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6B Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter DITORIAL AND OPINION ruin your oli With the holiday season upon us, it's important to be wary of scammers trying to take advantage of our holiday spirit. This time of year, people are much more inclined to make charitable donations or purchase gifts from vendors they aren't familiar with. Scammers know this. That's why the next six weeks should be considered "fraud season." Criminals who run scam operations are more active during the holidays than any other time during the year. We are all potential victims, which means we need to be extremely vigilant. This newspaper has received a growing number .of calls and emails from readers about the IRS scam this year. The IRS scam has been around for decades, but this year has been particularly bad for Plumas County residents. The scam entails a caller posing as an IRS agent demanding payment or personal information from unsuspecting victims. Many people are so blindsided by the calls that they forget their common sense. Before they know it, startled victims have wired money or worse -- provided the scammer with important personal information like Social Security, bank or credit card numbers. Unlike the threatening IRS scammers who prey on our fears, the holiday scammers often prey on our generosity. From bogus holiday charities to websites offering "can't miss" holiday shopping deals, scammers know this is the prime time to take advantage of otw good intentions. If someone calls seeking a charitable donation, don't be afraid to ask a few questions. And never give out your Social Security or credit card number. If the caller asks you to wire your donation, hang up. If the caller represents a charity you aren't familiar with, ask them to mail you some information. And if you do decide to donate, pay by check. If you can't do all of your holiday shopping locally and decide to do some of it online, avoid ordering from sites that aren't well established or that you are not familiar with. Scammers will send emails advertising "incredible holiday deals." When you click the link, it might take you to an online shopping site featuring products that will never be delivered after you pay for them. According to CBS News, many of those suspect sites are based in China. It's common for us to receive packages in the mail during the holidays. Scammers take ..... advantage of that, too. : r:,, Be wary of phony emailssaying that you have a package on the way. The email-- disguised to. look like it is from the U.S. Post Off'me, FedEx or UPS -- may ask you to click on a link or do 2oad an infected attachment. Once a computer is infected witl the malware, cyber-criminals can gain control of your personal information and accounts. And if you give gift cards, try to buy them from the store itself. Savvy criminals have learned various ways to drain those funds as well. The bottom line: More than ever we need to be careful and take common-sense steps to protect ourselves this time of year. If you suspect that you have been a victim ofa scam, contact the Plumas County Sheriff or District Attorney's Office. 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 ishing spaper 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 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 Member, California Ne~oaper Publishers A~o. i yo The Thanksgiving Holiday in its tradition of giving thanks, despite any current burdens or hardships, gives us pause to be thankful for lIfe's big blessings and basic needs; food, shelter, health and the support of others. What are you grateful for today? Join me in taking a moment and saying thanks for what you have and to those around you. i am thankful to God that I do not struggle to fmd food or shelter and am blessed beyond compare to have the support of others. I have the love of family and the opportunity to take the time to enjoy it. This past year has blessed me with not only the gift of time, but that time has also provided the gift of reflection to realize what a great decision we made in coming lf .the gift of gratitude SUSAN JACOBSON Staff Writer sjacobson@plumasnews.com home to Plumas County. My life slowed down to allow me tojoin my amazing husband of almost 20 years in watching both sons play school sports and This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERi TABORSKI of Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. Nov. 18 1865 -- "The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," is published in The Saturday Press, a weekly literary newspaper. The story is Mark Twain's first great success. 1970 -- The first push-button telephone goes into service in the U.S. Eventually it replaces rotary dial telephones. Nov. 19 Today is Monopoly Day. Monopoly was created in 1903 and patented as a Parker Brothers board game in 1935. It is played with eight tokens: a wheelbarrow, a battleship, a race car, a thimble, a shoe, a Scottie dog, a top hat and a cat, which was added in 2012. Previous tokens retired and replaced in 1950 were a lantern, a purse and a rocking horse. 1863 -- President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address. The speech later becomes famous. 1959-- Ford Motor Company announces (he discontinuation of the unpopular Edsel automobile. 1998 --The House of Representatives Judiciary Commission begins impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton. Hearings began after the Lewinsky-Clinton scandal. control of Alcatraz Island. They are ousted by the U.S. government in June 1971. 1993 -- The gun control Brady Bill is passed by Congress. The bill imposes a five-day waiting period in order to purchase a handgun. Nov. 21 1789 -- North Carolina, "The Tar Heel State" is admitted as the 12th U.S. state. The official state bird is the cardinal. The official state tree is the pine andthe official state flower is the dogwood. 1877 -- Thomas Edison invents the gramophone, or the phonograph, a machine that both records and plays sound. 1980 -- A television audience of 78 million tunes in to watch Dallas and find out who shot J. R. Nov. 22 1954 -- The Humane Society of the United States is founded. It promotes animal welfare and animal rights with the motto: "Celebrating animals -- Confronting cruelty." 1963-- United States President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas. 1977-- British Airways inaugurates the Concorde flight- -- London to New York Service. Nov. 23 1936 -- Life Magazine is redesigned and redistributed as a photo magazine and enjoys instant success with the public. Nov. 24 1932 -- The FBI crime lab in Washington, D.C. officially opens 1963 -- Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged assassin of John F. Kennedy, is murdered. Jack Ruby shoots Oswald to death in the basement of the Dallas, Texas, police department headquarters. Nov. 20 1969 -- Native American activists seize my eldest graduate from high school, consider a second Olympic path, head off to college and begin his quest of a career in sports broadcasting. I am truly proud and very grateful to have had the last year to take part in their journeys toward adulthood. What or who is it that you are grateful for in your family? My ability to enjoy and be part of family time is a direct result of the flexibility provided by Feather Publishing and the freedom to work hours that create a good work/life balance. The staff writer position has given