‘Imagine’ sets the mood in Paris, around the world

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 — Even though the number of casualties is much, much lower, and the effects of the two events are at completely different ends of the scale, the recent terrorist attacks in Paris will live in infamy forever right alongside the events of Sept. 11, 2001 in our country. I will never understand such acts of violence, and I can find no cause in heaven or on earth great enough to justify these cold-blooded murders.

In response, more than a million people participated in the Jan. 11 march through Paris — including many world leaders — professing their support of free speech and their refusal to submit to the killers. That’s encouraging.

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Public notice error forces meeting to be rescheduled

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 — The Susanville Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 at the Susanville City Council Chambers to discuss possible revisions to the Susanville Municipal Code regarding the cultivation of medical marijuana within Susanville’s city limits.

The newspaper received several calls regarding a legal notice published in last week’s paper announcing the public hearing. Unfortunately, the city erred and did not include a time, date or location in its public notice. That inadvertent error by city staff led some callers to suggest the city was trying to sneak something past them.

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Remember that great, old Motown music?

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 — Long before I got my first guitar for Christmas in 1964, I’d discovered the style of music that later came to be known simply as Motown.

Of course, The Beatles recorded perhaps the quintessential version of Berry Gordy’s first hit song, “Money,” during the summer of 1963, several months before Beatlemania absolutely wrecked the planet. With passionate handclaps, double-tracked piano from producer George Martin, a throat-wrenching vocal from John Lennon (who also provided a scream or two for good measure) and a few that’s what I wants and hair-scattering falsetto oohs from Paul McCartney and George Harrison, it became the final track on side B of their second English album, “With The Beatles.”

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Dr. King and America’s quest for equality

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 — As we prepare to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 19, racial tensions again rock our great land, so perhaps there is no better time to remember King’s commitment to both racial equality and nonviolence and his famous call to action.

As a leader of the Civil Rights Movement, King practiced nonviolent civil disobedience, but a gunman in Memphis, Tennessee assassinated him April 4, 1968.

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Welcome our new elected officials

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 — The voters have cast their ballots and Lassen County elected officials in the class of 2015 took the oath of office yesterday at the historic Lassen County Courthouse.

Michele Verderosa, Lassen County’s presiding Superior Court Judge, was expected to administer the oath of office to the county elected officials at noon Monday, Jan. 5 upstairs in the old courtroom at the Historic Lassen County Courthouse.

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