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lib Wednesday, Nov, 14, 2001 Bulletin, Progressive, "The only reason to hire a CAO is so supervisors can avoid responsibility. I'd abolish it."--B.J. Pearson, candidate for District i supervisor, during a candidate forum Feb. 10, 2000. What a difference 18 months make. Last week, Supervisor Pearson joined his fellow supervisors in hiring Bob Co- nen as Plumas County's new CAO (cmm- ty administrative officer) and giving him the unprecedented salary of $96,900. Why the about-face? Did Pearson break his campaign pledge or did he suddenly see the light? He didn't say. Nor did Ken Nelson, who also made ques- tioning the role of the CAO part of his campaign rhetoric. In fact, other than Board Chairman Don Clark, who suggested that a $90,000 Salary might be more appropriate, there was little discussion about the decision to appoint acting CAO Conen to the per- manent position. In defending the salary for Conen, Bill Dennison said that it would be difficult to fred a CAO other than Conen because there are nine va- cancies for the position in the state, and even if the county could fred a qualified candidate, he or she would cost even more. But why pay Conen more than former CAO Jim Stretch, who made roughly $94,000? Whatever opinion one held of Stretch, it could be argued that he was an excellent county administrative offi- cer. Conen, until he was appointed act- ing CAO, was the county's human re- sources director. No offense to Conen, but he doesn't have the expertise or ex- perience that Stretch brought to the job. So why pay him more? While Conert may, admirably grow into the position, why pay him top dollar now? Why not do as Clark suggested, and start him at a low- er and give him room to grow? That's the very minimum that Pearson could have done if he had listened to his own campaign promises. But apparently, those have been forgotten. Brushing up on the Brown Act Conen's blunder with the Brown Act and the discord between the supervisors and the fair board over the Brown Act highlighted just how confused county of. flcials are over the legislation that gov- erns public meetings. We applaud the supervisors' realiza- tion of the need for a Brown Act refresh- er course and for their willingness to jointly conduct a seminar with the news- paper. The session will be offered to members of all public boards in the county and will provide valuable infor- mation. ishing spaper Michael C. Taborskl Publisher Keri B. Taboraki Legal Advertising Department Debrs Coates Managing Editor Alicla Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terri Daoust Portola Editor Marian Uddell Chester Editor Shonnon Morrow Sports Editor Jenette Meneely News Proofreader, Kid's Page Editor Staff writers: Dave Keller, Victoria Metcelf, Will Farris, Pete MargoUes, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams, Kelly Dachanhausen, Melinda Visser, Barbara France, Tom Frederick, Susan Cort Johnson I don't get the chance to write about music very often. That's because we're not a mainstream newspaper, but a weekly devoted to covering community issues. One of the best parts of writing a column is that I get to write about a va- riety of subjects. In the past, I've writ- ten about Frank Sinatra, John Coltrane and Eminem. A new piece of music that's caught my attention is "Love and Theft," Bob Dy- lan's fiery treatise on the loss of love. In effect, it is a blues record. It is an unlikely follow-up to 199Ts "Time Out of Mind," which won a Grammy award for best album of the year. Unlikely because Dylan, for more than 25 years, has been inconsistent. It's also unlikely because it recalls other essential works more than it re- calls anything Dylan has recorded. For whatever reason, it reminds me of"Layla and Other Love Songs," the legendary Derek and the Dominoes KEttm record. The album, which adeptly dramatizes the anguish of unrequited love, is cele- brating its 30th anniversary this year. The musical textures are not the same, when you compare the albums side by side. The fierce guitar ex- changes between Duane Allman and Er- ic Clapton were, and remain, brilliant. Dylan's work, for the most part, has never expressed its concepts through the music itself. Rather, it's the melancholic themes that link the two works: songs about Photo courtesy Of Plumas County Museum Wllmtevwr tim Plumas County residents turned out to IHm l alk ts at vent in front of ,riginal county courthouse. HISTORIAN 75 Years Ago ............. 1925 That California voters are tired of the so called prohibition and the enforcement mea- sures authorized by the wright Act, was def- initely established Tuesday at the polls when a majority expressed disapproval of the act and voted for its repeal. Statewide re turns show 160,000 in favor of repeal and 70,000 for its retention. Consideration for re peal will go to the Congress next season. 50 Years A4go ............. 