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Debra DeAngelo

Besides SB 967, we need Debra’s Rules of Sexual Order

Finally, progress in rape prevention! On Sept. 28, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 967, geared toward college students, requiring that “affirmative consent” standards be enacted on every campus, including comprehensive prevention and outreach programs that address sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Why it’s not aimed at women of all ages, I’m […]

October 12, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

PG&E will build its training facility in Winters

After months of flirting with the Winters community, PG&E officials finally made their decision: The new gas line safety facility is coming to town. The $75 million project will attract gas line professionals from across the country, where they will get hands-on experience with excavating equipment, repairs and welding, and workplace safety. Visitors also will […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Never turn your back on a pack of puberts – they can smell your fear

* Editor’s note: Debra is taking the weekend off to celebrate her son’s 31st birthday. For your reading enjoyment, here is a column that ran in October 1996, about Jimmy’s 13th birthday party. Why don’t I just go down to the tattoo shop and have “sucker” emblazoned across my forehead. I was tricked. Conned. Duped. […]

October 05, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Love comes in all colors — and yes, even in black

Halloween decorations are everywhere now, especially spooky black cats. People just love black cats in October, and avoid crossing their paths the rest of the year. Given their prominence this time of year, it’s the perfect time to bust a few myths and bust out a few facts about black cats. The irrational fear of […]

September 28, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Future of PG and E facility still uncertain

WINTERS — Officials believe there’s about an 85 percent chance that PG&E will decide to build its state-of-the-art natural gas line training facility in Winters, but the utility hasn’t yet made its decision. Winters residents, businesses and city staff have embraced the proposed facility as a boon to local business and the environment. City Manager […]

September 24, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

We’re living in the Golden State of emergency

It was one of those nasty dry September evenings. I was sitting on the back patio, looking around at my sad, dry yard. Because of the drought, I’ve severely cut back on watering. The lawn is mostly beige, as are the withered geranium skeletons. My citrus trees are scorched, the cherry trees are yellow and […]

September 21, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The sacrificial lamb on the altar of denial

Oh, shock and horror! Until the videotape of Ray Rice coldcocking his girlfriend and dragging her unconscious from an elevator, we had no idea that domestic violence was rampant in the NFL! Put that man in stocks in the public square, that we may ridicule and assault him in order to convince ourselves that this isolated […]

September 14, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 ,

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