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6B Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter D ITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL uslnesses cover en Feather Publishing received an unexpected bill in the mail this week: And we are certain we weren't alone. Many California business owners were startled this month when they learned how much more they owed the federal government for unemployment tax (FUTA) for 2013. Since 2011, California employers have been paying higher taxes because the state has not repaid money it borrowed from the federal government. The state needed the government loan to pay its unemployment insurance benefits. The amount of that additional tax has increased each year. In Feather Publishing's case, we have to write the feds an additional check for several thousand dollars by the end of January. One could argue businesses should have anticipated and budgeted for this. But we suspect many employers didn't. The first two years of this assessment were more manageable and, for a variety of obvious reasons, more palatable. No longer is that the case. Equally disturbing is why businesses, large and small, have to continue to shoulder a financial burden that was created by.our lawmakers in Sacramento some three years ago. The state has not repaid the money it borrowed from the federal government to pay its unemployment benefits and it appears it won't anytime soon. Our governor and state lawmakers are already proposing plans to spend the additional tax revenue windfall expected' this year. We won't argue the need to carefully consider spending more on schools and health care. But the state should'pay its bills first. " The state absolutely has to bring some financial relief to small businesses -- or soon there won't be any businesses leftto tax. Many are just hanging on by a thread. We agree with a statement made by the California Chamber of Commerce that the state Legislature has made a series Of public policy choices tha ihds: led to a high tax" burden, excessive power costs and expensive commercial property. Any fix for the unemployment insurance trust fund must address the fund's insolvency It has to ensure further debt is not incurred goingforward and consider all options to streamline the system. Any solutions must include policy changes that will improve the state's business climate, spur investments and create jobs. Far too many state and federal lawmakers seem to think small businesses have deep pockets. They have this absurd notion that we will always be able to Emd ways to absorb the taxes they pass along to compensate for their reckless spending habits. Today, nothing could be further from the truth. ,.-..;~ ,.~ .~,.~j>,:.../: .... Feath ? llshlng , N spaper, For breaking news, go to Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald ......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee ................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: Laura Beaton Debra Moore Carolyn Shipp Maddie Musante Michael Condon M. Kate West Makenzie Davis Aura Whittaker Ruth Ellis Sam Williams Will Farris James Wilson Susan Cort Johnson Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Indian Valley Bulletin Record (530) 283-0800 (530) 284-7800 Portola Reporter Chester Progressive (530) 832-4646 (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Westwood Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 Printed on Member, California Newsp~oer recycled paper Publishers ~0e. Training tips from a first-time doff owner I have a dog. Her name is Annie. She is a 1-1/2-year-old border collie and she is as high energy as they come. She is also a dream come true for me. She is my first dog and the fact that I have her is a reflection of my success as an adult. My parents always said I could get a dog when I grew up, so here I am...all grown up. Annie has been a very fun experience for me. Because she is my first dog, she is the first dog I've ever trained. However, she's not the first animal I've ever trained. I always thought that my knowledge of horse training would get me somewhere in life, and turns out it's helped me create an extremely well-trained and obedient dog. So much so that people always ask me what is the secret. How is it that my hyper wonderful well-trained companion, and maybe help the innocent dog owner who has to deal with a terror in his or her home. The fwst truth that is very important to understand when working with dogs is that, ultimately, they watch out for themselves. This means that what they MY TURN learn is good for them, they will do. What ................................................ they learn is bad for them, they will not do. CAROLYN SHIPP Staff Writer collie is so in tune with me? I am in no way an expert I am not claiming to be a professional dog trainer, but I feel that I could share some useful tips as to how I have gotten my dog to be a This week's special days January 24 1848 -- The California Gold Rush begins' when James Marshall discovers gold at Sutter's Mill in Sacramento 1984 -- The first Apple Mac computer goes on sale. January 25 1937 -- The long running soap opera serial, "The Guiding Light," debuts on NBC Radio from Chicago. In 1952, it moves to CBS Television where it airs until September 2009. 1949 -- The In'st Emmy Awards are presented at The Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles. , NOT JUST AN O1KDINAt Y DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI 1961 -- President of the United States John F. Kennedy delivers the very first live Presidential television news conference. Not just an ordinar7 day... a sampling weekly notable spedal days and facts throughout the year. January 22 1947 -- KTLA, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, begins operations in Hollywood, California. 2002 -- KMart becomes the largest ,, retailer in the United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. 1969 -- Charles Manson is found guilty of the Tate-La Bianca murders in Southern California. January 26 1837 -- Michigan, "The Great Lakes State," is admitted as the 26th U.S. state. 1924 -- St. Petersburg, Russia, is named Leningrad, January 27 1984 -- Pop singer Michael Jackson 1984 -- The Apple computer, the first personal computer to utilize the "mouse," is introduced during a Super Bowl XVIII television commercial. January 23 Today is National Handwriting DaY # which is observed every year on the birthday of founding father John Hancock. Hancock is best known for signing the Declaration of Independence in large, bold writing, resulting in his ...... suffers second-degree burns while name becoming synonymous with : , f a ing a Pepsi commercial atthe Shrine signing a document. Auditorium in Los Angeles, 2006 -- Western Union discontinueS telegram service. 1957 -- American inventor Walter F. Morrison sells the rights to his flying disc invention to the Wham-O Company who later renames it the Frisbee. 