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Stories from Pete Golis

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.

Golis: Why do we love our animals?

It’s awkward to write about the death of a dog. People lose their pets every day without making a public show of their sadness.

Golis: How mistrust breeds more mistrust

As the defeat of Measure A reminds us, we live at a time in which you can’t go wrong playing to people’s distrust of political institutions. People will continue to flail away at our politicians. Often enough, they deserve it.

Golis: Shutting the door on deserving students

After World War II, a world-class system of public colleges was the engine that drove prosperity in California. The unspoken agreement was that every generation would help the next find success. Now that promise to pay it forward looks to be in jeopardy.

Golis: Tearing down barriers to success

If you confine your world to Roseland and southwest Santa Rosa, you think people are younger and more likely to be Latino. If you live in one of the east side enclaves, you think folks are older and predominately Anglo. And there is where the risk of misunderstanding begins.

Golis: Is Humpty Dumpty on the mend?

Checking out the Santa Rosa City Council meeting last week, I thought I’d wandered on to the wrong website. There were no grim faces, no shouting matches. There wasn’t a censure vote aimed at another council member.

Golis: Creating a climate for change

There is a drought on. You may have heard. We, Californians, find ourselves on an uncharted (and arid) landscape, where the economic losses will be measured in the billions of dollars and the environmental damages may be incalculable.

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