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Re: “Letters to the Editor: January 4, 2016

Fantastic letter, Doug!

Methinks that Ms. Hopkins is quite adept at the "art" of doublespeak.

I am heartened that you have conveyed so clearly that you aren't buying such nonsense.
And neither am I.

It is one thing to use Donald Trump's victory and upcoming ascendancy to power as an easy diversionary target in an effort to deflect the memories of the voters away from the disturbing facts of how she obtained her seat.

However, it is quite another thing to think that all of the voters are so stupid that they will not realize the irony in the adoption of such a sordid political tactic.

Fortunately, the Fifth District isn't entirely composed of fools who will blithely buy into such nonsense.

It is now up to Ms. Hopkins to decisively prove the naysayers wrong by disavowing the unprecedented plethora of dirty tactics which were employed by her big-money donors, her advisers and her handlers who helped her to obtain this local seat of political power.

We'll be watching and waiting with equal parts of anticipation and apprehension.
But we won't be holding our breath.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 01/05/2017 at 12:52 AM

Re: “Bitter Pill

Yes go ahead with your repeal, be proud to make it where health care premiums continue to rise beyond anyone's ability to pay it. Tell the uninsured to just wait for medical treatment or run to the emergency rooms and try not to die. Just make sure you know it is the Republicans who did this for you. Repeal away.

What they dont realize is that not going bankrupt because of an illness, or disease, is a great thing. the ACA is 21st century law for the 21st century. It was about time!

Being self employed, my health insurance rates dropped from $375/month to just $85/month. It really makes paying things like rent ($1100/month), car insurance $25/month (from Insurance Panda), internet/cable ($125/month from TWC), student loans ($325/month), and gas that much easier.

Oh yeah.. And the health problems are worst in red states.

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Posted by Katherine Peraza on 01/04/2017 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Bitter Pill

I'm not sure why Len Katzman gets 8 dislikes. Is anything he's said wrong? I'm genuinely curious.

"from the article: "House majority leader Kevin McCarthy says that if Democrats dont participate in post-Obamacare, then theyre responsible for whatever consequences ensue."

FALSE.

The Republicans have controlling majorities in both the House and Senate and have unfettered power to enact any legislation they want -- with a Republican in the White House. There is no scenario in which any "consequences" will inure to the Democrats.

Republicans, this is 100% all on you. Republicans don't need a single Democratic Representative's or Senator's vote. Republicans can enact good laws and and reap the praise, or bad laws and take the blame. It's all on them." - Len Kratzman

Democrats would not be any more wrong than Republicans to be the party of No for the next four years. Clearly, this method works.

@David Shumate: All that sounds great in theory. Should these free markets for healthcare (let's call them "healthcare exchanges") include the right to refuse service for pre-existing conditions? How do you ensure interstate portability without trampling on states rights? A new federal law?

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Posted by Wrong Rite on 01/04/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Bitter Pill

The Republicans have the power to repeal the ACA. Do the Democrats have the sense to participate in writing the replacement?

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Posted by Jack Atherton on 01/04/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Bitter Pill

All they have to do is back out of it, eliminate the illegal taxation penalty for not opting into it and they've won... whether they have a plan to replace it or not. And I certainly hope they don't. It's not governments duty to manage that for us. The VA is a good example of what can happen there, and I don't want any part of that; no one should. Let the free market drive the bus, portability across state borders, competition between firms for the almighty dollar and you'll see rates drop like rocks and the deductibles move back down to something that makes sense. Right now, none of it makes sense...

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Posted by David Shumate on 01/04/2017 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Bitter Pill

it's been called obamacare so that the racists and racist-driven media can continue to trash it!

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Posted by Preston Dallas on 01/04/2017 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Bitter Pill

from the article: "House majority leader Kevin McCarthy says that if Democrats dont participate in post-Obamacare, then theyre responsible for whatever consequences ensue."

FALSE.

The Republicans have controlling majorities in both the House and Senate and have unfettered power to enact any legislation they want -- with a Republican in the White House. There is no scenario in which any "consequences" will inure to the Democrats.

Republicans, this is 100% all on you. Republicans don't need a single Democratic Representative's or Senator's vote. Republicans can enact good laws and and reap the praise, or bad laws and take the blame. It's all on them.

