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12B Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter It takes a community .. i iiiiii! i The Plumas County Animal Shelter is once again filling up with kittens. Thanks to community support and dona- tions, the little animals have a playhouse to enter- tain them while they await adoption. Photo submitted TALES FROM THE SHELTER PLUMAS COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER 283-3673 Many community mem- bers have helped our shel- ter become a better place for our homeless critters. A few months ago, we placed an advertisement for picnic tables that needed a new home. We were over- whelmed at the community response. We received calls from Clio, several from Quincy and one from an RV park that was updating tables. Rose Buzzetta and Linda McDermott picked up the tables in Rose&apos;s pickup truck, laughing most of the way as we discovered areas we didn't know existed. Miny thanks to those peo- ple who so generously do- nated their tables. Next, we wanted to work on our kitten room. We des- ignated a room at the shel- ter where a mom and her babies could play and grow, and just be kittens. A kind donation from Sierra Pacif- ic Industries gave us lum- ber to build a kitten play- house. Another wonderful donation from Marty's Floor Store in Quincy gave us several carpet sample pieces for the playhouse. A cute baby-mobile toy from Quincy Thrift completed the little house. You should see those ba- bies play in the house, jumping on each other, hid- ing from each other, and just being kittens that have no idea that they don't have a home. Come by and take a look at them. Or, you might want to see the week-old ba- bies that were turned in af- ter their mother was taken by a mountain lion. Oh, the stories that our animals could tell. Unfortunately, the shel- ter is getting full of kittens again, and we have a selec- tion of dogs needing adop- tion. If you can't adopt, you can come by and volunteer your time and affection to help these animals become better citizens. Friends of the Shelter wants to thank everyone who has helped us with our ongoing projects with mate- rials, time/labor, special skills and financial sup- port. The things we have accomplished could not have been possible without your generosity--and that's the truth. Thank you. All monies donated to Friends of the PC Animal Shelter go towards the bet- terment of the impounded dogs and cats. Tax-de- ductible donations can be sent to K-911 Rescue, P.O. Box 182, Quincy 95971. It's about being there for your family... Talk to us today about securing a quality term life insurance policy to protect your family's future. QUINCY SUSANVILLE P.O. Box 3556 608 Main Street 400 West Main Street Susanville, CA 96130 Quincy, CA 95971 530.257.7291 530.283.1112 VJ Flan!gan-keavitt00 r/<: Z : !'(.!::: ;Z',:?i!i';7, i i ..... RENO 6190 Mae Anne Ave. Suite #2 Reno, NV 89523 www.flaniganleavitt.com fax: 866. 781.31 I0 CA License 0E05639 NV License 17793 Need help REPI NG If it's ing we can''ll find someo can. I General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 Cowboy Up! Friday nights all you can eat Ribs & Chicken Bar-B-Q Starts this Friday, May 14 5:00 - 8:30pro Come early and enjoy a hike, play with our new baby horse, Bellarouge. Do some fishin', or have a refreshing dip in our swimmin' pool, Kick up your heels with some line dancing and enjoy listening to some live music 'round the bonfire. Enter our famous horse shoe tournaments and so much more! - we're just 10 miles east of Quincy! Reservations before Friday are much appreciated. 1-800.33-HOWDY or 283-0930 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road * Quincy, CA www.gre enhrnranch" cm LETTERS, from page 11B erty owners that live in the region, most notably for those of us who are disabled or elderly and living on fixed incomes. Like it or not, battle lines have been drawn. Property owners, sometimes known as patients, mistrust the very hospital they reach out to for help. And yes, that was an- other risk. Edwin Keil Quincy Hearts and home With the money crisis at its high, it is hard to find family entertainment that one could afford. Sometimes we have to make choices on what to spend the family money on and entertainment is at the bottom of the list. And every family needs something fun to do together. These are the memories that children carry with them through their lifetime. When they grow up they say, "Re- member when..." Then along comes "Commu- nity Day at the Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch." I live across from the ranch so I could see and hear a lot of the fun. You could see fa- thers and mothers playing with their kids and laughing. You could hear the laughter of the kids. The interaction with the parents and the kids was heartwarming. My granddaughter and my daughter went. She is still talking about the fun time and all the horses and jump house. These memories she will carry with her forever. I want to thank Ralph and Trish Wilburn for opening their hearts and their home to this community. They will be an important part of all the children's memories of their day at the ranch. It was a joy for me to sit on my deck and to watch the fun. Thank you and your staff for making our memories. Pattie Bonnel Quincy Real villain Joshua Sebold was correct about two things (My Turn, "Goldman Sachs"): He doesn't understand the fi- nancial services industry, and that it must be regulat- ed. Both prevention and prosecution already exist under control of Congress. Agencies, like the Securities and Exchange Commission, are watchdogs and prosecu- tors. Congress and regulators do a poor job, but it's not for lack of spending. Those at the SEC, like the CIA, can't find their own feet on a fog- gy day. Big-spending Democ- rat Bernie Madoff bilked people out of tens of billions (with a B) of dollars while the SEC was asleep at the switch, and the CIA missed almost