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6B Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter D ITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL ................... "2 ........................... Comme County ndable vocation puts out It's difficult to imagine the trauma that children experience or the terror they feel when they are wrested from their home in the middle of the night by strangers. Even though they are being removed for their own protection, the unknown must be equally frightening. Taken with little but the clothes on their back, sometimes the children must spend the night at child protective services offices of because there simply is nowhere else to take them. "We need more families," said Michael Yalung, a Plumas County social worker. He and his co-workers are responsible for removing children from their home when it is unsafe; often this occurs when a parent has been arrested. Social workers need safe, nurturing places to take the youngsters. The placement can last as short as a few days or as long as a year. Each situation is unique. The county used to have enough foster parents, but times have changed. The county has been forced to place children out of the county, which makes it difficult for parental visits, and takes the youngsters away from all that is familiar -- their families, neighborhoods, friends and schools. Even if their placement isn't out of the county, it could be in another town, because there are only a couple of licensed sites available in each area. However, Yalung points out that the families that who do provide foster homes locally are "absolutely wonderful," and he cites Lucie Kreth as one such example. She and her husband, Steve, have cared for 18 foster children over the past six years, with as many as six at a time living in their home. Kreth, 58, admits that she gets tired. She has already raised 11 children of her own and she runs a preschool. But "Where would they be?" she asks. For the time they are with her, Kreth offers them a home that is safe, loving and nurturing. She can ensure that they don't go to bed hungry and they aren't left alone. She cares for them when they are sick and comforts them when they are afraid. It takes a special kind of person to care for another's child. And these are children who have been through trauma, who need special attention. A relationship develops during the months that they are together and it's often heart-wrenching for both when it's time to part. Such a strong bond develops between Kreth and her children that she has considered adoption when that's an option, but doesn't think it would be fair to saddle a child with a parent who could be the age of grandparent or even a great-grandparent. Kreth and her husband are just one example of local families that have opened their homes to help children in need. Yalung thinks that there are more who would like to help, but just don't know about the need or how to get started. There are two local foster family agencies in Plumas County -- Mountain Circle and Environmental Alternatives -- and both are available to answer questions and provide training, as is the staff at social services. Being a foster parent isn't for everyone, but every child deserves a safe and secure place to live. We hope that more people will consider opening their lives and their homes to this county's children -- and we salute those who already do. Feat lishing vvspaper For breaking news, go to Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald .......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ..... .' ........... Copy Editor Staff writers: Miriam Oody Debra Moore Michael Condon Maddie Musante Makenzie Davis Ann Powers Ruth Ellis M. Kate West Will Farris Aura Whittaker Susan Cort Johnson Sam Williams Greg Knight James Wilson Feather River Indian Valley Record Bulletin (530) 284-7800 (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood Lassen County Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 Member, Printed on California Newspaper recycled paper Publishers Assoc. America must do everything possible to stop ISIS For most of the past week my mind has churned over the report that ISIS managed to not only hack into one of the Department of the Army's nonsensitive websites but that the hacker also posted a variety of threats. As the story progressed I learned that the threats were not against soldiers stationed in war zofles but rather soldiers in uniform, which pretty much can be anywhere in the world, including arriving and departing from their own homes. My husband and I are both prior military and served over three years in Germany where acts or threats of terrorism happened in the country on an almost daily basis. Reports of bombs exploding in Dumpsters in military housing areas and motor pools were not uncommon nor were the almost monthly on-post bomb threats that emptied personnel out of their barracks. Our chain of command kept us apprised MY TURN M. KATE WEST Staff Writer and advised about how to maintain situational awareness as individuals and as members of a cohesive unit. Generalizing, being in the military has its similarities with being a civilian member of a law enforcement agency in that when you This week's special days NOT JUST AN ,ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. of January 21 1976" The first commercial flight of the supersonic transport jet the Concorde begins with a London to Rio to Paris route. 