolyn Shipp Meg Upton Sam Williams Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Indian Valley Record (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Westwood PinePress (530) 257:5321 Printed on recycled paper Member, Califomia Newspaper Publishers Assoc. Putting broken toes into perspective The moment the pain pierced through my left foot, the next six weeks of my life flashed in front of me. Until that point, it had been a typical Saturday morning at the newspaper. I was writing the editorial in the quiet of the newsroom when the phone rang. Answering the newspaper's phone on the weekend is almost never a good idea. If it's abreaking news story, the individuals who need to reach me -- the sheriff, the DA, the Forest Service -- all have my ceil phone. But every once in a while, someone will call the newspaper with a news tip so I picked up the phone. Mistake number one. The person on the other end wanted a message relayed to our bookkeeper so I took the information and headed toward my coworker's desk. Mistake number two. As I was making my way to the front of the office, I was perusing my note to ensure that it was legible. Mistake number three. And because I wanted to get back to my writing, I was walking fast. Mistake number four. My sandal-ensconced foot was no match for the chair that it smacked. I hobbled home to t-md my broken'toe box. Yes, I actually have a box dedicated to broken toes. The first time it happened, I walked into a bathroom door jam, and looked down to see my left pinky toe at a 90-degree angle to the rest of my foot. My cries of horror brought my husband and oldest daughter running up the stairs, and they arrived just in time to see me reach down and MY TURN DEBRA MOORE Managing Editor push my pinky back into place. My husband refers to that as my "Rambo moment." We had been planning a trip to the movie theater, but instead headed to the ER. Despite diagnoses that involved potential surgery, I heeded the advice of a podiatrist and kept my baby toe bound to its buddy. He warned me that he had treated another woman with such a break and she didn't Iisten to him so he had to sew her toes together. I don't know ffhe was being flippant, but I did exactly what he said. That was 11 years ago and for the f]rst time in my life discovered what it was like to have a mobility issue. First I used crutches, then a cane. The latter not only helped me walk, it became my protector if someone came too close. I broke my toes again last summer after I ran my left foot (that pesky left foot again) into a cabinet in my parents' living room. In addition to retrieving my cane, I also went on the hunt for footwear. As a 5'2" woman married to a 6'8" man, heels dominate my wardrobe. I learned to embrace flats and prize comfort over style. This year I had edged slowly back into my platform sandals, but now they are banished again. Steel-toe boots have become a familiar refrain from friends and family. Two weeks ago I took my 4-year-old grandson to the park and was mistaken for his mom as I climbed the play structure and slid down the slides with him. No one would make that mistake now. Walking with a cane when you are relatively young is far different than when you get a little older. Back then, using a cane led grocery store clerks to personally escort me to my car, and for concerned members of the public to hold doors and inquire about my injury. Last week my coworkers came up with a number of interesting comparisons as to what I looked like, none of them being injured athlete. I'm not looking forward to the next several weeks of recovery, but my most recent debacle coincided with the death of Sen. John McCain. Lying on the sofa with my foot elevated, I watched the around-the-clock tributes made to the war hero. Over and over again I saw the images of him lying in a bed as a prisoner of war, and listened to a litany of the injuries and abuse he endured. I looked at my toes and it put it all in perspective. 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 Thank the community August 16 1 had some bad luck and my VW van caught fire and burned to the ground outside Quincy off 1-70. I was fortunate to pull into a local driveway and salvage a few items before it went up. Besides that I realized what a generous community is all about. There was an immediate response and a benefit to help replace some loss. This community has a big heart. All that aside, I would seriously like to thank the f]re department and forest service for their immediate response in putting out the t-]re and preventing an other disastrous wild f]re that seems to be all over California this season. Those folks are well trained and professional and if there was a doubt of their unselfish service it's past. They put their lives on the line everyday and many are volunteers. Firefighting is a true profession and for their efforts we should all be thankful. James Johnson Really? We Plumas County State of California citizens should feel lots safer now. That big time criminal high school girl paying for cans over at the old school and then taking them to Greenville was told she was breaking some state recycling law by paying for the cans and then getting paid at the recycling place. What bothers me more than some stupid law is that someone would even take the Republican, Goodwin J. Knight. Knight served until Jan. '59; the Gulling Street Overpass was construcfed, and most of Portola's streets were paved between '53 and '59. And I'll admit that it is unfortunate that the cost of street repairs has become prohibitive since then. It was during the administration of Edmund G. "Pat" Brown (D) backers and pro-commercial cannabis folks: If it is truly your compassion for patients that drives your support for Measure B and commercial cannabis activity, right now, under the moratorium, you can supply virtually all the medicine Plumas patients need. If it's not compassion that drives your support for time to enforce lit. ~ that the bulk of the Measure B and commercial , You are t?