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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION ............................ D TORIAL ............................. We each create our own 'normal' 15 Minutes drive! Every year in this county about 10,000 people die in alcohol-related crashes. The number of people injured is far greater; and the number of friends and family whose lives are changed forever is immeasurable. Last week, students at Quincy High School came as close as a person can come to experiencing the traumatic impact of a drunk driver causing a fatal accident -- without having to actually lose a friend or family member. Students and parents created the heart-wrenching accident scene and participated in additional activities in the classroom. Local rescue and law enforcement personnel responded as if it were a real crash, adding a shocking level of realism. 'Our sincere thanks go out to organizers, law enforcement, emergency responders, community members and local sponsors involved with the "Every 15 Minutes" program. The impact of the simulated fatal DUI crash is profound. Just ask the students who participated in the May 22 - 23 event. It's safe to say that the lessons learned from the simulation are every bit as important as the knowledge gained in the classroom. And there is no arguing the fact that the Every 15 Minutes program has saved countless lives since its inception in 1995. When the program was launched, a person died in a DUI-related crash every 15 minutes. Today, the number of annual fatalities has been cut in haft. According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the impact of the Every 15 Minutes simulation is immediate. Students polled after taking part in the program reported they were: --More likely to decrease the number of daily and weekly drinking episodes. --Less likely to drive when drinking. --Less likely to be a passenger with a driver who had been drinking. More likely to watch and worry about how much their friends are drinking. --More likely to prevent their friends from driving when the friends are drinking. --More likely to talk with their own parents or a teacher about drinking. --More likely to designate a non-drinking driver. --More likely to buckle their seat belts. --More likely to monitor their own intake of alcohol. ...... ..... ' ~--More likely,to: call for,aTide home rather than drink and drive. --More likely to choose not to drink. ---More likely to take someone's keys or hand over their keys if drinking. --Less likely to engage in drinking games. --Less likely to binge drink. --More likely to walk home rather than drive. --More likely to get a ride home rather than drink and drive. --More likely to write a contract with parents regarding circumstances of drinking and driving behavior. Sometimes we need the chance to experience something to let its impact sink in. There's just no way words, lectures or statistics can compare with the sight of a bloody classmate being zipped into a body bag.., even if she's just acting. We hope to see the incidence of alcohol-related crashes continue to plummet. If enough young men and women are reached by programs like Every 15 Minutes, we will. Feting z) ewspaper For breaking news, 1 go to plumasnews.com J Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald . ........Managing Editor Jenny Lee ................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: Laura Beaton Alicia Knadler Carolyn Carter Debra Moore Jordan Clary Maddie Musante Michael Condon M. Kate West > Ruth Ellis Aura Whittaker Will Farris Sam Williams Susan Cort Johnson James Wilson Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Indian Valley Bulletin Record (530) 283-0800 (530) 284-7800 Portola Reporter Chester Progressive (530) 832-4646 (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Westwood Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 Memb~, Pdntod or1 California Newspaper recycled paper Publisllers Assoc. .... |ill i i i ill i ii i .ira i i What is normal? Unfortunately for those of us trying to win arguments by referring to some kind of objective standard Of normal, such an authority doesn't exist. "Normal people do laundry at least every other day." Says who? Each of us has our own perceptions of normalcy based on our individual experiences and preferences. There might be certain very basic societal rules regarding hygiene, public behavior and humane treatment of each other and animals, but our lives follow individual patterns. The challenge is to accept that those personal patterns are all valid: there is no right or wrong, only difference. My morn still does laundry every day, even though her four kids are all grown up and out of the house. My husband, on the other hand, waits until supplies in his huge sock drawer are dangerously low before contemplating the Mount Everest of dirty laundry in the closet. Of course, I would prefer that he tackle this chore much more frequently, but it MY TURN INGRID BURKE Copy Editor iburke@plumasnews.com isn't fair for me to claim that his behavior isn't "normal." I may personally no.t prefer to follow that pattern, but from his perspective it's perfectly normal. In relationships, we need to learn to accept and adjust to each other's patterns -- to whatever degree is acceptable to each of us without compromising our own values. It's not about deciding which person is normal, but about deciding how to work together. 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 June 1 Kentucky (The Bluegrass State) becomes the 15th state to be admitted to the United States in 1792. Tennessee (The Volunteer State) becomes the 16th state to be admitted to the United States in 1796. In 1980 Cable News Network (CNN) begins broadcasting. May 29 In 1790 Rhode Island (The Ocean State) becomes the 13th state to be admitted to the United States. In 1848 Wisconsin (The Badger State) becomes the 30th state to be admitted to the United States. In 2009 General Motors files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. June 2 P.T. Barnum and his traveling circus begins the first tour of the United States in 1835. In 1942 Bing Crosby records Irving Berlin's "White Christmas", the best selling Christmas single record in history. U.S. President Grocer Cleveland marries Frances Folsom in 1886 in the White House, becoming the only president to wed in the executive mansion. May 30 The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. in 1922. May 31 The last Model T Ford is manufactured after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles in 1927. The first talking cartoon of Mickey Mouse: "The Karnival Kid" was released in 1929. The Trans-Alaskan pipeline project is completed in 1977. Ken Jennings begins his 74th and final ..... winning streak Oil the'televlsibn' grime show Jeopardy! in 2004. June 3 The poem "Casey At The Bat" is published in the San Francisco Examiner in 1888. June 4 In 1912 Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to set a worker's minimum wage, but only covered women and children. This complicated and challenging give-and-take requires constant effort. But the potential payout of a meaningful long-term