May 28, 2013 — Public lands belong to the public, and the effort by the Lassen County Board of Supervisors and others to guarantee public access to the roads and woods in the Lassen National Forest should continue.
The board’s fight with the national forest over public access began in earnest more than four years ago — in January 2009 — when the board declared the proposed Travel Management Plan “unacceptable” because of what it characterized as many errors and inconsistencies, a lack of local input and a failure to respond to the concerns of local agencies and residents.
May 28, 2013 — In Taoist households, an offering of food is left for the hungry ghost on the family altar. If the family doesn’t leave a large enough offering, the hungry ghost might return to the world of the living where it can take whatever it needs. In China, the seventh lunar month, usually late summer or early fall, is devoted to the hungry ghost in a festival that continues all month.
A similar character shows up in the Buddhist/Hindu traditions as well, and the hungry ghost we have today is a blending of Southern and Central Asia, incorporating aspects of both the Taoist and Buddhist religions.