Monthly Archives: November 2013

Consolidated Fire can show the way. Huh?

Something good may actually result from the long-running dysfunctional drama known as the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, and may prompt other fire districts in the county to take similar action. When the district’s new fire chief quit after three months … Continue reading

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Is there a doctor in the…county?

It’s no secret that it’s difficult finding a doctor in western Nevada County, and that you’ll spend a lot of time in crowded waiting rooms when you do. Now, thanks to ObamaCare, those people may become even more scarce. We’re learning … Continue reading

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The federal government rings the register

The federal government announced recently that it will sell its remaining stake in General Motors, ending its involvement in the rescue of the American auto industry. Critics of the bipartisan effort (it was started by Bush and finished by Obama) … Continue reading

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It’s too early to built the gallows, boys

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that some Cal alumni and fans are ready to fire football coach Sonny Dykes and his staff after just one season. A 1-11 record topped (or is it bottomed?) by a 50-point loss to Stanford will prompt such sentiments. These are … Continue reading

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Observations from the center stripe: Political rumblings edition

HANK WESTON says he’s seeking reelection so he can use his fiscal expertise to help solve the county’s pension issues with CalPERS. Since he collects a CalPERS pension, is it a conflict-of-interest for him to get involved? You can bet … Continue reading

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The day the idealism of youth started to die

If you came of age in the 1960s and were white, the low point of the decade probably happened 50 years ago today when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. (If you were black, the nadir occurred with the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in … Continue reading

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It is the best of times, it is the worst of times

The income gap is getting so bad in the United States that even some of the rich guys who can insulate themselves from the common rabble are starting to get nervous. Bill Gross, manager of Pimco, the world’s largest bond fund, … Continue reading

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