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Posts published in “Essays”

Candidate Kerry

I tried shouting “Kerry-Edwards” on the step out to my garden. The cat yawned and the flowers drooped. Democrats know this in their hearts. Twit…

My Wild Idaho

Am I wild? Am I a free spirit — a woman who runs with wolves? Or, is it all merely a metaphor, something that can…

Too Much Of A Good Thing

The problem with the Mendocino County marijuana industry is quality control. The growers have honed their skills over the last couple decades and now they’re…

A Prosecutor’s View of Proposition 36

Here are two recent typical press releases from the DA’s office: • Sandy Lee Cooper, 31, of Willits, was sentenced on May 27 to 4…

Where Are the Files, Sue?

Susan Massini might as well have torched Fort Bragg herself that September night in 1987 for all she did about it. In two hours the…

The Beheading Video

Upon hearing of the beheading of Philadelphia "contractor" Nicolas Berg in Iraq by self-proclaimed al Qaeda operatives, I searched the internet for articles on the…

Germany

There is that old cliché of travel: that it allows the traveller another perspective on the place left behind, the one he may or may…

The Pentagon as Global Slumlord

The young American Marine is exultant. “It's a sniper's dream,' he tells a Los Angeles Times reporter on the outskirts of Fallujah. “You can go…

The Stories Behind the Stories

Monday’s story began, “A search was suspended Sunday night but is expected to resume today for Antonio Angulo, a North Coast resident who has been…

Jim Chellberg’s Bogus Arrest

If your name is Jim Chellberg and the FBI pounds on your door at 7 am, here’s what you can look forward to for the…

A Slap In The Face

New England Patriot cornerback Ty Law, who has two seasons left on a seven-year, $51 million contract, wants to renegotiate the amount of cash he…

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