Meeting the Labor Day deadline for opening the long-delayed eastern span of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge must no longer be the singular focus of Caltrans.
Important legislation is emerging that would significantly improve care for the most severely mentally ill people in California.
Unable to match the salaries of private and some public utilities, California cannot retain enough skilled employees to maintain and operate its complex and vital water delivery system.
Groups that have pumped in waves of secret cash polluting our politics long have demanded closer scrutiny.
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, May 19:
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Monday, May 20:
Are you aware of the national program, Common Core, that is beginning to be implemented in your school? It is a program handed down to the states by the federal government. Congress, state legislators and our own local school boards were bypassed. Why? Money! Governors were enticed to sign on by grants and a waiver to get out of "No Child Left Behind." The estimated cost for this program from the Department of Education is $760 million. Outside sources estimate the cost at $1.6 billion.
Saving our youth today is a puzzle and a challenge. They have nobody to guide them and locking them up doesn't help.
This is in reply to "SPCA disappoints" (April 29) from a writer disappointed that the SPCA would not help pay her daughter's vet bill.
Regarding community support for the Leila Fowler family and some residents demanding their money back after a son is arrested ("Calaveras reels after boy's arrest," Merced Sun-Star, May 13).
Vice President Biden described the Boston bombers as "knock-off Jihadists." I don't understand what that means. Does that mean they differ from your standard, run-of-the-mill, garden variety Jihadist?
A man has no choice if he wants to live. A man has no choice if he wants to die. It is God's choice whether we live or die. A farmer who works very hard to produce a good crop but fails, again it is not the farmer's choice. It is God's choice.
A comment to the letter, "Embarrassing Atwater." I, for one, am very thankful to Jeff Rivero for embarrassing Atwater if it will help the public and other council members realize that the "money-grows- on-trees" time is over.
This is in reply to the letter from the writer disappointed that the SPCA would not help pay her daughter's vet bill (April 29). The SPCA is purely a local organization. It does not have, as some people think, a national parent group that magically dispenses funds as needed. The SPCA runs its shelter, caring for about 80 animals, on an extremely tight budget. All the nasty, thankless chores are done by a small group of dedicated volunteers that show up daily.
How about some good news? How about a glass half-full? Aren't we all tired of the lousy lists we've made the past few years?
Since Californians approved Proposition 1A in 2008, there has been tremendous effort put into designing and planning the high-speed system. Now, it is poised to become a reality.