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8B Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION ......... .......... A political gender battle, is brewing Each of us should recAeS00lbyr00mWpS;ednemc00:;::ahrst00gryhmthewnhe::2 Idon'tshopspecificaJIymbusmesses carefully consider political action committee is in the process of being formed solely for the purpose of i ................. it,!00 ooed by women or men but rather I vaccination stance The outbreak of measles that began at Disneyland in December should serve as a wakeup call to all of us to weigh the benefits and the dangers of immunizations and then make our own individual choices responsibly. We disagree with those state and federal lawmakers who say immunization for diseases such as measles should be mandatory. All actions potentially have consequences, but health care decisions should be made by each individual and family and not forced upon the populace by government. Of course, we should remember the idea behind using vaccines for immunization is to prevent the disease before it occurs. To most of us, that's a good thing. And the number of diseases vaccines can prevent is astonishing. These include anthrax, cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenzae type B, human papillomavirus, H1N1 flu (swine flu), influenza (seasonal flu), Japanese encephalitis, Lyme disease, measles, meningitis, monkey pox, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, poliomyelitis (polio), rabies, rotavirus, rubella (German measles), shingles (herpes zoster), smallpox, tetanus (lockjaw), tuberculosis, typhoid fever, varicella (chickenpox) and yellow fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Consider this: In the United States diptheria, smallpox and polio have been virtually eliminated through the use of vaccines. Those of us above the age of 50 or so can remember when polio, for example, infected many, crippling or killing them or forcing them to live in an iron lung. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt suffered from the disease, although that fact was not widely known at the time. Measles, chicken pox, the mumps and whooping cough used to sicken thousands of Americans in the days before vaccines to prevent them were created. Before vaccines our only defense was to catch the disease, pass it on the family members, friends or those with whom we came in contact, risk the complications and hopefully survive. The use of vaccines protects the entire community, not just the individual who receives them. In 1989, a measles outbreak in the United States sickened more than 55,000 and killed 136, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Some fear the side effects of vaccines, especially autism in infants. Others suggest vaccination of the masses is simply a scheme by the Illuminati, the pharmaceutical/vaccine industry, government, the medical profession, the media or the New World Order types to reduce the population or gain control over us. You can't believe anything the government has to say, right? Others refuse Vaccinations for religious or medical reasons. We encourage anyone with questions or concerns about vaccines to take the time to have a frank and honest discussion with his or her health care provider regarding this vital public safety issue in order to weigh the risks and benefits. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, they say. Your decision could affect the lives of everyone around you. Feat00fiblishing spaper For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald .......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Miriam Cody Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Greg Knight Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Debra Moore Maddie Musante Ann Powers M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Printed on recycled paper Member, California Newspaper Publishers Assoc. electing women. Wow, this is simply amazing, and from my female perspective, not amazing in a good way. My take from this is that it will just add a new blocked artery to the partisan politics that have nearly squeezed the lifeblood of this country to death. Nearly eight years of gridlock caused by head-to-head ideological battles between the Republicans and Democrats isn't enough? Do we need to throw yet another partisan group into the mix? Whatever happened to the good old commonsense rule for voting?. Votes are like having a say in who gets hired to do the best possible job for you and the country. A concerned voter should be interested in the best person for any particular job, regardless of party or MY TURN M. KATE WEST Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.com gender affdiation. Personally, I didn't even get two years into the current administration before I was so fed up with the gridlock I made it a mission to change my voting preference to independent. And hell would likely freeze over before I would vote a straight party ticket or only fill in dots on my ballot next to the names of female candidates! 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. February II 1929 Ruled by the Pope, the walled Vatican City becomes the world's smallest country with an area of 108.7 miles. 1993 -- The first woman United States Attorney General, Janet Reno, is appointed by President Bill Clinton; she was confwmed by the U.S. Senate in March. February 12 1809 Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was born in Kentucky. 1914 -- The first stone of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. was put into place. 1964 -- The first Beatles concert in the United States was held at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 1999 -- President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial. February 13 1914 In New York City, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers established the copyright to protect the compositions of its members. February 14 Today is Valentine's Day. 1849-- In New York City, James Polk is the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken. 1858-- Oregon, "The Beaver State" is admitted as the 33rd U.S. state. 1867-- The post office in Greenville, located in Plumas County, was. established. 1899 -- Voting machines are approved by the United States Congress for use in Federal elections. 1912-- Arizona, "The Grand Canyon State" is admitted as the 48th U.S. state. 1961 -- McDonald's Hamburger University located near Chicago, Illinois graduates its first students. 1962 First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy takes television viewers on a tour of the White House. February 16 Today is Presidents' Day. 1852 -- Studebaker Wagon Company, a precursor of the Studebaker Automobile manufacturer is established. 1874 -- The silver donar becomes legal U.S. tender. 1937 -- Nylon is patented by DuPont Co. 1959 -- Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba. February 17 Mardi Gras, also known as "Fat Tuesday" begins. Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. 1904-- The opera "Madame Butterfly" premiers at the La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy. 1972 -- The all time sales to date of the Volkswagon Beetle exceeds the all time sales of the Ford Model T. choose to shop where I fred quality merchandise, value, developed trust and good customer service. My approach to voting has always demanded the same standard. This current way of thinking takes me back down memory lane to the bra-burning days of the 1960s. While I understand the general purpose was to establish equal rights and pay for women it certainly had, like many other movements, its downside in that it not only tried to swing the pendulum too far but also lost its aim. Do I believe in the equal right for women and men to do the same job for equal pay? I would have to say.., mostly but not always. What I would say, unlike the spiel of women's libbers, is that no woman should automatically get a job usually held by a man unless she meets both the mental and physical criteria to meet all of the job's expectations. I wouldn't like for a trucking company to be mandated to hire a 90-pound woman to work the docks unloading B5-pound boxes off five or six semi trucks a day, each and every day, just because she demanded the job. Common sense would tell you who really would be doing the lifting and I would also bet the lifter wouldn't be receiving increased compensation for doing his job and that of another employee. Should it be proved she is fully capable of doing the job, only then should she be hired and compensated at the same rate of pay as her male co-workers. On the other hand, many of the women I have met over my lifetime could not only exceed a variety of job expectations but would very likely end up doing a much better job than the man sitting at the head of the table. Two different sides of the same coin that brings me right back to my voting philosophy; it should be the best man or best woman for the job, and never by mandate or just a vote down the party line. I really find it disturbing that when there are so many critical issues needing attention, those that hanker to/do sit in the seat of power repeatedly seem to go off on unproductive tangents. Rather than putting a very specific focus on getting women elected, everyone -- sitting congressional representatives, lobbyists, the president and the rainmakers that fund political campaigns should keep their eye on what's critically important: the American people. Our government is operating on loans from China; and we have hungry and underclothed children in this country; homeless people; veterans crippled physically and emotionally from 10 years of wars; and families who have yet to recover from the economic meltdown. In plain speak, it's time for those in office and those that plan to run for office to have genuine conversations about real issues beyond their personal aspirations. Whether you are a man or a woman, Republican or Democrat, if you, as a candidate, get real and build my trust you will get my vote. IMEMBE1K WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ..... 1915 In an endeavor to prove to the California State Highway Commission the advantage and value of the Feather River route from Quincy to the Nevada state line, both east and west, the Portola Chamber of Commerce has sent a telegram to the Commission stating that Beckwourth Pass is open to travel during the entire winter. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1965 Howard Long of Greenville reported to the Plumas County Sheriffs Department on Sunday that 27 hens, one rooster and two rabbits were stolen from his chicken house. The Plumas County Board of Supervisors approved the establishment of the Grizzly Lake Resort Improvement District near Portola with a five man board of directors. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1990 Plumas County Supervisor Don Woodhall of Chester announced that he will seek re-election in June. The Plumas County jail, target of a federal class action lawsuit, will get six new jailers and two new beds to bring it into state compliance with state standards. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2005 Both Sierra County and Plumas County will long feel the loss of Sierraville Fire Chief Chuck Thayer, 76, who passed away last week. He was fn-e chief for the past ten years. 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 guess I slept too much; time for a change I love to sleep. If I had to choose between sleep and looking presentable for work, I would nearly always choose showing up at the office with wet hair thrown in a braid with accompanying tired-looking eyes. However, unfortunately, I was still always tired during the day and I was baffled. I mean, I got nearly nine hours of sleep on the weekdays and even more during the weekends. I should never be tired, right? So I consulted my all-knowing mother, figuring she would tell me I needed to consume more protein or try a new essential oil mix in my diffuser. Nope. She told me I might be getting too much sleep. As if that were a real thing. Too much sleep? "Ha!" I laughed at her face. I then consulted the Internet with its endless data and found that I could indeed be getting too much sleep. According to the most reliable website I could source without looking like a fool, Healthguidance.org, getting too much sleep could lead to some problems such as headaches, health problems, being less MY TURN MAKENZlE DAVIS Staff Writer mdavis@lassennews.com active and feeling even more tired. Great. So, being the tax-paying, voting, cat-owning adult that I am, I decided to make some drastic changes to my beloved sleeping pattern. Before, in the 30 minutes before turning out the light, I would scroll through numerous social media pages and websites on my phone. Then, after my fourth alarm clock, I would wake up and look at those same phone apps again. Now, instead of wasting my time liking yet another cat picture, I read before bed and limit myself to not look at my phone for at least an hour before sleeping. Also, I now will physically get out of bed at least before 7:10 a.m. Baby steps. I now also only have one alarm that I will get up to. I have only been actively participating in the change for about a week as I write this, but I am noticing some changes. I am not nearly as tired when I arrive at work and having more time in the morning before driving to the office gives me an opportunity to watch the news, eat breakfast and drink coffee before I have to converse with people! I am not sure how long my self-discipline will hold out on this latest change in my life, but I am surprised to acknowledge the change actually has not been too difficult. My obese cat is also excited that she no longer has to wait until 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday mornings for food.