Opinion: Thumbs up, thumbs down: October 9, 2013
Thanks to one man's efforts, Colusa High has a new sign
The next time you pass Colusa High, take a moment to admire the new marquee.
It won't be hard. You can't miss it. The LED display is a bright and bold advertisement for all things Colusa High School.
It's because of Frank Davison that the sign is there.
As reported by Brian Pearson on Oct. 2, Davison went to Colusa High principal Darren Brown and offered to secure funding for the marquee. Davison then went out and did it, gathering $17,000 from 15 business and organizations.
Davison was quick to pass on the praise, calling himself just a "go-fer," but we're guessing the project doesn't happen without him. The Rotary member had seen something similar in the past and had the know-how to get it done.
But there's plenty of credit to go around here. Start with CRAF, Les Schwab Tire Center, Hoblit Motors, Superior Tire Service, Reading Oil, North Valley Family Physicians, Colusa Regional Medical Center, Davies Brothers, Tri-Counties Bank, George L. Messick, Fouch & Son Pharmacy, Lions Club of Colusa, Colusa Industrial Properties, Kittle's Outdoor & Sport Co., Colusa Rotary Club and Davison Drug & Stationery, who came up with the money.
Then there's Lisa Bailey, with the Colusa Beautification Project, who keeps adding to the landscaping at the school — even after Brown says she really doesn't have to spend her free time on the weekends at the school.
Thumbs up to all of them, and to all of the parents who, as Brown said, don't have an agenda. "They just want the place to look great."
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No legislation is better than bad legislation, but seniors need help
At a meeting Sept. 25, the Williams City Council considered — and rejected — a plan to offer a $5 utility easement credit to qualifying low-income seniors.
Council members raised valid concerns:
• How to determine who qualifies? The plan called for using income tax returns, but as Angela Plackek-Fulcher noted, many don't file tax returns. So then what? Just ask them? "There is the potential for dishonesty," she said with vast understatement.
• How many will qualify? The plan estimated 42 to 84 participants. Not likely, said John Troughton Jr. So then what do you do? First-come, first-served? Rolling enrollment? In either case, seniors who need help would be left wanting.
"I want to do something, but where do we start?" Williams mayor Pat Ash asked.
We think something needs to be done. Seniors are out there who need help. It sounds as if this particular idea was right to be tabled, but this is where we start. The discussion needs to continue, until an idea emerges that everyone can get behind.