New Year’s Resolutions 2021

By Jane Futcher How many times have you resolved to exercise every day, ban sugar from your diet and write no matter how many crazy things are going on around you? I’m certain I’ve made those pledges every year since I started writing down my resolutions in 1902. Correction: 1962. Have I succeeded? While I’m […]

Coronavirus Turns Dream Cruise Into Trip to Nowhere for Laytonville Couple

By Jane FutcherMarch 5, 2020Willits Weekly A small but dangerous adversary hijacked a once-in-a-lifetime Asian cruise my wife Erin and I booked on the Holland America ship Westerdam. For two weeks during February, five countries refused to let our ship dock despite the cruise company’s repeated assurances that none of us — 1,455 guests and […]

Lawyers, Guns, and Money

By Jane FutcherCalifornia Lawyer MagazineJuly 23, 2010 When federal agents arrested ten Hmong leaders in California last year, did they foil a terrorist plot—or entrap a group of delusional exiles? Early last year, at a popular Thai restaurant in Sacramento just a few blocks from the state capitol, a trim, 60-year-old retired Army lieutenant colonel […]

The Death of Lao General Vang Pao

by Jane FutcherApril 10, 2011 How America Treats Its Friends I learned recently that General Vang Pao, a former Laotian Hmong military leader and staunch American ally during the Vietnam War, died in January of pneumonia in Clovis, Calif. He was 81. The general was revered by many of this country’s nearly 200,000 ethnic Hmong, […]


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