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Lassen County Tirnes/Westwood PinePress Tuesday, May 1,2007 9C Lassen Teachers Association celebrates "Day of the Teacher" The Lassen Teachers Association will celebrate California's "Day of the Teacher" during the week of May 7 through I1. Wednesday, May 9 marks the 25th anniver- sary of the day estab- lished to give recognition to teachers for their con- tributions to education and the lives of California's children. This year's theme is, "Celebrating the Artistry of Teaching." Day of the Teacher has always been a time to rec- ognize and appreciate the educators in your local schools. As secretary of the Lassen Teachers Association, I can tell you that the teachers in this community demonstrate the artistry of teaching every day in their class- room. Yet many of the man- dates in what President Bush calls the No Child Left Behind Act have taken'the ioy' the magic, the creativity and the artistry out of teaching. Time spent testing and test preparation has deci- mated important pro- grams like art, music, for- eign languages, vocational training and physical edu- cation. It's also limited the scope and depth of instruction during regu- lar class time. These are the very things that encourage our students to do their best. This is what the artistry of teaching is about. Instead of the punitive measures of NCLB, we Where I Stand CHRISTY ROSE LTA SECRETARY need proven.reforms such as smaller class sizes, financial incentives to attract and retain teach- ers in hard-to-staff schools and resources to provide quality trainiilg to teachers and parapro- fessionals. With congress set to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act this year, Lassen Teachers Association urges parent and members of the com- munity to write their con- gressional representatives to tell them to support changes in ESEA that help students and schools. In addition, we hope Californians will take a moment on May 9 to observe the 'Day of the Teacher' and the artistry of teaching. CTA and the Association of Mexican American Educators sponsored the bill, SB 1546, first proclaiming the Day of the Teacher. Sen. Joseph Montoya (D-El- Monte) {vrote the bill and signed into law in 1982. The California celebra- tion is patterned after "El Dia del Maestro" celebra- tions in Mexico and other Latin American countries. - ~-,~.>~ ~. ~w~~" .~" Go online for direct deposit and change of address Even when change is necessary or desirable, making changes can be difficult. Here, then, is so'me use- ful advice for any Social Security beneficiary who is thinking about opening a new bank account or changing banks and who may need to change the direct deposit of his or her benefit payments. Just go online to make the process quicker and easi- er. First, you will need to get a password from Social Security. You can get a password by applying online at socialsecurity.gov or by calling us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Once you have your password, you can do business with Social Security with total confidence in the security of your transactions. Of course, you can also change direct deposit ser- vices by using our auto- mated phone service at 1- 800-772-1213, filling out a direct deposit sign-up .form that is available from the Social Security Web site and taking it to your financial institution or Social Security office or contacting your bank, credit union or savings and loan association. You can use any of these methods to set up direct deposit for the first time. However, if you choose to start or make changes in the direct deposit of your Social Security bene- fit payments, you can make the process run smoothly by having your Social Security number and a personal chuck or bank statement handy. Also, we recommend you Where I Stand BILL ZUROFF SUSANV. ILLE SOCIAL SECURITY MANAGER wait until deposits are actually going to your new bank, savings and loan or credit union before you close your old account. One of the most com- mon reasons for changing banking accounts is because a person has moved to a new address and wants to bank at a nearby institution: It is important for Social Security to have your correct home address, even if you are having your Social Security benefits deposit- ed directly into a banking account, so we cancontact you about other Social Security matters, such as when we mail you your Form 1099 each year. You also can change your home address and/or telephone number over the Internet at socialsecu- rity.g0v. Again, you can use your password to changeyour address online. Or you can change your address online by answering a series of specific ques- tions whose answers have to match the information in our recordS You can also call us toll- free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). But why not do it online a fast, easy, convenient and safe way to do busi- ness with Social Security. Two Cents How do you think juvenile arsonists should be punished? "They should have to do time and pay fines, dep.end, ing on how old they are." Daniel Poroli, Standish "They should be think.they sh.ou!d."1 believe psycho- held. responsible, be made to rebuild logical counseling but lets notbeat what they.should be involved, them up over it. destroyed.Commun, alongwith the right They need to know ty service is making punishment. You the conseauences them serve every- just can't throw of their adions." one in the commufii- them into the t when they prison system and Dennis Stickney, S ould be serving expect them to 5usanville the people they learn." hurt." ' Shannon Staiger, Ed Andersen, Palo Cedro, Cafi f. Sacramento, Cafi f. Remember When 110 years ago 15 years ago Three juveniles were arrested, two of Lassen County resident Gligo Terach After emotional opposing appeals .by them booked into the Juvenile Detention was badly injured while walking home Susanville Resource Inc spokesperson Facility, the third was released to the from his job at the Eureka Mine. Treva Hearne and County Supervisorcustody of his parents. He was smothered under a sudden Jim Chapman, the Susanville City Qn April 22, police arrested two jure- landslide and suffered a broken leg and Council voted last week to support legis- niles for arson at Roop's Fort. arms. At the time, it was thefourth such lation that could potentially stop the SRI "This is awful," Bengard said. "I guess accident in Plqmas and Lassen counties medical waste incineration project, the kids don't realize just how awful this in two months. Senate Bill 1517 would subject medical is." waste incineration projects to local land 60 years ago use requirement, and give local govern- Last year Issuance of sugar rationing books ments the