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1OB Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter DITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL This week's newspaper provides information to help you do that By now you should have received your ballot in the mail for the Nov. 6 election and no doubt you are deciding how to vote on your local representatives, Measure B, state and federal offices, and the state propositions. This newspaper issue contains information that we hope will render those decisions easier to make. First, we are including a graphic that outlines the state propositions and how various groups are recommending that their constituents vote. If you closely align with a particular political group, their recommendations may help guide you as you consider your decisions: On a local level, all of our papers contain coverage of the forum held by the League of Women Voters for the two candidates on the ballot for the Feather River College board: Margaret Garcia and Guy McNett. This is an opportunity to read about what differentiates these two individuals and what they hope to bring to the board of trustees for the community college. The Portola Reporter contains a Q&A with the candidates for Eastern Plumas Health Care, while the Feather River Bulletin contains a Q&A with the candidates for the Plumas Hospital District. Unlike in Chester, where a forum was held for the Seneca Health Care District candidates, there were no forums in Portola or Quincy for health care, so hopefully this will help our residents learn more about their choices. Finally there is Measure B -- perhaps the most discussed ballot measure in recent county memory. Last week the facing opinion page included pro and against arguments, and the same is true in this issue. In addition, we are running an opinion piece authored by the U.S. Attorney for Colorado. It originally ran in the Denver Post in late September and we received his authorization to run it in our newspaper. What's interesting about this piece is it's written after six years of experience with commercial cannabis production in the state. It paints a bleak picture of what could be expected here and we encowa e all of our residents to read this well written warning. During last weoxlesaays wleasure B forum (covered elsewhere in this newspaper) both sides spoke conjectura~ly on what commercial cannabis could mean for crime, youth, social services, the economy, etc. This opinion piece lays out Colorado's experience and it's difficult to think that our foray into commercial cannabis would be much different. During the Measure B forum, hosted by the Plumas Action Network, both sides did a good job of presenting their case, but the real takeaway at the end of the meeting was that no one should have been in that room in the first place. They were there because the Plumas County Board of Supervisors didn't do its job. If Measure B fails, then it will fall back to the Board of Supervisors to take action. If it passes, the public will be left with a Measure that while written in good faith, is flawed and would leave the county open to expensive lawsuits. And if that happens, the board will have only itself to blame. We encourage all residents to review the information that we have provided and vote. If you plan to hold your ballot for a while since Election Day is still nearly three weeks away, then keep these pages to refer to when you do sit down to fill out your ballot. Just remember to vote. 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 Mari 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. Journalist walks into an embassy to get paper work to marry his fianc6 and is never seen again. He covered hypocrisy and human rights violations in the Saudi Kingdom and paid for it with his life. Jamal Khashoggi. TV journalist covers anti-corruption in Bulgaria and is raped and murdered. Viktoria Martinova. Two journalists are dead in one week. Two countries. Both served the public interest in the right to know what is going on in their own governments. One might think ah yes! But that's Saudi Arabia! That's Bulgaria. Earlier this summer four journalists working for the Capitol Gazette were shot and killed in Annapolis, Maryland -- the motive being the murderer's displeasure with the newspaper covering his assault cases of various women (which were public record). It is dangerous to be a journalist. It always has been necessary for journalism to be a check and balance on government, corporations, and community standards. It's election season. Some would also say it very much is open season on journalists. "Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air," wrote Henry Anatole Grunwald, former managing editor of Time Magazine and editor in chief of Time, Inc. We, as a society should not be in the business of condemning journalism but instead recognizing its ultimate function -- the critical eye, our critical eye -- that seeks to shed light in the dark spaces of our every day life in hopes to make the world a better place. It was journalists who told us about Central Americans seeking asylum that were separated from their parents at the southern border. It was journalists who told us about Flint, Michigan's lack of drinkable water. It was journalists who told us of our social media accounts being hacked. Of bees dying off. Of predation by priests in the Catholic church. Of fraud and tax evasion. Of who is lobbying for what in our federal government, our state government, our local. Journalists and MY TURN MEG UPTON Staff Writer scientists save the country from itself over and over again. Like knowing what's in your food? Thank a journalist and a scientist. Journalism has been hit hard with Americans far away and so close claiming "fake news" every time there's a fact they wish was different. I read things all the time that I have, to reconsider my opinion about and have changed my opinion when it is warranted. Many times people approach me with conspiracy theories as to why something didn't get covered or didn't get covered in the way they wanted. It's never political bias. It's almost always time. Energy. Budget. When I was at the Los Angeles Times there was a grand conspiracy as to why we didn't cover something that had happened three blocks away. People accused the paper of having a political bias. In truth we were short reporters on a Sunday and no one had sent in a press release and it wasn't covered. No conspiracy, just budget cuts. The reading public often takes for granted what a newspaper does for the community and does not always entirely appreciate its efforts. That's okay. We don't need to have our praises sung. But we should be safe and free to pursue the stories that grab our attention. Good journalism isn't free either. I'm amazed at how one thinks quality should be theirs for free. It costs money to send journalists everywhere in the world for the story. It takes skill and savvy for a quality paper to come out every day -- or every week. There are always more stories than make a paper. A journalist weighs the story. Is it something the general public needs to know about or is it a fight between neighbors? Is public safety involved? Is there an inequity going on that needs to be