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10B - Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter E.D I TO 1KIAL and OPINION EDITORIAL Why newspapers will be around tomorrow Next week, Oct. 3-9, is National Newspaper Week. This is a good time to consider the state of the industry and the state of our local pa- pers. To paraphrase Mark Twain, a newspa- perman himself, reports of the industry's demise are greatly exaggerated. The way people consume information is changing rapidly, and we hear frequently the death of newspapers is imminent. Maybe people feel this way because they aren't regular newspaper readers, or they just don't think people read newspapers as much as they did 10 years ago. If they're referring to the printed newspaper, they are usually cor- rect. The newspaper industry has seen printed newspaper circulation declines for more than 10 years. Many of us in the industry are, slow- ly but surely, realizing that we're not in the printed paper business, but in the information business. That transformation of our attitude about print has not been easy. Here at Feather Publishing many of us like our printed paper traditions, and our readers are very loyal. Printed newspapers often sell out after elec- tions, weather disasters and other significant events. People still buy copies of the newspa- per when their children make the honor roll or their team has a win, and for many, the newspaper obituary is the defining memorial for a loved one. Our paper is the paper of record: Local government entities publish le- gal notices each week. Printed'newspapers are one of the few me- dia where people actually look forward to the advertising. Research indicates ads are a de- sired part of the experience. The ritual of reading the weekly paper con- tinues to be strong locally, and like other com- munity newspapers, we have experienced cir- culation stability and even growth in the past decade. Yet we recognize the value of instant infor- mation on the Internet is readily apparent. While we will always value our printed newspapers, we recognize many people turn to the Internet, and increasingly to their cell phones, as their initial news source. The good news for people who like the infor- mation they get from newspapers and wart 9.,1, see it continue is that in most American mar- : kets the number one source for local informa- tion is the newspaper's website. A recent comScore survey ranked local newspaper websites first among all sources for trustworthiness, credibility and most in- formative place to find local content of all types, including news, information, entertain- ment and sports. Newspaper websites have devoted reader- ship and we are no exception. We covet that relationship and it only reassures us that ulti- mately we will be here for years to come. The way people get their information is changing, but our newsroom has more people dedicated to information gathering than other area media outlets combined, and no one cov- ers local news better, with more accuracy and more in depth, than the paper. Your paper will continue to report the news that is relevant to you and your community. You can be assured of continued change, but you can also expect the paper will be around tomorrow, providing local information better than everyone else in a multitude of options. We encourage you to bookmark our website, plumasnews.com, and continue to read the pa- per for the latest news and local sales. Keep scissors handy to cut out important keepsake information for scrapbooks as a con- tinuing history of Plumas County life. A Feath00ng , 00pape/ Breaking News...Y go to plumasnews.com 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 Cheryl Frei Ruth Ellis Brian Taylor Pat Shillito Linda Satchwell Young people, it's time to reb,,lance our world JOSHUA SEBOLD Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com I Was having a hard time thinking of something to write this week that wasn't incredibly negative. I tend to believe that we're in a moment in our country right now when many peo- ple are so angry or burned out that a feed- back loop has developed. Basically if six out of 10 people wake up feeling depressed or pissed off, it's likely that some of the other four people will end up not feeling that great by the end of the day --partly because of their interactions with the people who woke up feeling bad. I think most of us don't wake up feeling bad every day; we're just taking turns play- ing out these roles, creating a self-perpetu- ating cycle. This leads me to the conclusion that I should try not to spread around my pes- simistic thoughts when I have them, at least not at a greater rate than I normally do. This is extremely hard for me. My job is to pay very close attention to all of the de- pressing and frustrating things going on in the economy and politics on a daily basis. My coping mechanism for dealing with that reality is what I think of as a sense of humor, although I have had it described to me in far more colorful language as a char- acter flaw or overall lack of sanity on more than one occasion. I tend to ignore this type of criticism as much as possible but recently I have begun to fear that even joking about the sad state of political discourse in our country tends to feed into the problem by breeding the very divisiveness that leads to so many of our issues. This is a very strange place for me to be in because my MP3 player is full of albums by people like Green Day, Rage Against the Machine and Johnny Cash. I've spent much of my life trying to tell people that humans are generally foolish and that we're doing everything wrong. It's not that I don't believe any of that l/Vhere in the world? Bill Obernesser of Graeagle visited the 1,900- year-old Roman amphitheater in Nimes, France. The arena seats more than 16,oo0 nd is still in use for bullfights, concerts, opera and other events. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your Iocalnewspaper along and including it in a photo. Then e-mail the photo to smor- row@plumasnews.com. anymore or that those same songs don't ring true to me. It's more that I've come to believe that for people to make better decisions in changing the system than they did in mess- ing it up to begin with, they have to be thinking clearly. And frankly, now that everyone is as pissed off and incredulous as me, all the sudden it seems unlikely that we can get anything done. Therefore I'm calling on all young people to begin expressing a more positive outlook and general faith in humanity. Look, the basic role of young people is to counterbalance the general momentum of the older generation so that our country never strays too far in one direction. Basically, in the 1950s adults got too opti- mistic, thought the government could do no wrong. That led the younger generation to a counterculture movement that was very distrusting of the government and interest- ed in conspiracy theories and alternative social philosophies. That was all well and good, but 60 years later we've still got the love of conspiracies and incredulous view of the government even though we've lost the hippies. Now people distrust the government so much they will vote for candidates who could hardly survive an interview with a reporter from MTV or Nickelodeon as long as they've never been employed by the gov- ernment. That seems a little excessive to me and a lot more like just giving up on the idea of democracy than supposedly trying to re- pair the system. Basically my argument in a nutshell is this simple: Look around you, young peo- ple, 90 percent of the population older than 40 seems to hate politics and believes there's no reason for leaders-to try to get along with each other. A basic rule of being young is that when- ever 90 percent of people older than 40 start to do something, you need to stop doing it as soon as is physically possible. A lot of kids assume this rule exists for young people to easily discern what is cool. That is not altogether untrue, but it's also because if young people just go along with what the older generation is doing society gets off balance and eventually topples. So young people, as much as it pains me to say this, we need to remember to smile every now and then; say something uplift- ing from time to time; and try to concen- trate on the positive aspects ofot living in a failed state that has descendedljnto anal'- chy. Let's face it, old people aren't going to do it themselves because they messed every- thing up in the first place. ...whoops, I think what I meant to say was, they could really use our help and col- laboration in dealing with these difficult times, which our country will find a way through, as it always has in the past. R.EMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 80 YEARS AGO... 1930 Advertisement: New Greenville bakery. A modern up to date shop with the latest in baking equipment. Specializing in German and French pastry and a complete line of bread. With an attendance of 1O0 or more, the American Legion Post in Quincy Friday night formally threw open to the public one of the handsomest and best construct- ed boxing arenas in Plumas County with five lively bouts. 50 YEARS AGO... 1960 Got potatoes? 100 pounds of spuds were stolen at the Fireside Inn in Virgilia Satur- day night leaving hundreds of dollars worth of meat, jewelry and personal items untouched. 30 YEARS AGO... 1980 An early morning fire Sunday destroyed a portion of the recreation building of Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch near Spring Garden. Because the ranch is not in any fire district, the United States Forest Service responded with one fire engine at 6;00 a.m. after the 4:50 a.m. report of the fire. The Plumas County tax rates for 1980- 1981 was set by the Plumas County Board of Supervisors this week at the same figure as last year---S3.91 per $100.00 assessed val- uation. 10 YEARS AGO... 2000 A fourth floor storage space in the Plumas County courthouse will be remod- eled to provide more office space for the Plumas County Probation Department. The room, which used to be the county jail', will provide 14 by 20 feet more room adja- cent to the law library. Note: items included in the weekly Remem. her 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. What you MY TURN BARBARA FRANCE Staff Writer bfrance@lassennews.com I am not sure how many readers know that in some newspaper markets new re- porters start out in the sports statistics de- partment or writing obituaries. Neither are glamorous Pulitzer Prize-winning in- vestigative reporting assignments, but they are two of the mostly widely read sec- tions of any newspaper. Even the least interested sports fan takes a brief look at how his team is fairing against the rest of the league, especially as the playoffs come closer. When it comes to obituaries, people want to see if anyone they know has passed. I know the older one gets the more important the Vital Statistics page be- comes. I often go online and check out my hometown paper to see if people I remem- ber are still with us. learn from a feature st,)ry and an obituary I also read obituaries because I often learn fascinating things about a deceased person I didn't know when they were liv- ing. Either they were too shy to brag on themselves, or their loved one who took time to write the last story perceives them differently. Recently, I was sent an obituary that was written up in the San Francisco Chronicle about a 97-year-old woman named Paula Adam Tennant. I searched the paper's archives and did not find the name. There- fore, I have to assume her story of her time in Lassen County has not been recorded with our paper. According to her obituary, she was the county's district attorney in the mid-1950s The obituary is lengthy with a list of her contributions to the not only the Califor- nia Youth Authority but also to the U.S. Board of Parole, appointed by President Richard Nixon and then at age 70, to the U.S. Parole Commission by President Ronald Reagan. The notice in the paper had a wonderful quote about her. "In the mid-1950s when she served as district attorney in Lassen County (Susanville), a friend commented, 'Compared to the state and federal govern. ment jobs, this may seem insignificant, but for a town like Susanville it was an amaz- ing feat. I recall that even the judges (male) allowed the other attorneys to treat her with considerable disrespect to a degree that would now be a huge federal lawsuit. She ignored them, did her homework and clobbered them in court most of the time.'" That's my kind of lady: The Lassen County Times has an obitu- ary recently for Bill Mclntosh, who was the county's first director of public works and served for 41 years. I learned he head- ed development of the County Route Mark- er Program adopted nationally in 1967. Because of his leadership, Lassen Coun- ty received the first number, "A-l," for the Eagle Lake Road, a national award winner for its design and the only county road se- lected for the 1984 Olympic Torch relay. In 2000, A-! was officially proclaimed the "William D. Mclntosh Highway." Now that's dedication. It also explains how Lassen County has a road called A-1. It all becomes trivia at some point, but to those who lost these loved ones, it is part of the story of a life, and I find it fascinat- ing. We all have a story to tell" a place we have been, a person we have met, a life we have touched, a difference we have made -- unfortunately that story may not be told until our death. I wonder what stories my children will tell because, if God is willing, they will be the ones writing my obituary. I hope I have left a legacy or a funny antidote.