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2 'lOB Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter DITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL solution to It's time for the nearly three-month-old squabble between Republicans and Democrats in Sacramento over funding for the state's crumbling transportation infrastructure to finany end. In June, California Governor Jerry Brown called for a special session of the legislature to address the issue and create new revenue sources since funding for highways had been left out of the state budget. Later that month, Republicans in the Assembly released their own nine-point plan that provides funding through existing sources. According to the governor's website, the state maintains 50,000 lane-miles of highway and nearly 13,000 state-owned bridges. "While the repair, maintenance and efficient operation of the state's highway system are vital to the state's continued economic growth, current funding fails to adequately fund this necessary work," according to the website gov.ca.gov. "The state's current fuel excise tax is sufficient to fund only $2.3 billion of work -- leaving $5.7 billion in unfunded repairs each year," and so the governor proposes permanent and sustainable funding for the state's infrastructure. Ah, but the Assembly Republicans' nine-step plan provides more than $6 billion for the state's highways without any new taxes. It would use 40 percent of California's $1 billion cap-and-trade revenue for highways; restoring the $1 billion in vehicle weight fees that was diverted to other uses during the budget process; investing half ($200 million) of the governor's strategic growth fund to shovel-ready road projects; saving $500 million annually by eliminating redundancies at Caltrans; capturing $685 million from a 25-percent elimination of funding of long-term vacant state positions; committing $1 billion annually in the budget to fund transportation; obtaining relief from abuses of the California Environmental Quality Act to reduce lawsuits and red tape; fostering public-private partnerships and getting the politics out of transportation projects. We all recognize the importance of the state's transportation infrastructure. That's not what this long-winded debate is about. It's about an out-of-control legislature forcing already overtaxed citizens to pay additional billions in new taxes to pay for repairs, maintenance and new construction the taxpayers have already funded-- funding earmarked for exactly this purpose that was diverted to other uses or never even considered for the state's crumbling highway system: : .... E 6 i tiii fiBfiglY[ dtffdriiians already ...... .... =;: more ta:xhs :f_han we should, and onlyNew York beats the Golden State in the tax burden it imposes upon its citizens. Each resident in California pays an average of $9,509 in state and local taxes, beating the national average by a whopping 36 percent. By contrast, Nevada residents pay an average of only $3,370 -- the third lowest state tax rate in the nation. The state government's money doesn't grow on trees. It's collected from the state's hardworking residents and business owners. It's time for the state legislature to learn to live within its means -- a lesson learned every day by every family and business in the state -- and stop heaping new tax burdens on us because it can't figure out how to govern. Sacramento -- take your hands off our pocketbook. 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. Feath 1shrug spaper 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 Nick Hall .................... Copy Editor Staff writers: Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Stacy Fisher Susan Cort Johnson Susan Jacobson Greg Knight 'Debra Moore Josh McEachern Ann Powers Sam Williams 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. One image can change the way we think I had to avert my eyes from the image that I saw on the Yahoo home page -- a tiny boy laying on a sandy beach, his head in the surf. Later, I saw photos of a policeman carrying his lifeless body, but they were somehow better because he was being held in someone's protective arms. For weeks news outlets have been posting videos and still images of the thousands and thousands of people trying to escape Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and other countries, searching for a better life in Europe. But that one haunting image of the 3-year-old Syrian boy lying on the beach seems to have turned the tide of public opinion. MY TURN DEBRA MOORE Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Within hours of it being posted, 10,000 citizens of Iceland pledged to accept refugees into their homes, a much larger This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. of Sept. 9 1791 Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, is named after Preside nt GeorgeWashington. 1880 -- California (The Golden State) is admitted into the Union as the 31st U.S. state. The of Fmial state flower is the poppy; the official state tree is the redwood; and the official state bird is the quail. 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. 1990 -- The film "Ghost" remains the #1 box office hit. 2001 -- The 9/11 attacks on America occur. Sept. 12 Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day. The most popular milkshake in the U.S. is chocolate at 31 percent, It is followed by vanilla at 10 percent, strawberry at 13 percent and Oreo cookie at 7 percent. 1953 -- U.S. Senator, and future President, John F. Kennedy marries Jacqueline Bouvier at St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island. 1959 --The premier of the television series "Bonanza" debuts. It is the first regularly scheduled television program airing in color. The show runs until Jan. 16, 1973. 2005 -- Hong Kong Disneyland opens. 2011 -- The 9/11 Memorial Museum opens to the public at the World Trade Center site in New York City, New York. Sept. 13 Today is National Grandparents Day, celebrated yearly since 1978. 1855 -- The LaPorte post office is established (originally established as Rabbit Creek post office). Sept. 11 1941 -- Ground is broken for the construction of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. !972 -- The ancisco:t y a :4 Rapid Transit System (BART) opens for passenger service. Sept. 14 Rosh Hashanah (The observed. Jewish New Year) is 1969-- This date is the first draft lottery !.,date drawml the U* ,Selective Service onDecember 1, 1969, for men of draft age to be sent to serve in the Vietnam War. number than the government's original commitment for 60. I certainly understand how the vast influx of men, women and children -- mostly bearing nothing but the clothes they are wearing -- is overwhelming European countries. But it's difficult to watchthese refugees weep as they reach safety after enduring arduous, perilous journeys only to face more heartache as they try to make a new home for their families. I can't erase the image of that little boy. Just as I can't erase the mental picture I have of the toddler'who was killed by a local man. Often at the newspaper we are privy to far more details than we report and when managing editor Dan McDonald shared some, I told him to stop; I didn't want those images in my head. But