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,: Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Fight against blame, hame, bullying starts within "Progress always involves WHERE I STAND in the way we parent, the risk; you can't steal second .................................... way we lead, the way we run base and keep your foot on ANNE GAUDET our businesses, the way we first." THE RESOURCE CENTER supervise, the way we Frederick Wilcox participate in relationships, We have a tendency to the way we are governed, is Although many diminish its pervasive such a common occurrence countywide agencies and influence because violence that most of us have little organizations are dedicated has been normalized, awareness of its presence and to reduce violence in one socialized, politicized,therefore its power on us. form or another, the power to considered as acceptable, So let's talk about norms create change starts with the promoted, sometimes revered for a moment. Norms are the individual, and gendered as "power."most powerful societal and We can all, as individuals, To add to these layers, we community influences in step up to the plate and are violated over and over behavior. Norms are the intervene in all sorts of again by what we think and regularities in behavior to violent behavior, bullying, feel about ourselves. This which people generally aggression, shame-based, shows up in the form of conform. Norms, are based in power over situations, if it is insidious self-talk, fueled by culture and tradition. safe to do so. Indeed, if we are shame and fear that recycles They are our beliefs, not engaged as community over and over again in our thoughts, attitudes, members, as individuals to heads. These inner voices, standards that we take for prevent violence whether in often cruel echoes of our granted. They are behavior communication or in action, socialization, keep us stuck shapers and they show up in then the changes many of us in self-negating patterns, family values. They are the are trying to create at the self-loathing and isolation, way in which the accepted levels of violence We cannot change the environment tens people are not going to happen, prevalence of bullying and what is OK and not OK. They We need to show up and forms of violence for our get passed down from speak up in ways that can be children if there is no change generation to generation (if received and heard, about the in the cultures surrounding you watch "Downtown energy of violence that the children's environment. Abbey," you can see this influences our everyday lives Stated a different way, we quite clearly, even when the in such soul-sucking ways. cannot change violence in norms don't work, even when Forms of violence, covert and any sector of the culture until change is banging on the overt, show up in everyday there is an awareness of its door!). We may not stop to occurrences, at work, in the prevalence, the devastating think that forms of behavior store, in our families, at influence that it has and the can be changed, on any level, meetings, through social realization that we all need to and we continue to tolerate media, on the streets, in be courageous enough to harming behavior. various expressions of investigate the real causes of Bullying and shame go gender, in street gangs, in violence and own our part in hand in hand. Blaming, war, in sports, marriage and it. We need to ask ourselves gossiping, favoritism, so on because we are talking as individuals if we have the name-calling and harassment about entrenched social willingness, courage andare all behavioral cues that norms, honesty to investigate our shame has permeated our We need to become aware personal core beliefs and culture, in the government at that we are physically, values, federal and state level, as sexually, politically, To reiterate, bullying, and well as in more personal emotionally and spiritually its many devious communities, such as school, shamed through the expressions, is such a normal work, religion and families. traumatic impact of violence, part of our lives, showing up Shame is often used as a tool to manage people of all ages, these disguises is a train to attempting to solidify in many different maintain and we lose touch ourselves; we are hooked into environments, with our own true nature,the rigidity of right and Shame is so prevalent, so our own authenticity. Thewrong and lose sight of familiar in usage (we see it Wizard said very plaintively choice, differences, on the TV every day) that it at one point, "I am just an imagination add compassion. is accepted as the norm. "It ordinary man." Perhaps he is If we want to fully works" some people proudly expressing his very real need experience love and proclaim as shame destroys to be real, to be vulnerable, to belonging, we have to believe family foundations, business, give up trying to be someone that we are worthy of love community, organizations, that he is not. Aren't we all and belonging. We need to relationships and ordinary human beings with practice self-love and individuals. Shame has and our own vulnerabilities, our self-acceptance for us to be has had a huge impact on own strengths and able to love others fully. We how wethink and feel about weaknesses, our own talents, have to look at our needs and ourselves and how we act in strengths and issues? wants and how to get them the world. There is a deep loneliness met in a caring, loving Shame causes us to in trying to keep up an image way. disconnect from others, of