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!P~ressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 21,2001 9B I l m I I , UNITY CHURCH at a time Is it just asking the we, par- by the Sept. Thanks- t an easy question to try. r respectfully re- those who the in 1620 Rock in Massa- : thanks, even in if* crisis." they came to a pilgrims were foreigners to the territory of pain and difficul- ty. Did you know that half of their number died the East year they were here? Ron Uee Davis recollects in "Rejoicing in Our Suffering," "The Pilgrims would not ful- ly understand in their life- time the reason for the suffer- ing that beset them. "The East official Thanks- giving Day occurred as a unique holy day in 1621--in the fall Of that year with lin- gering memories of the diffi- cult, terrible winter they had just been through a few months before, in which scores and scores of babies and children and young peo- ple and adults had starved to death, and many of the pil- grims had gotten to a point where they were even ready to go back to England. "They had climbed into a ship and were in that harbor heading back to England, ready to give up. It was only as they saw another ship coming the other way, and on that ship there was a French- man named Delaware, and he came with some medical sup- plies and some food, that they had enough hope to go back and to try to live in the midst of those adverse sufferings. And yet they came to that in-st Thanksgiving with the spirit of giving and of shar- ing." The pilgrims crossed the Atlantic and faced their first winter with the comfort of their Geneva Bible, a transla- tion made in 1560 (although the King James version was published in 1611, it was not yet popular when the pil- grims came to America). In that Bible, they read the words from 1 Thessaionians 5:18, which offers a great challenge: "In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in .Christ Jesus." It's that word, "every- thing," that must have been a challenge for them, as well it is for many of us. And yet in that word was also the reme- dy for their (as well as our) inability to be thankful, for it doesn't say, "feel thankful," but "be thankful," or "give thanks." Thanksgiving is a duty before it's a feeling. As Mother Teresa of Cal- cutta (1910-1997) once said, "The best way to show my gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my prob- lems, with joy." It is true that, although Thanksgiving is commemo- rated once a year, thanksgiv- ing was never intended to be bound up in a single day. Gratitude is a seasoning for all seasons. Thanksgiving is a college from which we nev- er graduate. In times like these, we must call up our reserves. As Helen Adams Keller (1880- 1968), who saw and heard more than most, even with- out the senses of sight or hearing, did when she made the choice of being thankful: "So much has been given to me, I have no time to ponder over that which has been de- nied." Dare I say, ffpeople like Keller can do it, there is defi- nite hope for all of us to see that we are still more blessed than we are hurt. Giving thanks is still a choice, especially so in times of hardship Though it is defi- nitely not easy, it is always possible to list our assets alongside our losses. As Diet- rich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), a prisoner and martyr under Hitler, concluded, "It is only with gratitude that life be- comes rich." Thanksgiving is still born in adversity SO perhaps, re- spectfully speaking, it will mean even more to us this year than in times past. It certainly challenges the giant within to understand why Thanksgiving falls best on the crest of winters. It is still a holiday for the courageous, those who face their fears and fight to remain thankful. Aesop (c. 550 B.C.) put it well a long time ago when he said, "Gratitude is the sign of noble souls." More recently, our own President's reassur. ing words come to mind, "Let there-be no doubt about it-- in our grief, we have found our mission." Part of the mission of fight- ing for freedom is remaining thankful for the freedoms we have, like the freedom of speech and press to write a newspaper article!. With all this in mind, I'd encourage and challenge Americans, once again, to heed the call of William Brad- ford, governor of the Ply- mouth Colony, in 1623, "Inas- much as the great Father has given us this year an abun. dant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inas. much as He has protected us from the ravages of the sav- ages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to wor- ship God according to the dic. tates of our own conscience; now, I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day- time, on Thursday, Novem- ber ye 29th of the year of our Lord one thousand six hun- dred and twenty-three, and the third year since ye Pil- grims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor, and render thanksgiv- ing to ye Almighty God for all His blessings." Happy Thanksgiving and thanks-giving! I I Ill UFT CLUB ADVISOR growing up in r in r that t a~ny activities =SO - le focus. And a activities makes bad choices, such as alcohol