Highly volatile crude oil has begun moving by rail through our Valley, rolling down through Sacramento into Stockton, Modesto and Merced on its way to two refineries in Bakersfield. Unfortunately, the trains carrying that oil are no safer today than they were 18 months ago when a train derailed in Lac-Megantic, Canada, killing 47 people and wiping out half the town.
Were you aware that this is the last day of Tobacco-Free Awareness Week? By now, whether you smoke or not you’re aware of the health, social and weather problems associated with smoking. It’s an expensive habit for some; for others it can lead to a life-threatening illness.
Last summer, a study out of Stanford University and UC San Francisco found that nearly 700,000 Americans would be saved from obesity or Type 2 diabetes during the next decade if the federal government made just one tiny change. Stop letting people buy sugary soft drinks with food stamps.
Ever grow weary of all the problems, roadblocks and speed bumps life puts in our way? We do, too. But sometimes you just have to look around to see people bypassing these difficulties and making things happen. It was fun reading this week about several people not only overcoming setbacks, but also looking for ways large and small to make life better.