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The old days just keep comin’ back around

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 — OK, here’s a curious but true tale I’d to share with all of you. After working on a late-breaking story at the newspaper office on Saturday, June 26, I decided I’d wander down to Lumberjack’s for a quick bite before heading to the Susanville Bluegrass Festival at the Lassen County Fairgrounds to take a few photos for that story.
    The hostess seated me in a booth near the windows on Main Street, and as I tried to make a decision between the chiliburger, the patty melt or the pot roast melt, a slim, middle-aged man with a wide grin rose up from the counter and silently slid onto the seat across from me.

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Jesus’ love reflected in the midst of Charleston tragedy

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — People are amazed by the statements relatives of the nine Christians killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina made during the arraignment of the accused gunman Dylann Roof on Friday, June 19.
    They forgave him, asked God to have mercy on his soul and encouraged him to repent.
    One television commentator could not understand the response and asked; “Does religion make great people or do great people go to religion?”

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Making a visit to my childhood neighborhood

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — Back in the late 1950s I lived in the Lakeview neighborhood of northern Chicago. It was just my dad, my mom, my brother and me back in those days.
    My dad died in 1960, my mom passed in 1987 and my brother departed last year, leaving me as the sole survivor of that family unit, although my mom remarried and I have a half-sister, a step-sister and a step-father who live in Southern California as well as a foster brother who lives right here in The Ville.
    My brother and I talked about those old days in Chicago a few times before his death last year. His memory was always much better than mine, so I decided to take a week’s vacation to personally check the place out. It’s changed, with skyscrapers here and there and all the rainbow flags flying in what is now Chicago’s gay district.

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Remembering the great courage of our Founding Fathers

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — This Saturday, July 4, Americans will joyfully celebrate Independence Day and the Second Continental Congress’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence — but do they realize all the Founding Fathers risked to secure our freedom?
    The declaration, drafted largely by Thomas Jefferson, was approved by 12 of the 13 colonies on July 2, 1776 and most of the 56 signers put quill to parchment on Aug. 2, a month later, famously pledging “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor” to the fight for liberty. New York’s delegates finally approved the declaration July 9 after consultation with their home assembly.
    Every school child probably can recite the opening lines of the declaration’s second paragraph, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Congratulations to the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 — Congratulations to the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce and application team for successfully getting Susanville to the quarterfinals in the America’s Best Communities competition.

The competition strives to stimulate economic revitalization in small communities and towns across rural America and Susanville finds itself in a unique position as the only quarterfinalist from the state of California.

Eighteen finalists will be selected from the current 50 and will receive $100,000.In recent weeks, Chamber staff has been seeking donations to reach a $15,000  match, a sign the quarterfinalist communities are serious about revitalizing the area.

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