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8B Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL TV coverage tells the story of Plumas County's proactive approach to the national opioid epidemic The topic leant itself to a negative portrayal of Plumas County, but the exact opposite occurred. Last week KCRA, the NBC affiliate out of Sacramento, highlighted the opioid epidemic facing this country and featured Plumas County in one of its pieces. It would have been easy to tell the story -- the incredibly high number of prescriptions and overdoses per population -- against a backdrop of despair and rundown houses. But that's not how the story was told. KCRA focused on the proactive approach this county has taken to a national problem, interspersed with bucolic shots of local communities and the area's natural beauty. James Wilson, representing the county's Public Health Agency; Dave Keller, a school board member; and Dr. Wendy Flapan, who specializes in pain management through Eastern Plumas Health Care, spoke eloquently about local efforts to combat opioid addiction. Wilson is a leader in a three-county effort to address the issue as well as spearheading the effort to make the antidote for an opioid overdose available in local schools. Keller and his fellow board members are addressing a plan to make the antidote available, and Flapan works with patients to fred alternatives to drugs in conquering pain. The news piece highlighted the fact that Plumas County has been on the forefront of battling the epidemic, taking steps long before other jurisdictions became involved. Even though we would prefer not to have the notoriety associated with a drug problem, it's good to know that our health care experts are addressing the issue, and it's nice to be recognized in the North State for those efforts. reml The school year is officially kicking Off--- Feather River College students returned to the classroom this week and next week it's the K-12 group's'turn. We are very fortunate to have a community college in our midst -- it's a boost to the local economy and it provides educational, sports and cultural opportunities that we otherwise would not have. Let's welcome the students as we see them out and about in town. With the new dorm, the Pines, now housing students behind the Safeway shopping center, they will be even more woven into the fabric of OUr conlxnunity. As for the younger students, be extra careful driving around town. By foot, bike, car and bus they will be heading to class. See the opposite page for a critical reminder written by local CHP officer James Stowe. It seems that every year, drivers are confused by when to stop for a bus with flashing red lights. We all can read the vehicle code, but he explains it in an easy-to-understand manner. We hope that everyone enjoys a safe and productive school year. / : spaper For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Debra Moore ............ Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Nick Hall .................... Copy Editor Staff writers: Makenzie Davis Mari Erin Roth Will Farris Stacy Fisher Susan Cort Johnson Susan Jacobsen Ashley Arey Lauren Westmoreland Steve Wathen Gregg Scott Maggie Wells Sam Williams Michael Condon Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Indian Valley Record (530) 283-0800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 283-0800 Printed on ,eyed pap~ Meflt~lr, Cmo~a Ne*~0ap~ I'm a Cold War baby. The one thing that growing up in Western Europe on U.S. military bases gives you is a clear sense of who the enemy is. When your sixth-grade classroom is a converted Hitler youth barrack, the fallen enemy is all around you. Nazis. Nazis and their view of the world, are always the enemy. But much like our newfound happy-go-lucky embrace of all things Russian in the Trump Administration, our clear cut sense of enemy is now skewed. Nazism has gone from being the ultimate wrong to being the negotiable right. And that's just wrong. Who are we as an American people if we cannot make that distinction? If the concept and people both my grandfathers fought against in World War H now mean nothing?. Sometimes there are not two sides to every story and there aren't many sides to blame. Sometimes there's jdst good and evil. And, urn, you aren't supposed to defend evil. Hopefully in our own little corner of AnWrica up here in Plamas County we can differentiate that a little better than bow it is coming out of the White House. ( ys MY TURN MAGGIE WELLS Staff Writer rnwells@plu masnews.corn I hear pockets of what I call, "But what about..." talking points in Indian Valley and Quincy. They go like this: "Nazism might be wrong (might?!) but what about the right to free speech? But what about protesters on the other side? But what about Confederate history?. To which I answer, but what about common decency? Perhaps that is what we lack the