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Posted by Len Katzman on 01/04/2017 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Bitter Pill

Yes, the hospitals saved $40 million but how much have citizens paid until they reach their ungodly deductible? Wanna bet it's more than $40 million out of pocket?

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Posted by Sloopy on 01/04/2017 at 7:32 AM

Re: “New Era on Tap

The Napa River is starved for water from April to first rains due to a heavy reliance by the wine industry on groundwater pumping in combination with surface water diversions. This River above tidal influence after April quickly becomes a series of stagnant pools and dry river bed. This watershed has been characterized as a biological hot spot due to the richness and abundance of flora and fauna but an ever expanding wine industry into fragile hillsides leaves riparian areas under siege with decimating ecosystems. The valley floor has already been mostly converted to vines, now the local water source areas in the hills are being deep ripped, contoured, stripped of natural vegetation and streams routed and put underground. These land use practices damage groundwater re-charge which Napa County refuses to consider in a credible water budget and safe yield for groundwater sustainability management.

Posted by River Otter on 01/02/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: December 21, 2016

It's ironic and hilarious that David Dale is so rapped up in his own issues that he thinks that David Madgalene insulted his precious substandard fart form.

First off. David M. is a professional creative writer, and a very good one, who has written numerous novels, and poetry books, which David D. has no comprehension about, and so projects his own tv viewing onto David M. to insult him, like a talentless rapper insulting a real poet. The most funny thing about all of David's peurile comment is that he missed the whole meaning of David M.'s essay, which was satire, and in so doing proved David M.'s points by creating his own accidental, cloud of unconscious irony.

David M.'s satire had posed a what if question, stating that "if" rap were dead, then Trump has revived it, not as a real talented rapper, but as a clown puppet of the rich, fooling people with naughty rhymes and doggerel. See, David M. doesn't hate rap, nor did he say it's dead, he just said, "if" it were, then perhaps Trump could revive it. That's a kind of literary device way beyond simple little pouting, angry, hostile David D.'s tiny brain power, and that makes me laugh, a lot, that David D. would be so defensive about his little rap music that he'd completely misunderstand & misread an entire essay.

Anyway, I've got better things to do, but I'll quickly set the record straight. David M. has lived in NYC, and hung out with more real inner city ethnic folks than David D. could ever dream to meet.That's part of David M.'s sophistication, he lived in the big city, traveled, and lived in various places, and made friends with many people of different races, and he especially respects black African American culture, and he has also graduated from a fine American university, and also studied creative writing with a number of professional writers at Naropa, and other locations, and studied with some who are African American. It's very hilarious to me that someone so simple minded, could be so offended, by misreading a clever essay about current American political culture, and misread it to be an attack on rap, when in fact it's nothing of the sort. A misreading so gigantic that this person misses the entire point of the essay, that a mirror is necessary on a culture, when a culture can create a Donald Trump as it's president. And it's fascinating to me that someone would take such great offense, just to defend an art form (rap), with some geniuses & true artists, but also with many deplorables, and who thus completely missed the meaning of the essay, and yet, in doing so, ironically, he shows a mirror of the exact way that people can react mindlessly, aggressively, stupidly, as Trump does on Twitter, to every little perceived slight, instead of being smart, classy, & dealing with more important issues. David Dale sure ironically illustrated David Magdalene's points in his essay, by behaving like a Trump, or a Trump "alt-right" deplorable, whining about being insulted, and missing the whole point in their silly fury. I don't think rap loving and worshiping Dave D. really is a deplorable, he's probably a good guy who wants to respect everyone, & treat people right, I guess, I'm sure willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, but the problem is, if you can't see the forest from the trees, then you can look the other way easily, when people like Trump & his band of deplorables come along with their chain saws, & steamrollers, and pretty soon our forests are gone, because too many are distracted by nonsense, & piddle, of their own creation, & that of our deplorable overlords.

I think that was part of David Magdalene's essay's point. Sorry David D. missed it. I can't wait to read David M.'s satire of this minor brouhaha, should he be so inspired, as he is fully capable of great satire, but I won't obligate him to write one, as a fellow writer, I deplore being obligated to write (unless I'm paid, then I'll love it!). I can imagine it though, having read, and seen performed, much of my friend David Magdalenes' very clever, funny, shocking, insightful, and compassionate writing about many African Americans, and, of course, white Americans that David has known, & imagined, in his brilliant creative writings. David M. has written many poetic raps in his creative writing, demonstrating the voices of various characters, that are terrific, and likely David D. would probably like it, if he put aside "his tv," and went to read them on Amazon.com or hoodoodog.blogspot.com and checked it out. David D., remember that what you misread, & took offense to, was "creative" writing, not literal. If you had just noticed the "if" in David's essay, you might have spared yourself of your embarrassing knee jerk silly reaction, since your little rap music was never attacked in the first place.

