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My Turn: Don’t just save the Earth, save your life

Richard Nixon signed the National Environmental Protection Act, establishing the Environmental Protection Agency. He followed up with the Clean Air Act of 1970 and the Clean Water Act of 1972. If you are younger than 50 you probably have no memory of news headlines in 1969 of the Cuyahoga River in flames. You can drive through […]

December 28, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

The 2008 financial collapse’s backstory

EDITOR: Let me outline the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 background and its major purpose. The premise was that community banks were not making loans to people of color in their own communities and the government thought this to be unfair. Personally, I believe that problem existed. The act forced the banks to make loans […]

December 28, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Ask a Care Manager: The best gift

The holiday shopping season is in full swing as people rush to grab those last-minute gifts for that special someone. If the person you’re thinking of is considered an “older adult” by AARP, Medicare or some other entity responsible for the category, you may want to consider “the best gift.” If you are an older person yourself […]

December 21, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

By Francis P. Church, first published in the New York Sun in 1897. We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of the Sun: Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends […]

December 21, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

My Turn: Paying for infrastructure without soaking the taxpayer

President-elect Trump has many difficult fiscal tasks ahead — one of which is to promote long-overdue infrastructure construction at a time when the national debt exceeds our entire economy and interest costs alone are eating us alive. Some have said that a rebounding economy resulting from tax reform will pay for it. That may be, but […]

December 21, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Courage is facing the issue

EDITOR: Reading the article by George Runner in your Nov. 30 issue reminded me that we humans often confuse our feelings, gossip and wishful thinking with actual information and evidence based facts. Mr. Runner began his article with a story that was told to him by an unnamed friend who was told the story by his […]

December 14, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Garden Guru: The oldest tree in the world

As a native Californian and nature enthusiast I have had a lifetime to explore California’s wild and scenic places. I was fortunate to grow up with parents who were teachers. On teachers’ salaries, we had the summers but not much money for our large family to go on extravagant vacations. This was fine with me […]

December 14, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,
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