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lOB Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 E][3,ITORIAL and OPINION Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL There&apos;s nothing wrong with encouraging education The recent signing of Senate Bill 1440 and Assembly Bill 2302 have theoretically made it easier for community college students to trans- fer to a higher education institution within the state, but the implications are farther reaching than that. Basically, both bills are designed to make the process for a student with an associate's de- gree to transfer more seamlessly from a com- munity college into either the California State University or University of California system. SB 1440 is giving priority admission to any student with an associate degree for transfer, while AB 2302 is looking to make it easier to understand how to transfer to a UC school by giving students and faculty all the necessary information necessary. On paper, both bills look like they're imple- menting a transfer process that's already in place. Putting into legislation the parts about eliminating unnecessarycoursework for trans- fer students, however, is what brings up the larger implications: State legislators and edu- cators want more people going into higher edu- cation. Students transferring to a four-year univer- sity from a comniunity college already have plenty to juggle when it comes to transferring successfully. Not only do they have to keep track of the ever-changing curriculum require- ments of both the California State and UC sys- tems, they also have to make sure they aren't taking unneeded courses for their transfer and that they have access to all the classes they need to transfer. That can be quite a balancing act at a com- munity college:that may notbe able,to offer all::' thecourses needed for transfer each semester. These bills are encouraging the focus to be placed more firmly on the transfer process with community colleges. It could be potential- ly difficult for community colleges by making them shift their priorities, staff, resources, etc., all with the intent of getting more associ- ate degrees to upgrade into bachelors degrees. While the bills may sound a little redundant, it's the kind of redundancy the state of Califor- nia and by extension Plumas County may need right now. In times of a recession, community college enrollmeht always goes up. Compared to last fall, Feather River College's enrollment is up almost 10 to 11 percent this semester. With more people trying to better themselves through education, why shouldn't the educa- tion system try to make itself a little smarter as well? A paper Breaking News .... go to plumasnews.com g Michael C. Taborski ............ :Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Man aging Editor Diana Jorgenson .......... Portola Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Kate West ............... Chester Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Mona Hill .................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Joshua Sebold Will Farris Sam Williams Barbara France Susan Curt Johnson Kayleen Taylor Ruth Ellis Brian Taylor Pat Shillito Linda Satchwell Feather River Westwood Bulletin PinePress (530) 283-0800 (530) 256-2277 Lassen County Times (530) 257-53211 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Indian Valley Portola Reporter Record (530) 832-4646 (530) 284-7800 (7olts:A case study in management by trust IL MY TURN JOSHUA SEBOLD Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com We're living in one of those moments in history where management statements like "if you want something done right you've gotta do it yourself" or "it's so hard to find good help" shouldn't apply. Right now the employee pool is about as deep as it will ever be in a lifetime. In theory this should lead to a golden age of efficiency and innovation in every field and aspect of our country from gov- ernment to small business to megacorpo- ration. Despite this fact, that there should nev- er be an easier time than now to find tal- ented qualified workers on every level of an organization, many groups, public and private, continue to cling to the notion thatsuccess is bred from brilliant leader- ship at the top overpowering the constant mistakes of the "idiotic masses." This misconception leads to microman- agement, punishment and fear-based decision-making, and a suffocation of creativity. The Indianapolis Colts football team provides an excellent example of how the opposite model, of trusting people on every level of an organization to make de- cisions and understand the operation from a strategic level, can be very effective. Many people mistakenly view the Colts as a perfect example of the "Genius leader pulls lackluster troops to victory" model. Now it is true that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is a football genius and an amazing talent, but many people don't understand that Indianapolis's football team works like a hive mind organism, not a benevolent dictatorship. What many people don't know about the Colts is that every time a receiver runs a route he has to make several decisions. Where in the world? CAVA|LLON D IV ecouvrez ia plus we=lie synagogue de France! TBTI POUR YOU5 Nous avons particip t tree visite guid6e de l'6difice L a sonnes. Fermde de pa1 en part., pills vielllb Sl lie VeUt itre precis, pits lout h hit.,. Ul. cotavre-feu t/lair imposh, El Ce n'esl que la seconde, Mat la premiere u'est pas loin. quand ils -sorlnieol llous eu I*il|e, ii |ell) fallaJ! porter un si- te st  C-aq)elltr t Dalanltou - tea dttl dll XI'v  el XU' steele, el- gee dislJnelJl, ['l e it "eat [)as IIl SOl'It ]e VL'adll lge de la ')Hnlnu- tOllt.., mais bet. r'enrms t Pet- Ilaut juive du Comlal Velmis. le synagogue. sin. 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Ce passage h6ber- :'taaeeeattctalSadint:etPr'setenattiarl*Orcedelnm" IrttattSlesMtuet,lpae ! ait mt peu moins tie 200 PeP drt 9h t C{la 3). ..... 