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6B Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter D ITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL in are in ra Regular readers of this paper might have noticed some different names and faces bringing us the news over the past several weeks. Feather Publishing has added three new reporters and we couldn't be more pleased about the work they are doing-- we hope you are too. Miriam Cody, Greg Knight and Ann Powers all arrived on the scene within weeks of each other. They came to Plumas County by way of Montana, Utah and Arizona, respectively, and wasted no time in making an impression. The trio of talented reporters has injected us with their infectious energy and impressed us with their strong reporting skills. Indian Valley and LakeAlmanor-area readers are getting to know Cody, who began writing for us in September. Miriam is a self-published novelist who moved to the area from Butte, Montana, about eight months ago. Although this is her first newspaper job, she's proving to have the instincts and storytelling skills of a veteran reporter. Knight, whom we stole from a newspaper in Manti, Utah, is actually returning to his roots. Greg grew up in Indian Valley and attended Feather River College before beginning his journalism career. He is passionate about sports and understands there is more to sports writing than just reporting the scores. We didn't contact Greg about the job, he called us. "All I've ever wanted is to come home to write for my hometown newspaper," he said. The addition of Knight to the staff has allowed former Sports Editor James Wilson to become our main features writer. James is a very funny and clever guy. Few writers can make us laugh, cry and think in the same story. James can. The newest member of the staff is Powers. Ann arrived in Graeagle over the summer and has resumed her newspaper career after years in public relations. The University of Wisconsin graduate has reported for newspapers and television stations throughout the Midwest and Southwest. She was also a media coordinator for former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Portola readers are in good hands with Ann's no-nonsense reporting style and her tireless quest for the truth. The new reporters Complement an editorial staff that includes award-winning Veteran reporter and editor Debra Moore, longtime Chester reporter Kate West and Cop: Editor Ingrid Burke. While going through the stalling transition, the paper was supported by some exceptional contributions from part-time reporters Will Ferris, Austin Hagwood and Shelley Wilkerson. Ferris is a regular contributor to the paper. And we likely will see more stories from Hagwood and Wilkerson in the future. Managing Editor Dan McDonald, who arrived here four years ago after two decades as an editor for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, said he is excited about the direction the paper is headed. "Reporter for reporter, I think our staff is as strong as any daily newspaper's," McDonald said. "Our readers are in for a treat." Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of the publisher, managi editor and the appropriate staff writers. s Feat lishing spaper f For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com 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 Debra Moore Michael Gondon 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 Member, Printed on California Newspaper recycled papei" Publishers Assoc. You will never forget "Always Remember Me" During a two-plus-hour oral surgery last week I decided to escape to a happy place. It wasn't palm trees and a sandy beach I saw, but rather the smiling face of my 7-month-old grandson. Most of the time he still looks like a baby, but other times, like when he's wearIng a plaid button-down shirt, he looks like a little boy. And, for the past week, it's been another little boy who's been on my mind -- Jedidiah Lusk. I wasn't living here when 8-year-old Jedidiah was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in February 2010, but I read about him in the Feather River Bulletin, and was aware of the outpouring of community support that he and his family received, as well as the grief that followed his death Jan. 3, 2011. But when I picked up a copy of MY TURN DEBRA MOORE Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com "Always Remember Me" from Epilog Books and began reading his story, I relived those 11 months as told primarily through the words of his mother. Sitting at my desk, sniffling into tissues, my co-workers eyed me warily. This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY (~OMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. 1969 In Columbus, Ohio, Dave Thomas opens the first Wendy's fast food restaurant, known for its square-shaped hamburgers. (Wendy's advertising catchphrase: "Where's the Beef?." became popular in 1984.) of November 16 1907 Oklahoma, "The Sooner State" is admitted into the Union as the 46th U.S. state. November 12 1936 The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opens to traffic. November 13 1940 Walt Disney's animated musical film "Fantasia" is released at New York's Broadway Theatre. 1982 The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. November 14 1973 England's Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey in London. (The couple divorced in April 1992 after 19 years of marriage.) 1914 - The Federal Reserve Bank Of the United States opens. 1973 -- President Richard M. Nixon signs the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline Authority Act into law, authorizing the construction of the Alaskan oil pipeline project. November 17 1800 The United States Congress holds its first session in Washington, D.C. 2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes the 38th Governor of California, preceded by Gray Davis and succeeded by Jerry Brown. 1995 A national budget stand-off between Democrats and RepUblicans in the U.S. Congress forces the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums and run most government offices with minimum staffing. November 15 1939 President Franklin D. RooseveR lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial Monument in Washington, D.C. November 18 1865 -= Mark Twain's short story "The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is published in the weekly literary newspaper the Saturday Press. 