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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9B PLAN, from page 7B and conversation have mostly been limited and guided, not conducive to open and vigorous debate. We have elected leaders and it is their job to listen and respond. The old adage about pleasing some of the people all the time, all the people some of the time ... applies here. But there are enough of us knocking on their door that it is imperative that they answer. We cannot simply throw our hands in the air, cry "The sky is falling, the sky is falling, we spent all that money and we have to hurry up, so we'll pass this right now and face the consequences later." The draft general plan is now in what is called the "CEQA process." And while proponents claim that time is of the essence, this process has been going on for weeks, So, we have time right now to be addressing this issue. Writing a new general plan presents a golden opportunity to the Board of Supervisors and the county to develop a rational and realistic vision for the future of the county, to make up for past errors/buy-ins to the extent possible, and prepare to live within our means so we reduce our dependency on outside resources. The ultimate goal of Agenda 21 is global government, achieved by assimilation or confiscation of property rights through local general plans and zoning laws. We can see, as others' eyes have been opened to its evils, that communities across the country are starting to fight back. Now that we know about Agenda 21 and sustainable development from that viewpoint, we need to be the adults in the room, remove it from our general plan, and protect the future of our county and our children. Note from Chuck: At the time I wrote the column below, news had not broken about the massive and devastating explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Of course, all of my condolences and commendations about the victims and crisis care community in Boston I extend with profound correlations to my own heartbroken neighbors in Texas. One television news report estimated that 700 first responders were deployed immediately into action there. Let no one say the selfless and sacrificial American spirit isn't alive and well! Q: Chuck, a big kudos goes out to the crisis care community and volunteers for handling the trauma and recovery of 200 people at the Boston Marathon bombings. Don't you think they deserve a shout-out in "C-Force," too? --"Grateful" Boston A: I couldn't agree more! As with others across the nation, my wife, Gena, and I are so proud of the first responders and host of rescuers, medical personnel, law enforcement personnel, firemen, military members, crisis counselors and good Samaritans who immediately were called into action and undoubtedly saved lives, limbs and souls because of their heroic efforts. Truly, America's best shine brightest during our country's most difficult and darkest moments. At the same time, Gena and I join the rest of the nation in offering our most heartfelt condolences and prayers for all the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. We weep in particular with the families of 8-year-old Martin Richard, 29-year-old restaurant manager Krystle Campbell and a Chinese graduate student at Boston University, Lu Lingzi, all of whom were killed by the blasts. We also trust God and justice C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS info@creators.com to track down whoever is responsible for such a heinous, despicable and cowardly act. In the end, such criminal thugs win only if we allow their monstrous beings to intimidate us into fearful and reclusive lifestyles, including not participating in public recreational and sports activities such as the Boston Marathon. We, too, pray for the families, relatives and friends of the victims, whom we know will, in due time, rise up, find the courage to face tomorrow and build a better day for themselves and others --just like the parents of the 8-year-old victim, one of whom serves as the director of a local community group and one of whom works at Neighborhood House Charter School, where their daughter attends classes. Speaking of wounded healers, I recently was reminded of a troubling health trend among U.S. wounded warriors. More than 600,000 troops have returned from tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, resulting in increased rates of drug abuse, alcoholism, domestic violence, chronic depression and even suicide among service members, according to Fox News. Tragically, about 22 veterans dommit suicide each day in America, according to a February report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. That is nearly one every hour! It's high time that we all fight to do better to take care of the precious souls who take care of us. We all need to feel valued, and who is more valued than those who protect us and keep us safe? That is why I often encourage people to regularly thank and shake the hands of those who have served or are presently serving-- not only those who keep us safe but also those who keep us healthy -- including military service members, your local law enforcement personnel, emergency rescue personnel, medical relief agents, health practitioners and crisis intervention counselors. Mostly, honor and befriend our military vets. And if you encounter one in trouble, stand by himor her or, at the very least, encourage him or her to reach out for help. Help can be reached 24/7 by calling the caring professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-TALK, sending a text message to 838255 or going to veteranscrisisline.net for an anonymous chat session. Since 2007, the VCL has answered more than 745,000 calls, helped more than 83,000 in chat sessions and made more than 26,000 lifesaving rescues. And please go online and learn more about the mission of the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (fallenheroesfund.org). Another superb example of valuing vets is the way they are welcomed at the annual Rancho Cucamonga High School Remembers event in California, which was started by history teacher Aaron Bishop, who calls on local vets to share their service experiences With students. Aided by fellow history teacher Robert Sanchez and others, the program started with 38 veterans and has grown to involve more than 200 veterans from all branches of the military. As an Air Force veteran myself, I salute Bishop, Sanchez and Rancho Cucamonga High School for annually and actively not forgetting about those who serve and the power of their oral history. The sixth annual Rancho Cucamonga High School Remembers will be held May 1. (And I'd bet that Bishop and Sanchez would be honored to share with other schools and communities across our country how they can host similar educational events for their students.) One last outstanding example of sO'vice and fortitude I'd like to mention happened during the Boston bombings. Carlos Arredondo was at the marathon to support a group rudning for fallen veterans, and he was handing out American flags. When the explosions hit, he was among the first to rush in and help those who had fallen. What's amazingly poignant is that Carlos' son Alexander S. Arredondo, who was a lance corporal in the Marines, died in battle in Najaf, Iraq, in 2004. And just before Christmas in 2011, Carlos' other son, Brian, 24, took his own life as U.S. troops withdrew from the battlefield on which his brother had died. One of the iconic images from Boston is of Carlos standing somber with a blood-drenched American flag, which apparently was used by him to aid a victim. Another photo is of Carlos in his cowboy hat and with blood-soaked hands running alongside one of the victims, who was obviously in shock, wounded and being wheeled to safety. As NBC reported, Carlos appeared to be "pinching closed a severed artery protruding from the victim's thigh, stanching the flow of blood from a torn and shattered leg." I take off my Texas cowboy hat to Carlos and all who stood by their fellow countrymen to help on that heartbreaking day. Write to Chuck Norris (info@creators.com) with questions about heal& and fitness. Copyright 2013 Chuck Norris Distributed by creators.corn Awards dinner to nonor women "Local Women Making a Local Difference" is the fifth annual recognition event sponsored by Quincy Soroptimist. The awards dinner will be held Thursday, May 2, at the Tulsa Scott Pavilion at the fairgrounds. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $23. The public is invited to attend. Awards will be presented in the following categories: Women in History (Linda Brennan), Woman of Distinction (Pat Evans), Women Strengthening Our Community (Angela Elliott), Women Helping Women (Katy Dyrr), Women Advancing the Arts (Roxanne Valladao), Soroptimist Sunshine Award (Mary Edwards), Women's Opportunity Award (Hannah Wratten), Violet Richardson Award (Brianna Stonebarger), S Club Student of the Year (Natalie Kepple), Penny Pines Reforestation Project (Shirley McLean, Mary Dovi and Marilynn Britton) and Soroptimist of the Year (to be announced that night). Recognition will also be given to local individuals and businesses that have supported the goals and projects of the service club. For more information or to purchase dinner tickets, contact Joyce Scroggs at 283-0795. Sudoku Puzzle #2654-D 4 8 1 3 7 9 2 5 7 3 6 2 6 Difficult 7 9 5 4 1 4 3 6 1 2 5 4 6 8 7 iii L A S! 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