Be Encouraged by Angela 3/1/17

Not everyone deserves a seat at your table. Be selective in who is allowed to take up gobs of emotional, psychological and spiritual energy. Regardless of age, certain attitudes carried and choices made will be a result of the current company kept. There are varying degrees of civility. Some barely make it past acquaintance-not necessarily a bad thing. When true character is revealed early, rejoice!

Separate from ascertaining who has your best interest at heart, is the matter of establishing boundaries. While Jesus loved everyone, He did not entrust Himself to everyone. The kiss of betrayal came from someone He called friend, that kiss ultimately crucified our Savior.

Those closest, whom I allow to “sit at my table”, are those that want to see me reach my full potential in Christ, not have me buried under rocks of drama and toxicity. True friends will not try to keep you down to appease their own insecurities (This is also the benchmark of a good leader; one that wants nothing but success for those under them).

A positive of serving in the military was the installation of confidence. Confidence; not ego. Therefore, while serving twenty years ago, I understood I was not in competition with anyone, and I’m certainly not now. Neither are you. My only goal as a Christian, is when I meet the Lord face to face He says “Well done, good and faithful servant.” His opinion is the only one of eternal significance.

Experience has provided two important lessons. First, by keeping His kingdom agenda my top priority, things WILL get accomplished. Despite the haters. Despite the nay-sayers. My strength in life rests in the fact I belong to Jesus. He defines me, the world does not.

Secondly, I understand the gift of encouragement is a flowing river. We give and receive. Friends inspire and energize. Friends propel us forward in the right direction with the right word at the right time AND by their example. With God’s help, we pay that inspiration and encouragement forward into the universe.

For example, it’s been seven years since my last cigarette. Though I miss smoking, whenever I am tempted to buy a pack, I consider my friend Amanda who has been clean from meth almost 700 days. Amanda was addicted to meth for five years and is almost two years drug free! God is restoring her life and she is enjoying being a mom again to her kids, having her own place, and being a manager at a Subway restaurant. When the proper time comes, she will return to school and fulfill her dream of becoming a licensed beautician, and a talented one she is! If Amanda can kick meth, surely I can continue to abstain from smoking.

My dear friend Traycee has completed numerous marathons and she will be the first to tell you she has been “overweight her entire life.” Twenty shiny medals hang on her wall from the marathons she has completed since 2015. Her wall will be covered in “bling” sooner than she thinks. Two of her marathons were 10K races in which she was feeling less than motivated. Yet, in determined fashion she persevered and did not quit. In her words, “I came in dead last, but I crossed the line!” Three years from now, Traycee will turn 50, and will set out to complete a full marathon – 26.2 miles. When I am healthy enough to work out but feel a tad lazy, I think of Traycee busting her arse and getting it done. Pushing forward long after the feeling has left = commitment.

Commitment will yield results. Both Amanda and Traycee decided in some way to take their lives back. For both of them, a total lifestyle change was implemented to produce wanted results in line with the destiny God has for them. Wisely, they are selective with whom is in their circle. This week remember, only cats have nine lives. Be smart with the opportunities God gives you in this lifetime! We are not guaranteed tomorrow and we will give an account! Use your talents to make the world better, not worse! You don’t have to have a title to be a leader! Some have titles and are still clueless! Lead by example!

Thank you Amanda and Traycee for allowing me to share your stories. God is good! Always!

CalVet Honors Women 3/1/17

6th Annual Reception Celebrates Women’s Military History Week

Sacramento – On March 8, 2017, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) recognizes two outstanding women veterans with the annual CalVet Trailblazer Award. The Award recognizes the valuable contributions by women veterans to the United States Armed Forces and veteran communities.

“Our California women veterans are part of a long and proud legacy of military service,” said Lindsey Sin, CalVet Deputy Secretary, Women Veterans Affairs. “We are proud to celebrate and honor two incredible women who exemplify outstanding military core values and dedication to our veteran communities.”

The two honorees are U.S. Army veteran Deborah Johnson of Bakersfield and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dulce Romero of Yuba City. They will be honored by CalVet at an annual reception celebrating Women’s Military History Week, recognized by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. as the third week of March. Army veteran Assemblymember Susan Eggman will serve as guest speaker for the event.

