Opinion: Thumbs up, thumbs down: September 18, 2013
Losing Cal Worthington
It is with great sadness we note the passing of Cal Worthington, the Orland resident who in the '70s and '80s implored us with a twinkle in his eye to "Go see Cal" for a new car.
If you didn't spend any time in Southern California, you might have missed the fun television ads starring "Cal Worthington and his dog Spot!" — Spot being any animal but a dog. He predated the trend of commercials trying to be funny and in so doing built an automotive empire.
We applaud his family for going ahead with Splendor in the Valley, the 10th annual benefit for the Glenn Medical Foundation. The event has raised about $400,000 for the hospital. Such a worthy cause should be supported.
And we share their grief. Cal — and his dog Spot — will be missed.
Council pursuing smoking ban for public parks
Colusa's City Council is approaching the idea of enacting a ban on smoking in public parks with reason and common sense.
We support the ban — as Councilman Greg Ponciano points out in reporter Monica Vaughan's story on Sept. 11, "Virtually every park has a playground in it." That means families; that means children; and that should mean no cigarettes.
It is, however, an easy thing to overdo. Do we really want police officers patrolling our parks looking for dangerous smokers? We have visions of an Orwellian police state with armored, faceless guards descending on some poor smoker with automatic weapons drawn demanding that the cad put down that horrible cigarette AT ONCE!
Obviously, that's an exaggeration. But the point is, we don't think smoking-ban enforcement would be a wise use of our resources.
"We're not going to be sending officers out there," Mayor Tom Reische was quoted as saying.
Instead, the council proposes simply putting up signs — and then relying on people to adhere to them.
Imagine that: Trusting people to do the right thing on their own recognizance.
Our belief is, most of them will.
Patrons and artists turn out to appreciate creativity
On a clear night Saturday, Colusa showed off its artistic side.
The Colusa County Arts Council put on Avenue of the Arts at the home of Sheila and Allen Etchepare, and hundreds came out to enjoy the paintings, photos and sculptures on display.
"You don't realize how much talent there is in the county," reporter Monica Vaughan quotes patron Doug Correa as saying.
With more events like the Avenue for the Arts, we should.