1977 -- President Jimmy Carter pardons most of the American Vietnam War evaders, some of whom had fled to Canada to avoid the draft process. January 22 1947 -- KTLA, the in'st commercial television station west of the Mississippi, begins operation in Hollywood. 1986 -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. January 24 1848 -- The California Gold Rush begins when James Marshall discovers gold at Sutter's Mill in Sacramento. 1984 -- The first Apple computer goes on sale. January 25 1937 -- The long-running soap opera serial "The Guiding Light" debuts on NBC Radio from Chicago. In 1952 it moves to CBS Television where it airs until September 2009. 1949 -- The first television industry Emmy Awards are presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles. The statuette, depicting a winged goddess holding an atom, represents the wings of the muse of art combined with the atom of electron science. 1984 -- The Apple computer, the first personal computer to utilize the "mouse," is introduced during a Super Bowl XVIH television commercial. 2002 -- Kmart becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. January 23 Today is National Handwriting Day, which is observed on the birthday of United States founding father John Hancock. Hancock is best known for co-signing the Declaration of Independence in large, bold writing, resulting in his name becoming synonymous with signing a document. 1961 -- President John F. Kennedy delivers the f'n'st live presidential television news conference. 1969 -- Charles Manson is found guilty of the Tate-La Bianca murders in Southern California. January 26 1837 -- Michigan, "The Great Lakes State," is admitted as the 26th state. 1924-- St. Petersburg, Russia, is renamed Leningrad. 1965 -- The song "Downtown" sung by Petula Clark is the No. 1 single of the week. January 27 Today is Chocolate Cake Day. 1957 -- American inventor Walter F. Morrison sells the rights to his flying disc invention to the Wham-O Co., which later names it the Frisbee. 1984 -- Pop singer Michael Jackson suffers second-degree burns while filming a Pepsi commercial at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. get up and put your uniform on for the day, you understand the inherent risks that go with that uniform. However, the ISIS posts were not just directed to anyone serving in a uniform but specifically threatened soldiers' dependents, their wives and children. I think that whether or not an understanding could ever be reached on the topic of coilateral damage most of us understand that it does exist in times of war. One degree off on a targeting mechanism of any country's military can result in an unintended tragedy, usually involving noncombatants. What ISIS is threatening sounds to me like a new and twisted defmition of collateral damage; if you take the action of wearing a uniform that means you can possibly be sent to a war zone, your family will suffer. The idea of this is unfathomable to me. A large majority of my baby boomer generation was raised in patriotic households with parents who experienced WWII and strongly believed in the invincibility of America. That belief was instilled in my generation and remained fwm up until the horror of the World Trade Center and our learning that we are not invincible. I believe a look back in our history pre 9/11 would reveal that after the early settlement and battles leading up to America's independence and again up to and after Pearl Harbor, no enemy brought war to our shores. Who truly knows what, if any, terrorist actions will result from those threats? Is the purpose to disrupt the everyday lives of military families or is it something more sinister? Dally, the news keeps us advised of acts of terror against innocent civilians, whether bombs on buses in Israel or kidnappings in Mexico. In recent years America had 9/11, England has had its share of bombings and now France's tragedy is continuing. Known terrorist organizations are clamoring to take credit for these senseless deaths. I cannot imagine life on American streets resembling that in the Gaza Strip where we must all be fearful of leaving home to commute to our jobs or the grocery store. I don't want our families or children threatened and while there will be those who would liken my opinion to crying woff or being a hawk, I don't much care about those out there that may think that way about me. They are likely the same folks that wanted Guantanamo Bay closed because we weren't being nice to the bad guys. There is nothing nice about war and, in my opinion, there's the old fallback saying "all is fair in love and war" and I can get behind that. Instead of entering a potential debate, I'm going to go with the NIMBY (not in my backyard) philosophy where terrorism is concerned. I want my government and those of other countries to pick up the gauntlet thrown down by ISIS and take any and all necessary action to ensure the threats are neutralized, forever. REMEMBER WHEN 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1965 each from their respective district .................................................. Williams Motors of Red Bluffpresented recreation funds, to the Plumas County KERI TABORSKI Plumas Unified School District board Picnic held in June and to help pay for Historian member Dr. Henry R. Spencer of Chester Plumas County Fair grandstand event with a driving training car, a Plymouth in August which will feature The Sha 100 YEARS AGO ..... 