The reception will be held at Cafeteria 15L in Sacramento on March 8th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The reception, including appetizers and refreshments, is free and is open to the public thanks to the generosity of the VetFund Foundation and their corporate partners Deloitte, DLA Piper, Juniper, PG&E, USAA, and Wells Fargo.

To learn more about the honorees, please visit calvet.ca.gov/womenvets. Pre-registration for the reception is required. Register at calvet.ca.gov/womenvets or call 916-653-1402.

FireHouse News 3/1/17

“AT THE FIREHOUSE”                                                                                                     ALLEGHANY: February 21st Responded for an ill male, who was transported to rendezvous with ALS ambulance & was transported to SNMH.                                February 23rd Firefighters trained in Pike City.
CALPINE: All’s quiet…No emergencies, no trainings, no meetings!
CAMPTONVILLE: February 21st Firefighter training.
DOWNIEVILLE: February 20th Responded for an ill  female, who was transported to rendezvous with ALS ambulance & transported to SNMH.                                       February 26th Responded for an injured male, who was transported to SNMH.
LOYALTON: February 21st Responded for a public assist. A downed tree fell on power lines. *Responded for the activation of a residential carbon monoxide alarm.
February 22nd Responded to a residential report of the smell of propane. *Responded for the reported smell of petroleum from a barrell.                                                         February 23rd Responded to dislodge a childs arm, that was stuck in a dishwasher.  *Responded for a person having difficulty breathing, assisted by the ambulance.
PIKE CITY: Firefighters trained with firefighters from Alleghany.
SATTLEY: All’s quiet…No emergencies, no trainings, no meetings…
SIERRA CITY: February 21st Responded for a vehicle accident – cancelled.          February 22nd Firefighter training.
SIERRAVILLE: All’s quiet….No emergencies, no trainings, no meetings….

Art to Ag at the Fair 3/1/17

Two areas that are especially strong in Plumas and Sierra Counties are agriculture and the Arts. The 2017 Plumas Sierra County Fair, August 9 – 13, 2017,  is bringing those diverse interests together with the theme; “Art to Ag”. The creative aspect of the Arts will be on full display, not only to celebrate the artistic community, but to feature the agricultural community as well.

“This is, by far, the most stimulating theme we’ve had in my time at the Fair” said Fair Manager John Steffanic. “There are so many possibilities to show the public what kind of talent we have in our community.” The goal is to use that artistic talent to bring focus as to how vibrant our agricultural industry is.

The fair has cooperated with Plumas Arts, the Feather River College Art Department and individual artists to turn the West Lawn into an artists village throughout the fair. A major attraction that is being curated by the Feather River College Art Program Coordinator, Rafael Blanco, is a mural competition. Several artists will have three days during the fair to create an 8’x8′ mural focused on agriculture. They will camp by their work, and will compete with each other for over $1000 in prize money. Visitors can watch as these muralists create.

Another project in the works is a collaborative mural created by groups throughout both counties. Individual panels will be distributed to groups with instructions on what’s to be painted, using their own interpretation. At the fair in August, all the panels will be brought together and constructed in the art village to show the entire mural. There will also be daily art projects for youngsters, all the results will be displayed.

For the more ambitious amateurs, or maybe even an artistic ringer, easels will be available with all the necessary supplies for fairgoers to try their hand at making “art”, using a variety of mediums. Teachers will be standing by to offer advice and instruction. Again, the accumulated gallery will be judged on the last day of the fair.

A popular trend around the country is evenings spent drinking wine while painting. The PSCF Foundation is planning on replacing their annual wine tasting in the Mineral Building with this new activity. Attendees will have the chance to taste a variety of wines, snack on hors d’ ouerves and create a masterpiece! Tickets will go on sale in the Spring.

“We are just starting to scratch the surface with this theme.” commented Steffanic. He continues to search for other visual art options, performing arts offerings and other fun ways to bring art into the life of the fair.

Volunteers are being sought for artist support and installations. Anyone with an interest in getting involved with “Art to Ag” is urged to contact the fair office at 283-6272. The 2017 Plumas Sierra County Fair takes place August 9 – 13, 2017 in Quincy, California.

