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10B Wednesday, June 20, 2012 EDITORIAL AND OPINION Bulletin,Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL Has the CHP changed ways? By the time you read this, the trial in the case of Ruth Jackson versus the California Highway Patrol will likely have concluded. When the jury will return a verdict is anyone's guess. Jackson's lawsuit stems from her Sept. 12, 2009, arrest and jailing by the CHP on charges of driving under the influence. Jackson's civil complaint against the CHP said she had a blood alcohol level of 0.00 and had no drugs in her system at the time of her arrest. Judging from the number and content of the comments on our website story, the trial is stirring up deep-seated resentments against the CHP. But a lot has changed in the three years since the Jackson incident. In response to pub- lic outcry, the CHPhas gone on a public rela- tions offensive. Its leaders, including Quincy Area Commander Bruce Carpenter, admitted there were problems. The CHP publicly took ownership and has been attempting to mend the badly .damaged fences. It's been'll months since Feather Publishing hosted a meeting with Carpenter, then new to the area, along with CHP's Northern Division assistant chief Todd Chadd and community leaders, who had a litany of complaints about the agency's behavior in Plumas County. They told the CHP brass they were afraid of our CHP. They said that young, aggressive patrol- men were looking for any reason to pull them over. After that meeting, which was conducted by state Assemblyman Dan Logue, Carpenter met individually with citizens to address their complaints. He said he had instructed his offi- cers on how he wanted things done. Carpenter held two more meetings. On Aug. 11, 2011, he met with a dozen Northern Califor- nia CHP commanders along with Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood and District At- torney David Hollister. On Aug. 19, 2011, he met again with Logue and other community leaders, including Plumas County Supervisors Lori Simpson and Jon Kennedy. The meeting included the CHP's northern division chief, Stephen Bell, and ' Chadd, , : ..   Carpenter followed up on his promise to hold a townhall meeting by convening one in Octo- ber, which Logue moderated. Through it all, Carpenter took responsibili- ty, saying at one point, "It's on us." To his credit, he also did not get defensive. But nearly a year later, as we enter the height of our tourist season, we have to won- der -- has anything really changed? In many ways, we think it has. We are re- ceiving fewer complaints and letters about the CHP from-local drivers. Rarely do we see CHP cars hidden on the side of the road or tailgat- ing drivers. Those were two of the major com- " plaints about the CHP officers. ( Regardless of the outcome of the Jackson civ- ' il trial, it appears the CHP is trying to change : the way it does business in Plumas County. We hope a verdict in the Jackson trial pro- vides a measure of closure and doesn't open : old wounds that appear to be slowly healing. Fea00ing 00spaper Breaking News .... go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Ingrid Burke... ............. Copy Editor Staff writers: Laura Beaton Jordan Clan/ Michael Condon Ruth Ellis Will Farris Mona Hill Susan Coil Johnson Dan McDonald Debra Moore Brian Taylor M. Kate West Sam Williams DJ Estacio Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Lassen County Times (530) 257-53211 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester .Progressive (530) 258-3115 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Creativity requires connection I've been thinking a lot about creativity lately. I've been going through a bit of a dry spell myself, so I picked up a copy of"Imag- ine: How Creativity Works" by Jonah Lehrer I wasn't surprised to learn that there are multiple forms of creativity -- improv, for ex- ample, is its own animal. Nor was I surprised to know that creativity involves both the re- . ceptive right brain and the focused left brain. The right brain is the source of those "ah hah!" moments when the answer to a vexing question seemingly magically materializes. The left brain, on the other hand, brings discipline and persistence to the process. The flash of insight usually needs polishing, re- fining, editing. So the two halves of the brain form a kind of back-and-forth dialectic. This resonated with me since I have long conceptualized the creative process as hav- ingtwo distinct parts: exuberance and re- straint. Exuberance being the I-can't-write- fast-enough-to-get-it-all-down part, and re- straint being the discipline to recognize what is worth keeping and the attention to deliberately refine it. More interesting to me were the ways we can collectively increase our creativity. The chance encounter is one way. Companies that design their workspaces so that folks are more likely to run into others that they might not normally interact with are more successful. Using outsider insight is also important. An outsider is someone on the fringes