power that is based in the To do this we have to face disengage from our work and violence of control, shame our own bully, our own inner lose connection with and fear. It takes a lot of critic, rooted in core beliefs. ourselves. Many of us are energy, a lot of subterfuge of unworthiness. We weren't unaware of this, except for and a great deal of distancing born with these messages of feelings of isolation. When from true friendship withalienation; we took them on shame is present, we lose our ourselves and others to as children, as teens We creativity, our ability to maintain this mask of power, learned that power is brainstorm, our willingness In truth, we hurt like crazy something outside of .to share ideas with others, because we are fighting ourselves, that outside our willingness to cooperate against some very basic structures, systems and with others, our willingness needs. We need connection, people have the power to to risk and put ourselves out we need to depend on eachinform us what has value, there to create a change to other, we need to belong and what gives us self-worth. We benefit our environment in we need love. need to discover our inner general. To quote Brene Brown, landscape, our own sense of Shame is about the misuse Ph.D., "Love and belonging truth, value and worth so of personal power; there is an are irreducible needs of all. that we stand on strong absence of compassion and We are hard-wired for within the power of respect, a breakdown in the connection -- it's what gives ourselves. need to connect, the need to us purpose and meaning toIt is difficult to change belong. Think about the our lives. The absence ofouter conditions if we don't visual example of the Wizard love, belonging and first change our inner beliefs of Oz, hiding himself behind connection always leads to and attitudes. Then we can a curtain and using a big suffering in men, women and come together as a powerful booming voiceover to keep children." collective of individuals and up the image of being a When shame, blame or create a safer, more loving powerful man. what a visual bullying are used in attempts environment for our description of what we all do. to influence our behaviors, children. We need you, we We use masks and disguises our sense of connection can need your'commitment for to hide ourselves from be ripped apart and our sense the health and well-being of ourselves and the outside of belonging can be eroded, our community, now and in world, when we blame, shame or the future. The effort that goes into bully others, we are Thank you. LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week per person and only one letter per person per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words. The editor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words. The deadline is Friday at 3p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed to dmednald@plumasnews'mrrL No on Measure A Not everyone is for measure A. They lied, first vote was for building and ground maintenance and now it is for "ensuring medical services." My question is which one is it? These are my reason why the vote should be no. Peninsula Fire wants $295 a year. Cal Fire gets $150. We cannot stop Cal Fire. But we can stop this tax increase. Vote no. Everyone is against this Cal Fire Fee. But until it stops, we still have to pay it. These fees cost you $37.50 a month for fire protection; $12.50 to Cal Fire a month for no fire station in Plumas County (we are forced to pay this) and, if Measure A passes, $25 a month increase. Most people are on a fixed income or have only summer jobs. Yes, Chester Fire and Hamilton Branch Fire are about 15 minutes away and Cal Fire is about that too, but it's fire protection. Do not get me wrong, we need fire protection. If Peninsula. Fire would lower their fire tax to $197 (like it was for the past three years), I would vote it in. This increase will affect the renters; your rent will go up. It will affect the property owners too. My mortgage payment went up by $50 three years ago with the first fire tax. Seneca Hospital said years ago that they would shut down if their tax did not pass. They are still in business and they got funding from Enloe and grants. According to my insurance company, if the department is volunteer, only cost does go up, but if it is staffed with one man, the cost stays the same. It's all smoke and mirrors; we are being lied to again. The department covers all of the peninsula. We all have a vote, we all have to pay, both the rich and the people who live month-to-month. Tony Cordero Lake Almanor Have a heart Bob Marshall and the PSREC board should be more compassionate towards its members and their health issues. The Harts should be commended for stepping up to the plate and demanding their rights. It is obvious that the PSREC Machiavellian entrenched employees who run our electric company should listen to our pleas. The PSREC organization may be structured to service only its members, but the members of PSREC are just that -- the public and we are dependent on the electricity which PSREC provides us. I ask you, where else can you go for electricity if you do not like the way the PSREC board is handling our affairs? If there is nowhere else to go, does that not make it a public corporation rather than a private one? In March 2013, I called PSREC to get on their board agenda to request that they paint all the electric boxes in the Aspen Circle and Ponderosa Circle loops at Plumas Eureka Estates. I was refused access to