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Rickel In A Pickle

When a farmer straps on a gunbelt to go out and do his morning chores, you know he is either in a western horse opera, or a pot pharm in…

Bird’s Eye View (May 10, 2017)

This coming Sunday, as I hope you all know, it’s “Mother’s Day,” a celebration honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Originally, in…

Chomsky and Red Scare Hysteria

Handel’s Executioners

The horrifying accounts of Thursday night’s execution of Kenneth Williams by lethal injection in Arkansas demonstrated not only the inhumane nature of this latest state-sanctioned killing, but also the power…

A Sun of One’s Own

It was a day in name only, unidentifiable by simple observation. A look out the window, generally sufficient to get a rough idea of one's orbital position vis-a-vis the sun,…

20th Century Fred

Just arrived in the mailbox is a book called Dangerous Grounds, which recounts how coffeehouses set up near Army bases became hangouts for soldiers during the Vietnam War era. I…

Bird’s Eye View (May 3, 2017)

A boon in Boonville? Debatable. Well the 21st Annual AV Brewing Company’s Beer Festival in Boonville has come and gone with plenty of fanfare and thousands of visitors. and like…

Painful Truths At Coast Hospital

At an April 25th Finance Committee meeting, Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) Chief Financial Officer Wade Sturgeon and Chief Executive Officer Bob Edwards introduced a proposed budget for the 2017/2018…

The Day I Met The People’s Temple

The Day I Met The People’s Temple

Sharon Amos was short and sad and gray. Even when she was dressed in vivid reds and yellows she seemed to suck the life out of everything around her. If…

It Took Four Years But…

As soon as you get off the pavement in Mendocino County you can find yourself in another country, a kind of United Nations of dope growers that includes Bulgarians, Chinese,…

Skin Dogg Learns New Trick