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December 2014

A Modest Proposal: Holiday Reset

Every year around this time, I get very itchy about the false notes of consumerism and commercialization invading the holiday celebrations. I tried to address these issues in my two most recent Pacifica Tribune columns (see "Day of Discontent" items):

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Give me 12 Days of Christmas, ending with Epiphany. Why not!? Some people spend a lifetime seeking an epiphany. Why not have one every January 6?

Or Plan B: convert to Judaism, which celebrates Hannukah over eight giftable days.

Next year I plan to renounce the Madison Avenue one-day Christmas and go old school. Spread the cheer. Spread the word.

John Maybury, Editor & Publisher

Help Fog City Pet's Nate With Medical Bills

John Bradford reports: "Nate, the owner of Fog City Pet Supplies on Palmetto Avenue, was injured by a hit-and-run driver earlier this month. When I visited the shop today, his friend told me that the police have identified a suspect. But Nate still needs some help with his medical bills. Nate always has a smile for his customers and his store is a great resource for local pet owners. His friends have set up a fundraising website for anyone who wants to help out." (Click the link below.)

Help Nate

Rainfall Totals Good, But Drought Still On

The Drought Monitor has upgraded a large chunk of Northern California from “exceptional” drought (the highest of its five categories) to “extreme” drought. So that’s better, but still not good. Conditions are still so stark because this drought is historic in its proportions. According to a study published recently in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, which looked at the records of drought in California tree growth rings, this is the most severe drought in the Golden State in the past 1,200 years. The depth of the drought is due to a combination of lack of precipitation and exceptionally warm temperatures. 2013 was driest year the state has ever recorded, followed by 2014, the warmest year on record by a wide margin.

Gary Hanauer