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Here is a media conspiracy that’s good for you

Guest Editorial
Feather Publishing
3/20/2015


Each spring for 10 years now, a vast media conspiracy has rolled across the hills and plains of this nation. Journalists of every stripe — cartoonists to commentators to hard news reporters — have been in on it. And not just journalists, but politicians, educators and librarians, as well as members of nonprofits and civic groups.

What’s the conspiracy? It’s called Sunshine Week, and it is built around the birthday of James Madison, the father of the Bill of Rights. This year, the week is March 15 – 21.

The agenda: to brazenly promote your right to know. Open government, we argue, only works when public information flows freely. As Madison himself explained nearly two centuries ago: “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

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Progress comes one stone at a time

James Wilson - My Turn
Staff Writer
3/13/2015


As I caught my breath, panting between hauling 100-pound rocks around, I thought to myself, “This is not the vacation I had planned.”

I took last week off work to get some R&R, but the restful vacation I had envisioned quickly turned into hard labor.

I didn’t have the vacation I had planned.
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Coaches teach life lessons that far outstrip simply winning

Betty Bishop - Where I Stand
Former Board Member
Plumas Unified School District

I have to take issue with part of the “From the Sports Desk” column presented by Greg Knight in the Feb. 25 issue of your paper. I am not addressing the question of teachers versus nonteachers as coaches; I know there are valid arguments on both sides of that question. But I hope we can think about the greater goals of high school athletics. We don’t create schools just to offer athletics; we offer athletics to augment our educational aims, and character is a big part of those goals. Add a comment

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State water board must abandon misguided Lake Almanor program

Bill Dennison - Where I Stand
Former District 3 Supervisor
Plumas County

My name is Bill Dennison, former District 3 Plumas County supervisor (1995 – 2006). I worked with many of you during those 11 years to reach a 2004 Plumas County agreement with state and federal agencies and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on all significant issues, except a procedure to lower the water temperature to 20 degrees Celsius 40 miles downstream in the North Fork Feather River. This goal was set by the State Water Control Board, based on its 303(d) listing certification that the NFFR was water-temperature impaired. That listing needs legal review.
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The battle to save the Quincy facility is over; But the fight to provide for the area’s elderly continues

Feather Publishing
3/6/2015

The six-week effort to save Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation revealed local strengths and national flaws. With an untenably strict timeline, health care and community leaders spearheaded the effort to allow Plumas District Hospital to take over the struggling facility before 36 patients were displaced and 60 employees lost their jobs. Challenge after challenge emerged and was met thanks to the Herculean efforts of hospital CEO Dr. Jeff Kepple and Plumas County Public Health Director Mimi Hall.
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