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Important topics are divisive

But let’s not forget to enjoy what we are so lucky to have in our little corner of the world

There are a lot of important news stories in Plumas County this week — many percolating through the Board of Supervisors’ chambers. There’s the cannabis initiative that’s working its way on to the November ballot. Proponents have gathered the required signatures, and last week the board considered its options now and in the future for addressing the initiative. It came down to a split vote. The board also discussed the status of Plumas when it comes to being a sanctuary area. Should it follow the state’s lead or that of the federal government? Again, it was a split decision. Both topics brought division on the board and in the audience.

The debate in the boardroom reflects what is happening nationally on a host of issues. It seems that the topics are almost secondary; what is at the forefront is a divide in the nation’s citizenry that is strengthening and widening, and becoming ever more intractable. Frankly, on the local, state, national and even international level, it can become overwhelming at times.

Juxtapose the above with what we enjoy locally. This past weekend in Quincy is but an example of what Plumas County residents enjoy on an ongoing basis in each of our communities. This weekend there were two art show openings in town — one featuring the works of Quincy High School students, the other the photography of Chester resident Betty Bishop. Feather River College opened its two-week run of “South Pacific,” and Rhythm and Grace Dance Studio hosted two dance recitals. Both the college production and the dance recitals included participants and attendees from throughout the county. The latter also included the Sweetheart of the Mountains Scholarship Competition, an annual event, where one young lady is selected to preside over the Plumas-Sierra County Fair and other events. It’s a decades-long tradition.

It’s difficult to feel despondent or hopeless in the face of such community spirit. Mingling at the events downtown or sitting in the audience surrounded by fellow townspeople, really strips away the outside chatter and hones in on what is truly important in life. It’s nice to see the best of what humanity has to offer for a change.

But behind all of these heartwarming events are dedicated individuals who make them possible at incredible personal sacrifice of time and energy. This is just the beginning of a season that is chock full of small town, iconic Americana happenings — parades down Main Street, fireworks displays, the county picnic, the two-county fair, community barbecues, street dances, fun runs, the list goes on. This year, let’s make the most of the opportunities that come our way. Yes, important decisions need to be made, locally and at every level of government, but let’s not forget to celebrate the reason why we all have chosen to live here and enjoy our own little corner of the world.

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