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|~liU ~ J-- - I!i _ '~ '-- -' ~ ...... Sulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday,)a~ 11, 2012 5B Resolutions: promises made without consideration LEGAL MUSINGS STEVE BRENNEMAN steve@school pathways, cam New Year's resolutions come, and New Year's resolu- tions go. I have had my share, some more serious than others. Most don't amount to much. One year, I resolved to go a little easier on my kids, who just never seemed to meet my expectations. Ask them how that worked out. Another year, I made a firm resolution to lighten up on myself. But I'm such an idiot, who can't seem to string two rational thoughts together, turns every minor plumbing job into an aquatic adventure, eats nothing but junk food when his wife is not looking, drinks too much and generally bounces fromof flowers. Don't ask me why, resolutions. One dog I know one screw-up to another, that I'm just reporting what Iresolved to "make more time was a non-starter, found, to stop and smell the be- My kids got me a word-a- One person resolved to hinds." (If you're wondering, day calendar for Christmas "remember to suck less." I'm my New Year's resolution in this year, and I thought assuming he didn't mean that 2006 was to learn to speak briefly about resolving to literally, but in the sense of Dog.) learn and use those words not doing things badly. If Another dog resolved to throughout the year. But the only you could avoid sucking "grow opposable thumbs, word for Jan. 1 was "ab ova," at things just by remember- break into the pantry and which I guess is Latin for ing not to do so. decide for himself how much "from the beginning." I don't From my friends in food is too much." really see using ab ova much Kentucky, I got a top 10 list Of course, in the grand in general conversation. And of New Year's resolutions. I scheme of things, none of besides, isn't that two words? won't bore you with the these resolutions amount to a This morning I got on the whole list, but the last two hill of beans because, as we Internet to peruse some show some promise: (2) "Fish all know, New Year's resolu- resolutions made by others my cellphone out of the tions are just promises we that might give me some Porta-Potty so I can retrieve make to ourselves. And a ideas. That Internet thing is my wedding pictures," andpromise made without amazing. You really can (1) "Find a job that doesn't consideration has no force find anything. And so fast! involve a man with a gun and effect. Remembel: when we used to watching over me while I When I say consideration go to libraries and look stuff pick up trash along the road- here, I don't mean it in the up in encyclopedias? How side." sense of "to consider," as in quaint. One guy resolved to learnmaking a promise after con- One person made a reso- to belch the alphabet, which I sidering the matter for some lution to eat more exotic guess will help break the ice time. Consideration is a legal meats in 2012, while another at parties. I think he was term meaning the price paid resolved to memorize a from Kentucky too. for an item or promise. It is bunch of generally useless By the way, it's not justwhat is necessary to create a information, like the names people who make New Year's binding contract. Plumas rescue groups work together No MORE HOMELESS PETS HIGH SIERRA ANIMAL RESCUE Question: There are several animal rescue groups in Plumas County, so what does each group do? --L.M. Greenville In fact, there are four res- cue groups here in Plumas County. Plumas County Animal Services (PCAS) is chartered with enforcing county ordinances and state laws and is located in Quincy. Two of the older rescue groups W6lfar an/] High Sierra Animal Rescue (HSAR) in Portola; both are 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescues and both were started in 1999. PAWS rescues cats and typically saves the lives of more than 300 cats a year. HSAR does mainly dog TALES, from page 4B facility when their owner died. They are long haired, . quiet, neutered males who are taking their confinement poorly. We also have many lovely young animals that just need homes. Thank you everyone for our successes in 2011! With the support of the community more than 100 animals this year were spayed, neutered and adopted instead of being euthanized; our free food program continues; our food supplement program for young, old and sickly animals continues; the outdoor cat enclosure was completed; and beautification of the facility continues. Friends looks forward to the coming year and the ability to work for the good of the animals. Here's to 2012! Friends of the Plumas County Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corpora- tion and all donations are tax-deductible. All monies donated go directly to the care and comfort of the shelter animals; no money goes toward salaries or administrative fees. Friends is not a county entity. Donations can be sent to Friends, P.O. Box 182, Quincy, CA 95971. Thank you. Up-t0-the-minute forecast and road conditions at plumasnews.com rescue and typically savesAll these rescue groups needs additional volunteers. the lives of more than 200 have struggled this past year "There simply are too many dogs a year and around 40 with the poor economy, cats to care for and too few cats. A more recent rescue Every group