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SENIOR CITIZENS WANTED TO FIGHT TAX INCREASES

SENIOR CITIZENS WANTED TO FIGHT TAX INCREASES

In recent years, Orinda’s senior citizens has been hammered by tax increases, especially property-tax increases. If you are an Orinda resident at least 65 years old, it’s time to fight back. If you are interested in forming the Coalition of Orinda Seniors (COS), please contact The Icon’s editor:  Richard Colman at <rcolman@biocorp.com>.  Address:  The Icon, 2354 Stanwell Dr., Concord, CA 94520; TEL  (925) 609-2820 ext. 203; FAX (925) 363-7798.

EDITORIAL: GARBAGE COLLECTION IN ORINDA COSTS TOO MUCH

EDITORIAL: GARBAGE COLLECTION IN ORINDA COSTS TOO MUCH

Outrageous fees for garbage collection continue to plague Orinda. In a letter sent to some 2,700 Orinda homes, Republic Services, Orinda’s garbage-collection company, is announcing rate increases as high as 52 percent. In a form letter dated February 24, 2017, Republic Services is telling some residents that ” . . . you are on a route that requires a special hard to service vehicle.” For these residents, garbage-collection rates are slated to go from $90.00 per three months to as…

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The Oasis Cafe

The Oasis Cafe

When it comes to fast food restaurants in the Lamorinda area (Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda), there is but one place in Lafayette where a “golden arches” sighting can be found.  As a matter of fact, such culinary genre (as golden arches) could be placed on an endangered species list there.  “Bun and Run” places serving low-quality fair just don’t cut it in this sophisticated market. So where do residents of Orinda and their nearby neighbors go when they want a…

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TAX TERROR: IT CAN BE ENDED

TAX TERROR: IT CAN BE ENDED

Terrifying is a good way to describe the American tax system. But there is good news:  The tax system can be fixed. A system called the Fair Tax can be adopted if Congress and the president are willing to act. The Fair Tax would have only one type of tax. The Fair Tax would only tax consumption.  The Fair Tax would only apply only at the final point of sale.  Sometimes, the Fair Tax is called the Consumption Tax. If…

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MOOD AND FOOD

MOOD AND FOOD

What you eat can affect your risk of the most common mood disorder in the United States:  depression. Mental health begins with lifestyle:  nutritious food; regular exercise; sufficient sleep; and coping skills. The chemical components of food impact one’s state of mind throughout the day — that is, after every meal and snack.  A long period of time without nourishment (fasting) activates survival emotions throughout the brain.  Food, or the lack of it, thus alters both feelings and thoughts. A…

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