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

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 11:11am

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 - 3:52pm

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 - 11:27am

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 - 10:45am

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.


Thursday, February 8, 2007 - 9:51am

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.