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Avoid Halloween horrors with these safety precautions

Feather Publishing
10/19/2011

 

Ghosts, goblins and other seasonal decorations are popping up around Plumas County, a sure sign that we’re preparing for Halloween. Thanks to our chambers and other groups, trick-or-treating has become a relatively safe affair for our kids. But a few words of caution still seem appropriate.

An estimated 40 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 could hit the trick-or-treat trails this Halloween, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The nation’s emergency physicians want all of them to enjoy holiday traditions safely and not experience any Halloween horrors that would include spending time in the emergency department.

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Plumas County Visitors Bureau proves its worth

The Plumas County Visitors Bureau has once again proved its worth, this time with a feature about the county’s fall foliage on the front page of the Sacramento Bee’s Sunday Living Here section. The coverage included a huge color picture and two smaller color pictures, and another color picture and map on a jump page. The Bee also included the story in its electronic daily news update.

You can’t buy that kind of exposure. What do we mean by that? The most powerful real estate in a newspaper is its front page, followed by the front page of each subsequent section. With a few (misguided, in our opinion) exceptions, you can’t buy advertising on a front page. Inclusion in news coverage, as opposed to advertising, tells the reader that the editorial staff found the information newsworthy; placement on the front page tells the reader it’s the most newsworthy information in the whole section.

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You don’t always get what you pay for

Feather Publishing
10/5/2011

I had no idea it costs almost a thousand dollars to spend a night in Quincy.

That’s what a Redding-based contractor claimed as he was trying to justify his bill to the East Quincy Services District.

OK, it wasn’t really a thousand. It was $940.

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Congressman should stop pandering, start meaningful discussion

Last week’s field hearing of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands in Sacramento demonstrated all that is wrong with public discourse in America. Rather than being a genuine fact-finding, problem-solving venture, it proved to be nothing more than political theater.

Republicans control the subcommittee, and they stacked the witness list with people and groups whose positions reflect their own legislative goals. Only one panelist represented a divergent viewpoint — and the highly partisan audience booed him. Even so, just two of the subcommittee’s 13 Republican members bothered to show for the hearing, and none of the Democratic members attended. Before you think we’re bashing Republicans, let us say that this is par for the course; had Democrats controlled the committee, the proceeding would have erred in the other direction.

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Gratitude is a healthy thing

Today is World Gratitude Day, a tradition started in 1977 by the United Nations Meditation Group. Virtually all faith traditions and many philosophers have long recognized and encouraged thanksgiving. Now, modern science has joined the conversation with insights of its own.

In one of the first gratitude studies, researchers found that those who kept a gratitude journal enjoyed better health and greater happiness than those who compiled a list of complaints or who recorded neutral life events.

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