Tom’s story: From Midway Island to a rare affliction

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 — On world maps it is merely a dot that’s located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 miles west of the Hawaiian Islands. During World War II it was the site of a pivotal battle between the Japanese and American fleets, in which the Japanese fleet was mortally crippled. Midway Island was subject to heavy bombing from the Japanese before they withdrew from the battle.

  Actually it isn’t an island; it’s an atoll, which is defined as a bit of land and lagoon surrounded by a coral reef. During the war it was a Navy base that provided a refueling depot for aircraft and a refueling and refitting base for U.S. submarines operating in the western Pacific Ocean. The atoll was a bleak, desolate piece of land, which could be circumnavigated by foot in about an hour.

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Fencing our schools: A sad testament to today’s society

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 —Discussions about fencing the Lassen High School campus have been circulating the community drawing questions, concern and support since the subject was first initiated at a Lassen Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting in November.

Despite some comments, the point is not to keep people locked in and create a prison, but to keep individuals, particularly ones who could be dangerous, off the school grounds and away from students.

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I guess I slept too much, so it is time for change

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 — I love to sleep. If I had to choose between sleep and looking presentable for work, I would nearly always choose showing up at the office with wet hair thrown in a braid with accompanying tired-looking eyes.

However, unfortunately, I was still always tired during the day and I was baffled. I mean, I got nearly nine hours of sleep on the weekdays and even more during the weekends, I should never be tired, right?

So I consulted my all-knowing mother, figuring she would tell me I needed to consume more protein or try a new essential oil mix in my diffuser. Nope. She told me I might be getting too much sleep.

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Humans cause enough extinctions — let’s not wish for more

Darla S. DeRuiter
Associate Professor
Feather River College

Just as we can learn much from other people, we can also learn much from other species. Mountain yellow-legged frogs have persisted for thousands of years at high elevations that experience extreme weather and may hold secrets that we can learn from. Because of this, humans should do all we can to turn back the tide of extinction, especially when the causes are due to our activities.

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‘Imagine’ sets the mood in Paris, around the world

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 — Even though the number of casualties is much, much lower, and the effects of the two events are at completely different ends of the scale, the recent terrorist attacks in Paris will live in infamy forever right alongside the events of Sept. 11, 2001 in our country. I will never understand such acts of violence, and I can find no cause in heaven or on earth great enough to justify these cold-blooded murders.

In response, more than a million people participated in the Jan. 11 march through Paris — including many world leaders — professing their support of free speech and their refusal to submit to the killers. That’s encouraging.

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