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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter OPINION Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020 93 Recognizing the crew has been bringing you the news MY TURN MIKE 81 KERI TABORSKI FEATHER PUBLISHING OWNERS a.“ .» 7— xw»m«< It’s been several years since Keri and I bragged 2 about our Feather Publishing “family” we T have grown to know over years, both personally and professionally. So ‘ indulge us as we use space to take you behind the scenes and share a little 1 insight about some of “senior” members of this 1 staff who lead the way to ‘ I make these award-winning ‘ papers amongst the best in the country. When we both joined the family’s business in 1974 there were just three newspapers and about 15 employees. Since then, our business has grown significantly, doubling the number of newspapers and niche publications we publish while increasing the number of employees needed to get the job done. Our group of community papers now includes the Lassen County Times and the Westwood PinePress in Lassen County; our flagship paper, the 153 year-old Feather River Bulletin in Quincy; along with the Indian Valley Record, Chester Progressive and Portola Reporter. Whether in print or on our respective news websites, lassennews.com and plumasnewscom, our goal is to be Lassen and Plumas counties’ most trusted and reliable source for local news and WV new”; marketing information and we think we are effectively accomplishing that mission. And we certainly can’t do it alone. We are fortunate to have such an incredibly loyal group of coworkers. In our 46 years here, we’ve had both the honor and pleasure of working alongside some really terrific people who have made this their career and a huge part of their lives and they have been an integral part of the company’s growth. The 72 employees we have today take personal pride and ownership in every phase of the operation, whether it’s their responsibility or not. Not counting those with two or fewer years, collectively they represent more than 600 years of combined Feather Publishing newspaper/ printing experience (and that number would be even higher if we included several other “old timers” who are now enjoying their retirement). There isn’t enough space here to recognize each of them individually, so we’ll just briefly acknowledge those who are near or have passed the 15-year milestone. We’ll begin with Mary Newhouse who began as a receptionist handling front desk duties in our Quincy office and worked her way through the ranks to her important role as manager of our classified, circulation and human resources departments. Jenny Lee started in our graphics department and is now the photo editor for the Plumas papers, although, like virtually everyone here, her title doesn’t reflect all she does. ' Our ever-so-thoughtful Susan Court Johnson is Westwood’s resident editor who has been carefully covering news and features in the communities of Westwood and Clear Creek for 19 years. Also having 19 years under his belt is senior newspaper pressman Mark Jennings who efficiently and effectively makes sure the paper you are holding is clean, crisp and sparkling with color. Our assistant editor for the Plumas papers, Victoria Metcalf, has compiled some 20 years over three different tours with the company. She is an energetic and focused writer who covers everything from county government, emergency responders, sheriff and CHP, and those fluffy heartwarming features we all love to read. Moving ahead there are four with 21 years of service. They include Bob Mahenski who is a very creative and hardworking graphic designer in Susanville. Reporter Will Farris doesn’t miss a step covering the action up and down the Feather River Canyon; and Julie Leslie and Kevin Leslie anchor our very dependable cirCulation team that is tasked with making sure the homes and businesses in and around Susanville get their paper each and every week. For 24 years Sam Williams has masterftu exercised his solid news judgment skills as managing editor for our Lassen papers. He and his team'of reporters fully understand his newsroom’s responsibility when it comes to covering local news. Then there’s Editor Debra Moore, an exceptionally accomplished and respected journalist and admired leader who has a combined total of some 24 years with us, the majority of that time spent directing the reporters in our company’s Plumas newsroom. We should add that Debra was certainly missed when she left for a period of time to work for the Record Searchlight in Redding and were thrilled when she returned. At our Chester office Cheri McIntire has been the one we can always count on through thick and thin — and we have for 26 years. Whether it’s advertising and marketing or office management or community V relations, she does it all. Much of her time is now spent traveling between our offices as our in-house advertising training consultant. Graphic artist extraordinaire Cindie Williams, now in her 27th year, not only creates eye catching ad campaigns but she manages the graphics department at the Times as well. She also shares her IT skills by handling all the computer problems in that office. The other members of our “family” on this list that we want to mention are at the central plant in Quincy where this newspaper is printed. Now we are going to reverse the order starting with the top of the “seniors” leader board in years of employment: Leading the