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Patriotism Perspective

My son, Walker Knauss, will be receiving a Certificate of Merit award from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge for his essay on patriotism he wrote in the spring of 2011 while in 8th grade at Cavitt Junior High School.

T-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t screamed the machine guns, as Syrian soldiers under the command of regime leader Bashar al-Assad shot down their fellow countrymen. They continued to pelt the protestors until the square was littered with dead and wounded activists. The Protestors were just patriots defending their country; the soldiers were just patriots defending their country. Both groups held conflicting views about what it meant to be patriotic.

Epislepsy legislation overcomes union opposition

SACRAMENTO: Legislation designed to put the health and safety needs of California school children first has passed its final test in the State Senate and is now heading for the State Assembly. SB 161, authored by Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), would authorize school employee volunteers to provide emergency medical assistance to pupils with epilepsy who suffer a seizure while on campus.

The Huff legislation, which faced heavy union-led opposition in nearly every Senate committee hearing, will help protect nearly 94,000 California children who suffer from epilepsy.

“My thanks to my Senate colleagues for their support in getting this bill off the Senate Floor,” said Senator Huff following the Floor vote. “But this is just half the battle. I’m positive that SB 161 will face the same challenges and same union opposition in the State Assembly. This fight is not over.”

The City of Lincoln will not see an anticipated one-time revenue boost

The City of Lincoln will not see an anticipated one-time revenue boost as anticipated in its 2011-2012 budget.

The City has been informed by its affordable housing developer, Mercy Housing, that they will be leaving the single-family housing business to focus exclusively on developing and managing affordable rental housing properties. This means that the $1.1 million land sale for the Creekside Project in Lincoln that would have generated one-time revenue for the City’s General Fund for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 will not be moving forward at this time.

Last month, the projected deficit for the City’s General Fund for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 had been estimated to be approximately $1 million, and City staff has been working diligently to close that gap.