How living through the pandemic might change health care permanently

  “Hospitals are dangerous places.” This observation was all the more shocking to me because of who said it: one of the best physicians I’ve ever known. He was a soft-spoken cardiologist in Fresno. Someone who, like me and all U.S. physicians, was trained in and worked in hospitals. Many lives have been saved (or “prolonged” if you’re philosophical) in […]

United we must stand or we will fail


Many Americans now seem to believe we would all be better off if this nation were to split up in order for us to be able to live with and be governed by those we agree with politically. Here in California there are those proposing we split up creating a new state called Jefferson. Others talk of the succession of […]

Entering book publishing field not an easy task


 I am about to embark on a new adventure, and it admittedly makes me a little nervous. Getting nervous is not usually one of my traits. I pretty much let things come and go because the sun will almost certainly rise the next day. But this time my nerves are a little frayed. What’s even more fascinating, at least to […]

Percy and seven minutes of terror was must see TV


 For anyone who has paid any type of attention to this diatribe over the years, the one thing you know is if I get any opportunity to write about outer space, I’m on it. So how could I resist when last week, NASA landed a rover on Mars? The Perseverance rover, know more affectionately as “Percy,” touched down last Thursday […]

Political Cartoon

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Introduce yourself to your heart, it can be a lifesaver


I don’t remember where I heard this but it’s true and has stuck with me over the years: “If you’re lucky and you live long enough, every organ in your body will introduce itself to you.” My life seems to have fit the pattern. Early on I was introduced to the obvious — my brain with its constant observations and […]

Recognizing teen dating violence


February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and here at the Alliance we recognize the need for both awareness and action around this issue. Our adolescent years present so many challenges, and dating relationships can be especially challenging at this age. The pressure and expectations placed on young people can create abusive behavior that will lead to teen dating violence. […]

Trump understood the pain of millions


I was surprised and honored that Mr. Beck had read my letter to the editor and included me in his list of recent contributors who supported Donald Trump. I am new at this and so this is the first time I received a response to something I have written. Unfortunately, Mr. Beck was disparaging and dismissive in his comments instead […]

The actions of Merlin Jones are familiar


Shown is a sign marking the John Muir Trail in the Coulterville area. The author says the recent actions of a former county supervisor are similar to what he encountered when promoting the trail. Ah, Mr. Merlin Jones, the opportunist “businessman” county supervisor. The fact that no supervisor would “second a motion” blocking Mr. Jones from the planning commission seems […]

Time to start planning for your spring gardening


Beginner vegetable gardeners are often stymied about what vegetables to grow in their gardens. The general rule of thumb is to pick easy-to-grow varieties that you enjoy eating. California has a unique Mediterranean climate that is suitable for growing many types of vegetables throughout the year. In cooler northern climates, most crops are grown in the late spring and summer. […]

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