In the Public Eye

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Monday, August 11, 2014 - 2:15pm

Although DC insiders skewer each other all the time, it still can be fun to listen when someone who’s carried himself with the gravity of a deadly serious job – being Secretary of Defense – plunges into retirement, sells his memoir and lets loose with the snarkiness that he was forced to stifle during his lengthy government service. I’m referring to Robert Gates whose service included heading the Central Intelligence Agency and serving on the National Security Council.


In the Public Eye

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.


Wednesday, February 7, 2007 - 11:29am

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 - 6:09pm

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 - 11:43am

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. ...