The Swarm

Mix it up with The Bee's editorial board.

September 15, 2009
Mark Williams gets big-time play

Sacramento's Mark Williams, who has emerged as a national spokesman for the Tea Party movement, was interviewed by CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday. Among other things, Williams, a former KFBK talk radio host, defended his description (last year) of Obama as an "Indonesian Muslim" turned "welfare thug." At least one liberal blogger has said that Williams "melted down" as Cooper "destroyed him." But we imagine that Williams was quite pleased with his performance -- and the national air time.

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September 8, 2009
Bus v. car v. bike
Three members of the Bee's editorial board will set out Wednesday morning on a Great Race to explore different modes of commuting from the Sacramento suburbs to downtown. Ginger Rutland will take the bus and light rail from Fair Oaks near Bella Vista High School to the Bee's main office at 21st and Q. Pia Lopez will make the same trip by car. And Bee columnist Daniel Weintraub will travel by bike, via city streets and the American River trail. Ginger will be struggling against recent pressures on the Regional Transit system, where passengers are payng more and getting less. Pia will be a single occupant fighting against a metered onramp and a crowded highway. Daniel will try to avoid the busiest parkways in the suburbs as he makes his way to the trail but will exit at Sacramento State and then approach downtown on busy H Street. See the Sunday Forum section for the outcome of the race and our thoughts on transportation in Sacramento, then join in and share your commuting stories with us and other Sacramentans.

About The Swarm

The Swarm is written by members of The Sacramento Bee's editorial board. They meet daily and are separate from the newsroom. Views included here are those of individual writers, and do not necessarily reflect those of a majority of the board or the positions expressed in The Bee's editorials.

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