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Clarifying our Columbia reporting

The Union Democrat for the past four years has reported on the arrogance and abuses of a handful of public officials at Columbia Elementary.

Sadly, a few readers on the sidelines still take personally our scrutiny of a public institution and a few bad actors within — including retiring Superintendent John Pendley, a few members of the Board of Trustees, and a small handful of staffers.


Microbead brouhaha hits home

Apparently, little plastic beads commonly used in cosmetic products are rubbing a lot of people the wrong way.

These so-called “microbeads” — found in everything from facial scrubs and soaps, to toothpaste — have been all but banned in a half-dozen states. Several California lawmakers want ours to be next in line.


Prison is for the birds

Anyone who thinks the prison system goes easy on jailbirds might get a kick out of this.


Lessons go unlearned at Columbia

You can’t make this stuff up. ...

On Thursday, a handful of Columbia Elementary officials and most of the school’s students gathered at the gym to dedicate a mosaic — complete with plaque — to a figure worshipped by a small cabal on campus.


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