and drug abuse, criminal activity, etc. I personally have never tak- en any substance, nor do I plan to, but for most youths it's second nature to get drunk or "light up." Now, let me ask the adults in Plumas County some ques- tions. When you see a group of kids talking and hanging out, and it's in the path where you're walking, what do you think? Would you walk through the group or around? At a glance, do you think the teens that you're looking at are a "good" group or are they in with the "bad" crowd? Well, I'll tell you what I think. Yeah, some are pretty "bad." But you know what, had they been given a choice that they could actually warm up to and enjoy, maybe your view of them would be a little different. Wouldn't you say so? I honestly consider myself a productive member of soci- ety and our community. At 18, I already have a nice job, I pay rent and my bills, and I do a lot of volunteer work lo- cally. But, ff I were to be hanging out with a few of my friends, who are "good," and their friends, who at a glance might.be considered "bad," I would be branded by people er, there are adult advisors, who don't even know me as but they play a smaller role something I'm not. Why?. Be- in the group than youths do. cause the majority of adults The advisors are there to assume the worst of youths help and guide them. But and complain about them, that's all. They're not there but don't lift a finger to help. to lecture them or tell them In the meantime, other teens what they can and can't do. like me are doing something The FNL programs, such as for local youths. FNL Kids for the elementary While in high school, I was schools, Club Live for the Jr. in the Friday Night Live High/Middle schools, and (FNL) program. Now, the FNL for Sr. High are all great program wasn't only about clubs for youths all over Cali- the prevention of negative fornia (55 counties) to ex- choices for community press themselves to the world youths, it was also a leader- and unlock potential most ship program. SO the club it- didn't even know they had. self is youth oriented, youth So now that I have your at- driven and youth led. Howev- ; tention, let me pitch some- thing to you. Whether you're an adult wondering how you can help, or a youth interest- ed in the program, this infor. mation will be good for all persons concerned. The FNL programs are in all but three counties in Cali- fornia, and Plumas C,,unty is no exception. This program is in practically every town in this county. So if you're in- terested in any way in the FNL programs, call 283-6111 and ask for Tim Ball or me for any questions or com- ments. This cck's question ,..~w i Most Plumas County residents believe that the Plumas County Board of Supervisors should be involved in contract talks be- tween the administration and the county's employee union. In fact, all but 22 percent favor such an approach to the negotiations, but their reasons vary. An Internet poll was conduct- ed to determine whether resi- dents think the board needs to get involved. The poll, which ran at plumasnews.com from Nov. 12 to Nov. 19, asked site visitors to weigh in on the subject. The poll was not scientifically conducted. Rather, site visitors were asked to state their opinion on a topic, which has caused some controversy. There is no way to verify whether the poll actually re- flects community opinion. The poll showed that 33 percent of residents want the supervisors to get involved because they be- lieve the county's current offer is unreasonable. in contract In contrast, 9.8 percent of resi- dents want the board's participa- tion because they believe the union's position is unreasonable. Twenty-two percent say the current situation--an impasse-- "hurts everyone involved." Fourteen percent argue that at least one supervisor should have been involved from the start of negotiations. Nearly 22 percent of those who voted say that the supervisors should not be involved. Do you think the Plumas County Board of Supervisors has violated state open meeting laws? plumasnews.com J Letters contain an ad- Phone number. We letter per week, Id only one letter month regarding We do not or open let- be limited to a Any let- 300 words will be The deadline Is Letters may be of Feather Publish. via fax to 283- e-mailed at and Scenic was the of the Feather in 19687 lWare that the Waterfall in the s is our own ia, there are and on- are pro- only one is un- great state, 97 acres of day over the many ar- rivers Unprotected both the river will ira- in the remote Feather ina bill being introduced by Bar- bara Boxer which will desig- nate new wilderness areas and wild and scenic rivers throughout the state. Other local areas affected by the bill include Chips Creek and a proposed addition to the Bucks Lake Wilderness Area--adding Bald Eagle Mountain. However, if we in Plumas County do not act soon, Sena- tor Boxer will remove local areas from the bill. We need to show our support by let- ting our local supervisors know that we want our local wilderness to be protected. These are not areas impacted by the Quincy Library Group plan; these are not potential logging sites. These are wild areas that need protection. Please call your supervi- sor, write to Senator Boxer, or both. If you'd like to help, come to our next meeting on Nov. 29. You can call me for more information at 283-0100, or call Lane Labb6 at 283-9771. Don't let them leave Plumas County out. Lori Hooper Gmincy by Relchle's I waited a week to respond to Mr. Reichle's arrest and pending charges and now that I see there won't be any further action against our D.A. I have to have my say. I don't know what makes me more angry, the fact that an elected official is driving a county-owned vehicle and having alcoholic drinks with his meal on the road, or the lack of common sense he has displayed. Almost everyone knows that alcohol intensi- ties the effect of being tired. My son will probably suffer the consequences of this let- ter as he is on probation for something that was really stupid (not alcohol related), but then again I don't know too many 16-year-olds who haven't done something stu- pid in their adolescent years. But Mr. Reichie, who is an elected official and lectures these kids in court about common sense, and their lack of it, has less common sense in his whole body than my son has in his little fmger. Now I guess I need some questions answered. Who pays the insurance on all the county-owned cars that are issued for meetings and coun- ty business? Is it the taxpay- ers? That seems like a really petty question, but being a driver and making a few bad decisions of my own, when I learned my lesson the first time around, I have paid dearly to have insurance. As we all are aware, this isn't Mr. Relchle's first incident of this kind. How do we expect children who go to court and face our D.A. to respect him and the laws they are accused of breaking when he doesn't have to obey them? We are teaching our children that the laws are only for some. Are some people above the law?. I guess that is enough said. I am appalled at Mr. Reichle's choices and the fact that he is an elected official who is run- ning for re-election in a place where I live and am trying to raise my children to respect the laws and the people we elect to uphold them. Sally Gearhart Portola You cam count oa them On Saturday, Nov. 10, I was burning a pile of brush on Maddalena Road, and some- one saw the smoke. Thinking there was trouble, they called 911, and the firefighters from the Sierra Valley and Beck- wourth fire departments re, sponded. It was a legal burn day, and I have a fire permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service. How- ever, one of the Sierra Valley firefighters had a real good point, which was that I should have called to let them know I was burning. It would have avoided a lot of excite- ment. After they left, there was no problem. They left with my appreciation. It is great to know there are people like the firefighters from the Sier- ra Valley and Beckwourth fire departments that you can count on. A.S. Torriae Beckwourth L4mve mb Mr. Don Wilson, from Washoe County, Nev., if you're going to stick your nose in Plumas County, get your facts straight. Our district attorney, Mr. Reichle, was arrested in your county a while back on D.U.I. charges. Your D.A., Mr. Gam- mick, only charged him with a misdemeanor, thus no D.U.I. on Mr. Reichle's record. Now go re lect your Mr. Gammick again! Our D.A., Mr. Reichle, was arrested last week in Butte County, California, while parked. (Blood alcohol level 0.07) The legal limit is 0.08. BAL. At the jail they found he was down to 0.05 BAL. The CHP then gave Reichle his keys and let him drive to Plurnas County. The Butte County D.A. said he wasn't filing charges, since Mr. Reichle wasn't dri- ving at the thne of his arrest. No D.U.I. on Mr. Reichle's record! Our D.A., Mr. Reichle, prosecutes every D.U.I. case to the full extent of the law! No excuses... The Washoe County D.A. does not. The Butte County D.A. does not. Now, Mr. Wilson, who would you like to vote for?. Since Washoe County and Butte County are not doing their jobs, leave us alone and go pound sand in your own back yard! John Glover Portola kmw m mvi ted No, Ms. Brown, we too know Halloween is the big day of the year for those who follow the pagan "religion" of witches. As Catholics, we do not be- lieve in their Satanic "reli- gion." We believe in one true God. When we gather our chil- dren to prepare for All Saints Day, we do not perform pa- gan rituals. We try to teach our children what is good and holy about the lives of well-known saints. As you may have read in my letter, I described the children in makeshift cos- tumes of the type of dress their favorite saint may have worn. There is nothing ugly, bizarre or horrifying about this. Only the good and beau- tiful is emphasized. As you know, some saints were put to death rather.than deny God. I realize you know your Bible, but I'm afraid you know little of our Catholic faith. Norm and Regina Dumas Blairsden Amm atte am support I would like to thank the citizens of the Almanor Basin for overwhelmingly support. ing the hospital by a 62 per- cent "yes" vote on Measure S in the last election. Even though this measure did not t.,4tm , Page XXB