Posted by Andrewm on 12/31/2016 at 4:04 AM

Re: “Studio City

I cannot believe the Bohemian assigned Richard Busack to review this movie. He's got it all bass-ackwards and was apparently so busy being a macho skeptic and resisting Emma Stones' charm that he neglects to mention that the film's plot has a millennial poignancy that updates it and makes it a satisfying tale. Ryan Gosling nails it, too, even for an old baby-boomer like me.

Posted by Lindsay Dyson on 12/30/2016 at 3:01 PM

Re: “SBA loans for California crabbers as feds declare Dungeness season a disaster

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Posted by Derek Barlow on 12/30/2016 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Music Listings

IT WOULD BE NICE IF YOU COULD ACTUALLY FIND OUT WHICH BANDS ARE PLAYING, AND WHERE, AND HOW MUCH $...LOOKING FOR "MUSIC CALENDAR" JUST TOOK ME TO JUNE 5, AND ITS NOW DEC 28TH...WHY NOT KEEP IT CURRENT?

Posted by ROBIN STEEL on 12/29/2016 at 6:20 PM

Re: “SBA loans for California crabbers as feds declare Dungeness season a disaster

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Posted by Sandra Hollway 1 on 12/29/2016 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Standing Together

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Mr Albert Jone

Posted by Mr Albert Jone on 12/29/2016 at 9:44 AM

Re: “SBA loans for California crabbers as feds declare Dungeness season a disaster

Good Day, My name is Albert Jone,Am a citizen of the United States of America (USA) i want to testify of the good Loan Lender who showed light to me after been scammed by 3 different Internet international lenders, they all promised to give me a loan after making me pay alot of fees which yield nothing and amounted to no positive result. i lost my hard earn money and it was a total of 3500,USD. One day as i was browsing through the internet looking forstracted when i came across a testimony of one Lady,Mrs Elizbeth Miller,who was also scammed and eventually got linked to a legit loan company called Steve Wayne Loan Company(stevewayneloancompany440@gmail.com) where he finally got her loan,so i decided to contact the same loan company and then told them my story on how i have been scammed by 3 different lenders who did nothing but to cause me more pains.I explained to the company by mail and all they told me was to cry no more because i will get my loan in their company and also i have made the right choice of contacting them. i filled the loan application form and proceeded with all that was requested of me, and I was given a loan amount of $350,000.00 Dollars by this great Company managed by Mr Steve Wayne The {C.E.O}and here i am today happy with my families,because Mr Steve Wayne has given me a Business loan so i made a vow to myself that i will keep testifying on the internet on how i got my loan. Do you need a loan urgently? kindly and quickly contact Mr Steve Wayne now for your loan via email: (stevewayneloancompany440@gmail.com) i believe other people are also giving testimony on this same honest lender,He's a kind hearted man,and a God fearing loan lender too,God bless him forever for the good help he render to people who are in need of financial help.Thank you all...


Mr Albert Jone

Posted by Mr Albert Jone on 12/29/2016 at 9:42 AM

Re: “50 Songs to Commemorate the Death of the Great American Experiment in Democracy

Methinks you are confusing the death of the Democratic Party with the death of Democracy. Democracy is alive and well, thank you very much. So sorry that your idea of what Democracy is depends upon which side wins the election.

Posted by Chris Sholes on 12/29/2016 at 9:01 AM

Re: “50 Songs to Commemorate the Death of the Great American Experiment in Democracy

Did you get that kintsugi reference from watching The Man in the High Castle?

Posted by Chris Sholes on 12/29/2016 at 8:58 AM

Re: “The Year in Drugs

High Quality Kratom
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Posted by Robert Murray on 12/28/2016 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Trumpets

Thank you Tom Gogola for your US Blues article and this one that starts with Jimi. Yes, Black Lives Matter to Art and Music in America! Thank God!

Posted by MusicLoverRP on 12/28/2016 at 5:44 PM

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