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Dan Francisco

A dose of Dan: Those oldies but goodies remind us of youth

I’m not afraid to admit that my last couple of music purchases on iTunes took me a back a few years. I dipped deep into the mental historical archives and picked up songs by ‘80s rockers, .38 Special and Loverboy. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to follow up those buys with tunes by Survivor […]

March 14, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

A dose of Dan: Battle rising gas prices with help from Internet

Like other consumers, I’d like to openly complain about rising gas prices. It seems every year as we approach summer — or what analysts call the peak travel season — we’re facing another global crude oil crisis for whatever reason explained by the oil industry. I’m not ignoring the genuine factors at work that have […]

March 07, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

A dose of Dan: Is it unpopular in America today to be successful?

I was intrigued with media reports earlier this month on a Florida college professor’s American dream essay assignment and the results his students turned in. According to reports, Valencia College economics professor Jack Chambless asked about 180 sophomore students from three classes to write an essay on what the American dream meant to them. The […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

A dose of Dan: Community suffers more ways than one from loss of Waste Connections

The talk of the town on the business front in El Dorado Hills this past week was the decision by Waste Connections to move headquarters for its successful national garbage conglomerate from Folsom to Texas. Needless to say, public dialogue on Waste Connections’ decision has been extensive and varied. For some, the relocation is yet […]

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A dose of Dan: Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements aren’t that different

I’ve wanted to check out one of these regional Occupy Wall Street rallies, but I just can’t seem to get away from work. Seriously, I’m interested in seeing the Occupy Wall Street crowd in action, to hear their complaints. However, as someone who runs his own service-based business, I can’t carve out the time to […]

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