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6B Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL AN D OPINION EDITORIAL Schools should weigh pros and cons before arming teachers Editor's note: This editorial was originally published in last week's edition of Feather Publishing's Ixsen County Times. The idea of putting f'n-earms in the hands of teachers at our local high school here in Susanville should give every resident pause. That public safety option was discussed at a Lassen Union High School District board of trustees meeting held last month -- the possibility of alloving teachers who hold concealed weapons permits to carry, those weapons on campus so they could be a line of defense should a person bring a weapon on campus with the intent of using it on students, teachers or staff. As the debate about the wisdom of arming teachers bolls all across the county, the public's reaction has been mixed. An Idaho school board member who proposed putting weapons on campus faces a recall election simply for bringing the idea forward. According to the Daily Journal in Sandpoint, Idaho, Steve Youngdahl, chairman of the Lake Pend Oreille School Distri& board, proposed placing guns in secure locations inside schools and training some teachers, administrators and other employees to use them in case of a school shooting. The guns would use a fingerprint locking system that would restrict their use to those authorized to handle them. Youngdahl said he was concerned that five of the district's 11 schools are in rural areas where the response time by law enforcement can be as long as 20 minutes. On the other side, the Huffington Post reports that a school in Colorado allows its teachers to be armed. Law enforcement officials here in Lassen County expressed their concerns during the Dec. 10 school board meeting, and their voices Should be heard. Susanville Police Chief Tom Downing expressed his opposition to a plan to arm teachers and called for an intellectual study of the issue rather than an emotional response. Downing, like many in law enforcement, argues that law enforcement officers have the necessary training to use a firearm in a tense and deadly situation -- training teachers most certainly lack. Downing said he thought the best option for the school district would be to find a way to fund a peace officer position on campus. Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon, a sheriff who supports issuing concealed weapons permits to qualified residents, said pdace officers are always aware of their side arms, and he expressed his concerns regarding removing the restrictions on concealed weapons permits to allow teachers to take their firearms to school with them. Growdon, like Downing, is not yet ready to support arming the teachers. While gun rights activists argue the best way to prevent gun violence is to arm more citizens, the dangers of turning our high school into an armed camp should be obvious to everyone. Our local school board members serve their community well by launching this public debate about keeping our children safe from a gunman on campus who may seek to harm them. Our law enforcement officials also serve their community by expressing their reservations about such a plan. Our community is well-served by such a public debate, and it should continue because we have an important decision to make on this subject. Feath00!NtiHshing /00spaper . 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 Carolyn Shipp Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Debra Moore' Maddie Musante M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Chester Progressive '(530) 258-3115 t Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Printed on recycled paper Member, California Newspap Publishers Assoc. Fond memories of my time in Alaska Sometimes writing a My Turn is a piece of cake. But other times (like now) it is a royal pain in the you-know-what. Oftentimes something happens in the community or my own little world that provides inspiration for a My Turn. A tragedy, a triumph, a warm and touching drama. Holidays offer up a chance to reminisce and wax nostalgic -- memories from childhood, walks down memory lane. Vacations offer a chance to wax poetic about nature's majesty and beautiful beaches and sunsets. Or on the other hand to bemoan the travails and pitfalls of travel -- be it by plane, train, automobile or other. Once in a while the weather makes for a good My Turn. For instance my morn, who lives in Massachusetts, felt an earthquake the other day for the first time in her life! Then there are the righteous causes that MY TURN LAURA BEATON Staff Writer rear their emphatic heads every so often and allow us writers to spout off from our own personal soapboxes. There are the shout-outs to do-gooders and tireless volunteers who strive to make the world a better place (hats off to blood donors!). But I'm tired of all that. Which means I 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. January 15 1889 -- The Coca-Cola Company is incorporated in Atlanta, Ga. 1967 -- The first Super Bowl football game is played in Los Angeles with the Green Bay Packers vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, with a final score of 35-10. 