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wwwhloverdalereveillacom December 12, 2019 - The Cloverdale Reveille Page EDITORIAL Secrets santa. While we are all doing our holiday gift shopping around town and other places, there’s a reminder we should add to the bottom of our lists. Once upon a time, when we were little children, only santa Claus knew if we’d been good or bad, or if we picked up all our toys and always played nice. Now, wherever we go during our holiday shopping rounds —, and, at all other times, for that matter — we are being watched by Google, Apple, Facebook and whatever apps we have on our smart phones. We also have to be careful what gifts we buy for each other because lots of these gadgets also track us and invade our privacy and mess with our security and freedoms. Do we really want a doorbell that can spy on our neighbors? Maybe we didn’t mind Santa knowing about our favorite places, hobbies and friends, but it’s different When big tech corporations track our digital footprints, buying habits and personality traits and sell them to other big tech corporations and even to government agencies. That’s not very merry; that’s Grinchy. So’, we better not pout and better not cry, but we could get smarter about how we use all these snooping computer devices. They all have privacy settings we could turn on or off. According to an annual report by the think tank Freedom House, our free speech and privaéy declined in the U.S. and globally for the ninth consecutive year. This was caused by foreign and domestic government snooping, Facebook’s policies that allow spreading lies and the unregulated practice of internet sites collecting and selling our private data. Chances are most of us used one of the following sites or services in recent weeks. These include AAA, Ancestrycom, Amazon, American Express, Apple or AT&T. All of these corporations steal, store and sell our personal habits and privacy to others. This list is huge. We only listed a few names here that begin with ‘A.’ It’s a very long list before we get to Yahoo! ‘ Social media like Facebook, Twitter and others allow ordinary people like us to send instant messages to our closest friends or reach millions of others all around the world. Social media is amazing and all-powerful. But foreign countries, political powers, politicians, robot-driven algorithms and real—er shysters all use these social media platforms, too. This is like getting lumps of coal in our Christmas stockings. We share Facetime chats, shopping trip videos and entertain each other and ourselves. In turn, all our most private habits get processed into ad tracking, location pings and spammed invasions. A New York Times journalist recently asked Google for his private database and Google sent him 400 pages. Included were all his recent search engine queries, Google Doc entries and his complete contact list of names and emails. The data included where he had dined out on a specific night three years ago. . . We know Russia messed with our 2016 election, but when anonymous social media actors know what we are doing in our kitchens and bedrooms, more than our democracy is at stake. What we all should wish for this Christmas is a “fixed” social media. ' . The Freedom House report made several recommendations that we endorse. These include restricting social media surveillance tools, enacting data privacy laws, restricting re-selling of personal databases and requiring social media companies to operate with more transparency and require annual reports. We might or might not want to block Santa from our web browsings. But we can go to simpleoptoutcom and block most of the intemet’s and social media’s worst offenders. Just like we look the doors to our house, we should do the same with all our social media “doors.” It’s OK because only Santa knows his way down the chimney. — Rollie A tkinson ; HISTORY Through the Years in the Reveille he folloWing items are'selected from I archived issues of the Cloverdale Reveille. December 12, 1908 - 111 years ago Last Saturday evening a bevy of female loveliness, heralded as the Bostonian Minstrel Maids, appeared at Humberts’ Opera House. The first part of the performance was in the form of an old-time minstrel show, minus the black face, but giving witty jokes that were not at all old and Vocal solos and quartets that were good. The ladies composing the company were all young, talented, refined and pleasing. The basketball game at the pavilion drew many who might otherwise have attended, but, still the Minstrel Maids had a fair house. In pursuance of an order of the Town Trustees, blanks have been printed giving legal notification to liquor dealers. not to furnish liquor to those addicted to its inordinate use. These blanks are now in the hands of Marshal Conner. Those desiring to serve notice on saloon keepers relative to individual cases will be provided with the proper blank form. Joyce Mann V December 4, 1969 —, 50 years ago- Lake Almanor, in California’s Feather River country, is a Sparkling, blue lake that attracts many to her waters each year for superb fishing, swimming, boating and vacationing. Camping sites and picnic areas are