way with 40 years is the foundation to ‘ our pressroom, Tom Forney. He is the mild-mannered and ever-so dependable production manager who, for four decades, has steadfastly handled our web press printing operations and challenges to ensure readers receive the utmost in quality each and every week the papers roll off the presses. Right behind Tom on that list of experienced newspaper veterans is Eva Small. She has been leading our graphics department on the Plumas side for the better part of 39 years. There isn’t a person here who doesn’t rely on Eva’s expertise and institutional knowledge in some fashion or another since it is well known there isn’t anything she can’t do or won’t do to make this a better newspaper. Having that same remarkable work ethic is Patsy Dingel. For 37 years she has diligently gone about her business in the print shop and prepress departments. Patsy has an incredible eye for detail and takes great pride in her work and our finished products. Randy Stratton is the guy we’ve been able to count on for 33 years to oversee our inserting/mailmom department. He handles the scheduling and packaging of the various sections of the paper along with the preprinted circulars you get every week. And speaking of handling tasks, this highly respected and trusted individual has exceptional knowledge of all aspects of the newspaper business our company’s vice president of operations, Cobey Brown. Now in his 32nd year, he has become one of the key leaders of our company. 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 full-page ad in the coming weeks featuring — no, make that honoring - the rest of the best! Clearly, our roots run deep here at the Lassen County Times and Feather Publishing 00., (now often referred to as Plumas News), 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 and 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. With immense pride, Mike and Keri LETTERS, from page 83 Friends of the Library book sale. It’s a much better bargain than Psychology Today. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Trump Everyone who knows American history understands that What we are experiencing today was ahnost inevitable. The Russia-collusion hoax, Ukraine-gate, Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation circus, all of the non-stop, relentless attacks on Donald Trump and his . administration from the day he was sworn in were bound to happen. What we are seeing today is vicious regime politics. This is a struggle over who is really in charge of this country’s governmental agencies. The duly elected president of the United States or players inside of that administrative state. You’ve got to include the mouthpieces found in the mainstream leftist media too. None of these absurd fairytales of collusion were ever really about actual suspicions that Trump was somehow tied to Putin. (though certainly many Socialist Democrats still buy that story). The breathless, nonstop, reporting by the corporate leftist media can be explained by one of two Who are we COMMUNITY GREEN PAMELA NOEL “Who do you think I am?” she asked. Having this conversation on the first day of a new year, her buddy replied, “You are a friend, a sister, a mother; you have had a career that spanned many years. You have experienced marriage and other partnerships. You have played many roles during your life; being various people depending upon the relationship with that other person. That’s who you are,” she finished by saying. A “Yes, but who are we really? Who am I really? You are telling me who I am in relationship to others — someone’s mother, sister or partner. But take away all these relationships and ‘who is left?’ Who is standing alone on her/ his own stage? Tah Dah!” And she threw up her arms, taking a mock bow. And she raises a great question, which philosophers have wrestled with throughout the ages. Many folks seem to have an idea of who each one of us is or “should” be. AdvertiSers try to convince us that we can be a certain way rich, successful, healthy, safe or handy —— if only we will buy a certain product that promises to cure, enhance or secure that image. We are bombarded by many concepts of who, how and what we should be. But resting alone in the quiet of night again we can ask ourselves, who are we? And what comes to mind are all the attributes that our obvious roles seem to miss. When asking this of my friend she was capable of a long answer. She, replied, “I am a reasonably happy person, who likes the warmth of a wood fire in the early morning, the glow of a salt lamp in the evening. I cry easily, either from joy or sorrow. I sometimes feel like a fish as I glide through the lake in the summer, or like a lizard as I lay my body on a boulder in the sun to dry. possible causes either they are too stupid to understand what is , actually taking place (a perfectly reasonable argument) or they are part and parcel of the attempted regime change from the start. “Saul Alinsky’s” rules apply here. The only surprise is that we didn’t reach this moment sooner as a country. It took an outsider — someone not from Washington, DC. and not from the ruling class to be elected president. Trump was never “read into” how it’s “all supposed to work,” how “things are done in DC.” No, he had the temerity to show up and think that maybe, just maybe, we are still a democratic, constitutional republic in which power still flows from “wet-gs,» 3; People” to our president and other elected officials. In response to this sensible and very American View of things, the ruling class and administrative state emphatically said, “We don’t think so.” Trump’s retort (parenthetically), “I’ll drain theyswamp.” Bless your pathetic hearts. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Jobs There was a time in which the point of the old, sad joke about a son who killed his parents, then claimed lenience as an orphan, was obvious to all. as humans? When in nature I look up, and seeing an osprey, I am him, looking for a meal to take back to the nest. I can lose myself in clouds, appearing and disappearing from sight. I become the wind as it winds its way around and through me. I am loving and compassionate. And I am frustrated at many things — the condition of our planet, the politics that seem to divide our country. I am fearful of the state of our economy and the possibility of hidden manipulations that could bring catastrophe. I am lazy at times, wanting to retreat into binge watching of Victoria, The Crown or Gilmore Girls. At the same time, I am creative, mucking around with paint, paper, wood and other objects that appeal to my eye. I am quiet, resting near the creek, immersing myself in the sound of water, the song of robins, the smell of the earth. I am often longing —— longing for the tidy house I don’t seem to accomplish, longing for family to live closer, longing to ditch the ‘ labels we hold for others that keep us from seeing one another more deeply. I long for the spring when winter closes in, and want winter when summer tests us with heat and fires and smoke. I want watermelon in January and pomegranates in July, knowing that my wanting needs to be tempered with patience. I am a shadow on the door as I walk down the hall with the light behind me. We are so many things — feelings, thoughts, creations of our own . minds. And we can also rest in that place that is beyond all of this the place that has been called spirit, soul, essence or ocean of loving awareness. We are capable of experiencing, being, and knowing it all. But mostly, I am working toward self-acceptance of all these contradictions that exist within me, and make me who I am. I need to be at peace with both the dark side and the light, the confused, the sad, the frustrated, as well as the joyful and contented. Because, this is what makes the human experience. And that, my friend, is Who we all are. Today, for a large corporation to lay off 10,000 .workers and essentially m... . dump them on our society’s social welfare program, then claim that those on welfare need to get a job, is hypocrisy at its worst. When the CEO of a large corporation buys a smaller company, then proceeds to strip it of its valuable assets, lay off its workers and file bankruptcy on the remainder, that CEO will often'receive a bonus through the corporation’s accommodating board of directors. Even a CEO who is totally incompetent is apt to receive a substantial bonus. We have come to regard this as business as usual. Those of us who are whitehouse.gov/contact/ Fax: 202-224-2200. Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300. ’ Contact your elected officials : PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS ‘ 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971: ;_ (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors can be e-mailed from links on the county website: countyofplumascom :: PRESIDENT ’ Donald J. Trump, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202456-2461.'E-mai1: > US. SENATOR Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, -‘ DC. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; ITY/I‘DD: (202) 224-2501. . . District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; ’ Phone: (415) 39350707; Fax: (415) 393-0710. Website: feinsteinsenategov. US. SENATOR Kamala Harris (D). wwwharn's.senate.gov/content/contact—senator. 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC. 20510. Phone: 202-224-3553; US. REPRESENTATIVE, lst DIST. Doug LaMalfa. 322 Cannon HOB. Washington, DC. 20515. (202) 225-3076. www.1aMalfaHouse.gov.; . Facebookcom/RepLaMalfa; twitter: @RepIaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 120 Independence Circle, Suite B, Chico, CA 95973. (530) 3434000. STATE SENATOR, lst DIST. Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Suite 2054, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 651-4001; FAX (916) 651-4901. District Offices: 1320 Yuba St., Suite 102, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 224-7001; 11310 McCounney Rd., Unit E2/E3, Grass Valley, CA 95949. .- (530)-271-1022; 11230 Gold Express Dr., #304, Gold River, CA 95670, (916) 464-4201. ' STATE ASSEMBLY, lst DIST. Megan Dahle. Capitol Office Room 4208, PO Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0001; (916) 319-2001. District Office: 280 Hemsted Dr., Suite 110, GOVERNOR - Gavin Newsom, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/ (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. not on welfare (stockholders, for example) ; tendon denigratetheseb . who’are.’ We should be condemning those who put them there. Have we become so weak and apathetic that we allow today’s robber barons to utilize a foreign nation’s cheaper labor force, then wallow in the term ‘cheap products’ as though it makes up for our vastly greater loss? Or, are we so fixated upon our own greed that the word ‘cheap’ is sufficient to blind us to the real cost of uncontrolled corporate greed? Wallace B. Esh leman Quincy