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61B Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter D ITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL our economic Believe it or not, there are just nine shopping days left before Christmas. And, naturally, most of us still have gifts and stocking stuffers left to .buy. With that said, we want to encourage everyone to do some of that last-minute shopping here in Plumas County. Not only will your hometown merchants appreciate it, but the money we spend locally is vitally important to the health of our economy. Why should we spend the time and money to drive and fight the crowds in the city when we can check many items off our Christmas list right here at home? You might not think spending $100 locally will make that much of a difference, but it does. This marks the fifth year that Feather Publishing is challenging our readers to spend at least $100 of your Christmas budget here. It's a simple concept that has proven successful in Plumas County the past four years. If each of our newspaper readers spend at least $100 shopping at home during the next nine days, it will pump more than $1.8 million into Plumas County's economy -- based on a conservative average of just two readers for every newspaper we sell. We know the $100 challenge has been working because each year we have several local merchants tell us that they heard shoppers mention this campaign as they spent their money in town. The $100 --- or whatever extra comfortably fits the family budget -- doesn't necessarily need to be just items from your favorite stores. It could be gift certificates from one of local restaurants, beauty salons, massage therapists, auto detailers, gyms, golf courses or other service providers throughout the county. Nor does it have to be just presents for those on your list. There are literally hundreds of ways to spend an extra $100 in town, from getting your nails done for a special party, to a relaxing dinner out or tanking up for a trip to visit family. The idea is to spend some money that you would not norm y spend here. , So again this year challengeyou to find the :=:~vays that :best ~flt y0u~r' needs and lifestyle to spend that extra hundred bucks locally. We don't have to tell you the myriad benefits to our community by having this additional influx of cash in circulation. 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 lishing 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 Jake Jacobson Makenzie Davis Debra Moore Ruth Ellis Josh McEachern Will Farris Delaine Fragnolli Stacy Fisher Gregg Scott susan cort Johnson Maggie Wells Susan Jacobson Sam Williams 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 paper Publishers Assoc. Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Gun violence continues to take a toll My first memory of gun violence was the morning of Dec. 9, 1980. We were dressing for school between a space heater and Armed Forces Network radio, hoping for snow closure in our German village house. The man on AFN interrupted to inform us that John Lennon had been shot and killed outside the Dakota in New York. My mother gasped for air. In the weeks to come she could no longer play the new "Double Fantasy." "They are killing musicians now," she said. It was the first time I realized America wasn't safe. Before that the violence that captured my attention.was Jonestown and Cambodia -- far away places with full Time Magazine covers. During our four-year tour of then West Germany we witnessed violence: A bomb blew up one fall morning and my mother and I saw a giant mushroom cloud of smoke and fire at Ramstein Air Force Base. After that, the military guards got on our buses with their M-16s to check our IDs. In my memory I can still hear that night when helicopters arrived in the wee MY TURN MAGGIE WELLS Staff Writer mwells@plumasnews.com hours before dawn carrying wounded US Marines from Beirut to Landstuhl hospital. Firearms and bombs -- I know what they sound like; I've seen what they can do. I've been to that camp outside Krakow and the fields outside Phnom Penh. Violence takes away humanity on both sides of the trigger. There is no necessity for our guns. No amount of talking at me changes my opinion. Nothing I say will matter to someone stockpiling weapons to fight a government takeover that isn't This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. of 1998 -- United States President Bill Clinton is impeached by the House of Representatives. He is later acquitted. Dec. 20 1946-- The Christmas themed film "It's A Wonderful Life" is first released in New York City, New York. 1957 -- Boeing's first jet-powered aircraft, the 707, makes its In'st flight. Dec. 16 1773 -- The American Revolution Tea Party, members of the Sons of Liberty, disguise themselves as Mohawk Indians and dump hundreds of crates of tea into Boston Harbor as a protest against the taxed Tea Act. 1937 -- Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe escape from Alcatraz Federal Prison in the San Francisco Bay. Neither one is seen again. Dec. 21 1913 -- "Word-Cross," the fin'st crossword puzzle is published in the New York World newspaper. 1937 -- Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," premiers at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles. The first full-length animated feature film includes the dwarves Doc, Dopey, Bashful, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy and Happy. Dec. 17 1892 -- The first is published. issue of Vogue Magazine 1957 -- The United States successfully launches the first Atlas ballistic missile at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Dec. 18 1892 -- The premier ballet performance of"The Nutcracker" by Tchaikovsky debuts in St. Petersburg, Russia. Dec. 19 1843 -- "A Christmas Carol," a novella by English author Charles Dickens, is first published and distributed. Dec. 22 .... Start tracking Santa's progress to Plumas County via NORAD (Northern American Aerospace Defense Command) Santa Tracker website. Today begins Winter Solstice, marking the onset of winter. It is the longest night and shortest day of the year. 1941 -- Archie's Comics first appear in the Pep Comic publication. 1975 -- The film "Dr Zhivago" is released in theaters throughout America. going to happen. The late Los Angeles poet Charles Bukowski wrote, "... problem with these people is that their cities have never been bombed .... "I sometimes think that's true. Los Angeles writer Nathanael West wrote in 1939 in "Dayof the Locusts" how, "Nothing can ever be violent enough to make taut their slack minds and bodies." I have a young male cousin in Orange County who spends a lot of time playing video war games and dreaming of a military career he doesn't have. He wants to go fight 'them' -- whomever 'them' is. I have a male cousin outside Portland who feels like women owe him something. They are angry men and withdrawn and neither has ever gone off to see the world, but both have plenty of opinions. We are a culture of invention and we invent things and people to be afraid of. We invent data that doesn't exist to support claims that don't add up. Perhaps this is how we thrive. It's almost Christmas -- the holiday that celebrates the birth of a peacemaker -- someone who told his world to turn the other cheek, someone whose parents were refugees. The next "Star Wars" installment comes out Dec. 18. The films gave us the pacifist Jedi mind trick. We hang with the messengers, but overlook the message. There will be young kids whose parents buy them guns for Christmas and take them shooting. There will be moviegoers who would rather see Jedis kill. We all have our life style choices to make and our ironies to live with. I have chosen to live gun free. I think of the music Lennon may have made. That more children die of gunshot wounds than disease in our country. All the painters with work in Poland's national museum dying in Auschwitz. Pol Pot rounded up people with glasses because it meant they could read. Creative and intellectual potential lost. Hope. Is. Needed. It hit the headlines of The New York Times last week. We've had more shootings this year in America than we've had days. Most of our killers kill with legally purchased merchandise. We aren't hunting deer, we hunt people. Most of our killers are white, male and under 30. They remind me of my cousins. Nice quiet boys that you'd never in a million years think would ... Thirty-five years ago I was getting dressed for school between a space heater and the radio in Germany when the news came that John Lennon had been shot outside'the Dakota and died. American gun Violence -- the gift that keeps on giving. War is over. If you want it. Now. "A very merry Christmas~ And a happy New Year. Let's hope it's a good one -- without any fear." -John Lennon REMEMBER WHEN as the result of a fire early Tuesday .................................................... morning which gutted an electirical KERI TABORSKI supply building at the Meadow Valley Historian Lumber Company. 100 YEARS AGO ... 1915 25 YEARS AGO ... 1990 Plumas County was visited by a very Arctic freezing temperatures hit Plumas heavy storm this week. Over four feet of County ranging from zero to 20 degrees snow fell at Bucks Ranch and two and half below zero in parts of Plumas County feet at Johnsville. The mail is now being Friday morning: Greenville 3 below, carried through Blairsden to Downieville Chester 11 below, Westwood 15 below and on snowshoe. Following the storm, the Portola 20 below. thermometer registered a temperature of 20.5 degrees above zero yesterday 10 YEARS AGO ... 2005 morning. Former Plumas and Lassen County newspaper publisher Everett E. Bey was 50 YEARS AGO ... 1965 inducted into the Newspaper Hall of Fame Damages are estimated at up to $10,000 of the California Press Association in San Francisco over the weekend. The late publisher and newspaperman who began his 52 year newspaper career in La Crosse, Wisconsin, acquired the local newspapers of Feather Publishing in 1968 and the 1970's and died in 2001 at age 82. The posthumous award was accepted by daughter and son- in -law Keri and Mike Taborski. 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. We can make a difference by volunteering Looking for something more than the traditional gift-buying overload? Something that will keep giving and carry on beyond the Christmas season? "Giving Tuesday" is an event observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and kicks offthe charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. According to a website that promotes, connects and tracks the movement nationwide, "#GivingTuesday is a global day Of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose-- to celebrate and encourage giving. While there are countless worthwhile ways to give around the globe, through attendance at board meetings and my own volunteering, it is evident to me that there are huge needs here at home in Plumas County. Fortunately, for those in the direst of circumstances, there are many local groups reaching out with food and gifts to g~ ......... : ..... My Turn SUSAN JACOBSON Staff Writer sjacobson@plumasnews.com help meet the needs of Our disadvantaged families and bring some cheer to their holidays. Give your time, some gifts and dollars if you have some to share. Our schools, service organizations and community programs have felt the squeeze of our changed economy and need the support of the public more than ever. Most recently, as I attended a meeting regarding the ski hill, one thing that rang clear was that volunteers were needed. Support of the public was critical. Donations were in demand to make something that once was a staple of the community living again. I sit on the board of the Portola Junior-Senior High School Purple Pride Booster Club and each month, sports, arts and academics request ffmancial support. Our club relies primarily on donations and charitable events to fund the ever growing list of requests needed to meet the needs of one of our most valuable assets, our youth. It isn't only money these groups need, it is also time; something we all can ffmd a way to afford. Join a clean up day, enter in a parade, help build something, paint signs, read to children, organize an off'me, bake cookies -- the help needed list goes on and on and likely there is something you have talent at. So as the year comes to a close and New Years Resolutions are made, get out there and DO Something, GIVE something. FIND a local group or several of them you can make a difference in. You can start by stopping in at your local school, resource center or service organization. They will know which, direction to point you and you will come away with a different seasonal overload that will give you a glow from the inside out. I