Cove, AZ Uranium 3/1/16

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Diné College $380,000 to support the Agency’s Cove Watershed Assessment project. Diné College will work with EPA scientists to determine the impact of abandoned uranium mines on the Cove area’s waters in northeastern Ariz.

The project, expected to be completed in 2018, is part of the EPA’s work to assess and cleanup Tronox (formerly Kerr-McGee) abandoned uranium mines sites. In a historic settlement with the federal government in 2014, Kerr-McGee Corp. and Anadarko Corp. agreed to pay $1 billion to clean up approximately 50 abandoned uranium mines where radioactive waste remains from the company’s former mining operations. Cove is near approximately 50 mines, 29 of which are former Kerr-McGee mines.

“Partnering with Diné College is an excellent way to train future engineers and scientists as they investigate hazardous waste in their community. The students will gain real world experience by helping us evaluate a Navajo Nation watershed,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “This work could provide a pathway for students’ careers while addressing the legacy of abandoned uranium mines.”

“Our Diné students will continue to learn to be scientists by working alongside EPA scientists, gaining invaluable skills and knowledge to assist the affected community and people of Cove, Arizona,” said Perry Charley, Director and Senior Scientist at the Diné College Environmental Institute. “Through this grant, there exists a great opportunity to bring together modern technology and traditional wisdom to support Diné people and provide a modern and sustainable life style in a healthy environment, where earth is respected and honored.”

Diné College students and professors will use the funds to help investigate the extent of radiological contamination the mines pose to the Cove Wash watershed, which covers 52.1 square miles of tributaries. Diné College will assist EPA scientists with sampling for heavy metal and radiological contamination of streams, unregulated wells, and livestock watering areas. In addition, students will use spatial analytical tools to understand the mining impacts in the Cove area and help convey research findings to the community. The data collected will be used to develop sound cleanup strategies and mine waste disposal methodologies.

Diné College is the higher education institution of the Navajo Nation, with an enrollment of about 2,000 Native American students. The educational philosophy of the college aligns with the Diné traditional living system, which places human life in harmony with the natural world and the universe. The philosophy provides principles both for protection from the imperfections in life and for the development of well-being. In doing so, Diné College proposes to integrate the Diné Traditional approach with the Western scientific approach to seek restoration through the Tronox settlement assessment.

During the Cold War, 30 million tons of uranium ore were mined on or adjacent to the Navajo Nation, leaving more than 500 abandoned mines. EPA has entered into settlement agreements valued at $1.7 billion to reduce the highest risks to the Navajo people. Since 2008, EPA has conducted preliminary investigations at all of the mines, remediated 48 contaminated structures, provided safe drinking water to 3,013 families in partnership with the Indian Health Service, and performed cleanup or stabilization work at nine mines. In total, funds are available to begin the cleanup process at over 200 abandoned uranium mines, approximately 40% of the abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation. This work is a large coordinated effort between federal agencies and the Navajo Nation to address the legacy of uranium contamination.

In addition to the funds addressing uranium contamination on Navajo Nation, since 1984 the EPA has provided approximately $100 million in grants to Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency to develop and implement environmental pro­grams.

For more information, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/navajo-nation-uranium-cleanup/cove-arizona-mines-cleanup

Sheriff’s Public Log 3/1/17

Sierra County Sheriff’s Public Information Log

* CNC = Closed, TRA = Transferred, ARR = Arrest, = Active, RPT= Report, UTL = Unable to locate, UNF = Unfounded, CIT = Citation

Please note Cases 17-00276, 17-00277, and 17-00278 do not include Comments as they are Plumas Co. incidents and not SCSO to release. Their agency lost all 911 capabilities and we took their calls temporarily.

