Make sure you say thank you to a veteran today

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 — Unfortunately, the war to end all wars — World War I — did not. Today, on Veterans Day, we honor those who served their country in the armed forces of the United States.

The World War II veterans, members of what has been called America’s Greatest Generation, have reached their senior years. America entered the war in December 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbor and in less than four years our country and its allies had defeated the German and Italian fascists and the Japanese.

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Recognizing extraordinary opportunities

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 —My nephew, Armando, watched the San Francisco Giants win game seven of the World Series not from a comfortable position on his couch or the home of a friend or even a sports bar. He watched from the stadium in Kansas City, Missouri where the Royals play because he decided to do something many would label crazy. When the series went to game seven, he hopped on an airplane with a goal to watch the game in person. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and he decided to seize it.

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Your vote is worth much more than you might realize

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 — More than 400 years ago, the first English colonists stepped ashore, stretched their legs and got down to the business of organizing their new lives in North America.

The first order of business in Jamestown in 1607? Elect a community president.

In those days, with just a handful of people living in a community, an individual’s ballot carried a lot of weight.

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I went dancing for a worthwhile cause

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 — I don’t dance, usually, and I don’t particularly enjoy being in front of a crowd of people.

So, when a staff member from Lassen Family Services asked if I would participate in their inaugural Dancing For a Brand New Me, my immediate response was “no way.”

After some thought and maybe some minor threats that I would be asked again until I agreed, I decided it was time to step out of my comfort zone.

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Don’t forget to vote

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 — Political pundits frequently proclaim the upcoming election as the most important in history. The truth is every election is important.

The Tuesday, Nov. 4 General Election gives Lassen County voters an opportunity to set the course of the ship of state at the national, state and local levels. Many residents will vote at polling places on Election Day, and many will vote through vote-by-mail ballots. For those who voted by mail, the county elections office must receive your ballot by 8 p.m. on Election Day, but remember postmarks do not count. If you feel your ballot cannot be processed through the mail in time, ballots may be dropped off at the elections office at the Lassen County Courthouse. Voters also may exchange their vote-by-mail ballot for a polling place ballot at their poling place. Voters who do not have their vote-by-mail ballot can still vote on a provisional ballot. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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