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wholderman's picture
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!".


jtaylor's picture
Friday, December 14, 2007 - 2:55pm

My spouse and I now each have three little incision marks on one of our knees. But our arthroscopic "information threshold" was dissimilar.


My anesthesiologist in Clovis said little more than hello; her sleep-inducer  patiently reviewed each element of her chart, revealing things she hadn't heard from any of her other doctors. He also mentioned she would be intubated briefly. That unexpected news jarred her a bit, but me even more -- had I been intubated? No clue.