June 5, 2012 — Sadly, mid-term elections as the one held today in Lassen County historically feature a lower voter turnout than the presidential elections.
That lack of participation is sad news for our republican process.
Rather than allowing the people to make decisions through a strict but cumbersome democracy where everyone votes on everything, our Founding Fathers formed a republic in which the people elect representatives to serve them, make decisions and cast votes in their behalf.
Candidates vie for positions, and the candidate receiving the most votes wins the election. In most races in today’s election, the top two vote getters will square off against each other in November unless one of them wins 50 percent of the vote plus one additional vote.
May 29, 2012 — Tom Downing, Susanville’s new chief of police, said being a police chief has been his ambition since he started his law enforcement career.
Almost from the beginning, only days into his new position, Downing’s been pushed from the frying pan into the fire after an incident in which a 24-year-old Janesville man was arrested recently outside a South Gay Street party in Susanville.
Witnesses and many in the community who know the young man and his character reacted with disbelief at his arrest for felony resisting arrest.
A video of the event — actually more like an audio recording — quickly went viral, and many people claim the responding officers tasered the young man repeatedly.
Some say they find it easy to interpret the recording’s contents, but others find it more difficult.
While it’s been many years since my thoughts have returned to those times, I do remember with pride the excellent judgment and commitment exercised by these young people.
The basic tenant of these programs is that they be “youth driven”; my job was to keep things real and provide direction as needed.
At the startup of the programs, each age group had to hold elections, set up and keep on topic with meeting agendas.
They also learned event planning and accountability for both meeting attendance and fulfilling the responsibilities of their self-assigned tasks.
And now, Robin Gibb, 62, another famous pop star from the British Invasion era, has died of cancer.
Those of us who are old enough to remember all that corduroy, pegged pants and bright Carnaby Street colors surely will remember how the Brothers Gibb, the Bee Gees, exploded on the scene with their 1967 international debut album, “Bee Gees 1st.” Klaus Voorman, one of the Beatles’ first fans in Hamburg, Germany, and the creator of the drawing for their Revolver album a year earlier, provided some colorful art for the Bee Gees cover, too.Back in those days, Fresno teens enjoyed a battle between two radio stations — KMAKE and KYNO — the developers of the radio format that became known as Top-40.
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