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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 29, 2013 9B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE A day in the life She Knows she needs to be WHERE I STAND home by 6 tonight because it's been three nights in a KIMBALL C. PIER DIRECTOR, PLUMAS COUNTY row of being late. It was that MENTAL HEALTH one last note she had to enter into the computer, the one sometimes therapy isn't last phone call to return from about "getting better," it's a client or maybe it was the about holding the space for client who needed help someone to feel welcome, or through a crisis. In the meeting people exactly morning, she'll try to go in where they are and not earlier to get it all done, but expecting them to change or really, it won't ever be all get better according to how done. our profession might define "These days, there just mental illness and mental aren't enough of us to meet wellness. He sighs. It's 3 a.m. the need," she thinks as she and she's calling him again. shoulders her bag and walks It's just one of those weeks toward the door. Last one out where she can't go to sleep again tonight. When she is on and he's the one she calls. He call 24 hours a day, she Knows what to say to calm worries about the distance the fear or make the between her and someone darkness less terrifying. So who needs immediate he says it again and again. assistance, which is It's just their thing and it sometimes many miles on a works. dark and twisty road. It In Plumas County, as in makes her heart beat faster, other rural counties, the fact "I hope it doesn't snow that therapists are obliged to tonight," she says, Knowing maintain what our that she has a full week profession calls ahead of being on call. "boundaries" does not quite Anything can happen. She work as easily as it does in a' sleeps with her phone next to large urban setting. Being her head. fully present and attending to He Knows her so well. He's people in a session and then been here many years and pretending not to know them she's almost like part of his at Safeway is not especially family. She has been coming practical or friendly. We to see him for almost as long must respect clients' privacy as he's been here. It's not without seeming cold out in that he isn't helping her but public; we must be aware f a rural c mmunity therapi t that everyone knows witness or companion, around and the truth always many years, Sending everyone else and that - Sometimes, when one is changes. As therapists, we someone to a psychiatric everyone has a right to struggling, shouting must be ever-mindful of our hospital far away from home confidentiality, encouragement and own truths and biases andwhen they would prefer not I often question whether cheerleading only makes how they can sneak in andto go can be a we are respecting rights to matters worse. Sometimes,interfere with the purity of a heart-wrenching experience privacy and confidentiality just being quiet and walking relationship with a client, for both client and therapist. to such a degree that it only alongside is the best We have to empty our Sometimes, clients feel adds to the stigma around medicine, internal teacups before we betrayed by us and the participating in the care of I believe that we are notcan honestly be open to relationship is irreparably your mind and heart, which separated by our experience holding the ideas, realities damaged, yet w.e are bound is really what therapy is. of fear, despair or. and truths of others, by the law to do every, hing Therapy is like going to "The disappearance into the A therapist in possible to keep people safe. University of You," a place to fragmented world of community-based or publicSome clients attempt suicide' learn about you -- to uncover psychosis any more than we mental health must balance multiple times and we know parts of your heart and soul are exempt from death. In a work of the heart with on a deep level that we really that have never enjoyed the day, we all experience many compliance to the laws, a mix have no power to stop them light of encouragement, or to deaths: death of wishes, that is frequently even if we do hospitalize find a new way to skillfully dreams;the death of the ego's incongruent. The only way I them. We try. I have often manage an old problem, need to be right and the can navigate this divergence held my breath through the 'Where is the shame in that? inevitable lesson from the is to be transparent about night hoping that a fragile At this time in our culture, crash when we must face the that incongruence with client will just hold on until many of us are at sea in fear of being real. We connect clients, to replace the word we can meet again to f'md one tumbling, turbulent water, in that place of daring to be "but" with "and" as often as tiny ray of light; that I might Just when we think our boats truthful and real with one possible when I explain this. find some way to reify a have steadied, another wave another, the preciousness of mad mix.. heart so beaten and battered comes and we have no choice finding our hearts beneath Treading the tenuous linethat it seems unresponsive to but to navigate or allow the layers of carpeting we've between betrayal of trust and, everything we try in the brief ourselves to sink into the so carefully laid down over obedience to the law is time we have together. silent depths. Some of us get the years, especially difficult whenIn the end, we as therapists so tired, we cannot keep up. As therapists, we are clients are suicidal and we must remind ourselves that Some of us just have to sit charged primarily with face the dilemma of we have only the moment we down by the side of the road creating a place where it's involuntary hospitalization are in with clients. An hour and take a nap, a respite perfectly fine and acceptable according to California law. of offering a loving, from the daily