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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 11B COMMUNITY PE P-S P E C TIVE Continue the conversation about sexual assault awareness Every year April is WHERE I STAND What does healthy and elsewhere, others might understanding of boundaries right-- have a "do designated as Sexual Assault ........................................... adolescent sexual receive little information, and consent, and help young something" attitude. Awareness Month. Let's KATHLEEN O'BRYANT development look like? First, In the absence of healthy, people feel empowered to ask --Recognize sexual keep this conversation going PROGRAM MANAGER we need to understand that realistic messages about questions and seek support violence and seek help and and not limit it to just one RAPE CRiSiS CENTER sexuality is much more than sexuality, many adolescents when they need it. support when sexual violence month out of the entire sex -- it is the sum of our turn to other sources of Here are some skills to occurs. year. them into adulthood, values, attitudes, feelings, information such as theirpromote healthy sexuality for --Provide support and This is the fn'st of a series Sometimes adults lack interactions and behaviors, peers, the Internet, and the young people: information to peers and of five monthly articles correct information about Sexuality is emotional, media. --When making important others who have experienced addressing adolescence at what to expect from their social, cultural, spiritual and This might leave young decisioris, turn to a trusted sexual violence. different ages and stages, adolescent children as they physical. Sexual development people without an adult for support and The Plumas Crisis This month's topic is develop sexually, is one part of sexuality and it understanding of healthy guidance. Intervention and Resource adolescent sexual When young adults begins much earlier in life relationships, consent, --Understand afffLrmativeCenter and the Rape Crisis development, understand the difference than adolescence, boundaries, and how to consent standards and how to Center can offer assistance Adolescence is a time of between healthy and By the time we reach engage safely in sexual respectfully interact with and information. We are growth and discovery as well unhealthy behaviors they are adolescence, we already have behaviors, partners, friends and peers, available to help you begin as testing limits and better able to support healthy received many messages An understanding of --Help influence peers in a the conversation. boundaries. It's a time when attitudes and behaviors, and about sexuality, healthy sexuality can help positive manner by For more information, young people learn how to in the process, create positive While some adolescents preVent sexual violence by promoting positive socialcontact Kathleen O'Bryant at have relationships and build opportunities and learn from might receive accurate and addressing gender norms and norms and engaging in active 283-5515 ext. 15, or the patterns in those the challenges that willcomprehensive informationinequality, promote healthy bystander intervention. If National Sexual Violence relationships that may follow inevitably occur, from school, their parents relationships and an you see something that isn't Resource Center at nsvrc.org. LETTERS to the EDITOR 1 Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per person will be published; only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic will be published. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous or open letters. Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at 3p.m.; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offlwes, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmalonald@plumasnews.com. Worried about hot dogs My husband and I come here every year for the summer due to the hot weather in the Palm Springs area. We love the Graeagle and Clio area. Today, Aug. 3, I went into Portola to go to the hardwaxe~tQrean~l..to~~ Leonard's market. Coming out of the hardware store there was an unattended dog in a truck, the window was down about 10 inches, it was 81 degrees. When I came out of Leonard's there were two dogs unattended in a truck with the windows cracked, it was 83 degrees. Not knowing the stance on this issue in the area due to the amount of dogs in your beautiful area, I decided not to do anything. When we're home, we are to call the police and/or smash.the window open. Most stores in the Palm Springs area allow most dogs into their store or restaurant. I don't know what you'll do with this information, maybe a reminder to all citizens. Libby O'Neill Indio Lost ground? Stealing, theft, rip-off, "it fell off the back of a lorry," keep the terms and the expression in mind for the end of this letter. what's going on with the statement made last month about "conservative males" needing to reclaim some "lost ground," some historic documents would indicate otherwise. The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson et al., adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776; asserts that "all men are created equal." Our eighth-grade social studies teacher assured us that the phrase "all men" was in the writing style of the times and would have been updated to "all people" or "everybody" by the_ time (1967-68) that we were studying the early history of the United States. You can also bear in mind that the conservative males of the 1770s were more closely aligned with King George III. President Abraham Lincoln reiterated the importance of that concept on Nov. 19, 1863, near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; saying," ... that a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal shall not perish from the face of this earth." Please note that the policies and values of the 16th president could never be considered to be conservative. Nowhere in the founding documents of this country, in subsequent amendments to the constitution, nor in any court decisions will you fred that the rights of citizenship or any purported claims of ownership are limited to conservative males. So it begs the question: how are you going to take it back when it was never yours in the first place? So really, were you going to tell us that tale about how it just tumbled off the back of a semi-trailer? How you were just keeping an eye on things until the rightful owners realized it was missing and came back to look for it? I think I've heard that tale afew times before. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Positive experiences Not all experiences were negative as an officer of the San Fernando Valley United Nations Association. I had some wonderful, memorable moments. Governor Edmund G. Brown : ..shook my hand and thanked me for a flag that I had made and presented to him when he was being honored at a local convention. I had a long talk with Mayor Moscone before White murdered him. We talked about our stalwart, immigrant Italian fathers (my father -- it might have been his grandfather) and how lucky we were that they came to this Country. I became a good friend of Congressman Corman who installed me as president of the San Fernando Valley UNA. I was invited to a conclave of UN associations in Palm Springs where I met and shook hands with Angela Lansbury, who with self-effacing dignity, introduced me to her mother. At that same conclave, I was surprised to hear John Forsythe and Audrey Meadows (Steve Allen's wife) performed a two-person script about the benefits of the UN that my wife Nancy had written some months before. The talented actress Marsha Hunt was vice president during my tenure as president. That was in the '60s. Two years ago, I found an article about her in a Chico throwaway. Through the paper, I was able to send her a letter, which I thought she had ignored. A year later, and at 98, she called me. She is still very involved with the national United Nations Association. During the HUAC investigations, Marsha volunteered to testify, but to their surprise, she branded their investigations as un-American. She was blacklisted after that, but blamed the "cowardice" of the studio bosses, not HUAC. The positive experiences compensated for the negative. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Enjoy the debates On Jan. 17, 2016, President Obama will release the country to the newly elected President, that is, what is left of it. Reviewing the news, the fellow who shot some people in a theater had a law degree and he was nuts. That's common in that profession. We must act, however, that people with a law degree will not have access to fire arms, or stay away from theaters. Turkey is entering the war against ISIS. ISIS considers that the result will be a Turkey Shoot. Then there is the lion shot with an arrow and killed with a bullet. People are mad and are in the streets protesting. A good thing it's summer. Nobody protests in the winter in Minnesota. Nobody protested when ISIS cut Mr. Foly's head off. That is a dad commentary. Even the President did not care. He played golf. That the lion's head was removed is upsetting to some people. Finding the dentist will be like pulling teeth. " CNN provides Mr. Trump with lots of free airtime. Every time Mr. Trump makes a statement Mr. Wolf Blitzer puts on his mean face and tells the world about the bad, conservative, successful people, but old Donald has not yet 'caved. The Congress is calling for the chief of the IRS to resign. I am convinced that we will never find another public servant of his caliber. Ain't that great. The experts proclaim that the life expectancy will sooa be 80 years. Personally, I think it should be 90. Most of the computers operated by the Government have calculated that it will be 76. The pension pay out is based on 76. When us old folks live beyond 85, the brains in Washington will have to cut the pensions or raise our taxes. The new law will be called the Retirement Benefit Act of 2016. It will provide for a tax for bringing the computers up to date. Incidentally, in Holland the government refers to people over 65 as the Gray Plague. I tall myself a testy Sweet Old Boy. Doesn't that sound better? I am looking forward to the debates. Abortion will be a big thing. The parents of some politicians should haveknown about Planned Parenthood. All the other facts I like to know are in Hillary's E-mails. My prediction is that she will bow out and the vice-president will jump in. Hope you enjoyed the debates. Jan Klement Quincy The Billion Dollar Question I watched the first GOP debate the other night with my wife. We thought the opening a little juvenile and coy, somewhat like a game show -- no gravitas that would be worthy of the representation of the highest office in. the land. Embarrassing. I will say that there were some good questions and even some good answers. But really, 17 candidates with money to burn. And of course, your friendly Koch Brothers will award one lucky candidate a billion dollar contribution to the war chest. What is wrong with that picture? It seems a disgrace that our political system can be bought and paid for by a very few individuals who obviously place short term gain ahead of the health and welfare of the planet and it's inhabitants. Millions of citizens are drowned ou.t by commercials that have no basis in fact, but only self promotion. On the other hand, we then watched the final Jon Stewart Show. For my conservative friends, let me just say you missed it. You missed what Mr. Stewart was able to do all these years. I know he has recently been portrayed by "The Fox" as some sort of"liberal" shill for Obama, but that is not the case. Although I am sure Jon is not a Republican, he has taken' to task many Democrats and some of their