By Teri Murrison
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi
Becoming a Tuolumne County supervisor is not unlike putting on a Jacket. I put it on full of dreams to build a better future for our children. Now, four years wiser and with accomplishments, victories, and some failures behind, it’s with sadness (and a wee bit of relief) that I’ve taken it off.
The holidays are over and suddenly it’s … election season.
At least it is in Calaveras County, where voters will go to the polls tomorrow to help pick a new state senator. Republican Ted Gaines, a Roseville Republican, is squaring off against Democrat Ken Cooley, a Rancho Cordova city councilman and former mayor, for the District 1 seat.
The post opened up with the death of incumbent Dave Cox in July.
The First District ranges from the Oregon border through all or parts of 12 Northern California counties to its southern terminus at the Mono-Inyo county line. It includes more than 482,000 registered voters, but it is a safe bet that a good percentage of them have no idea that an election is on the menu Tuesday.
In an era of limits brought by our long-running recession, there is one thing that, at least to date, seems limitless.
Rain and snow.
They’ve been falling in near-record amounts on the Mother Lode and Sierra since before Thanksgiving, and threaten to break the back of a drought which had gripped California for the past three years.
Although thousands of Arnold- and Twain Harte-area residents left without power by November’s storms may disagree, the epic precipitation is a good thing. The Sierra snowpack is already at nearly 60 percent of its seasonal average, and January, February and March still lie ahead.
Come summer, however, all of us will appreciate the benefits of the year’s storms: Reservoir storage will be up, more water will be available for irrigation, the spectre of rationing will evaporate and forest fire danger will drop.
So look back on the soggy Christmas of 2010 as a blessing. And wish for more rain and snow — with far fewer power outages — for the new year.
A few more blessings, mixed and otherwise, for the holiday season:
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