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8B Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter D ITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL goo to thank cal er We all hear the sirens and see the familiar" sight of fire trucks traversing our highways and roads, but have you ever considered just how often that happens. The numbers are dramatic. In 2016 one local fire department responded to 607 calls consisting of: - 389 medical aids - 54 auto accidents - 71 fires - 11 Hazmat reports - 82 other needs Those calls represented more than 3,000 individual responses, with an average of five men or women responding to every call. Individuals' efforts were amazing, with one responder logging 262 calls, and another at 187. And when they weren't responding, they logged 4,580 training hours. These were just some of the statistics shared during the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department's 139th annual Installation of Officers and Awards Banquet held earlier this month. Yes, volunteers logged those impressive numbers. The fire department has just three paid staff, which includes an office manager. There are 33 volunteer firefighters, with a support team of 14, who answer the call whenever it comes and without compensation. It's a scenario that's not unique to Quincy; it's replicated throughout Plumas County as dedicated groups of men and women volunteer their time to come to the aid of residents and visitors. Drive by any of the firehouses in our communities and you will see full parking lots on the weekends and in the evenings when these volunteers forego time at home with their families to attend trainings andmeetings. Our county and local communities couldn't begin to pay for fully-staffed firehouses available around the clock. We all owe such a debt of gratitude to these individuals who give so freely of their time to make all of us safer when disaster strikes --whether it be personal or community wide. Just take a look at this week's sheriffs blotter, which is filled with calls for assistance during the last round of storms and flooding. Fire department volunteers responded along with paid Caltrans and public works employees, as well as CHP and sheriffs office personnel. It was the local t'we departments that became the go-to locations to pick up sandbags, and their volunteers who helped county and state personnel clear roads and protect homes. Quincy volunteer firefighters recognize their own during their annual dinner, as do the other departments across the county. But, it would be nice if they could hear some accolades from the public as well. So the next time you see a volunteer firefighter that you know, take the time to say "thank you" and let him or her know just how much we appreciate their service. Feath :P;dglishmg spaper For breaking news, go to Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Debra Moore ... ......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Nick Hall .................... Copy Editor Staff writers: Makenzie Davis Mari Erin Roth Will Farris Stacy Fisher Susan Cort Johnson Susan Jacobson Shalee Purin Ashley Arey Lauren Westmoreland Steve Wathen Gregg Scott Maggie Wells Sam Williams Michael Condon Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Indian Valley Record (530) 283-0800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 283-0800 Printed on recycled paper Member, California Newspaper Publishers Assoc. From the grandparents" point of view "Twinkle, twinkle little star .... "If I sang it once, I sang it 20 times for my 3-year-old grandson the other night. "Twinkle little star," came back his toddler-size voice. "Abbabova world all high, like a diamond sky," came his way of singing along. He was all curled up in my lap, container of milk in one hand, the other clutching a portion of one of his favorite soft blankets. It was time for him to go to sleep and he wasn't having any part of it. Although he was sleepy, he was more intent on directing the singer. Me. I'm sure he's the only person in the world who appreciates my singing. And he has his role as vocal director down pat. "You sing, grandma." "I sing. Not you." "We sing." And don't mess up and try to sing when he doesn't want you to. Pay attention! Or the warm little bundle gets agitated and fusses. Life's become very interesting as my husband, papa, and I raise our grandson. It wasn't what I expected to be doing at this time in my life. Help-out, yes. Help-out a lot, OK. But Tom and I have been fully involved with our grandson's life for wen over a year and more. He lives with us. His parents live in other communities. And despite the hustle and bustle of having a toddler in the house, the demands of snack times, rushing to the store for those all too necessary gallons of milk, the extra washing, and playtime, playtime, playtime, I wouldn't change it. Most grandparents, not all of course, have the advantage of raising a child, their child, from infancy. He's my fwst baby. I was around nieces and nephews when I