In the Public Eye

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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

Thursday, February 8, 2007 - 8:51am

You'd want Bob Sillen on your side in a street fight.  His voice is sandpaper. His hair is a five o'clock shadow. His cussing could morph a linebacker into a dwarf.  He's brighter than a super nova.

I've known Sillen for more than 10 years, first as a Fresno Bee reporter getting his take on Fresno County's 1996 contract with Community Medical Centers and then working with him when Community was a member of the California Association of Public Hospitals.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007 - 10:29am

I just Googled "health care reform" and came up with 21.3 million hits. (What's a word worth? When I jammed together "healthcare," I only got 2.2 million hits.)

There are 20 or so people running or nearly running for the presidency.  (But if they don't have their own health care reform plan, pollsters say they may as well stay home and defrag their disk drives.)

Saturday, February 3, 2007 - 5:09pm

Few people ask about the big picture. More likely, people want to know what a trillion dollar budget boils down to for them, what is the cost/impact on them?

That's where Crunch$$$ comes in. He's my personal, virtual world financial analyst.  Sure, people what to know what the ### (numbers) mean, but what they really want to know is if they are getting their $$$ worth.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 10:43am

Add Maryland to the ever-growing list of states proposing a universal health coverage initiative ... Speaking of seeing the light, the Sacramento Bee reports that two California lawmakers want to do away with common light bulbs by 2012 or 2018, replacing traditional incandescent globes with more energy-efficient illumination around the same time that hordes of Baby Boomers (present company included) will be kicking around darkened, chilly houses trying to save retirement dollars for health premiums. ...

Monday, January 29, 2007 - 12:53pm

They tried to stitch up a gash in my daughter's chin without anesthetic or cleaning the wound ... Nobody on the medical staff washed their hands as they went from patient to patient ... A used syringe was discarded into a paper bag where the patient put her discarded tissues  ... The same smock worn while eating pizza -- extra tomatoes please -- was still on while wheeling a patient to radiology.