2/20/17

  • 0705 – Mudslide and trees across both lanes Hwy 49 on Depot Hill – TRA
  • 1226 – Mudslide and large rock on Hwy 49 at MPM 7.09 – TRA
  • 1238 – Physical altercation between co-workers at Little Truckee Summit – RPT
  • 1858 –  9-1-1 call for Ambulance needed in Goodyears Bar – TRA
  • 2030 – Vehicle stuck in snow on Hwy 89 north of Calpine – TRA

2/21/17

  • 0813 – Tree leaning on a live power line in Loyalton – TRA
  • 1125 – Another tree on a power line in Loyalton – TRA
  • 1221 – Agency Assist for Plumas County 9-1-1 – TRA
  • 1315 – Agency Assist for Plumas County 9-1-1 – TRA
  • 1328 – Agency Assist for Plumas County 9-1-1 – TRA
  • 1529 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Alleghany – TRA
  • 1651 – Mountain Lion under a porch in Sierra Brooks – TRA
  • 1727 – Vehicle over the embankment Hwy 49 MPM 28.30 – TRA
  • 1802 – Power lines with tree on top 6′ from ground Goodyears Bar – TRA
  • 1821 – Large rock on Hwy 49 south of Downieville – TRA
  • 1838 – Carbon monoxide alarm activation in Loyalton – TRA
  • 2027 – Phone system not working in Loyalton or Sierra Brooks – TRA

2/22/17

  • 0903 – Report of suspicious vehicle near Bassetts
  • 1045 – CHP requests assistance on Hwy 49 near county line Loyalton – TRA
  • 1123 – Report of propane smell in Loyalton – TRA
  • 1239 – Hazardous materials spill in Loyalton – TRA
  • 1512 – Vehicle off Hwy 49 at MPM 23.12 – TRA
  • 1833 – Lost dog 6 mon Labrador/Border Collie north of Downieville – ACT

2/23/17

  • 1115 – Traffic citation issued in Sierra Brooks – CIT
  • 1449 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA
  • 1521 – Aggressive dog reported in Sierra Brooks – CNC
  • 2301 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton

2/24/17

  • 0932 – Request for a coroner in Loyalton – ACT
  • 1116 – Court ordered Booking and Release in Downieville – ARR
  • 1123 – Court ordered Booking and Release in Downieville – ARR
  • 1210 – Abandoned vehicle reported in Verdi – TRA
  • 1625 – Someone refuses to leave a residence in Sierraville – CNC
  • 1809 – Theft of animals reported in Loyalton – ACT
  • 1855 – Driving with our a valid license in Sierraville – CIT
  • 1939 – Hangup called 9-1-1 with static due to water Goodyears Bar – CNC
  • 2035 – Vehicle rollover on Hwy 89 so. of Calpine – TRA
  • 2114 – Traffic violation for expired registration near Sierraville – CIT
  • 2130 – Subject arrested for 3 outstanding warrants in Loyalton – ARR

2/25/17

  • 1126 – Report of a civil dispute in Loyalton – CNC
  • 1248 – Report of traffic accident on Hwy 49/89 in Calpine – TRA
  • 1432 – Report of suspicious incident in Sierra City  – UTL
  • 1504 – Someone trespassing in Green Acres – UTL
  • 1832 – Welfare check needed on snowmobiler husband at Yuba Pass – CNC

2/26/17

  • 1055 – Request for welfare check in Downieville – UNF
  • 1215 – Request for deputy in Sierra  Brooks – CNC
  • 1224 – 9-1-1 request for an ambulance in Sierra Brooks – TRA
  • 1224 – 9-1-1 request for an ambulance at Coyoteville – TRA

Mountain Messenger (Chill w/Don) 3/1/17

This is the weekend when you can let Don know how you really feel about him… well at least give an opinion on his Bleeding Heart Liberal Socialistic (made in Russia America) Chilii (thanks Irene) at the Great Yuba Pass Chili Cookoff. The Judges this year are all from west of the Yuba Pass so Don is a cinch to win…. or he will call the whole event rigged… so to avoid the ugliness and rancor experienced in the recent presidential election please vote for the Don, the honest, truthiness speaking/writing  man deserving of the title The Don, he swears there was no assistance from Russian recipes or chefs, he does it all on his own (Irene is an American Democrat) So be at the Yuba Pass SnoPark, Hwy 49 on Saturday March 4, 2017 to taste many different good and bad chili’s from a plethora of local and worldwide cookers and cast your vote for Don. Please, because if he loses it turns into a really ugly week for Milly and Jill. PS: in talking to Don this week, he said: “I know a lot about cars.” More on this next week.

