Fire and Forest: Springtime in the Mountains …

Spring is presenting itself on our mountain after a very generous winter. Creeks are running and ground water tables are up, so perhaps our...

Dr. Tom: A Brief History of the U.S. Government and Healthcare,...

You will probably be surprised to learn that the first U.S. president to propose any form of government-sponsored healthcare was a Republican. OK, technically a former Republican. Teddy Roosevelt served as our 26th president from 1901 to 1909, after which his hand-picked successor, William Howard Taft, was elected. Returning from a safari and European tour, Roosevelt found himself unimpressed with Taft’s performance and sought the Republican nomination in 1912. Rebuffed, he founded the Progressive Party, which included in its platform the provision of limited health insurance to low-wage earners. (Sorry, I know this is upsetting to modern Republicans, but it is true; look it up. You can take some solace in the Progressive Party’s alias: The Bull Moose Party).

Past Tense: April 6, 2017

60 years ago - 1957 Bee Krone composed the song “Let’s Keep America Beautiful,” and Philippe Buhler composed music for a string quartet that...

Creature Corner: April 6, 2017

Last week in “Days of Our Nine Lives,” Alice joined the family of ARF cats. Bobbie: More news, my friends! Gather ’round! George: Another cat? Bobbie: Not...

Dr. Tom: Lions and tigers and socialized medicine. Oh, my! …

By Thomas R. Kluzak, M.D. Whipping up fear, to which we respond in a visceral often irrational way, is a favorite tactic of politicians, and...

Out Loud: CSA 36 Advisory Committee …

In January of this year, Kathy Sacher Wilson and Ginger Dagnall resigned from the County Service Area 36 Advisory Committee. Now, Wendy Read has resigned...

Past Tense: March 30, 2017

65 years ago - 1952 The Kretsingers wrote from Nebraska, very homesick for Idyllwild. • • • The congregation of the Community Church accepted Rev. Warner’s resignation. 60...

Creature Corner: March 30, 2017

Last week in “Days of Our Nine Lives,” the ARF cats were trying to understand humans. Audrey: Not to steal Bobbie’s thunder, but I have...

Science & Reality today: Saying goodbye …

Well it’s been a fun ride everyone. Just like the coolest roller coaster ever — full of ups and downs, twists and turns. After...

Dr. Tom: How did you answer? …

By Thomas R. Kluzak, M.D. So, how did you answer the question, “Should everyone in the United States be entitled to health care?” Sorry, that was...
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