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lOB Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 , Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL County ,leaders need .to make the most of a rare opportunity A proposed joint venture between the sheriff and the California Highway Patrol appeared to be dead last spring. But after last week's visit by CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow, there is a glimmer of hope. We emphasize the glimmer part. Everything will have to come together just right to make the collaboration a reality. The plan -- devised by Sheriff Greg Hagwood and local CHP Commander Joe Edwards -- is to build a shared office for the sheriff and CHP on a campus that would include a free-standing jail and possibly even the fn:e department. Farrow embraced the idea in principle. He said it made sense and would save taxpayers a lot of money to build one big complex instead of two or three smaller ones. He said the main hurdle involves timing. The state is ready to break ground on a badly needed Quincy CHP office right now. If the county wants to join the state in this project, it needs to get organized very soon. In short, this is one of those put-up-or-shut-up moments for the county. At the risk of delaying the anticipated 2018 opening of a new local CHP office, Farrow told Hagwood he wouldn't proceed until his planners had an honest face-to-face meeting with the appropriate county officials. "I'll bring my staffup here," Farrow told Hagwood. "We can put them in a room and we will sit down and talk .... I think it's important that we throw things out on the table and we all understand each other's needs .... But if (building a joint facility) is something that's so far out in the future, it's probably not going to work." Farrow wasn't trying to create a false sense of urgency. His concerns are genuine. He said there are 10 CHP posts in line to get funding for a new facility. Probably none of the other 10 deserve a new home more than our local CHP, which is crammed into a small old building. Stepping out of the line could move the local CHP down the list, or worse. Farrow was quite candid during his meeting with Hagwood. The sheriff was impressed and thankful the commissioner made the time to drive to Quincy and he told him so. "I wish I would have done it a long time ago," Farrow responded. Some have suggested the meeting was simply a symbolic gesture by Farrow -- or that it was a public relations stunt by Hagwood -- and that neither really expects the plan to work. tf:thaVs true, both men deserve a "best actor" nbffiatlon. : ..... .: , The reality is Farrow didn't have to come here. He could have sent a representative, or made a phone call. He could have done nothing at all. But he said he felt like there was unfinished business. He said he didn't want people to have their feelings hurt. He wanted to be absolutely sure that a collaboration wouldn't work before the state moved forward with its plan. And he appears to genuinely mean it. So now the ball is in the county's court. In a state smothered in bureaucracy the county has an opportunity to work with a decision maker who is one desk removed from the governor. If county leaders sincerely want to join forces with the state on this deal, they need to get to work today. The sheriff and supervisors have to rise above the current budget bickering and work together. When the CHP commissioner sends his team of planners, designers and property procurement people here for a frank discussion, the county must be ready to offer them more solutions than questions. And the sheriff and a supervisor need to be at that table. Frankly, a Plumas County supervisor should have been at the table with the CHP commissioner last week. The sheriff said the supervisors knew about the meeting; the supervisors said they didn't. The sheriff and the board-- which have traded barbs over the county budget -- aren't communicating well right now. If the county is truly serious about collaborating with the state, the sheriff and supervisors need to mend their fences for the good of the people who elected them. Opportunities like this are rare. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of the publisher, managing editor and the appropriate staff writers. Feath lishing / spaper For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald ......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee ................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: Miriam Cody Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Debra Moore Maddie Musante M.'Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Retirement will offer much-desired freedom Today is Sept. 29 and this date holds tremendous significance for me -- I am at last on my official countdown to retirement. Despite the fact that I've yet months to work, setting a final day on the job in my mind is very much like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. My brain is doing the happy dance and yet there is such peace to knowing that each day brings the long-awaited golden years closer to reality. My friends and I occasionally talk about what retirement means to each of us. To me, it's all about freedom, where you wake up each day and don't owe anyone anything, most especially your time. Time is all-important for a number of reasons. As you age time becomes a precious commodity. No one has a crystal ball or any other way of predicting just how much time any one of us has left before our lives are spent. Retirement gives you the unrestricted time to choose just what you'd like to do each day, which sounds an awful lot like my definition of freedom. Sometimes when I speak of freedom as being the ultimate state of happiness I can MY TURN M. KATE WEST Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.com see where my friends don't understand the emphasis I put behind the word. Freedom to me doesn't just mean I don't have to go to work or mow the lawn on a specific day of the week. It is much more personal and engrained in my psyche. There is an old saying that you really can't truly understand the actions or thoughts of others until you've walked a mile in their shoes. I'm thinking what freedom means to me versus what it means to others is likely based on that statement. For over 20 years of my life I held jobs in the government sector where day-to-day This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. October 8 1860 -- The telegraph line between San Francisco and Los Angeles begins service. 1982 -- "Cats" opens on Broadway in New York City, running continuously for nearly 18 years before closing in September 2000. 2001 -- United States President George W. Bush announced the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security. October 9 1888 -- The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. opens to the general public. /- T ..... .; 1986 -- The first musical production of "The Phantom of the Opera" opens in London. October 10 1971 -- Sold, dismantled, relocated and reconstructed, the London Bridge opens in Lake Havasu, Arizona. 1973 -- United States Vice President Spire Agnew resigns in 1973 after being charged with federal tax invasion. October 11 1890 -- In Washington, D.C., the Daughters of the American Revolution is founded. 1919 -- J.C. Penney opens store No. 1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with stores in all states of America. 1975 -- The comedy/variety show "Saturday Night Live" debuts on NBC television network from New York City. 2001 -- The Polaroid Corporation files for federal bankruptcy protection. October 12 1792 -- The first celebration of Columbus Day in the United States is held in New York City. 1823 -- Charles Macintosh of Scotland, a chemist, sells the first waterproof rain coat, subsequently named after him. 1901 -- United States President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the executive mansion in Washington, D.C. the "White House". October 13 Columbus Day is observed today honoring Christopher Columbus who discovered America in 1492. 1958--Paddington Bbar, a classic :": '" character from English children's literature makes its debut. October 14 1884 -- American inventor George Eastman receives a United States government patent for paper strip photographer's film. 1926 -- The children's book "Winnie the Pooh" by A.A. Milne was first published. 1947 -- Over the high Southern California desert, United States Air Force captain and pilot Chuck Yeager becomes the first pilot to travel faster than the speed of sound. living wasn't really your own: there were many rules attached. The first seven-plus years were in the United States Army and believe me when I say that if you haven't lived it you can't begin to comprehend the total control that is exercised over your life. While I enjoyed and valued a great many things about my years of service, especially living overseas and the skills learned that have guided my professional development in later occupations, there is still that little spark in the back of my brain that continues to defy such control. I think it basically boils down to not "having a say." The Army is a very large organization that can only function with a one-size-fits-all policy and military jackets make for a good civilian example. Way back then, when you reached your permanent duty station, you worked a 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday workweek. Each morning at 7 a.m. you would stand in a company formation and you would be briefed on any number of topics. Oct. 15 - April 15 everyone was required to wear fatigue jackets in formation regardless of the temperature. And when April 16 arrived, even if the company formation was 2 feet deep in snow, all were required to be jacketless with shirtsleeves rolled up. The Army is also the only occupation I am aware of where they can make you, away from a combat zone, work 24 hours straight, give you less than an hour off and then work you another 24 hours. And, for pulling these kinds of hours, there was no bonus in your paycheck; your reward was ' the well-deserved opportunity to do a solid face plant in your bed! In the next phase of my life I was not 'in the military, but later learned the occupation was described as paramilitary. While uniform requirements weren't nearly as stringent, from top to bottom there was a standard to be met. Now, I'm most fortunate to be winding down my employment in a location I enjoy immensely and