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8B Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION ............ EPlTORIAL .......... are service rans The Vietnam War fiercely divided America and left many scars, especially on the men and women who answered when their country called. Many of those veterans report they were treated badly by antiwar critics when they returned from Southeast Asia and many still feel forgotten and unappreciated today. Certainly we cannot change the events of the past or undo the unfortunate treatment many veterans suffered upon their return, but we can and should make amends today to those brave men and women who fought in Vietnam -- those who enlisted and those who were drafted -- by celebrating Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day on March 30. Both houses of Congress passed resolutions in 2007 proclaiming March 30 -- the officialdate of America's final withdrawal from Vietnam -- as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. In 2010 the California Legislature approved a statute declaring "March 30 of each year is designated and set apart as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, a day having special significance .... On Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, all public schools and educational institutions are encouraged to conduct exercises recognizing the contributions of all those involved in the Vietnam War and remembering the sacrifices they made for their country." Yes, we should never forget the sacrifices made by the warfighters of that generation. More than 58,000 Americans -- most of them enlisted men -- lost their lives fighting in Vietnam. Many more were wounded. One such veteran shared his harrowing experience in Vietnam and his incredible tale of survival with a standing-room-only crowd in Graeagle earlier this month. His story can be found on the front page of this section of the newspaper. We encourage every Plumas County resident who knows Vietnam veterans to take a moment to thank them for their service to our country. Those who study history will probably debate the many issues surrounding the Vietnam War forever, and the disagreements about that war will probably persist'a 16ng as people discuss the conflict. Ti'i if"sr}'ili j' ilf we should lzever confuse the politics surrounding a war with those who serve and put their lives in jeopardy in defense of our country. Yes, the tenor of the times has changed. Today we openly honor our veterans and celebrate their service when they return from the Middle East. We even hang banners recognizing the warfighters and their families. We can't return to 1969 or 1973 for a do-over, but we owe the same respect to our Vietnam veterans. We, the people, are the only ones who can give these veterans who feel slighted the welcome home they so rightly deserve. We, the people, are the only ones who can properly recognize their courage and sacrifice during a time of war. Welcome home, Vietnam veterans. We thank you for your service. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board, which consists of the publisher, the managing editor and the appropriate staff writer or writers, and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. A~ Feat blishing wspaper. 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 Oody Debra Moore Michael Condon Maddie Musante Makenzie Davis Ann Powers Ruth Ellis M. Kate West Will Farris Aura Whittaker Susan Cort Johnson Sam Williams Greg Knight James Wilson Feather River Indian Valley Record Bulletin (530) 284-7800 (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258,3115 Westwood Lassen County Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 recycled paper Member, Calilomia Newspaper Publishers Assoc. Obsessed or prepared? I think the latter "Mom, I have never met anyone who obsesses about the weather like you do," my clearly exasperated daughter told me recently. "Really, have you not met my father?" I replied. Every conversation with Dad includes some mention of the weather -- both for his location and mine. My dad likes to watch the news -- morning, noon and evening m and weather is always a prominent part of the broadcasts. I suppose I do obsess about the weather, but in my defense, I have good reason. I tend to be a worrier (my husband has actually dubbed me the "catastrophizer") and ice, wind and snow simply up the MY TURN DEBRA MOORE Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com potential for disaster. Anyone who has lived here long enough has had at least one slip-and-slide episode that causes This week's special days NoT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. of March 25 Today is International Waffle Day, which originated in Sweden to celebrate spring. Waffles are called Vaffeldagen in the Swedish language. Waffles date back to ancient Greece when they were topped with cheese and herbs as syrup was not in existence yet. 1934 -- The first Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, is held. Horton Smith won the championship title. 1939 -- Billboard Magazine introduces a new billboard chart classification of "hillbilly" music. The classification is changed to "country" music in the 1940s. 1969 -- During their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their "Bed-in for Peace" demonstration at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. cherry trees encircling the city of Washington, D.C., are planted. 1964 -- An earthquake registering 8.4 on the Richter scale flattens the downtown business section of Anchorage, Alaska. 1975 -- Construction of the Trans-Alaska pipeline begins. March 28 1776 -- Juan Bautista de Anza finds the site of the Presidio in San Francisco. 1881 -- Barnum and Bailey Circus is founded; it later merges with Ringling Bros. (in 1907). March 29 Today is Palm Sunday. 1961 -- The 23rd amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, allowing residents of Washington, D.C., to vote in U.S. presidential elections. 1973- The last of United States combat troops leave Vietnam. March 30 1858 -- The first pencil eraser is patented. with an attached 1867 -- Alaska is purchased by the United States from Russia for $7.2 million, at about 2 cents an acre. March 26 1889-- The first use of the term "fans" is used in the Kansas City Times & Star in Kansas City, Missouri, referring to avid ::baseball game enthusiasts. 