Who knows where the time goes?

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 — Wow, the holidays have passed, and we’re off and running in a brand new year — 2015. It seems as if 2014 had just arrived, and now it’s already in the history books. I always thought time flies as we get older because we spend so much of our lives working for a living. Maybe I should long for the days before the Industrial Revolution when our lives were linked to the dirt rather than televisions, smart phones and computers. As I get older, I fear my understanding of time has abandoned me completely.

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We again dedicate ourselves to serving our community

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 — As 2014 ends and 2015 begins, we celebrate the arrival of the New Year all across this great land of ours this week. Here at the Lassen County Times, we pause for a moment to rededicate ourselves to our readers, our advertisers, our community and the ethics of our profession.

With our newspaper, special publications and our website, we strive to be your first and best source for local news and opinions.

Of course, a successful newspaper depends upon the support of its advertisers, its readers and its community.

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Yes, it’s time for a little ‘Auld Lang Syne’

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 — Most everybody knows at least the first verse and chorus of that common New Year’s Eve anthem, “Auld Lang Syne” — based on an ancient folk melody with lyrics by Scottish poet Robert Burns first published in the 1780s. It’s become a staple all around the world as we welcome in the New Year and ceremoniously put the old one behind us with this song and maybe even a gentle kiss sometimes. It’s undoubtedly the best known and most enduring of the poet’s nearly 400 original songs.

Of course, we’ve Americanized the lyrics a little bit because that hard, way-back-in-the-back-of-your-throat Scottish brogue kind of sticks in our revolutionary New World craw. I mean, “And we'll tak a right gude-willie waught?” Really? (According to hymmsandcarolsofchristmas.com, it means, we’ll take a good drink or toast.)

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We wish you a Merry Christmas

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 — The Christmas holiday is finally upon us — a holiday that seems to sneak up on us at the end of every year as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

It should be a good Christmas here in Lassen County. A wide variety of events have sparked our holiday spirit — from the Magical Country Christmas to the Susanville Symphony’s annual concert, to celebrations in Westwood and Doyle and many parts in between. We’ve had all kinds of opportunities to share with those who are less fortunate to ensure they too have a happy holiday by contributing to any number of charitable organizations, and many of us have risen to the occasion and shared with those who have a need.

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Reflections on the joy of the season

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 —On Christmas Eve there is an atmosphere of anticipation. It is stirred by the joy that fills our hearts when the date of the birth of a baby draws near. It is stirred by packages tucked under the tree that will soon be opened. It is stirred by the thought of Santa Claus eating the cookies left for him next to the stockings hung on the fireplace.

On Christmas Eve there is a feeling of expectation. We expect to interact with loved ones either in person or by telephone. We expect to be awakened by young children before dawn. We expect to receive gifts, at least one. We expect a special Christmas dinner.

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