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8B Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter D ITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL IS mu more an realize More than 400 years ago, the first English colonists stepped ashore, stretched their legs and got down to the business of organizing their new lives in North America. The first order of business in Jamestown in 1607? ... Elect a community president. In those days, with just a handful of people living in a community, an individual's ballot carried a lot of weight. But as our country has grown in size to more than 300 million people, voter apathy has grown along with it. The apathy has been fueled by the feeling that there are now so many of us that a single vote doesn't really matter. On a national scale, that feeling might be understandable. If you cast a vote for a "red" president in an overwhelmingly "blue" state, your vote is essentially symbolic. But what if your vote was worth 20,000 votes? Or more? Would it still be considered symbolic? No way. Believe it or not, voters in Plumas County have that kind of power when they are casting ballots on local races. Like the Jamestown colonists four centuries ago, there aren't very many of us --just 11,775 registered voters. When compared to a national election, our votes on local races have a gigantic impact. A vote for District 5 supervisor is the equivalent of 80,000 votes in a presidential election. A single vote cast in the Portola City Council race is even more valuable -- five times more! In short, your vote carries a tremendous amount of weight. On Tuesday we all need to get out and throw our weight around. If you've received your ballot in the mail and think it doesn't matter whether you send it in or not, please think again. Feather Publishing understands the importance of our local elections and the role we play in informing voters. We don't endorse candidates, and we haven't for a long time. But that doesn't mean we ignore elections. If you are reading this paper you know that over the past month we have published several articles about the candidates running for local offices. We h- t letothem tell,their story in their owns words whenever possible. We have printed dozens of letters from residents touting the virtues of the candidates they support, or the faults of the candidates they disagree with. In fact, we receive more letters during election season than any other time of the year. However, you won't see any election-related letters in the paper this week. That's a conscious decision by us. In an attempt to be fair and level the playing field, we don't publish election letters the week before the election. The main reason for this policy is to prevent people from having the last word, with no chance for rebuttal. The final say is reserved for Tuesday, Nov. 4 -- as it should be. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of the publisher, managing editor and the appropriate staff writers. Feat lishing , . wspaper umasnew$.om Michael 12. Taborski . 2 ............ Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald ...........Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke. ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: MiriamCody Debra Moore Michael Oondon Maddie Musante Makenzie Davis Ann Powers Ruth Ellis M. Kate West Will Farris Aura Whittaker Susan Cort Johnson Sam Williams Greg Knight James Wilson Feather River Indian Valley Record Bulletin (530) 284-7800 (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood Lassen County Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 Printed on M~nt~r, Califomia Newspaper recycled paper Publishers ~. Grandpa's ties create a pleasant atmosphere "Which one should I wear, honey? The tan one or the black one?" I asked my wife, holding up the two ties I own. We were getting ready to attend a wedding a couple weeks ago, and I was having trouble choosing my outfit. With a blue, pinstriped suit, finding a tie to match . can be difficult. Five years ago, I wouldn't have had this problem. I owned upward of 100 ties. All MY TURN colors, all designs ......................................................... When my grandfather died in 2005, my JAMES WILSON grandmother told me to go through his Sports Reporter closet and see if there was anything I wanted. As I opened his closet, I was bombarded with ties. blocks away, right in the heart of downtown He had ties to match any suit ever made. I Berkeley. gladly took the ties and buried them in my Though the close proximity to work was closet between a couple jackets, nice, the neighborhood had its problems. Over the years, I didn't get too many We moved across the street from the chances to wear those ties. As a college notorious People's Park, and were student, I wasn't invited to too many formal constantly bombarded by homeless people. occasions. As we unloaded all our boxes and After I graduated, I wore a few of those furniture from the moving truck, we were ties to job interviews, but I eventually accosted several times by homeless people. settled on a job as a restaurant manager in "You got a dollar?" one hippie-looking Berkeley. For that position, no tie was guy asked me with an angry look on his required, face. When I told him "no," he replied with My wife, who was my girlfriend at the two words my publisher won't print in this time, and I decided to move closer to the family-friendly newspaper. restaurant. We found a place just three Once we got all our belongings loaded This week's special days NOT JuST George Foreman takes place in Zaire. AN ORDINARY October 31 Today is Halloween, also known as All DAY Hallow's Eve or All Saints Eve. COMPILED BY 1864 -- Nevada, "The Silver State," is KERI TABORSKI admitted as the 36th U.S. state. Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. October 29 Today is National Cat Day, promoting cat appreciation and adoption. Cats have an average of 24 whiskers. 1960-- Cassius Clay (later and now known as Muhammad Ali) wins his first fight in Louisville, Kentucky. 2008 -- Delta Airlines merges with Northwest Airlines, creating the world's largest airline. 2012 -- HurriCane Sandy hits the east coast of the United States, ausiag $20 billion in damage. October 30 1938 -- Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds," causing panic in some of the radio listening audience in the United States. 1974--"The Rumble of the Jungle" boxing match between Muhammad Ali and 1913 -- Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental automobile highway across the United States. The 3,389-mile highway spanned coast-to-coast from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. 1926 -- Magician Harry Houdini, 62, died in Montreal, Canada after his appendix ruptured. 1941 -- After 24 years of construction, Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota is completed. November 1 The traditional birthstone for the month November is topaz and the traditional flower is the chrysanthemum. 1800 -- United States President John Adams becomes the first President of the United States to live in the executive mansion (later named the White House). 1938 The racehorse Seabiscuit defeats War Admiral in an upset victory in the horse race that was deemed the match of the century. into our new apartment, we realized we didn't need a lot of the stuff we were constantly moving around with us. One of those items (actually many of those items) included my grandpa's ties. We put the items we didn't need out on the curb with a "free" sign in front of them. Within an hour, everything was gone. Honestly, I never thought I would see those items again. We ordered some takeout, turned on a movie, and settled in for our first night at the new place. The next morning I woke up bright and early to make my way to work. I was really .' excited about a three-block commute, as it had taken close to an hour and a half to get to work before the move. I grabbed my coffee mug and headed out the door. Once I turned the first corner, I saw that hippie-looking dude from the day before about half a block away. I cringed at the thought of having to deal with him again, but kept on going. As I got closer, I tried to look straight ahead and ignore him. "Top of the morning to you," I heard him chirp. That took me for a surprise, so I turned my head to look at him. He was wearing one of my grandpa's ties! "Good morning," I cautiously said back. I continued walking and approached a group of homeless folks, sitting on the sidewalk. I took a gander at them, and, lo and behold, they too were wearing my grandpa's ties! "How are you guys this morning?" I asked them. "Good! .... Can't complain! ..... Morning!" were their pleasant replies. I arrived at work and started getting the restaurant ready to open for the day. As the day progressed, I saw more and more homeless people walk past the restaurant, all wearing my grandpa's ties. I'm not sure what it was, but everyone I came across that day seemed to be in a real good mood. The homeless seemed especially cordial and the downtown's atmosphere was generally more at ease. I was greeted cheerily several more times on my way home from work later that evening. Though the ties didn't exactly match what they were wearing, allthe homeless people really seemed to enjoy sporting the attire. For a couple weeks, I saw my grandpa's ties all over Berkeley. Eventually, however, they disappeared. Two weeks later I was walking to work and saw the hippie-looking guy again. I ~ noticed he wasn't wearing a tie. "Good morning!" I enthusiastically said. "Yeah? What's good about it?" he asked me, followed by those two unprintable words. I'm not sure what my grandpa's ties meant to the homeless population of Berkeley, but for a couple weeks, it seemed to make the city a more pleasant and livable: place to call home. I MEMBE1K WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 An eleven car Western Pacific Railroad passenger train will carry approximately 190 Plumas County residents to San Francisco tonight in a special excursion to the Golden Gate International Exposition at Treasure Island in San 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 The last half Of our bound volumes in our archives for the year 1964 (July through December) is missing and those historical items are not available to include in this Remember When column. