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Namely, pooling our resources and drawing togeth- er to work collaboratively, rather than go- ing the every-man-for-himself route. It seems to us that our major challenges for 2009 are going to be psychological as much as anything else. For starters, we need to resist the urge to fall prey to fear itself. Fear leads to panic, and panic never helps anything. Instead, we should seek to cultivate a clear-sighted- ness that both acknowledges the hard reali- ties of our situation and looks beyond it. We need to remember and celebrate the victories, however small. We promise to do our best in the coming year to seek out the uplifting stories among the carnage. Last year, when the governor threatened to close our one and only, beloved state park, we and other local groups sounded the alarm. The ensuing outpouring of support sent that proposal to the garbage bin. But this kind of communal action requires .us to stay engaged. We can't replicate this kind of success if we all hole up at home in de- spair. We can use next year's challenges as an opportunity for self-reflection during which: we clarify our values and set our priorities accordingly. We can do this individually, as family units and as communities. If health and happiness are our priorities, then we need to live them. Neither requires the lat- est iTech this or plasma that. Getting through the next year is not going to be easy, but we think our communities have the self-reliance and resiliency to make it. Things will be different on the oth- er side, no doubt about that. But we think Plumas County can emerge stronger, smarter and with a shared sense of the pow- er of community. We wish each and every one of you a healthy, happy New Year. A Fe mg / Breaking News..., go to Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Diana Jorgenson .......... Portola Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Kate West ............... Chester Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Mona Hill .................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Joshua Sebold Will Farris Sam Williams Barbara France Susan Cort Johnson Anthony Larson ' ' Feather River . Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Lassen County Times (530) 257-53211 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Ruth Ellis Scott Blackwood Pat Shillito Jeanie Jones Traci Bue Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Furlou2h of state employ,;es hits home MY TURN M. KATE WEST Chester Editor Taking his role of action figure much too geriously, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger single-handedly enacted an executive order Dec. 19 that may deal the final, crippling blow to the state's economy. At a time when consumer confidence is critical in shoring up our beleaguered state and national economy, he has severely cut the spending power of the state's own em- ployees by either reducing their wages by two days each month or, for others, in total by virtue Of seniority layoff of the bottom 20 percent in non-critical positions. And it just isn't about the economy in general; what about the mortgage crisis in this state? I question how many of those workers have, by virtue of career planning, been able to care for themselves and their families all the while successfully making their mortgage payments each month? How many do you suppose will find that option in jeopardy with the governor's de- cision? We surely can't discount the ripple effect either. When state employees have to make cuts at home, what else will be impacted? Will they stop clothes shopping, not buy pre- scriptions, buy fewer groceriesor even sur- render their vehicles? This executive order demands that near- ly every state employee participate in an unpaid furlough program. Those not auto- matically mandated would be division or department managers. Instead, it is reported that managers can expect to receive an approximate 10 per- cent pay cut which will supposedly equate to the same two-day layoff of lower-tier em- ployees. The reported purpose of the two-day un- paid furloughs and layoffs is to help offset the anticipated $42 billion state budget gap expected by mid-2010. As I am married to a state employee I re- Mys tery pho to This old military item received some official attention in recent years due to home- land security. Where is it? E-mail or call your local newspaper office listed at the bottom of this page. Answers must be received by Friday at 5 p.m. All correct answers will be entered into a weekly drawing for a free four-week classified ad valued at $28. To learn the location of this photo, see Sec- tionA of next week's newspaper. Photo by Shannon Morrow ally have to say, "Let's be fair here, folks." Not only that, I think the government needs to take some "get real" pills. According tothe 2000 Census, there are 17,924,457 individuals, age 16 years and old- er, who are employed in California's labor force. Updated data reveals that in 2008, the California state government employs 238,000 of those in the workforce today. Although you can see how easily the gov- ernor can tap the wages of government em- ployees you also have to question the un- fairness of it, working family to working family. Hurting the state family is going to help California how? This is something you don't want to happen to any family-- whether state, county or private sector. These state employee furloughs are, over the ordered period of time, supposed to save the state $1.2 billion. Which brings me to about the fourth part of my second disagreement with the governor. The norm in working through most bud- get crises is to effect plans to see your enti- ty through the fiscal year. Now, while you have to give the governor credit on one hand for thinking ahead, you have to slap him with the other. This ordered furlough is in effect not un- til the June 30, 2009 ending of this fiscal year but until the end of the fiscal year m 2010! Yes, the furlough extends from Feb. 1 of this year until June 30, 2010. It takes a full 17 months of withholding state employees wages to earn that whopping $1.2 billion savings. In the spirit of the passing holidays, I think my ire needs to be spread about a bit. The governor blames his need for this exec- utive order on the Legislature. I'll give him that I do too! And while my paintbrush is out, let me also color my anger about the idiocy of the California State Association of Counties. Also known as CSAC, this agency did, as reported on the Los Angeles Times Web site Friday, Dec. 19, hit the "stupid nail" right on the head. With 238,000 employees in 58 counties be- ing affected by this executive order, CSAC wants to take exception only to the impact it might have on those in positions of man- ager or above. So sadly again, it is very much sounding like absolutely no one is looking out for the everyday working class. And, the final question for, this year is? If ::ifa"gJ)ef*ndr is willing to- createhis much hardship'gfi heartache for $1.2 billion. what else is he willing to do for the $40.8 he still needs? I say, let's stop breaking the backs of those who work to support California and get real about just what this state needs. In my estimation it is neither another bond-funded recreation district project or supportof a super train from Los Angeles to San Francisco. In my opinion we need to take care of our families, our schools, our senior popula- tion, our public health and public safety. After our "state and federal governments meet those basic obligations, let the cuts fall where they may. tEMEMBE1K WHEN voices and the good news that a ring of a ........................................................................................................................................................... bell in your home may bring. Order at the KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ...1908 The Plumas National-Bulletin wants the news from every community. Marriages, births, deaths, social events. Each citizen is invited to send such news via mail, tele- phone or telegram at our expense. Do not be timid or backward about it. 75 YEARS AGO ...1933 Start off the new year with the conve- nience of a telephone in your home. Be- sides the convenience, think of the friendly Pacific'Pelegram and Telephone Company office, Harbison Street, Quincy, telephone number 200. 50 YEARS AGO _.1958 Advertisement: New Years Eve party at the Copper Hood in Greenville. Italian buf- fet, hats and noisemakers. Advertisement: Boyd's Market in East Quincy will be open New Years day "9-2 4 " 25 YEARS AGO ...1983 Quincy Volunteer Fire Department took delivery of a new fire engine. The trust has a 1450 gallon Water capacity and carries 1800 feet of hose. Advertisement: Happy New Years from your Plumas County elected officials: Su- pervisors Leonard Ross, Sandy Pricer, Russ Papenhausen, Bill Coates and Curly Glines. Assessor Ernie Eaton, Auditor Ann Pattan, Sheriff Ken Shanks, Clerk Ila Dig- gs., Note: items included in the weekly Remem- ber 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 newspapers. ztpparently MY TURN TRACl BUE Staff Writer .tbue@plu masnews.corn This is customarily the season of giving, but to read the press, it feels more like the season of asking. I have to say it's getting old. Where does it end? California's debt is projected to be up- wards of $20 billion by 2010, and we all know who is getting stuck with that tab. We have the (initial) $700 billion bailout of failed financial institutions and then the Big Three car manufacturers jumping in for a handout. Ford is asking Congress for $9 billion, that's BILLION, and projects it will be rof- only the season o00g, ivin2 for some itable in two years. What if it's not? Unless some business strategies are changed and changed permanently, like giving up the corporate jets, trimming bloated executive salaries and eye-popping year-end bonuses for starters, I fail to see how the bottom line will be any different af- ter the bailout than the mess they've creat- ed for.themselves now. Even our new president Obama, who won on a platform of change, seems to be getting in the handout line. The gall of a campaign touting change, and by that I ex- pect change to mean accountability and fis- cal responsibility, that let itself go $10,000 in debt in the last several weeks of cam- paignflurry to now ask me to help bail the party out. How do you overspend by $10,000? When I see that my bank balance is not going to cover an expense, I don't keep spending. The "spend now, figure out where we're going to get the money later" isn't a change, but business as usual. Obama's campaign and these mega cor- porations screwed up -- not overnight, but over time ... long enough to see (and profit) from the error of their ways. When the rest of us make a habit of mismanaging our businesses or engage in racketeering, our businesses fail or we go to prison -- conse- quences -- a tough, but valuable lesson. Or, I suppose we could just plead that our business is a cornerstone of the economy and get in the growing handout line. Since it's the season of charity, and everyone else is asking, I submit a plea to the Chevron Crporation to take one for the team and lend a helping hand to the failing U.S. economy. The oil and gas goliath, whose profits in the third quarter of this year were a record $7.89 billion -- that's in one quarter -- could easily afford the loss. It would hardly make a dent in its deep pockets. Why, it could even cough up profits of several quar- ters with nary a blink, and think what an amazing gesture of goodwill and benefit that would be?! The nation could start with a nearly clean slate rather than the future decades of debt we're facing now. C'mon Chevron, 'tis the season.