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Activity trackers make us face the truth

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — I regularly wear a slender, black rubber bracelet on my left wrist. It’s not one of those silicone bracelets with an awareness saying imprinted on it, the kind that can be purchased in bulk. It contains a computer device that tracks how many steps I take each day and when that activity occurs (certainly not when I am writing at the computer); the distance I cover in a day; and how many calories I burn.

This piece of “jewelry” was under the Christmas tree, a gift from my husband.

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Here is a media conspiracy that’s good for you

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — Editor’s note: The following editorial was written by Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami, Florida.

Each spring for 10 years now, a vast media conspiracy has rolled across the hills and plains of this nation. Journalists of every stripe — cartoonists to commentators to hard news reporters — have been in on it. And not just journalists, but politicians, educators and librarians, as well as members of nonprofits and civic groups.

What’s the conspiracy? It’s called Sunshine Week, and it is built around the birthday of James Madison, the father of the Bill of Rights. This year, the week is March 15 through 21.

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Stone and Straw release a fabulous new album

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — If most people were to run their grubby little paws through my music collection, they’d probably end up wondering who the heck are all these people?

Truth be told, I collect songwriters, the real artists behind the music. Oh, I’ve got some popular stuff, too. Why, I even bought a copy of Taylor Swift’s recent CD “1989” — not because I thought I’d enjoy another edition of her teenybopper country pop, but because frankly the 20-something songstress turned more than a million copies of that CD the week it came out. In fact, it was the best-selling album of the entire year. Very impressive, especially at a time when the public just doesn’t buy that many records anymore.

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Welcome to the third-world state of Jefferson

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — At a Tuesday, Feb. 24 meeting held at Jensen Hall at the Lassen County Fairgrounds, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors directed county counsel to create a declaration that reflects the county’s needs and concerns regarding secession from the state of California and joining the state of Jefferson movement — a move that if approved would surely plunge Susanville and Lassen County residents and business owners alike into an economic sinkhole from which we could never extract ourselves.

Supervisors Bob Pyle, Aaron Albaugh and Jeff Hemphill voted to table a declaration from Jefferson proponents in order to create on that would address our local concerns.

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Remembering a fallen deputy

A brief ceremony honoring Larry Griffith — a Lassen County Deputy Sheriff who lost his life in the line of duty — will be held at noon Monday, March 2 at the granite memorial in front of the Historic Courthouse in Susanville.

For family members, friends and area residents, it seems as if it Griffith was killed just yesterday. In fact, his murder occurred 20 years ago next week — Monday, March 2, 1995 — as the deputy was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call in Ravendale. Some losses we just have to endure forever, and this is one of them.

Griffith, 44, a loving husband and father of three, a Vietnam veteran and a former Plumas County Sheriff’s deputy, dedicated himself to public service and the safety of his community and his fellow officers.

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