struggle. As a to be real, fall flat on your In Plumas County, there compassionate place; a few therapist, my calling is to face and learn to recover; a have been weeks when two moments where clients can wait for the ones who need to place where there is rarely a or three clients reach this be heard without worry of rest, to encourage the ones definitive line between point of crisis, which is a lot being judged, a time where who are struggling to normal and abnormal, for a small rural county. And the focus can be on strengths, manage the load when I am "Normal" and "abnormal" these are typically people the power of imagination and invited to do so -- or simply are not stationary in ourwith whom therapists havecreativity and the beauty of to walk alongside as a field. Reality likes to move built a relationship overdiversity. And that matters. LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain 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 Late fees We pay registration on our vehicles, so we can drive them on public roads. If we do not pay the fees, we don't get to use the vehicle. "Fair enough." But there is no reason they should be able to charge you any type of late fees. intent on their part in that article. Instead it sounded nit-picky and vindictive. Does thereporter have some hidden agenda? And why at every meeting does the reporter interrupt to lecture, advise and instruct the board on procedure and/or Brown Act policy? This has been maximum of 300 words, The .... I purchased a motorcycle going on since I started editt ilI regist(ati n!cost :, attending {he meeti gs!ast exces's of 300 words. The $67. In 2010, I was ~ableto fail, I fhosght repsr~ers are deadline is Friday at 3p.m. pay the registration on time. (Deadlines may change due to (Yes, I realized that there holidays.) Letters may be would be fees) $130 total if taken to any of Feather paid after 90 days late. "Fine, Publishing's offices, sent via whatever," fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed to So I stopped riding the bike dmcdonald@plumasnews.com and figured when I want to ride it again, I'll go pay DMV their $130 and life will go on.. Wonderful concert right? Wrong. March 29, 2013, We are so lucky to live in I received a letter from my an area surrounded by bank stating that the CA beauty. This past weekend, franchise tax thieves levied May 16 through May 19, the my account for $470 unless Chester Community Chorus paid to DMV by April 20, presented the residents of 2013. Even though this our area with additional absurd amount is robbery; I bounty to be thankful for by went to DMV in person to bringing us their Spring make sure that this would all Concert, titled "A Lot More... be cleared up. I paid them in Classic Broadway and person in cash. Yep, bent Beyond." The music was right over and they got what wonderful! It included a they wanted. variety of familiar catchy So, I left the DMV and went songs we have all enjoyed to the bank to withdraw my over the years from many of $470; and you Know what? our favorite composers. We They said no, "not until the heard works that evoked tax board releases the hold, great emotion, nostalgic shouldn't take more than a memories, and provided couple of days." Two weeks goose bumps galore. A vast later, they took the money array of popular "sing-along" even though I paid DMV in show tunes and movie person. Now I'm out $940 but themes as well. they "will have my refund to Each piece was performed me in about seven or eight with blended harmony and weeks." arrangement. The Well, I wonder if they think atmosphere was a I'm going to pay any "late combination of "up-beat" fees" on my registration tempo, all toes tapping, renewal for my Toyota, coupled with words and which is due on April 25. melodies that held extra After all, they owe me $470. meaning and spoke to our I'm sure you can guess what hearts. The audience was my one-fingered salute to the touched in a'special way. state looks like. Each listener agreed with his Evan Foss or her fellow audience Chester members, after the concert, that we are each and all WrOng headline extremely appreciative of the The May 22 Chester hard work and dedication Progressive headline should (and boundless energy) have read "Finally the shown by the choral CPUD/FD has a board that is members and their director honest, trustworthy, open Elsie Wesley in having and competent." After 30 entertained us so thoroughly, years of the public and staff We're grateful to everyone struggling with dictatorial, who had a part in putting on tyrannical, obnoxious board the concert. What a lovely members and managers, the way to greet our spring and new board represents a new summer season in the Lake start with trust and Almanor region, with transparency. We are very admiration for our local fortunate to at long last have Chester Community Chorus, such intelligent, experienced, and with their joyful music polite members, who are playing happily in our souls, dedicated to the district and Georgia (Bunny) Pringle welcome the public's input. Chester I saw no wrong-doing or supposed to be quiet, except for pertinent questions. If this reporter wanted sensational headlines, why didn't she investigate and report the past abuses, problems, theft, incompetence, hostile work environment, and countless other violations of conduct during the past years -- especially while she herself served on the Board? Can we please have a different reporter at these meetings who will be unbiased and fair to the new board as they work io clean up a huge mess? Carol Morgenroth Chester Voters have spoken In last year's election, Proposition 30 increased the sales tax and taxes on the rich to fund education. Plumas County voted NO. Measure C was to raise the transient occupancy tax and Measure D was an increase to our local sales tax. These measures were to increase revenue for Plumas County. Plumas voters defeated