Newspapers are living, breathing family members

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 — What do you care most about in life?

  Most of us would put family at, or near, the top of such a list. Friends would be there. So would our jobs or businesses, our livelihoods. Our homes. Maybe our pets. Our hobbies and pastimes. Add in those around us: neighbors, the community, etc.

  That’s our world, our sphere of influence. Whatever happens to those who inhabit that place in our hearts and lives means something to us.

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Spend a day not complaining — I dare you

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 — Try not to complain for an entire day. Just try it.

It isn’t easy. I took my own challenge and didn’t realize how many times a day I open my mouth to complain until I tried to stop.

A comedian (I didn’t recognize his name) on Sirius Radio prompted this new self-awareness. He talked about how much Americans complain, especially when compared to people with real problems, such as genocide, war or famine.

He cited airline food as an example. We all complained about how terrible it was, but now that it’s virtually nonexistent, we all complain that there are no free in-flight meals. He was funny, but right, and during the next few hours I noticed how many times I managed to complain or was about to complain about something that I should be grateful for.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — a public campaign that began in 1981 with a Day of Unity and then morphed into a month-long event in 1987.

Lassen County residents remember two incidents of domestic violence that still reverberate today — the March 1995 death of Lassen County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Griffith, who was shot and killed responding to a domestic violence call in Ravendale, and the murder of Susanville Police Officer Robert McElrath, who was allegedly drugged and then murdered by his estranged wife and her boyfriend Jan. 1, 2011.

But domestic violence in our county reaches well beyond those two highly publicized cases.

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Some people leave a lasting impression

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 —Why do certain people impact our lives? Recently I interviewed Amy Jones, a new teacher at the elementary school in Westwood, who said she first considered the field of education as a career in the third grade when she was inspired by her teacher.

While a person can trigger a career choice often we find people influence us in other areas as well. Sometimes we embrace a philosophy due to our interaction, develop a passion or follow an example set.

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Who is a veteran

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 — During the years I’ve heard many ideas of what people think a veteran is and what they had to do to get the status. Some people with an honorable discharge do not think they are a veteran because they only served for two years, did not serve in combat or were not injured in the service. Women and people who served honorably in the National Guard and Reserves are often unsure of their status.

I must say the definition of exactly what it takes to be a veteran is not an easy question to answer. I will do my best to give you an idea of the definition of veteran from the perspective of the Veterans Administration. If you’re in doubt and you have served in uniform, call our office.

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