Opinion: Thumbs up, thumbs down: February 5, 2014
Thumbs way down
Wasting water during a drought
As we've all read and seen throughout the North State, water supplies are dwindling during this historic drought.
Even if it's not (yet) directly impacting your community, we encourage everyone to keep on an eye on basic conservation measures. Simple steps as easy as taking shorter showers and skipping this weekend's car wash could end up going a long way — because who knows how long this situation might last?
Volunteers plow throughboxes to save county history
When was the last time you were up in your attic? Down in your basement? Searching through the back of your closet? Visiting your storage shed?
We've all had those boxes. Filled with long-forgotten stuff. Dusty. Dirty. Sometimes moldy. Is it important? It must have been, or you wouldn't have boxed it up. Far too many years ago now. So long, in fact, that you don't have a clue what's in them. And really, the last thing you want to do is find out.
Colusa County has those boxes. The county had 19 such boxes — huge boxes — stored at the old Colusa Memorial Hospital. The one the county tore down in 2004, having relegated it to being essentially a warehouse for several years before that.
And finally, as reporter Brian Pearson wrote in the Jan. 29 edition of the Sun-Herald, volunteers from Sacramento Valley Museum and Colusa County Historical Records Society opened them up, dust and all, to see what was inside.
Brave people. Some of those boxes dated back to the 1800s — the mid-1800s. That would make them approximately 150 years old. Leave them alone much longer and they would have needed an archaeologist.
But it was well worth it, the volunteers said. Some of the records recovered from the boxes are available nowhere else.
We applaud the dedication.
Maybe next week we'll open up our own boxes.
Good food, good friends
and good causes abound
It was dinner vs. dinner on Jan. 25 in Colusa.
In one corner, we had the Colusa Firefighters Association's annual Crab & Steak Feed and Dance. It's the biggest fundraiser of the year for the association, and organizers make sure to put on one heck of a meal.
Local businesses donate items to be raffled or auctioned off. Lots of crabs meet a tasty end. And the association raises thousands of dollars each year.
It's been around for 30-plus years — and it gets new people every time.
In the other corner, John Paul II Council of Knights of Columbus put on its Cioppino — its Taste of Italy dinner — in Arbuckle, featuring the famous tri-tip dish of Jack Pesola.
It took about 30 volunteers — Knights and family members — to pull it off, including the raffle and silent auction. Yes, it is the group's largest fundraiser. Organizers expected between 250 and 300 people to attend, Pearson reported.
Crab feed vs. tri-tip steak, Italian-style. That's a fight that everyone wins — everyone who attended one of the two events, at least.