Opinion: Thumbs up, thumbs down: December 18, 2013
Colusa High sophomores reach out for community service
We're not going to rehash the tired old refrain that today's youth are nothing but trouble.
It's patently false. Stories abound of youths active in the community, striving to do good.
Even so, what three Colusa High sophomores did stands out.
The students — Cole Schreiner, Jared Huff and Garrett Hamilton — were encouraged by Camie Kaelin of the Environmental Science Academy to think beyond typical projects, as Brian Pearson reported in the Dec. 11 edition of the Sun-Herald.
So they asked emergency response personnel to identify places among the newer developments in Colusa that were hard to find because the addresses were hard to see.
And then they painted shiny new numbers in reflective paint at those addresses, impossible to miss.
They painted addresses. it may not seem like much at first glance. But to emergency responders, it's huge. In an emergency, seconds count. Minutes are lifetimes.
The ability to go to an address — quickly and surely, without any delay or hesitation — can be life-saving.
What a simple, elegant way to do a lot of good.
Veterans remember Pearl Harbor — and the rest of us should, too
The date which will live in infamy is slowly dying.
On Dec. 7, 72 years ago, Japan attacked the naval base at Pearl Harbor and drew the United States into World War II.
On that day, 2,403 Americans lost their lives.
This year, 30 people attended a memorial ceremony at the Colusa County courthouse. Most of those present were veterans, Pearson reported.
It's understandable. As time passes, fresh tragedies supplant more distant catastrophes. That's human nature.
But President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was correct when he proclaimed Dec. 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy."
It should. Beyond the horror of the lives lost that day, the repercussions of that singular event are staggering. Whole series of novels have been written on that subject.
We appreciate, deeply, our veterans' sacrifice. All veterans of all wars.
We must not leave them to be the only ones who remember.