found all around the lake. Created in 1914, when the Big Meadows Dam backed up waters of the North Fork and Hamilton Branch of the Feather River, this largest of the manmade lakes in California is 13 miles long and six miles wide with more than one million acre feet of water behind the dam at the south end. Dominating the landscape for miles around is 1,466 foot- high Mt. Lassen, Which lies 35 miles to the northwest and is snow-capped year round. Highways leading to Lake Almanor prepare the motorist for the quietness and beauty of the area. This being timber country, many split rail fences and log homes lend picturesqueness to the timbered slopes and big meadows. Although becoming increasing popular each summer, Lake Almanor still boasts of. lots of freedom of open space, combined with temperatures ranging from 40 degrees to 80 degrees. December 7, 1994 — years ago Kaufman and Broad is beginning construction on the first phase of their housing development, “California Oaks.” The company has secured 28 ready-to-build—lots behind Washington School. According to the company’s press agent, the target market for the houses is first time home buyers. Prices are quite affordable for the area. They are decent sized homes for the price range, $157,000 to $178,000. Cloverdale is a promising housing market because it is within commuting distance to Santa Rosa and offers an alternative rural life style to the city. . Rain to date this year is 10.78. Last year the rain measured 3.38. LETTERS Holiday music concert EDITOR: Cloverdale American Legion Post 293 is sponsoring a community holiday music concert on Saturday evening, Dec. 14, at 7 pm. The Healdsburg Community Band will be returning to perform musical selections of the holiday season. The concert will beheld at the Cloverdale Veterans Memorial Building, 205 W First St. The concert is free. Donations will be collected for a “Soldier’s CrOSS” memorial for the Cloverdale Cemetery. Come join us to experience the sounds of the season with this wonderful band. Sandy Kelly, Commander American Legion Post 293 Thank You PG&E' EDITOR: My house was recently surrounded by- the Kincade Fire. We were without electric service for 13 days. I was amazed by the response from PG&E. While the stumps around us were still smoldering, PG&E had crews here surveying the damage and marking trees that had to be removed and poles that had to be replaced. Soon other crews followed. All PG&E crews worked diligently and efficiently to restore our power. I cannot thank PG&E enough for their amazing efforts. If you think PG&E is bad now, wait until the state takes over. I don’t think you actually want the people who can’t fix your roads (in spite of some of the highest fuel taxes in the nation) in charge of our utilities. These are the same people who can’t build water storage to help us through droughts. How many state run agencies have you seen that are run responsively and efficiently? V The best part about the possibility of the state taking over PG&E you can look forward to higher rates and poorer service. Do not worry if the state runs into problems running your electric and gas facilities they can always raise our taxes, it is an unending supply of revue. Bill Munselle Geyserville EDITORIAL POLICY: The Cloverdale Reveille welcomes letters to the editor and commentaries. 'All acceptablevsubmissions are published online weekly and in print as space allows. Letters should not exceed 400 words. Commentaries should not exceed 700 words. Submissions must include a telephone number for verification. Email to news@cloverdalereveille.com. COMMENTARY Ripe Rewards Favorite food for. the holidays favorite winter soup in our house is ' a carrot dill soup. Brian and I had it one Thanksgiving when we were in London. A friend made it, gave us the recipe and I have been making it ever since. Thank you Beaufort! There were lots of wonderful dishes at that all-American Thanksgiving, but this was our favorite. . We serve it at both Thanksgiving and Christmas and sometimes I make it as an appetizer or, with some crab, crusty bread and a green salad, a main course too. I mention crab because once again the commercial season has been delayed. I cannot tell you how we missed roasted crab the day before Thanksgiving. Our tradition is to oven roast it, make a simple homemade pasta with red sauce, a basic green salad and bread —- bread is important because you want to dip it in the garlic/ olive oil/butter sauce that the crab was roasted in. Our Thanksgiving eve ritual was put on hold and this time it’s not the domoic acid from a few years ago. To decrease the chance of lingering whales getting entangled in thefinishing lines, fishermen have had to, once again, delay the opening of the crab season to mid-month at the time of this writing. As a farmer, I know how painful it is towork in a seasonal business when an important portion of your season is cut short. Thanksgiving crab did not happen, so this Christmas and New Years is a great time to serve up lots of crab. It’s local and delicious. Here is the recipe for carrot dill soup. You can make it all year long, but it’s at its best when you go to the farmers market and