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8B Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Supervisors were right to turn down joint-facility plan Many of us have done something like this: We spot an item we really want and place it in the shopping cart. But when we get close to the checkout counter reality sets in... It costs more than we want to spend. That's what happened earlier this month when the county nixed a proposed collaboration with the state to build a shared facility for the local California Highway Patrol and the sheriff. It was a great idea that made sense for the county and state on a lot of levels -- including the cost savings of building one office instead of two. But the reality is it would have put the county in debt for something that really isn't needed at this time. What the county desperately needs -- and has needed for more than two decades -- is a new jail. The supervisors deserve credit for recognizing the county's priorities and rejecting the idea before the state and county wasted more time on the joint-office plan. While killing the plan might seem like a failure or a lost opportunity, it's really not. And there is no one to blame for the plan falling through. On the contrary, leaders at both the county and state levels did their jobs. The sheriff did his job by thinking of an unconventional way to build a new office. His hope was that a joint campus with the CHP, which has earmarked nearly $25 million for a new office here, would eventually include a new jail and even a new fn'e department building. He was trying to do the best for his department and the county. The CHP commissioner did his job by considering the plan. He didn't have to. The state was already in the process of building a new CHP office in Quincy. The commissioner said he was willing to change course and work with the county if he could be convinced a collaboration made sense. The county supervisors did their job by realizing the collaboration did not make sense at least financially. They weighed the pros and cons and decided that spending millions on the project would make it even harder for the county to pay for a new jail that it desperately needs. If we had any criticism, it would be that the sheriff should have included the supervisors earlier in discussions with the powers that be in Sacramento. And the sheriff should have made more of an attempt to include board representation with the CHP commissioner when he was here last month. We hope Plumas County gets its new jail in the near future. It might not come with all the bells and whistles of new jails in bigger, richer counties, but it doesn't have to. It just needs to be functional, affordab!eand (most importantly) safe ........ An d, finally, in that same vein -- and this has absolutely nothing to do with the joint venture not coming to fruition-- we question how the state can justify spending $24.7 million for new CHP offices in Quincy. Don't blame the local commander or his offmers; they too are hardworking taxpayers who just like us will have to foot the bill. Keep in mind this is for just one CHP office in one town. When you take a step back and use the same math while looking statewide at the much bigger picture it begs the question: Who in Sacramento is making the ultimate decision to spend this kind of money, and why? How is it justified? Where is the oversight? What would be wrong with the state buying an existing building and remodeling it? We certainly have plenty of empty ones available. The old Ford dealership on Highway 70 near Gansner Airport comes to mind with its ample space and perfect location. Certainly it could be done for a fraction of what they are budgeted to spend here. Sacramento, are you listening? Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of the publlsher, managing editor and the appropriate staff writers. .,;;z.'. ':i :':,,,j .,  ,.,;ii, ,'. : Feat0000;Ptibhshmg 00+00;wspaper For breaking news, go to plumasnewslcom Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald .......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Miriam Cody Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Greg Knight Debra Moore Maddie Musante Ann Powers M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson 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 Member, California Newspaper Publishers Assoc. i i ii i . Reviewer should give Quincy a second chance MY TURN JAMES WILSON Sports Reporter sports@plumasnews.com "I found this contraption to be quite compact and convenient for urinating-drinking water simultaneously, which is the only reason I gave this place two stars," Matt W. wrote. Matt W. went on to complain about the stiffness of the wooden bench in his cell, the fact that there was only one phone for all the guests to share and the rude, curt nature of the staff. I thought Matt W.'s review was pretty funny, so I shared the link on my Facebook page. Before I knew it, multiple people had shared the link and the review went viral, relatively speaking. My friend Lindsay Davis took the next step. Lindsay messaged Matt W., letting him know that many locals got a kick