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8B Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001 i!u i it e Ever since the unconscionable terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, area business owners and other residents have been asking, "What can I do to help the victims and support the res- cue effort?" The first suggestion was to give blood. Short of a trip to Reno, Redding or Chico, however, this was not possible. After a short time, even the blood banks in those metro- politan areas were requesting that people not travel from outlying areas; they already had.more blood than they needed. Another suggestion was to display the American flag. Flags conceivable location. tant symbol, were not a way of giving tangible support. People were interest- soon appeared in every Flags, while an impor- ed in doing something constructive, in addi- tion to offering open displays of patriotism. A Plumas County businessman, Bill Rode, who owns the Gold Pan Motel in Quincy and the Sierra Motel in Portola, approached Feather Publishing's publisher, Mike Taborski. He had a challenge for business leaders and residents throughout the Plumas and Lessen county area. Rode had checks totaling $1,000 representing $10 for each room he'd rented since the disaster to be donated to the American Red Cross. His challenge was to other business own- ers in ttle area to make similar donations based on whatever formula made sense to them. Taborski, the publisher of two papers in Lassen County and four in Plumas County, agreed to donate $5 for each of his 97 employ- ees and to act as a central collection point for checks and money orders earmarked for the Red Cross. Additionally, each of Feather Publishing's six newspapers will lend a hand in publicizing the fund-raising effort. Donations are welcome from everyone, in- cluding business owners, residents, those visiting the area or anyone who simply reads about the fund-raising effort on this newspaper's Web site. In short, money is welcome from anyone who would like to help the Red Cross in its disaster relief ef- forts in New York City and the nation's capi- tal. Checks and money orders (no cash, please) can be dropped off at your local newspaper office in Lassen and Plumas counties or can be mailed directly to Feath- er Publishing, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 96971. This paper urges everyone to give blood when the opportunity arises and to display the flag, including those provided in last wbek's newspaper. We also urge everyone to help us show the area's support for the American Red Cross's efforts on behalf of the victims of the sense- less acts of Sept. 11 by donating whatever amount you think is appropriate. Before the job of flushing these terrorists out of their holes, getting them on the run and hunting them down is completed, citi. zens of this area will be called upon to do n ny things. Here's a chance to get off on the right foot by demonstrating the area's support for the selfless efforts of the Ameri- Fea ]]shing spaper Michael C. Taborski Publisher Keri B. Taborski Legal Advertising Department Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicia Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terri Daoust Portola Editor Marian Liddell Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Jenette Meneely News Proofreader, Kid's Page Editor Staff writers Dave Keller, Gall Brown, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams, Kelly Dachenhausen, Dale Defter, Melinda Visser, Barbara France Bulletin, Progressive, 0 / e The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., have rejuve- nated the news media's ability to supply accurate, timely and helpful information to the American public. I have argued for years now that the news industry and journalism in general have declined in recent years. Sensationalism had replaced the science of reporting. Consider that the national media believed that Bill Clinton's sexual li- aison with the Lewinsky girl was more important than the legal rami- fications of the president having committed perjury. Also consider that a California congressman's affair with an intern was the big news story of the day for more than a month prior to the ter- rorist attacks. When was the last time you recall Print RELLER any major news organization con- ducting any serious enterprise re- porting? If you're scratching your head, you're not alone. But the events of Sept. 11 may have dramatically changed how the news business covers things. It's possible that our newspapers, television networks and other sources of media will eventually re- turn to the style of reporting that prizes sex and manipulation more Photo courtesy of the Plumas County Museum Car seats made suitable cushions for enjoying a picnic with several members of the Boy Scouts. No other information is available about the people or the date. than public policy issues. It's going to be difficult to do ever, given that the country is on verge of using military force on eign soil. Serious news coverage that em- phasizes dignity and verified infor- mation will be the rule rather tha the exception for the national me- dia. That raises an intriguing issue--- one that I discussed during a last week at Feather River College Any military efforts undertaken by the United States will create peting interests. On one hand, you will have the U.S. government, which limit news media access to operations to lessen the amount of information that enemies can ob- tain from merely watching CNN. On the other hand, you have the First Amendment, which encour- ages access to, and the of, information about government activities. The U.S. seems to be on a course that will feature a conflict those competing interests. It is reasonable for the U.S. gov- ernment to be concerned about the news media possibly leaking com- promising information to the by exercising its First Amendment rights. The White House will argue that secrecy is essential to the military mounting a winning campaign. The media will argue that it is ca. pable of making responsibile deci- sions about what to report and how to report it without compromising national security. And it will argue that the country has a right to know, and not just a need to know, about the operations . .of its military. .:-, : It's a golden opportunity,for otW news organizations to do it the way. Let's hope they, in fact, do right. KERffAB(}RSN HISTORIAN 75 Years Ago ............. 