righted? Is it news? Is it something quick or is it investigative? What's our timeline like? Not everyone sees it that way of course. Some think we should be cheerleaders. An article, a press release, and a public relations ad is not the same thing. We try -- I try -- to get to all sides of a story. Not all sides email or call you back though -- you go with what you have and who responded and sometimes you don't go at all. All journalists have pet peeves. I love tips on some far corner of the county and an interesting story, but I'm not up for mansplaining and demands. My favorite peeve is when people tell me what I should cover-- especially when I just covered it last week and they clearly didn't read otherwise they wouldn't be ordering me around. As a writer in general my peeve is people telling me how to write and what to write about. I liken it to me walking into a surgeon's office and telling her how to do surgery or building my own house instead of hiring a contractor who knows how to do it. I love this profession. I love being able to give voice to both little things and important things. I love letting people know about the cool things in their own backyard and what is questionable to public safety. As I write this my journalist office mate, Jane Braxton Little, is in Fukushima covering the after-effects of radiation like she did in Cherynobl a few years back. I am in awe. She's there in search of a vital and interesting story -- one that tells us more about our, environment and our humanity. We journalists are not enemies of the people. We are not part of hoaxes and conspiracies. The best of us try every day to bring forth all that needs to be known in the best ways possible with limited resources. RIP to Khashoggi and Martinova who died this week for the integrity of real news. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per 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 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 Kudos to PDH Last month I had a partial hip replacement performed at Truckee Forest Hospital, truly a world-class facility. However, I was very homesick for friends, family and Quincy itself. I was lucky enough to be transferred to Quincy for PDH's "swing bed" program. The swing bed program -- no, it's not for "swingers" -- has a few beds dedicated to patients who are in transition, not quite ready to go home, but not long-term patients; patients who are doing physical therapy. It was perfect for me. All the nursing staff and hospital employees were so good to me; it was almost fun being in the hospital -- key word 'almost'. When nurses Kristen or Amy came in my room, they brought sunlight and warmth right in with them. I expressed to Dr. Morgan how much I appreciated PDH's swing bed program and he said, "Wonderful, spread the word," so that's what I'm doing. Karen Beckwith Meadow Valley Inappropriate to deny access As a member of the FRC Board of Trustees, I am mindful that it is our job to oversee the College in trust for our constituents. That being said, ! am writing to apprise the community of a proposed change in Board Policies that will effectively transfer the authority to determine whether or not a member of the community can be put on the Board's agenda. Currently, community members or groups wishing to address the board on its agenda, notify the Board clerk or the Office of the President. They will then be put on the agenda for the next Board meeting. However, President Trutna has proposed that this policy of open public access be changed to require that ALL requests to address the Board must be addressed to him only, and that he alone will decide whether or not the request will be approved. The justification for this abridgment of public access to the elected representatives of a public institution is that it will allow the President to decide If the request is adequately "related to the business of the District." In doing so, the proposed revision transfers the authority of the Board to determine wha{ is and is not District business to the President. There should be no doubt that the Board of Trustees exists for a reason: to ensure local representation in District decisions. I strongly . believe this transfer of Board authority is inappropriate and will further separate FRC decision-making from local interests. I believe that District residents should be aware of this attempt to circumvent legitimate Board authority. If you share concern for your access to the Board of Trustees then I challenge you to let President Trutna and your regional Trustee know that you do not support this revision of Board access policy. James Meyers FRC Trustee, Area 1 Clio Locker rooms Parents of Plumas County youth might want to ask PUSD Superintendent Terry Oestreich, why "visiting" high school sports teams at FRC cannot use the college locker rooms. I can tell you already that her response will be heavy on bureaucratic policy and short on common sense and concern for the health and safety of children. For weeks, I have been working to get approval for a locker room at FRC. Our upcoming game with Quincy was Oct. 5. I have only met bureaucratic obstruction at every point from Superintendent Oestreich. According to Oestreich, visiting high school teams are apparently expected to dress outside in a baseball dugout. Superintendent Oestreich interprets the PUSD's 40-year contract for "facilities" does not allow FRC locker room use (even though it was previously approved by the FRC Trustees in 2012). PUSD's contract with FRC only stipulates to the football field, concession stand and any restroom facility. A locker room is extra! Was she unaware of the "facilities use" Agreement available to "ALL" schools? So, I personally riffled out the FRC "facilities agreement." "Privately" I paid for the locker room. Including a $1 million dollar liability insurance policy. It covered "MY" use of the FRC locker room. I paid for everything. I See Letters, page 14B REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO 1918 Classified advertising: For sale-two free lots in Portola priced at $70.00 each. Miners wanted at Crystal Lake Mine, wages $5.00 per day. 50 YEARS AGO 1968 Lyle R. Persch has been appointed as assistant manager of the First Western Bank branch in Greenville. Plumas County Superior Court Judge Bertram D. Janes, 53, of Quincy has been appointed to the Third District Court of Appeals in Sacramento by California State Governor Ronald Reagan, effective in November. Janes has been a resident of Plumas County since 1916 and has been Superior Court judge for 15 years. 25 YEARS AGO 1993 A hardy ten foot sequoia tree has been donated and planted by Stockton nursery owner Mark Jones to replace the former courthouse spruce Christmas tree that fell victim of fungus and was removed last spring. The tree was planted in the center of the courthouse lawn with special dedication ceremonies to be held during the Harvest Festival there Saturday. 10 YEARS AGO 2008 The Plumas County Board of Supervisors approved a five year contract for the annual four day High Sierra Music Festival held in July in Quincy. The Plumas County Fairgrounds will receive $75,000 per year rental fee for the festival venue. 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.