1951 This seasons precipitation total reached 11.90 inches this morning--4.97 above nor- mal--but 8.60 inches less than last year when records were broken. Heavy snow blanketed most of Plumas County with the greatest level falling, in Chester and Greenville and the least snow falling in Quincy and the Feather River Canyon. 25 Years Ago ............. 1975 This week the Plumas County Board of Su- pervisors will consider a proposal to create a temporary parking lot on the old Quincy Ho- tel lot at the corner of Main and Crescent Streets. The proposal calls for the county to lease the property from owner Elemer Hoskins for five years with the county re- ceiving the first option to purchase the prop- erty. e STAFF WRITER As I stood on Nevada Street Hal- loween night, watching the excitement of the children dressed in colorful cos- fumes and running from one game to the next, I couldn't help but wonder what lies ahead for these children. I remember when I was their age and I remember the monthly air raid, duck- and-cover drills. People were building bomb shelters in anticipation of an attack by the U.S.S.R. Everyone was on the lookout for spies, knowing they were behind every bush. As time went on, things changed, and the U.S.S.R. didn't seem as threatening. Bomb shelters were forgotten and the drills stopped, allowing childhood to continue on a happier, more peaceful note. But today things are different. We've been attacked on our own soil by an ene- my who is hard to spot and hard to track. Our children are going to have to learn a new way of living, one where they'll need to be more cautious than ever, checking everyone around them for suspicious signs. Signs like bulges in clothing where bulges shouldn't be, packages left near benches or storefronts, people who seem to be overly distracted or nervous. They will fred themselves more close- ly scrutinized by others as if they could be guilty of some sinister act. Now that we know we can be hit on our own soil, there is little we can do to protect our children, other than teach- ing them. They say knowledge is power and we have to start teaching our children what to look for and how to keep themselves safe. It won't be as simple as "don't talk to strangers" or "look both ways before you cross the street." They need to know who the enemy is, where they come from, what they think, and how they terrorize. They'll need to know, even more, what's going on in other parts of the world and what it could mean to them. But we also need to make sure that they can still hold onto their childhood, having fun and not being overwrought with fear. The saying, "It takes a village to raise a child," will mean even more in the loss, suffering and And, like "Love and Theft," and Other Love Songs" spondency undermine of expression. Consider Clapton's Have to be So Sad?" In that vently sings, "Got to find take me back to yesterday. ever hope to forget you? me a place where I can hide face? I know you're heart if I let you." On a new song, also sings about rej words of the woman he loves: reach out for me. Can't you drowning, too?" On "Layla and Other Love tually every tune is woman. The problem, he singS, the woman belongs to another f'md that out in "Have You Woman," in which he cries, love that woman and a sin." On "Sugar Baby," the Dylan's new he tells a who won't leave her man for "You went years well keep going now." For woman seems to time. Like Clapton's album there's song about wanting may be on the case, "Bell Bottom Blues" is artist's realization that a habit may cause his death. He I could choose a place to die in your arms." Similarly, Dylan sings, are numbered. So are words are contained in which was covered by Sheryl her "Globe Sessions" record, been compared by some to Other Love Songs." "Love and Theft" is mate Dylan album, but it is since 1974's "Blood on the easily better than "Time and "Slow Train side by side with "Layla and Songs," it is a worthy listen. 10 Years Ago ............. 1991 State biologists from the Fish and Game poisoned the near Beckwourth last week, the ment in a month designed to of Northern Pike. "In the 51st state the be the official state bird," said Stan Statham's chief aide to jokingly durint for the sole organizer of the Campaign. NOTE: I~ems included in the ber When column are taken edition newspaper archives writing style of that particular, spelling and grammar are not copy is presented as it actually the original newspapers. years to come. Whenever there's dren, like the Portola, adults in be there in force to protect and make sure the as possible. We all need to take protecting one another, children--since it will really their legacy to save us all Ln All of us who live in munities have known the years, and we the list. We are safer than those cities; although it the odds against it are for the time being. We need to lean on each port and to keeI high. It's a free line and watchful and allowing your life. It will be tough, but timist and truly believe that e will be okay and that the tinue to shine and the world c turn. But just in case, I'll night for God to keep all allow us to lead ble.