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Friday, July 18, 2008 - 8:02am

The front-page headline of The Fresno Bee had a familiar ring: "Worse than Appalachia."  If you size up Central California congressional districts vs. others around the country, the Valley ranks horribly in terms of high poverty, poor health and low levels of education.


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Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 11:31am

In case you missed it, legislation is moving ahead that would ban trans fats in bakeries and restaurants in the state of California by 2010. No state has taken that step, though some cities have.


If nothing else, AB 97 by Artesia Democratic Assemblyman Tony Mendoza provides a wonderful taste-test of the mood of the electorate. Here are some comments posted on the Sacramento Bee website:



  • "Cigarettes, alcohol & firearms are okay but trans fats are out?"

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Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 2:51pm

Oops!...that would be disturbing...like the Seinfeld episode with the Library Detective stalking you as you browse for a book!


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Friday, July 11, 2008 - 2:52pm

Those that know me are certainly aware that I am not fond of cooking or baking but certainly participate out of necessity. I've made it a little easier on myself when a couple of years ago I got into the habit of putting meat into a crockpot, letting it simmer all day, and then instructing hubby to whip up some steamed veges and a side dish...it's worked well, keeps the kitchen cooled off during hot days by not lighting up the oven, is a bit healthier than frying the meat, and I don't need to follow any recipes!


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Friday, July 11, 2008 - 1:35pm

Lots of smart people like to offer their view of life's niceties and lunacies "from the 30,000-foot level." I came across one by a doc from a specialty near and dear to my heart -- emergency medicine.


Dr. William Mallon is the new president of the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. (You'll find wildly knowledgeable life-saving docs and Cal-ACEP members at Fresno's Community Regional Medical Center, home to the only combined burn and level 1 trauma centers between LA and Davis.)