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    The "earth-friendly, organic" produce vendors at the Napa Farmers Market continue to use single-use plastic bags, with full knowledge that those are environmentally detrimental.

      It is time for barbecues, fireworks, and/or enjoying yourself at Kennedy Park. Parties often include alcohol and can turn from festive to fatal if driving is involved. Before drinking, choosing a designated sober driver is a priority.

        I live on Clay Street. Mr. Wolter's recent letter to the editor is dead on ("Dangerous conditions at Clay and Walnut," June 23). The speeding on Clay Street is excessive and dangerous to those residents who live here or in proximity.

          Lately, it seems like I pick up the newspaper and see that a new hotel is possibly coming to Napa. All these new hotels mean more visitors coming to the Napa Valley.

            I had the honor of attending the Memorial Service for L. Pierce Carson on June 26. Pierce was a friend from the time I was 21 years old, and started attending the Mondavi Summer Concert series. Pierce would arrive early to set up several large blankets in front of the stage. Every week for o…

              The Senate bill to replace the Affordable Care act has been called the Better Care Reconciliation Act. According to the Congressional Budget Office, it would add 22 million Americans to the ranks of the uninsured by 2026 and would reduce the deficit by $321 billion over 10 years.

                As our region works to protect community health in response to last week’s heat wave, we must brace ourselves for a potent new attack on public health as the United States Senate moves forward with repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This threat is real and will affect the lives of many…

                After a payment pause that has lasted more than three years, more than 40 million student loan borrowers will be on the hook for payments starting in late August. A new debt bill passed by Congress removed any hope that the Biden administration would extend the pause again if the Supreme Court strikes down the White House's student loan cancellation. Among the most vulnerable borrowers are those who finished college during the pandemic. Millions have never had to make a loan payment, and their bills will soon start coming amid soaring inflation and forecasts of economic recession.

                The Nevada Legislature convened Wednesday for a special session to consider whether to provide $380 million in public financing for a stadium that would host the Oakland Athletics on the Las Vegas Strip. The funding would mainly come from $180 million in transferable tax credits and $120 million in county bonds. Backers have pledged that the creation of a special tax district around the proposed stadium would generate enough money to pay off those bonds and interest. Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo’s office had introduced the stadium financing bill with less than two weeks left in the regular session. It is unclear how many days the special session will last.

                Ron DeSantis is defending his state’s decision to fly migrants from the southern border to California. The Florida governor said Wednesday that California invited the migrants with its welcoming policies toward immigrants. DeSantis spoke at a meeting with sheriffs near Arizona’s border with Mexico, pledging to get control of the border and flexing his muscles on the signature issue for Donald Trump, his chief rival for Republican presidential nomination. California declared itself a “sanctuary” for immigrants after Trump was elected president, extending protections to people living in the country illegally. DeSantis said those policies serve as a magnet for people looking for a better life and make it harder to crack down on illegal immigration.

                Roughly two dozen killer whales were spotted last month off the coast of San Francisco in an uncommonly large grouping of orcas for Northern California. The whales were likely together celebrating a kill of sea lions or seals on May 7 near the Farallon Islands, about 28 miles west of San Francisco, when a whale-watching boat tour saw them. Orcas typically stay in a family group of three to six whales. Killer whales are more commonly seen in the deep canyon beneath the Monterey Bay — about 75 miles south of downtown San Francisco — and can be spotted anywhere from the coastline to just 5 miles off-shore.


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