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 Opinion    December 13, 2016 

Wrapped in a box with a bow isn't the only way to go

In a recent editorial we encouraged Lassen County residents to shop local whenever possible this holiday season. It’s a reminder we make every year at this time. But we are realistic and know that it is impossible to satisfy every gift on that...

 
 By Sam Williams    Opinion    December 13, 2016 

Remembering John Glenn, a true American hero

When I was a kid the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union was a really, really big deal. It was such a big deal that for a short time my dreams and those of many of my grade school friends in San Diego shifted from wanting to be...

 
 Opinion    December 6, 2016

Santa's Sleigh Days, local events raise our Christmas spirits

Our happy holiday season has arrived — and get this — there are only 19 days until Christmas! Last weekend the community enjoyed variety of activities — from many hobby and craft fairs to, of course, the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce’s...

 
 Opinion    November 29, 2016

Local gift buying is vitally important to our economic health

Thanksgiving has passed, and that delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings and those exciting college football games have faded into memory. But don’t forget — come Thanksgiving the Christmas gift-buying season really begins in earnest, and...

 
 By Sam Williams    Opinion    November 29, 2016

My Turn

Some of the stories circulating today really crack me up, especially the ones about the liberal college professors who indoctrinate rather than teach and how conservative students finally have the courage to defiantly stride straight out of those...

 
 Opinion    November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving, Lassen County

Don’t look now, but the holidays are upon us. While retailers push the day the holiday shopping season begins earlier and earlier each year, the arrival of Thanksgiving marks the traditional start of the holidays. Loosely based upon harvest...

 
 By Sam Williams    Opinion    November 15, 2016

Please people - enough is enough already

I’m guessing I’m not too much different than a lot of folks in America these days, just reeling and shaking my head in the aftermath of last week’s Presidential Election and trying to simply take it all in. As I write this, I know some people...

 
 Opinion    November 8, 2016

Make sure you say thank you to a veteran Friday

Here in America — and in Lassen County — we recognize the service of our veterans each year on Veterans Day. The day remembers the armistice that ended World War I — dubbed The Great War and The War to End All Wars — that went into effect at...

 
 By Laura Finley Ph.D    Opinion    November 8, 2016

Pay attention to domestic violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Dwarfed by the enormous outpouring for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it receives attention largely from survivors, advocates and activists. But it should warrant far greater and more careful...

 
 By Raquel Williams    Opinion    November 1, 2016

My Turn - Breaking through the stereotypes

Three years ago I left the realm of public schooling and dived into the completely different world of charter schools. After taking one semester of classes at Lassen High School, I decided that public high school was not for me and transferred into...

 
 By James A. Haught    Opinion    October 25, 2016

A milestone for America's culture

Slowly, relentlessly, America’s culture is undergoing profound change. But the transformation mostly is under the radar, hardly noticed.   A new study by the Public Religion Research Institute and Religion News Service finds that the largest...

 
 Opinion    October 25, 2016

Our local election won't be 'rigged'

Much ado these days from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump about the Nov. 8 election being “rigged” against him. One leg of Trump’s claim is the alleged unfair coverage by the media that ignores negative stories about his opponent,...

 
 Opinion    October 18, 2016

My Turn for the week of Oct. 18, 2016

I became aware of Bob Dylan with the release of his first album in 1962. I didn’t buy it then, but my best friend’s older brother had a copy, and one rainy afternoon after we ditched seventh-grade woodshop, we gave it a spin on the old...

 
 By Stacy Fisher    Opinion    October 18, 2016

Agreeing to disagree

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must undergo the fatigue of supporting it. — Thomas Paine It seems the one thing that everyone can agree on in this election cycle is that no matter which side of the political spectrum one is on,...

 
 By Maggie Wells    Opinion    October 11, 2016

The death of facts

As I’m writing this, I’m listening to (and half watching) the first debate between Secretary Hillary Clinton and reality TV superstar, Donald Trump. As a former varsity speech team member and judge, I know it isn’t a real debate. Real debates t...

 
 By Mari Erin Roth    Opinion    October 4, 2016

My Turn for the week of Oct. 4, 2016

Health, is it the final frontier? I’m overweight. I’m getting old. Both of these things are a blessing and things for which I am truly grateful. But now it’s time to clean up my act and behave like I appreciate the gifts I have. Actually it...

 
 By Maggie Wells    Opinion    September 13, 2016

Education up close at Standing Rock

It’s the second week of school in Indian Valley and there’s a field trip of sorts happening that I wish I were on — one that the children on it will remember for a lifetime. Maidu children from both Indian Valley and Susanville are headed to No...

 
 By Gregg Scott    Opinion    September 13, 2016

Surprised by those that don't read the paper

I don’t know how many times I have asked people I know if they are going to attend a certain upcoming event only to have them reply, “Oh! When is that going on? I didn't know anything about it.” When I tell them there was an ad or article...

 
 By Delaine Fragnoli    Opinion    September 6, 2016

I left my heart in Massachusetts

After a week away, I may physically be back in Plumas County, but a piece of my heart is on the East Coast. In Great Barrington, Mass., to be exact. On Saturday, Aug. 20, at approximately 5 p.m., I relinquished my daughter to Bard College at...

 
 By Will Farris    Opinion    August 23, 2016

Disasters and weather

It’s one of those Murphy’s Law kind of things especially when ya live in the boonies. Life will be rollin’ along with all the bumps and good times that come with it and everything is okay. Twenty degrees reads the thermometer, but there’s...

 
 By Maggie Wells    Opinion    August 16, 2016

A third party perspective

Log into any social media outlet and you’ll see an unfortunate number of political posts full of misinformation — about nearly all the candidates running for office including the third party candidates of Jill Stein and Gary Johnson. I thought,...

 
 By Mari Erin Roth    Opinion    August 9, 2016

What is going on in the world?

Or perhaps I should say, “What in the world is going on?” I’m sure most of us are thinking the same thing, perhaps for different reasons, but thinking along similar lines. I can’t help but hear the voices of generations before me when I...

 
 By Lauren Westmoreland    Opinion    July 26, 2016

Nation of inspiration

In today’s day and age, the tensions in every arena are at a fever pitch. It seems as if so many are on edge, distraught by the daily violence and unrest that is rippling around the world. Disaster screams from national news headlines; dour...

 
 Opinion    July 26, 2016

Is taking a vacation worth the trouble?

As you read this, if all goes as planned, I will be on vacation. It’s not an easy thing to do. Even though my daughters are now adults, I feel like I’m leaving my child. I’m lucky because I have a great babysitter. Delaine Fragnoli, a former...

 
 By Ashley Arey    Opinion    July 19, 2016

Living the dream as a Pokemon Trainer

Pokemon has been a fascination among children, teenagers and even some adults since it was invented in 1995. The franchise has quickly grown since, with video games, playing cards, an animated TV show, animated movies, stuffed animals and most...

 

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