me the chance to grow in a new direction, learn more about our area, meet interesting people and be mentored by one of the best people I have ever worked for, our Managing Editor Dan McDonald. I am very grateful for this job and the opportunity it provides. What is it in your job you are thankful for today? Mentors are a group of people we don't always remember to give our gratitude. That may, in part, be due to the fact that mentoring is part of their job; they are often service type people, like teachers, pastors or public figures. The other reason may be that we don't realize until later in life what an impact they made overall. Today I reflect on those in our area that have been significant mentors in my life. In addition to being grateful for Dan McDonald, Pastor Rallin Klundby, Professor Shelley Miller, former PHS Principal Howard Thomas, Ann Joy and retired teachers Brenda Ross and Valari Simison also deserve my gratitude. Who are your mentors in need of thanks? I am grateful for my friends; now that we are home they number too many too list. Their support in helping us rejoin the community, standing by us over the years, lending a hand, an ear or their hearts is a grateful reminder of something missed living in the city. The joy of our children, now almost grown and rekindling friendships put on hold for years. Certainly there is a friend that would love to hear how grateful you are for having them by your side. Lastly, I am grateful to live in a fantastic area; an area that provides seasonal beauty, recreational opportunities, the social benefits of rural life and, when desired, city convenience not far away. Most importantly though~ having been all over the world in the past five years, that we are right here in the USA. Where the freedom to share these thoughts, seek change and live by those choices is protected by brave men and women of all ages willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice to keep it that way. If you missed giving thanks on Veterans Day do so and stop for a moment to take note of the great place in which we live. May the gratitude you feel today carry through the season and the coming year, lifting you and those you share it with to a place of peace and reflection. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ... 1915 Advertisement: Apple trees for sale--18 different varieties of apple trees to choose from. Six to nine feet $ 75 cents each, under six feet 50 cents. Apply or address Frank Roche in Quincy. 50 YEARS AGO ... 1965 The Plumas County Board of Supervisors have enacted an ordinance requiring the licensing of all itinerant vendors who operate within the county. The ordinance would prevent much of the "public bilking" that is currently occurring. 25 YEARS AGO ... 1990 Greyhound Bus Company service has interrupted its Reno-Oroyille bus service since March when the drivers went on strike and Greyhound has officially - applied to the California Public Utilities Commission to discontinue the route permanently. 10 YEARS AGO ... 2005 Plumas Unified School District is considering closing high school campuses at lunch time in response to problems in Portola where alcohol and drugs have become a problem. Racial prejudice still remains the elephant in the room You walk to class and hear expletives and taunts at your back and sometimes to your face. Other students shout that "your kind" should die. Anonymous social media users threaten to kill anyone who has your skin color on campus today. You get nervous waiting at the bus stop because there's been stories going around about how female students have been attacked there. It's not well lit. There is no women's resource center on your campus and no one to talk to on campus about what happened to you in the dorm. People dress up in exaggerated and negative stereotyped versions of your race for Halloween. There's a "whites only" sign on the door of the party. Your school talks about race as if everyone is either black or white and it makes you feel like you are invisible and your needs aren't being met. Your tribe has been in the United States long before it was a country and yet your people are half a chapter in your history book. You're not allowed to wear tribal insignias on your graduation robe: There's a swastika painted in excrement on your dorm building wall aimed at you. Other students ask your immigration status or where you're from even though your spoken English is better than theirs and your family has been here five generations. There's not a single professoron your campus from your background; you don't feel like you can relate. You take a survey film or literature class and all the directors and writers are white men. Do women and people of color just not exist in the arts, you wonder to yourself?. MY TURN MAGGIE WELLS Staff Writer mwells@plumasnews.com You feel bad that you can't relate to what your professor said was "universal." Across the country, students, faculty, and college administrators are facing uncomfortable truths -- that racism, misogyny, and homophobia are alive and well at institutions of higher learning. This month college campuses are erupting in protests, the likes of which have not beel] seen since the early 1970s. Deans of students and college presidents have been forced to resign. Football teams have refused to play. Social media pundits have labeled college-age students as "entitled cry babies" who cannot take a joke. But why should racism, misogyny, and homophobia be a joke? For some of us those "jokes" are life and death. Is our contemporary generation of students just horribly mean to each other? Is this the fault of too much living online without a filter? Maybe it's always been this way -- it's just now that women, gays and lesbians, and ethnic minorities know they have a right to be heard. We didn't feel heard at UCLA in 1987. I distinctly remember an incident in my marine biology class. Our instructor was handing back tests and the curve started at 97 percent. A frat boy two rows down from me yelled "which Asian b*&^% was it?" The whole class seemed to laugh. The Asian American girl to my left went red in the face and the teacher said nothing. Back at Dyl~stra Hall a bunch of us were talking about the schools we'd turned down to go to UCLA. When it was my turn I said "Berkeley." A friend swore in disgust and said, "I should have gotten into Berkeley. They always hold open spots for you people. What a waste." It didn't matter to her that i'd graduated in the top 10 percent of my class or that I went to a private college prep high school. Racism is a complicated matter of our often unsophisticated view of what it entails. When we think of racism, we think white hoods and stereotypes of people living in the deep South. What we miss is that racism is a subtle and nuanced beast. Racism makes an underlying assumption on a college campus: it assumes one group is entitled to be there without question of abilities and merit and it assumes the other group has less abilities and merit and should just be grateful to be there. Both assumptions are wrong. My support goes out to students and professors around the country who are speaking out. As witnesses we must not remain silent. Recently, I stumbled on the film "Dear White People" which is modeled after real life events on college campuses. Stand-up comic Azaz Ansari's new Neffiix sitcom "Master of None" also grabbles with race in interesting ways. I highly recommended both.