out of his review, and told him if he ever came back we'd all buy him a beer to make up A few weeks ago I was browsing Quincy's businesses on Yelp, just to see what people had to say. For the less Internet-savvy readers out there, Yelp is a user-generated website that allows anyone to write a review of a business. In essence, it lets everyone become a critic. In Plumas County, Yelp reviews don;t seem to be a crucial factor in deciding what business one's going to frequent. That's what word of mouth is for. In larger cities, however, Yelp reviews can make or break a business. I was scanning through*the different reviews, and stumbled across one that caught my eye. A guy identified only as Matt W. wrote a lodging review on the Plumas County jail. His review, to say the least, was hilarious. "First off, the service was terrible," Matt W. noted in his review. "Not only was I bored out of my mind the entire six-hour overnight stay, but these people had the nerve to take my wallet, chap stick, shoes, lighter, and nail cutters upon arrival." Matt W. went on to complain about the service, noting he was hastily thrown into a tiny room with three other people (where's the privacy?!) and only one toilet, which had a drinking fountain built into the top of it. Surprisingly, the toilet-drinking fountain was the one redeeming quality Matt W. noted during his stay. This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. November 5 1912 -- Woodrow Wilson, former president of Princeton University and former Governor of New Jersey, was elected the 28th President of the United States. November 6 1935 -- Parker Brothers, the Americantoy and game manufacturer, acquires the patent and rights for theboard game Monopoly. 1947 -- "Meet the Press" makes its television debut. (MOMA) opens in New York City. 2000 -- Hiilary Rodham Clinton is elected to the United States Senate representing New York State. November 8 1889 -- Montana, "The Treasure State" was admitted as the 41st U.S. state. 1960-- John F. Kennedy defeats Richard M. Nixon, in one of the closest presidential elections in history, to become the 35th President of the United States. 1972 -- Cable and satellite television network HBO (Home Box Office) launches national programming. November 9 1620-- Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts. 1967 -- The first issue of"Rolling Stone" +,i ,-, magazine is" published: November 10 1951 -- Direct dial coast-to-coast telephone service, using ten digits and introducing a three digit area code, begins in the United States. 1958 -- The Hope Diamond is donated to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. by New York diamond merchant Harry Winston. 1969 -- The children's television program "Sesame Street" debuts. November 7 1874 -- A cartoon in Harper's Weekly magazine is considered to be the first use of the elephant as the symbol for the United States Republican party. 1908 -- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are killed in San Vicente, Bolivia. 1929 -- The Museum of Modern Art for his bad night in jail. Later that day, Matt W. responded to Lindsay's message. "Glad to hear you are all getting a good laugh out of this!" Matt W. wrote. "My buddy and I were pulled over as soon as we got into town late the In'st night of High Sierra a few years back because one of our vehicle's brake lights was brighter than the other. "Police caught a suspicious scent, yada yada yada," Matt W. continued. "We had about eight cop cars (including the Fish and Wildlife Dept.) having a grand ol' time with us. In a nutshell I took the fall and spent the night in jail:" It was the next part of his message to Lindsay that struck a nasty chord with me. "I vowed never to return to Quincy after my probation was up, although it is quite a beautiful place. But if I ever have a change of heart I will gladly take you guys up on that beer." The idea of someone vowing never to return to Quincy breaks my heart. I love this town, and I can't comprehend anyone not loving it as well. There was a time, not too long ago, that the police in town were everywhere. T-shirts were printed with the slogan "Plumas County: Come on vacation, leave on probation." For a town that depends partly on tourism, that wasn't a good message to send out to the rest of the world. I feel like that has changed, though. I applaud the direction the Plumas County Sheriffs Office and local California Highway Patrol have taken in the last few years. Both departments seem to be more about helping and protecting the public rather than harassing all of us. Basically, I feel that Matt W. needs to give Quincy another shot. I don't know why he was arrested, and honestly, I don't care. If I were to pass judgment on everyone who has spent a night in the Plumas County jail, I would isolate myself from half the county. The bottom line is, everyone who visits Plumas County should have a great time. Matt W. started by writing a review of the jail, but by the end it was a review of his experience in Quincy. And not a good review. , Therefore, I propose that we as a town, and as a county, petition Matt W. to come back and give Quincy