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Don Rogers: How not to pass a law

September 13, 2019

I wonder if the legislative bomb dropped Tuesday night on the gig economy will blow up California’s Democratic supermajority in the end. How ironic would that be? And so richly deserved. Nudging awful Uber and...



Pine Nuts: Life on the Mississippi

September 6, 2019

The river life is a good life. Mississippi River life is as good as it gets, and when you’re pretending to be Mark Twain it gets even better, as you become the one and only...


Don Rogers: A cover story

September 6, 2019

Last week, an old National Geographic landed on my nightstand, the one with the Afghani girl’s eyes. My wife had opened a cardboard box we’d lugged for decades. All those moves, all this time. Have...


Pine Nuts: Big win for small penguins

August 31, 2019

I fell in love last November with some ducks who marched in perfect procession down a red carpet to a fountain in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, and jumped in. They do...


Don Rogers: Readers add meaning

August 30, 2019

Feedback from last week’s column — “The meaning of life?” — taught me again just how much readers can bring to the writing, and the writer. I had ruminated about life as if one giant...


Don Rogers: The meaning of life?

August 22, 2019

To understand, you don’t have to climb a mountain and ask a loin-clothed wise man in the snow and wind. Don’t need to take a class, go to church, crack a book, follow these five...


Law Review: Mars Bars made by child/slave labor?

August 22, 2019

Robert Hodsdon purchased chocolate products made by the Mars company. Of course, we know the Mars company makes Mars Bars, Milky Ways, M&M’s, Skittles, Snickers and Twix. My personal favorite is Snickers. My daughter Kelsey’s...




Pine Nuts: Hackers Convention 2019

August 18, 2019

There is no truth, as it turns out, to the rumor that Russian hackers plan to set off every car alarm in America at the same time, effectively making every man, woman and child crazy...


Paul Curtis: Decisions and their consequences

August 17, 2019

Decisions have consequences. Ideally the consequences of a decision are well considered, and the consequences of the decision are recognized, discussed and agreed upon before a decision is finalized. If there is insufficient thought given,...


Law review: Trip and fall on sidewalk; do you sue?

August 17, 2019

Trips and falls are the bread and butter for some law firms. Our office handles plenty, but I wouldn’t call it our bread and butter or even our bread. LAWSUIT OVER UNEVEN SIDEWALK Charles Huckey...



Law Review: ‘Bikini baristas’ serving … coffee

August 11, 2019

If you think Starbucks is a friendly coffee-serving business establishment, consider Hillbilly Hotties, a bikini barista drive through kiosk in Everett, Washington. HILLBILLY HOTTIE’S BIKINI BARISTAS Hillbilly Hotties is a popular bikini barista stand in...


Brett Williams: From Washoe to ?

August 10, 2019

From the first Washoe Native Americans to today, everyone who currently resides in Tahoe/Truckee started as a visitor and always will. You, or someone before you, fell in love with Tahoe/Truckee as a visitor. Whether...


Pine Nuts: Dina Washington, what a lady

August 9, 2019

While in a wistful mood of late, I’ve been listening to the music of Miss Dinah Washington, who was on her seventh husband when she died of an overdose of alcohol and weight reduction pills...


Don Rogers: Half the deaths, triple the horror

August 9, 2019

Like you, I’ve been thinking about the massacres last weekend in Dayton, El Paso and Gilroy. First thought: Sure enough, three bolts of terror almost all at once have rekindled a familiar discussion. It’s the...


Yanus Nelson: Your summer travel (financial) itinerary

August 7, 2019

According to AAA, nearly 100 million Americans — four in ten U.S. adults — are planning to take a family vacation in 2019. Whether you’re going abroad or traveling across California this summer, it’s important...