Monthly Archives: September 2013

Hiding…and getting haircuts..in plain sight in Sacramento

During all the press coverage of the trial in Boston of James “Whitey” Bulger, one of the stories of his many years on the run from law enforcement may have been missed and has a Sacramento connection to it. “Whitey” was apparently a client for a time of a local Sacramento hairstylist who, to protect […]

The sound(s) of North Sac!

When was the last time you lay awake in your bed and listened to the sounds of your neighborhood at night? Or just sat in your yard after dark, quietly taking in the sounds around you? If you are like me, you probably haven’t done it in a long time. You become accustomed to the […]

Is the price of freedom and safety—Vigilantes?

Exact numbers of Mexican nationals killed in the fighting among rival drug cartels, the police, and government soldiers since the beginning of that nation’s War on Drugs are hard to come know for certain. By the end of Felipe Calderon’s administration (2006–2012), the official death toll of the Mexican Drug War was at least 60,000, […]

750 known but to God!

If you are planning a trip to Mexico City and want to tour historical locations, you won’t find mention of it in any of the travel guidebooks. It is an one(originally two) acre plot tucked away in the quiet residential neighborhood of San Rafael, about two miles west of the Metropolitan Cathedral and a mile […]

License to Drive(only)!

California legislators recently passed legislation which will permit undocumented individuals the legal ability to drive. The driving cards carry the notification that it is for driving ID purposes only, and it does not establish eligibility for employment, voting, or seeking public benefits. Also it cannot be used as ID for entering federal office buildings or […]

Opinion: Billboards in Spanish: Are they insensitive..or something else?

I recently joined an online, private social network called Nextdoor which promotes itself as an easier way for you to connect with your neighbors and community online to “make all of your lives better in the real world”. I joined the conversation as part of the South Hagginwood and surrounding neighborhoods. I made it clear […]

The New Rome? Part Deux—Cell Phones

“The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money,” (Alexis de Tocqueville 1805-1859) In the heyday of the Roman Empire, the Emperors kept their place at the top by giving the people of the capital city what they wanted most:gladiatorial extravaganzas, circuses and cheap food. Today, the […]

Opinion: Government exporting of undesirables is common and undesirable!

As Sacramento Press readers know, I moved to California about four months ago, based on a personal decision. I was ready to start a new chapter in my life so I left my lifetime home of Kenosha, Wis. I arrived here after a fairly comfortable 50-hour trip by Amtrak. I didn’t know it then, but […]

Mexican education reform battle takes to the streets

While their embattled union leader, Elba Esther Gordillo, awaits her day in court on embezzlement charges and the Mexican government moves ahead with its education reform plans, teachers recently took to the streets in Mexico City. The protest by approximately 10,000 teachers snarled traffic leading to Benito Juarez International Airport. Also the group forced the […]

Responsibility to Protect: Why intervention in Syria is our obligation!

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16(NIV) “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” attributed to Edmund Burke(1729-1797) Since the initial reports […]