Debra DeAngelo

One dead, two injured in rural crash

A 71-year-old man from Dixon died and two passengers, including a child, were injured when a Toyota Land Cruiser overturned on a dirt road at about 9 a.m. Sunday in rural Winters, the California Highway Patrol reported. The driver was killed at the scene, said Mike Lehman of Solano CHP. The passengers — a 45-year-old man […]

September 09, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Squeaky wheels rejoice — we can keep our email

The squeaky wheel gets the grease, but lots of squeaky wheels get greased faster. Cal.net customers! We won! We can keep our email! The astounding news came via phone call recently from Cal.net’s sales manager, Mark Kerr. I was expecting a “Jane, you ignorant slut” assault, but no — Kerr was almost jolly as he informed […]

September 07, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

We’ve all played a part in the erosion of the American workforce

Labor Day has come to mean many things: an extra day off, summer’s last hurrah, back yard barbecues, and maybe a time to don your purple rabbit fur merkin and seashell bra, grab you hula hoop and head for the Black Rock Desert. Whatever Labor Day means for most of us, it’s unlikely to mean […]

August 31, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Fishing isn’t merely about catching fish, it’s about catching memories

“Did you really go fishing?” someone asked me recently, barely hiding her incredulity. Yes, I really did. I guess fishing just seems incongruous for a (presumably) stereotypical left-leaning liberal feminist who (allegedly) spends her time absorbing every word on the Huffington Post and snickering about Sarah Palin’s latest gaffe over a glass of white wine. […]

August 24, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

You can’t win against these monsters

* Editor’s note: Debra is on vacation. For your reading pleasure, here is one of her columns originally published in September 1997. You say your thumb’s so black you can’t even grow hair? Try tomatoes. All they need is plenty of sunlight, some summer heat and a little fertilizer. If I can grow them, trust me, […]

August 17, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Cal.net needs to show customers the value of exclusive, private email

Well, well, well. Based on the number of emails I received after my last column, apparently I’m not alone in my dismay over losing the Cal.net email address I’ve had for two decades. Yes, plenty of folks took the time send me a line about Cal.net’s melon-headed decision. “Send me a line.” Ah, telegraph. Compared […]

August 10, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Cal.net dumps its loyal, paying email customers with a ‘Dear Jane’ notice

So, I see an email from Cal.net in my inbox, and figure it’s my semi-annual email invoice. Yes, I pay for email. Because personal service and rejection of the corporate world whenever and wherever possible matters to me. Imagine my surprise when I read this: “…as of January 20th, 2015, Cal.net will be discontinuing all […]

August 03, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Here’s the key to preventing sudden Facebook friendship death syndrome

Who doesn’t love a little magic? Today, I’ll share some with you — a magic word to make your life infinitely more pleasant, particularly on Facebook. That word is: Whatever. “Whatever” gives you permission to not react. It teaches you that you don’t have to treat any and every comment or post — online and off — like […]

July 27, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

I’m not merely the bearer of bad news, I’m the one who writes it

Universe, could you lay off Winters for a while? We’re not used to all this stress. Yes, it’s been another rough week in Winters, and it’s equally rough for me to tiptoe around the reasons without upsetting anyone. There are times to upset people, and this isn’t one of them. In a nutshell, we lost […]

July 20, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Retired Winters fire chief mourned

The Winters community is mourning the death of retired Fire Chief Scott Dozier, who died Saturday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Dozier, 58, served as chief of the Winters Fire Protection District and the city of Winters from 2001 to 2011. He previously served in multiple capacities within the Winters Fire Department since 1975, from […]

July 17, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

And the rockets’ red glare lights up Winters once more

Enough’s enough. Now, I like the Winters Swim Team and Little League just as much as the next person. My kids participated on both. I was even a Little League coach for years. But this fireworks booth stuff? It needs to end. Either that, or Winters needs some groundbreaking city ordinances regarding “safe and sane […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Fire chars 6,000 acres west of Winters

WINTERS — Crews fought through a rugged landscape, triple-digit heat, gusty winds and the stark and chronic dryness of California’s long drought to make hard-earned progress against the Monticello Fire burning for its fourth day. The flames have gobbled up more than 6,000 acres west of Winters, but as of this morning crews were able […]

July 08, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Toss those kids out and Jesus will get a high-five from Lady Liberty

Stephen Colbert is a hoot. Except when he’s not. Sometimes he’s so spot-on, his words are a knife of clarity slicing through a sludge of ignorance, misinformation and inflammatory partisanship “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we’ve got to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish […]

July 06, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Ten things about owning a black car, plus a few more

Have you heard the news? Car sales in America are on the rise! The U.S. is back, baby, and nothin’ says “American” like a new ride. I helped kickstart the automobile industry two years ago, and yes, I bought American made, because yes, I am just that secretly patriotic. Oh, how I wanted a cute […]

June 29, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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