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Robinson Crusoe Island

Robinson Crusoe Island

This April puts us five years short of the 300th anniversary of the publication of Robinson Crusoe. Daniel Defoe’s popular novel about an island castaway is thought to have been…

Money in Politics

Money in Politics

Last week, in the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission case, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the narrow (5-4) majority that “Money in politics may at times seem…

Mental Health Housing in Fort Bragg

Mental Health Housing in Fort Bragg

On March 24th the Fort Bragg City Council held a public hearing to consider a resolution authorizing an application for a $2 million community development block grant (CDBG). The specific…

Early Mendocino County

Early Mendocino County

As opposed to Robert Frost’s two roads diverging in a wood, it is often the convergence of two paths that proves just as unexpected and consequential. I have spent the…

Pop Quiz

The Oscars are past and one of my long suffering readers (longer time friend) finished in a dead heat with me in our annual Academy Award contest; we each prognosticated…

Very Little Of Substance…

What started out as a figurative lynching of KZYX board member John Sakowicz by the remainder of the nine member panel fizzled into something like a public spanking for Sakowicz,…

Kilroy Was There

Snow speckled Middle Street in the North End during the last week of February. Near Mr. Pemberton’s meeting house boys were pelting the dry goods shop of Theophilus Lillie, pelting…

Coast Copwatch

Coast Copwatch

So I’m sitting in my parked car in Fort Bragg a month ago. I’ve just finished checking the voicemail messages on my cell phone when someone steps up beside my…

Who’s Your Doctor?

As of last week more than 3.3 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance through online marketplaces under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). California leads…

Unfulfilled Pleas

Unfulfilled Pleas

Woe be unto the weary minded who live on the Mendocino Coast and need mental health care help. When Ortner took over adult mental health services last summer and made…

World’s Top Nabobs

Oxfam recently noted that a mere 85 individuals possess as much wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population! Why do we, the masses, tolerate this? Probably for the…

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