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6B Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL "Tis the season to be prepared ;this is the season when Plumas County residents are busy writing lists. Children are making lists for Santa Claus, while their parents are creating shop- ping lists for everything from gingerbread cookies and wrapping paper to presents under the tree. Soon it will be time to make lists of our annual New Year's resolutions. But now is also the perfect time to make lists of what our families need to weather emergencies. This is the time of the year when the biggest threats come from wind, rain and snow, resulting in power out- ages and road closures. Our county leaders are prepared. How to respond to the various disasters that could plague our county is clearly defined in a 241-page document that is con- stantly reviewed and revised. The document can be found on the county's website and it's reassuring to know that the pieces are in place to protect the citi- zens, property and assets Of Plumas County. There is even an evacuation plan for the county's horses. Jerry Sipe, the county's office of emergency ser- vices director, is the individual responsible for coor- dinating local and out-of-county resources during an emergency. He .took the lead during the Chips Fire this year, coordinating efforts during and after the fire. As last week's storms loomed, he talked to Cal- trans and the public works department to ensure that they were adequately staffed and prepared to work around the clock if necessary. He talked with the utility companies that provide electricity to miti- gate potential disruptions of power. As an individual who devotes a lot of time to think- ing about impending disasters, he isn't riffled with angst about future emergencies because he knows that the county is prepared. Not only does the county have a plan, but other en- tities do as well, including the three local hospitals. Sipe said that joint training exercises with the health care providers help ensure a coordinated re- sponse to any emergency. That coordinated ap- proach also includes the school district, Feather Riv- er College, local fire departments, the city of Portola, and the Red Cross. The work may be invisible to most residents, but it is comforting to know that there is a network of peo- ple ready to spring into action when necessary. They often do so at the risk of leaving their own families alone during a trying time. Sipe said that those charged with responding in an emergency are encouraged to ensure that their loved ones and homes are prepared so that their attention can be fo- cused on the larger community. He encourages individuals to be prepared as well. It doesn't take a lot of time or resources, just a little thought and organization to develop a family plan and gather supplies. Families often have an idea of what they should do during an emergency, but if there's initial confusion or panic, a plan that can be implemented immediate- ly isideal. Also, while many families have the sup- plies that might be necessary to sustain them for sev- eral days, they may be stored in different areas of the house, making a quick evacuation impractical. Plumas County offers a great deal of valuable in- formation about emergency preparedness on its web- site. Go to countyofplumas.com and uncler depart- ments, select the office of emergency services. Sipe said that he would rather face an emergency in Plumas County than anywhere else. We couldn't agree more. Time and again families, friends and neighbors have pulled together during difficult times. It's a comfort to know you are never in it alone. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board, which consists of the publisher, the managing editor and the appropriate staff writer or writers, and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. Feat00mg 00spaper 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 Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: Laura Beaton Jordan Clary Michael Condon Ruth Ellis DJ Estacio Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Debra Moore ' M: Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Samantha P. Hawthorne 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 Grandpa's influence still inspiring With the recent turmoil reemerging be- tween Israel and Palestine, I can't help but ponder the significance, or lack thereof, of all the fighting. The division between the two has gone on since before the formation of Israel in 1948. Jews from Eastern Europe fled to Palestine to escape pogroms. Resistance to the migration was evident then, but picked up mainly during the massive exodus of Jews after World War II. The many reasons, claims and justifica- tions of war are too numerous to mention, or even comprehend. Both sides lay justifi- able claim to the area, a fact that intensi- fies the conflict. Rather than taking sides in the situa- tion, I look to my grandfather Markovitch Bent as my inspiration for my view on the subject. My grandpa, a Russian Jew, chose to take a third point of view, loving and marrying the love of his life -- a Palestin- ian. Before I can explain how an event so contradictory to current perception of the ! P 00:ii ii/ MY TURN JAMES WILSON Sports Reporter sports@plumasnews.com two sides came about, I should give a little history of my family. My grandfather was born in Irkutsk, Russia. Irkutsk is a city in the Siberian re- gion of Russia, north of MongoUa. In win- ter the temperature often drops to 50 below zero. Due to persecution in the city, my grand- father and his parents fled south to Shang- hai, China. My great-grandfather set up shop there and started an import-export business. My grandfather had a good upbringing. There was a small Jewish community in Shanghai that he and his family kept in- volved with. He met his first wife, my Grandma Tonya, as a teenager. The story gets a bit complicated, so bear with me. I first should shed a little light on Grandma Tonya's life. Grandma Tonya was born in Shanghai to a Russian Jewish couple. Her parents were down on their luck, however, and couldn't afford to raise her and her twin brother. My grandma was adopted by an Iraqi Jew, 8ilas Hardoon, and his Chinese wife, Liza. Hardoon was lavishly wealthy. At one point he was the richest man in Asia. Stories of his life are a mix of fact and fic- tion, and getting too far into his story would take too long. Hardoon and Liza weren't able to have any children of their own. This led to the two adopting my grandmother andgreat- uncle along with nine other children: half were Chinese and half Jewish. My grand- 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. December 5 Prohibition in the United States ends in 1933, repealing the 18th Constitutional amendment that was passed in 19i9. December 6 In 1768 the first edition of the Encyclope- dia Britannia is published. The first edition of the Washington Post newspaper is published in 1877. The construction of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., is com- pleted in 1884. The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated in 1947. December 7 Today is Pearl Harbor Day, which commemorates the Japanese attack on the United States Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941. Today is Cotton Candy Day. The cotton candy machine was invented in 1899 and was originally called fairy floss as it is made from flossine sugar. December 8 In 1980 Beatle group