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6B Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter DITORIAL AND PINION EDITORIAL We should take personally tha wildland fi nk our Every year, about this time, almost every corner of California falls prey to wildfire season. It's a time when smoke fills the air, homes and livelihoods are threatened and the fear of another, more pronounced, drought next year is ubiquitous. This could end up being one of the worst fire seasons on record. There are currently more than 100 major fires west of the Rockies. Fifteen of those wildfires are in California. It is against that backdrop that thousands of men and women, many of them from communities across Northern California, dedicate themselves to fighting wildfires in our most pristine forests. Virtually every able-bodied firefighter is on the job right now. And for the fwst time since 2008, fire crews from Australia and New Zealand have been called in to help. Fighting wildfires is an extremely tough job. These En'efighters can be called upon at any time, day or night, weekday or weekend, depending on when Mother Nature or mankind decides to arouse the flames that can kill more than just vast tracts of timber. Not only is it not easy, it is a highly dangerous line of work. Just last week, a fire near Twisp, Washington, killed three firefighters. Four others were seriously injured. Just a week prior to those deaths a firefighter from South Dakota was killed while fighting a fire in Modoc National Forest. So, you see, when these brave men and women strap on their gear, don their fn:efighting implements and march, climb, crawl or sometimes parachute into these literal hot-spots, they are risking their lives to save the lives of the forest and you. How many times do we drive down any of our respective main streets, in any of our communities, and see the fwefighters' rigs, trucks or busses parked somewhere so the crew can get some food or just a chance to unwind? When you do, have you ever thought to thank one of them? We can put all the signs we want saying things like "We support our f'wefighters," but it might make more of an impact if we walked up to one of these tire6 ffu, efighters and made it personal, handshake-to-handshake, face-to-face. They deserve to know how much we appreciate them. 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. Feath ishing spaper / For breaking news, go to Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald .......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Nick Hall .......... ~ ........ .Copy Editor Staff writers: Michael Condon Susan Jacobson Makenzie Davis Greg-Knight Ruth Ellis Debra Moore Will Farris Josh McEachern Stacy Fisher Ann Powers Susan Cort Johnson Sam Williams Feather River Indian Valley Record Bulletin (530) 284-7800 (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood Lassen County Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 Member, Printed on California Newspaper recycled paper Publishers Assoc. Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Age brings w It has been said that as we live, we learn and that with age comes wisdom. It's true that advanced life experiences and education can certainly help each of us to make better day-to-day choices, but having wisdom doesn't necessarily mean that one will understand what is happening in today's global society. I'm the first to admit that as a baby boomer I don't always "get" how the younger generation processes its thoughts or actions. In the bigger scheme of things, that they prefer to talk with their fmgers rather than using good verbal communication skills is really small potatoes. Invariably, when someone questions, "what is the world coming to?" or makes a comment about how the "world is going to hell in a hand basket," I am in agreement with both.., despite my lack of MY TURN M. KATE WEST Staff Writer C understanding of how such atrocious incidences can be occurring in America and abroad. There are a lot of folks out there espousing theories about the how and why of any given situation or tragedy. Blame is often placed on the breakdown This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. of Aug. 26 1920-- The 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution is enacted by U.S. Congress. It gives women the right to vote. Aug. 27 1858 -- The Twain (Plumas County) post office is established. 1875 -- The Clio (Plumas County) post office is established, originally called Wash post office. 1964-- The film "Mary Poppins" is released. Later, it won 13 Academy Awards including best song "Chim Chim Cher-ee." Aug. 28 1898 -- A North Carolina pharmacist invented the carbonated soft drink that would later be known as Pepsi-Cola. 1996 -- Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, divorce after marrying on July 29, 1981. Aug. 29 1898 -- The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company is founded in Akron, Ohio. The company's Goodyear blimp is known throughout the world, which first flew in 1925. 1966 -- The Beatles give their last U.S. performance, held at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. 2005 -- Hurricane Katrina strikes the U.S. Gulf Coast. Damage is estimated at $108 billion. Aug. 30 Burning Man begins today (August 30 through September 7). It's hem in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, located 110 miles form Reno. The 29-year-old event was founded in 1986 in San Francisco. It moved to the Nevada playa venue in 1990. 1993 -- "Late Night with David Letterman" debuts on the CBS television network. Aug. 31 1997 -- Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed and their driver are killed in an automobile accident in Paris, France. Sept. 1 The traditional birthstone of September is the sapphire and the traditional flower is the aster. 1946-- The first U.S. Women's Open Golf Tournament is won by Patty Berg. 1985 -- The remains of the four-story "unsinkable" ship the Titanic is located. The Titanic hit an iceberg and sank in 1912. The wreckage was found south of Newfoundland by a team of French and American ocean researchers. m, no t answers of family values, reality television, social media, Xbox gaming; that we live in a litigious society and in a world that is too politically correct. While I would agree that any of those subjects might be a contributing factor I fred it difficult to believe that just one could be solely responsible for such a myriad of tragedy and civil disruption. If the substance of understanding were as simple as personal choices, it would be infmitely less complicat.ed. I would simply make a list of pros and cons to help me understand what I was facing. After mulling over the items listed on both sides of the page, I know I would inevitably fmd my answer. When questions are raised as to why onlookers left a police detective to lay bleeding in a parking lot without rendering aid, or why a young man entered a church and killed nine members of a community, or why sanctuary cities protect illegal criminals there is no easy answer. And, there is no amount of culminating human years or list making that can answer those questions. I am totally stymied as to how one would even approach that superior level of understanding?. Would it help to break the facts or topics into lists to build a foundation to begin the process of mental gymnastics? Would the lists be in numerical order as to the severity or alphabetical? If alphabetical, what letter would one start with? Doing a quick mental rehash, which coincidentally begins with the letter "R," I think it would be appropriate to use that letter as a starting point. News, which cycles 24-hours-a day, is filled with stories about racial tension, reduction of religious freedoms, right to life, or rights as relates to what you can and can't do with your own property based on the protected rights of others. These are such large issues, I'm beginning question my own wisdom for even starting this particular dialogue. On second, third, fourth and fifth thought I'm going to skip the letter "R" altogether. My aged wisdom is dictating that I move backwards to "O" for... OKAY, I'm officially overwhelmed with my lack of understanding of so many topics. Gaining in surety of my new tack, I'm going to go back even further in the alphabet to "F" with the thought that I need to fmish this. It's a hard world we live in today and does not always leave one feeling comfortable. while I have the comprehension to take in and absorb the facts and the wisdom to put such information into perspective, it will likely take me the rest of my life and beyond to gain understanding and answers. I: EMEMBEIK WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ..... 1915 Twenty two million board feet of timber worth $300,000 was destroyed at an early morning ffwe at the Feather River Lumber Company lumber yards near Portola and spread to the yard of the California Box & Lumber Company. However, the mill and factories of the two concerned were saved by efforts of the firefighteers. A $500 reward is being offered for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the parties Causing the fire. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1965 The 1965 Plumas County Sweetheart of the Mountains Linda Varner of Cromberg will participate in the Maid of California contest at the California State Fair this week. "Plumas County--A Symphony of Cedar" is the theme of this years Plumas ' County exhibit at the California State Fair that is entered in the Lumber and Forestry section of the state fair in Sacramento. Plumas County has won second prize in its division for two years. (Note: the 1965 exhibit placed second again.) 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1990 The bodies of two kidnapped Reno children, Charles Chia and Jennifer Chia, were found in a shallow grave near Blairsden, ending a federal search for the children, missing since October. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2005 The Plumas County Health Department has confirmed the first human case of the West Nile Virus in a 50-plus year old woman in eastern Plumas County. It is assumed that she contracted the virus in another country where she has worked. 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. Beware of the VA hospital in Reno Last year I wrote two columns in reference to medical care at the Reno VA. The first described a horrible experience from a one-night stay. The second column, after long conversations with the chief of staff, Dr. Brilliant, encouraged veterans to seek care at the hospital because of the checks and balances that protected patients; well never mind. From 2012 to 2014, I have had three life-threatening experiences at the hands of VA personnel. The fwst instance came through a missed diagnosis from my primary care doctor in 2012. He diagnosed an abdominal pain as acid reflux disease. Thirty days later I was having emergency surgery at Plumas District Hospital to remove a diseased gall bladder. Dr. Jensen stated that I was near death when I came to him. The second occurred in July of 2013 while undergoing surgery for hernia repair. My breathing tube was removed too soon and it had to be replaced when they noticed I wasn't breathing. This resulted in the overnight stay and a bladder failure from reaction to the anesthetic A nurse had to insert a catheter twice and the first time it drained 1,000 cc of fluid from my bladder. The pain was excruciating, but the only medication they could provide was Vicodin, a drug I was allergic to. There was no indication of the bladder problems or the amount of fluid drained in my medical records. Nor did I receive any instructions on how to remove the catheter when they sent me home with it. In February of 2014, a vascular surgeon preformed an angioplasty procedure to clear a blockage in my right leg. He found '* received the messages. Finally after a year and a half of trying to get help, the VA scheduled a vascular test at Plumas ........ Hospital. I went in for the test and verified ..... that the results had been faxed back to ................. .... Reno. They do not appear anywhere in the ..... ............ Reno VA Hospital records. On July 23, 2015, I had another follow-up appointment with the same surgeon. Prior MY TURN WILL FARRIS Staff Writer other blockages and decided to abort the procedure and schedule me for surgery in a couple of weeks. That night I lost all the blood circulation in my right leg and the doctors at Plumas Hospital had me evacuated to the Reno VA by helicopter where I had major vascular surgery. The blood clot had apparently dissolved, but had it released into my circulatory system I could have suffered a fatal heart attack or stroke. A couple of months after that surgery, I went back for a follow-up appointment. A vascular test of my right leg was abnormal revealing a significant decrease in blood flow. when I met with the surgeon later that day he discounted the test results and left the exam room. His Physician Assistant advised me to notify the vascular team immediately if my pre-op symptoms returned. A month after this appointment the pain in my right leg returned and I attempted to call the vascular team. I left messages for the Physician Assistant to call me, but never received a return call. She later told me that she never to him entering the exam room I had an interview with the Physician Assistant. I questioned her as to why she didn't return my calls and why my latest vascular test results weren't on record. She didn't really have an answer except that she never got the messages. Then the surgeon entered the room in combative mode. He ranted for some time about my smoking habit and threatened not to treat me. When he fmally agreed to perform a procedure to open up the blockage, I voiced my concerns about another circulation blockage. That really. set him of. He told me I didn't have a blockage, just a tingling in my leg. I responded that my leg was numb from the crotch to toes that it had lost all color and was cold to the touch. Then he told me that I hadn't gone straight to the VA Hospital, but had come through Renown Hospital in Reno. After being the object of this man's venom and being called a liar twice, I lost it in a typical PTSD reaction. My adrenaline went from zero to 100, and I cursed at him. He then excused himself as my surgeon, which I believe was his goal all along. That burst of rage cost me dearly. I spent the next three weeks in a deep depression.