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Who is a veteran

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 — During the years I’ve heard many ideas of what people think a veteran is and what they had to do to get the status. Some people with an honorable discharge do not think they are a veteran because they only served for two years, did not serve in combat or were not injured in the service. Women and people who served honorably in the National Guard and Reserves are often unsure of their status.

I must say the definition of exactly what it takes to be a veteran is not an easy question to answer. I will do my best to give you an idea of the definition of veteran from the perspective of the Veterans Administration. If you’re in doubt and you have served in uniform, call our office.

Public has an opportunity to comment on pool design

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 — The Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority continues to move forward with its plan to build a new community swimming pool in Susanville.

The authority’s timeline originally projected breaking ground on the new facility before the first of the year, but questions regarding the ownership and availability of the preferred site at Credence High School slowed the process, and construction on the new facility is expected to begin in February 2015.

It’s been a decade or so since the old Roosevelt Pool closed due to public safety concerns at the popular facility used by young and old alike, and many say they believe building a pool should be the community’s top priority.

Our government works best when citizens, officials work together

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 — Open government is alive and well in Lassen county.

On Sunday, Sept. 7 the campaign for the state of Jefferson came to the Veterans Memorial Hall in Susanville, attended by more than 130 local residents.

And on Wednesday, Sept. 9 an elected official and an appointed one met with constituents to exchange information and set the future course of events. Lassen County District 5 Supervisor Tom Hammond held a Town Hall meeting in Herlong while Susanville Police Chief Tom Downing met with medical marijuana growers to discuss a possible city ordinance to regulate the gardens.

Losing prisons, state workers would wreck local economy

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 — One attendee at the Sunday, Sept. 7 presentation on the proposed state of Jefferson held at Veterans Memorial Hall asked me to recognize and appreciate the passion of those in favor of creating a new state. Then another attendee told me I would receive a history lesson about the intentions of the Founding Fathers during the event. And as I walked to my car, an elderly attendee driving by yelled out, “So, what are you going to write about this one?” Ah, the politics in a small town newspaperman’s world.

Let me set the record straight on these points. I believe those fighting for the state of Jefferson have every right to try and set the North State on a new course. I couldn’t miss their passion, and I even applaud it. I’m in favor of new ideas. I’m a native Californian, and I love California, but if the people in this region create the state of Jefferson, I’ll be a proud Jeffersonian. It’s the people’s call.

To stay on task, try a to-do list

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 — I am a fan of the to-do list. It is my best tool for organization. It helps me reach goals; it helps me get projects completed; it prevents me from forgetting promises and commitments.

I create lists for upcoming newspaper articles when the appropriate publish dates are at a future time. Lists are written for seasonal projects. For example, this summer during good weather I refinished patio furniture and stripped and stained a dresser. I organize tasks for various church ministries on paper and of course write daily tasks. You might notice that my to-do lists are categorical rather than generic because I find my time allotted to work on certain projects varies each day and each week. A project appropriate for Saturday would be different from something I might have time for on Tuesday.


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