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Posts published in “Essays”

True Believers

The best season of the year is finally here. Baseball season. It's only a game that's being played, of course — but a game that…

How Owners Destroyed the NHL

There's nothing left but the autopsy and it doesn't take William Peterson — or even David Caruso — to decipher who killed the National Hockey…

Forests Forever: An Idea Still Waiting Its Time

To the polite, almost rhythmic applause that characterizes European audiences, I accepted the Palme D'Or for best documentary at the Cannes Film Festival for my…

Witness at an Execution Protest

On January 18th I went with my father to the protest of Donald Beardslee's execution at San Quentin. Cops buzzed like bees, roads had been…

The Soul Searchers

I was minding my own business when I heard the thump of heavy footwear on the porch. I stepped outside in time to intercept two…

The Dangerous Lessons of the Tobie Case

In 2003, Lifeworks group home manager Jack Graves recruited a known juvenile criminal named Kevin Tobie, who had been kicked out of San Francisco public…

Danny Kuny Looks Back

Long-time Valley resident Danny Kuny is leaving the Valley. He wanted to speak his mind one last time before he left.

A Real Mountain Lion Story

The reverberations in the Valley continued into the night on Christmas Eve, 2003 after the day's shocking event. They were attributed to the fact that…

Journey to Vietnam

Leaving Jakarta, Indonesia, by plane we flew to Vietnam by way of Bangkok. It was easy enough but the wait in Bangkok airport was long…

Captain Fathom’s Journey

I first became politically conscious when I was about 18 or 19 years old in New York City. I began to listen to all the…

Felipe’s Protest

Is the Mendocino County justice system out to get Mexicans? Do Mexicans suffer more than their share of unfair treatment at the Mendocino Courthouse or…

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