power to verify or deny such If walls could talk, the St. Francis began in Susanville elementary schools: compliance. Hotel probably could fill a listener's ears The program was created when the Yet if the SRI and Lassen Community with history and gossip of early 20th federal government froze all sugar sales "College have their way.the bill will d~e at century. during World War II. '"" - the hands of a massive lobbying effort To preserve the history of the building against the bill, an effort initiated by built in 1914 by Benjamin and Franceska 25 years ago SRI. Nuehaus, the City Council approved a The Susanville Consolidated Sanitary resolution on Wednesday, April 19 District voted to begin the bidding Five years ago adding the hotel to the Susanville and process on the expansion of the treat- Gall Bengard, president of the Lassen Lassen County Historic Building ment facilities east of town. County Historical Society, was dismayed Registr! . about the extensive vandalism at According to records, Frederick J. The increase enlarged the plant's SusanviUe Cemetery and the arson at DeLongchamps, one of Nevada's most capaci}y by 33 percent. The addition Roop's Fort. famous architects, designed the hotel. added approximately 1,422 connections According to Susanville Police, offi- DeLongchamps also was the architect to the previous capacity, cers discovered 80 headstones had been for city hall and the old jail. pushed over and 15 of those headstones were broken on April 15. Letters to the Editor Letters guidelines All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week per person and only one letter per month per person regarding the same sub- ject matter. We publish only one letter pertaining to state, national or world news a month per person. There is a 500-word limit on all letters. We also reserve the right to edit letters, if necessary, as like ever thing else that appears in this newspaper. We do not publish third- party, anonymous, unsigned or open letters. Requests will be made to rewrite letters containing potentially libelous state- ments before they. are printed. The deadline is noon on Thursday. Letters also may be sent via fax, 257-0408; on disc; or e- mail letimes@lassen- news.com In memory of Warren Chapman I was fortunate enough to have been a student in two photography Classes taught by the late Warren Chapman. He was a remarkable instruc. tot, teaching his students not only the basics of working with black and white film, how to use different filters and lenses, darkroom tech- niques, and how to crop, frame and mat a picture, but also, and more important, how to look at the world through anartist's eyes. He would tell his students' to look for patterns, and then send us off to Susanville Supermarket to shoot photos of row upon row of fruits and vegetables, or row upon row of bottled beverages, or shelves full of cereal boxes. This may sound like a strange assignment, but when the film was developed, Warren would point out the subtle variations in the surface tex- tures of oranges stacked row upon row, or how oblique lighting could have a dramat- ic effect on a shelf full of glass bottles, or how one box slightly out of place could be eye catching in its variance from a dozen identical boxes. In other words, he taught us to look for the beauty in the mundane, the slight but subtle" differences in the familia/; the small but impor- tant details that distinguish one thing from another. He also encouraged us to look for the unique and the unusual. As he liked to say, there will never be another sunrise exactly like the one that just passed, and never again another sunset like the one that is about to occur. He encouraged his students to get up just a little bit earlier, to stay out a little bit later, and to go that extra mile; not only to get that once in a life- time photo, but also to experi- ence as much of life as possi. ble, and to look at the world in new and different way, In other words, through an artist's eyes. I am still working on learn- ing these lessons, so in that sense I guess you could say that I am honored to still be one of his students. He was an excellent teacher, and a great friend. Though he is no longer with us, it is comfort- ing to know that Warren's legacy Will contintm to live for a very, very long time. Joel Stovall Susanville Contamination On April 23, 2007, on CNN at 3 p.m. it was stated that the border patrol is upset with the command of the patrol and its resulting condition for the border patrol. Our new Secretary of Defense Mr Gates did not get good results with his meeting with Russian President Putkin over the missile defense requested near Russia for defenseof Europe and the United States. Another big upset is that China has created a pharma- ceutical Cartel and six compa- nies in China now control Vitamin C, the price for a mil- ligram now at $10. Another frightening item is that the Food and Drug Administration has known about e-coli in spinach and salmonella in peanut butter since 1995, but has done noth- ing about it, There is also con- tamination in some vitamin supplements the Food and Drug spokesman said they do not check on vitamins com- ing into the U.S. for use in our foods it is up to the manufac- turer to check on the product so consequently we are being threatened with contamina- tion of much of our animal and human food products so that corporations in the United States can buy cheap- er overseas and charge more here. The HB1 program for get- ting Einstein-type people from foreign countries is being administered like "putting names in a fish bowl and selecting a "genius." What a lot of bull. Screening of applications'is even done in corporations who try to get new employees in the United States. Whey Should it be any dif- ferent if we want Einsteins We are not handling our immigration program prop- . erly, The HB1 program and! VISA issuance is carelessly i administered. We are asking i for a very serious problem to! smack us in our face if .our: leaders in Washington do not! tighten up on the regulations i and quit fighting in congress. : Quit trying to feather their! state nests and do the job: they're elected to do Morris "Jim" Ward Susanville Keep the motocross park I would just like to express my deep concern for the Honey Lake Motocross Park. I have been racing and riding i motocross 20 years and! have been to tracks all over i the west coast. Personally, I! think the track is one of the:, best and Larry and Lisa l Wosick do an A-1 job to make it that way. I was deeply trou- i bled to hear the radio state.! that the county was going to i pull their use permit. The l track is one of the biggest l draws to Lassen County. Why,i See Letters, Page lOCi