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6B Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter D ITORIAL AND PINION EDITORIAL soli If you care about your community, set aside some time to read the special 2013-14 Grand Jury Report insert in this week's paper. This year's report is a well-written and comprehensive examination of some timely issues that are important to Plumas County. Like previous grand juries, this panel of jurors is comprised of our friends and neighbors. They answered the call for service and made the time to take on one of the most important civic duties we entrust to private citizens. And they did an ~dmirable job. The report is clear, concise and easy to read. The jury states its case without resorting to inflammatory remarks or accusations. Jurors presented the facts and findings as they understood them and then offered thoughtful recommendations with realistic solutions to problems. The grand jury conducted six investigations. Two of them stand out because they are problems that impact nearly all of us -- mental health and substance abuse. The two topics often go hand in hand. The jury realized the relationship early in their investigation. Problems and challenges facing the county's alcohol and drug department sometimes overlap into mental health. Some would suggest that both of those county departments are easy targets for a grand jury. The A&D program was so dysfunctional the county shut it down for three years beginning in 2008. Both A&D and mental health have experienced several leadership changes in the past few years. The revolving door at the top only hinders potential changes and improvements to the critical services these short-staffed departments provide. The challenges these departments face are not unique to Plumas County. Similar service programs across the nation are being forced to evolve. Tackling substance abuse and mental health issues has moved to the forefront of our national conscience. More often than ever before, these departments are joining forces with law enforcement. That's because, 70 percent of the time, crimes are committed by people with substance abuse or mental health issues. But cops and therapists often don't make the best partners. Their jobs are very different. Consequently, they are at odds. In many cases, they simply don't trust each other. Locally, law enforcement leaders are frustrated by a perceived lack of cooperation and teamwork by mental health. The mental health department claims officers don't fully understand therapists' limitations. We may think this strained partnership is a local problem-- a battle of personalities. Perhaps it is to some extent. But the fact is the same problems are pitting law enforcement against mental health departments in many places across the country. The grand jury explains the local problem clearly and objectively in its report. The jury looked at the issues from both sides. The jury didn't blast the departments. The report didn't read like an indictment of A&D and mental health. The jurors acknowledged that both departments need more help. But the report also said that mental health needs to do a better job communicating and building trust with the sheriff. Whether they like it or not, the cops and the therapists are on the same team. And we are depending on them to work together, The jurors deserve a lot of credit for drilling down to the root of the problem on an important topic like this one. It was a very worthwhile effort. And we thank them for their service. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of the publisher, managing editor and the appropriate staff writers. *~'2 Feath blishing spaper / For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com 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 Debra Moore Carolyn Carter Maddie Musante Michael Condon M. Kate West Makenzie Davis Aura Whittaker Ruth Ellis Sam Williams Will Farris James Wilson Susan Cort Johnson Sarnantha 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 Many influences help to shape our opinions While the mention of global warming may generate some discussion about the current drought conditions in California, the topic takes my mind, not to the state of the weather, but rather to the state of the world. Warming is a mild term when compared to the political hot spots that are blazing-- just pick a day or pick a topic, the world is literally on fire. If you don't work for the U.S. State Department, are not a world economist or work in any other field where your focus is on world or national crisis, it's really difficult to shape an informed opinion. The best most of us can do is think about how any given situation might affect our family or community and then our resulting opinion might naturally be molded from stirred emotions. I think generational knowledge and experience, patriotism, family tradition, MY TURN M. KATE WEST Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.com culture or even Hollywood films can also add to the mix that influences our opinions. Why do I form opinions the way I do? Let me count the ways I'm a Truman baby and while I have no experience with either of the great WWs, my father and uncles were either in the armed forces or This week's special days NOT JUST 1965 -- Bob Dylan transitions to electric AN OKDINARY guitar as he plays his music at the Newport Folk Fest in Newport, Rhode DAY Island, signaling a major change in COMPILED BY folk-rock music. KERI TABORSKI July 26 1788 -- New York (The Empire State) is Not just an ordinary day a sampling of admitted as the llth U.S. state. weekly notable special days and facts 1946 -- Aloha Airlines begins service throughout the year. from Honolulu, Hawaii. July 23 Today is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day, celebrating America's most favorite ice cream flavor. Vanilla accounts for 29 percent of overall ice cream sales with chocolate a near second. Today is National Hot Dog Day. It is reported that Americans consume some 20 billion hot dogs a year. The Hot Dog Council indicated that mustard is the most popular preferred condiment on a hot dog at 32 percent; followed by ketchup at 23 percent, chili 17 percent, relish 9 percent and chopped onions 7 percent. 1951 -- Wall Disney's animated film "Alice in Wonderland" premiers in London. July 27 1789 -- The in:st United States federal agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs (later renamed the State Department) is established. 1890 -- Artist Vincent Van Gogh shoots himseff and dies two days later in France. 1940 -- What's Up Doc? The animated short Etim "A Wild Hare" is released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny for the fu'st time. 1829 -- In the United States, William Burt patented the typographer, the July 28 precursor to the typewriter. 