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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. i2, 2014 7B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE A primary function of a mental health department in an isolated rural county is to offer helpful services such as counseling and crisis intervention to any who are struggling. It is the only mental health clinic available to many county residents. Medical insurance has limited mental health coverage, making low-cost counseling a much-needed service. I believe that there is another major function of our mental health department that is being seriously neglected. Mental health could be a strong partner to work with and advise other county agencies in a larger effort to help promote safety and security in Plumas County. This includes working closely with law enforcement to reduce criminal conduct. In light of the significant changes in sentencing that are shifting responsibility for housing and community STANg_. JAMES REICHLE FORMER PLUMAS COUNTY DISTRICT A'VI'ORNEY supervision of many convicted felons from the state prison system to the counties, it is extremely important to efficiently and effectively utilize all available county resources in a coordinated effort to supervise and where possible deter the return to crime of these persons in our community. I became district attorney in Plumas County in August 1992. An ongoing goal of my administration was to not only hold criminals responsible but to also when possible identify and confront some of the incentives to criminal conduct in a defendant's life conditions. Plumas County Drug Court became central to this process as it seeks to both threaten sanctions for misbehavior and to provide rehabilitative resources to help the individual choose a more functional lifestyle. Drug and alcohol rehabilitation requires behavior change in basic daily life choices, so the drug court needed a strong partnership with mental health. We didn't have it. In Plumas County in the 1990s, the director of mental health thought his job was to provide a walk-in clinic for the general public. The department seemed to see law enforcement as only punitive and therefore incompatible with its basic goal of helping people with their problems. In the early 1990s the Board of Supervisors virtually ignored outside funded agencies such as mental health unless their funding was in jeopardy. This led to a bureaucratic insular culture that has permeated the department to this day and continues to seriously hinder the creation of a strong working partnership with law enforcement and others to improve life in Plumas County for defendants and the public at large. Over the years and in at least four rural counties, I have seen many struggles to improve the function of county departments that just can't seem to live up to the need for comprehensive and effective delivery of services. Plumas County Alcohol and Drug Services and the probation department are examples of ongoing challenges. Changing the department leadership may be required but most often real change requires not only good leadership but direction and support from the board and other county agencies. Although our low salaries limit the applicant pool, the fact that we have many good competent professional department heads in Plumas County proves that finding a good department head can be done. The board must also exercise its responsibility to create policy so as to give the department head clear direction with easily defined and measured goals to be evaluated in the annual performance evaluation conducted by the board. There are at least two major steps necessary to bring mental health to a place where supporting helpful programs involving law enforcement is a priority. The board must take a strong and active role in directing the use of the significant funds available to mental health to the maximum benefit of the welfare of all county residents and fmall v put to rest their predecessors' attitude of benign neglect. There are many ways in which the board can set performance goals and define policy objectives for a department. It is also critically important to fmd a director ~vho is not part of the traditional insular culture of the department and open to direction from the board. We need a director who can not only provide counseling services but also work with law enforcement and other agencies for the benefit of the community. We need a director who is able to chaflge the culture of the department to effectively broaden the scope of its services to the community. Finding such a director would require a serious search effort. Perhaps a search committee including representatives of law enforcement and other interests could be formed. I believe that the potential return on investment in terms of public safety and general welfare makes this a necessary investment of time and attention to bring about a much-needed change. 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 bepublished. 