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lib Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001 Bulletin, Pro! The Feather River College football field and the crisp fall evening pro- vided the perfect backdrop for Quin- cy High School's homecoming game against Portola High School. Though the Trojans were victorious on the field, the actions of some students prior to the game deserved no ap- plause. It's no secret that there is a deep ri- valry between the two schools, often resulting in pranks over the years. This year, some Quincy High School students discussed "messing with the 'P,'" a common prank, but decid- ed against it because Willie Tate's initials are contained in the "P" and the students wished to express no disrespect to the popular teacher and coach who died. However, some students did go to the Portola High School campus the night before the game, and what they did was vandalism, not a harmless prank. The responsible students have been identified and the school and sheriff's department notified. The students will be held accountable for their,actions, which are an embar- ,,,,, ,, rassment to those associated with:' : QuincyHigih" 8 001. ' ' A cross-county rivalry is to be ex- pected, but what is not expected is any destruction of property, or any overt lack of sportsmanship. Almost as disturbing as the students* vandal- ism was the Portola fans' response to the halftime show at the homecom- ing game. Quincy High School's cheerleaders and dance squad, as well as Quincy's Pop Warner cheer- leaders, combined to pay tribute to America and her flag. Their routine featured patriotic songs and choreog- raphy showcasing the flag. During the routine and at its conclusion, there were cheers from the crowd-- at least from one side of the stadium. The Portola stands were silent. It's sad when fans can't put aside their rivalry, and acknowledge that which both sides have in common--a love for their country. There was a time when Richard M. Nixon was the United States' greatest embarrassment, a symbol of everything that was wrong with politicians. Here a man who waged one of the greatest political comebacks ever, ob- taining the most powerful office in the world after losing his first attempt at the White House and his only campaign to be California's governor. But, because he was paranoid and an- gry and probably psychotic as well, Nixon threw it all away, primarily be- cause he was unwilling to tell the truth, no matter what. Nixon's lunatic world is expertly laid out by author-historian Richard Rives' new book, "Richard Nixon: Alone in the White House." Nixon's fall from grace, which shouldn't have been all that shocking when you consider all the warning sig- nals, is a potent lesson in civics and hu- man nature. Watergate and Nixon's subsequent downfall also created a prism that changed the way we look at our elected officials. As a country, it made us dis- trustful: The esteem with which we held our leaders was replaced by suspi- KELLER cion. We started to wonder, and still ask, even today, "What does this guy really want? What is he really after? What's in it for him?" No one, in our minds, really wants to be a public servant, at least not unless there is some momentous reward in re- turn. That's the dark side to American ide- alism, which intuitively obliges us to cheer our champions in some fashion. We want to requite them---because it's the moral and fair thing to do--but we lose faith when they turn out to be washouts. Those misgivings resulted in the elec- tion to public office of bunglers such as Jimmy Carter, whose primary selling L I| __ -m i Marching bands wore once part of the meant music for local parades. Photo courtesy Plumas County Museum Plums County school system, which emembe , KERITABOR$|{t HISTORIAN 75 Years Ago ............. 1926 L.C. Remick this year raised a giant pump- kin weighing 53 pounds. The pumpkin, to- gether with a huge banana squash, also the product of the Remick garden near Quincy, may be seen in the window of J.C. Cloman Store of Quincy. Years Ago ............. 1951 One of the earliest snows of recent years covered most of the Plumas National Forest late yesterday, piling up as much as six inches at higher elevations. Advertisement: Cottenwood Club in Greenville, the brightest night spot in town. Real Italian dinners, steak, chicken seafood, all expertly prepared by our famous chef-- Cookie. 25 Years Ago ............. 