Columnists

Dispatches From The Edge: Vang Pao, Drugs & the CIA

By Conn Hallinan
Wednesday January 12, 2011 - 11:13:00 AM

Cynicism, as the late Molly Ivins once noted, is the death of good journalism, but reading through the New York Times and the Associated Press’ obituaries of Laotian-Hmong leader General Vang Pao made that sentiment a difficult one to resist. -more-


Wild Neighbors: CSI Cosumnes River

By Joe Eaton
Sunday January 09, 2011 - 07:36:00 PM
Victim: an American coot.

You’d think identifying a dead bird would not be much of a challenge. It helps if the deceased is intact, though. -more-


The Public Eye: Barack Obama and the Three Envelopes

By Bob Burnett
Monday January 10, 2011 - 05:33:00 PM

The frantic final days of the 111th Congress were an emotional rollercoaster that mirrored Barack Obama’s first two years as President. As he prepares to run for reelection in 2012, he faces grave national problems, a recalcitrant 112th Congress, and disgruntled Democrats. Obama should reread the classic management tale of the ”three envelopes”. -more-



Eclectic Rant: Time To Re-examine Proposition 13

By Ralph E. Stone
Wednesday January 12, 2011 - 11:57:00 AM

Commenting on the $28 billion budget gap, Governor Jerry Brown stated that “everything should be on the table.” Later Governor Brown met with county officials to discuss shifting responsibility for state-run programs to the local level. This, of course, will require providing sufficient revenue to fund these programs. This in turn may mean reexamining Proposition 13, which, among other things, consolidated revenue-gathering responsibility to the state, leaving cities and counties dependent on the state. -more-


On Mental Illness: It Takes Time

By Jack Bragen
Wednesday January 12, 2011 - 11:48:00 AM

When someone has cancer, their life becomes busier in order to handle the chemotherapy, radiation therapy, checkups, and so on that go with that disease. Today, many people who have that disease get most of their treatment on an outpatient basis. -more-