The college bowl season didn’t light my fire (though the Rose Bowl and BCS National Championship Game were exciting). But I’m glad that the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, New York Jets and the Pittsburg Steelers are in the league championship games.
Though none of the teams are from the West Coast, two of the quarterbacks are: Aaron Rodgers from Cal and Mark Sanchez from U.S.C. This is worth celebrating.
In order, my wish list is Green Bay, Chicago, New York and Pittsburg. I’d be happy if any of them were in the Super Bowl, though. The Chicago QB — Jay Cutler — is not my cup of tea, but the team is. I’ve been a Bears fan for years.
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Republicans will seek to repeal the health care bill this week, including using the word “kill” in the new bill. So much for more no more violent rhetoric.
“Americans will pay a high price if opponents get their way. Reform means that tens of millions of uninsured people will get a chance at security; and many millions more who have coverage can be sure they can keep or replace it, even if they get sick or lose their jobs.
Repeal would also take away the best chance for reining in rising health care costs — and the government’s relentlessly rising Medicare burden,” according to an editorial in the New York Times.
“The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that repealing the reform law would drive up the deficit by $230 billion over the first decade and much more in later years.
“For all his claims of fiscal rectitude, John Boehner, the House speaker, immediately dismissed the budget experts’ report as ‘their opinion.’ In a particularly cynical move, Mr. Boehner and his new team have exempted the repeal bill from their own rule that any increase in spending be offset by cuts in other programs.
“Many individuals and businesses are already benefiting from reform, and they will benefit even more once it goes into full effect in 2014.”
The rest of the editorial is here.
“Fifty million years ago, powerful forces deep underground launched a wave of mountain building that swept southward from British Columbia through Nevada and California, and on into Mexico,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday.
It was the beginning of what would become today’s High Sierra.
“For the next 20 million years, as the mountains heaved upward, California rivers like the Feather, the Yuba and the American flowed to the Pacific from as far east as central Nevada, while tropical jungles flourished throughout the region.
“This scenario of a distant past for California and the West comes from new findings by a team of Stanford scientists who have collected nearly 3,000 samples of fossil rainwater absorbed by ancient rocks and glasses formed from melting volcanic eruptions to re-create the geologic history of a region that once extended east to what is now Nebraska.”
The rest of the article is here.
You never know who’s posting on Russ Steele’s blog, because he doesn’t require them to identify themselves.
But here’s a post from “Martin.” Is this Martin Light, executive director of CABPRO?
“I do enjoy those old photos of snow drifts up to the roof tops in Grass Valley and Nevada City. So much for GloBull Warming? Nevada City should apply for a grant to see what it would take to put a ski lift on Sugarloaf Mountain for ‘sustainable’ revenue these next several decades. A thought.”
I’ve seen both sides:
A few years ago we attended a farewell party for outgoing Supervisor Sue Horne. It was something I initiated, and paid for, because I wanted to honor Sue’s time on the board. It was at the Alta Sierra Country Club. We put on our “city clothes” (sport coat, dress, etc.) and my son wore a little blue blazer too. By the time we were all supposed to sit down, the only free table was George Rebane’s. I can only be pushed so far, so they happily set up another table. It was a like-minded group, to be sure. But it was not about us; it was about Sue’s send off.
This weekend, we attended and volunteered at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. It was booming: We ran into our neighbors but also people from Maine, Virginia, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, El Dorado Hills and Chico, among other places. These out-of-towners were happily patronizing the local businesses, and more important, the energy was intoxicating. It was a fabulous event.
Later in the day, my wife and I noted how different the two worlds seemed, even though our western county is around 70,000 people
In a nutshell, that sums up the “tale of two cities” in our small rural county.
Will it ever change?