Issue: August 22, 2013

Dearest CN&R readers,

Good morning (or afternoon, as the case may be)! The cover story in our back-to-school issue--"Diploma and the debt," by CN&R intern Katherine Green--is a most timely one, as it pertains directly to the college-loan crisis precipitated after a decade of tuition increases and other economic woes. Green's story is must-read stuff. We have an editorial related to the issue as well. (Also, pick up a print version of the CN&R and read Streetalk--the question this week is "Is college a good investment?")

Other back-to-school-related stories that are decidedly worth reading are contributor Evan Tuchinsky's Healthlines feature, "Minds kept sharp," for which he interviewed a darling senior couple who have taken part in Chico State's OLLI (Osher Lifelong Leaning Institute) classes for some time now; and contributor Claire Hutkins Seda's Greenways feature, "Defining 'organic,'" an excellent story on the goings-on at the Organic Vegetable Project at the University Farm, as well as what it means to have a farm certified as 'organic.'

In Newslines, we lead off with News Editor Tom Gascoyne's college-student primer on local politics, "Political Science 101," followed by Staff Writer Ken Smith's "Back at bat," on Butte County's handling of incarcerated third-strikers who appeal for sentence adjustment following the passage of Proposition 36. Next is contributor Robert Speer's wrap-up of the recent City Council meeting, "Pull up a sidewalk," which is largely focused on the council's decision about a sit/lie ordinance for downtown Chico. And finally, there is a fun piece by contributor Cliff Larimer, "Fishing for justice," on the latest escapades of constitutionalist Don Boyd.

In Arts & Culture, look for contributor Henri Bourride's review of the new restaurant, The Kitchen Table--"Pull up a chair" (the food sounds delish!). And Arts Editor Jason Cassidy does double events-listing duty in his Music feature, "Sounds like Chico," as well as in his Arts DEVO column. If you want to know a lot about upcoming events in Chico, check out both of those pieces.

My sustainability column, The GreenHouse, takes another (sad) look at the heritage walnut trees at Third and Chestnut streets, as does one of our editorials, "Destroying our heritage."

If you aren't yet a Tom Tomorrow addict, you should be. Read that politically enlightening cartoon every week in the hard copy of our paper.

Happy back-to-school days!

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor