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8C Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 Lassen County Times, Westwood PinePress EDITORIAL and OPINION vig Local pharmacist BJ Goodridge shared with a group that gathered two weeks ago for the Narcotics Overdose Prevention Education candlelight vigil that 86 local fifth- graders were surveyed and 34 of those students admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages. The typical fifth grader is 10 11 years old. Of those 86 children about nine of them said they have one to two drinks a month. Also 9 percent of the children said there was a 50-50 chance that they will use marijuana in sixth-grade. . Telling grade-school aged children that alcohol and drugs are bad isn't EDITORIAL enough anymore to stop them from using. h does take a village to support each other but not the way Hillary thinks When Hillary Clinton first made the who called and said she loved spending statement that it takes a village to raise a child, I was not happy. My children were small and I didn't want the government interfering with my parental decisions. That's how I took her comments. I still don't want the government to interfere in my life to the extent that many politicians think they should. I could list some examples but that is not the focus of my comments this week. Over the years I have come to the con- clusion that it does take a village to sup- port each other. As humans we need one another. While I was raising my daugh- ters, I relied on help from family mem- bers, friends and neighbors. Not only did they give me advice that I could heed or not, they helped me watch out for my children's safety. While children hate a snitch, my friends and I were grateful when another parent tell. Our goal was to keep children safe. My husband and I are entering a new stage in our marriage. We are now care- As I SEE IT BARBARA FRANCE Managing Editor bfra n ce@ lasse n news, co m givers to a parent. Mom can live on her own but we worry. Two years ago she came to live in Susanville so she could be near family and she chose to live in a mobile home park in town. The neigh- bors are awesome. They take Morn to lunch, visit her often, take walks in the neighborhood and call Jon and I when they have concerns. This week I thanked one of the ladies time with Mom and the neighbors didn't mind taking care of each other. Another neighbor said she was 80 and knowing that they all looked out for each other makes it easier. Shesaid her daughter worries about her and her husband but with good neighbors they can stay inde- pendent longer. I tease my daughters on how when ,Ion and I are old, gray and crazy, we will move in with them. The girls then debate who will get us and tease that we already have two outof three. I haven't asked which two we already are because I am sure they will say senility tops the list. Honestly, I hope I never have to move in with one of my daughters. I hope that I live in a neighborhood where people look out for each other and get involved as friends. In small towns people seem to know each other's business but that may not be all bad. Only four of the 86 said alcohol is bad and only two think marijuana use is bad. Goodridge also said a 2004-2005 technical report stated of 30 fresh- man surveyed six have used pre- scription pain killers four or more times. They are not using pain killers prescribed to the them by a doctor but abusing the pain killer for other reasons. We are aware that three Lassen County boys lost their lives to methadone overdose. We do not want it to happen to anyone else. a For those who have:called the pap bi ,bt; .mailed a sRih g$0r i bws: about management of a public agency that will no doubt benefit most of Lassen County, the newspa- per has been waiting with bated breath for the official story It hasn't come, yet! Until the time we have more than rumor and conjecture, we will not print anything about the story unless someone talks on the record and those with the authority make a decision. When the story will break is dependent on the powers that be to do the right thing and stop stalling. Even Teflon will become sticky and unusable if its integrity is com- promised. It is just a matter of when the owner decides to throw away the damaged Teflon and buy new -- and this time take care of it. Editorials are written by members of. the editorial board, whichconsists of the publisher, the managing editor and the news editor, and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. . L ::2 /. .: i Photo collage by Joel Rathje LASSEN COUNTY TIMES A F e at ej :ri:Pgbll ing ,N s paper ~ ~:?,i 2,-" Michael C. Taborski ] Publisher Barbara France Managing Editor Sam Williams News Editor Jill Atkinson Advertising Director Staff writers: Shayla Ashmore Will Farris Ruth Ellis Victoria Metcalf Anthony Larson Susan Cort-Johnson Pat Shillito Shannon Morrow Ben Wilgus Kate West Terri Daoust Susie Wilson Delaine Fragnoli Alicia Knadler 100 Grand Ave Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-532 Enjoy a safe and sane Fall. Isn't it such a wonderful time of i the year? To me, there is nothing better than when the leaves change color and the air is nice and crisp. Football is in full swing during fall and the season usually means a trip or two or three out to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin to carve. Yes, there are some things that I still enjoy doing from childhood and carving pumpkins is one of those things. Although the weather is chilly in the morning and downright cold at night, the days are usually nice enough to enjoy the outdoors before winter sets in. And, what season would be complete without some event to enjoy and for fall that means Halloween. For children across the United States, Halloween is a time where they can get dressed up as a favorite character and go rMV TURN RUTH ELLIS Staff Writer loween this year on Halloween. I think it is important to reiterate some of the guidelines the students learned, which include always stay in well-lit areas and going with an adult. If you aren't keen on the idea of your child trick-or-treating from house to house, or if you are looking for some- : thing to do with your children on " Halloween, take your children to the annual Safe and Sane Halloween, put on by the Historical Uptown Society Association. traipsing around in search of lotsand lots of candy. ", As fun as it can be, caution should be taken and making sure your children are safe during this time is important. Last week, I attended a presentation at one of the local schools where students learned the importance of staying safe HUSA has been busy planning for the event held in Uptown Susanville. and R Safe and Sane Halloween. Main Street is blocked off from ' Weatherlow and Roop Streets providing one big area for families to bring their children, so they can partici- pate in different activities and trick-or- treat for candy.