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10B Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL AN I) OPINION EDITORIAL Go outside This Saturday, June 9, is National Get Out- doors Day. There is no more beautiful place to get outdoors than right here in Plumas Coun- , ty. Numerous studies show that outdoor activi- ty is good for you. A 2009 study found that the closer you live to nature, the healthier you're likely to be. Getting outside can help you main- tain a healthy body weight and thereby help stave off chronic health problems like dia- betes, stroke and heart disease. Just soaking up some sunshine boosts vita- min D levels. Vitamin D plays an important role in preventing cancer, hormonal condi- tions and inflammation. It also helps build a strong immune system. Being in a natural set- ting can also improve the quality of your sleep. Natural sunlight helps set your body's internal clock, which tells you when to eat and sleep, and it can help regulate hormone fluctuations that occur at specific times of day and night. But getting outdoors doesn't just benefit the body. It helps the mind as well. Researchers have found that even short "nature breaks" can help one relax and renew. Spending time outside can increase creativity and foster a sense of connection. It can serve as a technolo- gy break, too, severing us from our always-con- nected gadgets. One study found that just five minutes in a green space of some kind benefited mental health. The same study showed that green spaces that included water were particularly beneficial. That's good news for us as Plumas County is blessed with an abundance of lakes, streams and rivers. Getting outside doesn't have to entail elabo- rate preparations. It can be as simple as a pic. nic in a local park, a walk with your dog or a few hours tending to your garden. A number of local groups have outings and events planned over the next 10 days. There is bound to be one that appeals to you and is ap- propriate for your fitness level. Check Events Around Plumas County for details about an outing near you. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board, which consists of the publisher, the managing editor and the appropriate staff writer or writers, and .hou. ll be consered the opinion o thq,newspat?er. ,  . c' t I ':' '  Breaking News .... I go to plumasnews.com I Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Ingrid Burke ......... . ...... Copy Editor Staff writers: Jordan Clary Dan McDonald Michael Condon Debra Moore Ruth Ellis Brian Taylor Will Farris M. Kate West Mona Hill Sam Williams Susan Cort Johnson DJ Estacio i Feather River Westwood Bulletin PinePress (530) 283-0800 (530) 256-2277 Lassen County Times (530) 257-53211 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 BE HEARD Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR the right too l for the job naked man with a gun rudely interrupted him. My dad spent the next morning setting up sound traps around the windows and doorways. If the bear tried to make a re- peat appearance, my parents would receive advance warning, via a cacophony of jan- gling bells and aluminum pans. My parents are used to sharing their MY TURN yard and deck with visiting creatures -- .................................................. DEBRAM{}oRE .................................................. deer, squirrels and blue jays -- but they Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com I slept at my parents' Graeagle home last night, in the same bedroom that an intrud- er entered two summers ago. I closed the windows securely, not wanting a repeat performance. On that fateful night, my mother heard noises (not an uncommon occurrence) and woke my father. He told her it was nothing and to go back to sleep. A moment later, a loud crash catapulted him out of bed. Armed and in the buff, he headed down the hallway, rounding the corner just in time to see a large bear emerge from the kitchen, make an abrupt left and then lum- ber toward the front bedroom window. The bear squeezed himself out and vanished in- to the night. The next morning the remnants of the bear's nocturnal foraging were in evi- dence. In the adjacent vacant lot a large butt print and the plastic wrapping of a mauled loaf of bread marked the spot where he gobbled up his midnight snack. The cupboard contents were strewn across the kitchen floor -- no doubt the pic- nic spread he planned to consume before a rarely come inside as the bear did that night. Though there was one blue jay who would drop by and announce his arrival by tapping on the sliding glass door. When my dad opened it, he would hop into the dining room and snatch up peanuts placed on the floor for him or hop on my dad's head to snatch a nut from his hat. When I lived in Graeagle I had my own ongoing encounters with raccoons. They normally relegated themselves to the area under my deck, but one evening when I left the garage door open, they had a party. The were in the rafters, crawling on the work bench and scurrying across the floor, an.d no amount of arm flailing or yelling suc- ceeded in driving them out. The most they did was take refuge under my car. Reckoning that raccoons would hate a vacuum cleaner as much as cats do, I retrieved my Hoover from the house, plugged it in and pushed the vacuum under the car. Success! They flew out the open door. Well, they moved fairly quickly. I'd like to say that they never came back -- they did -- I was just more diligent about closing the door. With more people living in rural areas, it's inevitable that there will be more frequent interaction between man and beast. Even in Redding, with a population of 90,000, there are encounters. Our home in Redding sits on a bluff above the Sacramento River, with a tangle of brush and manzanita covering the steep hillside leading to our backyard. We have had fox, possum, raccoons and skunks in the yard, as well as in the garage via the kitty door, but last weekend there was a new sighting -- a river otter frolick- ing in the pool. How he navigated the brush and rock to get to our backyard is difficult to imagine. But there he was pop- ping up and dipping below the surface. When we tried to get a Closer look, he scrambled out of the pool, crossed the yard and disappeared into the ivy that separates our house from the neighbor's. No doubt he took a dip in their pool as well. Our neighbor liked tO trap the raccoons and skunks when they became a nuisance. But one time his pork chop-laced trap en- ticed a more domestic beast -- our cat Freckles, Between the