Hey, I’m very concerned about the environment and support all sorts of environmental causes; and as soon as I see some actual science proving that throwing a lead sinker in the river when I’m trying to catch a fish actually raises the level of lead in the river enough that there could actually be some appreciable level of danger, I’ll support AB 2787.

But I’m not expecting that to happen. I think that if it were approached scientifically, it would be obviously ridiculous even to the metropolitan lawmakers who don’t have the experience to put into perspective the dropping of a marble-sized lead weight into a great big river.

Assembly Bill 2787 would outlaw use of lead as sinkers for fishing in state waters. Truthfully? If it passes it won’t likely shut anyone down – non-lead sinkers will be a lot more expensive but the total cost probably won’t be all that much – it will just be a major pain in the back for anyone who wants to go out and catch a fish and will just prove to a lot of constituents that legislators are nags and shouldn’t be taken seriously. And we should try to prevent that from worsening (the thinking that legislators are silly).

But it probably will pass, because (stereotyping alert) few of the suits making their ways to the Legislature have any real-life experience with actual fishing and hunting so they don’t see how silly some of these things are. 

“There is no safe level of lead,” said the sponsor of the bill. Maybe. The point, however, should be whether or not throwing a sinker in a body of water adds enough lead to the water that you would really have to worry about it. I don’t believe that would be true.


Thumbs Down: I hate to have to be the one to tell you, but the job falls on me as editor: we’re changing the lineup of the Sunday comics. 

Many people think this is a silly thing to worry about. But I can very well tell you that some people think it is absolutely worth worrying about. For them, we’re sorry.

We understand how traumatic it can be for some folks when their newspaper comic strips lineup changes (where’s Alley Oop!?!) But changes are inevitable from time to time.

The Appeal-Democrat has been negotiating with syndicates over contracts for the Sunday comics. As a result, we’ll be bidding a sad farewell to some old-time comics and adding a few new ones. We understand it might take a while, but we’re hoping readers can become used to the new lineup.

Changes will be made to the Sunday comics starting with the March 11 edition. No changes are being made at this time to the daily comics page.

Tell us what you think by leaving a message on our comment line: 749-4777.


Thumbs Up: It reminds me of my grandmothers. For that, I’m appreciative.

We like the annual Yuba Sutter Quilt Guild show. It’s open today (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds. 

There will be hundreds of quilts, big and small, hung up to view. It’s a fantastic sight: some are wonderfully artistic. Some are wonderfully industrious. Some are complex. Some simple. They’re awe-inspiring. Support the 150 or so members of the guild, who donate dozens and dozens of quilts every year to the foster care program and other causes.


Ugh: A passenger is getting an Uber ride to the airport, and leans over the seat to ask the driver a question and gently taps him on the shoulder. The driver screams, loses control of the car, almost hits a bus, swerves onto the shoulder and comes to rest half in a ditch.

For a few moments everything is silent. The driver finally asks, “Are you OK? I’m sorry, but you scared the heck out of me.”

“I’m sorry,” the passenger says. “I didn’t think tapping you on the back would scare you.”

“It’s because of my daytime job.”

“What’s your daytime job?”

“I drive a hearse."

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