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lOB Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 D ITORIAL AND OPINION Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL uring It's Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4 through Oct. 10), and the theme this year is "Hear the beep where you sleep: Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm." With the arrival of cooler weather and the changing of the seasons, firefighters will see.fewer wildfires and more residential Fwes. Now is the time to ensure the safety of your family and your loved ones by reducing the risk of a fire in your home. Smoke alarms can alert those in your home, wake them if they're sleeping and, in the event of a Fire, save lives. Home Fwes are preventable, and here are some steps each of us can take to prevent a tragedy. Most home fires occur in the kitchen while cooking, and they are the leading cause of injuries from fires. Stayin the kitchen when you're cooking. If you must leave the kitchen, turn off the stove. Cigarettes cause many fires. If you smoke, smoke outside. Chairs and sofas catch on fire and burn quickly. Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it is turned off. Oxygen can be explosive and makes a fire burn hotter and faster. And make sure you don't smoke in bed. Electrical wiring and appliances can also pose a fire hazard. Replace any frayed wires and don't run cords under rugs or furniture. Use extension cords wisely and never overload them or wall sockets. Turn off and then replace any light switches that are hot to the touch or have lights that flicker. Make sure you keep combustible material at least three feet away from portable heaters. Space heaters should have a thermostat control that will switch off automatically if the heater falls over. Many Plumas County residents use fireplaces and woodstoves for heat. Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check for damage or obstructions every month. Never burn trash, paper or green wood. Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop roiling logs and large enough to cover the entire opening of the Fweplace to catch flying sparks'. Make surethe i'we is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed. Ashes should be stored in a tightly sealed container outside the house. Children are curious about Fn'e. Take the mystery away by teaching them t-we isa tool, not a toy. Store matches and lighters out of their reach and sight. Teach children to tell an adult immediately if they Fred matches or lighters. Other prevenflontips include never using a stove or: oven for heat, replacing mattresses made before 2007 (the newer ones are safer), keep combustible and flammable liquids away from heat sources and portable generators should never be used or refueled indoors. The statistics are both staggering and sobering. Each year in the United States more than 2,500 people die in home fires and another 12,600 are injured. Home fires cause about $7.3 billion in damage every year. Fire spreads quickly. In just two minutes, a Fwe can become life threatening. In Five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames. Believe it or not, heat and smoke can be more dangerous than the fire itself. Super hot air can sear your lungs, and fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented or drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of death, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio. It's Fire Pl, evention Week, a reminder to all of us to be fire safe. Feath lishing 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 Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Stacy Fisher Susan Cort Johnson Susan Jacobson Greg Knight Debra Moore Josh McEachern Ann Powers Gregg Scott Maggie Wells Sam Williams Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Printed on recycled paper Member, California Newspaper Publishers Assoc. Don't let technology substitute for humanity In my first attempt at a "My Turn" I talked about new adventures and chall, enges and alluded to how they are good for your mind and can expand your view of the world. The world is of course changing continually on a global level, which then causes change on a local level. Or, more importantly, is it changing on a local level therefore causing change on a global level? Having been around this old world for over six decades I have had the opportunity to witness many changes. The most apparent are probably those in the area of technology. Remembering when it was considered "cool" to go to a ball game and use a transistor radio to listen to the play-by- , play, hardly compares to sitting in the stands and watching all the instant replays on a notebook. Why even go to the game at all if you can get all the details from your car, the beach or at home. There was a time when you had to pick up a telephone, and I don't mean wireless, dial the number and physically talk to MY TURN GREGG SCOTT Staff Writer your friends if you wanted to know what was going on in their lives. Now you can just send a photo with an encrypted caption to them on Facebook or some other mode and expect a timely answer via the same method. Easy? Yes, but not truly personal. Please don't get the wrong idea about how I view technology changes. I have a ~martphone, and a computer. I even have a Facebook account. A few years ago, I was eager to sign up for Facebook so I could keep in touch with 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 Oct. 7 1949 -- Edgar Allan Poe dies at the age of 40 in Baltimore, Maryland. Oct. 8 1860 -- The telegraph line between San Francisco and Los Angeles begins service. 1965-- "Yesterday" by the Beatles hits #1 on the Billboards list and remains there through the month. 1973 -- Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns in 1973 after being charged with Federal tax evasion. Oct. 11 1890 --The Daughters of the American Revolution is founded in Washington, D.C. 1919 -- J.C. Penney opens Store # 1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with stores in every state of America. 1950" CBS television network is issued a license to begin color television broadcasting by the FCC. 1975 -- The comedy/variety show "Saturday Night Live" debuts on NBC television network "live" from New York City, New York. 1982 -- "Cats" opens on Broadway in New York City, New York. It runs continuously for nearly 18 years before closing in Sept. 2000. 2001 ---President George W. Bush " announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security. Oct. 9 1888 -- The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., opens to the general public. 2001 -- The Polaroid Corporation Fries for Federal bankruptcy protection. Oct. 12 Today is Columbus Day honoring Christopher Columbus who discovered America in 1492. The first celebration of Columbus Day in the United States was held in New York City, New York in 1792. 1901 -- President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the executive mansion in Washington, D.C., the White House. 