"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

President Abraham Lincoln
I have been all over Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko’s butt for about a month now and I think it is time to point out that he and I have a disagreement over one speech, given one time, in Burney.

The problem with editorials is that they can, and will expand, in this case possibly casting a reflection on his overall job performance and that of his department.

So again, I want to point out that the county has a growing problem with the homeless, with drugs and with the Sheriff’s Department’s ability to deal with those problems.

That issue is complex, and goes way beyond what it appears that the Sheriff himself can do.

In that speech in Burney he appeared to have given up. I took, and still take, exception to that attitude and he knows it.

I will continue to press the issue in hopes that someday he will prove me wrong.

That doesn’t mean that overall he or his department are not doing a good job with what they have.

Outside of the areas of concern stated earlier in this editorial, under his leadership, even with the lose of revenue, the current horrendous national push to badmouth police, and the liberal California legislature and the 9th District Court of Appeals, his department has maintained a good level of visibility in our area. If you take the massive area the Burney deputies cover, and the number of deputies available, into consideration, their response time and the results are reasonably close to being as good as ever.

Major crimes, such as the Wicks murder, The Ingot junk yard murders, and others, have been investigated with incredible effort and positive results.

The deputies are working closely with the Highway Patrol. They back each other up. Between them, they respond the closest officer to a scene needing law enforcement regardless of whether or not it is “their job.”

No, Sheriff Tom Bosenko, you and your folks are doing a good job with the restraints placed on you.

Just Do Not Give Up!

Find a way to do what appears to be the impossible. It is out there. Then do it.

It matters, it really does...how you treat others and how you act. A smile, laugh or little silliness goes a long way. I genuinely try to live by the “Golden Rule”. When the kids were growing up, that’s what we always tried to teach them “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In other words, treat others the way you want to be treated.

The kids have a lifetime friend that heard me say that a lot. He would say, “Val, you are making that up.” I would tell him, “No, I’m not making it up, they are some great words to live by and actually it is in the Bible, Matthew 7:12.” He heard someone else reference one day and finally believed I wasn’t making it up.

These words mean a lot to me. It really does matter how we treat people and how we portray ourselves. How many times do we have the opportunity to give a smile or kind word to someone and we just don’t. In our small town we wave at everyone that drives by. In fact, we know if someone is from out of town if they don’t wave back. We say hi in the grocery store and tell jokes at the bank.

I tell my kids that what they do and how they act can have an effect on someone’s else’s situation. The thing is, we don’t know what point someone else is at in their life. We don’t know what their situation is. Our smile or kind word can make a big difference in their day, just as harsh words or actions can make their situation worse.

I challenge us all to smile a little more often at people we don’t know, share kind words and take some extra time with the people around us, do something nice - just because...It Matters. “Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.”

Thank You
 A great Big Thank You for all the cards, prayers and love shown to us at the loss of our Father,Grandfather Martin Courtright. Thanks to Pastor Henry Winkelman for doing the service. You were a great comfort.

Thanks to Anna’s Country Kitchen for the catering. You went above and beyond.

Friends and family will miss Martin but we know he is with our Lord Jesus, his wife Rachel and his son Douglas.

Blessings and thanks,
The Courtrights


August 6th Rollover
Once again I have reason to thank and praise Jehovah, My God, for his amazing grace. He is my Rock!

James Draw close to God and he will draw close to you.

To all the people who came to my aid I thank you for your can and the extra help with the load I was hauling. I Thank you


Thank You
Soldier Mountain Volunteer Fire Company would like to thank everyone who attended our recent chicken and ribs barbecue. Another big thanks to chief cooks Jerry McDaniel, Don Sandberg, Jean Rodgers and their crew. We appreciate all the servers, the kitchen group and the bakers of all the delicious desserts. Hope to see you all in March at our next dinner.
SMVFC Volunteers





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