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Bomb could knock out power

In my research about political issues I found some very disturbing information. The United States, Canada and Alaska are in danger of being attack by an EMP bomb. This would be an electromagnetic pulse bomb that can knock out our electric facilities in a matter of minutes. We all remember when New York and some other […]

April 14, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Call 8-1-1 before you dig

It may seem hard to believe that an underground utility line — such as a gas pipe or a water line — is damaged every six minutes in America because someone didn’t take the time to call 8-1-1. Last year, there were 205 instances of such damage to PG&E facilities throughout the Sacramento Division, which […]

April 14, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Nicholas Kristof: Enjoying the low life?

The United States is the most powerful colossus in the history of the world: Our nuclear warheads could wipe out the globe, our enemies tweet on iPhones and kids worldwide bop to Beyoncé. Yet let’s get real. All this hasn’t benefited all Americans. A newly released global index finds that America falls short, along with […]

April 14, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Lincoln is being lost to the ages

By Daniel Burnett It was 1862 in war-weary Washington. The Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order to free all slaves in areas still in rebellion, was not yet in effect. The United States already had suffered what still remains the bloodiest day in American military history — the Battle of Antietam. And from the U.S. Capitol, the […]

April 14, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Millenials: Ready to take over

Dear Annie: Young people are ready, willing and able to tackle the world’s most difficult challenges, and yet are vastly underrepresented as active citizens, decision-makers and problem solvers. We know that young people are uniquely suited to help solve problems if given the opportunity. 1. Fifty percent of the world’s population is under age 25. […]

Generosity could have its price

Dear Annie: I am a disabled single mother of two, and I work part time. We live in a modest mobile home that is becoming too difficult for me to maintain. The hard winter resulted in frequent frozen water pipes, no heat and high utility bills. My parents have offered to purchase a house for […]

Communication is the key

Dear Annie: Why is it that I know six women who are divorcing their husbands? Why are there so many middle-aged men newly divorced? Why does it take a divorce to wake guys up? I’m 47 and have been married to my husband for almost 25 years. He is a good dad. He can fix […]

On safari to Santa Rosa, what should you expect?

It was always in question whether my husband would like his birthday gift. I’d gone big and reserved a pricey overnight on June 12 in a location neither one of us had ever visited. Then he went big, with a health incident that landed him in the hospital just before our trip. We postponed the […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

This bright idea turned out to be the baddest of the bad

* Editor’s note: Debra is on vacation. This column originally ran in April 2002 You have your bad ideas and then you have your bad ideas. Of all the bad ideas I’ve had in my life, this one was surely one of the top-10 baddest of all time. Blame it on that stage in life fondly referred […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Exercising critically ill patients may help speed recovery

WASHINGTON (AP) — The intensive care unit is a last frontier for physical therapy: It’s hard to exercise patients hooked to ventilators. Some hospitals do manage to help critically ill patients stand or walk even if they’re tethered to life support. Now research that put sick mice on tiny treadmills shows why even a little […]

Speak out

President Hon. Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, D.C., 20500; 202-456-1111 (comments), 202-456-1414 (switchboard); fax: 202-456-2461; email: [email protected] U.S. Senate Sen. Barbara Boxer, 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3553; email: visit http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/policycomments.cfm Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3841; fax: 202-228-3954; email: visit http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me House of Representatives Rep. John Garamendi […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

Thanks for keeping babies dry

On behalf of CommuniCare Health Centers and all of the moms and babies in our Perinatal Program, we wish to thank everyone who contributed to making CommuniCare’s fifth annual Diaper Drive a wonderful success. We collected 3,400 diapers and cash donations to purchase about 6,000 more. This will help us provide a month’s worth of […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Tense dog owners may be creating canine ‘aggression’

By Mark Rollins If you always walk your dog on a leash, there’s a good chance you’re making a big mistake. You’re not letting your dog become properly socialized and you’re making your dog stupid. Leashes are not a panacea to guard against aggression in dogs and, in fact, leashes cause a lot of aggression […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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