Opinion: Thumbs up, thumbs down: December 25, 2013
Crowds come out to the Williams Downtown Holiday Stroll
An odd thing happened in Williams on Dec. 14. In the afternoon, on a (relatively) mild day, not a whole lot of people came out for the Williams Downtown Holiday Stroll, as reported by Brian Pearson in the Dec. 18 edition of the Sun-Herald.
After the sun (and the temperatures) went down, though, the people showed up. In droves.
It appears the bright draw of Christmas lights outweighs the need to wear a coat to appreciate them.
Of course, having a parade also helps, and this year's had 19 entries, including a fire-breathing mechanical dragon.
"There's a lot of people (who) come out for this," Pearson quotes Ron Hamilton of the Colusa County Volunteer Citizen Service as saying.
With all kinds of booths and a parade featuring a dragon, it's no wonder.
We can't wait for next year, and know attendees can't either.
Some residents will see floodinsurance rates drop
Thank you, FEMA.
The federal agency updated its floodzone maps, which hadn't been touched since 2003. Turns out some people have moved in and out since then, not to mention advances in technology and changing topography.
All of that means areas in Williams, Maxwell and Arbuckle have fewer homes in flood-prone areas, reducing their risk — and likely lowering their insurance bills.
We don't know by how much yet, but hey, anything is better than nothing at all.
From all of us at the Sun-Herald to all of you and yours, we hope your holiday is full of joy and some much-needed relaxation as 2013 winds to a close.
We hope the spirit of the season and the care we show for others this time of year extends well beyond the holidays.