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8B Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 EDITORIAL and OPINION Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter \\; EDITORIAL Presidential proclamation of Veterans Day On Veterans Day, we come together to pay tribute to the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Americans across this land commemorate the pa- triots who have risked their lives to preserve the liberty of our Nation, the families who support them, and the heroes no longer with us. It is not our weapons or our technology that make us the most advanced military in the world; it is the un- paralleled spirit, skill, and devotion of our troops. As we honor our veterans with cere- monies on this day, let our actions strengthen the bond between a tqation and her warriors. In an unbroken line of valor stretching across more than two centuries, our veterans have charged into harm's way, sometimes mak- ing the ultimate sacrifice, to protect the freedoms that have blessed America. Whether Active Duty, Reserve, or National Guard, they are our Na- tion's finest citizens, and they have shown the heights to which Americans can rise when asked and inspired to do so. Our courageous troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the globe have earned their place alongside previous genera- tions of great Americans, serving selflessly, tour after tour, in conflicts spanning nearly a decade. Long after leaving the uniform behind, many veterans continue to serve our country as public servants and mentors, parents and comrriunity leaders. They have added proud chapters to the story of America, not only on the battlefield, but also in communities from coast to coast. They have built and shaped our Nation, and it is our solemn promise to support our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen as they return to their homes and families. America's sons and daughters have not watched over her shores or her citizens for pub- lic recognition, fanfare, or parades. They have preserved our way of life with unwavering patri- otism and quiet courage, and ours is a debt of honor to care for them and their families. These obligations do not end after their time of service, and we must fulfill our sacred trust to care for our veterans after they retire their uniforms. As a grateful Nation, we are humbled by the sacrifices rendered by our service members and their families out of the deePest sense of service and love of country. On Veterans Day, let us!re-  member our solemn obligations to our veterans, and recommit to upholding the enduring princi- ples that our country lives for, and that our fel- low citizens have fought and died for. With respect for and in recognition of the con- tributions our service men and women have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world, the Congress has provided that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor our Nation's veterans. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2010, as Veterans Day. I encourage all Americans to recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans through ap- propriate public ceremonies and private prayers. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to display the flag of the United States and to partic- ipate in patriotic activities in their communities. I call on all Americans, including civic and fra- ternal organizations, places of worship, schools, and communities to support this day with com- memorative expressions and programs. A Feath00ng 00spape r go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing 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 Cort Johnson Kayleen Taylor Ruth Ellis Brian Taylor Pat Shillito Linda Satchwell , Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Lassen County Times (530) 257-53211 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 17.lectl'ons offer much to talk about ili: ' :Ei i : ii ......... ,. 2iiii: ii i i i!ii iiiii::li:::: . :: iii!ii!iii::iiiiiiii :. ::: MY TURN M. KATF WEST Chester Editor chesternews@plumasnews.com Now that the dust has pretty much set- tled across the nation, the election results are providing nonstop fodder for the talk- ing heads of television. Taking in their questions and positions station by station is a monumental task that can leave you with brain drain! However, if you stick to interviews with the newly elected officials or those in the party power seats, you have the potential to gain a degree of insight as to how party agendas might move forward. While weighing the commentary mix, there is always the need to factor in the old sayings: "power corrupts" and "the road to hell is paved with good inten- tions." The latter of which comes about after the candidate, who has sincerely talked a good game, hits a wall in Washington, D.C. How incredibly frustrating it must be to members of the freshman class to learn they can't walk their talk because they have either been too naive or lack the par- liamentary skills to play in the big leagues. This must also be an incredibly frustrat- ing time for President Obama. While it is no secret that I am not a fan of the Obama- Pelosi-Reid-Boxer clan, I did find myself taking offense at the manner in which he was being questioned by reporters. I don't care who claims the right of free speech, there is such a thing as manners and respect for the position of our presi- dent and our country on the world stage. I would beg to ask how dare they "pub- licly" demand that the president of the United States of America admit he was wrong. They could have taken a different tack and asked him if he thought any part of his agenda could use a second look; a tack that would have shown respect, left his dignity in place and given him options on speaking to contested issues in the fu- ture. I truly believe the type of questions thrown at the president came from this false sense of entitlement that seems to pervade America today ... like the woman who ordered a hot cup of coffee and then sued when she was burned by a spill. What Where in the world? Sharon Sousa of Quincy visited the Hoover Dam on the Arizona-Nevada border. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along and in- cluding it in a photo. Then e-mail the photo to smorrow@plumasnews.com. part of hot coffee did she not anticipate? Better yet, what part of hot coffee did the ruling judge not understand? Locally, an example arose from my turn in the voting booth. It was so loud in all parts of our memorial hall I could barely hear myself think. In my opinion, I was there to make some critical choices in a process that is denied to many other per- sons around the world. When I turned tothe election volunteers and commented about the noise level, one said something to the effect that there is no law about the noise level. While that was likely a very true statement, I could have argued, once again, that not every- thing trumps manners or respect. In my opinion, being gracious is also part of good manners or just being a good sport. In monitoring the election results, I also heard a variety of examples from the party power bases. Future Speaker of the House John Boehner and Republican Whip Eric Can- tor offered a much different tone and mes- sage than that of their party peer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. While Boehner and Cantor spoke to the Republican party having a "second chance" to prove they can get things right while being accountable to the American people, McCorinell seemed to focus only on the negative of undoing everything the current administration has done and hav- ing President Obama join the short list of one-term presidents. While I agree that government today has grown too large, too intrusive and certain- ly too indiffe/'ent to the voice of the elec- torate I don't think McConnell's message hit the spot with anyone but those with a radical bent. I'd like to have a little faith that if ap- proached correctly, and in small incre- ments, every piece of legislation, except for the Constitution of the United States, can be tweaked to provide sane, effective, affordable law or policy. And while there seemed to be a reported. survey for everything Nov. 2, I would like to believe most Americans went to the polls because they realized for America to survive, everyone needed to be involved to affect that recovery. Unfortunately, I find myself agreeing with the comment that the people who went to the polls were more afraid then. ' angry; that it wasn't just a matter of send- ing the incumbents home. Continuing to listen to the commentary coming out of midterms and going into the 2012 election cycle, the message I hope rang most clearly across the land is this is the time to come to the table, to remember we are all Americans, to work together se- riously and honestly and to leave partisan- ship on the doorstep where it belongs! REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABO.RSKI Historian 80 YEARS AGO... 1930 Two convicts working on State Highway 23 in the Feather River canyon near Vir- gilia escaped Sunday night and after a chase were apprehended near Paxton. Showing this week at the Greenville The- ater: "Up the River" starring Spencer Tra- cy and Clair Luce. A flock of birds in an ungilded cage having more fun than the law allows. 50 YEARS AGO... 1960 A total of 4911 of the 6502 Plumas County registered voters went to the polls Tues- day. In the local arena, Raymond Larson was elected Plumas County Board of Su- pervisor member for the Quincy area win- ning over challenger Howard Train. Plumas County voters chose John F. Kennedy over Richard Nixon in the presi- dential race. 30 YEARS AGO... 1980 Vandals leaving a trail of graffiti, slashed tires and soaped cars in Greenville in recent weeks have aroused concern among local merchants and the communi- ty in general. Over five separate incidents of malicious mischief were reported to the Plumas County Sheriff's office since Hal- loween and six more were listed as unre- ported by property owners. The Greenville branch library and Ayoob's Store and oth- er Greenville downtown merchants have been vandalized. 10 YEARS AGO... 2000 This week's account of the Plumas Coun- ty Supervisorial District I ballots yielded no changes in the outcome of the Novem- ber election, affirming B.J. Pearson's win over two-year term incumbent Fran Roudebush. At Fran Roudebush's request, the Plumas County Clerk and staff hand counted 1,800 ballots cast, which cost Roudebush $240.00. i Vlu andflu shot, MY TURN BARBARA FRANCE Staff Writer bfrance@lassennews'cm The other day my amazing 21-year-old daughter told me she wanted a time ma- chine. I asked her if she wanted to go back into time and she said that she wanted to move time forward because her husband of one year and two months would be home from his Army deployment. He comes home in December, January or February. He left in February 2010. I told her we did- n't need to speed time up because then I would be older. But what do 21-year-olds know? I understand her dilemma. Two weeks ago, I came down with the Crud. You know, that virus, bug, illness or whatever that thing is the entire city seemed to be getting. I don't remember being that sick, but I am sure I have been. Time stood still and for four days I was sure I was going to meet my Maker. I was sick at the same TV, concerts and general busyness? time the Chilean government was able to rescue their 33 trapped miners. All I kept thinking was those men where there for 17 days before anyone knew they were alive. I didn't think I could survive the flu let alone a dark, hot cave. My fate didn't seem so bad. As I was recovering I watched Switzer- land break through the earth and open a 36-mile tunnel that took 15 years to dig out. It has an overburden of 8,200 feet. I felt claustrophobic going into the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel that went under the Atlantic Ocean two times for a mile each. Just the thought of being trapped under- ground made me shudder. I feel the same way about the Euro-Tunnel. I told my staff I have no plans to spend time underground unless the Lord sends me there. Then to top it off my eldest decides to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. For goodness sake, it made me start a different bucket list. What I will not do before I die! You know two. Sad thing is I did have a three-month goal list too and it included getting the flu shot this year. Today, you can get a free one at the "Roll In, Roll Up and Roll Out" clinic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Jensen Hall parking lot at the Lassen County Fair- grounds. So if you still have not gotten the flu, trust me go get the shot. Missing a week of living is not much fun. During my week of crudcation (it means a forced stay at home, in bed sick), I missed some favorite TV shows, a high school dra- ma production and a party for a friend who returned from his military deployment. This week I am playing catch up. Thank goodness for Tivo. It is fun watching NCIS Los Angeles. One of my college's English professor's sons, Eric Christian Olsen, is now a regular on the popular series. He plays Marty Decks. I remember him as a preschooler. Now, I can say I have known several celebrities in my lifetime, only a few more to meet. I finished the week going to two nights of the season opening con- Certs of the Susanville Symphony Society. I might not want a time machine to go forward but backward to 1940 might be fun. ! love the Big Band sound and would have learned to swing dance. I did get on the dance floor with my husband a few times and I must say I was mighty glad I was over the Crud by then because I had the time of my life. My recommendation to you is prepare for the worst; I didn't and have fun when you can otherwise you might be wishing for a time machine or thinking you are trapped in a dark, damp place never to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank God, men have been able to advance tech- nology far enough to get those Chilean men out of the ground, iBueno Suerte and saludI | ! '