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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.

We will never forget the horror of Sept. 11

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 — Who among us can forget the events of Sept. 11, 2001?

While the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 remains what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called “a date which will live in infamy,” Americans also remember the horror wreaked by 15 terrorists armed with box cutters who hijacked three commercial jetliners full of civilians and flew them into the World Trade Center buildings in New York City, and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Other terrorists who apparently intended to make the U.S. Capitol building their target also hijacked a fourth plane, but the passengers confronted them and all 44 souls were lost and four hijackers killed when the plane crashed short of its target in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Just before the crash, passenger Todd Beamer famously asked several passengers who sought to regain control of the jet liner, “Are you guys ready? Okay. Let’s roll.”

City needs to regulate medical marijuana gardens

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 — It’s been nearly 20 years since 56 percent of California voters approved Proposition 215, known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, and the state legislature passed Senate Bill 240 — the two state laws that regulate medical marijuana in California.

Since California became the first state to adopt medical marijuana, 23 other states, nearly half the nation, and the District of Columbia, have joined the party. According to California state guidelines, medical marijuana users may possess up to 8 ounces of usable marijuana and may grow six mature plants or 12 immature plants.


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