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8B Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL fl Yl d OPINION EDITORIAL ............................................. -L ..................................................................... li Sheriff Bergstrand does indeed retire Special districts join LAFCo Countywide lighting district formed' at no extra cost to taxpayers PDH doctors save vacationing billion- aire's life; grateful patient offers to pay for new hospital General Plan update completed ahead of time and under budget Feather River Inn re-opens for business Downstream users to pay surcharge for Plumas water; county awash in money Forest Service completes QLG program of work Plumas Arts gets $1 million grant to rehab Town Hall Theatre Plumas real estate market: D6j& vu 2005 Recession over! Plumas booms; unem- ployment less than 5 percent Social services report record low de- mand for assistance Food pantries say shelves are overflowing Animal shelter empty; all pets well fed and safe; dogs well behaved and silent Editor:filled with intelligent: ,. commentary and good, will .... " " Sheriff's Blotter on hiatus, no crime to report Plumas-Eureka ski bowl re-opens Plumas National Forest set to build hundreds of miles on new trails; tourism expected to increase No forest fires reported in Plumas County State stops stealing funds from cities, counties and special districts Enrollment in Plumas schools increases A Fea g go to Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Diana Jorgenson .......... Porto!a Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Kate West ............... Chester Editor S hannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Mona Hill .................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Joshua Sebold Ruth Ellis Will Farris Brian Taylor Sam Williams Pat Shillito Barbara France Linda Stachwell Susan Cort Johnson Cheryl Frei Feather River Westwood Bulletin PinePress (530) 2830800 (530) 256-2277 Lassen County Chester Progressive Times (530) 258-3115 (530) 257-53211 Indian Valley Portola Reporter Record (530) 832-4646 (530) 284-7800 Shhh ... sometimes we need to keep secrets MY TURN M. KATE WEST Chester Editor The following statement, which is a CNN condensed item, ran on its Political Tickler blog Friday, Dec. 4: "The White House has authorized an expansion of the C.I.A.'s drone program in Pakistan's law- less tribal areas, officials said this week... American officials are talking with Pak- istan about the possibility of striking in Baluchistan for the first time a contro- versial move since it is outside the tribal areas--because that is where Afghan Tal- iban leaders are believed to hide." Wow! Unless this is total misinforma- tion being published as part of a strategy to convince the bad guys that we really don't know where they are--we have a se- rious problem with today's definition of national security. Can you imagine the same thing hap- pening on D-Day (Tuesday, June 4, 1944) during World War II? News flash! "Gerleral Eisenhower has History & Mystery A corner safety mirror gives a unique perspective of downtown, but which town? E- mail mysteryphoto@101umasnews~cqm or call your local newspaper office listed at the bQttom of this, page, Answers,must be received byi ~Friday.i~l; 5_.P~,n);;:AII correct,a0swers,. will be entered into a drawing for a free fou~-week classified ~d valued ~t ~28..To learn the location of this photo, see Section A of next week's newspaper. Photo by Alicia Knadler decided that despite poor weather reports he will continue with the plan to invade Omaha Beach as part of Operations Nep- tune and Overlord." The White House has in the place where the Commander in Chief of all the United States Armed Forces lives? That White House is issuing state- ments about secret military support and fact-finding methqds that might actually help to keep our troops safe? OK, I admit it. This issue I have with both CNN and the White House isn't any- thing new. As a matter of fact, my-first up- set with this leak about military actions began with the live news coverage of Op- eration Desert Storm nearly 10 years ago. Scenario: American troops and tanks are rolling toward Kuwait. Did the Iraqis have to go to the trouble of trying to infil- trate spies into our ranks to learn wl at was going on? Heck no...they just had to turn on CNN and count noses and tanks and then decide how many troops to throw into the battle against our troops. American spirit, technology and superi- or air power were our saving grace in meeting those added and very unneces- sary challenges presented by live video feed. Do I not support news from the front? I absolutely do. In times of war there have always been correspondents on the ground with the troops. There were even newsreels showing troops on the move. The difference then...the direction of troop movements, the number of troops and the amount of equipment wasn't reported until after the planned