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Health Plans & Death Plans

The first illusion to chase off the stage is that the great debate here has much to do with health. So far as public health…

Saving Deputy Walker

Mendocino County is broke, and broker by the day. All branches of County government, including the Sheriff's Department, have been forced to cut expenditures. Along…

Summer in the Hothouse

Professional gardeners are a peculiar lot who often seem to make up for their failings at friendship with fellow humans by turning to their mute…

Of Tourists & Mendocino

We are now at the high tide of the summer tourist season in Mendocino, the streets of the village awash in visitors from more populous…

The Only Place

My grandfather had a thing for peanut butter. He ate it by the spoonful. It couldn’t be just any peanut butter. It had to be…

Progressive Illusions

In retrospect we can see what a lucky fellow Barack Obama was to have had, during his run for the presidency last year, a radical…

The Waving Game

After ten years and 260,000 miles, the time came to put my loyal and trustworthy Ford Ranger out to pasture. I saved the taxpayers some…

A Bloody Day in San Francisco

San Franciscans are observing the 75th anniversary of “Bloody Thursday” this year — that day in July of 1934 when open warfare raged on the…

What It’s Like to Die

I died in April, 1979, a Saturday morning that I seem, now, to remember as being sunny and animated, as most sunny spring days on…

Tempers Flare, Priorities Flee

On July 14 the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors came back from a wholly unearned three week vacation to take care of such crucial business…

‘A Damned Murder, Inc.’

Some time in early or mid-1949 a CIA officer named Bill (his surname is blacked out in the file, which was surfaced by John Kelly…

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