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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, April 9, 2014 9B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Everyone can participate in child abuse program April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. I recently went around the county, distributing blue pinwheels for shop windows and other community spaces to bring awareness to this issue. I am the clinical manager and lead therapist for Plumas Rural Services' Child Abuse Treatment (CHAT) program. We have teamed up with the Plumas Children's Council to distribute Pinwheels for Prevention, in coordination with Prevent Child Abuse America, a national organization bringing awareness to child abuse prevention efforts. When you see these pinwheels, my hope is that you'll remember we all can HEATHER CAIAZZO MFT CLINICAL MANAGER & C HAT THERAPIST PLUMAS RURAL SERVICES make a difference in the life of a child, and that it takes a whole community to tackle an issue like child abuse. Sometimes it takes a friend or neighbor to intervene and make a difference for a child, as well as for parents -- I believe that most parents don't intend to abuse their child, but they don't necessarily have the skills to cope with daily stresses of life and child rearing. A little support from a friend or neighbor can provide an avenue for the parent to regroup and decrease stress before returning to the task. of parenting. At the CHAT program, we seek to help children heal from the effects of abuse and bullying and provide them with lifelong coping skills " that will help to end the cycle of abuse in future generations. It's easy to just say "no" to child abuse, but far more crucial to preventing it is the "know-how": know who to call for support, know your triggers, know how to reach out. These skills are every bit as important for the children we work with as it is their parents. As a parent myself of two boys, I know In'st-hand how challenging parenting can be at times. One of my favorite quotes about parenting is from Diane Loomans: "If I had my child to raise all over again, I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later. I'd finger-paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting and more connecting. I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. I'd take more hikes and fly more kites. I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play. I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars. I'd do more hugging and less tugging." All I ever wanted to be was a mother... I dreamed of it, and my dreams looked an awful lot like the quote above. The reality of parenting, however, usually doesn't match up to our fantasies of how it will be, how it should be. We have to work -- or sometimes struggle to fired enough work. We have to manage bills, housing needs (cleaning, repairs), grocery demands, meal preparation, transportation issues, medical issues and keeping stocked in clothes. We may be working out child care, sibling rivalry, school issues, homework and after-school activities. And all this doesn't take into account the additional stresses put on parents by issues such as disability (their own, their child's, or another relative's), mental health issues, behavioral issues or bullying at school ... things far from the ideal image of what we believe parenting will look like before we're in the trenches. These issues sometimes lead to and/or may be caused by additional factors such as parental history of abuse, domestic violence and/or substance abuse. Child abuse often occurs when parental stress is high, coping skills are insufficient, expectations for child behavior do not line up with what is appropriate/possible at each developmental stage, or existing parenting skills are not achieving outcomes that work for the family. We know from research in the field that there are five See Caiazzo, page 13B Join National Healthcare Decisions Day -your decisions matter While making health care decisions is often difficult in the best of circumstances, making decisions for others is even more complicated. Each of us has the ability to guide our health care providers and our loved ones about what we want. Advance directives give you the ability to document the types of health care you do and do not want, and to name an "agent" to speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself. As Terri Schiavo's situation vividly revealed, having an advance directive 'can be valuable for all adults, regardless of current age or health status. (Schiavo was on advanced life support for WHERE I STAND JOANNE M. DANIELSON CPC, ELIMP GRACEFUL TRANSITIONS COACH 15 years during court battles over whether to remove her feeding tube.) Please help us make history, again. April 16, 2014, will be the seventh annual National Healthcare Decisions Day. The inaugural event, which was formally recognized by Congress and numerous state and local governments, included participation by 76 of the most prominent national health care, religious and legal associations and organizations. By the second year, over 700 local and state organizations throughout the country also participated. At every level, the goal of this nationwide initiative is to ensure that all adults with decision-making capacity in America have both the information and the opportunity to communicate and document their future health care decisions. The first years' results were impressive -- over 750,000 people obtained resources to make their health care decisions known -- but there remain millions of Americans to go. With the Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990, Congress affn'med the right of every citizen to set forth his or her future health care wishes in writing with an "advance directive." Yet, various estimates