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Don Rogers: News throes just progress

February 14, 2019 — It's not Google or Facebook's fault they're killing journalism while punditry disguised as news overtakes disturbed ground. This simply is progress, which in its turn produced the printing press and a revolution in communication, not to mention religion, science and literature. Progress, like the stock

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Don Rogers: Water for the news desert

February 7, 2019 — Google and Facebook are throwing money at programs to bolster local news, not unlike U.S. efforts to rebuild Afghanistan. Good luck. But there is something they could do to actually help, and at a bargain, too: Contract directly with local news media to fund reporters

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Don Rogers: Far cry from greatness

January 31, 2019 — Mission accomplished for the students, the elder and the Black Israelite Hebrews! You don't go to demonstrations if not to be noticed, after all. Some shouting, some drumming, maybe a little smirking. All part of the deal. The provocateur who goosed the video that went

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Don Rogers: Why a writers event is worth a reader’s time

January 24, 2019 — You can tell the best papers by proximity to the nearest pub, and the coolest towns by whether they host an annual writers conference. This is true in my world, anyway, and I believe the wisdom holds. If so, The Union just got a lot

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Don Rogers: Oh, you think you know?

January 17, 2019 — News flash: You are not reasonable, not remotely. This most basically is what we need to know about ourselves, our politics, our whole framework of thinking, our worldview: What we know to be true almost certainly isn't. But me? Nah. I'm exempt, of course. I'm

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Don Rogers: A wall against reality

January 10, 2019 — When it comes to crime, illegal immigrants are better citizens than the American-born. Surprised? You shouldn't be. It's only what the numbers show, year after year, and the studies find. Viewed a whole 'nother way, we know when an illegal immigrant commits murder because the

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Don Rogers: About the future …

January 3, 2019 — I stood in the pews the last Sunday of the year as the women in the band sang and congregants lifted one hand, some both, while they swayed and sang, too. The piano player spoke of the world as a dark place with Jesus a

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Don Rogers: Journalists’ stock rises

December 27, 2018 — It's not a gift exactly, though I greeted the news Christmas Day that way. Public esteem for journalists has grown to the highest level in more than four decades, according to a new Gallup poll. There's a small wow! This despite the president's constant backhands

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Don Rogers: Write where you fear most

December 20, 2018 — Josh Weil's keynote talk at the Sierra Writers Conference next month will be awesome. I can't wait. I mean awesome in a different way, too. Not only in the very cool sense the conference organizers were fortunate enough to land him, a coup. Weil, who

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Don Rogers: The dragon’s gift

December 13, 2018 — Film can't take you into that cold, thank God. It can't put you on skis that won't slide on Antarctic sandpaper disguised as an ice shelf. It can't make you comprehend a life that snaps cleanly in two — before a snowmobile jump gone awry,

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Don Rogers: Climate bill rings a bell

December 6, 2018 — The pitch is a bit Robin Hoody, granted. And of course the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, introduced in the U.S. House last week, hasn't a prayer of passing. Not in this term. Not with this president, not in the last gasps of this

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Don Rogers: Global warming’s hot air

November 29, 2018 — A friend suggested I gave short shrift to global warming last week in a column about California's biggest wildfire problem: overgrowth from over a century of aggressive firefighting. Maybe so. After all, California, like most Western states, counts 17 of its largest 20 wildfires in

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Don Rogers: Ever a ‘normal’?

November 22, 2018 — The 1980 fire season, my first on the hotshot crew, it never rained. Our funding finally dried up at the end of January the next year. 1981 was more typical, rains and layoffs arriving in Southern California around mid-November. '82 was a short season quickly

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Don Rogers: The home fires

November 15, 2018 — Mom had in mind a clean, cheaper place called Canoe House, a step or two up from McDonald's harkening back to our life in Hawaii. Early childhood for me, happy young family memories for her. My wife and I were thinking something fancier, and we

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Don Rogers: Answer’s in the mirror

November 1, 2018 — Dud pipe bombs and a deranged bigot with hot semiautomatics in Pittsburgh have twisted the knobs clean off these midterms, already overwrought. The timing of hard words taken to the next awful level this close to Election Day also blew up any lingering sanctimony over

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Don Rogers: Politics mix with family

October 25, 2018 — My earliest memory of politics? Well, I'm not sure. Was it sitting at a table in Honolulu, the child among men and women a little younger than my dad, president of what I proudly called the Young Repelicans? I was as popular as a candidate

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Don Rogers: Explaining the ineffable

October 18, 2018 — Religion and its cousins at root help us cope with this thing, life. Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Yorubaism, Deism, Druidism. Islam, including Sufism though not so much the extreme, Islamism. Humanism, scientism, atheism — yes, atheism, especially the newer militant flavor in all its

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Don Rogers: A fast friend leaves us

October 11, 2018 — I read in the Sierra Sun my friend Marcie Bradley had passed. Her chances were slim, a return of cancer she had defeated before we met, this time in her brain. I hoped, oh I hoped, and prayed like lots of others she'd defy the

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Don Rogers: Low road to high court

October 4, 2018 — #MeToo crested with Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh's "she said, he said" hearing, and the Supreme Court confirmation process dipped to its lowest yet. Now the judge's confirmation hinges on the thinnest of thin criteria: Whether an incomplete and unsubstantiated 36-year-old memory of a

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Don Rogers: How to tell you’re there

September 27, 2018 — I took the job here reluctantly in 2016. The Scooper satire that had me refusing the transfer back then was dead on at its core, if not the fact. This can be told now, I think. I was good where I was. Loved the job,

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