was growing up, but that was different. If I wanted to change a diaper I was welcome to do so. If I didn't want to be bothered there was always someone else to do the job. Our daughter, the mother to our grandson, was just turning 7 when we adopted her. I was very fortunate when our grandson was born. A woman in my office was the MY TURN VICTORIA METCALF Staff Writer mother of a toddler. I asked her so many questions. She didn't seem to grow tired of the questions or at least she put up a very good front. I'm very familiar with a grandparent raising a child. My grandmother raised me. My parents lived just across the street and I saw them nearly every day, but it was my grandmother who did all the work. With only a few exceptions she cooked and cleaned for me. Taught me to ride a bicycle. Provided important supervision and direction in my life. She's the one who read to me when I was little, made sure I went to school every single day and taught me the importance of using my imagination. My husband, on the other hand, has four daughters of his own and was a very involved parent. He changed diapers, fed kids, got up in the night with them, went to school functions and sporting events. He was there to sooth scraped knees, earaches, hurt feelings and dry tears. And he Was there to walk them down the aisle. We have an older grandson by his oldest daughter and her husband. But they live elsewhere in the state -- sometimes the nation -- and Katie's always there to take care of her son. We just get the occasional visit, and Tom gets weekly contact by iPhone. Despite knowing the ropes and what's demanded at first one age and then another, Tom's had his share of adjustments too. First of all, this is a boy. And they're different than girls, even if those girls were rough and tumble and excelled at sports. He believes that he should be able to get a certain number of projects done on any given day, and the older Caden gets, the more demanding he gets. And that means the fewer projects Tom can count on getting done around the house. In the summer, where Caden used to be content watching his papa mow the lawn or walk along beside him holding his hand, he now demands to be more involved. He pushes the mower all over the front yard at every opportunity. Of course it isn't running, but for now that doesn't seem to matter. He's not fond of the loud noise. And during our January snows, he wasn't happy playing in the snow while papa shoveled spots in the driveway for the cars. He had to grab a shovel too and help. The problem there was that he wouldn't put the snow off to the side. He wanted to dump it on the spots that Tom had already cleared. So there's always something going on -- if it's not some kind of upheaval-- then he's running madly about singing or shouting, or he's mad at someone or something. ,, So what's the point of my column, other than announcing that I'm a grandmother? I would really like to hear from other grandparents, even great-grandparents -- who are raising their grandchildren. I'd like to interview you. I'd like to hear about how it's different the second, or possibly the third time around for great-grandparents. I've met some who are having very difficult times making ends meet, others who find they're enjoying the experience so much more now than with the demands of their own children. So, please, grandparents out there who are in similar situations who wouldn't mind sharing your stories, give me a call at 283-0800 or email me at LETTERS To THE EDITOR Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number ........... Only one:letter per we-ek p~r i .. person will be published; Only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic will be published. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous or open letters. Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at noon; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to School yard bully PUSD is exhibiting signs of those like a school yard bully. Currently, PUSD appears to be working to ensure PCS, at both its Quincy and Greenville sites, has few to zero options to house its programs. If PUSD succeeds, it will be a great loss not only to the students and their families but to our communities as a whole. With ever declining enrollment in Plumas County, it makes no sense to eliminate educational options. I have already heard from a number of parents that if PCS goes away, they will be forced to make difficult choices, one of which is to leave the county entirely. I certainly hope this is not the intention of PUSD to further compromise our educational and economic landscape here in Plumas. One example of the bully phenomena is PUSD's fmal decision regarding the Taylorsville Elementary School site. The PUSD board REMEMBER WHEN deemed the site as surplus tired of the numerous after it had been vacant for injustices he witnessed, over five years. PCS actively : .became,a civil rights lawyer pursued purchasing the ..... and then founded the SPLC property as it appeared an imminent