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Prepare for Halloween -- pumpkins 6 cents a pound, bob for apples: apples 33 cents a bag, eggs for "TRICK" or treating 98 cents a dozen, party curly wigs $3.99, spooky makeup kits $2.99, bag of Tootsie roUs 99 cents. implement student bus fees in January. Under the proposed plan, students will buy a pass that is good for one semester. Fees are: one child in the family $50, two children in the family $45 and three children $40.00. The Plumas County Board of Supervisors this week voted "no" to cat licensing in Plumas County. 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 Francisco for the designated "Plumas 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 as it actually appeared in the original County Day" on Treasure Island. Plumas Unified School District plans to newspaper. Movies make me wonder: What went wrong with Hollywood?: For those of us old enough to remember check, I was interested. the glamour days of Hollywood and some of While the film was grittier than I the more monumental studio productions, expected, I can do gritty in books and film. today s movie offerings are a mixed bag of What I didn t anticipate was the entertainment, shock and the new sensationalism or shock value of millennium's idea of political correctness. Hollywood's fmding it necessary to put a lot What in the heck are you thinking, of scene emphasis on naked pole dancers in Hollywood, when you enter your creative the nightclub where Brosnan was to meet , and casting process or begin marketing a f'tim product today? For myself, as an avid reader and movie fan, Hollywood is just killing me but I have to accept some of the blame... I knOW better than to read a good book and then become excited enough about the book in movie form to actually travel to a theater and spend my hard-earned dollars. I have totally lost track of the number of times I have fallen into this trap. My last trip down the rabbit hole was to see "Jack Reacher." I have read every single one of Lee Child's Jack Reacher books and even put myself on the preorder list. The character Jack Reacher is described as 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, dirty blond hair and blue eyes in every single book. Who does Hollywood cast as Jack Reacher? Tom Cruise, who, in addition to his obviously dark hair, would have to stand on a tall ladder to be 6-foot-5. Tom Cruise, as usual, did a fme job of acting with the script he was given. It's certainly not his fault that casting and the screenwriter had deviated so far from the character or the original story. Moving on, I think political correctness is another topic that confuses those of us that MY TURN M. KATE WEST Staff Writer read and like to go to the movies. It's tough on the psyche to get all excited about a movie and then when you buy your popcorn and get all revved up about seeing your favorite character in action, lo and behold, the hero who might be white, black, Hispanic or Japanese in the book is now beingplayed by someone of a polar ethnicity or even gender, for Pete's sake. Just call me stunned or stymied on those casting calls! While I'm using adjectives beginning with the letter "s" I might as well hit on the shock factor. Recently we went to see "The November Man" starring Pierce Brosnan. Despite my initial upset over his being cast as James Bond (he was certainly no Sean Connery, in my opinion) I came to very much appreciate Brosnan in the role. I like him as an action figure and his sophisticated comedy; his name will draw me to the theater. In the marketing of "The November Man" I learned Brosnan was ex-CIA, I like CIA. It was going to be an obvious action movie and I like action movies. Check and double an old nemesis. That scene was not marketed as a draw to the movie and had it been it would likely have found an interested audience; however, I wouldn't have been among that audience. Did it add one thing to the overall storyline? Not in my opinion. All it did was create a bit of discomfort as I sat through the scene with my husband and adult children. I am fairly confident I wasn't the only older adult in the audience that felt the scene cheapened not only the movie but also our enjoyment. Pierce Brosnan as the November Man did not disappoint but Hollywood certainly did. Movies are supposed to be entertainment. If you want to be scared you go to a scary movie. If you want to laugh you go to a comedy. If you want to have naked bodies in your face there are theaters that cater to that form of entertainment. Whether film or television there used to be standards aside from the rating system. Like many other things in America I am seeing a loss of values, the decline of fine f'flmmaking and, most of all, what may become my lost opportunity for a form of entertainment I have enjoyed for decades. ' ) J