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ll Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001 Bulletin, Progressive, ,e's One of the most famous documents in the history of the United States contains the words "We the people..." Those woras are secured in the beginning paragraph to the Constitution, a docu- ment that secures our rights as United States citizens. But we're beginning to wonder if the board of supervisors realizes the words' importance. The Plumas County Board of Supervisors requested members of the Plumas-Sierra County Fair Board change their meetings from the third week of the month to a more convenient date for the supervisors; one su- pervisor expounded that one of the problems was the newspaper printed the news before the supervisors had the opportunity to hear it firsthand--suggesting that it could put them at some sort of disadvantage with their constituents, whoshare that same time frame. While members of the fair board agreed to change their meetingto the fourth Wednes- day of each month to allow the board of su- pervisors to respond in a timely manner, we're left wondering if the supervisors con- sider themselves more important than the public's right to know? We've been told in the past that dates shouldn't matter, but apparently they do. For years, this newspaper has asked mem- bers of the board of supervisors to consider changing their meeting day from a Tuesday to a Wednesday or a Thursday, so we can give the public more up-to-date information on county policies and decisions concerning the public. For us, it's simple--our Wednes- day publication is dictated by our major ad- vertisers--publishing a day later each week would impact our customers. That was the reason we changed from publishing on Thursdays to Wednesdays nearly two decades ago. It literally,means having a local newspaper or not having one. Actions taken at a Tuesday board of super- visors' meeting is not reported in the news- paper until the following Wednesday, mean- ing that the public has to wait more than a week to learn, in detail, what took place. By that time, a second supervisors' meeting has been held. A change in meeting days would also allow this paper to publish the agenda prior to their meetings, thereby giving inter- ested parties an opportunity to attend the public sessions, should they so desire. We have been told by this board and prior boards that most of the other counties meet on Tuesdays, and that their state and nation- al meetings require them to be free to travel the latter part of the week. If it's fair to ask the fair board to change its meeting date to bring them closer to the action, then the same can be said by the tax- payers about the day of the week their elect- ed officials meet. This is almost certainly being read by parents who are wondering how to deal with gifts for which some assem- bly is required. For everyone who is trying to figure out which hex nut goes with which 3- inch bolt, remember, this is one of those special times; one of the Christ- mas's you'll cherish for a lifetime, the Christmas you were able to get your children just what they wanted. If there's any justice in the world, soon your kids will be grown and spending Christmas Eve assembling presents for children of their own, as you sit by, watching them while sip- ping a glass of Christmas cheer. Christmas is a particularly sensitive time for my wife and me. We've experi- enced the singular accomplishment of raising one child, the agony of losing another and the miracle of being able to have one more in our "middle years." (Quotes are used here because these are only the middle years for me ifI live to be 114). I'm sure this sensitivity is a shared experience with anyone who has lost not only a child, but a brother, sister, parent or special friend and, as the years go by, the list for most grows longer. Nearly everyone finds a time to cry MARGOUES STAFF WRITER during the holidays, especially when something triggers an uncontrollable welling of emotion--a carol that brings back a memory, an ornament that sparks a mental image from times gone by, a familiar aroma from the kitchen that reminds us of someone we miss with a quiet desperation that knows no end. Certainly, there's no shame in these feelings. Death is a part of living, and longing for someone whom we've loved and lost is a natural part of the process. The only way to avoid the pain that comes from losing a loved one is to never love in the first place and what a lonely, barren existence that would be. This is by no means meant to temper anyone's joy of Christmas. It's just my clumsy way of saying, if you hit a melancholy patch during the,holidays, you're not alone, just human. Postcard courtesy of Diane Kleine 8ememheP KERITABORSKI HISTORIAN 75 Years Ago ............. 1926 Advertisement: Musical entertainment on New Year's Eve in connection with a special turkey dinner or a la carte selections. We al- so serve a midnight supper featuring cold turkey, crab salad and New Year's cake with accompanying music...75 per plate--Hotel Quincy Grill. Advertisement: May the peace and pros- perity of 1927 exceed anything you have ever known--Indian Valley Bank, Greenville. Advertisement: May you see only the bright side of each of the 365 days--Portola Hardware Store 50 Yem Ago ............. 1951 Advertisement: Gala New Year's Eve cele- bration with midnight supper--Canyon Inn, Johnsville $5.00. Advertisement: Veterans of Foreign Wars juke box dance on New Year's Eve--Quincy Veterans Hall. Refreshments for a 25 dona- tion. I'm no pro when it comes to this of thing, just somebody who's there. My only choice is to go with l emotion, let it out, including an evitable tear or more. It helps to lease feelings we keep bottled up of the year. Sharing the emotion with else helps, too. It's always closer to my wife to share about our loss. It's one of those ing life experiences that bond us gether. Ultimately" the holidays are a for friends and family, a time to in the semi-insane whirl that what life has become in this new tury. Somehow, we seem to keep busy that life gets lost in the We're so dictated to by calendars, ! pointment books and schedules we try to compress too much living! to too little time. Life seems to have become flasheS Mondays and Fridays with the rest the week a blur of work, family and! cial obligations. I look at myself in the mirror and derneath my graying beard, my stares back. How did this happen? is it that I'm suddenly Wasn't I 30, or 20 or 15? Fifteen; I remember it like it was terday, like I'm caught in a time where the days, months and years accelerating at an ever-increasing of speed. Thankfully, each year when we Dec. 24, we hit the brakes for a and try to take stock of our lives, those who are important to us and member to say "I love you" to those want to have hear it the most. It's Christmas and we all have chance that Ebenezer Scrooge make what changes we must, to vent ourselves, even if for only a day two, to be better than we are, to of other people and to remember ,,.4t',,ost,~nqpertan~ e{F'. the perience: the bond we share with ers--family, friendships, a sense longing. All the rest is small stuff one thing we should have learned1 now is not to sweat that small stuff. So hug your kids, hug your hug your spouse and your too. Life is just too precious to let opportunity pass by. 25 Yq ,rs Ago ............. 1979 Millions of people from all over the enjoyed Plumas County Christmas courtesy of Disney Productions and National Forest. Walt Disney World da and Disneyland in southern were decorated with six trees selected cut from the Beckwourth Ranger the Plumas National Forest. 10 Years Ago ............. 1991 The year is closing final winter storms settled over the Plumas County during the past weeken to 15 inches of snow fell in the La Porte with smaller amounts up to six inches reported in Portola, Quincy, Chester, Valley and Meadow Valley. Michael C. Taborski Publisher Keri B, "raborski Legal Advertising Department Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicla Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terri Daoust Portola Editor Marian Liddell Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Jenette Meneely News Proofreader, Kid's Page Editor Staff writers: Dave Keller, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla'Ashmore, Sam Williams, Kelly Dachenhausen, Melinda Visser, Barbara France, Tom Frederick, Susan Cort Johnson s re STAFF WRITER Boring, boring, boring. That's what I think about those in opposition to the board members and administration of the Seneca Healthcare District. I love my job. I meet really wonderful people all over the Lake Almanor Basin. Lots of fun and innovative things happen here. But, Seneca's historical woes, going back seven years, aren't news to me. I like to hear about current problems and solutions. I report the news as it happens at Seneca. Current affairs, de- velopments, problems, solutions make for interesting reading, on occasion. Too much of anything is Just too much. Fortunately, most of us have a life. My life is, first and foremost, love of my family. I work because I want to, not be- cause I have to. Lucky for me, I landed a job that is a near fit to my past expe- rience in publishing. " At work, sometimes at 7 a.m., some- times at 7 p.m., and every oddball hour, 9 before, after and in between, I try to keep an open mind and be accurate. When I started at the Chester Pro- gressive, I wanted to develop a Chester newspaper--with Chester news on the front pages, the regional section and the community section. I wanted a va- riety (please underline variety) for our readers. I think, in four months, we are get- ting close to my goal. We try to be accu- rate and give a fair representation of as many events and happenings as possi- ble. If our readers don't think we are hitting the mark, please tell us what we are missing. But, please keep it short. I get bored easily. Personally, I think the controversial group who claims to be in opposition to Seneca's board and administration are boring and not very interesting to lis- ten to, read or write about. What do you think? I don't like listening to some of their crass conversations, "intellectual jar- gon," and subtle and not-so-subtle "shotgun" threats and accusations. Some of them can't get voted onto the board, or hired at the district, so they just whine, shout or drone on about every new board member, administra- tive person and newspaper reporter. The Seneca board has to listen dur- ing the public forum time at the meeting. I think Ray Marks, CEO, real gentleman who listens, cares gives way too much time and ation to his opposition. Me, I think just going to get up and leave that public comment time, 'cause kid could probably use a little help with his homework. I think most Lake Almanor idents feel the same, because meeting seems to be me-the: those board and administrative The letter to the editor, on Dec. about me, or someone named on," was so boring I couldn't everi! through it. Speed reading is great: those of us who get bo -ed easily. Boring, boring, boring. I'm bored writing this. I've spent a 10 minutes on this and I'm think I'll go take a ride around Basin, get some great scenic photOs the front page, call the county sor and see what he's up to, visit of our public agencies like the and cemetery districts, check out fire departments (there are five), top off my day at the library what's cookin'. Everyone who know something interesting goes to library. Great boredom fighter.