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106 Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter D ITORIAL AND OPINION I. We live in a world where "equal" seems to be the perpetual goal: equal work for equal pay; gender equality; race equality. Here at Feather Publishing we strive to provide the best news product that we can, but will coverage always be equal? Should it be? In the past week, this newspaper has heard complaints about the coverage provided to Plumas Charter School versus that afforded to the schools governed by the Plumas Unified School District. Plumas Charter School wants more. Conversely, there are those who think that Plumas Charter has received more coverage than Plumas Unified. People are even counting stories. How does one decide which story should be counted? For example, we recently ran an article about the renovations underway at the old school house building in Quincy, which formerly held the school district's administrative offices. We would consider that a community story -- this is a historic building in the center of town that has been discussed for some time. Should it be preserved; should it be torn down? If saved, what should it be in its next lifetime? A youth hostel? A mercantile? Office space? We would not equate a story on that structure with a story on a fourth-grade bake sale for example, which brings up another interesting dilemma: What makes a school-related story newsworthy? If we covered every art project, drama production, talent show, science fair, field trip, class party, etc there would be no space left for other news. Covering high school graduation is a given, but what else should be mandatory? When do we stop being a newspaper and start becoming a newsletter? That said, we enjoy covering students and school activities -- those stories make our newspapers a reflection of our communities. People want to see what our youth are doing. Recently we devoted a couple of pages to prom and a dance recital. Parents and community members were pleased. Did those photo spreads prevent other news from being printed? Yes. Each week we have to look at the news that we have -- both generated by our own reporters and that which is submitted from our readers --to determine what should run. Those decisions impact which school events we cover, as well as everything else that happens in our communities and county on a weekly basis. But back tothe subject Of a charter school versus "Plumas Unified.' T ere,probably will be more 'stories published on the latter and that's true for a couple of reasons: First, Plumas Unified has been around for decades and our communities are full of alum from Chester, Greenville, Portola and Quincy high schools and elementary schools, and they still identify with their alma maters. Secondly, in terms of the numbers, there are more students served by school district schools, thus more people are impacted. That said, we will recognize the good things that happen at all of our educational facilities -- from preschools to Feather River College -- and print what we can. It won't always be equal, but we will strive to be fair. Feath ::i Ubhshmg : spaper For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski Publisher Keri B. Taborski Co-publisher, Historian Debra Moore '.Managing Editor Jenny Lee Photo Editor Nick Hall Copy Editor Staff writers: Makenzie Davis Carolyn Shipp Mari Erin Roth Ashley Grogan Will Farris Lauren Westmoreland Stacy Fisher . Gregg Scott Susan Cort Johnson Maggie Wells Roni Java Sam Williams Victoria Metcalf Kerry Johnson Feather River Indian Valley Record Bulletin (530) 283-0800 (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood Lassen'County Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 283-0800 Member, Printed on California Newspaper recycled paper Publishers Assoc. Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Sanctuary: What does it really mean? There's a moment in one of my favorite comedies, "The Princess Bride," when the Vizzini character played by Wallace Shawn has said the word "inconceivable" for the umpteenth time. Mandy Patinkin's character Inigo Montoya responds, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." Which is what I want to say to every heartfree anti-immigrant person who uses the word "sanctuary" as if it were a curse word. It doesn't mean what you think it means in a legal context. But before I get into that, let me ask a simple question. If your job description the contract by which you conduct yourself at work said you were to perform x, y, and z duties for a, b, and c amount of compensation and benefits, would it not seem odd to you if suddenly you were tasked with additional duties that you were not trained to perform and without guidelines on how to perform them within the jurisdiction of local, state, and federal laws? Every local law enforcement agency suddenly given the equivalent of a Hollywood Western's deputy badge to become an immigration agent is facing just that. Sudden power for a job untrained for with unclear expectations. That's not a recipe for