still, what he told me lingers, and I imagine the terror that young boy experienced. Perhaps these situations are all the more poignant now because I have a 17-month-old grandson, and I had no idea of the depth of love that I would feel for that little man and the lengths I would go ' to protect him. I can't imagine what life is like for the mothers and grandmothers who are fleeing a life so horrific they must risk their children's lives to escape. It's not right. These families, these children, should not have to endure what they are experiencing. I spent yesterday afternoon taking care of my grandson. We drove trucks and read books in his toy-filled playroom and then spent a couple of hours exploring the paths around his house, throwing rocks and picking up sticks. That's how I envision a childhood. But it's such a stark, dramatic contrast to the boy on the beach or the children who have survived the journey out of terror, but whose days are filled with hunger, cold and waiting. I don't know the answer. I know there has always been unbelievable human suffering, but we didn't see it as vividly or with the immediacy that we do now. ff my husband is reading this, he is probably thinking, "Oh no, she is going to want to bring them all here." And he would be right. The mother in me wants to love and care for and protect those children, and relieve their parents of such suffering. I can't, but there must be something that I can do and I will find it. i"*in t e ttie time I ttl, hOld my little man, tight pray for the little boy on the beach. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ..... 1915 The Plumas National-Bulletin newspaper here in Plumas County is in receipt of an anonymous letter discussing recent unsavory events at the county hospital. It is unreasonable for any person to expect that such communications will be published by this newspaper when the writer is unwilling even to make his identity known to the editor. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1965 Dedication of the new Antelope Lake Recreation area will be held Sunday. The new facility includes 156 family campsites with parking, picnic tables, stoves, piped water, sanitary facilities and a boat launch ramp with paved parking for 45 boat trailers and cars. Antelope Dam and the 15mile access road around the 890 acre manmade lake was constructed by the California State Department of Water Resources and is accessed through Taylorsville and Genesee on Indian Creek Road. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1990 Lyle Persch, director of Plumas County Senior Services has resigned after holding that position for 11 years. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2005 Retiring Plumas County Building Director John McMorrow was presented a commemorative plaque made of marble from the Plumas County courthouse this week. 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 gramrnar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper. Everyone needs new adventures and challenges When I was in'st informed that it was my life is all about. time to submit a piece for My Turn, the Nine plus years there and again change adrenaline started flowing, was in order. This one was due to "budget Wait a minute, I've been here less than a cuts," I'm told. week and I'm supposed to write an opinion During this concurrent tenure in piece? Chester, and surrounding area, I've tried First reactions can often miss the mark --. to use my free time toward my passion for if you don't have all the information, helping kids. It was then explained to me that my first MY TURN American Legion Boys State, youth one should simply be a personal soccer, Little .League, Boy Scouts, reading introduction. GREGG SCOTT Staff Writer in kindergarten and spending time with Then came a sigh of relief followed by gscott@plumasnews.com my wife and children represent the joyous the thought, "Ah! That's much better." times of my life. I probably don't need much of an Now it's time to take on this new introduction t6 a number of folks in The following February, my wife Leslie challenge. Plumas, Lassen and even Sierra counties, and two children, Michelle and Tyler, I'm one of those old-school types so I've I've been around most of the moved to ChesteF to join me. been reading the local newspapers for as communities, in one capacity or another, Two years later, my youngest daughter long as I've been here. for quite afew years. Allison was born right here in Chester. I feel like I have a little insight into the For those who I haven't had the pleasure "Why Chester?" ask many of my friends, general philosophy and purpose of Feather of meeting, here's a little background. Well, I can explain. Chester was thePublishing. I was raised in the town of Mt. Shasta closest thing to what Mt. Shasta was like In my short time here I have not been before Interstate 5 was constructed, when I grew up there and it's at least an disappointed. Everyone has been I mention that only because a trip to a hour away from the nearest "big city." extremely kind and very helpful. That's so "city" was just over an hour travel time. Fast forward to 2001 and it's time for important to a guy like me who has little Right after graduating from Mt. Shasta another change, to no journalistic background. High School, I volunteered and was Now don't be confused. Change comes in As I venture out in this new territory, I inducted into the U.S. Army. all different sizes and ways. look forward to meeting a lot of new people Just over two years later, I returned to I had no desire to move my family; we with interesting stories and information. the "States" and decided I'd better get an loved living in Chester. For better or worse, these new education. It was back to school, this time at adventures and challenges are what make College of the Siskiyous in Weed was my Feather River College with an agenda for us who we are. first stop to study Business and Forestry. 37 units in two semesters. My grandfather had a saying that On to Sacramento State College, and Administration of Justice was the always stuck in my mind. "Never judge a then a job asa construction estimator major, which lead to a three-year stint person by his situation. Only judge him by which kept me in Sacramento for 17 years, with Plumas County Probation and then how he deals with that situation." Then it was time for a change in two over the hill; Fredonyer, that is. As a kid, I always thought it was a respects. In Jan. 2005, I became the Juvenile longwinded way of explaining why you First, I felt an urgent need to get my Programs Coordinator for the Lassen should never quit. teenage daughter out of the sub-standard Superior Court. I have slowly come to the realization school she was being bussed to. This was probably the most rewardingthat what it really means is, "Don't ever Second, I really wanted to raise my kids job I have had to date. quit trying to make yourself and your life in a town like I grew up in, so in the spring Working with young people in order to better." of 1991, I went to work for Roseburg give them more opportunities for a My new challenge? I want to get better at Resources Company as a timber marker, brighter future is my def'mition of what this new adventure every day. I } ! t