of a field, a passionate amateur who doesn't "know better." Lehrer gives the example of a broken-hearted computer programmer EDITOR'S NOTES DELAINE FRAGNOLI Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews.com who turned his knowledge of chemistry into a second career as a heralded mixologist. Or consider pharmaceutical giant Eli Lil- ly, which posted its hardest scientific prob- lems -- along with monetary incentives -- on a website called InnoCentive. According to one review, 40 percent of the most diffi- cult problems were solved within six months. These were problems that stymied Lilly's best scientists. Lehrer cites a physi- cist who solved several chemistry and engi- neering problems. The ultimate outsiders are young people, who "haven't become enculturated, or weighted down with too much conventional wisdom." Plumas County has an aging, static popu- lation. If we are to thrive in the future, we need to find ways to cultivate outsider in- sight and tap into youthful creativity. Feath- er River College is important in this regard, bringing fresh minds into our community. We may do better when it comes to "social 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. June 20 -- Summer Solstice The longest day of daylight of the entire year. It is also sometimes referred to as midsummer or lithia. June 23 -- National Columnists Day This day recognizes the importance and value of newspaper columnists. Created by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, it was established in memo- ry of columnist Ernie Pyle, who was killed in World War II. June 23 -- National Pink Day Two words: Think pink! (This is a per- sonal favorite.) June 25 -- Log Cabin Day Recognizes the history of log cabins and their preservation in America. It was created June 25(1986, in Michigan by the Log Cabin Society. June 26 -- Forgiveness Day A day to forgive and be forgiven intimacy." Researchers have discovered that groups are most creative when their members have the right amount of social in- timacy - not too close, not too far. The best teams have "some old friends, but they also had newbies .... They were comfortable with each other, but they weren't too comfort- able." In Plumas County, it's easy to get ac- quainted with a lot of different people, which bodes well for creative thinking. The flip side is that we need to be careful of al- ways grouping up with the same people. The "good ole boy" netwosk is an example of the bad that can come from too much social inti- macy. Interactive "third places" -- neither home, nor office -- are key to bringing peo- ple together. Here in Plumas, we have a number of these kinds of spaces in our walk- able downtown areas: the post office, li- brary, park and coffeehouse. The more peo- ple run into one another and the more they talk with one another, the more productive and creative they become. Taken to the macro level, cities increase in productivity and creativity as they grow in size. (Lehrer doesn't address how unde- sirable attributes like crime and insanity al- so increase with size.) This would seem to bode ill for rural Plumas County. But we can counter that by encouraging density in our towns. (As they grow, suburbs do not enjoy the same in- crease in productivity as urban areas.) We can seek out places and ways to engage with one another. And we can think about "meta-ideas" that unleash creativity. Lehrer uses the example of Shakespeare to explain meta-ideas. Larg- er societal trends like freedom of expres- sion, the concept of intellectual property and the spread of education and literacy were all key to Shakespeare's success. What policies can we develop at the local level to increase our collective creativity? --Support education that values creativi- ty, whether in science and technology or the arts. --Concentrate talent. Talent thrives when it's inspired and challenged by other talent. --Welcome newcomers. --Travel. Going to unfamiliar places helps cultivate outsider thinking. --Take risks. Don't be afraid to fail big! --Encourage borrowing and adaptation. Shakespeare was an avid "borrower." Pro- tect the commons, ....... ! vqv  ..... 'I think summer is the perfect time to get out and about to connect and inspire one an- other. So I encourage all of you to take in the bounty of cultural offerings summer in Plumas County brings. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ........... 1937 The Plumas County visit of members of the California Newspaper Publishers Asso- ciation will attract prominent state officials and outstanding newspaper publishers to be held over the weekend at the Canyon Inn in JohnsviUe, the fabulous summer resort. Cal- ifornia Governor Frank P. Merriman will be in attendance at the Governor's party to be held at Bucks Lake Lodge Friday night. The CNPA consists of 414 newspapers through- out California. 50 YEARS AGO ......... 