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Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001 1.1L!1 l I II II PLUMAS-SIERRA COUNTY FAIR BOARD is the fairest of them evil and ugly witch White asked of her magic mirror. are!" dutifully answered the mirror, rest of us mortals, who must The Plumas County Board rely upon just plain evidence of Supervisors must have and common sense, there such a magic mirror because, were no grounds for when they gaze upon their re- Clements' dismissal. The flections and ask of them- "rest of us" includes nine selves, "Who is the fairest of members of the two-county us all?" The answer is al- fair board, the director of the ways, "You are...you are!" Es- division of fairs and exposi- pecially when it comes to the tions in Sacramento, and her fair. The Plumas-Sierra auditing staff, all of whom County Fair. conducted a thorough investi- It must have been some gation of the supervisors' such mystical direction that "charges." led the Plumas County Board We already know the super- of Supervisors' to fire Fair visors jealously guard their CEO Mike Clements. To the management powers. They truly feel that it is to them alone that the mystical pow- ers of micro-management have been given. To those of us not handicapped by mysti- cal powers, their many inter- minable, self-inflicted mud- dies look more like misman- agement. Or self-mutilation. We even tell them so. This makes the supervisors very grumpy for long--and ever longer--periods. It was probably foolish of us on the fair staff and board--who claim no mysti- cal powers--to think we might better know how to manage a fair. So we just worked very hard and estab- lished a commendable record, one of the best in the state. "A truly good record is one that even mystical powers cannot take away. To most of us on the fair board and staff, a fair is a cel- ebration of the best of any so- ciety or community. The good people of Plumas and Sierra counties overwhelmingly agreed, by voting with their feet at the turnstiles, and with their pocketbooks. Maybe the fair staff and board did too good a job? Maybe it upset the people with the magic mirrors? Mag- ic mirror holders seem to re- quire a lot of attention...if not all the attention. When feel- ing slighted, they tend to throw tantrums and cut off heads. Of course, the tantrums and beheadings create yet more problems. And then the Plumas County supervisors seem only able to turn back to their mirrors, once again plaintively beseeching, "who is the fairest one of us alL. 2" m i GENERAL such as occurred 11, can di- or draw us together us stronger. parents and play an important shaping the lessons People learn from trau- events. These lessons prevent hurtful be- that frays the bonds us together and pre- Through the School/Law The office of education rec- the signs of stress, which may Students can engage in ac- tive parents present. Parents Enforcement Partnership, a ommends that school admin-include students' inability to tivities which will help them can assist in encouraging joint effort between the Call- istrators establish a positive focus, behavioral changes,cope and learn, such as jour. their children to help others fornla Department of Justice atmosphere of caring and sup- anger, withdrawal and de- nal writing, drawing, prayer, who are bullied or harassed. and the California Depart- port, be highly visible pression, appetite changes, talking to friends or a trusted Most importantly, teachers ment of Education, schools throughout the day and make changes in sleeping patterns adult, physical activities and and parents serve as role are sharing effective strate- sure security is on height- and inappropriate behaviors, the expression of feelings. To models. Young people look to gies to help students deal with ened alert. They should beTeachers can lead a discus- assist others, students can them to see how they behave a crisis in a way which will aware of race and ethnic rela- sion on what types of natural sponsor a community drive,and how they treat others in positively shape their charac- tions on campus, to avoid emotions may occur during donate blood, raise funds for a trying times. Adults, by ter. groups becoming scapegoats, or after a crisis, and help good cause, set an example of demonstrating strength of The San Diego County Of- They should check in with guide students to discuss ap- positive behavior and reach character and compassion, lice of Education has corn- teachers and staff on a rou- propriate and inappropriate out and be supportive of their can help show youths how to piled "After Crisis Tips" to as- tine basis and provide rooms reactions. For example, peers, unify, not divide, the human sist administrators, teachers, for staff and students to dis- episodes in history can be Parents can pay particular family. students and parents to cope cuss the tragedy, used as lessons to avoid tak- attention to their child's emo- For further information on with a traumatic event and Teachers play a critical role ing out anger on the innocent, tional needs at this time, rein- helping youths grow from use the event as a lesson for in making sure that students such as when innocent Amer- force that they are safe and crises, contact Wayne