suggest that only about 25 percent of all Americans have done so. Because advance directives can be created without a lawyer, for free, and relatively easily, this figure is astonishingly low. In recognition of this, National Healthcare Decisions Day strives to provide much-needed information to the publi c , reduce the number of tragedies that occur when a person's wishes are unknown, and improve the ability of health care facilities and providers to offer informed and thoughtful guidance about advanc e health care planning to their patients. Please visit nationalhealthcaredecisionsd ay.org for a variety of free information (including free advance directives forms for every state) and tools to assist with thoughtful reflection on health care choices and ideas on how to get involved. Watch for events in your community honoring National Healthcare Decisions Day and advanced care planning. Finally, please share this information with your loved ones and colleagues. With health care, "your decisions matter"; however, others need to know your wishes to honor them. There are no wrong answers when thinking about health care choices and completing an advance directive. Please use April 16 to decide, discuss and document your wishes, whatever they may be. Joanne M. Danieison is the owner of Graceful Transitions Coaching, based in Clio. She is a certified professional coach with energy Imderip index master practitioner qualifications. Learn more a t gra egultransitionsc oach/ng.mm. 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 dmatonald@plumasn s.mm, Great letter about deputy I want to thank Feather Publishing and a letter writer from Greenville for an outstanding Letter to the Editor on April 2, "Deputy did outstanding job." The letter is very well written and describes a law enforcement situation that could easily have turned ugly. It gives credit to the officer, his training and to the sheriff for his leadership. It is refreshing to read such a positive letter and to know that we have well trained, professional officers as well as a citizen that takes the time to give credit where it is due. Dave Bauer Blairsden Not team players It's great that the CHP Commissioner's office shows its arrogance. They are too much of big shots to be in the same building as the sheriff and jail. They want to stand all by themselves. How nice would it be to have CHP on one side of the building, the jail in the middle, and the sheriff on the other side? After all, they put a lot of people in jail. They should help pay for it and not use ours. Thank you, CHP, for working with our little county with many officers. All Plumas County talks about is a new jail and sheriff office, so let's pay twice as much in taxes and tickets to pay for separate offices. Too bad the CHP thinks they are way too important in this small county. Maybe Plumas County won't approve their new site (not bought yet). They probably won't even use local .... contractors. Way to be team players, CHP. Art Vieira Quincy Editor's note" The local CHP was in favor of building a joint facility, Quincy Area CHP Commander Lt. Joe Edwards actually proposed the idea along with Sheriff Greg Hagwood. Credit where it's due A recent letter concerning the statistics of attendance, county-wide, on the part of those who drafted, and eventually implemented, the new Plumas County General Plan was statistically interesting. Now, if the writer would recount for us how much money was spent, in total, and how many Plumas County citizens protested the f'mal draft, we might have a clearer picture of the whole issue. The Plumas Concerned Citizens challenged the final draft and made some very good arguments before the Board of Supervisors, few of which were responded to. I'm certainly going to mention one in particular, on the part of Carol Van Fleet, of Indian Valley, who stood alone before the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, for over an hour, using only an overhead projector. The number of meetings on her part before the board of supervisors, might not have been statistically high in numbers, but this one was sure impressive in terms of preparation, and delivery of content, however disruptive it might have seemed to the smooth flow of the status quo. I'd say that the letter writer could add about 20 more meetings to the development of the overall Plumas General Plan Committee meeting statistics. The Plumas Concerned Citizens Committee members number about 50, also county-wide, and as a committee, it's still growing. These citizens may have arrived late, but no one can say they weren't concerned, and "Better late than never," we all know that one. I respect that the general plan has been duly adopted, so it's time to move on, but not without additional credit where credit is due. Nansi Bohne Quincy Cal Fire scare As if life in rural California is not hard enough, a small state agency called Cal Fire is now going to inspect (aka search) properties and make life harder. First Gov. Moonbeam gutted Cal Fire's budget, then the legislature passed a fee (aka fire tax) and now Cal Fire will search our properties. In the past, tax dollars would fund Cal Fire, now we pay another tax to fund Cal Fire. Three years ago we did not fund Cal Fire this way. I would like to know where Cal Fire gets the right to come on private property any time, whether I am home or not, unannounced and uninvited. Back in 1776, we had a war because of such things. It brought about the Constitution of the United States. I feel Cal Fire's search violates my right and protection under the 4th Amendment. In Plumas County, Cal Fire will hire four new people to do these searches. They will have one week of training, so these rookies will be doing it by the book. If you let Cal Fire search your property and you are written up, you