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6B Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter D ITORIAL AND PINION EDITORIAL I And, no, they don't I ve at home with us A regular "letter to the editor" writer routinely mentions millennials in his weekly missives -- this week being no exception. He asserts millennials live at home with their parents -- as if it's a universal reality because they have no other option. In the past it has been a more all-encompassing statement, but his week he tempered it a little. Maybe that's his personal experience, but it's certainly not the reality for the staff at Feather Publishing who have millennial children. Nor is it the reality of the new generation of Plumas County residents who are emerging in leadership roles, nor their counterparts across this country. But even if millennials do live with their parents, is there anything inherently wrong with that? One could argue that society functioned better when generations of the same family lived under one roof, or at least in one family enclave. Raising children, tending to the land, caring for the home, all became easier with a multitude of hands. It's not just the milleunials; we have letter writers who tend to lump groups of people together. And that's not unique to our writers, it's a reflection of the national climate where lines have been drawn between political parties or other categories of people and there is little room for compromise or the importance of the greater good. It's become more about us against them; more about winning. It seems like it's become more about building walls literally and figuratively, than it is about building bridges. Those walls seem to come down whenever a natural disaster strikes. Nobody's checking voter registration or identification cards when they are pouring water on a neighbor's burning roof, or helping evacuate residents of a floodedhome. That's when Americans are at their best; when we pull together. Every year it seems there are such opportunities locally --- whether it be flooding, road closures, power outages, fnres or other causes -- Plumas County residents pull together. And we hate to see that spirit disparaged on our opinion pages. It's okay to have different views, and we think it's important that we provide a space for those views to be shared, but let's do so thoughtfully. It's not helpful to stereotype entire groups of people, and it's a good way to ensure that people will skip right over a letter without even reading it. So whether we are writing about Republicans, Democrats, men, women, millennials or any other group, remember we are created equally, but we are all individuals. 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. Feat lishing / spaper I For breaking news, [ go to plumasnews.com I Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Debra Moore ............ Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Nick Hall .................... Copy Editor Staff writers: Makenzie Davis Mari Erin Roth Will Farris Stacy Fisher Susan Cort Johnson Susan Jacobsen Ashley Arey Lauren Westmoreland Gregg Scott Maggie Wells Sam Williams Michael Condon Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Indian Valley Record (530) 283-0800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 283-0800 Pdnted On recycled paper MQff~/)Qf, C=~omla Ne~spsp~ Publishers Assoc. Gratitude brings many benefits all year A deep blanket of snow covered the Ohio farmland by Christmas Eve and car after car arrived through the drifts, pulling up to the old Hoagland family farm. Tumbling and spilling out of the back seats, my morn and her cousins raced into the warm house, throwing themselves into grandma's arms. It was 1946 and everything smelled wonderful. After dinner and checkers and long looks at the tinsel-strewn tree, it was off to bed. Mom was the tiniest of the little army and she climbed the stairs holding hands with the bigger kids. The cousins always bunked upstairs at the farm on Christmas Eve, trying their best to be good and sleep so Santa could make that all-important trip down the chimney by midnight. The fidgeting subsided and one by one, they drifted off to sugarplum dreams. Then suddenly, something went bump on the roof and the sound of heavy boots sounded on the wide front porch below, stomping and shaking off the snow. "Whoa Comet, steady Cupid! Keep 'era still, Rudolph!" a deep, gruff voice shouted while sweet, high bells jingled and rang in the night. The children leaped to their knees, not daring to touch the floor, stifling giggles and whispering their excitement as the big front door was flung open and none less than Santa himself seemed to go inside the living room below. After a suitable period of rustling and bumping, clomping and more stomping, Saint Nick disappeared and an aunt or uncle would call up the stairway, "Children, you've had a visitor, you can come down now." Oh, how they raced to see what lay beneath the tree. Morn pressed her little face to the frosty windowpanes, green eyes bright and blonde curls in disarray, but try as she might, she could never get a glimpse of the joily old elf. It was many years before anyone confessed to her that it was grandpa, stomping back and forth in his big work boots and shaking his horse harness that made the magic of Christmas so real for her, snuggled upstairs under those handmade quilts. And even when she knew the full story, she never lost her gratitude for all the happiness that those MY TURN RONI JAVA Staff Writer rjava@plumasnews.com traditions brought to her. So, when jingle time comes around, I like to take a little space to slow down, breathe deeply and feel thankful -- for the smiles of children, music in the air, crisp mornings and the friendly waves of strangers accepting offers of cuts in line at the store when they have only one item and I have a whole cart full of stuff. When you really think about it, don't you fred that it's the little things that make life worthwhile? I do, and I believe the holiday season gives rise within us to so many emotions, but possibly the highest and best is gratitude. Or it should be. As the days build toward our own unique celebrations and observances, our opportunities for gratitude and appreciation grow. Under the best of circumstances, with our expectations wrapped up like bright boxes topped with sparkling ribbons and bows, we journey though the crescendo of parties, parades, feasts, hugs and laughter to arrive home at last, in our own hearts -- happy and filled with thanks. But did you know that gratitude is a blessing at other times in our lives, not just during the holiday season? In fact, it's very much like a muscle, something that grows and improves with use. Gratitude, it turns out, has many benefits. The folks at U.C. Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center know it and they are dedicated to proving this -- with good reason. At the GGSC website, they offer this wisdom: "Gratitude, it seems, is a key -- perhaps the key -- to feeling more satisfied with your life. Strengthening your sense of joy and social connection, gratitude improves your relationships, helps you cope with adversity and even fortifies your immune system." Berkeley's researchers are doing groundbreaking studies on the profound and lasting effects that an outlook of gratitude can provide -- finding positive impacts that promote the growth of individual compassion, happiness and altruism. Reductions in depression and anxiety are also correlated with regular gratitude practices. Why does gratitude work such wonders in our psyches? GGSC researchers report, ',When we deliberately focus on feeling and expressing gratitude, we build our muscle for noticing the positive people and events in our lives that we might otherwise take for granted." In their initial research study, with approximately 185 patients, they found that those patients who generally have more grateful dispositions -- also known as "trait" gratitude -- sleep better, are less depressed, have less fatigue, have more self-confidence to take care of themselves and have less systemic inflammation. Wow, how cool is that? Gratitude can also help you bounce back from stress and heal your heart, they are discovering. All of these factors are highly relevant to supporting greater well-being. (You can read about this fascinating stuff at greatergood.berkeley.edu.) Supporters of these findings include many like-minded organizations, such as the Chopra Center, whose website states, "Gratitude is an immensely powerful force that we can use to expand our happiness, create loving relationships and even improve our health." Want to learn more? You can treat yourself to the GGSC's Gratitude Quiz here: greatergood.berkeley.edu/quizzes/take_q uiz/gratitude. However you choose to express and expand your own gratitude, just remember to notice all the opportunities for thankfulness with which life and the holidays present you. After all, we do call it "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays," don't we? LETTERS:To THE ITOR i" , :) I,; Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per person will be published; only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic will be published. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous or open letters. Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at noon; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmoore@plumasnews.com. What Propositions 215 & 64 guaranteed The passage in 1996 of CA Proposition 215 legalized the Medical use of Marijuana. With the approval of a physician (and/or the possession of a "215" card), a qualified person may grow six plants for their own use in California. Medical Marijuana Collectives grow for those users who do not have the ability or chose not to. By turning over your doctor recommendation or "215" card to a collective grower, you can receive -- for a "donation" or no cost to yourself-- the cannabis you wish to have. This system is very lucrative for the growers. Medical Collectives have proliferated in much of California except in those counties where such collectives are prohibited. Medical collectives have never been approved by county ordinance in Plumas County, so those who grow commercially have done so at their own risk. Informed citizens know that personal cultivation of six plants per person will become legal for all 21-year-old adults in California as of Jan. 1, 2018. Medical Marijuana will be superseded by recreational (adult use) by 2019, under Prop. 64. But growers cannot do so "by right," as many argue publicly. Each county and municipality may determine by ordinance and code, whether or not cannabis may cultivated or handled in any way commercially. Witness the recent action of the Portola City Council. Some counties, as is their right under Prop. 215 (1996) and Prop. 64 (2016), have determined that the grow limit will be six plants per domicile, not per person. Contrary to what we have heard from some people who are involved in growing cannabis commercially, County government can make and enforce stricter laws than the state. This is the posRion taken by the BOS in their Nov. 27 Moratorium ban on Commercial Cultivation. Joseph Mufmz Quincy God gave us Trump "The real rulers in Washington are invisible and exercise power from behind the scenes," -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. America's intelligence agencies, including the CIA as well as the State Department and the corrupt media, have a long history of overthrowing duly elected democratic foreign governments by coup d'~tat. A coup d'~tat is a change of government illegally or by force. American republican (representative) democracy died Nov. 22, 1963, with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (JFK). It was an establishment coup by Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ), the Secret Service, FBI, CIA, the Military Industrial Complex, et al. All the above had motive, means and opportunity. Prohibitions on length prevent listing the motive of each of the principals of the Kennedy assassination, but consider that of then-Vice President Johnson. President Kennedy was dropping LBJ from the Democratic Presidential ticket for 1964. Further, criminal corruption trials were concluding for LBJ's bagmen Bobby Baker and Billy Sol Estes. Lyndon Baines Johnson was going to prison. All that disappeared when JFK was brutally murdered and Vice President Johnson became President. A program of disinformation produced competing and contradictory theories of the Kennedy assassination. However, Occam's razor, a rule in science and philosophy, states that the simplest of two or more competing theories is most likely to be the correct resolution. President Kennedy was quietly but decisively dismantling the establishment and the establishment had motive, means and opportunity to eliminate him. Ephesians 6:12 states: "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places." With the election of non-politician Donald Trump, "God has shown a light in our darkness and the darkness has not comprehended (mastered) it." (John 1:5). Michael Johnson Portola Hooray for Trump How is it possible that Hillary Clinton escaped criminal indictment for mishandling classified documents despite incriminating evidence that she violated the Espionage Act? Why did Donald Trump become the target of a See Letters, page 7B REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ... 1917 Advertisement: Priced right just in time for Christmas gift giving--soaps, toilet waters for ladies, fountain pens for men, skates, doilies, wagons and accordions for kiddies. The Quincy Railroad Company has purchased a new locomotive for use in hauling timber from the various sections in the county. The engine will be put into passenger service while the old locomotive is undergoing repairs. 50 YEARS AGO ... 1967 Full page advertisement: Grand " Opening of Maple Leaf Inn on Highway 70, located one mile west of Belden. introducing Wally, your mixologist and Lo, your gourmet specialist. Live music for dancing. Advertisement: Pre Christmas dance at the Plumas County Fairgrounds in Quincy. Dance to "The Next Step" band. Light show and prizes for the Go-Go contest. 25 YEARS AGO ... 1992 Dreams of a White Christmas is closer to reality as a series of snowstorms moved into Plumas County, dumping six to ten feet of snow throughout Plumas County. 10 YEARS AGO ... 2007 The availability of recycling in different areas of P!umas County continues to be a challenge and changes almost daily and with that more than 1,000 area residents have signed a petition protesting changes in the Plumas County recycling program. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspaper archives and represent writing styles of that particuiar period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper.