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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 7B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE We take great pride in our Feather Publishing family Keri and I want to brag just a bit about our Feather Publishing "family" that we have grown to know over the years, both personally and professionally. When we both joined her family's business in 1974 there were just three newspapers -- the Feather River Bulletin, Indian Valley Record in Greenville and the Chester Progressive -- and about 15 employees. Since then, our business has grown significantly, both in the number of newspapers and niche publications we publish as well as the number of employees needed. Our operation was at its all-time high in 2007. We had a record 102 employees on our payroll -- then came the recession. Like most of us in business and in our personal lives, we've been making the necessary adjustments to cope with the ever-changing economy that continues to challenge many of us yet today. We are proud to tell you we currently have 77 employees. We're proud because we have been able to reduce what is our largest business expense entirely through attrition. There hasn't been a single layoff, even through those WHERE I STAND MIKE & KERI TABORSKI FEATHER PUBLISHING OWNERS toughest times. We are also proud of our remaining employees because they are working harder and smarter then ever to bring you the best possible products each and every week. Whether in print or on our respective news websites, it's always been our goal to be Plumas and Lassen County's most trusted and reliable source for accurate local news and information -- and we think we are effectively accomplishing that mission. This has been an incredibly loyal group. In our 42 years here, we've had the honor and pleasure of working alongside some really terrific people -- our family, if you will -- who have made this their career and have been an integral part of the company's growth. We should add that one of the neat things about our "family" is that they don't get hung up on job titles or become totally ensconced in their particular assignments or departments. They all take personal pride and ownership in every phase of the operation, whether it's their responsibility or not. Those 77 employees (excluding those with two or fewer years with us) collectively represent more then 723 combined years of Feather Publishing newspaper/printing experience (and that number would be even higher if we included several other old-timers who have retired in the past few years). Nearly haft of the staff has been here five or more years: 10 have between five and 10 years; 12 are somewhere between 11 and 15 years, and 21 have 16 or more years with us. There isn't enough space here to recognize each of them individually, so we'll just briefly acknowledge those who have passed the 20-year milestone, starting with our oldest (oops, inside joke), I mean our most senior employee. That distinction goes to Kevin Mallory, now in his 37th year having worked his way through the ranks. He is a company vice president in charge of administration and technology. Right behind him clicking away at 36 years is the foundation to our back shop, Tom Forney. He is the production manager who steadfastly oversees our web press printing operations. Eva Small has been managing our graphics department for the better part of 35 years but we know there isn't anything Eva can't do or won't do! Close behind her with that same work ethic is Patsy Dingel who, for 34 years, demonstrates a real talent with a keen eye for detail in our print shop and pre-press departments. And while he officiany works in our circulation and inserting departments, the ever-dependable Randy Stratton continues to handle a variety of tasks as he has for 29 years. And speaking of handling tasks, being reliable and getting things done is our other vice president, Cobey Brown. For the better part of his 28 years, he has been one of our key leaders in charge of the all-encompassing company's operations while also running the print shop. Carrie Curran has spent the better part of her 28 years in the graphics department, but now splits her time in our advertising department as its new ad coordinator/ scheduler. Seasoned reporter/editor Debra Moore has a combined total of some 20 years in our company's newsroom. She left for a period of time and moved to Redding where she worked for the Record Searchlight. Also on his second flight, amassing 23 years with us, is Marvin Bowersox. He handles the ever-increasing delivery challenges with our newspaper's mailroom functions. At our Susanville office: Jill Atkinson is in her 27th year and has proven that she is quite capable of wearing two hats. She is our advertising director and was recently named general manager for the Lassen operation. Patty Givens is in her 26th year, efficiently handling ad design and layout in that graphics department. And the extremely talented Cindie Tamietti, now in her 24th year, manages that department. However, when Cindie isn't busy creating eye-catching ads, you will find her wearing her IT hat handling a co-worker's computer problems. Advertising and marketing expert Laura Tew has 24 years on our sales team helping her clients make the most of their investment. Veteran newspaperman Sam Williams exercises his news judgment daffy as the very capable managing editor for our Lassen papers. He checks in with nearly 20 years. At our Chester office, through thick and thin, we have always been able to count on Cheri McIntire. Although she is the consummate advertising and marketing expert, she's done so much more for that operation and her community in the 22 years she has been there. We've taken up way too much space talking about just a few of the old timers and nobody else on our staff. So, look for a fun-page ad in the coming weeks featuring-- no, make that honoring-- the rest of the best! Clearly, our roots run deep here at Feather Publishing Co., as does our continued commitment to you, our readers, advertisers and print shop customers. All of us wish you a safe and healthy new year. Thank you for allowing our family to be a part of your family each and every week. And to our employees: we thank you for sharing your talent, your dedication and so much of your life with us. Here's to 2016 and beyond... With immense pride, Mike and Keri Politicians have an extremely tough job these days You know who I feel sorry WHERE I STAND which politicians today for? Today's politicians ....................................... genuinely distrust the other You'll laugh at this, but LEE H. HAMILTON side is something new in our FORMER MEMBER OF politics. It makes progress on hear me out. This is a very o.s. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES tough time to be a politician the issues of the day -- whether running for office extremely complicated. or trying to lead while of the current political This is exacerbated by holding office. The women landscape, however, give politicians' awareness that and men who've undertaken politics a sharper edge and voters have lost confidence in to represent us face make it far more difficult to our traditional political circumstances that make navigate, leadership and are searching campaigning and governing For starters, our political hard for alternatives. You see unusually challenging right : discourse, from city councils now, Not that they've ever been easy, at least in my lifetime. Our size, diversity, and multi-layered government structure; the number and complexity of the problems our political leaders face daily; and the divided politics of our time, which make settling on coherent policies especially challenging-- all these combine to make being a politician in a representative democracy one of the most demanding jobs around. Several features to state legislatures to Congress, is less forgiving than it was a generation ago. Political opponents are no longer just people with whom we happen to disagree -- they're people who need to be shamed into silence. They can't be trusted, they can't be negotiated with, they're self-serving and unpatriotic and when they're not" incompetent, they're scheming, ill informed and ill intentioned. This rhetoric is not just calculated demonization. The extent to this in the rise of candidates like Donald Trump onthe right and Bernie Sanders on the left, who speak to voters who are looking for someone to express their anger and frustration. Why are Americans upset, and more willing than usual to rally to outlying candidates? I don't think there's any great mystery. For starters, we have a society that is deeply concerned about economic insecurity; as the Pew Research Center reported recently, the American middle class -- for decades traditional, objective media. The skills we need in our the stable anchor of economy America today is an uneasy political leaders, like the and society -- is in trouble place, and we see this ability to approach those and no longer in the majority, reflected in voters' with whom they disagree People are moving up, but frustration and pessimism, with a measure of good will most are not, and some are With next year's elections and an openness to moving down. Small wonder still almost a year away,negotiation and compromise, that immigration causes so voters are mostly just looking are not held in high esteem much concern, around. They like candidates by the voters or by the You can add to this the fear who express their anger and loudest voices in their own of terrorism and a deeply resentment, but that's in part parties. It's easy for a unsettled view of the major because they're not politician to pander to anger changes taking place in measuring candidates by and frustration. American society: the rise of whether they seem fit for the It's much harder to face a big data and its attendant loss presidency or Congress or the roomful of disparate opinions of privacy; the migration governor's mansion, and forge a consensus behind flows that whittle away at Voters are just now a solution. Yet that is some communities while starting to hold candidates up precisely what many causing others to change to the standards of the offices politicians recognize our unrecognizably from month they seek; as they do, the country needs. to month; the tensions that unsettled political diversity, arguments over environment in which we Lee Hamilton is a Distinguished gender, and racial conflict all find ourselves will grow a bit Scholar, Indiana University produce; the fluid and less uncertain. School of Global and ever-changing patterns of But the long-term issues -- Interna tionM Studies; and a religious belief and identity the fears and uncertainty and Professor ofPractioe, IUSchool of that have shaken many the forces driving them -- Public and Environmental communities loose from the won't have gone away. Which Affairs. He was a member of the institutions that once moored is why I feel great sympathy U.S. Houseo£Representativesfor them; the decline of the for politicians at the moment. 34 years. LETTERS to the EDITOR 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 3 p.m.; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing' s offlu:es, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmcd nald@plumasnavs.m Spirit of the season The West End Theater has triumphed with an inspiring presentation of the 1940 radio broadcast of Dickens' Christmas Carol. It included the Campbell's Soup commercials and the instructions to the audience by the announcer. The staging and effects were authentic, and the story unfolded smoothly and professionally. I doubt that a major theatrical production could have been any better. The message of Dickens' story, as do the messages in all his great novels, reverberates with love of humanity and the sharing of the spirit that underlies the holiday season. The Scrooge in all of us needs to be J reminded that no man is an island. We all belong to one great contInental family, and what happens to one of our kin affects us as well. I never make New Years' resolutions because I know that I will forget them before January is over, but I do make wishes for the new yean As unlikely as it might be, I could not wish for anything better than for all humans to live the spirit of the holiday season throughout their lifetimes. Admittedly tough to obey, we have been told by the one whose birthday we celebrated on the 25 of December that we should abandon the old concept of an eye for eye and a tooth for a tooth. We should love our enemies as ourselves, bless those who curse us, and we should turn the other cheek when someone strikes us. In any case, let's work to make 2016 a safer time in which to live for one and all. Salvatore Catalano • Taylorsville Happy Birthday Obamacare For all you folks who thought Obamacare was better than sliced bread, here's some facts to chew on. No matter what your party affiliation, the bill was an embarrassment. Obamacare was passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve 2009 when no one was paying attention. Worse, it was thousands of pages piecemealed together, and voted on by people who hadn't even read it. Its rules and regulations approach 17,000 pages and are growing. Assuming a six-and-one-half hour workday, it would take nearly 250 days to read it at a rate of 250 words per minute. Whew. Its website was, and still is, a disaster. And six years later, it's still not clear whether the program is a success or failure. Some older folks have stated their medical out-of-pocket expenses have jumped by $3,000-$4,000 per year since then. And despite Obamacare promises that employer-based health insurance premiums would decrease by $2,500 per family - that clearly hasn't happened. According to the • Kaiser Family Foundation's research, since 2008, average family insurance plan premiums have climbed by $4,865. Worse yet, many insurers are raising rates much higher. In some states, these Don't sit back and let ethers do the talking for you. Express yourself in our • mail: premiums have increased byspent $3,352 on health care, more than 30 percent. That's Those 65 and older spent during a period when $11,089 per year. inflation was practically So, feel good about your nonexistent. Older people use health care system. four times the amount of Remember, "we have to pass prescription drugs as those it to find out what's in it." younger than 50. Under Merry Christmas. Obamacare, the average Bryan Hansen person between 19 and 64 Graeagie Contact your elected officials PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: Individual supervisors can also be e- mailed from links on the county website, PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TFY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710. Website: U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 I St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563.112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. UoS. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMaifa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076.;; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 2862 Olive Hwy, Suite D, OroviUe, CA 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center: 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, E1 Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933- 7234; Redding Constituent Service Center: 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225-3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, IST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-00001, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 280 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR - Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.