most as a country. Common decency. Perhaps this is what I like the most about us here in the county. Common decency. There is so much to respond to in these 'what about' statements. Of course free speech should always be Y protected, but how is celebrating neo Nazis and white supremacy any different than yelling 'fire' in a crowded building?. If you can't get behind people counter protesting Nazis then my goodness what can you get behind? Not all people's responses are the same, and no one can ever control a whole crowd. I'm sure you watched the video footage of all those angry young (white) men in Charlottesville. What was your gut reaction to it? It probably says a good deal about you. I thought about a few things. How was it that they had the time to do this? Weren't they in school? Didn't they have jobs? I thought about what would have happened to them if they were Native American (truly the only people who can say 'we're taking our country back') wouldn't they have been met with tear gas and rubber bullets a la Standing Rock for their efforts? If they were black would arrests have been made for the same behavior? I thought about the Confederate statues rampant in Southern cities. I remember going to elementary school in Augusta, See My Turn, page 9B LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 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 noon; 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 dmoore@plumusnews.com. Honor and respect After shopping, my husband and I were checking out, the young man in front of us was using vulgar language. My husband asked him to watch his language; then more profanities and statements of you can't tell me what to say, and I have freedom of speech. My husband states that this is a public place, knock it off. He begins to verbally attack my husband. Getting louder, continuing his vulgar language, my husband is telling him to leave. The manager comes, and he finally leaves, the manager follows him out. My husband apologizes to the cashier; she thanks him, as she was unsure how to handle the situation. The manager apologizes to us, assuring us he won't be back again. We thanked him, grateful that he had taken this circumstance very seriously. I am proud of my husband; he respects me, others around him no matter what the circumstances, he will not tolerate abuse or disrespect from anyone. Sometimes we think it's best to ignore these situations, saying nothing because it's hard to take a stand. Usually out of fear of embarrassment, or what others may do or think. Nobody is perfect; we all do things we may not be proud of at times. It's not the first time in this circumstance, I doubt it will be the last, his firm value system doesn't waiver when tested. We should all ask ourselves; will my foundation and val~e system pass the test? God brought my husband, Ron Horton, into my life over 30 years ago, and I am so blessed. I want to thank Dave Crowe, the Assistant Manager at Say Mor Foods in Quincy, for doing a great job in handling this tense situation. Stephanle Horton Quincy Job well done Too often in today's busy and hectic environment we do not recognize a job well done. My wife and I have been taxpayers and property owners in the county for many legacy of pandering to special interests and of nepotism and look where we are... I believe it's time on the next set of elections to vote in new and younger blood that will move this county forwards and protect and develop what we already have not exploit it. New supervisors that will listen to the majority, honor election results and make this area shine in a way that balances our ways of life with forward progress. If I were an artist I would have drawn a cartoon of the BOS drooling over the potentiality of rubbing elbows with the Napa Valley elite and I would draw them as vultures... The BOS want "a body" to fill a vacant seat; one that would be "agreeable; non-controversial; one who would just go along with whatever the majority says ... a "yes" person. Matter of fact, someone referred to their appointee as a "malleable pawn." I prefer the word "puppet." Also, I was told by one of the applicants, that one of the city council members told/asked him that the city needs him and that he should apply. Hmmm, isn't that a Brown Act violation? Bottom line, unless you are the one in charge/in control of the city council members, it's going to be one of those "Like it or Not. Wake up Portolans. years. We want the County to kno)w that the issue caused by, .... :County for the citizens who the (County was addressed and care, not for the ones who we are very pleased with the solution. Director of the Public Works Dept. Robert Perreault, Joe Blackwell, Jim Graham, and their hard working crew "resolved the issue that affected our property and its value. The cooperation and patience of everyone involved took some time and coordination and was