Stories from Pete Golis

Golis: Going down that long, bumpy road

I took a ride on the wild side last week, negotiating the bends and bumps of Sonoma Mountain Road, Lichau Road, Piner Road, Frei Road, Ross Road, Mill Station Road, Joy Road and Irwin Lane.

Golis: Pardon me while I multi-task

There is a new word in the dictionary — phubbing. It means ignoring people around you while using your mobile device.

Golis: Housing crisis: Still looking for answers

Winter is coming, and if long-term forecasts prove accurate, we can expect wet weather. On cold, rainy days and nights, thousands of people in Sonoma County will be left to find shelter where they can.

Golis: How cities retain their vitality

Drive around America and you will find too many faceless cities. Their downtowns sit deserted and forlorn, while the roads on the edge of town are adorned by aging strip malls and the occasional big-box store. Drive down one of those nondescript commercial streets and you could be anywhere.

Golis: We need government, after all

In California, the people who like to bash government were lying low last week.

Golis: The grass isn’t greener anymore

Two years ago, we stopped watering our lawn. What was green grass became a patch of dirt with tufts of gray weeds scattered here and there. Looking for forgiveness from our neighbors, we posted a sign: “Water Conservation — Doing Our Part.”

Golis: Bush father and son back-to-back

If you visit any presidential library with the expectation of witnessing history complete and unvarnished, you will be disappointed.

Golis: Keeping our promise to veterans

After a long flight from Southeast Asia, soldiers wounded in Vietnam are being transported to a military hospital in San Francisco. The bus carries men in litters stacked in three-high bunks. As the vehicle approaches the hospital, it is surrounded by war protesters who begin to rock the bus back and forth.

Golis: Still lots of talk about housing

Minimum-wage and rent-control proposals are symptoms of a society that waited too long to pay attention to the well-being of people who have less.

Golis: On the road in California’s Central Valley

The boarded-up stores and scruffy strip malls remind us that these are hard times in the Central Valley. Under the circumstances, the latest jobless reports almost count as good news.

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