Every child deserves the right to walk, run and play without fear of paralysis. Although polio is largely unknown in developed nations, it is a disease that still robs children of that right in some parts of the world. It is transmitted via contaminated water and food supplies, enters through a child’s mouth, and then multiplies in the throat and intestines. In a matter of hours, the poliovirus can enter the brain and spinal cord, destroying the cells that enable muscles to contract and causing paralysis. In 5 to 10 percent of cases, the child dies.
For a small rural county, we have an abundance of cultural events. A glance at this newspaper’s Arts & Entertainment page or the events calendar offers a weekly glimpse of events that dwarf the listings of most communities our size. It’s one of the reasons many of us choose to live here.
Much of the reason the arts are flourishing in Plumas County is because of the contributions and influence of Plumas Arts and the hundreds of residents who support the nonprofit organization.
For the past five years, the Plumas County supervisors seemed to be in the headlines almost every week as they sliced away at the county budget.
Facing multimillion-dollar general fund shortfalls, the board agonized over some pretty drastic cuts. When it was all said and done, the county looked a little different than it had when the Great Recession began. The supervisors were forced to furlough, slash benefits and even fire some county workers. County departments were cut to the bone and funding for some institutions, once considered sacred, was eliminated completely. Funding for law enforcement, chambers of commerce, tourism and the arts was slashed. The Plumas County Visitors Bureau was shuttered.
On Monday, Oct. 1, the federal government shut down when the Republican-led House of Representatives and the Democrat-led Senate could not agree on a budget.
Funding for the Affordable Care Act — aka Obamacare — is the central issue in this partisan battle with House Republicans on one side and Senate Democrats on the other. Both parties seek to place the blame for the shutdown on the other — it’s the divisive and partisan brand of politics Americans have been forced to endure from the federal (and state) government for years.
Your Community; Your Newspaper; Your Life.
That’s the theme for this year’s National Newspaper Week celebration Oct. 6 – 12.
This year’s theme only re-enforces the way Feather Publishing has always viewed its role in the community. This is your newspaper. The paper you are holding in your hands right now is produced in partnership with you. Our goal each week is to give you a snapshot that accurately reflects the community that we all share.
We’re all about the communities we serve and the people we serve. This newspaper is a human institution that mirrors life’s joys and sorrows, successes and failures — it’s a written record of the community.
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