get on their agenda to present my case. This forced me to complain to the Plumas Eureka Villas Homeowners Association and try and get them to contact PSREC and demand that they paint the 20-some electric boxes -- which look like someone vomited on them. The PEVHOA was told by PSRECthat they did not have the money to maintain and paint the boxes. Then, I was told by the PSREC management that the issue was settled and that I could not address the PSREC board. No wonder Mr. Hart took it upon himself to address the board from the floor. What other choice was he given? Mr. Hart, I stand behind your efforts to get good and honest customer service from the PSREC, especially when it affects your health. The ugly electric boxes in my neighborhood have taken a toll on my health as well. Eyesores also promote bad health. Mimi Garner Blairsden Let them get on with their lives I wanted to take a minute to thank Supervisor Thrall for helping to install a camera which records the Supervisor meetings. Now we can watch meetings online. Also, I wanted to thank the board, specifmally Jon Kennedy, for listening with open eyes and ears to Josh Hart and his wife regarding the disruption of their power resulting from their refusal to pay PSREC a $15 monthly meter-read charge because they want their new "smart meter" replaced with an analog one. Josh has a doctor's diagnosis and recommendation to avoid pulsed EMF. Given this fact, PSREC should waive the monthly fee and let the Harts get on with their lives. There is still "self reporting" done by customers who call in or enter readings On PSREC's website. To those who roll their eyes and say call this "tin foil" it is humorous to note that many, including PSREC, support the idea of "global warming.., or is it climate change?" That baby polarbears are dying on little floating chunks of ice because of all of us "polluters." Some may say, "Just pay the fee and stop making waves." I say good for the Harts. They are people of their principle. Wish there were more like them. Supervisor Kennedy, thanks again in advance for anything you can do. Robert Milne Clio Mr. Perfect The Portola City Council is searching for Mr. Perfect to fill the position of city manager. They are presently dealing with accusations against them of misconduct by passionate concerned citizens. Ex-city manager Ian Kaiser has moved on to a state which is pro-active in business development, and has government employees paying their fair share of benefits. He has moved to a center of American values. The city is twice the population of Portola and his last employer. Their interim city manager paved the way in changing the direction of the city. It went through a period of reformation. Mr. Kaiser has agreed to work for six months in a probationary position. His wife will be by his side. If he performs as he did in the two months in Portola, they can plan on a life of community service wherever they are needed. His resignation was the catalyst of the formation of the Concerned Citizens Coalition. Some are demanding a reformation of the city council and staff's conduct. Our elected officials and their agents are held to a higher level of accountability than others since they use taxpayer money. We are living in an age of corruption. Mr. Kaiser brought a higher level of performance management than the city had in the past. He and city council were bringing good American government to the city and encouraging citizens' participation. They were holding townhall meetings and community workshops He was free _ District 5 Supervisor with tuning.the staff and living the words 'John Kennedy' up to his contract and followed in bold type duties. It was the beginning 'health' or 'fire & medical' of our American or 'education' as though the reformation, signs make any sense? Ian and Devora have What has our supervisor moved on to greener accomplished with respect pastures. The city council to health, fire & medical and needs to stop looking for Mr. education? Perfect and focus on Please, Supervisor rebuilding the trust in our Kennedy, tell the voters of elected officials. They need District 5 what specifically to continue the work started have you accomplished on to provide affordable public these topics if anything? services and a more perfect Before you begin, please tell union between the us what community, its businesses qualifications/experience and its government, you have to justify even Larry F. Douglas addressing these topics on Portolaour behalf. If these topics warrant Explain yourself bold upper-case wording, It would appear from the then you are suggesting to campaign signs sprouting the residents and voters of up in the Mohawk Valley, District 5 that you are a election season has arrived, leader on these topics, so tell Am I alone in my us how you have led. confusion when I read the Words of Wisdom: new signs advocating re-electing our current See Letters, page 8B Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contact / U.S.SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 Website: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. lamalfa.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 2885 Chum Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center. 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, E1 Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center:. 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225-3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/ (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. State