1962 It is fun again at Paxton Lodge with dancing under the stars at the new dance pavUion--$1.00 a couple. Have dinner the French way by chef Marcel DeBolan. So tasty, so liberal, so cheap. Come for food, fun and refinement. Sheriff W. C. Abernethy retained his posi- tion defeating E.L. Spellmeyer 2510 to 1682 votes. Robin Jeskey, incumbent supervisor, out polled three other contestants but will face Joe Crivello in a run off election in No- vember. Gordon Purdy, incumbent supervi- sor, defeated Gus Anderson. 25 YEARS AGO ........... 1987 California Governor George Deukmajian gave Plumas County $75,000 in Rural Re- naissance funds to foster economic devel- opment and business growth among Cali- fornia rural areas. The Chamber of Com- merces of Chester, Indian Valley and Quin- cy each received $3,000. The Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce had not ap- plied for the funds. More than half of the monies, a total of $45,500 will go to the Plumas Corporation. Other monies went to the Plumas County Chamber of Com- merce-S12,000, $5,000 to the Regional Council of Rural Counties and $3,500 to the Plumas County Community Development Commission. 10 YEARS AGO ....... 2002 A 1 to 24 scale working model of the Mo- hawk stamp mill had been added as a per- manent outdoor display at the Johnsville museum at Plumas Eureka State Park. The model was built by Gerald Bradish, a for- mer resident of eastern Plumas County. The real Mohawk mill started processing, rock in 1878. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspa. per 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. Running out of time? Try slowing down I don't like to be wrong. And, it's hard to admit it when I am. But, right here, right now, I have to say I was pretty naive to think my life would be different than every- one else's. Did I really think I was that spe- cial? The older I get, the more I realize I was wrong to think all those people who advised me to enjoy life because it goes by way too quickly were actually right. I am still hav- ing trouble wrapping my head around the idea that life speed s up as you age. Scientifi- cally, it doesn't make sense to me. Time doesn't actually slow down or speed up, it just feels that way because our percep- tion of.time changes over the years. Some say it's because the proportion of time de- creases compared to the number of years you've been alive. So when you're 10 years old, a year is 10 percent of your whole life. But, at age 50, a year only accounts for 2 percent of your life. Thus, a single year is worth less in proportion to the rest of your lifespan. Hmmm ... that makes sense. Then again, maybe the pace of time has to do with our ability to grasp the concept of time. When we're younger, we live more in the moment, with new, distinct experiences popping up all around us. In adulthood each passing year converts our experiences into daily routines we hardly notice. The days and weeks blend together and become indis. tinguishable. Adults have more past experiences to AURA WHITTAKER Staff Writer awhittaker@lassennews.com obsess about and we increasingly project our mind into the future, worrying about such things as getting a job and longing for possessions. We have trouble staying and P living in the moment. There is also a theory that as we get older, bodily processes slow down. As our internal clock runs slower and slower compared to the external calendar, time passes much faster than we expect it to. While these are just theories, they may all play a part in this phenomenon we humans witness. For me, the speed of time is directly relat- ed to my tO do list. Time passes faster when I feel rushed and can't get things done. As I've gotten older, life has gotten bigger. Af- ter all, I am not just taking care of my needs and wants anymore. I am now responsible for my family, a mortgage, pets, work, school, ballet, softball, groceries, yard work, cleaning, cooking, organizing, shopping, paying bills, etc. Life is so much more com- plicated than it was just 10 short years ago. I have 10 times more things to do on any given day, but still only 24 hours in which to do it all. There will never be enough time to get everything done. Duh. While I can't change my biological clock, I can work on living in the moment and being more mind- ful about daffy experiences. Although, I do love to plan for the future, but I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what is to come. I am blessed with the ability to adapt and be flexible. Instead of worrying about the future, I rely on faith to guide me. Being mindful of everyday experiences is another story, however. Since I am very task:oriented, I tend to enjoy results more than the process. The numerous experi- ences that fill a day often do not make it on- to my radar as I plow forward to the destina- tion. In my quest to get things done, I sus- pect I miss some of the most important parts of living. Slowing down and simplifying my life might be the answer to decreasing the pace of time since it seems the busier I am the faster time goes by. Now I just need to figure out how to live more minimally and leisure- ly in a house full of kids, pets, laundry, dish- es, dirt and everything else that needs my attention on a daily, if not hourly, basis. Wish me lucki