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California Focus: Allowing anti-Semitism sets dangerous precedent

Less than two years ago, Palestinian students and sympathizers on the University of California’s flagship Berkeley campus dressed up in combat fatigues, “armed” themselves with genuine-looking mock firearms and set up “checkpoints” where they demanded that students attempting to pass tell them if they were Jewish.

There was no immediate outcry on campus, nor any response from administrators or campus police, as there surely would have been if students set up similar “checkpoints” to determine whether students with tan complexions are really African-Americans or whether students conversing in Spanish are undocumented immigrants.

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Church Notebook: New Year’s Eve services slated at several churches

Valentine’s Day candies on display! I could hardly believe it.

Christmas was just Wednesday, and we still have New Year’s Eve to go! While all these days can be enjoyable, we just don’t seem to catch a breath in between anymore before there are more things they want us to buy for the next event!

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Coastal Voices: Some tips for giving before year’s end

During the holiday season many Del Norte and Curry County residents, from all walks of life, support causes they care about with financial contributions, large and small.

For many nonprofits, a high percentage of donations are made in December (often in the last days or even hours of the year), which allows donors an opportunity to deduct their charitable contributions on their upcoming tax returns.

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Coastal Voices: Crucial partnership between state, tribe

As the holidays near, many Americans start planning how and where they will travel to meet up with family all around the U.S.  It is a foreign concept to me.

As an indigenous person, I cannot separate myself and my family from the lifeline of our redwood forests, the Pacific Ocean and the Smith River; we are from and of the land and waters of Northern California. I am a part of the Tolowa Dee-ni’, of the Smith River Rancheria. We have fished and gathered and lived among the redwoods and on the shores of the Pacific since our genesis, and our stewardship of ocean resources like seals, salmon and seaweed resulted in the abundance Europeans found when they came to our land.

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Artisan Cuisine: Candied citrus peels a nice holiday treat

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Candied citrus peels can be chopped up and added to cookies or dipped into chocoloate and given as a holiday gift. Photo courtesy of Ann Boulley
Artisan Cuisine is published monthly.

I love taking something normally thrown away like orange peels and turning it into a gourmet treat.

Yeah, instead of the compost bin, you can keep those citrus peels and make them candied and dipped in chocolate. Or, they can be added to holiday cookies for an extra zesty punch of flavor. 

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House Calls: Flying out patients common

House Calls runs monthly. Today’s column is written by Wayne Bunn, a case manager at Sutter Coast Hospital.

There is so much talk in the community and through the media about the concerns of patients being transferred out of Sutter Coast Hospital.

This is not a new concern for our hospital. We regularly transport patients out of the area for specialty services or higher level of acuity needs. We also transfer patients for services that can be provided locally because not all medical specialty services have 24-hour call coverage.

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Church Notebook: Plenty of local holiday services are coming soon

It’s almost Christmas.

So often, the real reason for Christmas is overlooked  as we go about our myriad chores getting ready for it. I think you all know by now that I like to use plants, pets, family situations — anything we encounter to highlight the importance of faith when I write this.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, a miracle of birth.

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Church Notebook: Complete Grace Lutheran holiday services scheduled

Times have changed!

In the early days of my nursing career, I was reprimanded more than once for making my patients laugh!

It seemed to me that some cheer would help folks who were in the hospital — but some of my supervisors did not agree.

Tuesday, I had my right hip replaced at Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass. I came home Thursday, a much shorter stay than that procedure used to take.

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California Focus: California kids holding own in math, science

Maybe it’s time to stop the steady stream of handwringing over how poorly America’s schoolkids, and California’s in particular, perform in subjects like math and science and realize they are actually doing OK, even if there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

That’s the takeaway from 2011 test scores in the Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMS), an exam given by some states and 46 other countries and provinces. The 2011 results, latest available, were released this fall.

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Coastal Voices: Federal government is looking to own you

What if there was a simple non-invasive test that would show whether you had a propensity to get certain cancers or heart disease or kidney failure or were prone to get diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease sometime in the future and it only cost $99.

Would you order it?  This seems to be in the realm of science fiction, but actually is available today with current technology.

According to Wikipedia, 23andme Inc. has been marketing a simple test that uses a swab of the inside of the cheek and then runs the results through genetic testing to find out what your own genes reveal about you.  Using the results, a woman can find out her probability of getting breast cancer or a male can find out the chances of getting testicular cancer many years before the disease manifests itself.

In this way individuals, in consultation with a physician, can be proactive about their own health, modifying behaviors that can mitigate the chances of actually developing diseases. The term 23andme refers to the human DNA that consists of 23 pairs of chromosomes plus you, hence the name 23andme.

The company’s saliva-based, mail order test identifies over 240 genetic traits that offer clues to a person’s overall health. This test has been taken by hundreds of thousands of people. In addition to giving indications as to the probability of developing specific health issues in the future, it also gives the likelihood of negative drug reactions. Now a person can know in advance what the possibilities are that certain drugs will react negatively in the body.

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