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My day starts with more than a cup of coffee

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — I am a morning person. But I am a better morning person with coffee. I have two mugs on my desk — one that is stuffed with pencil and pens and emblazoned with the words “What deadline?” and the other — the one that I actually drink from that reads “I need coffee now!”
    For Christmas this year, rather than buying individual gifts for my newsroom coworkers, I bought a coffeepot and a month’s worth of French Roast. But this really isn’t a column about coffee — it’s about getting off to the right start in the morning.

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Donald, please, we should honor our heroes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — Anybody who knows me knows I am not a mindless rubberstamp for the government — especially when it comes to the military. I’ve always thought war — that bloody arena where men and women line up against each other in life or death conflicts on the land, in the air and on the sea — rightly must be included among our world’s greatest and most horrific obscenities. I don’t believe there is much chance I will ever change my mind about that, and I’d be willing to bet most of those who have actually seen combat would agree with me.

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Our elected officials need to reside in Lassen County

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 — Despite the clear and unambiguous requirement in state law that elected officials must reside in the district they represent, the residency of some elected officials draws questions and raises concerns from county and city residents from time to time.
    During the past 15 years the residency of elected officials on the Susanville City Council, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors and the Lassen Municipal Utility District has been questioned. None of those officials has ever been charged with a crime — until now.
    Earlier this month Lassen County District Attorney Stacey Montgomery announced she has charged Daniel Schlueter, Lassen County’s Assessor, with six felonies — five felony counts of perjury and one felony count of voter registration fraud — regarding his residency in the county and thus his qualification to hold elected office.

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Marriage brings sharing of passions that enrich life

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 — This morning I began thinking about the reasons we like what we do. Such a thought was prompted by the way I spent my time Saturday morning, July 11. I was up at 4 a.m. driving from my sister’s house in Gardnerville, Nevada, to Markleeville, California where my husband, Terry, planned to start the Death Ride. His desire to climb as many as five mountain passes throughout the day on a bicycle was shared by hundreds of likeminded cyclists.

Their red flashing taillights (lights are required on bikes if cyclists start the course before sunup) could be seen for miles along the course. My husband was on his bike by 5:30 a.m., slipping into a jersey and cycling shoes; checking the air in his tires; and strapping on a helmet in a parking area with many other cyclists who had picked Markleeville as their starting point.

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Local songwriter takes a shot at Nashville

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 — One of these days someone I know is really going to hit the big time. I’ve felt it on and off for years, and I just can’t wait until it actually happens. There have been contenders, that’s for sure.
    For example, my friends The Rubinoos from Berkeley came pretty darn close in the late 1970s early 1980s — they just missed the top-40 (No. 45) with a remake of the Tommy James song, “I Think We’re Alone Now,” were featured in the teeny-bopper magazines such as “Tiger Beat,” were the claymation figures and the live band in Rolling Stone’s 10th anniversary television special, toured Europe and the states as the opening act for Elvis Costello and wrote the title song and another for the movie, “Revenge of the Nerds.”
    Why Todd Rundgren (“Hello, It’s Me”) even produced one of their albums (he also produced records for Badfinger, The Band, Grand Funk Railroad, Meat Loaf, The New York Dolls, Hall and Oates and XTC, don’t you know).

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