In the Public Eye

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Monday, June 23, 2014 - 1:06pm

If you read way too much, like I do, you find both nuggets of wisdom and pure nuttiness in the day’s news. Here are some gleanings from the three daily newspapers I get delivered in print each day, five paid online news subscriptions and free scratchings from the Web.


In the Public Eye

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - 9:11am

All the promises, confused comments and best intentions are now being put into legalese as hearings intensify on health care reform legislation in Sacramento. April 27 is the deadline for lawmakers to complete work on bills that have fiscal impact -- they can push them ahead, vote them down or shelve them.


Here are the current key reform bills (nothing as yet from Gov. Schwarzenegger): SB 840, from Sen. Sheila Kuehl; SB 236, from Sen. George Runner; SB 48, from Sen. Don Perata; and AB 8, from Assembly Member Fabian Nunez.


Monday, April 16, 2007 - 2:29pm

A number of things to consider while the coffee perks:



  • Americans work 77 days per year to pay federal taxes; 62 days to pay for housing and household costs; 52 days for health and medical care; 39 days for state/local taxes; and 30 days to pay for food (Wall Street Journal opinion piece by U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Judd Gregg).

Monday, April 16, 2007 - 1:32pm

You ever gonna design/build/open that thing?  How do we know we can trust you?  What now? When will it? How much? How come?


Those are a few of my favorites from 10+ years of questioning (aka doubting) about Community Medical Centers' enormous commitment to create the Community Regional Medical Center and to move over acute care services from University Medical Center.


Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 10:47am

Health care reform -- exactly what are you supposed to reform?


From a slew of recent stories, here are a few gleanings that made me pause.


Friday, April 6, 2007 - 10:27am

It's hard to flesh out public policy while picking halibut bones from your mouth. Which explains why politicians may attend lots of dinners, but food is not the main course.


There were plenty of views exchanged, lots of Valley togetherness, and very little partisanship, as state Sen. Dave Cogdill and Assembly Members Juan Arambula and Mike Villines table-hopped among 30 or so attendees at an April 5 Maddy Institute dinner at Fresno's Downtown Club.