another chance. And what fun would that be? If Matt W. accepts the invitation to come back to Plumas County, we should show him the time of his life -- make his time in Quincy extravagant. I can envision him rolling into town with the sidewalks f'flied with people holding up signs that read "Welcome back Matt W.," followed by a party in his honor. Anyone who is interested in helping me give Matt W. the trip of a lifetime can shoot me an email at j wilson@plumasnews.com. Let's make sure no one has a bad time while visiting our beautiful county. tldMEMBE1K WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 Construction was underway this week on a 10 by 50 foot addition to the Feather River Bulletin newspaper building which will add 65 percent to the print shop floor space, exclusive to the business office. The new school house at Caribou, in the Feather River Canyon, is nearing completion and residents of that community are planning cornerstone laying ceremonies. Use your local As a staff writer for Feather Publishing, I am provided the weekly opportunity to read all six newspapers our company publishes between Plumas and Lassen counties. Taking on that reading workout offers me the benefit of staying in tune on a regional level as well as the pleasure of learning where and what my co-workers have covered in the past week. In addition to showcasing a Variety of writing styles, the weekly newspapers also afford me the opportunity to learn what's important to the everyday folk in both counties as they express their appreciation or concerns on a variety of topics in the Letters to the Editor section of the paper. Today, as I stretched for a topic on which to express an opinion I lucked out (thank you again, Feather Publishing) when I visited one of our company's websites, plumasnews.com, and read the Oct. 27 article written by Debra Moore on the state of Jefferson presentation made during a Plumas County Board of Supervisors meeting. The article was well written and to me, it did its job. I, like so many other residents, cannot attend every meeting of interest that occurs; therefore, I rely on my newspaper to be my stand in. I want to know the who, what, why, when and how much of anything that may impact myself, my family, my neighbors or 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 The Massack rest area, located approximately two miles from Quincy on Highway 70, sustained about $3,000 worth of damage on Halloween night when vandals took a sledge hammer to the sink and toilet facilities in both restrooms. The evidence room at the Plumas County Sheriffs Department in Quincy was broken into with a crowbar and $52,250 worth of narcotics evidence was stolen. 10 YEARS AGO .... 2004 Nearly 80 percent of the registered voters in Plumas County came out to vote in the election last week. In Eastern Plumas, Bill Powers defeated B.J. Pearson in the Plumas County Supervisors race by 52 percent. 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. news source to +/++ start a conversation given issue. I thought the questions suggested by one of the commenters were designed to help each of us in self-educating ourselves on this Northern California movement. I know this person raised enough solid questions in my mind that he or she basically inspired this opinion piece. MY TURN As I frequently return to long-spoken ........................................................................ adages, this particular comment section M. KATE WEST Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.com my county and I want what I read to be factual and from a source I trust. In reading Debrals article I learned the quoted opinions of our county representatives as well as the information presented by the speaker. As I fmished the article I continued down to the comment section where I had the chance to review reader feedback, which to me is like having an evolving conversation. The number of comments entered, both pro and con, and the questions raised in several of the submissions were certainly thought provoking. I think many times, in our everyday lives, we garner a peripheral knowledge on a wide range of topics and don't always have the time to devote or even the inclination to delve below the surface on a served another purpose for me. Most of us have been, at one time or another in our lives, counseled to look at both sides of an issue before forming an opinion and now, right before my very eyes, I was presented with opposite views. I like that questions were raised and I especially liked that a number of the questions presented were some that might not have ever occurred to me to ask. I also liked the fact that in using the plumasnews.com forum to tackle the topic, the contributors started a conversation that is not limited to a space, such as a coffee house or a restaurant. I like that I began following the conversation at work and when I go home, I can take right up where I left off and keep myself in the loop. In a time when it seems like we have too few conveniences, plumasnews.com and lassennews.com each offer, in my opinion, both convenience and a start to good conversation. t