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8C Tuesday, Nov. 6, 200? Lassen County Times, Westwood PinePress EDITORIAL OPINION It's time for the LMUD board to come clean According to Lassen Municipal Utility District, the official word is that General Manager Frank Cady is on paid vacation. Cady's contract gives him 25 days of vacation time. The district's official comment is that Cady left on paid vacation around Monday, Sept. 17. On Friday, Nov. 2 Cady's administrative secretary said she had not heard if he was back from vacation or not. As of today, Nov. 6, Cady has been on 35 days of paid vacation. Assistant General Manager Ray Luhring told a reporter that Cady was not in the office much because he was attending a 10t of meetings concerning LMUD business. Former board member Nancy Cardenas confirmed that at times Cady was still attending meet- ings while on his vacation. When pressed, board member Fred Nagel said he was unable to discuss Cady because it was an employee matter and he was sure the EDITORIAL issue would be resolved some time last week. Since when is a person's vacation an employee matter that needs to have a board resolution? Two board members resigned two weeks ago with one of those members encouraging ratepayers to start attending board meetings to keep the other three members accountable. It is time for the board of directors to come clean and let the ratepayers know what is happening with our pub- lic utility Lassen Community College begins to turn the corner The good news coming out of Lassen Community College continues to get better and better. According to figures released last week by Cary Templeton, LCC's dean of student services, enrollment at the college increased by 78 full-time equiv- alent studenfs compared to last year. Fall enrollment is up by more than 100 FTEs -- a whopping 13.9 percent, according to Templeton. The. crease in enrollment is signifi- cant for Several reasons. . . ,j. The college receives its apportion- ment funding from the state based upon the number of FTEs it serves, so the college should receive more fund- ing. Last year the college served 1,470 FTEs, and this year's budget is based on 1,500 FTEs. If the trend Continues, LCC could exceed the number of stu- dents-it budgeted for and receive a much-needed and unexpected financial boost to help it through the lean times. Finally, the increase in enrollment suggests everyone in the campus com- munity -- from the trustees to the administration to the faculty and to the staff -- are working together suc- cessfully to improve the education and services they provide to the students. Despite several years of negative news from the college up the hill; more students are trusting their educational futures to our hometown community college. We hope this is just the first of many signs that LCC is well on its way back to excellence. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board, which consists of the publisher, the managing editor and the news editor, and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. LASSEN COUNTY TIMES ~/~ '~7/':': :2.;~ A FeaLhe,rTP Ii Shing N J'aper Michael C. Taborski Publhher 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) 257-5321 The latest music slang parents need to learn I have heard it many times over the years, "I don't listen to the words; I pick the song for its beat." I suppose every generation of teenagers has echoed that sentiment. It could mean that I am just getting older and figure songs should have meaning. One of young teens favorite music genre is Hip Hop and it often blares from my car speakers as I taxi 13 year olds to vari- ous events and practices. When I ask the kids what the song means, most of them have no idea. They just like the beat. A few, however, do know what the phrases mean and are hesitant to tell me. That is my clue that the song is probably inappropriate. Another clue that a song is not acceptable on my mommy radar is if it is the clean-cut version. A current favorite of some of the j nior high students is "Da Yellow Bus" by Mistah FAB [sic]. It uses the phrases and words: ride the yellow bus, go dumb, II I i ~'~i~dt~ As I SEE IT BARBARA FRANCE Managing Editor get hyphy, thizz and thizzle, and make a thizz face Translations are: ride the yellow bus is a not-to-nice reference on how most short yellow buses are used by special education students; go dumb refers to how crazy some people act when drunk; hyphy means crazy, goofy, or crazy on drugs; thizz or thizzle means ecstasy or being on ecstasy and make a thizz face is an actual expression. The best way to describe it is the face one makes when smelling urine. My sources on the definitions come directly from those who use the words -- teenagers and urbandictionarycom. The online dictionary allows users to submit new slang words and then other readers can vote if the slang definition is accu- rate or not. Readers beware: Some of the words and their definitions are graphic and politically incorrect and degrading to women, people of color and those with handicaps. One of the reasons there is slang is so people can speak the unspeakable. For instance some contributors to urbandic- tionar .com write m'kay means okay and others say you use it in place ~r, :2: T:p:~- -;:~z~, ~. 