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6B Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Whistle Stop tour ends Dems' primary season How much "meet' and greet" can two candidates for government office do in one day? In high campaign mode during Memorial Day weekend, Jim Reed and Robert Meacher put that question to the test. Plumas County has 15,817 eligible voters, 12,844 of whom are registered. That's 81.2 percent of eligible voters, a good score compared to statewide percentages. These figures come from the Cali- fornia Secretary of State's Report of Registration by County, as of April 6, 2012. Reed and Meacher, both Democrats, weren't looking to meet all 12,844 voters. Friendly, like-minded citi- zens inclined to mark their ballots for Democrats were the focus of their county- wide tour Sunday, May 27. Primary elections, like the one held June 5, typically have low voter turnout, so it's vital for all primary campaigners to educate vot- ers about the importance of turning out for the prima- ry. That means candidates have to contact their sup- porters, which Reed and Meacher did with gusto. Plumas County has 4,074 registered Democrats. With such a spread-out popula- tion, it can be difficult to gather even 100 people for an event. Reed and Meacher's decision to hit the holi- day craft fairs at both ends of the county made good numbers sense. They found crowds, and they definitely found like-minded voters. The candidates stopped in five towns, beginning in Chester, where they spent a couple of hours at the Lake Almanor Memorial Weekend Craft Fair. They next dropped into Lupines Natural Foods in Greenville, followed by a stop at the Plumas Democrats headquarters on Lawrence Street in Quincy, where they talked with a crow of supporters about educa- tion and healthcare. Back on the road, they headed for Graeagle and the Bursting into Spring Craft Fair, just in time to talk to holiday shoppers. The finale of the Whistle Stop Campaign's tour was a successful evening fundrais- ing party at the Taylorsville Grange. Reed gave support- ers concrete ideas for saving Social Security and Medicare. He also explained how threatened these pro- grams are by misguided no- tions of privatization. Hundreds of voters had the opportunity to meet Reed and Meacher, and the county tour made it easy for people to share their concerns and hopes for the future with the candidates. Reed handed out "Jim Reed for U.S. Con- gress" buttons to well wishers, while Meacher distributed Carol and Jim Reed (left) stand in front of the Plumas Democrats headquarters on Lawrence Street with Carol and Robert Meacher. The couples toured the county May 27 to get out the primary vote. Photo courtesy Plumas County Democratic Central Committee bright "Meacher for Assembly" bumper stickers. Democrats are joined in advocacy for both programs by the Green Party (92 regis- tered in the county) and the Peace and Freedom Party (37 local members). Though small in number, these are committed voters. For the general election in November, Democratic candidates will be looking for the swing vote. "No party preference" vot- ers, also referred to as "Decline to State" voters, constitute 18.90 percent of the county's eligible voters. These voters will draw considerable attention during the fall campaign, and like everyone else, they'll be looking for reason- able, long-term solutions to both state and national problems. Vets struggle with tr0000urna, stress, suicide .......... :%iii:ii: : VET TRAX MIKE McLEOD Division Director, Veterans Services Memorial Day has passed. There were many speeches and gatherings throughout the nation. Truly a time to think of those who have served and sacrificed and what the future holds. We're not hearing much anymore about our current conflicts. Are our veterans being forgot- ten? Was the nation prepared for the impact of the current crisis and returning service- men? According to 2010 and 2011 figures, we have about 1.4 million servicemen around the world. There are about 185,000 serving currently in Iraq and Afghanistan. In all our nation's wars up to 1991, about 41,891,368 have served. About 1.2 million have died. Nearly 17.5 million war Gentle. effective family dentistry Emily S. Herndon, DDS Loma Linda University School of Dentistry honors graduate Crowns in one day Safe, proven IV sedation Latest technology reduces discomfort, improves aesthetics 00Husqvarna This efficient mower features a compact design, which makes getting in tight spaces easy, Honda GCV Engine 1160cc 3-in-1 Cutting System 12" High Rear Wheels Double Ball Bearings On Wheels Foldable Handle 21" Cutting Width veterans survive, and there are there are 23 million veter- ans today. The latest statistics tell us that 18 veterans commit sui- cide each day in America -- almost 6,600 a year. The VA reports the suicide rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is 21 percent higher than the general pop- ulation. Those same veterans accounted for 19 percent of all suicide attempts in Amer- ica last year. A firearm is em- ployed most of the time. New patients, children & emergencies welcome (530) 283-1119 call today for a consultation 431 W. Main St., Quincy Quality and Durability $28995 Model 7021P Rusty Warren's 283-2226 507 Bell Lane, Quincy Open Mon.-Sat. * 9am - 6pm With percentages of post- traumatic stress disorder varying between 20 - 35 per- cent, according to differing surveys, the aftermath of conflicts is far-reaching be- yond the veteran. The figure does not have any reflection of the families, the care- givers, medical personnel or community members -- some who suffer vicarious trauma (secondary PTSD). The outcome results in in- creased substance abuse, isolation, broken relation- ships and to some, the sad statistic reported for suicide. Claims for service-connected disabilities .are being sub- aitted by about half of the service personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The nature of warfare has changed. Times have changed. Lifestyles have changed. Most don't see these statistics and some don't realize the unique transition from the civilian lifestyle to the military way of life and vice versa. The Veterans Administration was certainly unprepared in spite of lessons learned from past engagements and we have seen these mistakes highlighted in the media. Sadly, it seems to take a giar- ing oversight to trigger cor- rective action and the process continues. heroism and integral role as members of the United States Armed Forces. Are these being forgotten, too? Memorial Day comes once a year. From the Revolutionary War to our current conflicts and everything in between, let us constantly remember our service personnel, their perseverance, triumphs, sacrifices andtragedies-- actions that extend well beyond their time in service. Let us be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy. Let it be a reminder to our leaders to take care of our servicemen Less frequeotly reported or., . ,nc[ W ae. U_ ! ed known are the accomplish- assistance "--' reir ments of our service person- commitment to service is nel, their commitment, complete. Car seat safety checks set for week of June 11 Parents can get their car seats checked for safety by local Certified Car Seat Tech- nicians. Plumas County Pub- lic Health Agency and part- ners will be holding car seat checks the week of June 11 in Portola, Quincy, Greenville and Chester. Bring a vehicle, child(ren) and car seat(s). Portola car seat checks will be held at Sierra Energy (the old Dollards Market at 349 E. Sierra Ave.) from Back pain 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, June 11. Quincy car seat checks will be held at, the Plurnas Motor Supply (85 W. Main St.) from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. Greenville car seat checks will be held at the Evergreen Market from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thursday, June 14. Chester car seat checks will be held at the ABC Re- source Center (372 Main St.) from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday, June 15. For more information re- garding these car seat check events, contact Dana Cash at 283-6358. Check Out Our PLU1VIASNEWS.COM ]