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 offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmodonald@plUmasnews.oom. Flu shots .... I just returned from getting my free flu shot at the fairgrounds. Bless the nurses and the Rotary volunteers for braving the blustery windy leaf- blowing day. Thanks to the Health Department for providing these free flu shots every year, which will help to protect the health of our people, and keep our beautiful community healthy. La Vern Schmitt Quincy Vaccination For the record, I did provide the article written by Peter Doshi, Ph.D., from the British Medical Journal to a recent letter writer promptly and twice. Receipt was acknowledged by him, but not before he hastily accused me of not providing it in last week's paper. I easily obtained said article for free. For those interested, another Ph.D. (immunology), has come forward and written "Vaccine Illusion," which lays out why vaccination is the biggest dupe of all time and only compromises and potentially destroys our health. Tetyana Obukhanych's e-book is available for $10 online. Because I remain open, which is how I came to learn the truth about vaccination, I learn something new every day. Just last week I learned that "Flucelvax" is made by propagating flu virus on a continuous cell line originating from canine kidney tissue, The product insert states that it "may" contain residual canine DNA and proteins. Lastly, though you will not hear about it via mainstream news, senior CDC scientist William Thompson has come forward and admitted that he and others at the CDC committed scientific fraud and omitted significant data supporting a link between MMR vaccine and autism. There are efforts nationally and at the Congressional level to launch a full investigation into the more than 100,000 documents that whistle-blower Thompson has provided to Brian Hooker, Ph.D. (biochemical engineering), in Redding. MMR and thimerosal (not contained in MMR vaccine) are both in question. A formal complaint has been filed with the Office of Research Integrity which lays out in gory detail just how the scientific fraud was committed against the American people. I am, as always, happy to provide a copy of the complaint to anyone who requests it by email: hapi.vaxinfo@gmail.com. Dawn Winkler-Kinateder Quincy A bad ghost town Portola was a thriving city back in its day. All of the industry and people have vanished, and we are a ghost town. The only way t~ salvage this quaint little mountain town, is to disincorporate. The atmosphere of an otherwise gorgeous community has been ruined by a lackluster ho-hum council and barbaric laws which stagnate growth and bury us in poverty and drug abuse to escape the pains of a destroyed economy and an exploited citizenry. Chris Humphrey Portola Forest planning rule In August of 2012, the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), and the California Association of 4Wheel Drive Clubs (Cal4Wheel) joined forces with the other forest-product and multiple-use groups in filing a lawsuit to require the Forest Service to modify its new planning rule to avoid the devastating impact that this rule would have on the health of National Forests, recreational uses of the forests and the economies of communities located near such forests. ,The complaint takes the Forest Service to task for elevating species viability, ecological sustainability, and ecosystem services as mandatory national forest management objectives, above the five statutorily prescribed multiple uses: outdoor recreation, range, timber, watershed, and wildlife and fish purposes. It also admonishes the Forest Service for requiring recreational - opportunities to fit the agency's definition of "sustainable" in order to be allowed on national forest lands. More info on the BlueRibbon Coalition here: http://www.sharetrails.org/ Ed Ferguson Portola Dirty tricks The headlines say it all... not even close. "Pundits missed election tidal wave," "How did pollsters miss GOP tsunami?" The pollsters were not askew in their predictions, they just didn't take into account how the Republicans rigged the election, by gerrymandering (redrawing) voting districts around the country so they favored Republican politicians. That simple and easily verifiable. How could the media have missed this Republican election tactic? Republican national chairman Ed Gfllespie and his crew did it in plain sight. It wasn't negative ads and super pacs that gave Republicans out-of-proportion victories against all odds, it was the GOP's gerrymandering voting districts. This was another case of Republican eldction dirty tricks and it will happen again next election if nothing is done. Ron Lowe Nevada City Big change A few years ago, I helped a friend move out of his house, and much to my surprise, I found loose change lying almost everywhere in the house and the garage. ! collected all the change as I helped the move, and then I presented him with something like $40, just in coins. Years ago, a custodian at our school told me that he had been picking up every coin he found around the school for years, especially in the lunch area. He said he bought his Christmas presents with just the coins he found every year. So I was pleased to read that a Florida resident, Rick Snyder, made the news by collecting $21,495 in coins that he had been collecting on the ground while on his walks and from the coin returns on vending machines and telephone booths. But more than by the Benjamin Franklin-type lesson that a penny saved is a penny earned, I was pleased that he donated all that money to an animal rescue facility, a charity that he had been helping by finding homes for about 100 feral cats over the years. When he was asked why he didn't just keep the money, he said, "I have enough money." Would that all the multi-millionaires and billionaires would say the saine. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsvlle Shape shifters There was a cOmmenter a while back who aptly suggested that if man-made global warming and climate change are not mitigated severely, civilization, as we know it, may be gone in 10 years. I'm starting to ride my bike to do my part, so we don't perish. And you? However, what the commenter fails to even mention is a much more innocuous yet detrimental reality that exists. It is a known fact that aliens from the planet Zontar have infiltrated the earthling population and are living in underground bases. I know, because I saw it on the television. They are shape shifters by nature and seem to like to occupy high positions of power and are considered highly dangerous. So, if you are as worried as we are, call us at Doomsday. We have a full line of inflatable ... rafts, survival goods and not to forget our patented shape shifter spotter. Picks up all kinds of weird stuff. Try them down in DC, you'd be freaked. Robert Milne Clio Not present . I would like to take a brief moment to address a recent letter to the editor about Pat Morton and myself attending the Sierra Business Council's 20th anniversary conference. First of all, the person who wrote the letter did not attend the conference, and second of all, he was not at the council meeting. I gave only a brief synopsis of the classes attended and the speakers who spoke. The letter writer does not even live in the city of Portola. Wh.y does he care? I had never heard of Van Jones before that conference. Is the writer judging because we thought he was a dynamic speaker? His story of where he started and how he came to be in the White House was exceptionally motivating, that is all. Brian Dahle was also a speaker at the conference, a Republican, whom I enjoyed listening to. The letter writer seems to spend a lot of time causing trouble and spreading vile negativity where it does not concern him. His attitude is a cancer and is harming our community. He is the problem and I have just been waiting for him to address me. Well here it is... I feel I have done more positive things in the last two years than he has covered in his lifetime. Just because someone disagrees with him does not make them his enemy. If he is not a part of the solution he is a part of the problem. Portola is recovering and I am damn proud to be a part of that. If he doesn't like the direction Portola is taking then may I suggest move into city limits and run for City Council. If not, I suggest he keep his hatred and contempt out of it and stop trying to prohibit me from doing my job. Michelle Gault Portola Toxic comments Just when I thought it couldn't get any uglier, a frequent letter writer strikes again. Why so angry at things he can't control, or doesn't agree with? He has some nerve, saying rude things, like referring to "comrades," and "the girls." His cowardly words hide behind print. My guess is he wouldn't say something to someone directly if it was not politically correct. Portola City Councilmember Michelle Gault has been a positive force for this community. She actually cares about us, instead of paying lip service. And, by the way, she is a woman, not a girl. The writer must really love Hitler, as he refers to his writings often. Well, you 'know what that makes the writer? Could the writer ever have more decorum, or will we be forever "blessed "by his toxic words? Next stop, reality check... Crickit Smither Portola Global warmers I am responding to the Flat Earth Society ,of Global Warmers in this county. Astronaut Col. Walter Cunningham (Apollo VII) stated at the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), "Models are not data." The "global warmers" computer models were written to produce a desired result. No matter what the data, the fLX was cooked into their models. He further stated, "The crime being committed on a global scale is that this whole climate change agenda is not based on facts." Climate-gate in 2009 exposed the "hockey stick" graph showing that the increase in global warming was based on manipulation and deletion of data. Then there was the cover-up to avoid providing the information they used to replicate their fmdings. "Warmers" then regrouped and continued with their preposterous agenda by renaming "global warming" to "climate change." Carbon dioxide, known for being an essential component to life on this planet, is now a greenhouse gas. Really? It's all fabrication and lies for liberals, elitists, and their low-information followers. They want a form of"one world government" administered by the UN; it's complete bull. Global warming was "invented" as an excuse for Cap & Trade taxes and re-distribution of wealth to scare people and force corporations to comply. Global warming is high- stakes extortion, a way of selling carbon credits to corporations, and if they don't buy the credits they shut them down. "Warmers" then use the extortion money to further their one world order. Cap & Trade taxes are a re-distribution scheme to fund environmentalists' organizations. Leftist and progressive-liberals just can't understand our society. They want to change everything to better accommodate their inability to fit in. Why can't "warmers" accurately predict the weather a month or even a week in advance, if they are so certain of global warming? Anybody? Hello? Trent Saxton Lake Davis Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quinc34 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: whitehouse.gov/contact / U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TrY/TDD: (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)I District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 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. lamalfa.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, OroviUe, CA 95965; 2885 Chum Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 6514001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center:. 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, E1 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, Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/ (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. State l t