Sept. 20, 2011 — Oh, me, oh, my — woe is me.
The biggest political ping-pong balls getting knocked across the fruited plain these days are “entitlements” and “unfunded liabilities.”
Ah, yes, from the most fervent Taxed Enough Already Partier to the staunchest conservative Republican — and now even from a few Democrats — come the cries to cut two terrible, disgusting, socialist programs that are draining the American economy and absolutely destroying our utopian, American, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps way of life.
The state Assembly and Senate have been dragging their feet about releasing records of their members’ spending.
The body usually releases once-a-year figures in November for the previous year.
Under pressure, the Legislature has released some up-to-date figures, but not others.
Four years and 10 months ago, the Lassen County Times hired an ambitious 25-year-old boy named Patrick Shillito, barely removed from college, as wet behind the ears as a cub reporter possibly could be.
Since then, it’s been all downhill.
I’m still wet behind the ears, but at least now I know how to wash, rinse and repeat.
As I See It
Barbara France, Managing Editor
I had every intention of going to the Lassen versus Chico game in Chico on Friday, Sept. 2.
It was a gorgeous day and I actually could take the time away from the news desk and go. But, health issues and the anticipation of a winding road changed my plans at the last minute.
In retrospect, I wish I had gone to the game so I would have seen firsthand what occurred between the Lassen High School parents and students.
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