Opinion Columns & Blogs

Opinion Columns & Blogs

Will your income taxes in California go up under Trump?

California may have dodged a bullet on repeal of Obamacare, but another conflict pitting California against the Republican-controlled federal government looms. President Donald Trump and Congress are talking about overhauling the federal tax system, and two of the notions floating around Washington could have a big effect on the state.

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California vs. Washington: Smog a new battleground

California is fighting with the Republican-controlled federal government over multiple issues, and smog is one of the newest. President Donald Trump apparently wants to scale back federal mileage standards for cars and California wants to retain higher standards. If California persists, it may have to seek a waiver from the Trump administration.

News

Who has access to turf soccer field?

During a town hall meeting last month in South Merced, residents complained about the upkeep and access to local parks. They specifically asked how individual residents could gain access of the artificial turf soccer fields at McNamara Park.

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UC Merced, other attacks ‘underreported’? Nothing a Google search won’t refute

When a UC Merced student stabbed four people before being shot to death by a campus police officer, the media reported it in depth and detail. Then news outlets continued to follow the story as each new piece of information – including the FBI’s report that the attacker was “self-radicalized and inspired by, but not connected to, the Islamic State” – became available. Yet President Donald Trump claims that incident and 77 others were “underreported” as he tries to push immigration ban.

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Don’t fall for those declaring war on alcohol

January marks the 98th anniversary of the ratification of the 18th Amendment, more commonly known as Prohibition. While Prohibition is remembered as one of America’s greatest failed experiments, today we’re seeing something of a revival of prohibitionist thinking among those in the public health community who are attacking even moderate alcohol consumption.

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2 killed in fiery crash north of Merced

Two people were killed in a truck that burst into flames after being struck by a big rig on Monday, April 24, 2017.
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2 killed in fiery crash north of Merced 1:24

2 killed in fiery crash north of Merced

March for Science at Yosemite National Park 1:51

March for Science at Yosemite National Park

Merced adds three new police officer 0:24

Merced adds three new police officer

'Let black people go!' shooting spree suspect Kori Muhammad yells in court 0:22

'Let black people go!' shooting spree suspect Kori Muhammad yells in court