Last week, the state Legislature voted to eliminate enterprise zones, a program that was established in 1984 to stimulate economic growth in our state's most depressed regions. Across the state, there are 42 enterprise zones, located in diverse locations such as downtown San Francisco and rural Shasta County. In our area, we have zones in Fresno, Merced and San Joaquin counties. The zones promote economic growth by providing tax credits and other incentives to entice businesses to relocate and grow in those areas. The enterprise zone program has been a valuable tool to bring new companies to the Central Valley.
As Nelson Mandela lies gravely ill, heaped with tributes and obscured beneath them, it is worth recalling his defining achievement.
I was standing in line with God, buying tickets to see "Monsters University." He's a big Billy Crystal fan. "So," I said, "have you heard about these religious atheists?"
>When the Legislature's 2013 session began, one of its hottest topics as indicated by the number of bills was hydraulic fracturing, a technique to extract oil from shale strata thousands of feet below Earth's surface with high-pressure injection of water and chemicals.
Forty years ago this week, our nation instituted the all-volunteer force. For 39 of those years, I've witnessed the dedication of our men and women in uniform. They are remarkable, and the establishment of a professional military composed entirely of volunteers is one of our nation's finest achievements. It's been so effective that we often take it for granted but we should pause to think about what our military means to the people it protects.
The June 13 Merced Sun-Star editorial "Immigration bill hanging by a thread" prompted me to write.
The debate on Egypt has been between those who emphasize process and those who emphasize substance.
WASHINGTON Opponents of immigration reform in the United States argue that an influx of low-paid foreign workers will weaken the U.S. economy. But Matthew Sanderson has a different worry: Immigration may be too beneficial for the United States and other rich countries.
A while back, the Merced League of Women Voters held a forum on California government. During the discussion, it was suggested that one solution to California's balky government may be a unicameral legislature, eliminating the two-house system we have now.
A half-decade ago, while too many Californians were taking out too many home mortgages with teaser interest rates and artificially low payments, hundreds of California school districts were being similarly shortsighted.