June 4, 2013 — I spent most of my youth surrounded by really intelligent people. It was mighty tough to have a coherent conversation at the family dinner table if the powers that be wanted to take you on, let me tell you.
My stepfather was a chiropractor who served on the state’s medical quality assurance board even though he wasn’t a medical doctor. He graduated second in his class, falling by a few points to — get this — his college roommate.
And my mother, a child of the depression who dropped out of school after the seventh grade to go to work as a waitress to help support the family, was actually just a wee bit brighter. Both were members of Mensa, a group that includes only the smartest 2 percent of people on the planet, and much to my stepfather’s consternation my mom scored a couple of points higher than he did on the group’s qualifying IQ test.
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.