connection is worth every minute. With children, what is normal takes on a whole new worrisome meaning. All parents want their children to excel -- not just meet the standards, but exceed them. I like to think of myself as very grounded and realistic, but I still can't help comparing my son's achievements with the information in the parenting books, and reports on friends' infants. So-and-so's son, younger than mine, is already talking. So-and-so's daughter stood on her own at 8 months. The books say babies will start with a half-teaspoon of solid food, while my son was eating it by the cupful from the beginning. Why is he different? Does it matter? He is happy and healthy. It's more important to learn about what's normal for him as an individual, and pay attention to deviations from that. And upon closer inspection, kids almost always seem to balance themselves out. The girl who spoke late crawled early; the baby boy who took so long to walk ended up with extra emotional intelligence as a man. Who knows what gifts a person will develop? We give so much thought to kids' numbers: age, height, weight. But milestones are based on averages. Why does my child need to be at or above average? Lots of individual numbers go into creating the one magical average: some are above and some are below --: some drastically so. Who's to say the modern U.S. average is right for my son? A friend pointed out that my family isn't living the average modern life. Our home is rustic, we keep animals, we eat little' processed food and we spend lots of time outdoors. That's probably not normal for the majority of U.S. families. So why are we comparing ourselves to "their" average? Though checkups are important -- and could be lifesaving if the doctor catches a dangerous condition early -- sometimes I dream about days with my baby free of scales, rulers and calendars, Every time he learns something new, every exciting discovery, every enthusiastic meal is a reason to celebrate. Here in Plumas County, I feel mostly free from outside influences telling me to conformto the norm.-When I lived in the" city, advertising was everywhere, and I felt surrounded on the sidewalks by people expecting me to look, act and be a certain way. Here I feel like people see me for who I am, not for my conformity with a certain group. It's my own inner anxiety about normalcy that nags at me now, and that's much easier to combat. I pledge to look forward each morning to creating a day full of the things my family values. The average of all those days will become "our" normal. later that year. Its successor, the Hotel T~ 1-,.. T.., ~ m 1-Yr, l-~. "~'V'Tlr "lr r,, ~ T ............ ...................... Quincy, was re-built in 1925. KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO. ......... 1938 Charles E. Blackman of Almanor was appointed Plumas County Supervisor this week to succeed the late Sam B. Lear by California State Governor Merriam. Phil Blume, 69, local hotelman, died in Reno earlier this month. He owned and operated the Plumas House at Quincy from 1917 to 1923 when it burned down 50 YEARS AGO .......... 1963 The Superior Court legal barrier which impeded progress of the new Antelope Dam project in Plumas County was removed on Monday with the order dissolving the temporary injunction. 25 YEARS AGO .......... 1988 Hal Beatty, owner of Mountain Building Supply in Quincy, was named Plumas County Chamber of Commerce Merchant of the Year at the chamber's annual award banquet last Saturday night. 10 YEARS AGO ...... ....2003 Holiday Quality Foods is still planning to open a grocery store in Delleker but plans have been delayed because of the lack of a water line in the area to accommodate fire protection. The Grizzly Lake Resort Improvement District has a $300,000 grant to build the water line. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspaper archives and represent writing styles of that particular periocl. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper. Moore: Ok(a., will rise above the rubble In light of the m st ece t t agedy "n them speak about their experiences, their Moore, Okla., it is incredibly hard to place one's focus for an opinion on anything but what this community is living through at this time. The May 20 tornado hit wind speeds as high as 210 mph as it twisted its way through the Oklahoma City suburbs in a 1.3-mile-wide, 17-mile-long path of destruction that left 24 dead and more than 100 individuals, 70 of whom are children, severely injured. Just as it is incredibly hard to watch the community and government entities search through the rubble, it is equally hard to comprehend the force expended by nature to create such a disaster. While only 59 storms of this magnitude have been recorded in history, this is the second time this community has experienced a storm of this magnitude, all in the span of only 14 years. While both storms were classified as EF5, the strongest storms on earth according to the Fujita Scale based of winds of 200 mph or greater, the May 3, 1999, tornado that hit the.community of Moore, as part of what is classified as the Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak, did so at the unbelievable estimated speed of 318 mph. According to accounts published about the 1999 storm, its wind speed, which was MY TURN M. KATE WEST Staff Writer chestemews@plumasnews.com sampled by Doppler radar, is believed to be the highest wind speed ever recorded on earth. Most likely, the only thing that" surpasses such a force of nature is the determination and faith of mankind, something that we each have the opportunity to witness as each day has passed in Moore. There are many stories and acts of heroism but most important is the will and strength of purpose this community seems to possess. Many of those impacted by last Monday's tragedy are also survivors of the 1999 tornado, or have family members who are. Like those from Katrina who rose as the water lowered, those in Moore will also rise above the rubble. When you listen to families and their determination to remain in their home community, you can only believe that they will succeed again. I cannot imagine the bravery that goes hand-in-hand with such terror. As neither I, nor anyone I know has had to live through such an experience, or that of an earthquake, tsunami or hurricane, comprehension of where such strength comes from among the victims of Moore is beyond me. I feel for them and hope their time of recovery and grief is as brief as possible under the circumstances. This year we have already learned of too many tragedies, some natural and some caused by unnatural or hostile behaviors. It seems like we just get over the shock of one event only to learn that something has befallen yet another community. It has been a grievous year for America's children and families and I wish it were within our power to ensure that no one should have to suffer. I wish the community strength and speedy assistance from the administrations within the federal government that have the purpose of assisting in such times. In the meantime, I would like to share with the community of Moore, Okla.: you are in my thoughts and prayers.