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Debra DeAngelo

Hey pardner — there’s gold in them thar black cowboy hats

It came to my attention recently that a bit of a kerfuffle was simmering at the Winters Police Department, and my “column topic” antennae began quivering with joy. I’m all about the kerfuffle. The topic? Cowboy hats. Specifically, the patrol officers wanted to wear them, and management gave them the kibosh. Kerfuffle and kibosh! Oh, joy! […]

Poor Trump — he still can’t derail his crazy campaign train

You will recall that last week, I proposed that Donald Trump unleashed the Pandora’s box of nasty, half-witted gobbledygook we’ve all come to know and loathe as Sara Palin because this whole presidential campaign thing has gotten way out of control, and the last thing Trump actually wants is the weighty responsibility that comes with […]

If Palin can come back from the dead, maybe Jon Stewart can, too

Usually you need the dirt-encrusted hand of a dead zombie prom queen thrusting upwards from the grave to trigger such bone-chilling horror, as you flee as far and as fast as your legs will carry you, hollering, “Run, run, run for your lives, she’s back!!!” Turns out, one other thing can do it: Sarah Palin […]

Food, friends, fun — find it all in Winters

This ain’t your grandpa’s sleepy little town. If you haven’t been to Winters lately, you haven’t been to Winters. Sure, with the sun setting behind the Berryessa hills, and picturesque fruit and nut orchards stretching out 360 degrees around it and a truly adorable historic Main Street, you can feel tension melt away as soon […]

Oh the ways I could have spent all that Powerball money

Sadly, I still had to go to work on Thursday. You probably did too. Those winning Powerball numbers didn’t match the ones on my ticket. Apparently “hitting the lottery” isn’t a very solid retirement plan. On the other hand, neither is investing your retirement funds in the stock market, which, when you get right down to […]

Good riddance to 2015, and its death, destruction and despair

The dried-up Christmas trees have been tossed to the curb, and so has one craptastic year. I don’t know about you, but 2015 was just brutal. I have to dial back to 2001 to find a year with so much death and destruction. In 2001, the horror was concentrated in one colossal event, and although […]

January 03, 2016 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just being alive is a good reason for some Christmas cheer

I know a lot of people feel down this time of year, particularly those who’ve lost loved ones. Christmas becomes an annual reminder of those who aren’t with us anymore. My husband is one of them. Round about the time Halloween is over, Joe slowly sinks down into the darkest depths of his soul, just […]

December 27, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Valley fire victim gets a new bike

When a member of the Davis Bike Club, Donella Dawkins, emailed other DBC members about a Valley fire victim who lost his home and everything in it in September, several club members kicked into gear and came to the rescue. According to Myke Berna, owner of Mike’s Velo City bike shop in Winters — where […]

December 22, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

December babies have tough birthday competition

Every year about this time, my boss goes all Bah Humbug. Why? He’s a December baby. And of December babies, he was born at the worst possible time other than the actual day itself, Dec. 25, when you’re competing with the Son of God. Guess who’s getting the bigger birthday party. Charley was born during […]

December 22, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Your own body is the biggest, meanest terrorist of all

Everything you need to know about the average American’s state of mind can be found at the local beauty parlor. I don’t mean Supercuts. I mean an old-school beauty parlor, where little old ladies get those nasty little-old-lady haircuts in that perfect shade of lavender to complement their garish jogging suits, in which no jogging […]

December 13, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

So I married an NRA member

I know, I know. You just pooped yourself. But I really did. I married one. And he’s not the evil, homicidal, gun-strapped monster you now believe him to be. In fact, he’s a quiet, thoughtful, intelligent, warm, kind person. Quiet — unless you get him on the topic of the NRA, the Second Amendments and gun […]

December 06, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

There are ‘Better Days’ ahead, starting next weekend

Here’s something to be thankful for: You don’t have ALS. Every day that you can wake up and say that, consider yourself fortunate. There are many — too many — who can’t. About 30,000 in the U.S. alone. One of them is local songstress and ALS awareness advocate Cathy Speck, and although ALS saps more of her […]

November 29, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The dark, wee hours are when you connect the dots of disaster

* Editor’s note: Debra is taking the week off. This column first ran in October 2011 When that internal switch flips inside my brain at promptly 3 a.m. most every morning, and all my cerebral circuits come roaring online, I’m jolted wide awake and falling back asleep is just silliness. So, I make use of […]

November 22, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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