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8B Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Dan McDonald Managing Editor According to sources at the North Pole, Santa Claus is scheduled to be in the Plumas County area late Christmas Eve or in the early morning hours Christmas Day. "As of now, that's what I'm seeing on Santa's schedule," said Larry Kringle, an elf who works as Santa's chief spokesman. "Santa tries to keep his exact arrival time flexible. He knows when you are sleeping and he knows if you're awake. If children are asleep, he might try to arrive a little sooner." Kids who want to track Santa's progress can go to the website beginning Dec. 22. Feather Publishing will have a link to Prior to Christmas Eve, the the North American website features a look at Aerospace Defense Santa's North Pole Village. Command's Santa Tracker The site includes a holiday website, countdown, games, activities This marks the 60th year and more. that NORAD has been Before Santa takes off on following Santa's progress by Christmas Eve, website satellite, visitors can watch Santa make preparations for his flight. Once Santa's sleigh is in the air, NORAD' s" Santa Cams" will stream videos on the website as Santa makes his way to various locations around the world. Santa was busy tuning up his sleigh, tending to reindeer and overseeing this year's toy production. So he wasn't available for comment. However, in a prepared statement he emailed to Feather Publishing last week, Claus said he was looking forward to dropping off gifts to Plumas County children. "Most of the kids have been really good this year," Santa said. "The 'naughty' list is very short, and the 'nice' list is extremely long. "Ho Ho Ho. It's going to be a Merry Christmas!" Break bad habits as if your life depends on it As we close in on the end of another year, many of us find ourselves in the process of taking stock of both the blessings in our lives as well as those behaviors we'd really like to change. I'm speaking of the thinking process that leads us to the most challenging of annual proclamations, the New Year's resolution. Regardless of Whether we formalize the process of resolving to change come the first of January, it's only natural for our minds to go to that place at this time of year. From ancient Babylonians and Romans to medieval knights, making pledges to improve behavior and amend mistakes on at least an annual basis has become common practice. As we get older and look back, it's easy for us to see a path littered with resolve that didn't quite play out. We can take at least some comfort in knowing that the inability to follow through on New Year's resolutions is a fairly typical American trait. - . : According to one 2014 poll by the University of Scranton psychology department, a good majority of people, 71 percent of participants to be exact, were able to hold to their annual promises for the first two weeks. Six months later, less than 50 percent of those surveyed had been able to hold on to their resolutions. Why do we break these promises we feel so compelled to make? Specifically, I'm thinking of resolutions that are a reminder C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS and recognition of bad and unhealthy behavior that is hurting us. Year after year, the leading causes of death continue to have a strong association with bad habits. It is why so many of the leading causes of death in the U.S. are considered preventable. According to a report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, many of the main culprits in ruining our health consistently remain the same -- smoking, poor diet and a lack of exercise. We may worry about pollution and harmful chemicals in the air and water a bgll that I rang inmY most recent colur n), Sut studies of the major causes of death continue to confirm what we have the most trouble confronting-- when it comes to our health, to a large extent, we continue to be our own worst enemy. According to the World Health Organization, chronic diseases are the major cause of death and disability worldwide. The total number of people dying from chronic diseases is double that of all infectious diseases. A small set of common risk factors is responsible for most of them. These factors can be modified and are the same for both men and women. Care to guess what they are? Unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and tobacco use. Without action to address the causes, deaths from chronic disease are estimated to increase by 17 percent over the next 10 years. Experts have long recognized that social and physical environments play large roles in fueling poor habits. For example, when a behavior is socially accepted or considered desirable, people tend to reconcile the fact that it's bad for them with the idea that "everybody's doing it." It's also been demonstrated that people who are better at processing numbers look at the same information quite differently than people not particularly number-minded. Some people are inclined to rely more on fear than actual hard evidence in prompting their actions. For many, their emotions act as guiding lights in i the choices they make. In fact, some neuroscience experts will tell you that most people tend to make even some of the most important decisions based on emotion, and then rationalize them with logic. Complicating things even further is the fact that "couch potatoes" might be glued to the TV by external factors more than a lack of desire to be healthy. "We tell people they need to become physically active, but in certain neighborhoods if you get out and go for a walk you could be putting yourself in harm's way from either traffic that's not well controlled or other kinds of things like violence in your neighborhood," says Andrea Gielen of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. For its study, the University of