Opinion: Thumbs up, thumbs down: December 11, 2013
Thumbs up and down
The night the lights went out in Colusa
Hello, Mr. Grinch.
How else to explain what happened on Friday, the long-awaited night of Christmas Tyme in Colusa, when the city — and most of the county — suddenly went dark?
It was already cold — bitterly cold. And rainy. And then, five minutes before a bundled-up Mayor Greg Ponciano was set to address the brave, fun-loving people who had chosen to battle the elements for the midwinter celebration, the power went out.
All over. To about 10,000 people. For hours.
You're a cold one, Mr. Grinch.
And yet, just like the merry Whos of Whoville, Colusans refused to be cowed. Vendors brought out portable generators, and city officials found the juice to light up the Christmas tree in front of the courthouse.
In the end, a good time was had by all (except for the poor souls who had to fix the power, of course).
And so we can say, in the words of another purveyor of Christmas cheer: "Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night."
Wintun Indians donate to Red Cross
It's always nice when good neighbors give back.
As reported by Brian Pearson in the Nov. 4 edition of the Sun-Herald, the Chachil Dehe Band of the Wintun Indians gave $50,000 to the American Red Cross to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and of tornadoes that smashed through the Midwest.
Ambar Mohammed, executive affairs manager for the Colusa Indian Community Council, noted the tribe has had a charitable donation program for years.
We love to hear of efforts such as this. It's another reminder that we live in a generous, caring community with people whom we are proud to call neighbors and friends.
Maxwell High School winsDiv. IV section final
Congratulations to the Maxwell Panthers football team, which overcame an 0-2 start to win the Northern Section in dominating fashion.
Indeed, in winning its last 11 games, Maxwell allowed only one team to finish within one score — that would be Fall River, who took the Panthers to overtime on Sept. 27 before losing, 27-20.
Fittingly, the Bulldogs were the last team to have a shot at Maxwell, but in the championship game, there would be no repeat of that September contest.
The Panthers shut down the potent Fall River offense, eventually going up 35-0 on the first play in the fourth quarter before cruising to the 35-7 victory.
"There's no better feeling in the world," reporter Kirk Barron quotes Maxwell's star senior quarterback, Blake Vierra, as saying.
Enjoy that feeling, Blake. You and your teammates have earned it.