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Opinion

County needs a break, gets a leak instead

Feather Publishing
5/30/2012

 

When it comes to finances, Plumas County can’t seem to catch a break lately.

We are facing a potential $1.5 million budget deficit. And we will be tackling the problem without the aid of a chief financial officer or an elected auditor. The Board of Supervisors is scrambling to meet the challenge. But it is going to be a major challenge that likely will leave the county — and county workers — with more cutbacks and reduced services.

Read more: County needs a break, gets a leak instead

 

Who’s afraid of a little old rattlesnake?

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
5/30/2012

A rattlesnake was just a foot away from my face last week.

It was so close I could reach out and touch it. Which means (gulp) it could reach out and touch me.

But I wasn’t scared. More like intrigued.

As the big venomous viper slithered, pulsed and began to coil, I realized this could be one of those “bucket list” moments. I was about to scratch “Deadly Snake Encounter” off my list.

Read more: Who’s afraid of a little old rattlesnake?

  

Age doesn’t guarantee wisdom

M. Kate West
Staff Writer
5/23/2012
 

  A number of years ago I had the pleasure of working with three different age groups of Lake Almanor Basin youth as the local coordinator of the Plumas County Alcohol and Drug Friday Night Live programs.

  While it’s been many years since my thoughts have returned to those times, I do remember with pride the excellent judgment and commitment exercised by these young people.

  The basic tenant of these programs is that they be “youth driven”; my job was to keep things real and provide direction as needed.

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SB 1221 bans the use of hounds in bear hunting

Will Farris
Staff Writer

Once again a proposed law from a senator in an urban area is targeting the lifestyle of we’uns that live in rural California. State Sen. Ted Lieu, of Redondo Beach, has authored a law (Senate Bill 1221) that will ban use of dogs in hunting bear and bobcat. While Lieu is the front man in this battle the real sponsor is the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

This organization is not to be confused with those that protect family pets; it is an organization whose end goal is to ban hunting in America and control the way food animals are raised and treated. These are the same people who advocated the law that requires elbowroom for chickens, forcing chicken producers to move their industry out of state.

Read more: SB 1221 bans the use of hounds in bear hunting

  

Please exercise your right to vote

Feather Publishing
5/16/2012

 

When the American Constitution was adopted only white male property owners had the right to vote.

Over the past couple of centuries a number of requirements have fallen away — including religious tests, property ownership requirements, poll taxes and literacy tests. And new rights for several formerly disenfranchised groups have been granted — including women’s suffrage, citizenship for former slaves and Native Americans and the right of 18-year-olds to vote. Of course, several constitutional amendments (15th, 19th, 24th and 26th) were necessary to accomplish this nearly universal suffrage for all American citizens.

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