2001 -- Wikipedia, a free content encyclopedia, goes online. 2009 -- A U.S. Airways flight makes an emergency landing in the Hudson River by pilot in command "Sully" Sullenberger shortly after takeoff from La Guardia Airport in New York and all on board survive. January 16 1942 -- A Trans World Airlines (TWA) flight traveling from Las Vegas to Burbank crashed shortly after takeoff killing all crew members and passengers including movie star Carole Lombard, due to Pilot error She was married to Clark Gable at the time and was returning to their Southern California home. 1964 -- The Broadway musical "Hello, Dolly!" starring Carol Channing, opens, beginning a run of 2,844 performances. 1973 -- The Sunday night weekly television show "Bonanza" airs its final episode on the NBC television network January 17 1929 -- "Popeye the Sailor Man," the cartoon character, fn'st appeared in the Thimble Theater comic strip in newspapers nationwide. 1949-- "The Goldbergs," the first sitcom on American television, airs for the first time. January 18 1778 -- James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the Sandwich Islands. 1919 -- Bentley Motors Ltd. is founded in England. 1977-- Scientists identified a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease. January 19 1953 -- 71.7 per cent of all television sets in the United States were tuned in to "I Love Lucy" for the birth of the son, Little Ricky character. January 20 2014 -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. It was celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time on this date in 1986. ( 2009-- President Barack Obama was inaugurated as the first Afro-American President of the United States in Washington, D.C: January 21 1976 -- The first commercial flight of the Concorde begins with the London to Rio to Paris route. 1977-- President of the United States Jimmy Carter pardons most of the American Vietnam War evaders, some of whom had fled to Canada to avoid the draft process. have to resort to a story about my first full year of teaching in Quinhagak, Alaska. For those avid readers of My Turns, you may recall that Quinhagak is a small village in the Alaskan Bush that lies along the Bering Sea. To get there you take a puddle jumper flight from Bethel, the biggest "city" around, accessible only by plane, boat, snowmobile (otherwise known as a snow-go) or four-wheeler-- depending on whether the tundra is frozen or not. You fly pretty low -- in my experience less than a thousand feet above the tundra that stretches out to infmity and looks like puddle upon puddle connected by thin ribbons of water. You sometimes see herds of caribou or the occasional bear interrupting the rather bleak landscape beneath you. Experienced travelers wear noise-canceling headphones to dull the airplane engines' noise. Three years ago one of the school's teachers, an intrepid young man from "outside," made a video of his fifth-graders displaying the words to the "Hallelujah Chorus" as it was sung by a choir. That YouTube video went viral and now has more than 1.6 million views. The scenes those 1.6 million people saw in the video look just the same as when I lived there; the gravel airstrip, the school, the playground, the frozen beach; the postmaster Naomi, the kids and the adults, equal parts smiling and somber. I once hacked a tooth out of a wolf carcass I came across while cross-country skiing. I harvested berries from the tundra, stooping low to pick them from bushes less than a foot high, and ate them sparingly in my pancakes on weekends. I ate all kinds of foods I had never tasted or seen before: walrus, caribou, seal, salted fish and wildfowl. And of course the piece de resistance, "Eskimo ice cream," a blend of Crisco, sugar, water and berries, or sometimes dried fish. Yum! I bathed in a steam house that was so hot it nearly scorched my throat. I saw sunrises and sunsets that lasted hours and displayed every shade of the rainbow across the endless sky. I found a bear claw on the beach. And I held the legs of a caribou my colleague had shot while he slit open its belly and the innards came gushing out in a cloud of steam. I wouldn't trade those memories for anything. That experience offered me a chance to immerse myself in a culture I knew very little about. It had its drawbacks for sure, like no flush toilets, hardly any fresh vegetables and no legal "adult beverages." But then every place has its pros and cons, and so we enjoy what we can and endure what we can't enjoy. Even though there's no snow to ski on and no ice to skate on, I'm going to enjoy the weather we're having, and appreciate the mild temperatures that allow me to rake the lawn in January. And maybe next time it's my turn, something of note will have happened... REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 Plumas County will be represented at the annual Winter Sports Carnival at Sacramento by two of its local charming girls: Evelyn Misemer will represent Keddie Resort and Nedra Bordwell will represent Johnsville Ski Club. Quincy and Plumas County now has one of the most up to date hospitals in Northern California with the opening this week of the new addition to the Plumas Industrial Hospital. The original building has been rebuilt with a new floor plan with an annex connecting the structure and consists of a new maternity ward, x-ray and lab rooms and private patient rooms. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 The State Division of Highways announced the award of a $.260,495 contract to a firm in Redding to construct a new 289 foot two lane reinforced concrete bridge on steel girders to span Indian Creek on a half mile east of Taylorsville and to add to the existing Arlington bridge on Indian Creek. 25 YEARS AGO.:...1989 Swearing in ceremonies were held for Plumas County Board of Supervisors John Schramel, Joyce Scroggs and Jim Smith this week. Supervisor Don Woodhall was named chairman of the new board. Oath of office ceremonies were also held for Plumas County Superior Court Judge Roger Settlemire and Justice Court Judge Garrett Oiney. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 A 72 car southbound Burlington Northern-Santa Fe freight train derailed in Clear Creek Friday morning and spilled grain pellets. The Plumas County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance which grants the Plumas County Public Health Department the authority to issue citations to business owners who ' . fail to enforce the California Smokefree Workplace law in local businesses. 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. I feel better when I wake up with Tony My daughter and son-in-law introduced me to Tony about six years ago and we have enjoyed an on- and off-again relationship ever since. I always feel better when he is a regular part of my life, but even when I haven't seen him for a while, I know that he's there -- waiting. When I moved back to Quincy nearly two years ago, our encounters became more sporadic. It seemed easier to be with him when I lived in Redding. But really, that's just an excuse; I need to make more time for him. So this morning I rekindled our relationship and it felt good. Tony is Tony Horton, the creator of the popular workout P90X: As a former fitness instructor, I have a library of workout videos accumulated over the years, but no one has ever rivaled the commitment that I made to Tony. There is something about his enthusiasm and his interaction with his on-screen workout partners that entertains and motivates me. When I first began "doing Tony," I had a bad case of tennis elbow that three shots of cortisone, physical therapy and an ugly black armband didn't heal. I began his workout using no weights and slowly added pounds as the weeks went by. Within six months my elbow no longer hurt. Tony cured me and I was hooked. care professionals to name their No. I tip for good health, two said: Keep moving. It's not about achieving washboard abs or ripped arms -- though they are nice side effects -, it's about promoting overall health, which includes reducing the risk of a host of diseases and maintaining mobility and flexibility. MY TUKN " I like P90X because it incorporates a ................................................................. series of DVDs that rotate through cardio, DEBRA MOORE Staff Writer I sang Tony's praises to whomever would listen and took to referring to him as my "boyfriend." Many of my daughter's coworkers also work out with Tony, and when she said, "That's my mother's boyfriend," they were immediately impressed -- at least until she explained her mother's delusional attachment. Tony Horton has become a fitness phenomenon. A group of congressmen gathers in the gym each morning when Congress is in session to work out to his videos in the Capitol gym, and, periodically, Tony arrives to lead the workouts himself. He has also worked out with the first lady. This is the time of year when many people go on diets and pledge to exercise. I found it interesting that when I asked local health strength training, yoga and stretching. People tend to gravitate toward exercises that they enjoy. I like to lift weights and do Pilates, but Tony forces me to venture outside my comfort zone. while P90X is a good option, it's only one way to get fit. We live in an area that beckons us outside throughout the year. Whether it's walking, biking, hiking; swimming, kayaking, snowshoeing or skiing, there is a sport for everyone. Each community also boasts other fitness options from classes to fitness centers. Over the years I have subscribed to Women's Health, Shape and Fitness, among other magazines that promote health. They provide inspiration, but ultimately contain the same information month after month: eat well and exercise often. We all know what to do; we just need to do it. And for now, I'll be doing it with Tony.