1970 The first push-button telephone goes into service in the United States (eventually replacing rotary dial telephones). "Maybe you shouldn't be reading that." I couldn't put it down. Yes, it's sad; but it's also incredibly inspiring from the little boy who refused to pity himself and instead made the most of every moment to his family who, while overcome with grief, continued to live their lives to the fullest. They packed more into one year than most families do in several. I've been blessed. With the exception of an emergency room visit for a rattlesnake bite, my daughters have been healthy. I have always been grateful and made St. Jude my favorite charity for the work they do with children I suppose, as a concrete way to express my gratitude. If you are a parent, reading "Always Remember Me" will haunt you. Cynthia Lusk, Jedidiah's mother, holds nothing back and lets us into her private world. Even after Jedidiah's death, our intimate view into her thoughts continues through the letters that she writes to her deceased son. Those letters, as well as Cynthia's description of that first harrowing day that airlifts them from the emergency room at Plumas District Hospital to the intensive care unit at UC Davis, provide some of the most raw and heart-wrenching pages of the book. Also mesmerizing are the photos that of a beaming 8-year-old in his soccer uniform to his swollen 9-year-old self, still smiling in his Cub Scout uniform. The book is populated with local places and people, and is a tribute to the community as well as to a little boy and his family. The stories of generosity both in funds and time are heartwarming. It's not limited to Quincy, but stretches across the entire county, and beyond. As Forest Service employees, Cynthia and Scott received amazing gifts from their coworkers throughout the West. I had never met Cynthia until last week, when she came into Feather Publishing to discuss her book. But I had heard her speak. She gave a commencement address at Quincy Elementary School on what would have been Jedidiah's sixth-grade graduation a year and a half ago. Her speech, which is included in this book, so inspired me at the time that we ran it in the newspaper as a guest editorial. I came away from last week's interview equally inspired. Jedidiah asked his mom to write a book about him so that she would "always remember" him. She did just that and there's no doubt that he will never be forgotten. REMEMBER. WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 Plumas County joined with the rest of California voters Tuesday in defeating Proposition 25, the "Ham and Eggs" California worker pension plan. The new $7,300 schoolhouse at Caribou in the Feather River Canyon will be dedicated this afternoon. The school is equipped with electricity throughout and it is believed to be the only school building in Plumas County so equipped and it will be heated by electricity also. 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 proposed Plumas County conservation camp issue on the ballot fell 200 votes short of a victory in last week's election: opposed, 2567, for, 2367. Plumas County's Dick MacKenzie sought funding to improve security from the Plumas County Board of Supervisors this week after the recent break in and theft of $50,000 of marijuana from the evidence locker in the Sheriff's Department. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 Two strains of bacteria from a squirrel getting into the water tank polluted the water at Feather River College. With a budget of $20,000, the Plumas County Fair is asking the public to help decide what headline entertainer they would like to see in the grandstands on Saturday night at the August 2004 Plumas County Fair. Some affordable entertainers still available for that date include: Lee Greenwood; Mark Chesnutt; Cry tal Gayle; Eddie Money; Blood, Sweat and Tears; and Paul Revere and the Raiders. There is an information form in this week's newspaper to be completed and returned to the Fair Office. 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. It's 2014-- Why is the wage gap still an issue? At the beginning of my final semester in college in 1988, I stood in line to pay my tuition just like 45,000 other students at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. I handed the guy behind the payment counter a check for $608.09. He had no neck and was wearing one of those "wife beater" muscle shirts. "Hey you, what da hell is this?" Mr. No-Neck snapped at me. "You're in-state, so your tuition is $868.70." "I'm also a woman," I said. "And by the latest and most generous figures, I'm only_ going to make about 70 cents to your white, male-chauvinist dollar. So, this check is for exactly 70 percent of in-state tuition." "Huh?" he eloquently replied. I explained to this lunk that if I were going to make about one-third less than he, I was declaring a one-third discount for myself and the entire female population on everything. From that point on, I was only going to pay 70 percent of my lunch bill and leave 70 percent of a 15 percent tip. Instead of drinking 60-cent tappers at the student union, I could throw them back for 42 cents. I would pay 70 percent of my taxes and give the landlord 70 percent of the rent. Moreover, I would only pay 70 percent of the going rate on tampons. No, on second thought, I wouldn't pay anything. After all, if men menstruated, tampons would be federally funded. My confused new friend began to sweat MY TURN ANN POWERS Staff Writer apowers@plumasnews.com and beckoned to some managerial, bureaucratic types for help. I was ushered out of line. But, I didn't stop there. I continued to inform my unwelcomed escorts that right there in that great public liberal university, male professors were earning about $4,500 more than female professors. The posse began to hurry me down the line. As they tugged at my shirtsleeve, I noticed some women waiting for ID pictures wearing chemistry department T-shirts. "Don't be fooled!" I shouted back at them. "National statistics show that even with your master's or Ph.D., a male chemist will surpass your income by at least $7,000 a year." i was pushed closer to the door. I saw a couple of women from the journalism school. "Forget it," I warned. "As a media department head, your male counterpart will bank $20,000 more annually." My irritated escorts gave me a final push, and those heavy administration doors slammed shut behind me an ominous sign that if I ever wanted to register as a student again, I was to return quietly with a check for the full amount of tuition. Bewildered, I sat on a nearby curb and thought about it. Knowledge is power, and I needed their diploma documenting that I had that knowledge. I also couldn't afford the school's late fees. I paid in full, and five months later I graduated. That was then, and this is now. Unfortunately, not much has changed for the sisterhood since that spring semester in Madison 26 years ago. It seems the war on women is alive and well. Consider the non-progress of the equal pay for equal work debate. When President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, women earned 59 cents to a man's dollar. Today, 51 years later, women earn about 77 cents in that same category, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And while this reflects an increase of 18 cents, or 1 cent every three years, that's still approximately $11,000 in lost income every year for the average woman. Spread that across a 45-year career, and women earn half a million dollars less than male colleagues doing the same job, with the See Powers, page 8B 1