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Now is the time to become involved

The news can be overwhelming. Climate Change. Mass shootings. White supremacy. Trade wars. Nuclear threats. Natural disasters.

At Feather Publishing our policy is to cover local news — news that isn’t available anywhere else. That means while other reporters are interviewing victims outside of an El Paso Walmart or dissecting the effects of tariffs on the economy, we are writing about the improvements to local schools, the lineup at the county fair and what the board of supervisors is poised to do about hemp cultivation.

But that doesn’t mean that we aren’t aware of the world outside of Plumas County or our place in it. Read the adjacent My Turn penned by Stacy Fisher, a staff writer who covers the Lake Almanor Basin. For him, climate change is of paramount concern, as it is for Robbin Anderson of Portola. Her letter to the editor this week is just the latest of her efforts to draw attention to the seriousness of climate change and the need to act now.

Then there’s the issue of gun violence and what can be done to escape the senseless carnage that strikes without warning. As the debate rages over the NRA, mental health, video games, background checks, access to assault rifles and white nationalism, the killing continues. As a result our country finds itself in a new position — the subject of other countries warning their citizenry about the dangers of visiting the United States.

Then there are the issues of the trade war with China and the nuclear threats posed by North Korea and Iran, and, as serious as those are, the immediacy of climate change and gun violence overshadow them. And it also seems that we have more power to affect change in these latter areas.

Now is the time to get involved. With our words, our money and our votes. The oft-maligned millennials are doing just that. They are the generation that has been raised knowing school violence. Unlike their baby boomer elders who can recall diving under desks for Cold War drills or participating in earthquake and fire exercises, this is the generation that has grown up practicing active shooter drills.

They are also looking to the future and the impacts of climate change. They realize that the dire predictions for the years 2030 and 2050 when our planet reaches the point of no return (depending on whose predictions you adhere to) represent their adulthoods. They have had enough. They are organizing and planning to vote. Let’s hope that they can help elect leaders who are willing and able to make a difference because something has to change. Now is the time to become involved and there are plenty of issues that could use your attention.

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