Paper plays role of moderator during election season

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 — Much of the feedback we get from readers isn’t in response to stories written by our reporters, or even opinions we offer in this column. The feedback is generated by our letters to the editor.

It is one of the most widely read sections of the paper.

With election season in full swing, the number of letters about candidates is naturally on the rise. This is a time when our letters page is often filled with fresh voices from people who aren’t regular contributors.

Our library serves an important role in our community

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — The history of libraries in America arguably stretches all the way back to Benjamin Franklin. One of this Founding Father’s greatest contributions to American society is the founding of the Library Company of Philadelphia in 1731 in Boston, America's first lending library and the predecessor of the modern free public library.

     Today, as the nation celebrates National Library Week, April 13 through April 19, residents have an opportunity to recognize the contribution our Susanville Library makes to city residents.

Spring is my time to change for the better

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — This break of amazing weather may not help the fire-prone area much, but I have never really been a rain and snow kind of girl.

     My perfect weather day is as follows: I love a cloudless, blue-sky day, high 70s with just enough breeze so my spring dresses and skirts can billow in the wind.

     As you can imagine, I am overjoyed with the appearance of the sun and the lack of having to defrost my car in the morning.

So where’s Thomas Paine when you really need him?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — Ah, how I fondly remember my first days at the Lassen County Times 15 or so years ago when the county entered its first election cycle in my memory.

     Out of the blue one afternoon Dave Moller, then managing editor of the Times, slammed down his phone and shouted out across the buzzing newsroom to no one in particular, “I hate elections!” Trying to fill his very big shoes, I think I’ve learned some of what he was yelling about.

     Readers should know the Times does not endorse candidates. That’s our policy, so you won’t find us making recommendations or suggestions saying vote for this or that candidate.

Supes legally may appoint employee in closed session

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — Much ado is being made in some circles regarding the Lassen County Board of Supervisors’ closed session decision to offer a contract to Lassen County District Attorney Robert Burns to serve as Lassen County Counsel.

Reasonable people may disagree with the wisdom of the board’s decision to begin negotiations with Burns regarding his assumption of the position. That’s fine.

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