1986-- The Fn'st musical production of "The Phantom of the Opera" opens in London, England. Oct. 1 -- The cornerstone of the executive mansion (now known as the White House) is laid by United' States President George Washington. Oct. 10 1971 -- Sold, dismantled, relocated and 1958 -- Paddington Bear, a classic reconstructed, the LondOn Bridge opens character from English children's in Lake Havasu, Arizona. literature makes its debut. all the wonderful students that were my Teen Court volunteers. To this day I still enjoy hearing about their activities even though they are spread across the country from Idaho to Virginia to Louisiana. It's heartwarming as I see the posts of my friends, some that I haven't seen in years, as they update their adventures, grandchildren, careers and yes, their general wellbeing. It's great to have a cell phone so if my vehicle breaks down in the middle of nowhere, or a family member or'friend has an emergency, we can get needed help almost anytime and anywhere. Now we come to the real point of this piece. I have come to the conclusion that changes in technology are good as long as the users don't allow the "easy life" they provide to change the values of the users. Like many Baby Boomer-aged folks I want to embrace the technology changes without changing the wonderful values I was endowed with as a youth. My young life was very much influenced by my paternal grandfather. My dad was away from home for work for all but a couple of weekends a month during most of my preschool and elementary years. My "grandpa" filled that void with both presence and knowledge. Born in 1879, he was a walking encyclopedia of age-old sayings and adages. These were not just cliches he memorized for a quick response; for him, they were words to live by. The one that comes to mind right now is, "If it ain't broken, don't fix it." When it comes to good old fashioned values like caring, compassion, communication (one-on-one) or even supporting a cause, I would much rather see our society stay with the proven methods of helping other people. Let's roll up our sleeves and get involved. Maybe it's visiting someone that is ill, or helping an older person in his or her yard. Maybe there's a youth group or local service organization that could use your help serving the community or maybe you could just write a letter' to a member of the military giving encouragement and thanks. Trying to indoctrinate your friends with plagiarized Internet postings on Facebook or your phone does not constitute either .... involvement or friendship. Posting an American flag does not equate to "supporting the troops" or veterans. If you are passionate about a cause or belief, get out there and get personally involved. That's the best way to show what you really care about. As I mentioned earlier, I truly look forward to receiving personal updates from my friends. I cherish photos of kids, grandkids, vacations and adventures. what I don't look forward to is the numerous reposting of"stuff" I could easily find on the Internet if I were the least bit interested. Bottom line? Don't let technology be a substitute for your humanity. I EMEMBER WHEN 50 YEARS AGO...1965 parking fees were to be implemented. ............................................ The Plumas County Board of Damage was estimated to be $2,500. KERI TABORSKI Supervisors approved the establishment Historian and activation of a Plumas County 10 YEARS AGO...2005 Housing Authority which will provide The United States Forest Service turned public financial housing for loW income 100 years old on July 2 and the Plumas 100 YEARS AGO...1915 families in Plumas County. National Forest will belatedly celebrate With the establishment of the this historic event on October 8 at the 2nd Plumas County Free Library System 25 YEARS AGO...1990 annual Fall Fest at Mt. Hough Ranger recently, the Quincy Woman's Christian Plumas County Superior Court Judge Station in Quincy with the theme: "A Temperance Union (WCTU) has Roger Settlemire has stopped the Century of Service." disbanded their library and has donated California Department of Fish and Game Note: items included in the weekly Remember all the books they have accumalated in plan to poison Northern Pike in When column are taken from our bound their reading room during the past 25 FrenChman Lake located northwest ofnewspaper archives and represent writing styles years, some 1500 volumes, to the Portola and Chilcoot. of that particular period. The spelling and Plumas County High School. The organ An explosion device destroyed a parking grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented was presented to the County Hospital. control box at the Feather River College as it actually appeared in the original campus in Quincy a day before mandatory newspaper. There is an unfortunate truth about the' Oregon shooting At about 11 a.m. on Oct. 1, I turned on my web-based radio. It was at that moment that I heard the first details about the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Ten people died in the incident and many more were seriously injured when the alleged gunman, Chris Harper-Mercer, came to campus and unloaded as many as three handguns inside the science building. The moststriking detail of this incident, beyond the horror of the killings -- at the hands of an obviously mentally ill man-- is the fact that the college did not have armed security on a campus hosting more than 3,000 full-time students. It reminded me of the fragility of the security situation on campuses across the nation. Incidents like this must end, though more gun control, I believe, is not the answer. Essentially, the concept of security at schools has to change. As far as I am concerned, given what is MY TURN GREG KNIGHT Sports Editor happening on campuses everywhere, there should, at a minimum, be a properly trained, armed guard at every school in the nation. I say trained because while Americans are privy to the God-granted right of the Second Amendment, you still have to know how to use a weapon properly and not do something stupid. what I am not advocating for is the willy-nilly proliferation of weapons on campuses. To allow that would actually endanger lives since untrained and possibly unchecked individuals, in terms of their criminal and psychological background, might have access to those weapons. That means students, whether 18 years old or older, should not be called upon to possess deadly weapons in order to stop an attack. That responsibility should be in the hands of administrators, teachers and staff. After all, those leaders on campus are responsible for the safety and security of students in the end. /knd we should not forget that legal possession of weapons is a right that is not meant for the privilege of hunting, but to protect one's life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. The time has come for school districts everywhere to step up as Americans and consider (as in agendize and vote on) allowing increased security for students and staff. " The life that is saved by just one firearm on any campus may be your own. 'k