Monthly Archives: January 2015

The murky moral jungle of the basketball court

My nephew Robert, a thoughtful and enthusiastic basketball player, raised the issue of players who intentionally break the rules out of sight of the referees and then say, “It ain’t  a foul if the ref doesn’t call it.” Aren’t such … Continue reading

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Owners of Kings show how to win at money game

It’s a new year with the same old story: the rich get richer while the working folks come up short. The owners of the Sacramento Kings have seen the value of their franchise increase to $800 million, according to a … Continue reading

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“Selma” provides no bridge over troubled water

I still believe that freedom is the bonus you receive for telling the truth. Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. – Martin Luther King Jr., March 14, 1968 speech. In the contentious arena of … Continue reading

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The joy of calling Macy’s about a phishing scam

Perhaps Macy’s executives are more annoyed than I am. Phishing con artists have been using the same 800 telephone number to impersonate Macy’s credit department staff for at least seven years, my modest probe discovered.  I’ve been trying to figure … Continue reading

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Sacramento’s heritage tree ordinance complicates pruning process

I try to be a good neighbor and maintain the positive feelings that generally prevail in my Land Park neighborhood in Sacramento. Most folks are friendly and cooperative. I view the hit-and-run incident I described last week as an aberration, … Continue reading

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