1896 --The city July 24 incorporated, 1847-- After 17 months of travel,~ . ~ ' Brigham Young leads 148 Mormons into July 29 Salt Lake Valley, Utah, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City. of Miami, Florida, is 1836 -- The Arc de Triomphe monument is inaugurated in Paris, France. July 25 1946 -- At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, entertainers Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis staged their In'st nightclub show as a comedy team. 1981 -- A worldwide television audience of 700 million people watched the wedding ceremony of Charles Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England. merchant marines and John Wayne war movies reigned supreme on Saturday afternoon television channels. I was too young to be aware of the Korean War, yet again family served. In grade school and high school, although the Cold War was still engaged, the country was long past the mandated air raid warnings and other nuclear war trainings. Vietnam did not hit the news until I was a young married woman and a mother. Four years after Vietnam ended I did a seven-year stint in the U.S. Army and was, at one point, on 24-hour standby for deployment to Grenada. All things considered, I guess patriotism and America's standing in the world is important to me and likely because of that I have been known to go off on a tangent in this column about the current sitting president. Even with the knowledge of past presidential scandals, whether it is Marilyn Monroe, Watergate or Monica Lewinsky, I still fmd him to be the least presidential person to ever occupy the white House. My opinion: Where we, as a nation, need a leader on the world stage, what we have is an amateur in a "Saturday Night Live" skit. For a great deal of my life, technology and instant information did not make our daily lives global. There were no cellphones, no color televisions until I was in my 20s and family units and values were still hanging together. Society was not litigious nor was every decision irhpacted by whether or not someone, somewhere, might defme something as not politically correct. In my impressionable years, Haight-Ashbury spawned a monumental counterculture shift, yet growing up in a small coastal town two hours away, San Francisco and its happenings seemed very far away and almost surreal. Living and learning in those eras would likely defme me as a traditionalist, or, as my son would say, "old school." Those same years were also some of Hollywood's fmest and I do like a good movie. Today, Israel and her neighbors are one of the hottest spots on the planet and I have the immediate inclination to support Israel. If I were to examine why I would say that, it's likely because Israel's enemies are the same countries that have been known to fund, hide or train terrorists whose sole mission in life appears to be the destruction of America. Secondly, I am aware that the Jewish population suffered the highest death camp rates in Nazi Germany and also that the United States has always been an ally to Israel. However, on the other hand, I can't honestly say the f'ilm "Exodus," which made Israel's struggle for independence after WWII very real to me, is not in some way shaping my current opinion. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO 1939 Advertisement: Merchant's Lunch including soup, salad and entree: 40 cents and dinner menu 50 cents. Available at Happy Hollow Grill Hotel in Quincy. Milling at the Plumas Eureka Mine near Johnsviile has begun by Colonel Cunningham who has built a 60 ton mill and will operate it at the old mill site which is estimated to contain approximately 10,000 tons of ore. Supervisors dropped plans to include a museum in the Plumas County courthouse building addition and proposed that an architect design a 30 by 50 foot two-story museum building to be constructed behind the courthouse in Quincy at a cost of $200,000 instead. 25 YEARS AGO 1989 With the Plumas County Fair in August looming, advance tickets are now on sale for the grandstan, d events planned this year. Hank Thompson will be on stage on Thursday night, Mickey Gilley will be on stage Friday night, the Championship Logging Show on Saturday night with the auto races on Sunday. 50 YEARS AGO 1964 10 YEARS AGO 2004 The Plumas County Board of Plumas County and the California Secretary of State have reached an agreement that will allow the county to conduct the November 2 election with the touch screen voting system that has been used since the March election in 2002. The cattle and hay produced on the Indian Valley Defanti Ranch are now officially certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers. The ranch is operated by the Van Fleet family, descendants of the DeFanti family. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspaper archives and represent writing styles of that particular period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper. We need to separate church and state For days now I've watched the talk shows that pretend to be news shows, and I've listened to the partisan gibberish from the talking heads on both the left and the right as they shout and pound ad nauseam about the recent United States Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case. . . Unfortunately, I think the pundits on MY TURN both sides have completely missed the point -- this case is not about abortion, SAM WILLIAMS Obamacare, politics, the struggle between Lassen News Editor the left and the right, the alleged swilliams@lassennews.com personage of corporations or any There is expressly no religious test in expression of religious freedom. This is the Constitution for those who hold simply a horrible decision in which elected office, and the laws of this great religious beliefs have been thrust upon land are to be applied equally to each and the state and all the rest of us. every one of us regardless of our faith. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the court's I remember the good old days during ruling grants a religious exemption from the Vietnam War when many young men the Affordable Care Act's contraception opposed the war because of their mandate because the corporation's religious beliefs. Some, such as Quakers owners object to some forms of and Jehovah's Witnesses, were allowed to contraception the law allows. That serve in the military as noncombatants or statement itself points out the grievous perform two years alternative service as error of this decision -- that one's civilians. religious beliefs have the power to negate In this instance, Congress, in its the law of the land. wisdom, provided a mechanism to deal It may be controversial to say these with those religiously opposed to war. days, and surely the supremes must They legislated these exemptions into the know, while the Founding Fathers rightly law. That's a completely different process ensured the free expression of religion in than the one the Supreme Court followed all its varieties and flourishes, they also when five activist judges on the right deliberately and purposely separated the created this exemption. The proper church and the state, remedy would have been to allow Congress to legislate an exemption, if it so desired. The Founding Fathers were right to separate church and state. I'm not comparing Muslims to Christians, but we only need look at the current turmoil in the Middle East to recognize what can happen when religion and government become one and the same. In our own Western history we can clearly see the perils when church and state combine -- the Inquisition's war on science, the famous witch trials in Salem, the banishment of Roger Williams and the argument by Southern politicians that God ordained slavery. I have a friend right here in Susanville with whom I completely disagree who argues all America needs to do to solve its problems is become a nation strictly ruled by the tenants of his particular brand of fundamentalist Christianity. And we can start down that glorious road to redemption in God's eyes by immediately getting rid of all the abortionists and homosexuals. Only when those sinners are gone, he says, will God bless America again. Sadly, the Supreme Court's recent religion-over-state decision takes us a long, long way back down a very slippery slope where an employer's religious beliefs trump an employee's right to use a completely legal method of contraception available to everyone else in the country.