every significant trend. Unlike private compa- nies, government doesn't shrink when it fails; it only gets bigger. Congress was the central cause of the Great Recession, not Goldman Sachs. Concerning the sub-prime mortgage collapse, Congress pressured lenders to make mortgage loans to unquali- fied borrowers, used Fannie Mac and Freddie Mac to buy those mortgages so banks would have money to make more bad loans, which FNM and FRE also bought. In order to keep the hous- ing bubble inflating, Con- gress arranged for the mort- gages to be bundled by com- panies like GS, Lehman Brothers, and Bear Stearns, and sold to investors all over the world. Rating agencies, like Standard & Poor's, eval- uated these bundled "mort- gage-backed securities" and found (incorrectly) they were safe. GS and thousands of other companies were involved in moving sub-prime mortgage loans away from the mort- gage originators and to large investors. Sebold wrote that we should despise Goldman Sachs, and suggested "web surfing." I googled "Gold- man Sachs + financial cri- sis" and the top item was from Business Week which said, "Goldman also has be- come a scapegoat for Democ- rats in the increasing debate over the financial overhaul." (businessweek.com/ap/ fi- nancialnews/D9FI05LG5,) Another top, item from the New York Times said, "Meet the Real Villain of the Finan- cial Crisis by Bethany McLean. Blame Congress for the meltdown, not Goldman Sachs. April 27, 2010" (ny- times.com/top/news/busine Wonmn Plants Spring Flowers on "I 18" Green Alter Using Thera-Gesic BEXAR COUNTY- Apparently inspired by F, arth Day, Mary W. applied I hera-Ges c o her sore lower b ck and proceeded o phmt 53 beautiftd petunias on the 18th green of the local golf course during the night. When asked why she chose a busy putting green, she painlessly replied: "None of your dang business!" Go painlessly with Thera-Gesic' sle My best friend got drunk at a party and "'l pt with someone that she wouldn't even look atll if she was sober. She says it's all her fault for drinking, but that doesn't make her feel any better, and now she's cutting classes and acting weird. Your friend needs help. Have her call the Plumas/Sierra Crisis Line at 1-877-332-2754, and if she won't do it, you call us for referrals and support. Crisis Line  Resource 283-4333 '- Center 1-877-332-2754 or 283-5515 A program of Piumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center Dr. Larry Holcomb, Ed. D. MFT Clinical Hypnosis for Stress Management Smoking -Weight Loss - Regression (530) 284-7491 By Appointment Only Member American Society of Clinical Hypnosis ss/companies/goldman_sach s_group_inc/index.html.) Gene Kailing Sierra Valley Concerned The residents of Feather River Drive and concerned citizens are looking for sug- gestions to slow traffic down to at least close to the speed limit of 25 mph. It is getting out of hand. We don't want to wait until someone's child is hit or killed. Many ride their bikes down this street to their favorite fishing hole in the summer. Some peo- ple's pets, nor wildlife, have a chance. John Cozort takes his life in his hands riding his electric cart taking Ma- goo for a walk. Speed humps come to mind but would need to be moved for the snow plows in winter. Grooves in the pave- ment are a possibility, like those on Highway 89 at High- way 36. One law enforcement per- son suggested a stop sign at the intersection of Feather River Drive and Lassen Av- enue. Another law enforce- ment person suggested a sign that said, "Don't go like hell through God's country." Sure, it is a long straight street, a residential street, but some think that gives them license to turn it into a speedway. Maybe Indy 500 yellow caution flags? Maybe pace cars? Maybe leave home 20 seconds sooner as that's what more it takes to go that half-mile at 25 mph instead of 35 mph? Unfortu- nately, it's not unusual to see speeds up to 40 - 50 mph and while some are talking on their cell phones! Maybe all the locals who know bet- ter can be pace cars for the summer people and tourists. The best idea is one of those cameras that takes your picture speeding and sends you a ticket in the mail. The equipment would pay for itself in a week and the California state budget deficit would be in the black by the end of the summer. We welcome good construc- tive ideas. CHP headquarters has been notified of our con- cerns and have agreed to look into the situation. Bob and Karyn Merriman and 21 other concerned citizens Chester Vita Breath has lead The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to purchase nor consume Vita Breath, a dietary supplement manu- factured by American Herbal Lab Inc. of Rose- mead, Calif., and marketed at health fairs and on the In- ternet, because the product may contain hazardous lev- els of lead. The New York City Depart- ment of Health and Mental Hygiene notified the FDA about a patient with lead poi- soning who reported taking Vita Breath and two other herbal products. The depart- ment analyzed a sample of Vita Breath and reported it contained 1,100 parts per mil- lion of lead. This level is more than 10,000 times high- er than FDA's maximum rec- ommended level for lead in candy. The FDA has collected and is currently analyzing its own samples of Vita Breath. People with high blood levels of lead may show no symptoms, but the condition may cause damage to the nervous system and internal organs. Acute lead poison- ing may cause a wide range of symptoms, including ab- dominal pain, muscle weak- ness, nausea, vomiting, diar- rhea, weight loss, and bloody or decreased urinary output. Children are partic- ularly vulnerable to lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can be di- agnosed through clinical testing, and individuals who have taken Vita Breath should talk to their health care providers about testing. The FDA is working with state officials in New York and California to further in- vest igate Vita Breath.