1976 Movie props including two wrecked high- way patrol cars were the only remains of a film production crew shooting "The Last of the Cowboys" on and over the Rock Creek bridge in the Feather River Canyon. The crew was on location in Plumas County film- ing a movie starring Henry Fonda and Eileen Brennan. Most of the movie was point was that he would never American people, that he let them down. Of course, Carter never saidl tell us the truth, but people fmer point because they were to get over what President "The Long National Ni In the end, Carter, too, was a: using duplicity when he felt tional security was at stake. It's always something. That's because many of our think they are smarter than else and that their less of the actual consequenceS l ers, should not be examined When such scrutiny does leaders blame something else. Then, there's vorite excuse: "It's politics." No kidding. Of course, it's politics. Anyone who blames politics whiner. The idea of using the to define our leaders is Eme for] cians as long as they're cians. But, when the political used to scrutinize a politician's the politician grumbles, for his mistakes. For some reason, they possess colossal egos the aptitude to be genuine rants, many politicians capable of honesty. They fear losing it all, do not have an they achieved their success place. They forget that their been bestowed on them by electorate. Politicians think up blunders and breaches tharlt ly admit they committed Don't get me wrong. official is like that. There are, some really terrific public But, as history shows us, enough charlatans for raised: ...... Time and time again, painful lessons Nixon conferred on us, politicians can deceive the public. And, time and time again, been proven wrong. ffflmed in Oroville but one two cars going over the bridge Feather River. 10 Years Ago ............. 1991 For the second time in as Union Pacific Railroad train has tracks running through the canyon, located one mile 3 derailment. Last week a lost 11 of its 45 cars. The fre] automobiles, meats, ma phuric acid. NOTE." Items included in the her When. column are taken from edition newspaper archives and writing style of that particular spelling and grammar are not copy is presented as it actually the original newspapers. Fea g /m wspaper Michael C. Taborski Publisher Keri B. Taborski Legal Advertising Department Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicla 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 wrlters: Dave Keller, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams, Kelly Dachenhausen, Melinda Visser, Barbara France, Tom Frederick, Susan Cort Johnson TERRI[ Og i ] STAFF WRITER A couple of weeks ago, shortly after the terrorist attacks, I interviewed a man who had just received his citizen- ship. He was elated and proud of what he had accomplished in order to become an American citizen and wanted to tell his story to others in the community who were either considering or working to- ward their citizenship. Unfortunately, before the story could be published, he and his family started receiving threats, which were a back- lash of the terrorist attacks. It saddened me greatly to realize that there are some in our community who consider themselves superior to all oth- ers, who evidently are ignorant when it comes to knowing what America stands for, and who harbor such hate without just cause. Our new citizen isn't Arab, he isn't Is- lamic, and even if he were it would not justify any harassment or violence di- rected toward him as an individual. Like most everyone else, I'm appalled at what happened and belief the perpe- trators don't deserve to continue living, but I don't want to see our country take on another witch hunt. During World War II, the United States rounded up the Japanese living in America, even those who were Amer- ican citizens born in this country. They were herded into internment camps, which had a strong resemblance to concentration camps without the killing. There were guard towers with armed guards, and families were forced to live in Quonset huts, sometimes three to four families in one hut. Their land, money, and freedom were taken from them and they were forced to remain in the camps until the end of the war. Many of the families had sons who were in the American military, putting their lives on the line to help protect their freedom and their country. Before that, it was the McCarthy tri- als, where many lives were ruined on yet another witch hunt. It was a time when those who had fled to this country to escape communism had to look over their shoulder in fear that they would be accused of plotting to overthrow the American government. By becoming fearful of everyone who happens to be a little different than us, we are allowing the terrorist to win. By terrorizing others who are differ- ent, we become what we say we hate so much. By not allowing all al born or otherwise, to doms protected by the United have lost all that our country Unfortunately, we live ir where we must be cognizant and happenings around us, watchful eye on ourselves neighbors. There are cruel people in and we need to keep ourselves we need to be careful not to due to race, religion or sex. The man I interviewed is the community, in fact he's many and recognized by He's lived in the United more than 30 years and in nity for nearly 20 years. It's a shame that none of reading his inspiring story, ty and the safety of his come first. I hope in the days, weeks, years ahead of us, we will tinue to wave our flags carry close to our hearts the ing behind the flag and the which we are so proud of. I hope we can remain ers, remembering who the is and directing our only those who outwardly freedoms and way of life. God Bless America and