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10B Wednesday, Nov. 30 2010 EDITORIAL and OPINION Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL Hospice provides dignified care November is National Hospice Month and while the thought of dying perhaps seems an odd thing to celebrate, hospice and palliative care is one aspect of the dying process that should be honored for what it has become. Our region is fortunate to have several hos- pice organizations: Honey Lake Hospice (Su- sanville), Plumas Community Hospice (Quin- cy) and Sierra Hospice (Chester). You can find out more about these groups and the services they offer in a special publication inside next week's paper. Hospice is really about living. It's a compre- hensive approach to end-of-life care that focus- es on keeping terminal patients as pain- and symptom-free as possible. The core components of hospice care pain management, psychosocial support and spiri- tual comfort can offer peace of mind to pa- tients and their families through personal at- tention, family involvement and patient care. During National Hospice Month, we recog- nize the dignity hospme care can provide to patients who need it most, and the profession- als, volunteers, and family members who bring peace to individuals in their final days. Hospice care gives medical services, emo- tional support, and spiritual resources to peo- ple facing life-limiting illnesses. It can also help families and caregivers manage the de- tails and emotional challenges of caring for a dying loved one. The decision to place someone into a hos- pice program can be difficult, but Americans can have peace of mind knowing the doctors and professionals involved with these services are trained to administer high quality and comprehensive care for terminally ill individ- uals. As many of our nation's veterans age and cope with illness, hospice and palliative care can also provide tailored support to meet the needs of these heroes. The Affordable Care Act signed into law this year protects and expands hospice services covered under federal healthcare programs. Prior to its enactment, the prohibition on concurrent care for federal healthcare pro- grams meant patients could not receive hos- pice care before first discontinuing treatments for their diseases. The Affordable Care Act permanently elimi- nates that prohibition for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. It creates demonstration projects to test how the elimination of the concurrent care prohibition would impact Medicare. As a result, fewer children, seniors and fam- ilies will have to make the heart-rending choice between coverage that fights an illness and coverage that provides needed comfort. All Americans should take comfort in the important work of hospice care, which en- ables individuals to carry on their lives, in spite of a terminal illness. During this month, let us recognize those who allow the terminally ill to receive com- fortable and dignified care. Feath hing spaper . ,~ Breaking News .... o to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B Taborski . . .Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Diana Jorgenson .......... Portola Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Kate West ............... Chester Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Mona Hill .................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Joshua Sebold Will Farris Sam Williams Barbara France Susan Cort Johnson Kayleen Taylor Ruth Ellis Brian Taylor Pat Shillito Linda Satchwell Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Lassen County Times (530) 257-53211 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 My secret life as a law-unabiding citizen MY TURN DIANA JORGENSON Portola Editor djorgenson@plumasnews.com I was in error. All year long. I was happily celebrating my birthday last week, printing out color photos. My printer was being unusually productive and trouble free. Still, it was a slow process with time to think of other things. It occurred to me I should have renewed my driver's license on my birthday. But I had received no renewal notice. Very odd, indeed. So, I looked on my driver's license and saw that it had expired in 2009. In one second, I fell from grace, trans- formed from birthday celebrant to miscre- ant. I had screwed up. But, like Scarlet O'Hara, I vowed to think about it tomor- row. I printed out a lot more pretty pic- tures. The next day, when I reviewed the situ- ation, I realized I had no idea what the Early last week I found out I had been breaking the law for a year. I was a fugi- tive from justice, an outlaw on the run. But I did not know this about me. Ignorance is no excuse before the law, they say and post the thought above the doors in some courthouses -- although they usually print it in Latin so you really get the point. So, I don't say my ignorance excuses me from legal requirements in any way, but say what you wilL ignorance is, truly, bliss. And, I have been blissfully unaware Where in the world? Dennis and Vicki Chegwin of Graeagle traveled to Montpelier, Vt., and visited the state capital building. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your lo- cal newspaper along and including it in a photo. Then e-mail the photo to smor- row@plumasnews.com. repercussions would be. Would there be a fine? Or, horrible thought, would they re- voke my license? My worst fears concoct- ed all sorts of scenarios and few of them were pleasant. This was obviously a situation for the Quincy DMV. The Quincy office of the Department of Motor Vehicles is one of the unsung won- ders of Plumas County. When I moved to these mountains near- ly 30 years ago, albeit Sierra County, not Plumas, I was introduced to the local DMV office right away. Changing address- es is one of the first things to do. I had never heard a government office praised before, but the Quincy DMV got high marks from everybody. There was no waiting there, I was told. After experiencing the San Francisco DMV office only once, I considered this the highest praise possible for a DMV of- rice. But, there was more. They were good: If they could help you, they would and as fast and efficiently as possible. There was more still. The people in the DMV were personable and good humored about their work as well. In the 30 years since those pronounce- ments were given me, I