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Vets helping vets

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015— Since 1946 there has been a veterans service officer for Lassen County. Normal business hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed normally from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling 251-8192.
    Currently, there are four people assigned to the office; A1 Peck, Veterans Peer Support Specialist, who works the North County (Beiber) area; Dennis French, Veterans Peer Support Specialist, who works Herlong, Westwood and in the office on a part-time basis. Samantha Jee, an accredited Veterans Service Representative, and Cathy Strudle, Veterans Service Officer, are in the office daily. Cathy will be accredited by the end of the year. The office occasionally closes for training and appointments. A note or public service announcement will be made if staff is gone longer than a day. Leave a message or come by again.

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In the midst of a wild ride, it’s good to be home

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 — Eleven years ago last month, through teary goodbyes, we left our home in Portola. My husband Ron, a teacher, was one of many laid off that year. We decided it was best if we set our course for new horizons.
    We were able to continue working with children just beyond the foothills in Rocklin.  My husband taught high school, and we opened another gymnastics facility, expanding the positive impact on young lives that began here.  

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It’s up to us to decide if we want medical marijuana gardens in Susanville

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 — The Susanville City Council tabled the first reading of a proposed city ordinance prohibiting the cultivation of medical marijuana within the city limits until its first meeting in November.
    That’s good news for medical marijuana growers who told the council the new ordinance, if approved as planned, would take effect just before they harvested their gardens this fall — ruining their opportunity to grow their “medicine” and making their now-legal gardens suddenly illegal at the last minute. Of course, it’s bad news for those who oppose the gardens.

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Having man boobs doesn’t make you a woman

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 — I’ve always loved a good drag show. Where else can you experience Cher, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe all in one night for a minimal cover charge?
    That said, I’ve also always had a problem with cross-dressers. Not in a redneck sort of way — in a feminist sort of way.
    Put a man in a dress and what does he do? Offends me.
    Women are more than T-and-A, heavy makeup and stilettos. Not all of us prance around, all in a flitter, because we broke a nail, a sequin is missing or the bartender doesn’t know how to make a decent Cosmopolitan.

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Both parties should heed Trump’s warning

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 — I’m not at all a fan of Donald Trump, currently the frontrunner in the Republican presidential primary race. I’m a working-class guy, and I can’t imagine a billionaire businessman like Trump representing my values, interests or needs. Nah, he can’t and he won’t. I understand that. Hey, let’s just elect this super-rich guy and poof — he’ll make America great again. I’ll stick my head under water and see how long I can hold my breath, OK?
    Now some conservative friends of mine say folks like me can’t support Trump because we’re jealous of those in our country who have made a lot of money, and we expect the rich to hand over their hard-earned dollars to all us do-nothing poor folks. They play that class warfare card, and I must respond.
    Bear poker that I am, whenever such a controversy erupts, I always quickly invoke — just for the sake of argument, context and historical perspective — John Winthrop’s 1630 sermon “A Model of Christian Charity,” (which also contains the shining “city on the hill” reference you hear so many politicians and pundits cite since Ronald Reagan used it) and its assertion — based on the Puritans’ belief in predestination — that God made the rich so they can learn to be charitable and generous, and He made the poor so they can learn to be patient while waiting for the rich to honor their obligation to them.
   

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