"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

President Abraham Lincoln


I guess moms are supposed to know everything. I just got a text message from my son. Specifically, it said, “How long do you cook a 25lb frozen turkey in the microwave?” I replied, “Seriously? I don’t think you can do that. You need to let it thaw out, then cook it. It will take at least 2 days to thaw it, then it needs to be cooked in the oven. I know nothing about cooking a turkey in the microwave.” To which he replied, “How long after it is thawed. It doesn’t tell you in one of your old cookbooks?”

At this point I thought he was not very organized, and he probably needed to cook a chicken. Doing what any mom would do to find an answer, I Googled it. Here is where I caught onto what he was doing. A kid can’t get away with a joke with Google around. The top article when searching “how to cook a frozen turkey in the microwave” was Moms fall for the “How to Cook a Turkey in the Microwave” prank. I guess in a sense. I did fall for it; I googled for an answer. But I also told him he was a little crazy for asking a question like that.

My next response to him was, “is this that prank that is going around?” He replied yes. I asked what exactly the meaning of the prank was supposed to be. He said he had no idea, one of his co-workers was pranked by her daughter. I told him I thought he had lost his mind and there was no way to do that unless he wanted a turkey that tasted like rubber.

Come to find out, there is a website where these beautiful grown children are posting their mom’s responses.

I guess it reinforces the fact that our kids do expect us to have an answer to any question they ask and we should know the right answer. One post on the prank website confirmed it, “Moms are honestly superheroes; they spend 18 years raising us, and even when we are full-grown adults, they still respond to our texts asking how to do the simplest of tasks.”

Thanks Nick, I was blank about what to write about in my column this week. You gave me the material I needed. You better go buy a thawed turkey.
Tragedy's Only Target is Humans Eyes Stinging
Throat raw. Nostrils aching. Lungs on fire. Every inhale a burden. Destruction illuminated. Hopes, dreams, pasts, futures, memories, souls of loved ones lost or not yet found lingers as it’s wisps around the winds and settles like the stifling heat of summer. The sounds of sirens, the cries of the emotionally wrecked echo through the days and nights. The pictures and headlines flash before the eyes as the stories unfold. The generosity and love wrapping around the hurting. The comforting arms embracing, the strength of many pulling away debris in aid for an anticipated rebuild. We know the feeling in one way or another, we support each other in these times of tragedy and hold up those that can’t stand in the physical or emotional form. We are all human despite race, political stand, religion, gender...we are all human.
Melissa Blunt


Behavior Not Acceptable

Editor: We appreciate your editorials, especially with regards to the Dr. & Mrs. Bill Brown shocking, scary situation. Whether its 1900 or 2018 this Sheriff Bosenko needs to stand up at the plate. To have this kind of behavior in our communities is not acceptable. Even in this crazy world we’re all experiencing, we should feel safe--at least in our homes. I don’t know what it will take, but some action should be pursued. Who is the sheriff’s superior or boss?
Sincerely, Frances and Breen Hofmann

Editor’s note: Unfortunately the sheriff is, for all practical purposes, his own boss. The Board of Supervisors can rein him in by cutting his budget - which of course can and will hurt his staff. But the reality of the situation is, that if he “can’t” or won’t put an emphasis on good law enforcement then why are we paying good money for a service we aren’t getting. Other counties facing the same situations don’t hide their struggles to do what is right by refusing to post the publics law enforcement requests for service from the public they serve by doing away with their public logs. I don’t want to see his staff suffer and in reality, it won’t be us who makes them suffer. It will be the Sheriff if he refuses to obey the law. Remember he’ll continue to draw his six-figure salary whether he has operating money or not.
Walt Caldwell


Totally Disgusted
I agree with your article and just had to let you know it!! I’m totally disgusted, Monday evening I got a ticket, a cell phone ticket!! On the ticket it reads the location as Hwy 299 & Roff. I was pulled over across from Gephettos. My frustration is in the fact that the officer assumed I was on my cell phone because (his words were) “[I] was looking down too long”!! At no time from the point that I left McDonald’s until the traffic light in front of Dollar General was I on my cell phone!! I had just bought a soda, was putting the straw in, also opened a snack size bag of chips, and broke a finger nail!!! By the time I was at the light, the light was red and then I picked up my phone, but as soon as it turned green I chucked it into the passenger seat. This is when he pulled me over. Then he proceeded to tell me not to worry that it wouldn’t go to DMV and it wouldn’t affect my insurance, but “oh ya, of course there’s going to be a fine”…..

If they would put that much effort into “harassing” the thugs on the streets, in the woods, stealing from Safeway, doing drugs next to Dollar General, robbing people in JP, dealing drugs…. ya, I think Burney would be a nicer place again.

The problem with harassing those people is – there’s no money in it. They are getting the money from us by assuming we are going to do something that warrant giving tickets. Must be quota season…… Destiny Taveras


Thank You
We are humbled by the response of the community and all the local and district services that came in to look for Lyn, and those who provided food, so we would eat. It was amazing. We are grateful to have had you all here. Know you made a difference. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.
The Lyn Palmer Family.





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