have found them all to be true. I have never had a bad expe- rience in that office. Granted, we don't interrelate often. Mostly, my interaction with the DMV con- sists of me writing checks in a timely manner. As long as I don't get out of sync, we have few problems. As far as my driver's license is con- cerned, every few years I get a letter that begins "Congratulations, good driver..." and offers me a renewal by mail. That is how I came to have a 20-year-old picture on my current license. I liked it that way. Well, I was a good degree out of sync with DMV this time, so there was no help for it: I must turn myself in at the Quincy DMV. I was called to take my turn before I had even really settled in. I didn't give the la- dy much of a story: I just handed her my out-of-date driver's I icense and comment- ed that I appeared to have a problem. She figured it out quite quickly on her own, changed addresses, made a couple more changes on the computer and said, "That will be $31, please." Whew. :. ,=,.', They did punish me, however:they made me take a new picture and they found out about the glasses. All the same, the Quincy DMV came through with flying colors. One of the truly unsung marvels of Plumas County. Thanks, guys. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 80 YEARS AGO...1930 The Plumas National-Bulletin, the lead- ing publication in this territory, has been purchased by M.F. "Pop" Small of Marin County and San Francisco. W.J. Clinch, Quincy native, prominent rancher and businessman, died this week in San Francisco. Clinch was born in Quin- cy on March 5, 1873 and lived his whole life in American Valley. In 1894 he purchased the Plumas Meat Market in Quincy and ran it until September 1928. He retired and sold his ranch in American Valley in June 1929. 50 YEARS AGO...1960 Editorial and endorsement by the Feath- er River Bulletin: Vote Democratic at next weeks election. Vote John F. Kennedy for president; Cabot Lodge for vice president; Harold T. "Bizz" Johnson for congress and Pauline Davis for assembly. 30 YEARS AGO...1980 Plumas County registered a 78 per cent turnout in the election last week, return- ing majorities for President Reagan. For the first time in history, Plumas County voted Republican. In previous elections not even Lincoln or Eisenhower won local majorities. Advertisement: Plumas Bank, now in organization, cordially invites you to attend a "sneak preview" open house at our new building on Friday located at 80 West Main Street in Quincy. 10 YEARS AGO...2000 Plumas County Board of Supervisors election results from last weeks election: Ken Nelson defeated incumbent Philip Bresciani. Incumbent Robert Meacher re- tained his position on the board defeating Nathan Tucker, challenger. B.J. Pearson defeated Fran Roudebush. Plumas County Superior Court judge Garrett Olney re- tained his seat defeating Craig Settlemire in that court race. S truttin ~ ~ 'the ~ ~:~ ~: ::i~ MY TURN MONA HILL Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com For the last two weeks, more observant readers will have seen either my stuffing challenge or the paper's ad soliciting recipe entries. Today is officially the deadline, but I have to tell you: As I write this, entries have been nonexistent. This column is my plea and your last chance. It all started in early October when my editor and I got to talking about what to do with the front page of the Regional sec- tion; it was an offshoot of my longstand- ing struggle with piecrust. We like to do interesting, colorful and fun things with the page maybe you've noticed? It's one of the few pages we can use color on and we hate to miss the op- portunity. Anyway, with Thanksgiving looming on the horizon, we're looking for a new slant on the obvious traditional features. We Stuff(ing) got to giggling about weird must-have in- gredients in stuffing, such as oysters, mushrooms and water chestnuts: eeeeewwwww! Myself, I have occasionally used alter- native stuffing, rice and fruit in chicken and pork, apricots in pork loin and pate in fillet mignon (aka beef Wellington). My husband thinks Stovetop is the greatest invention ever. Of course, he can't help it; he's English and they only do box stuffing: Paxo to be precise. My first experience with Paxo was Sun- day lunch down at the local. Usually Sunday lunch at the pub is a choice of roast turkey, chicken or beef. I decided to forego my fav (beef) for a change and have turkey with dressing. Big mistake. When my plate was set be- fore me, there were two brown golf balls next to the turkey. "OK," I thought, "this is different ... when in Blighty ..." and dug in. Well, I should have had a chisel because they were as impervious as golf balls. Those two spheres resisted fork and knife, even after soaking in a pool of gravy for half-an-hour. After much effort, I think I asked for a nutcracker, I managed to get a bite. Let me tell you, it was seriously disappointing and enlightening. It tasted like sage sawdust and I'm sure I broke a tooth. I also now know what the English mean when they say "stone the Thanksgiving looms crows;" it's the only possible use for Paxo. I, however, am a serious traditionalist. Four generations cannot be wrong: butter- milk and cornbread are the only way to go. I'll save the other ingredients for the 17th I may have to have something to put on the page if y'all don't come through for me. That naturally leads to the burnir~g ex- istential question of our time: To stuff or not to stuff?. (Thanks, Hamlet, for provid- ing a soliloquy worthy of a thousand riffs.) As I understand it, stuffing is cooked in the turkey and dressing is cooked sepa- rately. I use the tel:ms interchangeably: It's a distinction without a difference. Some gastrophobes believe the only pur- pose stuffing serves is to soak up turkey juices. I make triple the necessary amount it makes a great breakfast when served with pumpkin pie -- gotta have leftovers. The argument for not stuffing is the turkey cooks faster. OK, I suppose that's a legitimate consideration. I think in-turkey stuffing is moister and has better flavor. Besides, what could be more fun than rising at 4 or 5 or 6 a.m. to stuff the turkey and go back to bed? Wait, is that an argument for not stuffing? The upshot is this: All you Thanksgiv- ing cooks, I implore you, send me your recipes and opinions. It will all do in a pinch -- except Paxo.