disaster. Essentially, what "sanctuary" means in this context is that immigrants regardless of status (undocumented, permanent residents, temporary visa holders, naturalized citizens) can report crimes they've witnessed or crimes against them without fear of reprisal by authorities rewarding their good Samaritan deeds with threats of deportation. Both studies and common sense demonstrate that someone in a precarious position is more likely to report a crime if the person can do so freely and without fear. Not having sanctuary status means immigrants in this position historically have not reported crimes because it means coming out of the shadows and MY TURN MAGGIE WELLS Staff Writer mwells@plumasnews.com calling attention to themselves, leaving them vulnerable to both officials and perpetrators of crimes. This means anything from unscrupulous American slumlords not fixing their buildings, to American rapists and sex traffickers going unabated, and other exploitative crimes that harm both immigrants and citizens alike. This is how "Sanctuary" in our coastal CalifOrnian cities works. It means limiting the cooperation of immigrant witch-hunts with the relatively new agency, ICE. Immigration Customs Enforcement, which already has a track record of non-logical arrests of both citizens and immigrants regardless of status (they seem to shoot first and ask questions later -- and a number of their arrests have been thrown out by federal judges). ICE is currently under scrutiny from both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch for humanitarian violations. "Sanctuary" does not shield immigrants of any status from local, state or federal laws and possible crimes. In the rare occurrence where an immigrant commits an actual crime (robbery or gun possession for example) sanctuary does not shield them from either arrest or deportation. So why all the fuss? It seems particularly exhausting that we should be taking up the time of the Board of Supervisors with actions to get them to vote against California's policy of sanctuary. Plumas County's actual immigrant population is negligible. As of 2017, the county population is overwhelmingly 90.5 percent white citizens. Assume for argument's sake that this 90.5 percent is all American born. That leaves less than 10 percent of the ~now 18,742 of the population of citizens a mix of Native Americans, (3.2 percent), and Latinos (African Americans and Asian Americans register the 1 percent range in population). That tiny Latino population is also mostly comprised of American citizens. So, those trying to pressure the Board of Supervisors to come out against "Sanctuary" for Plumas County's undocumented population is targeting something like-- what 60 people in the county, if that? I'm being generous here with the numbers. As a former English as a Second Language teacher whose program shut down because there wasn't enough need for it, I'm not buying that we have a huge immigrant population. This anti-sanctuary fervor is probably directed toward 20 people. That's a lot of resources, time, and energy to expend when we have way more pressing issues. One of the reasons I love Plumas County is its combination of the "live and let live" philosophy so prevalent in Northern California and its warm friendly community feel. It's not neighborly to be either mean, or vindictive. There's no purpose to railing against a largely symbolic gesture given that we do not have a sizeable immigrant population in the first place. And before anyone argues with me, no. A person of color in Plumas County, even if they speak with an accent, is probably an American citizen. Having an abundance of melatonin in one's skin does not make one a foreigner in one's own country. While the Board of Supervisors could be a little more forthright in conviction in refusing to denounce sanctuary, they deserve applause and support for not traveling that dark and slippery road towards dehumanizing their fellow humans. Thank you. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per person will be published; only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic will be published. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous or open letters. Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at noon; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent v$a fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmoore@plumasnews.com. Hello, Portola According to some folks, my friends, We gots problems. Some of the are probably unsolvable, like Loyalton and other areas with populations with fewer than five people per square mile of "influence." With so few citizens it is difficult to influence the sphere of influence, ain't' it? We sure as hell had little influence up there at Lake Davis, right. Remember how little we influenced the Department of Fish and Game? You see, the California Department of Fish and Whatever has more paid assassins than we have people and if they are short a few in certain spheres of influence, they h/tee efibugh-money to',' hire special agents to do the job of influencing us. Just like Cal-Pers