I get to choose, every day, how I want to dress for work. Though it has been at least 18 years since I have had to turn out in one uniform or another, that little spark of rebellion remains and it has impacted personal choices I have made. while working has been a pleasurable necessity to reach personal and family goals, I'm very protective of what I call my "off-duty time." ,. : :,I've,lostrack of ]5"ttmber of timesT  have reactively saidno to offers or encouragement for me to join a bowling league or some other weekly activity. To this day, I absolutely avoid being cinched into the responsibility of having to be somewhere, doing something, the same time each week for months at a time. I think life and government already put a fair amount of restrictions on our everyday lives. As I am sitting here being honest with both you and me, I'm thinking the chances of my hanging with my envisioned and future cooking classes and piano lessons may be too much of a stretch for my nature even when I've attained my much-desired freedom! REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 Plumas County has 5388 current registered voters to participate in the November 7th special election it was this week learned from Plumas County Clerk John Donnenwirth. The registration at the last November general election held last year was 5924, indicating a decrease of 536 voters, or a 9 per cent decrease. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 The last half of our bound volumes in our archives for the year 1964 (July through December) is missing and those historical items are not available to include in this Remember when column. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 The governing board of the Plumas Unified School District approved an increase in Plumas school lunch prices by 25 cents, bringing the cost of lunches in the elementary schools to $1.25 and the high school costs to $1.50. The iricrease is projected to bring an additional $26,859 revenue to the district to pay for food and supply cost increases and insurance and salary increases within the district. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 The colorful fall foliage within Plumas County received national attention this month when a newspaper feature article published in USA TODAY recommended the area as a less crowded fall colors viewing destination. Note: items included in the weekly Remember 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. Sensitives may John Alvarado was a marine rifleman in Vietnam who was not sensitive because a millisecond hesitation on his trigger finger could cost his life and the life of his buddies. Alvarado found himself on a little hill (Khe Sahn) in South Vietnam where he endured five months of artillery and rocket barrages from the North Vietnam Army. Towards the end of the constant bombardment, Alvarado was severely wounded and evacuated back to the States. He spent weeks in the hospital where surgeons removed most of the metal from his body, doctors fitted him with a glass eye and a therapist managed to get back some use of his nerve-damaged left arm. Finally he was released from the hospital, put on a bus and sent home. when he got off the bus a number of sensitive people hadgathered and he was splattered with animal blood. Jerry (Dec) Schuebal, a medic with BCO 3rd Battalion 60th Infantry (3/60), 9th Infantry Division was brought home as a part of the first unit sent stateside when the Army began to abate its presence in the Mekong Delta. While the troops were in formation in Seattle a ]'-. oup of caUse more " ?, ......  .....  . I MY TURN WILL FARRIS Staff Writer sensitive people gathered and began to pelt them with firecrackers and rotten vegetables. Schuebal, a decorated and beloved medic, was hit in the face with a tomato. One of the most sensitive people in the Vietnam era was the spoiled daughter of a famous movie star. For some twisted reason she though t that a trip to North Vietnam would further the end of the war even though the North Vietnamese were enemies of the United States. As a statement of her solidarity with our enemies Jane Fonda allowed her picture pain than insensitives taken sitting in the turret of an anti-aircraft canon. A group of sensitive folks who were trying to negotiate with the North Vietnamese would work out ceasefire days with the North Vietnam government. Problem was that Americans were the only ones that actually participated in the order. When American troops came under fire from a superior force, they couldn't get air or artillery support because there was a ceasefire in effect. when Vietnam veterans returned home, some highly decorated for acts of bravery, they were met with a peer group whose sensitivity caused them to disassociate themselves from those who had once been friends. This attitude brought tremendous pain to the veterans and contributed to the symptoms of post-traumatic stress that they experienced from the war. Over the years Vietnam veterans have tagged the descriptor of VC on a number of pests. The reason for this is that the Viet Cong were mostly pests, albeit deadly ones. Mice, wasps, ants, bears and squirrels are just a few of these critters that earn the title. Veterans Day is Nov. 11, ! ! ; !