'r):"2~:~;2~.~:~:~:~i~'~,11~. ~ G~r~!~'~~2*Y::,VI~~'; " of unacceptable swear words. I took about a half hour and looked up words I have songs, from the teens in town and on TV. Most have meanings that I would never say to anyone, closest friends. Also I am sure if you are like me, you are curious as to what words I am referring to. I don't even want to write them down in fear that someone may think I am condoning the word. Let me tell you words as cute-sound- ing as shizzle my nizzle are not cute at all. A friend of mine who knows much of the urban dialect asked me why it was a big deal if my daughter lis- tened to the music when she had no idea what the words meant. It is a fair question. All I can say is that I cringe when I hear a little child use foul language because he or she learned the words from an adult in his O 'her life. : The same goes fdrst~eet words. Why make common- place words that the author meant to be obscene, rude or disrespectful? Now that I know what some of the phrases mean, I can't allowmy daughter or her friends listen in my presence. I have tried to ten the kids in my sphere of influence why the songs are unacceptable. In my opinion, in a world where most peo- ple want peace and toler- ance, the slang used in songs especially rap and hip hop, makes hate okay A great big thank" you from a firmer Southern California resident Thefires that raged in Southern California last week have drawn a spot- light from the entire nation, with aid coming fromall corners of the country in the form of firefighters, donations, equipment etc. As a former resident of Southern California, I would like to also send aid in one of the only forms I can provide: A great big thank you to the firefighters, especially the ones from Lassen County, who worked so hard to protect life. Southern California has been my home for most of my life. I still have a lot of family living in the San Diego area particularly, including aunts, uncles, cousins and my grandparents. I have been told on a regular basis just how bad the conditions were down there through the family pipeline, and to say I have been following the news coming off the fire line very closely would be an understatement. I have been keeping tabs on just what kind of resources have been corrimitted to the blaze, which as of last week had more than 1,000 engines and more than 11,000 personnel dedicat. ed to active fires. Some of those same firefighters have no doubt risked their lives fighting fires in Lassen County This past fire season saw one of the worst local fire seasons on record. Our local fire season saw the county receive a combined total Of more than 88,000 acres burned between the Antelope Complex, the Moonlight Fire and the Colby Fire, dot to mention all of the smaller fire incidents burning in excess of 50 acres or more throughout I MY TURN PAT SHILLITO Staff. Writer the summer. The only difference here is the size of the population. Southern California has the majority of the state's population and only a fraction of the state's natural resources. Whenever a region of the state is in need of natural disaster relief, the state steps in and sends aid resources in proportion to what they have available. As far as the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Southern California fires couldn't have come at a worse time. CAL FIRE generally begins scaling down its seasonal firefighting staff around the end of fire season. The Southern California fires started flaring up around roughly the same time, around Saturday, Oct. 20. Susanville Interagency Fire Center Manager Craig Kincaid said everyone at the dispatch center and the Lassen/Modoc unit of CAL FIRE sprang into action, calling back as many fire- fighters as they could .to get them ready to travel south. But they aren't the only ones who deserve thanks. Fire agencies from around Lassen County and multiple counties in Northern California sent whatever aid they could: a five-engine strike team comprised of engines from Susanville Fire Department, Susan River Fire Department, Doyle Fire Department, Chester Fire Department and Milford Fire Department. Even a fire crew from the California Correctional Center was sent south. Northern California in general responded to the need for help in Southern California, just as Southern California responded to our neck of the woods when our forests were burning. The point is it doesn't matter how big a state is, either geographically or eco- nomically ff a state of emergency is declared, the residents of the state can rest a little easier that aid will come. Large-scale forest fires have influenced the lives of almost everyone living in California. They are a certainty we have all faced in LassenCounty, a certainty We will most likely experience again in the near future. So the nexttime you see a firefighter, let them know how much you appreciate their efforts. It may be there job to pro- tect our lives ,and our properties, but it's a job that we all depend on. My deepest thanks goes out tO all the firefighters in