1925 The new Greenville High School was dedi- cated with official ceremonies held Friday night. The new high school building is a wooden structure with all the latest im- provements of the modern high school, con- taining an ample study hall, a library and five classrooms. The approximate cost was $30,000 and is located on a pine grove site. County Clerk and the County Recorder 50 Years Ago ............. 1951 tions to one office and named Raynelle Advertisement: (from grocery store adver- en to that position. tisements) eggs 49 a dozen, fricasse hens 10 Years Ago ............. 1991 39 a pound, 25 pounds of flour $1.99, beef rib In a recent survey of second grade steak 69 a pound, Best Foods mayonnaise dents at Plumas County's 67 a quaart jar. schools, pizza was the first on the list An estimated 6,000 deer hunters were in sired hot lunch foods. Following the Plumas National Forest last Saturday were hamburgers, burritos and when deer hunting season opened, nuggets. The most detested foods 25 Years Ago ............. 1976 were spaghetti and beef and gravy. The televised debate between presidential candidates Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford NOTE: Items included in the will be aired tonight at the Feather River her When column are taken from our College gallery. The public is invited to the edition newspaper archives and represent televised viewing and to join the discussion writing style of that particular period. following, spelling and grammar are not edited, so The Plumas County Board of Supervisors copy is presented as it actually appeared passed a resolution this week combining the the original newspapers. Words from a photojournalist and mom about terrorist attacks STAFF WRITER When I heard the news of the terrorist at- tacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, I was just coming out of a deep sleep. My husband was sitting on the edge of the bed, gently shaking me and telling me about the terrible events. I first registered the fact that he was sit- ting on the bed and not waking me in his tra- ditional fashion, which is to open the door and say, "Good morning, good morning, good morning." As this stirred through my sleepy brain, I started to key into what Tom was saying, but I hadn't picked up on the fact that it was in New York and Washington, D.C., and not somewhere around Quincy. Still not focus- ing on the facts, I was just a little disappoint. ed that Tom wasn't telling me all this so I could leap out of bed and run and do my part in a local disaster. When I was at last fully awake enough to put all the sentences together, I did leap out of bed and join him in front of the television set. It was horrific. There really isn't anything that I can say to add to the thousands of comments that have already been made public as people across the United States and throughout the world have absorbed the impact of what the terrorist attacks have really meant. As I watched those first minutes, dreading the time when I had to leave the set behind and go to work, I was definitely there as a ing my free time at home, I watched sideline journalist, thing I could--still craving to know more. I wanted to be there. I wanted to be able to On Tuesday evening, our nine- photograph what was happening. At first watched the repeated footage of the our television pictures were from 10 blocks crashing into the WTC. We tried to away. I wanted to be closer, upon her that this wasn't a movie, it was If there had been a way possible, I would al life happening. have crawled inside the television set and Before we took Steph into our home, been there--camera in hand, of course,had a steady diet of cartoons, I cover many of the local incidents--auto- and violence. mobile wrecks, forest fires, house fires--I That ended in our home, but to her record the events so that others can see what was just another movie. happened, not just discuss what they've It took severaldays of talking to her heard from others who probably were what it all meant and that it was very nowhere near the scene. That's one of my before she started to understand. roles as a journalist. We allowed her to watch the news It's taken me years and years to gain the in those early days when most of skills I have for assessing an incident and was doing the same. We decided she taking the pictures that will tell the story. I to know what was happening. have learned a lot about moving in close, In talking with a child therapist, she hopefully without getting in the way of the she had been visiting students to talk emergency workers. Most of them know me their fears and concerns. and either welcome me or ignore me; el- problem was children would watch ther's fine, I just want to get my job done without interfering, peat footage of the planes flying into Several friends and associates and I have building and decide that many planes hitting either the WTC or other discussed what would have happened to me had I been given the opportunity to get clos- over and over again. er to the WTC. Steph didn't seem to have that concept, I By Tuesday afternoon, I thought I would she did have a number of odd stories have been killed--died as the buildings came picked up at school. crashing down. I think we did the right thing in But as I learned there were survivors, I re- her to watch the news in those first days, alized I might have had a chance. I wouldn't when she picked up a magazine showing have run right to the very blocks where the collection of photos from those who did buildings crumbled: I would have hung back getting closer to the disaster, I decided a couple blocks. Close enough, didn't need to see more. Am I brave enough to do something likeShe didn't need to see close-ups of the viC" that? Yes, I think so. And I don't say that tiros. She didn't need to read about the with a cocky attitude. Could I handle some- pie who joined hands and leaped to thel thing of that magnitude? Yes. In my own deaths. Somehow that all brought it way. ity she didn't need to be burdened with, I fought that feeling of wanting to be there, for me, I finally had the full story in hand- for several days. Glued to the television dur-