July 9, 2013 — We never say thank you enough to the brave men and women in Susanville and Lassen County who respond to an emergency, and that should change.
When our homes or land are engulfed in flames, when a friend or family member has a medical crisis, when a crime is being committed or when two vehicles collide, our first responders leap into action without regard for their personal safety. We call, and they respond. Every time.
We can never forget how our community lost one of its own when Luke Sheehy, 28, perished fighting a wildfire last month. All those who knew and loved him will sorely miss him.
July 2, 2013 — All across this great land of ours, most of us will celebrate the founding of America this Thursday with fireworks, barbecues and a fine summer day and evening with family and friends free from the toil of our labors.
We celebrate the Fourth of July as the day when the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence — humbly revering the 56 of our Founding Fathers who signed their names to a document that once and for all ended the rule of the King of England and his government, setting a course before us that would eventually lead to the free republic we love and enjoy today.
July 2, 2013 — In recent days the reaction to a My Turn column I wrote a couple of weeks ago regarding Lassen County Clerk Julie Bustamante and her critics revealed and uncovered a sore that apparently has been festering among some residents during the eight months or so since the November election. Lassen County resident De Loris Riddle, whom readers will remember was involved in the negotiations between the county and the Honey Lake Valley Grange, now has many questions about the conduct of that election that deserve to be answered.
I began a series of email exchanges with Riddle after that column published. While Riddle acknowledged I had the right to my opinion (even though she thought I was biased), she also wrote there were legitimate complaints of which I was unaware.
July 2, 2013 — Frequently in the Bible God gives instructions to “tell” or “do” certain things to ensure generations who did not bear witness remember what He did.
For example, when the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River into the Promised Land a representative from each of the 12 tribes took up a stone to prompt their children to ask “What do these stones mean?” They were instructed to tell the story of how the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord so the people could cross. The stones were to be a memorial forever.
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