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webmaster | 01/27/12

No thank you. Yes, readers, I’m not going to talk about the State of the Union address by the president, nor the rebuttal by the “other side.” It is still apparent that though we as Americans are united in many thoughts and beliefs and ideology of patriotism, it is not so in Washington and hasn’t been for quite some time. Oops, sorry. I said I wasn’t going to talk about it. Well, I did write about it instead, but that’s no excuse.

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Nice sightem. Stopping in Save Mart on Howard Road earlier this week I was greeted near the door by friend and former City Council member Gordon Skeels. Though not exactly spry after hip replacement, and using a walker, Gordon was nonetheless in great spirits and looked rather distinguished with a full beard. Gordon is going through some other health issues, and this scribe wishes him nothing but the best.

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Ridiculous. As is any athlete’s salary. Giants fans may find themselves paying a little more for a seat, a hot dog and definitely a beer at their ballpark on opening day. The Bay Area bat busters have signed their ace pitcher Tim Lincecum for two years at a paltry $20 million a year, give or take a couple hundred thousand and a few dozen strikeouts. With all those zeros on his contract I hope he doesn’t turn into another Zito, as in Barry.

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Just discovered it’s peak mating time. I already have a mate so anytime is good for yours truly, but not so for other wild animals. Correspondent and pet owner Willie Whistlejeans, (with pet cat on lap and dog at feet), warns it is the time of year coyotes are especially prone to rise from their prone position to go after domestic animals. Of course, lately, it seems, our domesticated furry friends should be worried about another beast — man...


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