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Memorial Day honors our fallen heroes

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 — Memorial Day traditionally marks the beginning of the summer season with the year’s first three-day weekend.

While the Memorial Day holiday provides a wonderful opportunity for family get-togethers and family fun as well as an extra day off work, it also provides an opportunity for each of us to remember and reflect upon the real reason for the holiday — a time to pause and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country and our freedom.

When information is needed we tend to ‘Google it’

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 — What do you do if you have a problem to solve? Most, as I do, “Google it.” Consistently answers to questions; directions to destinations; tips on places to vacation; best methods to accomplish a task; or instructions for making something can be found on the Internet through a search engine.

While Google isn’t the only search engine — other familiar names include Bing, Yahoo, Ask and WebCrawler —the company name “Google” managed to become synonymous with the act of doing a computer search for information.

Celebrating the family’s eldest member’s birthday

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 — I had the honor and privilege to attend a big birthday bash as four generations of my ex-wife’s family gathered near Corning last Sunday to celebrate her older brother’s 75th birthday.

Les, dubbed “ the last of the real cowboys” (although I’d be willing to bet there are more than a few old-time cowpunchers here in Lassen County who might try to claim that title, too), owns an 80-acre piece of ground at the end of a long, dirt road in the beautiful, rolling, oak-covered hills miles west of Corning.

What’s a dog to do when little Fluffy runs?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — We don’t need another stinking cat! Let me be right up front from the start, lest anyone get the wrong impression. Cats are OK, I guess, but deep down inside, I’m just a big time dog guy.

We recently had an abrupt change in our animal family when Trouble, our 8-year-old cat, passed unexpectedly. He was acting funny, so we took him to the vet who treated him for ear mites. But obviously he had something else very wrong with him we didn’t know about because he died five days later.

During a weekend visit to a vet at an emergency animal hospital in Reno, we put him to sleep after the vet said there was nothing he could do for him and suggested we put him down. It was a sad day, and upon our return, we buried Trouble near his favorite spot in the yard. I have to admit he was a mighty cool cat, and I will miss him, even though I’m not the proverbial cat person.

Supes, Burns can save the taxpayers’ money

Correction: The newspaper’s editorial of April 29 expressed two concerns — that district attorney Robert Burns make the transition from district attorney to county counsel as quickly as possible and that he earn only one salary while serving in both positions.

The second concern is moot because it has already been addressed. According to the contract negotiated by Burns and county and approved by the Lassen County Board of Supervisors, despite his possible service in both roles, Burns will continue to earn his salary as district attorney until he resigns. Thereafter, he will be paid as county counsel.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — Just last week the Lassen County Board of Supervisors hired District Attorney Robert Burns, who is not seeking re-election in the June 3 Primary Election, as Lassen County Counsel.

Burns will assume the county counsel role May 16 with the departure of Rhetta Vander Ploeg, and, according to the contract he inked with the county, he also could serve as district attorney until the newly elected district attorney takes the oath of office next January — more than eight months from now.


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