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8B Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION ecomes acce Since when did it become acceptable to heckle other citizens during public meetings? As Dan Lovato, acting forest supervisor for the Plumas National Forest, said at a meeting last week, "This is not a popularity contest." These are public meetings, not pep rallies. He who yells loudest and longest does not win. Unfortunately, we have observed way too much of this kind of behavior over the past several months. Whether it is a Board of Supervisors meeting about the state of Jefferson or a Forest Service forum, it seems to have become acceptable, even encouraged, to interrupt, hiss, heckle, name call, talk over, shame and silence anyone with different opinions, concerns or values. The goal seems to be to score verbal points for your team. But there is no winning this game. The body politic loses when we lose our ability to hear one another. Dr. John Gottman, a world-renown psychologist known for his work on marital stability, has made a career out of predicting the fate of relationships. He can predict with 94 percent accuracy what marriages will fail. He has identified contempt as the most destructive behavior in a relationship. While he primarily studies couples, his findings have been applied to other communicative settings, like the workplace. Our reporters attend numerous public meetings and, we're sorry to say, contemptuous behavior is all too often on ugly display. Based on our observations, we'd say that civil discourse is headed toward failure. At a recent contentious meeting about the Forest Service's over-snow vehicle plan, a member of one group literally sneered at a member of another, mocked him as selfish and unable to play well with others. The childish display would have been inappropriate on a playground, much less a public meeting of so-called adults. After that outburst, no one from the attacked group Spoke again. One thing we've learned over the years: When an individual or group goes silent, the conflict doesn't go away. It takes other forms -- forms that usually involve dollar signs and attorneys. Andthen thedecisions are made' inJcourtrooms or negotiated behind closed doors special interest groups. At that point, we, the people, have little ability to influence the outcome. Would different meeting formats produce better results? Would better "classroom" management on the part of those running the meetings? What would it take to restore some common decencY, a mutual tolerance if not respect, to our public discourse? What if we replaced contempt with curiosity? Took one another at face value? Could we save the marriage of public discourse? 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. Feath $iishing spaper For breaking news, go to Michael C. Taborski . ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald .......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Nick Hall .................... Copy Editor Staff writers: Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Stacy Fisher Susan Cort Johnson Susan Jacobson, Greg Knight Debra Moore Josh McEachern Ann Powers Gregg Scott Maggie Wells Sam Williams Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277' Printed on recycled paper CaliforM~nNbee%paper Publishers Assoc. Caring is more than a tate of mind It seems that whenever I write a My Turn several continuation ideas pop into my mind. Sort of like traveling down a road that has a fork in it and no matter which fork I take it inevitably comes to another fork. In my last opinion piece, I was talking about the importance of everyone maintaining his or her humanity; but what exactly is humanity? To me, I think it is that innate ability to care about other people in a way that is natural and genuine. By natural I mean that it comes from the heart and not helping someone just because I think that's what's expected of me. I'm traveling down this road because over the last decade or two I've noticed a trend by our Ar erican society away from personal involvement in many areas where true caring for others would be the best solution to many problems. There's been a lot of discussion in the audio/visual media recently about how we are becoming an "entitlement society" and only care about ourselves. Granted, there probably are some folks who fall into that category due to whatever aggravating circumstances they choose as an excuse. I personally believe however, that most people just get caught up in their own world and forget that everything they have and are is not completely due MY TURN GREGG SCOTT Staff Writer to their efforts alone. Everyone has had a little help somewhere along the way, be it from a parent, sibling, teacher or friend. Sometimes we all need to do a personal "gut check" just to see if we are really on the life path we want to be. For the purpose of this opinion, I am not going to go into the realm of politics or religion; that's far beyond my capabilities. I am going to use two examples that I am fairly familiar with and let me state right now that I am in no way admonishing or accusing anyone of lacking humanity. Each person has to decide for themselves the quality of their personal investment in their own lives and community. With that said, let's play the game of "gut check:" How many of you care about your This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. of Nov, 4 1922 -- A British archeologist and team discover King Tutankhamen's (King Tut) tomb in Egypt. 2008 -- Barack Obama becomes the ffnyst African-American to be elected President of the United States. 1929 -- The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) opens in New York City. 2000-- Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected to the United States Senate, representing New York State. Nov. 8 1889 -- Montana, "The Treasure State" is admitted as the 41st U.S. state. The state slogan is Big Sky Country. The official state bird is the meadowlark and the official state flower is the bitterroot. The ponderosa pine is official state tree. 1960-- John F. Kennedy defeats Richard M: Nixon in one of the closest presidential elections in history. Kennedy becomes the 35th President, Nov. 5 1912 -- Woodrow Wilson, former president of Princeton University and former Governor of New Jersey, becomes the 28th President. Nov. 6 1935 -- Parker Brothers, the American toy and game manufacturer, acquires the patent and rights for Monopoly. 1947-- Meet the Press makes its television debut. Nov. 7 1874 -- A cartoon in Harper's Weekly Magazine uses the elephant as the symbol for the Republican Party. 