June 12, 2012 — As a child I’d been exposed to folk and roots music through my parents who ran the first “folk music nightly” coffee house, The Renaissance, in Fresno in 1960, but my first true musical mistress came through the Beatles and the British Invasion.
My love of folk music came several years later after I graduated from high school.
In the summer of 1968, my friend, Byron Bommerito, and I packed into his old Volkswagen bug with a couple of guitars and several ice chests filled with cheap beer and headed up into the mountains outside of Fresno to the Sweet’s Mill folk music camp.
Of course, we got lost and then got lost again trying to traverse miles of unmarked dirt roads, but finally as the sun was going down a couple of cute, young teasers in a red Ford Ranchero pulled up alongside us.
June 12, 2012 — Sometimes the best thing a community can do is move forward.
With the results of the June 5 primary election firming up, it’s time for our elected officials and their supporters to bury the hatchet and get back to doing the people’s business.
The people have spoken, and it’s time for their voices to be heard.
Lassen County District 3 Supervisor Larry Wosick’s vision to take over county government through the defeat of District 1 Supervisor Bob Pyle and 2 Supervisor Jim Chapman failed to resonate with the voters. Wosick also supported, and endorsed Tom Spanton in the District 4 race, but he came in a distant third.
June 5, 2012 — Ah, I’m just finishing my first election cycle leading the newsroom here at the Lassen County Times, and I’m so glad it’s nearly over.
To many folks in the county, this is the most important election ever — a phrase that seems to come up repeatedly at such times — but truth be told Lassen County voters will have made a choice today some say will affect the future of our county for years and years to come.
The race for the board of supervisors seems especially contested. District 3 Supervisor Larry Wosick, who defeated Lloyd Keefer in the primary election two years ago, has repeatedly and openly displayed his disdain and contempt for his fellow board members and their role in and method of running the county.
June 5, 2012 — This time of year our thoughts turn to graduates.
What words of wisdom, direction and encouragement might we give as they graduate high school and leave for college or walk into the workforce with a bachelor’s degree in hand?
So often commencement speakers use phrases meant to inspire but have no concrete value.
For example, students are told in order to be successful they should believe in themselves.
Actually, it is not the belief you can do something that results in success but the skill and talent that supports it.
Yet advice abounds that is beneficial.
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