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Posted on May 11 at 5:31 p.m.

You can ask SBRCO if they buy Fair Trade coffee. You also can ask Costco, or TJ, or Vices & Spices, or wherever you buy your beans.

On Fair Trade Should Matter to You

Posted on May 11 at 5:19 p.m.

What a wonderful Mother's Day piece! The love and pride just pour out of every sentence. Thank you Alisa for showing us what a loving home can do.

On Joshua Camberlan Finds Life in Opera

Posted on January 24 at 7:23 a.m.

Ian, how awful. Those two cowards should at the very least have their hunting license revoked. You, Lainie and the dogs have my deepest sympathy.

On Remembering Billy the Dog

Posted on November 20 at 9:13 p.m.

Thank you Joan and Les for your dedication to helping our children. Your guidance made a world of difference to our family. I am sad to see DARC close, and immensely grateful for your help in raising a dyslexic child. May blessings follow you wherever you go.

On Espositos Thanked for Dyslexia Work

Posted on June 4 at 11:06 p.m.

Wow, this woman is a menace and should be on house arrest with an ankle bracelet on.

On Woman Charged with DUI and Child Endangerment

Posted on June 3 at 10:27 a.m.

Don,
The people I met in that Sacramento neighborhood just about broke my heart. They had been on public assistance for so long that they had no sense of initiative left. The right-wing would call them lazy. I saw people who were dis-empowered, depressed, convinced of their helplessness by a welfare system that had no interest in helping them graduate out of the various assistance programs. We need to differentiate between helping and enabling. Not all are capable of being rocket scientists or captains of industry, but almost everyone is capable of contributing something to society, even if it is just keeping the sidewalks of the neighborhood clean.
A friend once used this analogy: a Democrat sees a drowning man and throws him a lifebuoy, but lets go of the rope, leaving him to flounder. A Republican sees a drowning man and throws him a lifebuoy, keeps hold of the rope, but makes it too short, because swimming is good for you.
Both approaches have problems.

On Which Way, California?

Posted on June 1 at 3:11 p.m.

Hi Don,

Yes it takes money to make money. It also takes hard work, risk-taking, smarts, optimism, integrity, customer service, good ideas, integrity, and more. That is, unless you were born with a big fat silver spoon in your mouth.
The government does not fuel the economy. It is there to provide infrastructure (I include education in that column), public safety, and regulate commerce.
Don't get me wrong, I pay my taxes, and I am grateful for government services. I can personally vouch for what a great job the California Dept of Insurance does, and I think most government workers take pride in doing a good job and deserved to be compensated fairly for it.
However, having donated my time to a project meant to serve a poor neighborhood in Sacramento where I got to see first-hand how the various public agencies had a vested interest in maintaining their "clients" in a state of permanent infancy, the scales fell from my eyes and I am no longer a knee-jerk liberal.
What I want my taxes to go to: good affordable schools, good roads with bike lanes, parks, public safety and law enforcement (within reason, I think 3 strikes is a disaster), scientific research, environmental protection (again within reason, not all chemicals are deadly), support for the arts, a single payer medical insurance system.
What I don't want my taxes to go to: endless wars, bailouts to giant banks, overly generous public employee pensions we cannot afford, subsidies to industries that can well fend for themselves, bridges and train tracks to nowhere, and welfare checks to people who are capable of working.

On Which Way, California?

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