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6B Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL We need to be prepared for hazards of winter storms Last week's winter storm that hit Northern California -- what USA Today calls the "fiercest storm in five years" -- should serve as a wake-up call. The Pineapple Express, a river of warm, moisture-laden air that originates near Hawaii in the Southern Pacific Ocean, pumped lots of moisture toward the West Coast with wind, rain and snow. Parts of Plumas County received more than 5 inches of precipitation during the two-day blast. It fell in the form of heavy wet snow Thursday night and Friday -- some areas got up to 8 inches of the white stuff. Flooding concerns were raised along creeks and rivers, although no major flooding materialized. However, the combination of heavy snow and wind knocked down trees and power lines, causing havoc in the area. Road crews and power companies worked at a fierce pace to try to restore electricity to more than 2,000 residences and businesses. As expected, 911 dispatchers were flooded with calls Thursday and Friday. But many of the calls should have been directed to the power companies. Feather Publishing received a plea from dispatchers Friday morning asking us to address the situation on our website. And we were glad to comply. The first storm of the season provided a good lesson for all of us. In short, 911 is designed for emergency situations. We shouldn't call 911 to report power outages. We shouldn't call to report a downed tree that doesn't pose a threat to public safety. And we certainly shouldn't call 911 to try to find out what is going on. While a dispatcher is dealing with questions from the public, it could potentially keep someone trying to report a real emergency from getting through. Despite the hectic situation Friday morning as we woke up to the remnants of the storm, it could have been much worse. Based on the forecasts, we expected it would be. Although there were weather-related accidents and storm damage, there was no loss of life. As the Pineapple Express continues to propel wet storms our way, We likely will see more snow in the days to come. And we need to be prepared. Travel during a winter storm can be dangerous. During big storms, Caltrans advises motorists not to travel unless absolutely necessary. Drivers should make sure their vehicles are in top running order, and they should carry chains and a winter emergency kit containing blankets, food and drinking water. Motorists are advised to remain in their vehicles should they become stranded in the winter weather. Of course, this time of year residents should make sure they have a couple of days' worth of food and water on hand, and keep their prescriptions filled. Remember an ounce of prevention is best to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature might throw our way during the winter season. Feat0000blishing 00wspaper For breaking news, go to Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald .......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Miriam Cody Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Greg Knight Debra Moore Maddie Musante Ann Powers M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson 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 California Newspaper Publishers Assoc. The law of the land: Study your Constitution "You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power -- he's free again." --Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn In the history of the world, going back all the way to the dawn of man in prehistory, no nation or group of people was ever considered truly free and able to rule themselves until the advent of the United States of America, which was created as a republic, not a democracy. This republican form of government was effectuated since the formation by elected representatives we send both to Washington, D.C., and the various state houses within the union. MY TURN, GREG KNIGHT Staff Writer This republic, created in the late 18th century, was governed by a Constitution that did not seek to be royalist and tell the 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 17 1892  The first issue of Vogue Magazine is published. 1957 -- The United States successfully launches the first Atlas ballistic missile at Cape Canaveral, Florida. 1989 -- The in'st eplsode of the television series "The Simpsons" airs. December 18 1892 -- The premier performance of the ballet "The Nutcracker" by Tchaikovsky debuts in St. Petersburg, Russia. December 19 1843 -- "A Christmas Carol," a novella by English author Charles Dickens is first published and distributed. 1924 -- The last Rolls Royce Silver Ghost model is sold in London. The automobile was so named because it was painted a silver aluminum color with silver-plated fittings and advertised with an emphasis on its ghost-like quietness. 1998 -- President Bill Clinton is impeached by the United States House of Representatives; eventually he is acquitted. December 20 1946 -- The Christmas themed film "It's a Wonderful Life" is fn'st released in New York City. 1957-- Boeing's first jet-powered aircraft, the 707, makes its first flight. December 21 Winter Solstice begins today. 1913 --"'Word-Cross," the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World newspaper. 1937 -- Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," the fn'st full length animated feature film, premiers at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles. The dwarves are Doc, Dopey, Bashful, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy and Happy. December 22 1965 -- A 70 mph speed limit is applied to all roads and motorways in England for the first time, where previously there had been no speed limit at all. December 23 1970- The construction of the north tower of the New World Trade Center in Manhattan (the most densely populated borough in New York City) is completed at 1,368 ft., making it the tallest building in ,the world. American citizens what they could or could not do, but rather declare what the federal and state governments were prohibited from doing. The God-given rights that are enumerated in the first 10 amendments to the Constitution were, in my belief, a simple statement of what was already known at the formation of this great nation: rights derive from God, not men. That said, I fred it sickening that in this modern world our rights are being stripped slowly (for now) and that our God-given rights seem to be devolving into state-granted privileges that we must beg to keep and exercise. What is the answer? Study your Constitution and learn it while it still exists and, if you remember anything at all from this essay, let me repeat it: the Constitution does not grant rights, it secures them for eternity. One of the secrets probably never taught to you in government class is that the federal and state constitutions, by way of the unelected bureaucracies that proliferate under any federal or state government, inherently provide the mechanism and the tools by which the people will lose the right to govern themselves. To put it more bluntly, our revolution sought to instill a government that would be the polar opposite of the kingdoms and other monarchies that ruled throughout Europe, and more specifically France and England, at the time. Though making a break with those forms of government, the founders provided a method by which power would revert back to the "crown" or, in the case of America, the few and the powerful and the rich, if we were not able to seize our own destiny. With the republic of the United States of America in place, the opportunity for citizens to prove that they could govern themselves had begun. It was questioned seriously by the framers in discussions before the enactment of the Constitution, with some saying humans could never govern themselves -- and others taking up the dissent and pushing for a free America. The dissenters won the day and this is where the oft-ridiculed and nearly always misunderstood concept of a New World Order comes into play. If the citizens of America were able to govern themselves effectively from the outset going forward, the continuing result would indeed be revered as the (new) order and way of things to come throughout the continent and eventually the world. Mechanisms of the opposite were also See Knight, page 8B REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 ,YEARS AGO ..... 1939 There is still plenty of time to select your Christmas cards from the Feather River Bulletin print shop. Choose your printed cards and in a few minutes they will be ready for you. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 The last half of our bound volumes in our archives for the year 1964 (July through December) is missing and those historical items are not available to include in this Remember When column. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Under the terms of a new contract between the Plumas Superintendent of Schools and the Plumas Unified School District, school superintendent Floyd Warren will not get a pay raise but will continue to make $71,150 a year. Plumas County Mental Health director Lloyd Crawford will administer two county departments for $54,048 a year-- less money than he has been making since he was hired in 1987. In addition to being the mental health director he will also be the director of the Plumas County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Department. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 High Sierra Animal Rescue reached a milestone this month when the 1000th dog was adopted from the facility since it opened its doors in 1999. Quincy Fire Department Fire Chief Andy Anderson announced his retirement from both the Plumas County Office of Emergency Services and as Quincy Fire Department fire chief. 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. Sarcasm aside, Christmas I've always been a giver. I love the feeling of power and superiority I get from having things others want. I like to lord things over my friends and family until I know just how bad they want them, work out some negotiations to leverage the deal in my favor, and then generously and smugly hand over the desired object. That's what Christmas is about, right? Oh, it isn't? I guess it's more about selflessness, then, those endorphins that. course through my brain and get me high when I know I've been good. Studies show that giving money to others lifts our spirits more than spending it on ourselves. I don't know about that for sure, though. I just paid my electric bill and I think I would have been more excited about taking that money to Sierra Wisteria for a new guitar. But maybe they mean giving money to someone who needs it, like a school, or a charity, or your broke brother-in-law. Some of those donations you can write off on your taxes, you know. Maybe you're like me and you can't really latch on to the whole "selflessness" trend. Consider this little tidbit that's helping me tolerate it; I just found out giving is good for my health. It decreases stress, and stress makes me sick. Stress gives me unattractive dark circles under my eyes. And, if I give away some of the cookies and fudge I've been making and hoarding, I'll probably live longer and not get as fat! I keep mentioning my energy bill. Most of us pay rent, or a mortgage, or make loan payments. It gets a little scary watching those barcodes bleep up to a triple-digit total. That's OK, too! You don't have to be afraid! Giving can be done with no monetary cost to anyone. Just take grandma for a walk, or go out to old Jimmy's cabin and see how he's doing. It's likely you'U hear something hilarious, some story or anecdote, that will cure those dull moments around the tre this is about giving, getting happy money my friends and family spend on me this year. As cheap as I am, I've decided to craft all my presents at home. I know full well how guilty everyone will feel for getting me a store-bought foot scrubber or a set of shot glasses when they see the hand-sewn satchels of potpourri I whipped up. I don't even drink, guys. Come on. And once they see how conscientious I MY TURN was in my gifting, and how crafty and ............ = ..... MiRI-A-I--S.-C-O-DY- ............... wholesome I am, they will be jealous and Staff Writer Christmas. This will make you look cool. Christmas is all about looking cool. Studies do show that people who provide social support to others have lower blood pressure than those who don't, too, which means you can spend those extra years counting your money and watching TV shows about yourself. Smile! If you make someone smile, whether with a homemade or store-bought gift or by taking them ice-skating or sledding, there's a good chance they will smile at you at some point. This will make you smile, and you will look better. Christmas is all about looking good, and we should all be concerned with how we look in Christmas pictures more than .anything. Spreading cheer will keep hormonal meltdowns to a minimum, and will help you get those people who claim to be related to you out of your house without brawling and making a mess. Utilize the power of positive energy! Soak it up. Use it to wash down that ham. And don't forget that when you give, you're more likely to get something back. It's all about karma and making others feel guilty. I'm not too concerned about how much that will give me a wonderful sense of self-satisfaction. Also, it will be a brilliant investment into next year, when they will try desperately to make up for their failure. I got one of my brothers-in-law (not the broke one) an electric guitar and amp last year, so we'll see how that plays out. But seriously... I'm not sure if you noticed, but I'm more than a little sarcastic here. On a heartfelt note, I'll just give my best piece of advice: stay in the moment. Who cares what you give or you get if you don't have time to smell the cocoa? To kiss under the mistletoe, or to catch a flake of snow upon your tongue? Who cares what you look like, or what people think 0f you? This holiday is based upon the birth of a man who did not care what people thought of him, how much money he made or donated, or if the guy asking him for bread smelled like beer and rotten garbage. He loved that smelly man as much as the big guy upstairs signing his paychecks. He lived in the moment and he lived for love -- to show love, to teach love, to be love. That's what helps us live longer, relieves our stress and ensures that we are not alone when those fmal moments end the struggle of being human (and oh so imperfect). Give and get love.