1986 -- The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inducts its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. January 28 1934 -- The first ski tow in the United States begins operation at a ski hill in Vermont: 1948 -- Lego, a Danish company, patents the design of the Lego interlocking brick toys which were first manufactured in 1949. When a dog learns to sit in front of its owner with a sad look on its face while he or she is eating and get some tasty food, it is really learning that begging is good. Another doggy fact is that dogs communicate with you in dog language, and you should not expect dogs to be able to understand human communication. The humans must always go to the animal's level of communication. A dog derived from wolves. In a wolf pack there is always an alpha, and the other wolves are always challenging the alpha's authority. This plays out in the household as well. ' Expect that constant challenge from your dog too. Everyone needs to be clear on which one of you is the boss. The only way'to do that is by speaking the dog's language. When an inferior dog does something the alpha doesn't like, he warns it by pinning his ears back and growling. If the other dog still doesn't submit, the alpha will reinforce with immediate but brief aggression. This is a really fine line for humans, and extremely controversial. First let me say, do not ever beat your dog. However, if your dog does not heed yourwarnings, you are going to have to have something to back up those words or they will just be words to the dog with no real consequences. Timeouts and grudges are not consequences to a dog that does not understand human. Alphas do not put unruly dogs in timeout; they punish quickly and sternly. A final tip is to remember to make a big deal out of the good things your dog does, and I mean a really big deal. You can't overdo this. When your dog barks out the window all day long and it finally quiets down, even if it's just for a moment, don't forget to reward it when it stops. Give it a big reward witha lot of praise and a good scratch. The more you can capitalize on rewarding your dog, the more it will seek to do things that result in rewards. It comes back to the fact that it's good for its well-being. I have really enjoyed working with my dog and building such a strong relationship with her through clear and consistent communication. If you are one of the lucky ones who also get to experience this type of connection, then I'm glad for you. For those of you who are having difficulties with your dogs, I hope these few tips will help you out. I MEMBE1K WHEN and death tabulation figures show a ...................................................................... lower number of births and a higher KERI TABORSKI number of deaths recorded in the county. Historian Births in 1963 totaled 354 and in 1962 the total was 267. Deaths in 1963 totaled 75 YEARS AGO.....1939 254 and in 1962 the total was 121. 1100 Plumas County non-voters in the past Primary and General elections have been dropped from the voter registration rolls, leaving 4811 names on the current Plumas Co.unty voter registration list. Plumas County's request for a share of the State of California's 1939-41 highway budget was denied this week. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 The Plumas County Health Department, announced this week that the 1963 birth 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Former Plumas County Chamber of Commerce director Bob Moon will return to that post during January and February while the Plumas County Merchant's Group hires a permanent director following the resignation of Romayne Miller as administrator. In a 30 minute plea to the new Plumas County Board of Supervisors, the board 0 approved the request of Plumas County District Attorney Thomas Buckwalter for a third attorney to be added to that office to prosecute misdemeanor cases. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 Property developers are planning to build a three-story hotel in Portola on Highway 70 and have secured a Best Western franchise. 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. We need to give the gift of music to our children Late last year I braved 108 miles of ........... ', Highway 44 and Eskimo Summit and . traveled to Redding to attend "A Cool Weather Musical Smorgasbord" presented .... .... " by the Shasta Youth Symphony at the " Shasta College Theatre. " The evening featured works for strings ..... . , by Stamitz and Torelli, three Suzuki pieces for beginning strings and four full-orchestra pieces by Whitney, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Saint-Saens. No v I won't bore you with the details of an out-of-the-area event, but I should let you know my granddaughter (who is 10 years old) was the youngest player of the 80-member ensemble and the reason for my attendance There's a whole bunch of musicians in my family, so it's not unusual that my granddaughter would have an interest in music and maybe even- a little talent. It runs in the family. In addition to playing with the youth symphony, she also plays with the California Old Time Fiddlers Association in Redding, and that group may even make an appearance at the Susanville Bluegrass Festival in June. My son, a guitar and fiddle player, tells me the two of them and my other granddaughter frequently play old fiddle tunes in the living room in the evening. MY TURN SAM WILLIAMS Lassen News Editor swilliams@lassen news.corn Faced with shrinking budgets, many schools have dropped their music programs. That's a mistake My Eft:st real introduction to music came in the sixth grade when I started playing trumpet. I played in school bands and orchestras all through junior high school and beyond until I took up the guitar and joined a rock and roll band. Maybe I would have picked up a guitar anyway, but I sure learned a lot in those first music classes. Yeah, music has been a great gift to me it seems like my entire life, and I can't imagine how some kids can survive without tha outlet. I can be in the worst mood ever, but five or 10 minutes of beating out "Wild Thing" or "Sunshine of Your Love" or "Dear Prudence" can always brighten my mood. lists 10 reasons children should study music. They are: it sharpens memory, it helps in the study of language, it improves handwriting, it helps with emotional expression, it makes you smarter, it teaches you discipline, it gives you a sense of accomplishment, it relieves stress, it helps improve your musical tastes and it's fun. I don't know about you, but that all sounds like pretty positive stuff to me. Luckily, opportunities for local children (and adults) interested in music remain thanks to the Susanville Symphony Society's Academy of Music. If your children or grandchildren or nieces or nephews have expressed a desire to make music, let me encourage you to give them a gift that will last a lifetime. The lessons learned playing music will never leave them, the experiences they share will never fade and the discoveries they make about themselves will last forever. If you could have seen the sparkle in my granddaughter's eye as she and the rest of the ensemble took the stage for its performance during that Sunday afternoon, you'd understand what I'm writing about. It's so easy to give the gift of music to those you love.