wholderman's picture
Friday, December 12, 2008 - 12:24pm

Well, the German language has long been known for lengthy words and their youth took on a challenge to create a new dialect with even more lingering expressions. The publishers of the Langenscheidt dictionary released their poll of "new creations" and the judges chose "gammelfleischparty" as the "youth word of the year 2008." It's meaning: "spoiled meat party". This apparently came out of news coverage during the year uncovering meat packers who were regularly shipping some kebab restaurants past-due products.

jtaylor's picture
Friday, December 12, 2008 - 8:05am

Everyone has something to say about the recession/depression.

  • "I'm feeling frustrated with the hyperbolic way people are talking about these cuts. This is a global recession. Of course, the health department is going to have to get by on less money." -- Mitch Katz, director of the San Francisco health department, regarding $17 million in cuts ordered to public health programs, including aid to homeless and mentally ill (SF Chronicle).

jtaylor's picture
Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 8:36am

When Community returns to Fresno County the total control of the former University Medical Center campus in the next year or so, here are some potential uses that readers of this blog suggested:

  • I'd make the building into a psych care unit because the people of Fresno need more services for that.

  • Move the county social services out of its cramped offices and into the building.

  • Use if for senior living, medical offices, lab, pharmacy.

  • Consolidate Social Security, welfare, unemployment, housing, immigration on one location.

wholderman's picture
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 3:28pm

...and busy, overhwelmed, stressed out, and melancholy! Well, it's not easy being cheerful when many are faced with foreclosures, lay-offs, global economic woes, lack of confidence, the credit debacle, and high-stakes bailouts. Oh, THAT sounds like a Merry Christmas!

jtaylor's picture
Monday, December 8, 2008 - 12:43pm

Now that ground's been broken for a new ambulatory care center at Community Regional, the clock is again running as to when Fresno County will regain control of the entire sprawling Cedar/Kings Canyon campus that once was home to University Medical Center.

What do you think should happen to the site?  I've listened to Board of Supervisors hearings when ideas have been floated to convert it into a medical office complex, a mercado, a shopping center. I've heard suggestions it become a homeless shelter, an adolescent psychiatric treatment center, respite care.