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect…..

ESV Chamber Info 3/1/17

Michael needs to know all the events that you have scheduled for the summer or winter 4-H, FFA and other youth events along with anything else you have planned for the community so we can get it into the visitors guide and that we the ESVCC can help promote on our website and kiosk message sign. Time is running out on getting your events into us.

Please when replying, use info@eastsierravalleychamber.com or call me at 530-993-0453.  Please visit www.eastsierravalleychamber.com for events and activities.
Michael H. Welbourn, President/Board Director and all around good guy!
East Sierra Valley Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday February 22, 2017

The 9th Annual Snowball will be held Saturday, February 25th from 7 p.m. to midnight, at the Community Hall in Downieville, and 70’s style is how it’s going down this year! This is a fundraiser for the Downieville School Sports program. Entertainment provided by Mountain Event Productions. There will be great raffle prizes ranging from overnight stays at popular casinos in Reno, with dinner and show tickets, to numerous gift certificates from local vendors and artists. And to entice those of you who are unsure of going. Hors d’oeuvres , beer and wine will be available. Tickets are $15.00 each or 2 for $25.00. For additional information, please contact Heather Foster at 530-913-4418 or Jenny Varn at 530-913-7902.

And next weekend Saturday March 4th is the annual Yuba Pass Chili Cookoff at the Sno-park on Hwy 49 at the top of Yuba Pass. No rules, just make good Chili or come and enjoy tasting good Chili, be prepared… Judges are bribable (it’s tradition folks). Fun for everyone, rain, shine, snow, mud, snow, rain it will happen regardless. AND p.s. west side judges this year. please email mtnmess@cwo.com if interested in judging at the Great Yuba Pass Chili Cook-off

Looking for more regional news check out  the Camptonville Courier and of course the up to date current daily news at YubaNet.com and if you want the real thing and then have fire starter get your subscription to The Mountain Messenger .

It is hard to say anything about what is happening in government, things change everyday seems to be careening from one crisis to another and so many are trying to breathe normally and not hyperventilate, I wasn’t going to say anything but then I read Robert Koehler and Mel Gurtov,columns and they both said a lot. Kathy Kelly’s book review of Never Can I Write of Damascus (which I then ordered if you are on my share books list)  Kathy’s review just breaks my heart we mustn’t forget the innocents, the children.

So read are regulars, Carrie’s Corner, Be Encouraged, Sheriff’s Blotter, Board of Supes report and much local news. Try to stay dry and warm, Enjoy the winter and the water we need and Spring is just around the corner.

Have to use one more picture of the Sierra Buttes, taken this morning by Debbie Blue Ellison there is actually blue sky and the sun was shining, never fear snow and rain are forecasted for the next few days through the weekend…. but hey…. any day now…

Tom you are loved by many. See In Memory.

Democrat Party Chair Forum 2/22/17

All Democrats and particularly voting Democratic Central Committee Delegates and Assembly District Delegates are invited:
Saturday, March 4 at 3 PM – 6 PM
Redding City Hall –  Community Room
777 Cypress Ave, Redding, CA
Created for California Democratic Party Rural Caucus

This is your opportunity to hear from Kimberly Ellis and Eric Baumann, the candidates seeking to lead our party; their vision and plan for these difficult times. Food and beverage will be provided.

Bizarre Alliances 2/22/17

Robert Koehler

The Great American Awakening – by Robert C. Koehler

Old wounds break open. Deep, encrusted wrongs are suddenly visible. The streets flow with anger and solidarity. The past and the future meet.

The news is All Trump, All the Time, but what’s really happening is only minimally about Donald Trump, even though his outrageous actions and bizarre alliances are the trigger.

“As the nightmare reality of Donald Trump sinks in, we need to put our resistance in a larger perspective,” Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman wrote recently, describing Trump as “our imperial vulture come home to roost.”

The context in which most Trumpnews is delivered is miniscule: more or less beginning and ending with the man himself — his campaign, his businesses, his appointees, his ego, his endless scandals (“what did he know and when did he know it?”) — which maintains the news at the level of entertainment, and surrounds it with the fantasy context of a United States that used to be an open, fair and peace-loving democracy, respectful of all humanity. In other words, Trump is the problem, and if he goes away, we can get back to what we used to be.

