Saturday February 06, 2016
September 17th, 2015
For those who still cannot comprehend climate warming I invite you to look at California's great central valley that provides much of the nation's and the world's food. Yes, there have always been droughts but never, ever so devastating as the current one. Granted, the weather does fluctuate but never in recorded history have the signs of continuing temperature rising been as consistent in so many ways of disruption.
I’m a glutton, always will be, so you’ll have to forgive me for beginning with food — and for tasting hope, or something like it, in a peanut butter cookie.
I bought the cookie at Sister Pie, a bakeshop that opened earlier this year in a resurgent neighborhood here. Sister Pie is unusual, and not just because it makes scones with cauliflower and puts rosemary in its shortbread.
On the surface, this Labor Day holiday capped another dark year for U.S. unions and many working-class Americans.
Union membership in the private sector is 6.6 percent; it was 16.8 percent 30 years ago. Union members accounted for 35.7 percent of public sector workers, down slightly from a decade earlier.
After Donald Trump proposed building a high wall all along the U.S.-Mexico border, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, not to be out-trumped, basically said, I see your wall and raise you one, stating that it was “legitimate” to consider building a wall along the 5,525-mile U.S.-Canada border as well.
Well, I see both your walls — and raise you a dome.
Bravo to Pope Francis, Angela Merkel and so many ordinary Germans and Austrians who have welcomed refugees into their lands. Kudos to those American politicians acknowledging that we should accept more Syrian refugees — the U.S. has admitted only 1,500 since the war started four years ago, which is pathetic.
For years Bruce Bartlett has been trying to help his fellow Republicans to reconcile their long-broken marriage with African-Americans. Timing has not always been his friend.
With Labor Day behind them, the Republican and Democratic parties share the same discomfort. Each has a 2016 presidential frontrunner campaigning under a cloud of doubt over ultimate electability.
Republican Donald Trump, for all his heady lead in the polls, lacks credibility as a president, particularly as a foreign policy neophyte with a reckless tongue.
Suzanne delivered her first calf in a sleet storm, with 40 mph winds. Fearful that the baby wouldn't survive overnight, I took a big risk, lifting the heifer into my arms, backing out a gate and kicking it shut.
Battles are raging over whether local government officials have a religious right to refuse to marry same-sex couples. And the federal government may shut down over a dispute concerning funding for Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion reproductive health services.
As if those melodramas weren’t creating enough faith-tinged headaches, here comes Hurricane Francis.
Most of us care about conservation, at least a little. But sometimes we miss the forest for the trees — or in this case, the AC.
Take the hostel I recently stayed at in California.