get those beefy looking carrots from Preston, Bernier or Tierra Vegetables. The recipe calls for celery too and once again, if you can get it at the farmers market, you will not believe the difference. You may feel like you have never had celery before it’s that revolutionary. When it is out on Preston’s table, Idon’t hesitate. Plus this recipe uses the leaves, which when farm-grown, are a beautiful deep green, and they have such taste. This quick and easy recipe is from “The New Basics Cookbook,” authors of “Silver Palate.” I love those cookbooks and reference them all the time. Gayle Okumura Sullivan Carrot Dill Soup Ingredients: 4 tablespoons butter 1 onion, diced 2 1/z pounds carrots, peeled and diced 2 ribs celery, leaves included, diced 8 cups chicken stock 1A cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill 1 teaspoon salt In teaspoon fresh ground pepper pinch cayenne pepper Process: ‘ - Melt butter in a soup kettle. Add onion and cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, until wilted and translucent. Add carrots, celery, stock, 1A cup dill, salt, pepper and cayenne (everything else). Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and Cook for about 40 minutes. Carrots should be soft. ' ' ' - Puree soup in a blender, in batches. - Return to soup kettle and adjust seasonings to taste; - Serve with fresh dill and roasted crab. Yum. Next month: Citrus Gayle Okum ura Sullivan is co-owner, with husband Brian, of Dry Creek Peach & Produce in Healdsburg. ., COMMENTARY Foggy Mountain Tales ’Twas the night before espite the early warnings that arrive Dwith the twinkling lights and mechanical Santas that now appear in store windows immediately following Halloween, I find myself feeling unprepared. With just a few weeks left before the most celebrated U.S. holiday of the year, my long ago love of this season seems all but forgotten in the anxiety of how to prepare a day that meets everyone-’s expectations. It’s been almost 20 years since my youngest married and left home, so at least I’m not in charge of producing the perfect, magic-filled time'for young children. When I was a kid, it never occurred to me what a production my mother put on for me and my three siblings in addition to the feasts she prepared for us, grandparents and other family and friends. Later when my own children came, after they were in bed on Christmas Eve, I stayed up late putting the final touches on the bounty that would be there waiting in the morning. We didn’t have much money, so “bounty” is probably an exaggeration when compared to the expensive high-tech gifts of today. One year when my daughter was in her horse-loving years, I bought two plastic steeds to add to her collection, an elegant white Arabian and a spotted Appaloosa. I have always loved horses, so spent many a late evening stitching saddles and bridles for the two out of some scrap leather. At 10, she loved those horses and even after she was beyond playing with them, they rested on a bedroom shelf through her high school years. Her brother was six that year and loved anything mechanical, especially trains. The last task that Christmas Eve was to put his new train tOgether. Perhaps it was the bottle of wine my husband and I shared, but it tbok us a while to snap all the pieces together. Finally, we were ready to throw the switch. ' Our cat Orion sat nearby watching the proceedings, his tail flicking back and forth. My husband threw the switch, and suddenly Orion leaped in the air and into my lap, then hooked his claws up my shirt and then my face. One set of claws pierced my nose and the other paw landed just below my eyes and hooked into my eye socket. It hurt in a way I cannot . . “W Pamela Tinnin describe. Miraculously, the claws didn’t puncture the eye itself, but I spent Christmas with a bloodied swollen noSe and a puffy, bruised eyelid. We hadn’t noticed that Orion’s tail had crossed the tracks. When the switch was thrown, it had shocked him. The next morning, my son squealed with delight and never even noticed that the train wasn’t the one he had shown me over and over in the Montgomery Ward catalog. For most of the day, he never tired of watching it zooming around the circle. Orion crept into the room, but quickly left when he heard the rattle of the little train. Remembering these times, I recalled that the treasures of Christmas aren’t in the boxes that lay beneath the tree. They are the moments shared, not just the cries of delight on an early morning, but all of it -— the silly fumbling of putting together a little train, the chocolate smear on a small boy’s face that betrayed him when he denied eating forbidden fudge, the Christmas Eve we took a live day-old lamb to appear in the United Church’s Christmas pageant, the lamb wrapped in a blanket with a plastic sheet underneath to prevent accidents. The truth of it is, Christmas comes whether we’re prepared or not and it doesn’t matter that it’s never perfect. Just like life, it’s a grand mixture. Pamela Tinnin writes from her ranch on Pine Mountain. She can be reached at pamelatinnin@yahoo.com. Read the CLOVERDALE REVEILLE Anytime. 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