Perhaps the most parodied TV commercials, next to those “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” plugs for Life Alert and other emergency call devices, are the prescription drug ads.

Over the last two weeks, my colleagues in both chambers of the Legislature negotiated and finalized a responsible budget to fund our state for the 2020 fiscal year. This process kicked off after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer presented her executive recommendation in early March. Since then, the Legi…

In 2016, Roderigo Duterte ran for President of the Philippines and won on a zero tolerance drug policy platform. After his election, the zero tolerance policy was put into action through a campaign against drugs, where people are rounded up and killed without any trials or defense. The Phili…

When was the last time you remember having a perfect day? I remember a few landmark days in my life—like my wedding day, which was perfectly blissful, and the day I sold my first book, became a senior editor at Santa Barbara Magazine and met my husband-to-be, all within 24 hours. Wow. Talk a…

Say “Hello” to DJ. DJ is a 1-2 year old, beautiful brindle coated boy. He is neutered, friendly and energetic. He is a pretty good walker, too. Perhaps you will provide him with a forever home? Call the shelter if interested in DJ at 861- 5395.

When Jonathan Mooney was 10 years old, he was diagnosed with ADHD and Dyslexia, which placed him outside the construct of a standardized “normal.”

Every day I receive way too many unsolicited e-mails, seemingly from all quarters of the universe. And most of them couldn’t apply less to my life. Do I suffer from ringing in the ears? Dr. Tinnitus has the cure. Is nail fungus my nemesis? Dr. Fungus urges me to “Eat this for breakfast to de…

This past weekend, in honor of the official start of autumn, I got the urge to make a fall Sunday dinner. Even though it was still warm, there was a hint of crispness in the air, the perfect weather for a nice roast, squash, sweet potatoes, that sort of thing.

Say hello to Jane who is looking for a loving home. She came into the shelter with a gunshot wound to the hip area, but fortunately it was just a flesh wound, and she has fully recovered. Jane is a 1-2 year old spayed female. She is a smaller-sized Pitt mix and is very friendly and loving. P…