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809, 2017

Snowflake Enablers

By |September 8th, 2017|Education|0 Comments

Ok, I admit it. Soon after my high school graduation, I failed the English Placement Exam. That meant that I had to take English 1A, euphemistically known as “Bonehead English,” my first quarter at Foothill Community College in Los Altos Hills, California. This was in the late 1970s when our hippy-dippy tenured high school teachers […]

809, 2017

Handcuffing our Police

By |September 8th, 2017|Public Safety|0 Comments

When I served on the Auburn City Council, it was heartening to observe a dedicated group of volunteers as they assisted the Auburn Police Department. Many of these volunteers are seniors and you can see them at various public events, such as the annual Fair. Inside the police department building, these volunteers help with paperwork […]

2207, 2017

One Heart, an Armed Robber, and 4119 Other Patients

By |July 22nd, 2017|Health Care, Public Safety|0 Comments

I finally figured out what I want to do when I grow up. I want to be a bioethicist. Some prestigious hospital or university would pay me big bucks to, in response to a medical/ethical crisis like the birth of a cloned human being, issue Solomon-like wisdom and guidance for public officials, reporters, and everyone […]

2207, 2017

UC Admissions and the Fiction Writers Club

By |July 22nd, 2017|Education|0 Comments

I thought about good old Mr. Bulwer-Lytton, the art of fiction writing, and making up bad stories when I read about the new admission requirements for students who wish to be accepted for the University of California. Since 1983 several English professors at San Jose University have sponsored the annual Bulwer-Lytton Contest for “the opening […]

2606, 2017

Placer’s Energy Future

By |June 26th, 2017|Energy, Environment, Fire Safety|0 Comments

The Golden State Warriors with their lightening passes, 3-pointers from the other side of the moon and tenacious defense clobbered the Cavs to win the NBA Basketball Championship. It’s exciting to watch a team perform at the top of their game.

In the public policy arena, the stakes are higher. We need our local elected officials […]

201, 2016

The Washington Monument Strategy

By |January 2nd, 2016|Public Safety|0 Comments

Most of the political animals that make their living in Washington D.C. have heard of a crafty and devious maneuver called “The Washington Monument Strategy.” Legend has it that “The Washington Monument Strategy” got its name – and, no doubt, is now a permanent feature in the unofficial Bureaucratic Hall of Fame, which is located […]

201, 2016

Paving Old McDonald’s Farm

By |January 2nd, 2016|Agriculture|0 Comments

During last year’s debate over Placer Legacy, a proposed county program that would help preserve open space and agricultural lands I perpetuity, I remember several opponents confidently standing up and saying in public forums that the Legacy program wasn’t needed because of the Williamson Act. Most people in the audience shook their heads and naturally […]

201, 2016

A Tax Cut for Movie Moguls

By |January 2nd, 2016|Job Creation, Taxes|0 Comments

With my feet firmly in place, courtesy of the sticky soda-coated floor, the lights in the local movie theater dimmed and I began my struggle with the chewy candy in my mouth that had, like Super-Glue, latched firmly onto my teeth. I began to wonder what would make an otherwise sane man spend upwards of […]

3112, 2015

The Pursuit of DNA and Truth

By |December 31st, 2015|Public Safety|0 Comments

Even columnists have heroes. Of course, we don’t demand that our heroes do really hard stuff like courageously rushing a well-defended machine gun next or throwing down the throttle on the X-15, climbing to the very edge of Heaven, and breaking the sound barrier. Being a sometimes cerebral and self-centered lot, the pundit guild will […]

3012, 2015

Armed with Civic Skills

By |December 30th, 2015|Education|0 Comments

 On April 19, 1836, sixty years after the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first battle of the American Revolutionary War, local citizens gathered together to dedicate a monument to remember what the brave Minutemen did at Lexington Green and the Concord North Bridge. The voices of the local citizens and a few aging patriots […]