growth. While these sugges- feel safe in schools and class, icans of Japanese ancestryencourage many of the above Sakamoto, Safe Schools coor- tions were prepared for the af- Teachers can share the were forced into internment activities. If bullying is re- dinator, San Diego County Of- termath of Sept. 11, I believe school's safety plan with stu- camps after the bombing ofported, they can approach the rice of Education, at (858) 292. that they can serve as an ira- dents and have a school re- Pearl Harbor. Teachers canchild's school counselor to 3569, or my Crime and Vio- portant prevention tool to source officer or other uni- show young people how to arrange a confidential media- lence Prevention Center at deal with any future crisis in formed police officer visit the help themselves by helpingtion between the bully and(916) 324-7863. a constructive manner, classroom. They can explain others, the victim, with their respec- O fl~ ~ ~m mmm~m*t~ must contain an address number. We publish letter per week, per per- only one letter per person, regarding the same We do not publish t ird- letters. Letters must to a maximum of 300 Any letter in excess of 300 Will be cut by the editor. is Friday at 3 p.m. may be taken to any of Publishing's offices, sent (to 283-3952, or e-mailed at Nearly two-thirds of Plumas County's residents say that the terrorist attacks have not changed their per- spective about the holidays. An Internet poll was con- ducted to assess public opin- ion about the topic, which specifically asked, "Since the terrorist attacks, has your perspective about the holiday season changed?" this hospital in Indian Valley. Childbirths, surgeries, athlet- ic injuries--even a rat- tlesnake bite--all were han- dled in the most professional manner possible, and we are certainly very thankful for that. From Dr. Wilbur Batson down through a myriad of physicians and the hospital staff, the hospital represented a bulwark against medical catastrophes. We want to indicate our gratitude for past service and demonstrate our confidence for the future with the en- closed check. Please use it for whatever need you feel it would fulfill. John and Betsy Schramel Indian Valley anyway letter was pre. to Indian Valley Hos- week.) of Measure M by was dispiriting of Im e? we've always been Could it be there's a ray of that the majority's hope with a new top on the When 700 USFS tree and some positive neglect to send in their movements of our supes? we sometimes won- It's prime time to let the lo- many people take cal F.S. honcho know how the ip for granted cow ate the cabbage and put all its blessings some starch in his uniform. to exercise their Why should a county with obligation to vote. 70 percent of its land owned to vote is the by the F.S., able to produce of the coin, "right the goose of a sustainable I never want to heartimber yield, not qualify for tell me their vote special circumstances to ex- t count! ist?. and I had been dis- Exclusions and poor fire the flnan-management is destroying a when Dar- valuable, essential and scarce letter in the lo- asset benefiting people and illustrated that being misguided by govern- people are to be ment. everywhere, even inIf similar counties can't get County! The notion their act together, can't we justify our plight for exis- still aid their hos- tence? donating their "tax" We may be a welfare satel- as this would IRe of the state and dying on the hospitals to the vine, but remember, all a secure financial steer can do is try, try, try. We hope our fellow Pinkie Forbes Will follow suit and Meadow Valley donate their the Indian Valley District. 40 years, our family blessed by having Evwymw met ImY The apathy in Greenville is appalling. I Just cannot be- lieve that the citizens of our The poll, which ran at plumasnews.com from Dec. I0 to Dec. 17, asked site visitors to weigh in on the subject. The poll was not scientifi- cally conducted. Rather, site visitors were asked to state their opinion on the topic, which has caused some controversy. There is no way to verify whether the poll actually re- flects community opinion. The poll revealed that 63.6 percent of residents "feel about the same." About 23 percent said the .... "holid ,s ,are.less mportant ." to me." " ' .... Nearly 14 percent said the "holidays are more impor- Why tant" since the terrorist at- tacks. is the Christmas holiday important to you? plumasnews.com town are just going to sit back No Ummi om.e l ready high for positions that Habitat for Humanity of and do nothing while our hos- This Thanksgiving, I was involve on-call duties, indi- Lake Almanor has identified pital goes down the drain. We working, providing on-call cating that compensation is its first project. It is a wheel- have to have our hospital, services for Plumas County already below the level that chair lift for an elderly cou- The people who will lose their Mental Health, which pre-will attract and retain work- ple, Betty and Jesus Corbera, jobs will be forced to move in vented my family from being ers. of Westwood. Jesus is 91 order to find jobs. together as is customary.It is a disheartening, insult- years old and unable to drive. That will be a blow to our I will be compensated 14 ing, and hypocritical ap- Betty is---well, younger than economy. What will become hours of straight-time pay for proach the board and CAOJesus--and, though wheel- of the people in long-term? Or my week of on-call duty, have adopted regarding valu- chair-bound, is still capable did anyone think of that which included 48 hours of ation of on-call employees, of driving. She does, howev- when they sat home and holiday time, 48 hours of Peter Livingston er, need help getting from the didn't vote? Some of the weekend hours, and 48 hours Indian Valleyhouse to the car and back residents have been there for of evening and overnight coy- again. Next spring, Habitat so long that it is the only erage. Lookimg for help for Humanity of Lake A1- home they can remember. I will be forced to take my I am looking for informa- manor will install a wheel- Loving nurses have made compensation in cash instead tion about my brother.in-law, chair lift for Betty and Jesus. them feel that way. Will they of compensatory time, and I His name is Robert LouisWe hope to complete at least be shuttled off to other hospi- will be taxed at a higher rate Arnold. He is from four other projects in 2002 tals in the area? How will than my normal wages. Greenville. My wife, Jerri and 6-12 similar projects an- their families be able to tray- On,all--what's all the fuss (Arnold), and I have been try- nually over the next few el to see them? Did any of you about?, ing to fred him for over three years. give this a thought?. Imagine, if you will, need- years. If you have any infor- Perhaps you have donated We have to have an ambu- ing to be no more than a few marion, please e-mail us at to Habitat for Humanity In- lance here also. A severe minutes away from a phone. ternationalin file past. If so, I heart attack or injury can't during every hour of the day. Chris Thompson urge you to consider donating wait for an ambulance to Imagine working a regular Reno, Nev. your hard-earned dollars lo- come from another town. shift the day following an ex- cally so that your neighbors Help is needed immediately, hausting middle-of-the-night About Hmb tat may enjoy the benefits. I think everyone in crisis intervention. As we near the ChristmasChecks should be made Greenville should be assessed Imagine going to bed the holiday, I wanted to take this payable to HFH of Lake Al- to pay for an ambulance, not next night wondering ff you opportunity to tell you about, manor. just property owners. Why will be awakened by a call or perhaps remind you of, a Every contribution we re- should they carry the bur- from the sheriffs department brand new organization tak- ceive before Dec. 31, 2001, will den? I think people In low-in- at 2 a.m., or one of the hospi- ing shape right here in the be matched by a $10,000 grant come housing and renters tats at 3 a.m., or a citizen on Lake Almanor area. Habitat from the Thomas Family should all be assessed, the verge of suicide at 4 a.nL for Humanity of Lake A1-Foundation. So, if you con- Monthly payments could be The county proposes to re- manor has its roots in the Ro- tribute before the end of the worked out. duce on-call compensation to tary Club of Chester. It began year, you'll be supporting a We senior citizens use the $1.25 per hour, unless it's a less than a year ago and is Chester Rotary Club project, ambulance more than any- holiday week, which wouldnow in the final stages of be- your money will be used lo- one, so why should we get a pay even less. coming an affiliate of Habitat cally, and it is doubled! What free ride? I certainly would At $1.25 per hour--for be- for Humanity International. more could you ask? not object to paying an as- lng available to make life-or- Habitat for Humanity of Russell Lesko, President sessment, death decisions, to make Lake Almanor is dedicated to Habitat for Humanity If we don't have a hospital judgments that can cost tax- the ideal that every man, of Lake Almanor or ambulance here, I will be payers thousands of dollars woman and child deserves a forced to move to another each, and to provide for the decent, comfortable place to area, and I do not want to public's safety, live. To that end, we will help leave Greenville. But I have Would you do so for $1.25low income families obtain had two life-threatening expe an hour or less? the basic needs of health, riences and if I had to go else- When it comes to compen- safety and adequate warmth. where or wait for an ambu- sation, the board of supervi- Habitat is not a "hand out, lance, I world not be hereto- sors willingly paid the new but a hand up." Benefiting day. CAO more than his experi-families must pay for the cost Come on people! Let's fight enced predecessor, based on of supplies and materials on for our hospital! We need ifi the theory of supply and de- Habitat projects. Labor is per- Joan P. Mofl tt mand. formed without charge by lo- Indian ValleySupply and demand revealscal volunteers--your neigh- that employee turnover is al- bors! 1Bin otlme Wt After reviewing the news- paper's coverage of the pro- posed football program at FRC in recent weeks, I find myself irked at your latest take on the faculty's purport- ed opposition to football. By your own account, the "faculty's vote for or against the program was 11 in favor, 1-* lind* I i I