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Capitalism in Crisis

Despite their efforts to shape public policy, corporations could not prevent the largest crisis in capitalism since the Great Depression.

Save Medi-Cal

Last month’s quietly enacted, draconian cuts to the Medi-Cal program reduced reimbursements to below the cost of actually providing care. In some cases, pharmacies will have to pay money out of their own pockets to provide medications to Medi-Cal patients, receiving only a fraction of the actual cost for filling the prescription.

Made in the U.S.A.

In 1938, Popular Mechanics ran an article entitled “Hemp the New Billion Dollar Crop.” And that was when a billion dollars was a lot of money. What happened? Historians generally finger the Dupont Corporation as the prime mover behind making it illegal.

Taking the Holiday Special

We read and relaxed without having to worry about traffic or gas prices. When we got tired of the scenery we slept on the bunk beds in our own private “roomette.” At meal time we ate with real knives and forks at a table with a tablecloth and real flowers.

Can California Do Without Nuclear Power?

The good news is that we have more than enough renewable sources and natural gas facilities coming on line to fill the gap, according to a recent study by the state’s grid operator.

Bring Back Reagan Economics

There has been a lot of print dedicated to our economy, taxes, the war on terror, immigration and. most recently, tax cuts affecting benefits, health care, welfare programs, and the like.

Getting Off the Streets

The coming of fall at the Rescue Mission is marked by snoring. All windows are open at all times, but the heat of the men results in snoring. A wild roaring symphony develops around 9 p.m. and reaches a true cacophony at midnight.

Whole World Watching

We witnessed non-stop convoys of police vehicles and buses bringing in what ultimately, according to Reuters, were 1,400 police officers in full riot gear – a force so large that they had to use Dodger Stadium to stage the whole operation.

All Grown Up and Learning to Read

About a year after I retired from teaching, I decided to volunteer to become an adult literacy tutor through the Santa Barbara Public Library system.

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