has seen a volunteers to help," accord- group is Friends of the decline in adoptions and an ing to PAWS Director Kathy Plumas County Animal increase m returns due toNixon. Shelter (also a 501(c)(3) non- people losing their homesMake a personal resolution profit organization) whose and/or jobs. The good news is right now to help these home- charter is to support the that the local 6ommunity has less cats get a second chance welfare of the animals at continued to support the ani- and give PAWS a call today. PCAS in Quincy. "Friends" reals with whatever financial It's as easy as picking up the works with all of the other assistance they can afford, phone and dialing 283-5433. three rescue groups to help PAWS has been hit particu- Your phone call and your save the lives of as many larly hard with an over- help will make a difference. dogs and cats as possible, abundance of cats due to slow Give Kathy a call at PAWS This combination of rescue adoptions and an out-of- today! groups represents a unique control cat population inRemember to send your model of animal rescue that Plumas County. Plans are rescue/pet questions to info@ is not duplicated in many under way to address the highsierraanimalrescue.org other counties. Plans are over-population problem but or call High Sierra Animal under way to develop a meanwhile PAWS really Rescue at 832-4727. Thanks! coalition of these groups to promote an even more effec- tive use of their combined resources tc manage the animal poptlla- ~ ( i~, tion to end the needless killing of adoptable cats and dogs. Longer-term plans in- clude working with Lassen County to our north and eventually becoming a part . of a northern California coalition. a child'svoice. A child's life:" Help an abused or neglected child @ Plumas CASA, (530) 283-2227 CASA Court A~lnted Special Aclvocate~ FOR HILDRIN FLUMA$ CASA Newly remodeled 4 bedroom 2 bath lake front home in a prime Iocationl MLS 201101083. $895,000. Kehr/O'Brien Real Estate Large 4 br, 2 1/2 ha, family room, living room and fireplace on 5.89 acresl Richmond Road, Susanville, $214,688. See Susan River RealtY Two homes on 3.56 acres, in the Richmond School District. 3 car garage and morel Susanville. $240,00. See Lassen Land and Homes & Country combined 3BR, 2BA home. $379,500. See Town & Country iProperties, Quincy The consideration for an charitable enough) to offer employee's time and effort is someone $100 without any the wages paid. By the same recompense, why shouldn't token, the consider~ition for a the other be able to enforce promise to pay wages is the that promise? I have no idea. work performed. But one might speculate that I have a vague recollection laws, including those that (but then, at my age, every came to.us through the recollection is more or less common law of England, vague) that I've discussed were devised by politicians this before. But please and, well, politicians are pardon my forging ahead notorious for making anyway, promises they dort't intend to If, at the end of this piece, keep. ! promise to pay everyone Of course, like any rule, who reads it $100, you cannot there are exceptions. A enforce that promise. Why? promise made without con- Because you provided no sideration may nevertheless consideration for it. You be enforceable if the promisee already read the piece before relies on the promise to his you got to the promise, so you detriment. For example, if a can't claim consideration by company in California offers having suffered through this a person in New York a job drivel, and the person sells his home However, if at the end of and moves his belongings to the p iece I promise to pay California, only to find out $100 to everyone who reads it the company has rescinded and provides me a 100-word the promise, the person critique of my efforts, that may be able to enforce that promise might be enforce- promise. The expense in- able. Your critique would be curred in coming to the useful to me and would pro- job provides the required vide the consideration for the consideration. promise. So if I resolve to join a gym So if I resolve in 2012 to and go out and buy a bunch join a gym and to go every of workout clothes, is that day, that promise is not purchase consideration for enforceable by a local gym, the promise I made to myselI? even though it stood to profit Now we're getting into the from my pledge. In addition whole notion of whether you to the fact I did not make the can sue yourself, which is a promise to the gym, the gym topic for another time. provided no consideration. At any rate, despite the Nor would a restaurant lack of enforceability, I have that happens to have yak on decided to follow the lead its menu be able to enforce a of the gentleman from resolution to eat more exotic Kentucky. Only I think meats, maybe I'll learn to belch Now one might reasonably "The Star-Spangled Banner." ask why bare promises are I should have it down by not enforceable. If one April 1, if anyone's planning person is stupid enough (or a party thereafter. For, Your Trade! Any Year -- Any Condition New Homes Starting at $29,900/ Call Today 916-371-2200 Clayton Manufactured He 2525 West Capitol West Sacramento, REO Corner Listings Forecloser/Bank owned properties Chandler Real Estate Cozy bungalow style home in secluded location. $170,000. See Coldwell Banker Pioneer Realty