On February 20, Officer Keith Boyer of the Whittier Police Department in Southern California was tragically shot and killed, allegedly by convicted felon Michael Mejia. According to news reports, Mejia murdered his cousin and then stole the dead man’s car to flee the murder scene. This is the car Mejia was driving... (Read more)
Today’s Your Day
Last week, I wrote about an event called Read Across America, which takes place tomorrow, March 2. If you missed that column, Read Across America is a day to celebrate the joy of reading. It commemorates the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, an author famous for making reading fun. He... (Read more)
Grab Your Hat!
It’s time to grab your red-and-white striped hat and pick out your favorite children’s book, because National Read Across America Day is right around the corner! I couldn’t be more excited to tell you about this fantastic day because, as I might have mentioned once or twice, I absolutely love to read. On... (Read more)
Are Our Phones Really That Smart?
It seems like our smartphones can do everything. They store and play our favorite music, tell us how to get just about anywhere, and keep us connected with our friends on social media. Our phones even allow us to pay for merchandise at the store, alert us when we use our credit cards, keep us up-to-date with the... (Read more)
Here Comes the Sun!
I can’t wait for spring. Thankfully, it’s only a few weeks away, because after this past rainy season I’m ready for some sunshine, fresh air, and warm weather. As the weather begins to change, I hope everyone gets a chance to go outside and soak in a little sunshine, maybe even take a walk. Did you know that... (Read more)
Kids in Fast Cars…
Did you know that teenagers are three times more likely to get into a motor vehicle accident than older drivers? I know when teens get their driver’s licenses it can mean freedom for both them and their parents. Teens can finally go wherever they’d like whenever they’d like, without depending on mom and dad... (Read more)
Ugh, I’ve been hacked!
A few weeks ago, I woke up to a number of credit card notifications from my cell phone’s Apple Pay application. It seemed as though I had been shopping throughout the night, buying all sorts of things from different merchants—all well past my bedtime. “Ugh,” I thought. “I’ve been hacked.” A quick... (Read more)
Kids and Drugs
Last week, I wrote about the new laws concerning recreational marijuana—who can use it and where. If you missed that column, here’s a brief recap: It is now legal for adults 21 years or older to possess, transport, or give another adult up to one ounce of marijuana, and to grow up to six plants at their... (Read more)
Last November, California voters approved Proposition 64 which legalized some of the aspects of the recreational marijuana trade. I thought I should write about these changes: what is now legal, what’s still illegal, and some of the employment and renting rights you should know. Before I discuss these new changes,... (Read more)
The Business of Ethics
Just before Thanksgiving, Gallup released results from its annual poll on how much Americans respect police officers. In this poll, Gallup asks people to describe their level of respect, ranging from a “great deal” to “hardly any” at all. Before I tell you about the results, please take a moment to reflect... (Read more)
Doubling the Risk
A few weeks ago, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released results from a two-year study that indicate drivers who skip even a few hours of sleep a night double their risk of being involved in a collision. And the more sleep people miss, the higher their risk. The study focused on injury collisions between 6:00... (Read more)
The Best Christmas Present Ever
For weeks, I’ve talked about how important it is to give back to our community, and I’ve shared information about wonderful organizations like the Ukiah Valley Christmas Effort, the Ukiah Food Bank, and Plowshares. This week, I’d like to talk about another great way to support our community: donating to the... (Read more)