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    Ways of Life That Work

    1. Zucchini, Tomato, Hamburger Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      When your garden abounds in zucchini, basil, oregano and tomatoes, this is a great way to use those fresh ingredients and a hearty way to eat your veggies. 6 cups sliced zucchini (about 3 medium sized) 1 pound ground round 2-4 cloves of garlic (whatever you're into) 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen tomatoes...
    1. Representative Government

      by Randi Swisley
      Running government is big business, and large amounts of money from taxes are used to run that business. Every citizen pays some kind of taxes and is, therefore, a shareholder in government. The more eligible people there are who choose to vote, the more qualified people there are who choose...
    1. Cucumber Salad Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      Want something cool and light on a hot day?  Need a good way to use all those extra cucumbers in your garden?  And of course, you want it healthy too, right?  This cucumber salad is easy to prepare and is always a hit. 3-4 english cucumbers or 6-10 lemon cucumbers 1 cup...
    1. How To Decide Whether To Sign A Petition For A Ballot Measure

      by Randi Swisley
      This November the public will once again be asked to vote for or against Propositions that are often complex and confusing, making it difficult to make your choice as a responsible voter.  The following information may help you be more discerning and confident when casting your ballot this year. The Constitution...
    1. Tahini Salad Dressing Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      A salad dressing recipe with no oil and no sugar - is it possible?  No need to hold back when you pour it on  because it is healthy and not fattening.  This easy light dressing makes even a bed of plain fresh lettuce taste great.  Whip it up and...
    1. June 2014 California Primary Election

      by Randi Swisley
      Some people don't vote either because they think their vote doesn't matter or they don't feel they have enough information to make good choices. Swamped by TV ads and that steady stream of mailers, they decide no one will give them the straight story anyway. My...
    1. Taxes, Fees and Assessments

      by Randi Swisley
      Taxes, assessments and fees may sound like the same thing to most of us who end up paying them, but separate legal definitions for each of them allows different ways of gaining public approval to raise rates.  For example, Prop 218, approved by California voters in...
    1. Egg Foo Yung Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      My grandmother was friends with an old Chinese cook who gave her this recipe.  It's easy and tastes wonderful - packed with plenty of veggies and protein. 3/4 cup crabmeat 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped green pepper 3 green onions with tops - chopped 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms (optional) 2 1/2 cups bean sprouts 1/2...
    1. Persimmon Cookie Recipe - Gluten Free & Sugar Free

      by Randi Swisley
      Finding a dessert with no sugar that tastes good is quite a challenge.  When you can also skip wheat, you're really challenged.  Here is a recipe that I love and hope you will too... 1 cup persimmon puree 1/2 cup softened butter or coconut oil 1 egg 2-3 drops stevia leaf extract 1 tsp vanilla 2...
    1. Agriculture in America

      by Randi Swisley
      Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries in our country according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Another federal non-partisan agency, the General Accountability Office (GAO), placed fragmented oversight for food safety on the list of High-Risk government operations in 2007 because of inconsistent oversight, ineffective coordination, and...
    1. Lasagne Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      Lasagne takes a long time to prepare, but it is so worth it!  Leftovers are great for several days. Ingredients ...
    1. Water

      by Randi Swisley
      Placer County is in a unique situation as the region where the majority of the state’s water originates, giving us senior water rights.  Retention of these rights is tricky business amid the government and agribusiness powerhouses involved in California water. ...

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