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County leaders set good example in local budget process

Feather Publishing
10/18/2013
 

For the past five years, the Plumas County supervisors seemed to be in the headlines almost every week as they sliced away at the county budget.

Facing multimillion-dollar general fund shortfalls, the board agonized over some pretty drastic cuts. When it was all said and done, the county looked a little different than it had when the Great Recession began. The supervisors were forced to furlough, slash benefits and even fire some county workers. County departments were cut to the bone and funding for some institutions, once considered sacred, was eliminated completely. Funding for law enforcement, chambers of commerce, tourism and the arts was slashed. The Plumas County Visitors Bureau was shuttered.

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Government shutdown affects Plumas, Lassen counties

Feather Publishing
10/11/2013

 

On Monday, Oct. 1, the federal government shut down when the Republican-led House of Representatives and the Democrat-led Senate could not agree on a budget.

Funding for the Affordable Care Act — aka Obamacare — is the central issue in this partisan battle with House Republicans on one side and Senate Democrats on the other. Both parties seek to place the blame for the shutdown on the other — it’s the divisive and partisan brand of politics Americans have been forced to endure from the federal (and state) government for years.

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Your local newspaper provides dependable source of information

Editorial Opinion
10/4/13
 

Your Community; Your Newspaper; Your Life.

That’s the theme for this year’s National Newspaper Week celebration Oct. 6 – 12. 

This year’s theme only re-enforces the way Feather Publishing has always viewed its role in the community. This is your newspaper. The paper you are holding in your hands right now is produced in partnership with you. Our goal each week is to give you a snapshot that accurately reflects the community that we all share.

We’re all about the communities we serve and the people we serve. This newspaper is a human institution that mirrors life’s joys and sorrows, successes and failures — it’s a written record of the community.

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Some meetings are a real pain in the neck

Debra More - Where I Stand
Staff Writer
9/27/2013

 

Reporters sometimes complain about the beats they cover, but one of mine is a pain in the neck — literally.

My doctor, physical therapist and acupuncturist all agree that the Board of Supervisors is bad for my health.

Something about sitting for hours hunched over a legal pad taking pages of notes finally took its toll and I found myself unable to turn my head.

Co-workers described me as moving and looking like Frankenstein or Herman Munster, neither of which is very flattering.

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How I learned that terrible lesson about war

Sam Williams - Where I Stand
Lassen County TImes Managing Editor
9/20/2013
 

Anybody who knows me knows how much I hate war. I mean, it’s all just so stinking obscene. And now as the president, Congress, the media and the public contemplate military action in Syria, I can’t help but remember a conversation I had in the early 1970s with my ex-father-in-law — a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel — regarding the war in Vietnam.

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