1972 Paid cable and satellite television network HBO (Home Box Office) launches national programming. Nov. 9 1620-- Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts. 1967- The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine is published. Nov. 10 1951 -- Direct dial coast-to-coast telephone service begins in the United States. It uses ten digits and introduces a three-digit area code. 1908 -- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance 1969 -- The children's television program Kid are killed in San Vincente, Bolivia. "Sesame Street" debuts. children? Raise your hand. How many of you with your hand up spend five hours or more a week with your child in extra curricular activities? By that I mean sports, youth groups, 4-H, Boy/Girl Scouts or some other organized activity that promotes social and everyday life skills. PS: Driving time doesn't count. Oh please! Don't tell me you don't have a lot of extra time so you strive for quality time with your child. I once heard a child psychologist respond to a parent talking about the "quality time" they spent with their child. The doctor asked the parent, "Do you know how a child spells quality?" "M O R E," he continued. There are myriad opportunities in every community for parents to be involved in youth events and that need will continue until more parents step up and decide to do what is best for their kids instead of what is convenient for them. Wouldn't it be a wonderful community if there were a waiting list to become a coach, 4-H leader, scout master or youth leader? OK, how many of you "Support our Troops?" Raise your hand. How many of you with your hand up have been personally involved in a veterans' event or veterans' organization activity in the last month? PS: Flying a flag, having a bumper sticker or posting something onFacebook doesn't count. After all, these are the people willing to put their lives on the line everyday to keep us safe. I recently read a 2014 Military Family Lifestyle Survey "snapshot" issued by the Blue Star Families organization. Six thousand-two hundred military families were surveyed and there was some eye opening information for me. - 95 percent said they joined to serve their country. - 74 percent said they joined so they had a chance to get an education, - 88 percent have had one to five deployments since 9/11. - 69 percent have had to move their families from one to five times since their entry into the service. There was one other very surprising response to me. Ninety percent of active duty personnel and their families don't believe that the American population understands the sacrifices that are made by our troops and their families. .; .... ..... ,, , t:a: Sad com n)entary on ideaihat*: America supports its troops. - Well, enough for the gut check, what do we do to solve the problems? I already know there are folks out there who are already involved in helping our young people and are active in active-duty and veterans affairs. Are you one of them? If not then you might want to start off slow, dedicate the equivalent of one hour a day for your child or set aside, say, four or five hours a month for a troop or veterans event. What a difference you can make. I personally want very much to be part of an ever more caring community and world. How about you? REMEMBER WHEN built soon. A museum in TaylorsviUe, .................................................................. sponsored by the Native Sons of the KERI TABORSKI Historian 10 YEARS AGO ... 2005 Next year the Plumas County Fair will be a Golden West and the Mt. Jura Gem & four-day event with opening day on Thursday Mineral Society, a museum at Lake and concluding on Sunday and the gate fee Almanor, sponsored by the Plumas will be raised from $1.00 to $2.00 per day. 100 YEARS AGO ... 1915 County Historical Society and the Jonathan Schnal, Plumas County's new Owing to the large epidemic of la grippe Plumas County Museum in Quincy. planning director hired in October, is which has prevailed throughout Plumas currently reviewing and updating the 20 year old county General Plan as one of his County the past two weeks, a vacation was 25 YEARS AGO ... 1990 top priorities. declared at Plumas County High School A 73.7 percent of the 11,322 registered this week when 20 students were Plumas County voters turned out for the Note: items included in the weekly Remember When incapacitated from attendance. November election. Plumas Unified column are taken from our bound newspaper 50 YEARS AGO 1965 School District board results: Incumbent archives and represent writing styles of that .. particularperiod. The spelling andgrammar are Artifacts of Plumas County will be Jack Bridge and newly elected members not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually placed in three proposed museums to be Kathy Price and Bill Wickman appeared in the original newspaper. Good gifts come from observation, awareness and planning I don't know how many shopping days there are until Christmas... I did not take the time to count. However, it is never too soon to consider what gifts to give. Good gifts aren't found in the frenzy of last minute shopping, by frantically flipping through the pages of catalogs or on the shelves of department stores piled with merchandise for impulsive choices. They are identified through interactions, simple conversations and patience. Identifying the best gift for a family member, colleague, friend or neighbor takes time and forethought before shopping begins. Good gifts are pinpointed by comments people make providing clues to needs, likes and dislikes. In July my husband Terry knew that taking a barbecue, generator and milkshake machine to the Highway 36 crossing of the Pacific Crest Trail near Chester would be the perfect "gift" for through hikers because we had conversations with them when they came into town for supplies or when we were hiking along the trail. As president of Chester Rotary, he was prompted to do the outreach by the theme for 2015, which is, "Be a Gift to the World." Good gifts come about by observations. This summer I drove to Washington to MY TURN SUSAN CORT JOHNSON Staff Writer visit several members of my family, At a barbecue I noticed my nephew's son, Wesley, was accident:prone. He hurt himself several times during the course of an afternoon and ran to his parents for first aid. Therefore, I purchased some decorative bandages and mailed them to him with a letter knowing that a child age, 2-1/2 likes to receive surprises in the marl. Good gift ideas need to betracked. I make a mental note of things people are passionate about. This might be a particular candy mentioned, the fact they like to send notes to people written on special paper, the type of jewelry they like to wear, a favorite sports team or what they pursue during their free time. Good gifts can even be identified for those who are difficult to buy for because they don't seem to lack anything. My parents are in their 80s, so I frequently give them gift cards to restaurants, movie theatres or stores where they can pick something they like. Last Christmas I began to put a little more thought into the process and considered the fact they both like steaks. An ad prompted me to ship a box of steaks to their house. It was something they both enjoyed together. Over a lifetime we probably receive hundreds of gifts, but we don't remember very many of them. There are a few that are memorable ... the black cowboy boots that were placed outside my bedroom door by my parents one birthday, a cardboard pantry given by my aunt which was filled with miniature cake mixes and other culinary treasures made for a toy stove (yes when I was a child you could actually cook on them) and the Snoopy cartoon my husband framed in 1988 that depicts the life of a freelance writer. There are more, but my point is at that particular place in time the gift-giver found perfection. And this should be our goal as we make our selections this Christmas.