~-L~g about a nice construction was planne'd' and ca~fia6]~;:bilt profit, just ~":;f' young persSiP//~ere with some completed for the dams at : so and be honest. Stop hiding Frenchman, Antelope, Davis and Oroville. I feel this demonstrates that when people, and political parties, work together we can get things done. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Do the math Measure B backers and commercial cannabis proponents decry the county's Prop. 64-based moratorium that allows the cultivation of only six plants per residence as unfair to medical marijuana patients. They say the moratorium denies patients' access to their medicine. And they do so with the premise that up to six plants per residence is not enough. Let's do the math. One cannabis plant can produce approximately 500 grams of usable bud. According to a New York Times article from July 14, 2016, the average joint uses .43 grams or less. One plant can produce enough bud to Efll 1,163 joints. One thousand, one hundred and sixty-three joints divided by 365 days, equals three joints per day for a year. This is all from one plant. Now if you multiply this by the six plants allowed under the moratorium and per Prop. 64, one grower can produce 6,977 joints. This is enough pot to supply six people up to three joints per day for an entire year. I submit this to Measure B behind patients. Here's some truth: If Measure B passes and commercial cannabis activity becomes legal here, Plumas County could be transformed into a marijuana Mecca for growers and users. Vote no on Measure B. To learn more about why you should vote no, visit Kathy Felker Quincy School attendance As a Registered Nurse with a Master's degree in Nursing, I understand the problem of student absenteeism for every school within the district and it does translate into a loss of funding for the schools. Please remember it also has a financial impact on the family who must decide who stays home using a vacation day or loses pay to care for the sick student. Most daycare centers won't allow a child to return until.fever or symptom free for 24 - 48 hours. However it is also very important to keep sick children out of school so as to check the spread of any illness such as flu, pink eye or chicken pox. With our small student bodies, simple spread of illness from one student to another and another can quickly add up to many combined days of student absence. As noted in your recent article, an increase of See Letters, page 9B desire who was doing a nice thing for a community project and helping with the recycling in Quincy, which is a big joke anyway. Maybe the powers that be should go after those other young lowlifes that are out there sometimes selling lemonade or mowing lawns "unlawfully." (only kidding) John Kreth Quincy Blame game So, you wanna play the blame game? It was disconcerting to read the LTE last week indicating that Taylor Street in Portola is overdue to be repaved, and it is all the fault of the Democrats. Was Taylor Street in perfectly fine shape throughout the Schwarzenegger era (2003-2011)? But back when Gray Davis served as governor,'(1999-2003) that street was in terrible shape? Miraculously, through the administrations of George Deukmejian ('83-'91) and Pete Wilson ('91-'99) the street was just great? In the previous Jerry Brown era ('75-'83) it was all rocks and potholes; but when Ronald Reagan was governor ('67-'75) that street was smooth as silk. If you are due for a refresher course on California Governors, when the Republican, Earl Warren was chosen to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1953, he was replaced by another REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO 1918 Plumas Primary Election results: A total of 1532 registered Plumas voters voted including 816 Republicans, 488 Democrat and 228 other. Those elected were Sheriff Braden, Treasurer Kelsey, Tax Collector Mori, Assessor Pazour and Surveyor Watson. 50 YEARS AGO 1968 A count of 2,996 students will start the 1968-69 school year when the doors of all Plumas County schools will open Thursday. Bob Orange is the new Department of Fish and Game warden in Plumas County, replacing N.A. Randolph who took a post at the new Oroville Dam reservoir. 25 YEARS AGO 1993 A noted team of forsenic investigators have re-examined the grave site near Blairsden where the remains of two Reno children: Charles Chia, 8 and Jennifer Chia, 6, were found in July 1990. The children were abducted in October 1989 from their school bus stop in Reno. 10 YEARS AGO 2008 Some 1000 people danced to and enjoyed the music of Las Vegas group Tommy Rocker at the annual Cheeseburger Rock and Roll Concert as part of the three-day fundraiser held on the 40 acre meadow in Blairsden owned by Cheeseburger founders Laren Gartner and Edna Bayliff. The three day fundraiser benefits the Plumas High School Boosters, Plumas County Search and Rescue and Project Santa and included the concert, a golf tournament and a bbq. 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.