1915 Belvedere automobile, at no cost to Na Na Show. Advertisement : Plumas National Bulletin Chester High School. for sale. The stockholders of Plumas County Hotel Quincy, owned and operated by Publication Company offer for sale the Ernest and Barbara Leonhardt has been 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2005 entire plant and business of the Plumas sold to Bayard and Devota Ellis of Grass Plumas Unified School District bus National-Builetin newspaper and print shop Valley and E. Lester Parks of Sacramento. passes went on sale this week for $45.00 in Quincy. With one of the most complete per student, per semester, in an attempt and modern equipment in the northern part 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1990 by the school district to collect money of the state, this newspaper was established The Plumas County Board of to replace its aging fleet of school buses in 1866. Supervisors pledged $15,000, $3,000 used within the district. Unending dilemma. Who knows where time goes? Wow, the holidays have passed, and we're off and running in a brand new year-- 2015. It seems as ff 2014 had just arrived, and now it's already in the history books. I always thought time flies as we get older because we spend so much of our lives working for a living. Maybe I should long for the days before the Industrial Revolution when our lives were linked to the dirt rather than televisions, smartphones and computers. As I get older, I fear my understanding of time has abandoned me completely. I mean, I have fundamentalist Christian friends who claim the Earth is only about 4,000 years old and humans and dinosaurs lived side by side. They just won't budge from that one. But some archeologists allege the oldest pyrainids in Egypt could be as much as 5,000 years old, and others point to the erosion on the nearby Sphinx and suggest it is even older -- several thousand years older-- than that. Ah, and then there's GSbekli Tepe, a curious site in Turkey that could be as much as 12,000 years old-- predating the so-called Neolithic revolution (the invention of agriculture), the wheel and even writing by severed thousand years. Whoever built this place erected T-shaped stone pillars weighing as much as 50 tons and fitted them neatly into sockets carved out of the bedrock. And did I mention the floors are finished in polished terrazzo? Inexplicably somewhere in the deep, dark past someone deliberately buried the whole place for some unknown reason. So far scientists have excavated only about 5 percent of the area-- and get this -- they're MY TURN SAM WILLIAMS Lassen News Editor leaving the rest unmolested for future, more advanced archeologists to uncover. Things that make you say, hmmm. I don't get too worked up over the vagaries of scientific dating and all the contradictions that seemingly arise, but I do find it interesting that ancient sites and structures exist all around our planet. I can't say exactly what they are or what they mean or even who built them, but I suspect we remain unaware of a great many things that occurred during our planet's antiquity. I'm told sometimes we just have to accept scientific data -- much as we accept 2 plus 2 equals 4. I can't imagine I'il ever really fully understand Einstein's theory of relativity and its projections regarding time and space. I can agree to accept the theory, but that's about it. Four dimensions (length, breadth, height and time), matter is energy and energy is matter I can handle. I got it. I can see that. Talk about bending space and time, black holes, event horizons and I'm lost. Recently I asked a physics teacher friend of mine about the ideas of quantum physics -- the quantum observer, string theory, folding time/space and the real mind boggler-- the multiverse and the 10, 12, 21 or God-only-knows how many dimensions there really are. With a smile my friend told me I needed to study, learn and understand some basic quantum concepts and then-- maybe -- this complicated area of study would make more sense to me. Right. I guess the conventional wisdom in this discussion would be that time seems to pass' more quickly as we grow older because we have fewer new experiences and eventually nearly everything becomes routine. "Adult life lacks the constant discovery and endless novelty of childhood," New York Times writer Richard A. Friedman, a professor of clinical psychiatry, opines on this subject. "It's simple: If you want time to slow down, become a student again. Learn something that requires sustained effort; do something novel. Put down the thriller when you're sitting on the beach andbreak out a book on evolutionary theory or Spanish for beginners or a how-to book on something you've always wanted to do. Take a new route to work; vacation at an unknown spot. And take your sweet time about it." Well, many things fascinate me, and I think I learn new stuff constantly -- and still my time flies. So does this mean I should more thoroughly study the quantum or plan a long, slow hike to G6bekli Tepe? Yikes! My dilemma continues without resolution. So much to do and so little time. }