1891 -- The first U.S. national forest, the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming, is established. i964 The game s! 0W" r " ............. Jeopa dy ...... Premiers On AmeriCan television with 1982 -- Groundbreaking ceremonies are host emcee Art Fleming. Current host held for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Alex Trebek took over in 1984. in Washington, D.C. 1981 -- United States President R0nald March 27 Reagan is shot outside a Washington, 1912 -- The first of the famous flowering D.C, hotel by John Hinckley Jr. one's heart to figuratively stop. My dad doesn't want his children to drive at night or in the rain -- not just as teenagers, but even as the middle-aged adults we all are now. "That's why a car comes with lights and windshield wipers," we would and do assure him. But now I get it. I'm no longer a fan of driving after dark or in bad weather, and I don't like it when my children have to either. I think I would experience some apprehension naturally, but my job has certainly intensified my fear. I have been to the scene of too many accidents in my career, and our weekly CHP report runs much longer whenever there's a storm. A couple of years ago I put a seat-belt cutter and window breaking device in my loved ones' Christmas stockings so they could drive the Canyon and survive a dip in the Feather River. Another year I gave emergency nightlights -- the kind that turn on when the power goes out. I'm not a fan of the dark and have a flashlight in my bedside table and camping lanterns within easy reach. None of which have received much use during the past several years, but certainly came in handy during the Feb. 6 storm. When the power went out again briefly recently I started to get out my arsenal. "Relax," my daughter said. "Hello? Have you met your mother?" My daughter doesn't have the same reaction to power outages and weather as I do because she hasn't really experienced it. When she was 6, the power went out in Graeagle for five days. I kept our house warm by burning the fireplace around the clock and we used propane lanterns to banish the dark until one ignited and now I'm battery-based only. During her first winter as an adult living in her own home, it snowed and she had to shovel. She admitted that she had been insulated when she was a child and teen because the driveway was always magically cleared. But the past two years, with virtually no snow, have dulled her memory and she's back to thinking I'm crazy. I suppose there are several other people in my life who would agree with her, but that is for another column. In the meantime, I will continue to adhere :to the Boy Scout motto: Be prepared: ,.- My trunk will always have snow chains, a first-aid kit, flashlight, blanket, a water bottle and chocolate. If I'm trapped in my car during a storm, I will need the essentials. Now if I only could find a way to keep a steaming hot mug of French roast available, I'd really be prepared. REMEMBER. WHEN week for former newspaper publisher of ...................................................... the Indian Valley Record, Eric N, KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ..... 1915 The Quincy Chamber of Commerce has endorsed a petition asking that the Western Pacific Railway Company to change the name of their railroad station at Marston, where the Quincy Western Railroad connects with the Western Pacific, to that of Quincy Junction. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1965 Johnson, 65. He acquired the Indian Valley Record in 1946 and in 1948 he took over and published the Chester Progressive and continued running both newspapers until 1957. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1990 Plumas County Assistant District Attorney Michael Crane, who is a candidate for Plumas County District Attorney, will fight a termination notice handed down by the Plumas County Board of Supervisors. He requested a hearing to address the allegations of insubordination, dishonesty and misuse district attorney. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2005 The Plumas County Board of Supervisors Ewed Chief Administrative Officer Julia Coleman as some county employees rallied around her.. Former Plumas County CAO, Jim Stretch, who resigned from that position in 2001, has been re-hired as interim CAO. 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 Funeral services were held in Reno this of power while serving as assistant newspaper. From Irish sn5 kes to divine A ?m. we hav ea:l ?ake Sa tan Recently, I was discussing St. Patrick's g " , " y s ( ) Day and how the holiday got started with a friend. That got me thinking about some of the more ridiculous myths behind metaphors, when taken literally, and the need to debunk some of these age-old and damaging fabrications. A metaphor is a symbolic, conceptual image that. suggests something else. It's not really the way things went down -- if they went down at all. For example, each year scores of people load up on libations to celebrate St. Patrick's Day -- which began as a tribute to the Christian missionary who purportedly rid Ireland of snakes during the fifth century A.D. I remember learning in Sunday school about the patron saint of Ireland who chased slithering reptiles into the sea after they started attacking him during a 40-day fast he undertook on top of a hill. I can understand why that's easy to sell to a bunch of 6-year-olds, but I'm not buying it anymore. Nigel Monaghan, the National Museum of Ireland's natural history expert, backs me on this one. He says Paddy had nothing to do with Ireland's snake-free status. In his extensive research, he's found no evidence of snakes ever existing in Ireland. "At no time has there ever been any suggestion of Snakes in Ireland," Monaghan explained in an interview with National Geographic. "There was nothing for St. Patrick to banish." MY TURN ANN POWERS Staff Writer apowers@plumasnews.com Most scientists give credit to the latest Ice Age for the Emerald Isle's snake-free status. That massive freeze kept Ireland too cold for reptiles until it ended 10,000 years ago. After that, surrounding seas blocked snakes from slithering there. So, let's quash that particular myth. Clearly, pagans are the metaphorical snakes. Serpents are popular symbols of evil in the Judeo-Christian tradition. The Bible, for example, portrays a snake as the hissing agent of Adam and Eve's fall from grace. Because reptiles are linked to heathen practices, St. Patrick's snake eradication can be interpreted as a metaphor for his imposing of Christian influence. Which brings me to the whole "original sin" thing. My interpretation of that is the onset of planting longstanding sexist beliefs -- which remain dangerously prevalent today -- into the human psyche. convincing Eve that her deity has lied to her about the Tree of Knowledge of Good and.Evil. Next, that lech Lucifer tricks her into eating an apple from this really smart tree -- and Wham! Women are to blame for the fall of humanity. News flash-- there was no apple. There was no tree. There was no snake. Yes, there was, and is, evil-- but the sisterhood is not to blame. Hmmmm ... maybe that's the insane thinking behind forced female circumcision, denying American women the right to vote until 1920, or paying us 77 cents to a white man's dollar. After all, if we originated sin, we must suffer the consequences under a divinity loaded with male pronouns. Moreover, if we're not "Eves," we're supposed to be virginal mothers. Seriously? Think about it -- virginal... mothers. I'm sorry, but I simp}y cannot talk about "divine hanky-panky" with a straight face. It's just too weird. And so are a lot of metaphors, which is exactly why they can't be taken literally or seriously. Sure, allegories can be an effective learning tool in using one realm of thought to comprehend another. However, unless one knows that system exists, they're nothing more than ridiculous and damaging myths needing to be debunked.