member John Lennon is murdered by Mark Chapman in New York City. December 9 New York City's first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is founded by Noah Webster in 1793. December 10 Mississippi becomes the 20th U.S. state in 1817. The first Nobel Peace Prizes were award- ed in 1901 in Oslo, Norway, and are awarded each year on December 10. The phrase 'The Grand Ole Opry' was firstused on radio in 1927. December 11 Indiana becomes the 19th U.S. state in 1816. mother grew up surrounded by lavish riches and was at the top of Shanghai's so- cial sphere: Meanwhile, my grandpa went to the U.S. for school while his father built up the im- port-export business. My grandfather ob- tained his bachelor's degree at U.C. Berke- ley and his master's at Columbia. After completing university, my grand- pa came back to Shanghai and fell in love with my grandma. The two married and started their lives in China. However, once the communists took control of the country, the two had to flee. This time my grandpa was persecuted for being a capitalist, rather than as a Jew. The two moved to Rio de Janeiro where they had my uncle and my m0m. My morn spent her childhood playing on the beach- es of Brazil. My grandparents' relationship started to suffer, however. They began spending most of their time together arguing. The two decided to divorce, but there was one problem with their plan. Divorces were il- legal in Brazil. This inconvenience led to their final mi- gration: to the U.S. My grandpa moved to Los Angeles and my grandma to San Fran- cisco. About the same time, on the other side of the world, my Grandma Lily (the Pales- tinian one) was leaving Israel for the U.S. See My Turn, page 8B RMEMBEIK WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO .......... 1937 The $20,000 War Memorial building in Portola built by Plumas County will be dedicated Saturday night. Striping of the Feather River Highway is expected to be completed tonight. The work was started at Keddie yesterday and by nightfall the crew had reached a point west of Belden approximately half the dis- tance in the Plumas County State Highway maintenance district. The other half is the jurisdiction of Butte County. 50 YEARS AGO .......... 1962 Permission to establish a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Quincy was granted this week. The banking institution has not yet selected a building site. 25 YEARS AGO ..... , .... 1987 A major winter storm brought the first significant snowfall of the season to Plumas County yesterday with higher ele- vations reporting a foot and a half of snow. A foot of snow was reported at Bucks Lake, six inches in the Chester-Lake Al- manor area, eight inches in Meadow Val, ley, six inches in Quincy and five inches in Indian Valley. The Plumas County Board of Supervi- sors this week approved an amendment to the Plumas County Building code which will ban untreated wood shakes and shin- gles and all other combustible materials on all new building structures. 10 YEARS AGO .......... 2010 High winds and snow storms have taken their toll on Highway 395's legendary shoe tree. The shoe tree has long been a favorite site for motorists along the section of Highway 395 near Hallelujah Junction and Highway 70. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When Column are taken from our bound newspa- per 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. We have the right to free, open world As members of the human race, we are afforded certain rights and privileges that contribute to our individuality. Those rights are backed up in print for not only United States citizens, but also on an international level. One such right is the right to express oneself by "holding opinions without interference" as recorded in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 19. This human right includes "freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice." With that being said, the Internet is an outlet that has been used as a way of ex- pression for millions of people worldwide since the 1980s. Over the last few decades, Internet usage has gone from a simple way to exchange media, to an elaborate way to exchange personalities. Between social media, file sharing, instant messaging and on-demand news coverage, the Internet has become a way of life. For many, not a day goes by when they don't load up a browser to post a humorous life story or chat with a friend who lives hundreds, even thousands of miles away. Some even use it as a way to explore them- selves outside of what local society finds acceptable. With the comfort of anonymity and a no- tion that anything goes, Internet users can let off steam in a way that might offend someone if done on a more personal level. What if, however, these freedoms were taken from us? What if the right to express MY TURN SAMANTHA P. HAWTHORNE Staff Writer shawthrne@plumasnews'cm oneself was limited to the right to express oneself as long as the government agreed with it? What if world governments agreed to censor what is appropriate for the World Wide Web? During a closed-door meeting held in Dubai on Dec. 3, governments around the world started a two-week discussion on regulating the Internet and enforcing in- creased censorship. These governments will be working to- gether to re-negotiate the 1996 ommunica. tions treaty that allows us the open Inter. net we see today. Some countries, such as Russia, already censor the Internet by restricting access to certain websites. This conference is ex- pected to go further than that and includes proposals to allow governments to censor speech, charge usage fees or even cut off Internet access all together. while I have to agree that certain forms of speech could benefit from censorship, such as spamming social media with refer. ences of illegal activity or creating a how. to guide for pedophiles (yes, these do exist), I cannot help but wonder just how far they could take such proposals. Once they have eradicated the unneces- sary filth so prevalent on the Web, will they go a step further and filter suggestive words or content? Will they start to moni- tor personal profiles and hack out any- thing they believe to be a defamatory refer- ence? If you let an f-bomb slip here and there, will they fine you a large sum of money simply to offset their expenses in monitoring the Web so closely? One of the proposals being made would allow them to mandate services like YouTube, Facebook and Skype to pay mon- ey to governments in order for their citi- zens to view the content. "This could limit access to information -- particularly in emerging markets," said Google on its Take Action website. Sure these sites rake in millions of dollars and could probably afford to pay a small fee to be able to reach people across the border, but is that really the point? The Internet is open source and allows for an open world. Is it fair that governments should benefit from these sites' intellectual property? "The Internet empowers everyone -- anyone can speak, create, learn, and share. It is controlled by.no one; no single organi- zation, individual, or government. It con- nects the world. Today, more than two bil- lion people are online; about a third of the planet," said Google. By putting a limit on what we can and cannot say or do on the Internet, our human right to "seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds" is being trampled on. "A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet," said Google.