will have to take care of it at your expense without regard to any financial hardship or personal use intent. You might get help from the Fire Safe Council. My neighbor called the council over two weeks ago and left a message asking for a call back. He has not heard from the council yet. If you cannot get help from the Fire Safe Council, what you need to do might be costly and you get to pay again. All of this is being done while the State of California sits on a reported $4 billion surplus. If this Cal Fire scam rubs you the wrong way as it did me, do what I did, write a letter to the editor of your newspaper. Call, email or write Assemblyman Dahle homeowners to make radical There are also those who and state Senator Gaines to alterations to their property have become lazy and, no let them know how you feel to be "Firesafe," anticipate a matter how much you pay about this Cal Fire s c. . class action lawsuit, them, would stay lazy and ' " ....... Oy Rttgers ..... ' Robert Milne complacent. The last Twain ' Clio statement made in the editorial that we need to give What Next? Pay raise isn't a tool teachers better tools is Regarding the March 26 suggesting that the tool is the In review of last week's editorial regarding teachers, money. I just don't see it that Board Of Supervisors I agree with the overall way. Give teachers more meeting, I would like to argument that teachers work money because the commend Supervisor hard and need to be profession earns and Simpson for mentioning that compensated fairly for their deserves it not because you Cal Fire's fee of up to $150 on efforts. It's a noble, think they will do a better SRA homeowners is an rewarding but sometimes job. illegal tax. Well if so, why are thankless profession. Mike Beatty the BOS being so passive I think fair compensation Quincy regarding the unannounced is a good carrot to attract invasion of homeowners' new, good people but to say Kennedy faces worthy property? that giving existing teachers challengers Nobody I've asked was more money equals better Judgment day is coming aware that Cal Fire is coming teaching misses the mark. for incumbent supervisor up to "educate" them with a I would say that teachers, Jon Kennedy. His ticket book. currently employed, wouldn't performance and integrity Even after asked by or shouldn't become better will be scrutinized in the Feather Publishing to at least just because they are making coming months. Two give people some general more money. In my opinion, successful businessmen of inspection dates by region, good teachers -- and I stress, integrity and wisdom are Cal Fire's Shane Vargas good teachers -- will do their vying for his job. Kennedy declined. very best to educate our may have chosen the worst Are the kids all now on children because they have it times to run for office. He "Double Secret Probation"? in their heart to do so. see Letters, page lOB What next year? Will we come home one day and see a ticket on our door advising Contact your elected officials... us that we must meet "Firesafe" standards? What's PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS -"520 Main Street, Room 309, the next hoop, hurdle or high Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 2836170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors can also be bar? e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com Will we, one day, suddenly be faced with paying to cut PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., 30-70 percent of our trees NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. against our will, ruining the E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contact/ nature of our property and u.s. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., breaking many fmancially? Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TrY/TDD: Or are we forced to get a (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San strings-attached grant from Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 the Firesafe Council, where Website: feinstein.senate.gov. Cal Fire's local representative is a board u.s. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600 member (COl?)? Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart Plumas County, California Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. and Cal Fire property owners U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB want to know, what next? Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. lamalfa.house.gov. California property owners DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 2885 purchased with the approval Chum Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. of the county, state and fed., with no contractual STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, contingencies to remediate Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado tree cover to "Firesafe" Hills Constituent Service Center. 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, standards. Since 2o04, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding homeowners have been Constituent Service Center. 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA encouraged to take grant 96001, (530) 225-3142, FAX (530) 2253143. money acquired via Secure Rural School Funds and the STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Firesafe Council Inc. to make Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; their property "Firesafe." (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. Yet, our schools are not i "secure" fmancially. And ! GOVERNOR - Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State neither is the government. [ Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/ If you eventually intend to [(916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. force 850,000 California L__