policies and opinions, in the true definition of a liberal -- the ability truly to be "fair and balanced" without having to profess it daily. So in the end, The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, knocked out a couple of tunes, the whole cast and crew joined in dancing and hugs and Jon bid a Jon Voyage. For myself, I am proud to stand with a group such as that. Life is for living. And we can't live if we can't breathe. Tom Slavik Mohawk Vista About the JBS In regards to the letter printed in your paper on July 22 "Standing up to the John Birchers." The Leftists in our county have been attacking the John Birch Society since it was founded in 1958 by Robert Welch, the founder of the Welch Candy Co. They have tried to destroy the Society with smears and associated lies for the past 58 years without success. Your weekly writer accuses the Society of theft, arson and malicious mischief occurring in the San Fernando Valley in years past. I have been associated with the society members for over 50 years. I have had dinner with Mr. Welch, Congressman Larry McDonald from Georgia (murdered in 1983 when Korean plane KAL 007 was shot down near Korea along with 240 Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our email: dmcdonald@plumasnews .corn t passengers by a communist RuSsia fighter) and other notable Americans. A CEO and a council of 24 outstanding Americans manage the Society today. I will mention three below: Lt. George B Wallace, a commissioned officer in the US Air Force, served several tours of duty as a fighter pilot, seeing combat flying the F-105 fighter in Vietnam. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters. Deborah Pauly, a councilwoman for the City of Villa Park, CA, was also an elected member of the Central Committee of the Republican Party of Orange County, CA. She has received the Woman of the Year Award for the 60th Assembly District in 2003 and 2009. The California Legislature Woman Caucus sponsors this annual award as part of Women's History Month each March ......... The Hon. Sterling Lacy, an ordained minister for over 40 years, is an accomplished scholar who holds three degrees, including a PhD in philosophy and Christian psychology. In November 2010, Judge Lacy was elected by residents of Bowie County, TX to serve as judge. I have never witnessed any such conduct as your writer mentioned. As a retired peace officer of 31 years, I can testify to this. The Society has always worked towards less government, more responsibility, and with God's help -- a better world. More background on all JBS Council members can be found on the JBS homepage. Go into 'About' and then into 'Leadership' for the complete listing of all council members. Roy H. Wallis Westwood Lion vs. a baby FYI ... 99.9 percent of hunters are sportsmen and sportswomen ... we hunt for food or remove animals that destroy other animals and crops. Unlike some doctors, we do not pull offthe arms and legs for profit. African governments have allowed hunting of lions for years. There are "bad apples" in every sport and profession; society has dealt with them eventually. Some doctors have definitely "lost their moral compass" they're the lingering reprobates of German atrocities, during WW2. If your voice is more "shrill" over a lion than a baby ... then your values need re-booting. Perhaps, deep inside, (regarding Planned Parenthood) you're disgusted, and horrified, nauseated and you have "repressed feelings" of guilt. You don't accept or defend the ghoulish dismemberment of innocent arms and legs. Infanticide, available on the open market to the highest bidder, really? Our society allows the wholesale harvesting 0f fetalorgans? Emotionally, you must:be amazed aI!d overwhelmed. Slice and dice has been happening under your collective noses; for years. You're an exemplary loser, if you have "personified" a lion and never mourned for tens of thousands of babies; dissected for experimental purposes. To avoid the reality of fetal extremity dismemberment, you've chosen to care about a lion. To distract your guilt, you'll protest the killing of a lion, as though that will absolve you of your sins. Some people are incredulous. The killing of an African lion; that upsets you? I thought all life mattered. Have we become this morally bankrupt and insensitive? Isn't a pregnancy test used to indicate a chance of life, otherwise why did you buy that test? Hello? Then some American doctors crush and butcher life for profit? Chicken, beef, pork, what's the difference? Enlighten me. The world is a fme place and worth fighting for... I agree with the second part. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Contact your elected officials PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS- 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, 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: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehonse.gov/contact/ U.S. SENATOR- Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TTYfrDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710. Website: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563.112 Hart 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. www.LaMalfa.Bonse.gov.; Facebk'cm/RepLaMalfa; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. STATE SENATOR, Ist DIST. -Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center: 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center: 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225- 3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, IST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-00001, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 280 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #1 I0, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR - Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/(916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.