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

                                           
President Abraham Lincoln



Darn — I thought the Sheriff’s Department had finally solved the case of the missing daily logs once and forever.

Apparently it isn’t the total case - at least not yet.

Two weeks ago I talked to a records supervisor - a nice lady who explained that their system was up and running. The new program had cost a bundle and conformed with the law as Shasta County and the programmers understood it.

I was told it would now be necessary to request the logs by date and they’d be forthcoming.

Indeed, they were. They weren’t actually as full of information as I wanted, but they had the basics and I was pretty sure that, had an item that grabbed my attention needed fleshing out, I’d be able to get a hold of someone who would at least listen to my request.

I submitted my request and was rewarded within hours with the “Excel” version of the logs I had requested.

I wrote the log entries I wanted to include in the paper out, typed them and everything was good.

Then, since the logs would be an ongoing feature in the paper, since I planned and still plan on making the logs a weekly feature, I sent an email to the address the Sheriff’s Department had given me requesting the next seven logs, by date. That was Thursday. I didn’t get anything, nor did I receive an acknowledgment or any of the information or excuse as to why not.

I sent another request Friday and Saturday. Interestingly enough, I didn’t hear anything back. I didn’t get an excuse, a date as to when I could expect them or nothing.

I had been extremely polite, made it a point to be nice and not abrasive, demanding or nasty. I didn’t hear back and as of this (Monday) morning, I still haven’t.

I didn’t bother calling this morning because it would be to late for this week anyway. But I will call later in the day. I haven’t gotten a “failure notice and have checked both emails as well as drafts, archives, sent, spam and so forth.

Hopefully I will find out what I did wrong, if anything, and will be able to go onward and upward from here.

 

You won’t hear from me for a couple of weeks. I am getting to take a “bucket list” trip. Normally I would write my column while away, but this time I think I will save it all for when I return.

 I get to go to PARIS! My first time. Also my first time traveling internationally other than Mexico.

My nephew goes to school in Paris and has wanted family to come and visit. About a year ago, we started planning the trip. It will be my sister and niece, my cousin, my aunt and uncle, my daughter and myself. I cannot believe the trip is finally here. When we started planning it seemed like it was so far way.

We have a full itinerary. My aunt is now retired and has had a lot of time to research and plan our calendar. My nephew asked what I wanted to do. I told him that I, of course, wanted to do the tourist things; but I also wanted to do some of the “off the beaten path,” local things. He has some great things lined up for us.

He speaks French, thankfully! I don’t speak a word of it. I am not real confident in my translation app on my phone, so maybe I will just try to stay quiet! This trip is sure to provide some lifetime memories. I am thrilled to be able to go with our daughter and my other family. My column will return on June 4th. Here’s to a great couple of weeks!
 
Finest Hour
 Last Sunday, April 28th, the infamous “Burrito Burn” escaped control and ripped through the swamp-grass on the west side of the Fall River Pond. Had it not been for the quick and determined action by the men and women of the Fall River and McArthur and Soldier Mountain Volunteer Fire Departments, that wind-driven event could have, at a minimum, destroyed every house on south Long Street. To each and everyone of you who responded to the call, --- Thank You. These brave, dedicated volunteers “...have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” I have no doubt that your courage and assistance will be requested again. Please be safe and, at the end of your assignments, along with your colleagues in the U.S. Forest Service and CalFire, come home to us. “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if (Fall River Mills and McArthur) last for a thousand years, men (and women) will still say, “this was their finest hour.”
(W.C., circa 1940) Rich Coakley

 


Correction Needed
 I am the owner/manager of Rainbow’s End Mobile Home Park in Johnson Park. I am writing regarding a recent editorial written by Walt Caldwell printed in your April 30, 2019 issue. Part of the article is incorrect and we are requesting an immediate correction/reaction to be printed in your very next issue if possible.

In this article, the abandoned mobile home park you refer to, as well as the pictures, is NOT Rainbow’s End. It is actually the park located just east of us. It used to be called Mt. Burney Mobile Home Park. Yes, it is an eye-sore and abandoned. However, the reason was because the sole owner passed away a couple of years ago and it had apparently taken quite some time to locate the appropriate authorities or representatives to address the property. But during that period, vagrants and thieves had gone through and destroyed everything they could. Very sad situation.

We agree that communities should come together to help clean up abandoned or deteriorated properties, when possible. Please consider, though, that you may want to dig a little deeper first, especially before naming names. There is often a back story and truth behind the scenes that will bring to light factual information to support,and validate, your opinions. Plus, it kind of hurts a bit to see our park’s name printed in an article like this after the blood, sweat, and tears that we’ve gone through over the years to turn our park around. But that’s a whole different story...with all the credit going to the author, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We understand that mistakes happen, but would sincerely appreciate your help in this matter. Thank you in advance,

Christina Mazurek Owner/Manager
Rainbow’s End
Mobile Home Park

 


Totally Disgusted
I agree with your article and just had to let you know it!! I’m totally disgusted, Monday evening I got a ticket, a cell phone ticket!! On the ticket it reads the location as Hwy 299 & Roff. I was pulled over across from Gephettos. My frustration is in the fact that the officer assumed I was on my cell phone because (his words were) “[I] was looking down too long”!! At no time from the point that I left McDonald’s until the traffic light in front of Dollar General was I on my cell phone!! I had just bought a soda, was putting the straw in, also opened a snack size bag of chips, and broke a finger nail!!! By the time I was at the light, the light was red and then I picked up my phone, but as soon as it turned green I chucked it into the passenger seat. This is when he pulled me over. Then he proceeded to tell me not to worry that it wouldn’t go to DMV and it wouldn’t affect my insurance, but “oh ya, of course there’s going to be a fine”…..

If they would put that much effort into “harassing” the thugs on the streets, in the woods, stealing from Safeway, doing drugs next to Dollar General, robbing people in JP, dealing drugs…. ya, I think Burney would be a nicer place again.

The problem with harassing those people is – there’s no money in it. They are getting the money from us by assuming we are going to do something that warrant giving tickets. Must be quota season…… Destiny Taveras

 


Thank You
F.O.I.L. wants to thank everyone that joined us for a delightful
evening of visiting and laughs while supporting the Burney Library. Our murder mystery fundraiser was a great success. A special thank you to the Burney Lions Club for the use of their building along with a wonderful meal ! Our cast of characters were fantastic! F.O.I.L. appreciates the many individuals and businesses that generously donated
to our silent auction and raffle. Lastly but not least, thank you to everyone who worked “behind the scene” to make this fundraiser a terrific time for all to enjoy.
Thank you
Your F.O.I.L. Board

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