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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 9:19am

Mandatory condoms in porn movies. Legalized marijuana. Electronic cigarettes, taxed. Plastics carryout bags at convenience stores, protected by law. Same kind of disposable bags, prohibited by law, except if you pay a 10-cent usage tax. Ah, another election year approaches in the fully functional/dysfunctional citizens’ democracy of California.

In the Public Eye

Monday, February 26, 2007 - 7:45am

If all the Valley's hospitals could rally around one issue, what should it be? The air tastes like burnt trash. Obesity begets diabetes which begets impotence, blindness, amputations. Limited access to health care creates a cascade of problems.

I'd like to hear your views and rationales.

Every three years, California nonprofit hospitals are required by state law (through SB 697) to undertake a community needs assessment as part of maintaining their nonprofit status.  Some years Fresno-area hospitals do it individually, sometimes they collaborate.

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 10:11am

What's in a number? Friday (Feb. 23) is the last day for California lawmakers to introduce legislation for the current session.  At the start of the week, the California Hospital Association estimated nearly 780 bills had been introduced, with the expectation that the total number at week's end would reach 3,000.

Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 2:52pm

Why don't hospitals crack down on patients -- and employees -- who smoke outside their facilities and especially outside the designated smoking areas?  That question has surfaced after my blog posting about Kaiser eliminating smoking at its Sacramento campuses, including at previously designated areas.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 10:27am

It's the law of unintended consequences.

Blind people say their lives are at risk because the Toyota Prius hybrid is nearly silent when its engine is idling or running at low speeds. The Wall Street Journal quoted the National Federation of the Blind as saying all hybrids should emit a sound whenever they're being operated.

The story quoted a Toyota spokesman as saying the hoopla was news to him, that pedestrians and drivers need to watch out for one another and that one of the hybrid's benefits is a reduction in traffic noise pollution.

Monday, February 12, 2007 - 9:45am

I've never tried Nintendo's new Wii, the interactive computer experience that requires actual body movement to be part of the game, but it sounds very appealing.  Judging by my performances on actual golf courses, I seem to know a lot about virtual reality.

But Wii could actually be helpful in my job.  That also holds true for the yoga breathing techniques that some big league baseball pitchers are studying, according to the New York Times, to sharpen their focus and shake off nervousness when they're in tight spots.