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I hate to say it, but it’s come time for me to leave The Press Democrat and retire from daily journalism — after more than 35 years in the business.
So there you have it. These senior Santa Rosans have only themselves to blame for the injuries and emotional trauma they suffered while fleeing moments before the complex burned to the ground.
It should be evident by now, a year into this presidential administration, that there is really only one thing that stands in the way of Donald Trump.
That leads to my question. If victims of the fire paid for $100,000 of coverage, for example, for the contents of their house, why not pay them all of it? Why put them through the pain of having to prove they have it coming?
Add me to the growing list of people who have given a thumbs down to the decision to have Schiller placed on administrative leave for decisions made in those initial days of the October fires, decisions that were well-intentioned but landed her in hot water.
Let’s end the armchair quarterbacking about how Fountaingrove and Coffey Park homeowners should be “allowed” to rebuild their homes and, in some cases, whether they should be allowed to rebuild at all. It’s pointless, and it’s divisive.
These are the kinds of stories that will fill our pages for years to come, stories of selflessness, generosity and just simple acts of kindness.
We know we will get through this. We know Santa Rosa and Sonoma County will rebuild. What we don’t know is what we would be or who we would be without you.
At 11:19 p.m. photographer Ken Porter was on the phone to Managing Editor Ted Appel. 'He said, 'Ted, this is going to be bigger than the Valley fire,' said Appel.
By day three in the Santa Rosa firestorm, the chaos, the frustration and the shortage of so many things, particularly information, was starting to take its toll.
For us, it happened at 2:30 a.m. Moments later we were pounding on neighbors’ doors ourselves, loading the minivan with photos, computers and keepsakes and arguing over silly things like what shoes and food to bring. We brought bananas, raisin bread and premade salads. It made no sense. And then we were slipping into one of the many streams of red tail lights that ran throughout Sonoma County, ribbons of cars and trucks inching along, many filled with evacuees unsure where they were going.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors 'never obtained truthful, accurate, complete and reliable information to fulfill its fiduciary duty to determine the true nature and extent of the financial risks associated with increases in pension benefits,' the suit says. And it’s right.
Here’s an important question to pose to Sonoma County’s new pension advisory committee. How much are rising pension costs crowding out other spending?
Not only were many anti-Clinton stories prior to the 2016 election fake, so were people behind them
If change is going to occur, it’s certainly not going to come from the NFL, which begins another season today, a season that, despite the CTE concerns, is expected to generate nearly $14 billion in revenue.
The responses that I received from my last column were thoughtful and creative if not always hopeful.
Write or call me with your suggestions on how we can move past the acrimony of our current discourse. We need something.
When all is said in done, we have to ask: Is this really going to make Santa Rosa a better place to live and raise a family?
For the worst example of how the intelligence community can be politicized, one need only look at the Watergate scandal.
We live in an age when people are hard-wired to believe such stories — tales that fuel emotions and confirm perceptions and prejudices.
The number of things that divide us as a nation are almost too many to count anymore. But this is the deepest and widest gap of all — our fundamental belief in whether government is awful or it isn’t.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, fatalities and injuries have been cut in half since 1980. Still, on average, 27 people die every day in alcohol-related accidents. And there will be more stories like this today.
Truth may be stranger and slower than fiction, but there’s no substitute for it, no matter what our new administration may say. Facts still matter. Accuracy matters. And making that clear will always be our top priority.
Mutiny is the operative term these days. Dissent is clearly growing in the ranks. The White House has sprung more leaks than California’s water system.
It doesn’t take much to see the similarities between this film and the presidential madness of late.