and every other department, bureau, board and commission that has "Cal" inits name. Cal is the problem folks. Like President Reagan said, "Government is the problem." He knew that; he lived in Cal. I have lived in Cal for 80 years. Take it from me, friends, Reagan was right. Our entire nation is under Cal's sphere of influence. Ain't that the problem? Now they have created sanctuaries for those who have been tread upon by their own agents, departments, bureaus, boards and commissions. Now you can take Cal to court, but remember, it's California's court, with California's lawyers and California's judges. Do ya see any problem there? Cal? Most of them graduated for the University of what? Yep. You can call me Ray or you can call me Jay, but ya doesn't hasta call me Cal, pal. They even have a state bird Cal-Poly. Well, here's my bird. Amazing Feets. Ed Laurie Portola Got it all wrong Once again, you've got us all wrong. Liberals, Democrats or even Centrists, wouldn't want to take away your 2nd Amendment Rights, your right to own a weapon or weapon's; $or legal'hunting,''-' and/or protection. However, sometimes people demonstrate a degree of mental instability, in which case it is much safer, for that person, their family, their neighbors and for all concerned, for that person's guns to be removed from their house, for safe-keeping by the local authorities. These instances might include, but are certainly not limited to, someone vho publishes a threat to harm an endangered species, i.e. wolves. Security agents for EPA Director, Scott Pruitt*, who, initially violated the first amendment rights of an AP reporter*, by grabbing her and escorting her out of the building when she asked to speak to an EPA official about why reporters were (initially) barred from Pruitt's speech on water contamination. The mental stability of some political candidates, and their access to weapons, might also be questioned. For example, Representative Greg Gianforte, R. Montana, who physically attacked a reporter on the eve of the election. And the candidate who encouraged his security agents to "rough him up," when those agents were escorting an unfriendly voice out the door and who offered to pay the defense costs his supporters who got "pushy" toward others. *There are often indications that Scott Pruitt should be more accurately titled: the director of dzsmanthng tile EPA. *Denying access to a reporter, in effect, denies the public, all of us, of our first amendment rights, since it is their job to report to us what is going on in that meeting. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Guns As a former sergeant in the Marine Corps, and an instructor for nine months on the Camp Pendleton rifle range, ! have little sympathy for those who hide behind guns and who deliberately misinterpret our Bill of Rights. That guns provide security in a civilian world is disproved every day. Although I have no desire to participate either in hunting or target practice, many of my friends do enjoy these activities. Historically, some of our nation's fascination with guns might stem from the frustration of formerly restricted immigrants. A similar mentality seems to have developed in Australia. But our current addiction stems from the gun industry's lobbyists and from the right wing extremists, who prey upon the fears and insecurities of our citizens. Guns serve as an emotionally generated response to our demand for simple answers to complex problems. Today we have a well-regulated military See Letters, page 11 B REMEMBER WHEN KERITABORSKI Historian . 100 YEARS AGO 1918 The spring rain we had this week has been a great help to the farmers of Plumas and also to stockmen. And to autoists and motorists, it means less dust for a few days. 50 YEARS AGO 1968 Thirteen Plumas County girls will compete in the Sweetheart of the Mountains pageant at the Plumas County Picnic this weekend: Susan Scarlett, Charlotte Hol-brook, Rhonda Nettleton, Bonnie Frantz, Kathy Litzinger, Chris Dakan and Sharleen Erickson, all of Quincy; Christie O'Niell, Roberta Vizaona, Dianne Hardy and Anna Daniels, all of Portola, Marlene Heezel of Greenville and Mary Lou Meredith of Sierra Valley. 25 YEARS AGO 1993 Feather River College to celebrate a milestone: All are invited to attend the 25th anniversary celebration of the founding of Feather River College in conjunction with commencement exercises for 84 graduates this weekend. Current college president Donald Donato will serve as Master of Ceremonies. 10 YEARS AGO 2008 The Chester High School football stadium was f'flied beyond capacity as hundreds attended the memorial services of Jenny Carrigan and her brother Billy Carrigan. Jenny was murdered in her Chester Aldon Street family home on May 11 and Billy was killed in an automobile accident traveling home from the Bay Area to Chester upon learning of the slayings. *Note to readers: While it may seem insensitive to review such sad and disturbing material in this column, the Carrigan family did approve inclusion of the these entries. 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.