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So where’s Thomas Paine when you really need him?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — Ah, how I fondly remember my first days at the Lassen County Times 15 or so years ago when the county entered its first election cycle in my memory.

     Out of the blue one afternoon Dave Moller, then managing editor of the Times, slammed down his phone and shouted out across the buzzing newsroom to no one in particular, “I hate elections!” Trying to fill his very big shoes, I think I’ve learned some of what he was yelling about.

     Readers should know the Times does not endorse candidates. That’s our policy, so you won’t find us making recommendations or suggestions saying vote for this or that candidate.

Supes legally may appoint employee in closed session

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — Much ado is being made in some circles regarding the Lassen County Board of Supervisors’ closed session decision to offer a contract to Lassen County District Attorney Robert Burns to serve as Lassen County Counsel.

Reasonable people may disagree with the wisdom of the board’s decision to begin negotiations with Burns regarding his assumption of the position. That’s fine.

We don’t need term limits in Lassen County

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — I remember talking with my mother back in the 1960s about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his four terms as president. By her estimation, had he lived, FDR would have still been president of this great land because of the popularity of the New Deal and his dedication to the needs of common, everyday, middle-class Americans.

I’m only almost old enough to remember the ratification of the 22nd Amendment (Feb. 21, 1951) that limits the president of the United States to two terms in office.

While tragedy astonishes, it does not routinely interrupt the rhythm of life

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — I can’t stop thinking about the mudslide in Oso, Wash. Although my brother lives nearby in Arlington it isn’t the proximity that makes this news event linger. What sticks are the stories woven into the main news account of the slide — ordinary people doing ordinary activities on a Saturday morning about 10:45 a.m.

The stories include a young woman working on her first house, getting ready to move in; a workman installing cable TV at a home; a young woman and her fiancé visiting grandparents; a motorist traveling on Highway 530 at the time of the slide.

Most likely people of all ages were in the path of the natural disaster, which was described as the equivalent of 3 million dump truck loads of earth tumbling into the rural town …

Music education should be mandatory at schools

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — I’ve played some kind of musical instrument most of my life, so no one should be surprised I believe music should play a role in every student’s education. And in that regard I’d like to congratulate the Susanville Symphony Society’s Academy of Music for providing virtually free instrumental music instruction to everyone in our community, but most especially the young people.

Now to some people, the study of music has no practical application beyond making a joyful noise. They’re completely and absolutely wrong, and here are some thoughts on why I say that. Have you ever considered how much math is involved in working with the simple Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do major scale? 


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