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4-13-21 April Showers

A common saying, “April showers bring May flowers” is based on the beginning of spring when, for many areas, weather patterns shift. Known as a stormy month, movement of the jet stream causes atmospheric instability and conditions favorable to unsettled weather....

4-6-21 Pedal Power

Now that Alameda County has moved into the Orange Tier of COVID-19 threat, a modicum of activity is moving from virtual to physical. Among the casualties of the pandemic, indoor gatherings were visibly eradicated and outdoor recreational opportunities were also...

3-30-21 Eye of the Tiger

The highly successful Rocky Balboa film franchise starred Sylvester Stallone as a boxer with talent and stamina, but little self-direction. With help from family, friends and a fortuitous opportunity, Rocky is able to rise above his circumstance but faces a difficult...

3-23-21 Public Education

“Public Education is the cornerstone of our community and our democracy.” -Horace Mann. In the United States, before the establishment of public education systems, the value of a broad-based, primary compulsory system to prepare youth and adolescents for...

3-16-21 Chokepoints

It is 480 BC and a battle between Greeks and Persians is looming. An overwhelming force of Persians approach a narrow pass leading from the sea to interior regions of Greece. Aptly named, Thermopylae Pass, it translates to “hot gates.” Here, according to Greek...

3-9-21 The Great Debate

From the founding of the United States of America, a crucial question of how and who should prevail in governance has continued to permeate all levels of society. The founders of our democratic republic wrestled with this question when attempting to differentiate a...