both measures. Plumas voters also elected only Republicans into state and federal offices. This makes sense, as the majority of voters here are Tea Party/Republicans. Their voting preferences adhere their ideology of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. Their desires are smaller government, less regulation, and never raise taxes. Their ideology appears to be working quite Well. Plumas County has become more fiscally responsible by firing employees and cutting employee'hours. With less regulation and oversight, the 2007-2008 bank/housing meltdown occurred, property values plummeted and, luckily, we ,now pay less property tax. And with less regulation and free markets, American corporations, justifiably, fire Americans and move jobs overseas. Plumas County. government is definitely smaller. Some departments are closed on Fridays. We don't even have a Chief Administration Officer to oversee county operations, the departments and the implementation of supervisors' directives. This brings us to the Sheriff Department issue of retirement benefits. It was : stated that other employees .... now pay their retirement, Every county worker must be treated the same -- right? They have families and budgets to worry about, too. And, Plumas voters have spoken -- no additional funds for the county and schools. Obviously, this is not my philosophy. I think everyone should have a job, receive fair pay, and benefits. We need effective government and revenues to run it. We need effective regulations to protect people, property and the environment. Fundamentally, a 'we' society is more successful than a 'me' society. Mark Mihevc Graeagle Smart dogs My dogs are happy with about everything. They are happy that the national debt is $16-plus trillion, and they'are happy that Obamacare finally is becoming an active law, and they are happy that medical insurances costs are sky rocketing, and they are happy that the middle class has to pay more taxes, and they are happy that the gas is four bucks per gallon, and they are happy that groceries are now gold-plated, and that medicines have doubled in price or more. I told them that dog food is also substantially more costly. That got their attention. They quit wagging their tails and made it clear that they didn't vote for the fundamental change of ,America. They indicated that they were dogs, but not stupid! Jan Klement Quincy Protect property owners Is the yellow:legged frog our next spotted owl? The Van Fleet's From Where I Stand article on May 22 warned about the methodologies used to implement Agenda 21. We've seen it with the spotted owl and now it's the yellow-legged frog. Plumas News on May 1: "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the egregious assault on our northern distinct population Constitutional rights. On segment of the mountain June 1, in Auburn, a yellow-legged frog as coalition will meet to discuss endangered and the Yosemite "preserving our rights, jobs, toad as threatened under the and communities." It is Endangered Species Act." sponsored by Jefferson They propose designating Mining District, Public 1,831,820 acres as critical Lands for the People, habitat for the frogs (see also Western Mining Alliance, fsw.gov/sacramento). TheyCABPRO, and Defend Rural: say "most af he proposed, , ,, ,,,,Amer .ioa-:. The,moetir g, is free. critical habitat is on federal Contact :, lands," but an estimated 6,000 kirk@defendruralamerica.co acres of private property will m or call 650-967-5679. be affected in Plumas County Property owners are alone, becoming an endangered There is more on the way species. Who's protecting" -- 479 more species are being them? considered for similar Lynn De jardin "protection." Portola Where does it stop? No one wants to see a species disappear. But how long has Too aggressive Mother Nature been in What PSREC is doing is charge of who stays and who unnecessary to satisfy Public goes and when did our Resource Codes. PG&E government become smarterinspects their lines annually that she is? and identifies only dead, Should we be concerned dying or diseased trees that about an endangered species? are a clear and present Yes. Should we do what wedanger and imminent threat can to "help" it survive?to their lines. They do not cut Reasonably, yes. Should we green, healthy trees that second-guess God's plan display a perceived defect because we have that may affect.the lines 15 - power-hungry, manipulating, 20 years down the line. They global-government-seekingrarely hire cranes to remove elitists deciding what is best trees. They do things as for us and taking our cheaply as possible by property rights away? Not in inspecting their line often my book. and removing the few trees Fourteen counties are that really are "hazard banding together to fight this See Letters, page lOB contact yOur elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quinc~ CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contact / o U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TFY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 3934)710 Website: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 I St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart i Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. lamalfa.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICES.~ 1453 Downer St., Suite#A, Orovflle, CA 95965; 2885 Chum Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 305~ Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. RoseviUe office: 1700 Eureka Rd., Suite #120, Roseville, CA, 95661. (916) 783-8232, FAX (916) 783-5487; Jackson office: 33 C Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642, (209) 223-9140. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2003; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223- 6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/ (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. State i 4 t