trap and the Dober- man, Freckles learned to stay on our side of the ivy. So far, since my return to Quincy, my only beastly encounter has been with the frogs that make an annual pilgrimage across the road from Dellinger's pond. Six years ago they were tiny little things that would cling to the windows and door and if they managed to sneak into the house would hop around the living room. This year, they looked like mutants -- large slimy things that oozed under the garage door. When I tried to scoop them out with the snow shovel they squealed at me. Maybe, I should have tried the vacuum! Where in the World? Laura Raymond, with her parents Bob and Kathy, graduates summa cum laude in Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management from San Jose State University. She currently works for Sharks Sports and Entertainment. Next time you travel, share where you went by takinliyour , local newspaper along and ihclug it in a photo. Then email the photo to smorrow@plumas news.com. Include your name, contact information and brief details about your photo. We may publish it as space permits REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 78 YEARS AGO ...... 1937 The Beckwourth Memorial monument will be dedicated at Beckwourth Pass this Sunday by the Las Plumas Chapter of the Daughters of the Golden West of Portola. Beckwourth was an Indian scout who dis- covered the low pass through the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1851. He was em- ployed by the city of Marysville to build a trail from Sierra Valley to Marysville by way of Mohawk, American Valley and Bucks Ranch. He owned a trading post in Sierra Valley, the building now used as a dairy house on the Guido Ramelli Ranch located two miles east of Beckwourth. 50 YEARS AGO ........ 1962 Plumas County's Sweetheart of the Mountains will be chosen Saturday at the Plumas County picnic. Candidates this year include : Michelle Haynes and Michelle Medley, both of Chester; Dale Ti- mone, Alberta Long, Kay Warren, Eleanor Fogleman and Rocky Bohne, all of Greenville; Sandra Guidici of Portola; E1- friede Walzberg, Vicki Wright, Nancy Bat- ten. Glenda Metzdorf, Irene Brustad and Kathy McNutt, all of Quincy. 25 YEARS AGO ........... 1987 Plumas County high schools graduated a total of 226 seniors this week as follows : Chester High School--41, Greenville High School--39, Portola High School--53 and Quincy High School --93. Tabled at the April meeting, the non-smok- ing issue at Seneca Hospital was again on the agenda this week as a recommendation from the medical staff to make Seneca Hospital a non-smoking hospital. The hospital current- ly has one non-smoking area, according to hospital board member Mike Condon. 10 YEARS AGO ......... 2002 A team of San Francisco Bay Area golfers, led by John Abendroth from the television show "Hooked on Golf', won the Pro-Am at Plumas Pine golf course. Plumas County Supervisors have united against a bill proposed by Senator Barbara i Boxer that would create new wilderness areas in Plumas, Sierra, Tahoe and Lassen National forests. Alleged killer Rain Dance Dickey- O'Brien will begin a four-week long trial in Plumas County Superior Court on October 29 after being deemed mentally competent to stand trial. t00ractice civility this election cycle MY TURN MONA HILL Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com Driving to work the other morning, I lis- tened to a story about the Wisconsin guber- natorial recall election set for June 5. Election officials expect a high voter turnout and Wisconsinians (OK, let's just call them cheeseheads) are sharply divided. In 2011, to balance the state's budget, in- cumbent governor Scott Walker (R) pro- posed limitations on state employees' col- lective bargaining rights for health care and pension benefits and to limit pay in- creases to the inflation rate. Not popular moves in Wisconsin where 36 percent of its public sector employees be- long to unions. The press covered the re- sulting uproar for weeks. In May 2012, Walker won the Republican primary handily. Tom Barrett, Walker's op- ponent in the 2010 governor's race, won 58 percent of the Democratic vote. As of today, the race appears to be statistically even. According to NPR, children are not speaking to parents, siblings to siblings, spouses to spouses, nor friends to friends. Supporters for each candidate are so bitter- ly divided they cannot even agree to dis- agree. If the election comes up in conversation, most people change the subject to the weather or Donald Driver's, receiver for the Green Bay Packer, victory on "Dancing with the Stars." In a few cases, people will stomp off in a rage. Dates have been cancelled and din- ners disrupted by the opposing views. Here in California, as we move into the general election campaign, let's try talking to each other about the issues instead of shouting. Take Proposition 29 for example -- a new $1 tax on cigarettes. Proponents say all the money will go to cancer research, a laud- able goal. Opponents say some of the money will go to out-of-state researchers. Proponents scream "Big Tobacco!" Oppo- nents holler "Big Government!" What kind of sane argument is that? Consider Proposition 29's talking points: Raises $735 million for cancer research; Creates new state bureaucracy; Discourages smoking; Could award money for research outside of California; No new money for cancer treatment; and the list goes on. Each of the talking points is simply a bald statement with no supporting informa- tion. Instead of discussion, voters get empty slogans. Raising money for cancer research is a good thing. However, who gets the money and what will it be used for? How much of the money will be used for actual research and how much will pay administrators? Who decides which researchers receive money and how much they receive? Will adding a dollar to a pack of ciga- rettes really discourage smoking? How many people will pay the price to support their addictions? Sure, pre-teens may find it hard to scrape up six bucks for a pack of smokes, but will a nicotine-addicted adult still pay? These questions do not have easy an- swers. Through discussion and active lis- tening, a voter becomes more informed. She hears points of view she had not considered before. She makes judgments about Propo- sition 29 based on her understanding of those statements and points of view. What a concept! Instead of shrieking meaningless phrases at each other during the next few months, let's talk about the im- portant things. If we can't agree, OK. But at least we talked.