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We don’t need no stinkin’ books…or do we?

February 13th, 2011 · No Comments

Feb. 17 UPDATE- The Santa Cruz Library Joint Powers Board put off a vote on any of four proposals under consideration for the library system’s future. Two of the proposals called for closing multiple library branches. However, after hearing public testimony at its Feb. 14 meeting, the board instead directed a subcommittee to come up […]

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Tags: American Grotesque · Op-ed

Leveraging Christmas

December 5th, 2010 · No Comments

Things are tight this year, so I’m going to take a tip from Wall Street. Usually I send gifts to charity in honor of relatives living far away. Doing this costs fewer trees and is far healthier for the recipient than lofting another calorie-laden package of designer chocolate into the mail for Uncle Rich or […]

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Tags: Thinking like Wall Street

Christmas Cookie

December 28th, 2009 · No Comments

It’s Christmas time. The cookies are in play. These have a different frosting, tweaked spices, lots of sugar and butter. What do I think? I think of my aunt’s diabetes, of elevated glucose levels. I think of my hard-won battle with cholesterol. I think of the movie, Supersize Me, that I recently got from the […]

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Tags: Thought for Food

A Modest Banking Solution

April 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Friends, family, and acquaintances are raising questions about whether President Obama  can accomplish  what we helped elect him to do. Will the wars end in Iraq and Afghanistan? Will clean energy really be funded? Will Bush-era wiretap and other privacy violations be sufficiently curtailed?  Will single payer health care get endorsed or merely sidelined? Will […]

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Tags: American Grotesque · It's about time!

Op-ed: Pat Hanson on Virtual Christmas Giving

December 15th, 2008 · No Comments

Monterey Bay Area writer Pat Hanson delivers some practical suggestions for handling a Christmas when material resources are short. Virtual Christmas Giving: A True Story I prefer Halloween to Christmas.  You can dress up any way you like, pretend, and have an excuse for putting on a mask.  As soon as retailers start luring us […]

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Tags: It's about time! · Op-ed · Pat Hanson