action was completed. It was kept secret--duh! As trite as common sense may seem in these circumstances, a primary element in the success of military campaigns is surprise---and surpmse can only be achieved as a result of what the enemy doesn't know. Knowing what everybody is doing all the time and how they are doing it is how the Current administration defines trans- parency. Transparency (I'm really getting to dis- like this word) would be a great thing if it actually were doing any good, like clearly laying out the facts about potential health- care reform and, more importantly, the true financial impact to America. Instead it seems we have more secrecy ~su~:rounding when votes, 2 will take place than we do about the very necessary job of spying for the good of America. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO....1909 Advertisement: New Year's Eve masquer- ade ball at the Quincy House. Admittance, midnight supper and party favors $2.50. 75 YEARS AGO .... 1934 Advertisement: A grand New Year's Eve Ball at Taylorsville sponsored by the Tay- lorsville firemen. Music by the Hoot Owls. Dance $1.00. Turkey supper 50. Ruth Harris of Portola was chosen to be Miss Portola and will reign as Portola Snow Sports queen and represent the club and Charlotte Calais of Greenville as Miss Plumas will represent Plumas County at the Sacramento Snow Carnival next month. Advertisement: New Year's Eve Party at Paxton in the Feather River Villa. Good music, excellent dance floor and supreme food. $1.00. 50 YEARS AGO .... 1959 Advertisement: New Year's Eve Dance at Happy Hollow. Music by Warren, Les and Moe. The hard and gusty winds that occurred throughout Plumas County last week played havoc with many of the outdoor Christmas decorations. Many nativity scenes, lights and reindeer atop rooftops were damaged or blown away all together. This made it difficult to judge "best decoration" contests in all communities. 30 YEARS AGO .... 1979 Leaking propane gas and the potential danger of a massive explosion necessitated evacuation of some homes near the Long Valley bridge west of C, romberg last Thurs- day when a gas tanker and trailer flipped over on Highway 70. The accident closed through traffic for over 12 hours but a dirt road detour kept the traffic flowing the next day. 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 newspaper. I'm slamming the door on the year 200 again/And held her in my armsP' recently who are pretty much what they This is a sentiment that I've always seem to be, and what they seem to be-- heartily endorsed especially at a time even in difficult times--is pretty damn like this, when I'm tired of battles, hospi- good. Some of them work hard at this; oth- tal and personal. As I get older I see just ers seem to do it almost as effortlessly as how many people each of us loses through breathing. I'm trying to spend more time death and attrition. This has been a year with these people. of such losses for me. So, begging Yeats' My friend Debora says that your outer pardon, I'm not sure that love isn't war, world reflects your inner one, and that MY TURN after all. when you try to make a serious change, LINDA SATCHWELL I have time to think as I drive each day the various addictions that have lured Staff Writer from Graeagle to Quincy Thinking can be you for a long time come out of the wood- a dangerous pastime. I've noticed inter- work to pull you back. esting (a euphemism for strange and mys- If I had to make a resolution for this It's not my turn. At least I don't think it tifying) reactions from many of the people coming year, mine would be both public should be, but I'm told I took a turn out of whom this most recent loss has touched: and personal not to let anyone or any- turn, so here we are. You're stuck with some twisted, some broken, some kindthing else define me: no one's tragedy or me again and laudable. I thought on a recent morn- hatred, no group's discord or prejudice. I've said enough about getting along, ing's drive that people are often not what On things public, I would gather as working together, creating, rather than they seem. And, while I am still a perenni- much information as possible to make a destroying, warring, hating. I'd rather ally hopeful person,,I have to say that thoughtful, reasonable decision. talk about love. what's behind that seemliness isn't neces- On things private, I would gather One of my favorite quotes from my fa- sarily good. around me people who wear honesty well vorite author, the poet W.B. Yeats, goes I've trusted people too much, perhaps, and who err on the side of kindness. this way: I've been blind-sided by grief a few times As for the new year, I'll enter it some- "And maybe what they say is true/Of war and by selfishness a few more. what tenderly, and with an as yet un- and war's alarms/But O that I were young On the other hand, I've met a few people quenched hopefulness. I Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE I I I V