Washington team put together a list of 14 dietary bad habits that can kill people, and found they factored into 21 percent ofall deaths globally. They include eating too much red meat and sugary drinks and not eating enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Unfortunately, there exists no vaccine to treat bad behavior as people continue to undertake lifestyle risks. It seems that facts have little bearing on how far too many people feel about their habits and the idea of making a commitment to change them. So we are left to wonder what strategies might help us to be more successful. It seems clear that coming up with successful pro-health campaigns requires more research and implementing multiple strategies that speak to different people; And al o resolving to do.uble down on the efforts to reach people and change bad behavior before it's too late. Write to Chuck Norris ( with your questions a bout health and fitness. Copyright 2015 Chuck Norris Distributed by Cappi is a neutered domestic short-haired male, white and orange, about 3 years old. These black domestic short hair kittens need a home for the holidays. Our office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8am-5pm. Saturday viewing is by appointment only. Office hours are subject to change due to staffing; calling prior to visiting shelter is recommended. 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But it starts with a repentant heart. Mark McBride Portola Stop funding terror It blows me away that the same president who recently demonized all law enforcement can sound like an angel announcing that his administration supports the Syrian people and their right to a democratic election. What Mr. Obama means is that he (as current puppet) and the NATO powers support the "rebels" (who have progressed from knives to saws for beheading). And if there are elections, the "rebels" wilt hopefully win, ensuring Sharia law and an extremist breeding ground. We should support the brave Syrian people who are being deluged by paid murderers, funded mainly by USA and Saudi Arabia. It is incorrect to paint all Muslims as dangerous. Ask a Syrian who has probably lost family and has left his job to join a militia to protect his sovereign country from FSA, A1 Nusra, ISIL what he thinks about extremists. And after that, thank him for helping the SAA to rid the earth of over 100,000 Muslim extremists. Pray for his family, because he has been made a scapegoat of at the behesf 0f thenation breaking NATO& co. Terrorism never had to proliferate. But it's a great proxy method of destroying or disrupting countries not in line with IMF privatization. Our OPEC buddy with mutual disdain for Iran and Russia, Saudi Arabia, has backed extremists to the tune of $500 billion since Iraq. Their bin Laden conspired to make war with America. So when the next domestic terror attack happens, don't blame all Muslims, blame your leaders for funding Muslim extremists and being best buds with stone age Saudi Arabia. Go Putin. Robert Milne Clio A Wonderful Life "You're worth more dead than alive," Mr. Potter (played by Lionel Barrymore) told George Bailey (played by James Stewart) in the 1947 Frank Capra film: "It's a Wonderful Life." One of last week's letters served as a reminder to watch a seasonal favorite. After George gets help from an angel to see what his hometown would be like if he had never been born, he's delighted to be alive and jogs along snow-covered streets. He passes Mr. Potter's house and calls out a joyous "Merry Christmas Mr. Potter," to which Mr. Potter replies, "and a Happy New Year to you, in jail." Hope I haven't,, spoiled the movie's ending for anyone. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Don't be in denial A previous letter to the editor regarding local anti-Americanism was clairvoyant. See how San Bernardino never saw what was coming? Some neighbors of the terrorists were suspicious and did nothing. Political correctness kills. The terrorists didn't object to a Christmas Party. They planned this attack in advance; for Allah's sake. They planned to detonate homemade bombs; a dozen or more. God may not seem to be on the earth right now, but he is in every patriot's heart that carries a gun to protect innocent civilians and their families. Cops ran toward the shooters, not a bunch of college students or bigots that hate Christens. Funny how the minute we learned it was Islamic terrorism, the left's gun-control narrative doesn't work. In fact, it's inexorably insulting. Immediately the president and Hillary Clinton want to disarm America when there is blood in the streets. Why? Think people. Don't be in denial, this is Islamic domestic terrorism. Add this up ... The 9/11 hijackers were Muslim, the Fort Hood gunman was Muslim, the Boston bombers were Muslim, the Chattanooga gunman was Muslim, the Paris assailants were it Muslim, and the San Bernardino shooters were Muslim. Which one word is repeated in the previousi sentence? Hello? 1 This is not the time to elect I a politically correct, pacifist, like Hillary Clinton. She would deny you your AR-15s. This isn't about guns, it's about a group of Muslim radicals that hate you and your way of life. If you don't take back your God given freedoms you will be slaves for those that want to control you. Close the borders for two years. Clean out the rats that are here by forcing background checks on all illegals and student or work visa holders. President Jimmy Carter used "profiling"; Roosevelt (another Democrat) did during WWII. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Where do ! turn for hel Bullied? Harassed? At the End of Your Rope? The Plumas-Sierra Crisis Line at: 53O-283-4333 1-877-332-2754 for information & referrals. Text: Here2Help to 72727 A program of Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center [ Up't'the'minute1 forecast and road conditions at t