In point of fact, however, the United States has always been an empire, a national entity certain of its enemies — both internal and external — and focused on conquest and exploitation. Yes, it’s been more than that as well. But the time has come to face the totality of who we are and reach for real change.

I believe this is what we are seeing in the streets right now. Americans — indeed, people across the planet — are ceasing to be spectators in the creation of the future. The protests we’re witnessing aren’t so much anti-Trump as pro-humanity and pro-Planet Earth.

As Fitrakis and Wasserman point out, Trump is “actually (so far) a moderate compared to scores of murderous dictators the U.S. has installed in other countries throughout the world. Especially since World War II, our imperial apparatus has constantly subverted legitimate attempts by good people to elect decent leaders.”

They present a partial list of “duly elected leaders the United States has had removed, disappeared and/or killed to make way for authoritarian pro-corporate regimes.” These leaders include: Patrice Lumumba of the Congo; Salvador Allende of Chile; Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti; Mohammad Mossadegh of Iran; Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala and many, many more. Their removals, and the installation of U.S.-friendly dictators, were accompanied by social chaos and mass killings.

Also included on the list were such names as Tecumseh, Sitting Bull, Chief Joseph — a few of the innumerable indigenous leaders who stood in the way of Europeans’ conquest of the Western Hemisphere, the mentioning of which opens a chasm of largely unexamined and whitewashed America history. Tens of millions of people died and numerous cultures were mocked and destroyed in his American holocaust spanning centuries.

This is part of our history and it can’t be diminished and written off any more than slavery can be written off. In our failure to face such history honestly, we remain trapped in collective unawareness — and thus trapped, we repeat history again and again and again.

As French anthropologist Rene Girard has said, in his book Things Hidden since the Foundation of the World, “. . . men kill in order to lie to others and to themselves on the subject of violence and death. They must kill and continue to kill, strange as it may seem, in order not to know that they are killing.”

This, so it seems to me, is the psychological and spiritual foundation of militarism and the military-industrial complex, which, among much else, has bequeathed Planet Earth with enough nuclear weapons to wipe out all existing life. Donald Trump, whose vision of American greatness is all about military triumph, commands some 4,000 of them. This is terrifying, but not simply because Trump is untrustworthy and impulsive. It’s terrifying that we’ve created a world in which anyone commands that kind of power and that alone is a reason why the time for profound, deeply structural social change, is now.

And I don’t believe change will come from elected or appointed leaders, who, as they settle into office, have to make their peace with the current situation, a.k.a., the deep state, with its unquestioned militarism. This is the status quo Trump both represents and lays grotesquely exposed for what it is, like no other president in memory.

In other words, I don’t think we’ll ever vote real change into place. The social infrastructure won’t be seriously altered by those who are empowered by it, as Barack Obama, who was elected to be the bringer of hope and change, demonstrated during his tenure in office, in which he continued the Bush-Cheney wars.

Serious change will only emerge from an external force able to stand up to the existing momentum of government and the special interests attached to it. The multifaceted resistance we see on the streets — the great American awakening — may be that force.

One recent example is the huge outpouring of support that emerged last week in Phoenix, when Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, married, mother of two, was suddenly seized and deported by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement during her yearly check-in.

“I think we sugar-coat it by making it very procedural, but actually, that night she was kidnapped from her family,” community organizer Maria Castro said in a Truthout interview. She described the confrontation with the deportation authorities:

“Myself and about half a dozen people jumped in front and were being pushed. The van literally pushed me at least 30 feet, hyperextending my knees, hurting some of my friends, knocking some of my fellow organizers down to the ground. It wasn’t until we had one of the vehicles in front of the vans and then, another person started to hug the wheels and put his own life at risk, because this is just the beginning. This is the beginning of the militarized removal of our communities, of our families, and of our loved ones.”

With Trump as the official voice of the status quo, more people than ever before are becoming aware that “the way things are” can be challenged and changed. The moment is here. Social policy should not dehumanize anyone.

Robert Koehler, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Chicago award-winning journalist and editor.

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