demise of the IVA/GHS partnership was on the horizon. After a variety of stalling tactics, all of a sudden the property was no longer considered surplus. Amazingly, Rob Wade's Outdoor Ed program, which by its very name implies it is conducted outdoors, needs indoor space. So, the TES site will now house his program for all of four weeks out of the school year while the facility continues to languish for the remainder of the year. I believe selling the property to PCS, allowing the charter school to move forward with its own independent program serving a larger student population over the course of the entire school year, was a better option not only in terms of providing educational opportunities but preserving economic viability in our community. Denise J. Battagin Taylorsville Misspoke In deference to the many good works she performs for the community, I have never before publicly taken exception to a statement made in one of her letters by my friend, a regular letter writer from the Basin. But this time she misspoke badly when referred to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as "disreputable." The SPLC was founded in 1971 by oneof my personal heroes: Morris Dees. Dees, the son of an Alabama farmer, with this purpose: "The Southern Poverty Law Center Is Dedicated To Fighting Hate And Bigotry And To Seeking Justice For The Most Vulnerable Members Of Our Society." Since then, he has endured hate and death threats from bigots, anti-Semites, neo-Nazis and numerous other haters, but he has, almost single-handedly at first, bravely Carried on. Those wishing to learn more about this wonderful man and his outstanding organization can go to its web site. They can also read, as I did many years ago, "A Season For Justice," by Morris Dees (with Steve Fiffer). You will soon learn The Southern Poverty Law Center, and Morris Dees, are the antithesis of "disreputable." Phil Parish Lake Almanor Not up for debate Letters to the editor provide a valuable service to the community by publishing human-interest stories (like thanking the guy who found your lost dog) and opinions on social, political and other issues. The misconception is that *it is a forum for debate. Real debates have rules. They can be formal as in Robert's Rules of Order or they can be simplified for less stringent circumstances. The point of any debate, however, is for opposing sides to present educated arguments on a given subject, to convince 50 YEARS AGO ... 1967 10 YEARS the audience of the validity of their position. The topic is addressed, n0t.the person or.. ~, .... group. :. ., .... We do notdeNlte in this newspaper. Seldom does anyone present an argument based on facts and referenced sources so they can be fact checked. Instead, we express opinions, which only serve to air feelings, frustration, "holier than thou" attitudes and scorn for the opposition. We call individuals or groups names, degrade their character and belittle their viewpoints. In most cases, sources for the letters are simply sound bites gleaned from the media and others, repetition of talk show hosts' "shock-wave" blather, speculation or innuendo. With a lack of facts and identified sources, coupled with character assassination and name calling, our defenses are engaged and sensibility, civility and honest debate are lost. It is no wonder the level of vitriol rises when tempers flare. Unless writers take responsibility for what they write, denote where they got that information, and address topics rather than other people or groups, all we have is venting that is not enlightening and often not even truthful. If we believe these opinions without basis in fact, then we ~e merely being entertained, not informed. Which is Eme - as long as we recognize the difference, i! Lynn Desjardin Portola i See Letters, page 9B AGO ... 2007 i: KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ... 1917 A winter sport excursion by special train to Quincy and Plumas County from Marysville, Colusa, Willows, Chico and Oroville arrived last Sunday morning where out of town visitors enjoyed winter sports and other attractions The box factory at the Davies Box and Lumber Company in Blairsden-Mohawk Valley was destroyed by a fire of unknown origin last Sunday, causing an estimated loss of $30,000.00 Greenville Southern Baptist Church on Setzer Road was destroyed by fire by an unknown cause early Monday morning. The 40 X 100 foot church building was erected in 1956 and included the church, Sunday school room and a social hall. 25 YEARS AGO ... 1992 Eastern Plumas District Hospital and the doctors of the Feather River Phycisans Clinic will offer a part time clinic in Graeagle to begin March 1. The clinic will be open for 1 1/2 days per week in the Graeagle offices of Dr. Gilbreath. Plumas County Probation Chief ~: Reg Valencia has resigned effective i immediately, citing health issues. In the interim, former chief Tom Frady, }, with 30 years of experience, will lead i-: the department. 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.