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Banning books an archaic way to stop the flow of ideas

Banning books an archaic way to stop the flow of ideas

Banning books does not quash the ideas, thoughts and stories carried within those pages. All it does is bring to light the ignorance, shallowness and hatred instilled in those who support the bans. There are plenty of crappy books in the world that have been shoved on...

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Flumes provide hikers with a walk through history

Flumes provide hikers with a walk through history

  Remnants of days gone by fill Butte Creek Canyon. Flumes first built in the 1800s by gold miners that were later used by PG&E for hydroelectric purposes make a serpentine path that today is used by hikers. Now they are dry except when it rains. While the...

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Lawmakers take wrong approach to fire suppression

Lawmakers take wrong approach to fire suppression

All or nothing is seldom a good approach to solving a problem. On March 2, Rep. Doug LaMalfa (my congressman today) and Rep. Tom McClintock (my congressman when I lived in Tahoe) introduced a bill that would require the U.S. Forest Service to suppress all fires. How...

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Book Review: Obama’s 8-Year Presidency In His Words

Book Review: Obama’s 8-Year Presidency In His Words

Exhaustive, but not exhausting. That is how I would sum up A Promised Land (Crown, 2020) by Barack Obama. It’s one thing to live through history, it’s another to have the former president of the United States give his unabridged take on events. For the most part, this...

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Importance of saving voicemails

Importance of saving voicemails

Some time ago a friend said to me they wished they could hear so-and-so’s voice one more time. That sentiment stuck with me. It’s one thing to look at photos, even to read what someone has written, but to hear her or his voice can be so much more powerful. That is why...

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Incredible medical care for AJ right up until the end

Incredible medical care for AJ right up until the end

When Keira Troxell came to the house Feb. 16 I could not have asked for a more compassionate veterinarian. None of us had met before. I had continued to take AJ to her docs in South Lake Tahoe even after moving to Chico. Troxell didn’t know AJ’s story, how she came...

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Almond blossoms signal spring has arrived

Almond blossoms signal spring has arrived

The beauty of spring can be fleeting. Perhaps this is why these seasonal flowers and blossoms are all the more special. Throughout Butte County and all the other locales where almonds grow it is a sea of white sprouting from the branches. Almond blossoms tend to show...

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