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March 23, 2023

Window on the World Column | Rocket Man

It had been a long time coming. Our newsie friend moved from California a few decades back and had been asking us to come and visit for the longest time. There was always a reason we couldn’t make it. Why couldn’t we make it?...

Guest Column | Greenfield’s Speech and Debate Program Deserves to be Treated Fairly

On Dec. 18, 2020, the Competitive Speech and Debate Program at Greenfield High School was canceled. By eliminating this program, the South Monterey County Joint Union High School District Board of Education is depriving students of critical college scholarship opportunities. Perhaps more disturbing are...

Letter to the Editor | Helping Customers Reduce Energy Costs as Natural Gas Prices Rise This Winter

To the Editor: West Coast natural gas prices have been rising this winter, and PG&E wants our customers to know their energy bills are likely to rise as a result. PG&E does not control the market prices we pay for natural gas, and we don’t mark...

Funny Papers Again Column | This Just In: Sacramento Lawmakers Scuttle Local Columnist

For today’s column I cite Joe Mathews as main source. Joe writes the California Connected column for Arizona State University’s publication Zocalo Public Square (which is redundant as a zocalo is a public square, but I digress). Instead of taking a dramatic approach where I...

Worthy to Print Column: It’s Just a Phone

Do you have a “smart phone?” I’m not sure what makes a smart phone or a dumb phone, but I’m pretty sure I got the dumb one. I mean, I see folks walking around all day looking at their phones, and if the phones...

Worthy to Print Column: Wear a Mask

Put on your thinking cap and try to remember what you were doing four months ago. Were you getting ready to go out to dinner? How about seeing that movie you wanted the whole family to see? Meeting with a Bible study group? Well,...

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Joanne's Got It: Column by Joanne Banuelos

Guest Column | Give South County’s Flu-Fighting Efforts a Shot … In the Arm

Considered the father of modern medicine, ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (known for his “first do no harm” ethical code called the Hippocratic Oath) still influences our practices more than 25 centuries after his time. The first to regard disease as a natural, not supernatural, phenomenon,...

Guest Column | A Heart Shape Defines February, But Let’s Look Beyond the Emoji

The obvious symbol for the month of February is, of course, the heart. This ideograph — represented by an anatomically inaccurate shape, by the way — appears on greeting cards, love letters and ever-popular, emoji-filled texts. Yes, February is all about love, especially romantic love,...

Worthy to Print Column | The Definition of Insanity

I’ve heard it said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Well, that’s the very first thing I thought of when I heard that the Dad Gum Govmint was going to have us...
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