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jtaylor's picture
Wednesday, December 26, 2007 - 11:45am

Good (sober) conversation is always great to find at cocktail parties. Here is Part 1 of things you might want to ask or discuss -- before you get too comfortable (and call for your designated driver/cabbie).



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Friday, December 21, 2007 - 11:12am

Remember the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray? He plays a TV weatherman named Phil who works for a local station in Pennsylvania. He's charming on camera but when the red light goes off he becomes self-centered, treats his co-workers with contempt and is just plan old mean. He is covering the story about "Punxsutawney Phil" who is a groundhog that has the ability to determine the length of winter by his ability to see his shadow.


jtaylor's picture
Wednesday, December 19, 2007 - 1:39pm

If the choices were only that simple. I'm talking about California health care reform.


The Assembly has passed the Schwarzenegger-Nunez near-universal coverage bill. Senate President pro tem Don Perata is saying, not so fast -- no Senate review until January, after some costing out.


There will be a clear winner when all this plays out. But don't bet the bank it will be the 4 million to 7 million uninsured Californians.


Let's look at dollars and alliances.



jtaylor's picture
Monday, December 17, 2007 - 3:06pm

Kudos to the Fresno Bee for its "Fighting for Air" special section on Dec. 16, a look at how little has been accomplished in the five years since the Bee last examined Valley air pollution.


I read the section after my morning hit on the asthma inhaler and a hot shower to unlock my lungs. It made me think of 10 things I intensely dislike when it comes to breathing the poison that was barely there when I came to the Valley in 1981, without asthma.


I dislike:



wholderman's picture
Monday, December 17, 2007 - 12:50pm

"I want a hippopotamus for Christmas, only a hippopotamus will do.......there's lots of room for him in our two-car garage, I'd feed him there and wash him there and give him a massage.......no crocodiles or rhinoceroseses.....only a hippopotamus will do!"......those are some of the outrageous lyrics to an old Christmas song that tickle me everytime I hear it, and as the lyrics of another song remind us "It's the most wonderful time of the year!".