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Congratulations and our best wishes to the Class of 2014

Feather Publishing
6/6/2014

Every story you’ve ever connected with, every leader you’ve ever admired, every puny little thing that you’ve ever accomplished is the result of taking action. You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or you can be the active hero of your own life.

Emmy Award-winning actor Bradley Whitford said those words during his commencement speech for the University of Wisconsin in 2004. Whitford isn’t known for his sage advice. He’s probably best known as the fictional White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman in the former NBC drama “West Wing.” But his words of advice can apply to all of us — especially young people about to embark on their adult journey.

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Life is too short to put off what matters

Michael Condon
Staff Writer
5/30/2014
 

For pretty much all of my life I have been out-fished by some of my good friends. Who needs friends like that?

 

It seems like I should have dropped the sport or those friends in favor of maintaining my personal dignity a long time ago.

 

But I didn’t. My friends and my fishing have always been too important to me.

 

My fishing humiliation started with my best childhood friend, Tom. Tom and I fished together a lot starting in grammar school. We would fish the same water using the same bait. And he would out-fish me. He did it consistently. It was rude.

 

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Yellow frogs aside, CDFW needs work on its people skills

Feather Publishing
5/16/2014

Talk about a public relations disaster. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is in the middle of a massive one in Plumas County.

The CDFW’s 11th-hour announcement that it will start killing fish in a popular county lake next month in order to protect a dozen yellow-legged frogs was delivered with no warning. It was disrespectful. It was clumsy. Some are calling it arrogant.

Last week, two CDFW biologists accepted an invitation to speak at the Board of Supervisors meeting. You have to give the biologists credit for showing up. They had to know it would be a hostile crowd.

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