completed with complete professionalism. The County should be commended for hiring these dedicated employees. Roger and Laurey Bait Clio Supervisors need to go Regarding the regretful decision over the Genesee Valley Helipad ... Supervisors of Plumas County have pledged to uphold the righW of the citizens that elected them, not special interest "Johlmy come lately types." The decision to uphold the illegal helipad that is a noise nuisance and that was built in an agricultural preserve (does that mean anything anymore?) has left a sour taste in all of the citizens of the Sierra Valley and its surrounding areas. Three county employees, who shall remain nameless, deserve to lose their jobs over this. How can you accept a payment while stating that the form was incorrect? Shouldn't this have been noticed by said County employees? Doesn't this seem wrong on so many levels? Plurnas County politics has a needs to go. Let's keep Plumas , Terri Woods Portola Concerned Citizen want to transform it into what they are trying to escape .... A/ex Lester Sierra Valley Wake up Portola My turn to speak out on the Portola City Council's appointment of new city council member. I've lived in Portola for 18 years; had been actively attending the city council meetings for the past 3-4 years, including videotaping some of the important meetings to share with the community. In all those years of attendance, I've never walked out of a meeting, feeling angry, thoroughly disgusted and disappointed, until this past Aug. 9 meeting, when the city council interviewed four applicants; and made the appointment the same night. I shouldn't had been surprised with their decision (3-1) to appoint the applicant with the "least" experience and knowledge of what was going on within the City of Portola; who hasn't attended any of the city council meetings during her adult life; who claimed that her interest in becoming a city council member was to "get people of her' demographic age' involved in the community." Really? Three of the applicants whom I know have the knowledge, experiences, qualifications that the city council could had appointed. But no, this city council just A child's happiness There have been many lawsuits fried which arose over the Lake Davis treatment. Many legal opinions noted. There appeared a photo in this paper, printed about 20 years ago, of a 4-year-old boy cradling a 5-pound rainbow trout. He is extremely happy. The fish hangs today on the wall of his living room. He gets a little warm spot in his heart when he recalls "that day," 20 years ago. There are probably quite a few little boys with fish on the wall from those days before pike. It think it's a shame that no one suit addressed the loss of the pursuit of happiness, that was such an important part of a child's development. What's that worth? It's worth a million bucks to me. It's worth 2 million to the (, boy s father, 5 million to the boy. Eight million dollars to bring back those 4-year-olds' smiles seems a cheap price to pay. How many 5-pound rainbows could a kid catch, if Fish and Wildlife would put that money in fish instead of attorneys? Why are attorneys fishing to cover the behinds of those responsible for stealing little children's happiness? I don't know. Do you? Ed Laurie Portola See Letters, page 9B REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ... 1917 The Plumas County High School will open on Monday. New and/nodern woodworking machinery will offer greater advantages in the manual training department this school year. J.D. McLaughlin, President of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce has received notice from the California State Fish & Game Commission that shipment via railroad of twenty cans, containing 40,000 young trout, will arrive at Quincy Junction railroad depot and will be distributed to the streams of Plumas County. The large bunkhouse used by the workmen and crew engaged in connecting the WeStern Pacific Railroad's long tunnel at Spring Garden was destroyed by fire Saturday morning. 50 YEARS AGO ... 1967 Construction began Friday on a nine bed addition to Plumas District Hospital in Quincy after a fundraising drive for $15,000 exceeded that goal. Financing for constuction is as follows: $85,000 in available hospital funds, $50,000 grant, $15,000 from county funds and $15,000 from the fund, raising drive. 25 YEARS AGO ... 1992 Plumas County resident Roy Carmichael, 96, died August 21 in Vina. From 1959 to 1978 he drove cattle from Portola to Indian Valley and to Sacramento on horseback. Later, he donated land in Portola for a school, subsequently named C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School. He is in the Cowboy Hall of Fame, inducted in 1970. 10 YEARS AGO ... 2007 A milestone will be celebrated this week when the 25th annual Railroad Days will be held in Portola. 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.