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A dose of Dan: The logic of government

We’re in the thick of another hotly contested political season, so many of us have government front-and-center on our minds. And many have already grown tired of the drama and rhetoric, wondering if anyone out there has the skill set and common sense to return the country to a practical, logical path. In that spirit, […]

2 Comments / September 14, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A does of Dan: Government fines fleecing citizens

Dan Francisco

Society is intimately familiar with the law enforcement mantra: “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.” We are also acutely aware of the mantra’s misdemeanor version: “Don’t do the crime if you can’t pay the fine.” However, if you have recently been on the receiving end of a fine levied by a […]

Comments Off / August 09, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: The marketing of Election Day

Dan Francisco

Election season is heating up, and this November is a big one, a presidential election that will definitively chart the course of our country for years. Some experts claim our nation has not been this politically polarized since the Civil War, so one thing we should agree on no matter where we fall on the […]

Comments Off / July 27, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: Pro golfers are spoiled babies

Dan Francisco

In the hierarchy of professional athletes, golfers are a petulant and spoiled lot. It is undisputed that all professional athletes dwell in some pampered fantasy land separate from the masses, but none appear more coddled by the game they play than golfers. I recently had the privilege of taking in the Friday round of the […]

1 Comment / June 29, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: ‘Deer tunnel is no laughing matter to us deer’

One of the many pleasures of contributing to Village Life is receiving feedback from readers and community members. Sometimes the feedback is related to a recent column, other times it’s just a story idea that is passed along. In this rather unique case, I was recently contacted by a member of the animal kingdom — […]

Comments Off / June 01, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: Where’s your nice gene?

New medical research studies are being announced every day. Some capture our attention more than others, like the recent study that reported drinking alcohol can make us smarter and more creative. Seriously? Other medical research studies scare us and leave us looking for shelter. A recent study that caught my eye focused on why some […]

Comments Off / April 20, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: Participation trophies

Dan Francisco

Our 9-year-old son won his first sports championship last month, an El Dorado Hills recreation basketball crown for third graders. The boys on the team knew they won the title, even though the local recreation department doesn’t technically award championships for youth sports, because they are old enough to keep track of their won/loss record. […]

Comments Off / April 13, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »