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Don Rogers: Where responsibility belongs

November 7, 2019

San Francisco writer, historian and activist Rebecca Solnit in Literary Hub this week: “I crunched the easily crunched numbers last spring and found out that about 11 percent of Democratic voters in the 2016 presidential...




Pine Nuts: The 2020 Half-a-Loaf Accord

November 3, 2019

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, believes, like so many other state leaders, that if you have the bomb nobody will mess with you. If that logic holds up, well, every tinhorn despot in creation will...




Don Rogers: Tested by fire

November 1, 2019

Forgive my boasting, please. The same spirit that had reporter Liz Kellar step back into her burning home two years ago to retrieve a laptop and then spend the rest of the night covering the...


PINE NUTS: Kentucky Derby and the Calaveras Frog Jump

October 20, 2019

Took a tour of Churchill Downs in Kentucky yesterday and got to see everything but the race. One nice thing about being a Mark Twain impressionist in the 21st century is the possibility that strangers...


Law Review: Immunity from injuries while on public trails

October 19, 2019

California has two so-called recreational immunity laws, both adopted in 1963. The Recreational Use Statute makes private landowners immune from liability for injuries suffered by anyone who enters their land free of charge for recreational...


Don Rogers: In case of fire …

October 18, 2019

Somewhere in the stillness each dawn a lone generator lowed. Green grass had budded alongside roads and underfoot in yellow fields after a rain a couple of weeks before. Temperatures ran cool and humidity relatively...



Don Rogers: A case for real humility

October 11, 2019

Maybe I hadn’t had enough coffee yet at this week’s Good Morning Truckee. The speaker, Joanne Marchetta, head of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, was rolling on familiar topics. Climate change. The travel bug now...


Law Review: Buses and trains owe duty of ‘utmost care’

October 11, 2019

Loyal readers of the Law Review know that the standard of care for accidents and injuries is negligence. The so-called “reasonable man” standard. If you are negligent and injure someone, you may be responsible. You...


Pine Nuts: I’d rather doodle than noodle

October 11, 2019

I dined today with a lady from West Virginia and a lady from North Dakota, and came away from the table one mixed-up Cigiliano. The lady from West Virginia started talking about “noodling,” which got...


Don Rogers: Democrats Trumped again

October 3, 2019

Democrats think they’ve got him this time, surely, at last. And maybe they have. But the far more likely outcome of their impeachment quest is not the end of a presidency, but the elimination of...


Law Review: HOAs may not prohibit granny units

October 3, 2019

On Aug. 30, Governor Gavin signed AB 670 which forbids HOAs from prohibiting secondary units. This will be a dramatic change for some subdivisions. SHORTAGE OF HOUSING Like the rest of California and the country,...


Pine Nuts: Rollin’ on the river

October 3, 2019

Leaving home, I traveled by Uber at 60 miles an hour to an airport, climbed on a plane, ramped it up to 500 miles an hour, and boarded the sternwheeler “America” on the Mississippi River...


Rolf Godon: A most fortuitous convergence

October 3, 2019

For some time I have had the idea that it would be a significant addition to our community to have a labyrinth at a central easy to get to location. What I consider to be...


Pine Nuts: This contentious age

September 29, 2019

When bad things happen and good people don’t respond, worse things happen, and that’s just the way of it. Today, while good people sit on their hands, hate crimes continue to drive the numbers of...