9k jr+' Ill)30, If " Ifflll- Rather than displaying a local newspaper in a foreign place, Quincy's Sherry McKee actually appeared in a foreign newspaper. While visiting friends in Cavaillon, France, McGee's photo was featured in local newspaper La Provence. McGee (pictured cen- ter) and friend Claudine Beaudlet (left) got a personal, after-hours tour of the town's ancient synagogue. A Sports Illustrated article last year explained the complexity involved with a Colts receiver running a standard in route. A traditional "in" route is where a re- ceiver runs 10 yards up field in a straight line, then switches direction to run direct- ly sideways towards the middle of the field creating a 90-degree angle. From the defense's perspective the re- ceiver's path looks like a big L. When a Colts receiver runs that route he actually has three choices. He can run the route the traditional way or he can decide at the 10-yard mark to run at a diagonal angle up or down, mak- ing it look more a 45-degree angle. Basically the receiver is looking at the defense and adjusting his route to make sure he's running to open space. According to Sports Illustrated, almost every route in the Colts playbook has mul- tiple options for the receiver like that. This is on top of the fact that Manning expects his receivers to improvise further. If the receiver finds himself open after five yards, Manning wants him to make his change of direction right then, not at the 10-yard mark. This allows Manning to get the ball out of his hands as quickly as possible, which enables the Colts to pass more than every other team, while preventing the other team from touching the quarterback bet- ter than most, which seems paradoxical. Most teams have to run the ball to keep the other team on its toes and off the quar- terback. The Colts model keeps the defense on its heels even though it knows Manning is go- ing to pass. This added complexity requires trust be- tween receivers and the quarterback, as they have to be able to predict how their teammate will react in a given situation, but the extra mental work makes the team much more versatile. This is a perfect example of trusting what are considered "lower level" work- ers to make important decisions on a row- tine basis, which has been highly success- ful for the only team to ever win at least 12 games per season seven years in a row, a streak that is still ongoing. Every time the Colts run a play, three to five receivers are out there scurrying like ants, making individual decisions that add up to collective brilliance. This is on top ofthefact that the Colts are one of the only teams that allows the players on the field to call their own plays on every single down. The offensive coordinator sends in three suggestions on every play and Manning makes the call on the field, often with help from his center, Jeff Saturday. That pair just tied the record for most games played as a tandem, another clue to theteam's success. The Colts winning culture consists of pushing decision-making tasks farther and farther down the line, trusting everyone in the organization to tak control of their area of expertise and be involved in decision making, and keeping people who work well together on the team for as long as possible. Get your life-long learning here on the job MY TURN ALICIA KNADLER Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com Like when I hawked hot dogs at the Sil- ver Dollar Fair once many years ago, I feel like I should be shouting out about the life- long lessons afforded by my job as your resident editor in Indian Valley. Usually the lessons are about a topic I knew little of, such as my recent introduc- tion to shelter dogs at the Plumas County Animal Shelter. And then there are the harder lessons, ones that involve a possible wrongdoing on my part. I'm sure glad therehaven't been many -- but the most recent one was an eye opener, and yet so simple. I pick up the phone one day to track down information from people who would be affected by the closure of the civic cen- ter in Greenville. "Hi, this is Alicia from the Indian Valley Record," I usually say. Hopefully that would give a clue to the person on the other end that I was on the job. But maybe I forgot the Indian Valley Record this once, because the quote I used later in the newspaper totally surprised the person who answered the phone and talked to me that day. But then again, maybe I did remember, and maybe I should have gone beyond the usual introduction and spelled out to her that I was working on a story before I be- gan asking her questions. I usually don't forget the introduction, because there just so happens to be several Alicias here in Indian Valley so identify- ing which one I am is sort of important. At lease it wasn't an earth-shattering topic I was writing about, but I can feel her heart dropping when she saw her name in print. She thought I should have asked her per- mission to use her words in the paper. When I call someone and identify myself as working for the newspaper, I expect they know that what they say is on the record unless they ask differently. Gosh, I mean what would you think if I called you and started asking nosey ques- tions? Most people here know me, and will laugh at this, but it really gave me pause. This woman I spoke with has been around the valley for only a short while, even though she's been active in the com- munity and has met a lot of people. But she's a newcomer like I was 16 years ago, and it takes a few community- type lessons to really settle in. From now on I will be careful to make sure people know when I'm on the job. Just the fact that I'm being nosey isn't as big a clue as I thought, but it is a burr un- der the saddle for some people I've called with questions. It's not my fault their answers make me think of even more questions. Supervisor Robert Meacher called me on just that recently, when I was hounding him and Public Works Director Bob Per- reault for answers. Yes, hounding -- like beagles on a rabbit. So there's another lesson for me -- I need to keep them on the run, hard, and not let them go to ground before I'm done shoot- ing. Instead of using e-mail so they can an- swer at the beginning or end of the day, when they have time, I will keep them on the phone, even if they do get short with me for straying from their desired path. I was accused of making up or editorial- izing the news over a land-use issue, where residents and landowners felt violated by the county. "where's the news?" he asked me. Are readers concerned about their rights when it comes to their property? Are readers concerned whether a dirt road that was supposedly replaced by the highway remains open to the public or not? The road wasn't even used after that, at least not until decades later when the pop- ulation increased with the logging boom if the 1970s and 1980s. I asked an old-timer about that-- my husband. He had to pick his way through the trees after working on an electrical panel in the 1960s, and he found it hard to even find a trail on the innermost part. Should it have been abandoned like the property owners asked, instead of ignored due to who knows what reasons the super- visors and county employees had and mys- teriously left no mention of in the minutes? Just because people travel the PG&E right of ways on their motorcycles, does that make those public roads too? I told Meacher I could keep thinking up questions readers might ask about similar situations. 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