Public Safety

2207, 2017

One Heart, an Armed Robber, and 4119 Other Patients

By |July 22nd, 2017|Health Care, Public Safety|Comments Off on One Heart, an Armed Robber, and 4119 Other Patients

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 […]

201, 2016

The Washington Monument Strategy

By |January 2nd, 2016|Public Safety|Comments Off on The Washington Monument Strategy

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 […]

3112, 2015

The Pursuit of DNA and Truth

By |December 31st, 2015|Public Safety|Comments Off on The Pursuit of DNA and Truth

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 […]

2012, 2015

Loophole for Sex Offenders Threatens Safety on Campuses

By |December 20th, 2015|Public Safety|Comments Off on Loophole for Sex Offenders Threatens Safety on Campuses

The other day, as I sat in my brown recliner clicking through various political talk shows, I discovered that just about the only thing politicians could agree on seemed to be “closing loopholes.” It was unanimous. “Loopholes” are bad. Not a dissenter in the house. But what they say on talk shows doesn’t always match […]

1412, 2015

Bold Solutions for California

By |December 14th, 2015|Bold Solutions, Education, Good Government Reforms, Health Care, Public Safety, Transportation, Water|Comments Off on Bold Solutions for California

“It is not my intention to do away with government.  It is rather to make it work – work with us, not over us, and stand by our side, not ride our back.”

612, 2015

Degrading Democracy and Public Safety

By |December 6th, 2015|Public Safety|Comments Off on Degrading Democracy and Public Safety

California’s system of government, consisting of elected representatives and the direct democracy of the initiative, referendum and recall, serves the public interest only when leaders stand up for what is right.

The Lincoln-Roosevelt League volunteers and Governor Hiram Johnson, who spearheaded the grassroots drive to create the ballot initiative process in 1911, wouldn’t be surprised that […]

1411, 2009

Saving Lives and Property in Placer County

By |November 14th, 2009|Columns, Public Safety|Comments Off on Saving Lives and Property in Placer County

Whether one lives in the Valley cities of Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, the Gold Country around Auburn, or in the High Sierra, history shows that residents in Placer County will be impacted directly or indirectly by wildfires, severe storms, floods, droughts and other natural disasters. In fact, according to the draft “Local Hazard Mitigation Plan,” the […]