Sept. 3, 2013 — It’s been a long, winding and at times bitter and contentious road leading up to the Sept. 10 recall election in Lassen County’s Supervisorial District 5 — but now the moment of that decision has nearly arrived.
More than 2,000 (2,373 to be a little more precise) voters reside in district 5, and slightly more than half of those folks (1,211) are eligible to cast either vote-by-mail or absentee ballots. The remainder may cast their votes in polling places next Tuesday.
Lassen County Clerk Julie Bustamante advises voters not to mail their ballots to the election office after Tuesday, Sept. 3 because the ballots must be received by the clerk’s office by 8 p.m. Election Day. Postmarks do not count.
Sept. 3, 2013 — During my favorite interview with Rolling Stone’s guitarist Keith Richard, a journalist asked him why he didn’t join the entourage that included the Beatles, the rest of the Stones, the Beach Boys, Donovan and all the other entertainment royalty who skipped off to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at his ashram at the foot of the Himalayas in 1968.
I know it’s hard to believe, but somehow, somewhere behind those glazed eyes and nicotine-stained eyebrows a coherent response quickly formed, and Richard simply said with a wrinkled grin, “Hey, I draw the line at maharishis.”
I know how he feels. Over the years I’ve explored many varieties of soothsaying and encountered a number of kooky and not-so-kooky sooths. As a rule I don’t put much faith in future trippers’ predictions.
Sept. 3, 2013 — One of the most meaningful photographs in my life was taken Sept. 4, 1981 at Los Angeles International Airport. My parents boast grins almost stretching off their faces and me, at 8-months old, appear nothing but content to be sandwiched between their big hug.
I’m not sure at what point the picture was framed, high school maybe, but I took that photograph with me to college where it graced several dorm rooms and then it had a spot in several Southern California apartments. It served as a conversation starter with numerous roommates because of the significance that day held for my parents and me.
Aug. 27, 2013 — Every year the first Monday of September we celebrate Labor Day — the last big three-day weekend of the summer.
While the holiday may have started more than 100 years ago as a creation of the labor movement and unions to honor the contributions of American workers to the America, it has become the last long weekend for family fun before many schools start, the days get shorter and we all settle in for another fall and the arrival of winter.
We no longer celebrate Labor Day with local parades and speeches by local politicians and dignitaries, preferring to spend the weekend with family and friends out in nature.
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