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Debra DeAngelo

Because I Said So 7/22 ‘Dear Barack: Please save the corn farmers, just for me’

And you thought gas prices were bad. Oh wait, you just wait, until the repercussions of the Corn Belt drought hit supermarket shelves. If you think that means merely paying more for corn on the cob, think again. It’s not just fresh corn that’ll become scarce, it’s that the price of everything containing corn and […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

A simple, easy solution to ending our dependence on fossil fuels

Forget hybrids, forget electric, I know how we can end our dependence on foreign oil and cut air pollution in half as well. And even if you aren’t interested in scrambling for the remaining fossil fuel supplies or breathing air that isn’t opaque, you’re probably interested in paying less at the pump. Now, I’ve got […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Politicians and cheesy music extinguished my Fourth of July spirit

Usually, my inner child whoops it up on the Fourth of July. The smell of backyard barbecues and gunpowder, red, white and blue everything, screeching of Piccolo Petes, and a grand finale of showers of rainbow sparks lighting up the black sky — how can you not love that? Even though they have wimpy sparklers […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Whenever you see a bully, look no further than the parents

So, Karen Klein, the sweet grandmother from Greece, New York who was verbally tortured by some vicious little middle school bullies, has enjoyed the sympathy and support of the nation, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars raised through a fundraising website to give her a well-deserved vacation to Disneyland and a nice little […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Several pounds of prevention with Dr. Oz

So, I was all ready to write about Dr. Oz, and how I can’t decide if I love him or hate him, and right when I thought I just couldn’t stomach one more skin care segment from some B-list celebrity, he does a special on ovarian cancer that’s actually informative, and I’m teetering toward “love” […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Closing state parks will never balance California’s budget

“What do you want to do for your birthday,” The Cutest Man In The World asked me recently. He’s not just cute. He’s smart, too. He realized the hard way after we got married (as did I) that there’s one thing on which we’re completely out of sync: birthday celebrations. For him, a celebration might […]

June 17, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

A pawn in the rush to prevent the Zombie Apocalypse

I’ve finally figured it out: The doctors are trying to kill me. They’re in collusion. But I’m onto them now. Ha ha! Yes, they’ve repeatedly threaded wires through the veins in my legs and attempted to fry me from the inside. They’ve squeezed my breasts between cold glass plates until they nearly burst and splattered […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Don’t let Big Tobacco purchase this election

Sure, there’s the easy reason to vote “Yes” on Proposition 29: Smoking kills and Big Tobacco is the Devil. The harmful effects of smoking on both the smoker and those around him/her are indisputable. If you think they’re not, just stop. Save us both the aggravation, because you’re wrong. It’s this simple: Smoking kills. Period. […]

June 03, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Downspiraling through the nine circles of big city bureaucracy

I have, sitting in front of me, a reporter’s notepad covered in phone numbers. The sight of it irks me. I’m no fun when I’m irked. The phone numbers were scrawled there during my search for the arrest information of a drunken driver who injured a Winters boy after a day of fishing with his […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

It takes love and time to heal a comfortably numb motherwound

Well, I’m certainly not alone in harboring an old motherwound, based on the number of “me too” emails I received. One in particular really rang true: When your relationship with your mother is troubled, and she dies, you grieve not only her loss, but also the loss of hope that things will change. That hope […]

May 20, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

None of the Mother’s Day cards seemed right for my mother

So, who are these schmaltzy, saccharine Mother’s Day cards for? Not my mom, that’s for sure. Picking out a Mother’s Day card for my mom was challenging … “For all the times you were there for me.” Nope. “Your love is warm as sunshine.” Hardly. “I’ll never forget your encouragement, wisdom and guidance.” I wish. […]

May 13, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What can I say – I just love Pearls

When your own mechanic, the guy who profits from your car repairs, says it’s time to get a new car … it’s time to get a new car. That was Bob’s verdict, down at Pisani’s Auto Repair, when I brought my beloved Impala in with a new and improved problem: a bad catalytic converter, and […]

May 06, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

If only those little Sulemans were still fetuses, someone would care

What I want to know is, why aren’t pro-lifers rushing to rescue poor Nadya Suleman, aka Octomom? Suleman resurfaced in the news recently, explaining why she’s posing nude for a European magazine for $10,000: Her house is in foreclosure, she and her 14 kids need a place to live, pronto, and she felt she was […]

April 29, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pain is not always weakness leaving the body

If there’s one thing I truly miss at this point in life, it’s running. When I see people jogging down the street, I’m so envious. I used to run every day, sometimes twice. Now, I run only in my dreams. Following many years of running-related injuries, the collapse of the arch bones in my left […]

April 22, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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