• Letter: Measure C should be rewritten

    Letter: Measure C should be rewritten

    To the community, Once the money goes into the General Fund it can end up anywhere, that’s why this Measure C is a good tax (if there is a good tax) because it is a specific fund that cannot be used for anything but what it’s voted on. Specifically this started as a way to […]

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  • Opinion: Wine Country triumph

    Opinion: Wine Country triumph

    By Joe Mathews The deaths and damage of this year’s Wine County wildfires are a historic disaster. They are also the product of an epic California success. That triumph is the wine industry, which has come to dominate our state’s land, culture and image. Indeed, it’s now outdated to refer to the burning stretches of […]

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  • Opinion: Questioning EDC attorney’s logic

    Opinion: Questioning EDC attorney’s logic

    By Larry Weitzman Governments waste money and lots of it. The government employees who spend it many times don’t care, it’s not their money (it’s other people’s money, or OPM). And making matters worse most government employees are almost totally insulated and immune from any outside action for what the government employee does. And they […]

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  • Opinion: Wine Country fires wake-up for Tahoe

    Opinion: Wine Country fires wake-up for Tahoe

    By Joanne Marchetta The heartbreaking fires in Northern California’s Wine Country this month have upended hundreds of thousands of people’s lives. In just over one week, the fires across Northern California burned more than 220,000 acres, destroyed 6,000 buildings, and killed more than 40 people. Our hearts go out to our neighbors in Napa, Sonoma, […]

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  • Opinion: Calif. needs to import German transparency

    Opinion: Calif. needs to import German transparency

    By Joe Mathews California could use a concert hall like Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. The signature structure of 21st century Germany features performance space for the philharmonic, a dramatically curved escalator, and a dozen different public spaces for people to gather and enjoy city views. But what California needs more than this stunning new piece of architecture […]

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  • Opinion: Don’t trust government with new tax money

    Opinion: Don’t trust government with new tax money

    By Joel Fox Reassurances to taxpayers about proper management of new revenue on the state and local level is too often ignored by politicians once the money is secured. Recent examples of attempts to spend money differently than promised are common—but it’s an old story, as well. The Legislature passed the gas tax and vehicle […]

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  • Letter: Bread & Broth service dedicated to parents

    Letter: Bread & Broth service dedicated to parents

    To the community, Bread & Broth’s Monday meal on Oct. 9 was sponsored by Janet McDougall in memory of her parents, Mac and Jackie McDougall.   “Mac and Jackie were very hospitable and loved to feed people,” said McDougall. “They would love the Bread & Broth program for feeding people’s stomachs and souls.”   Although most people […]

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  • Opinion: Not sold on single-payer health care

    Opinion: Not sold on single-payer health care

    By Joe Mathews I’m so disappointed in myself. I should be 100 percent supportive of establishing California’s own single-payer health system, which means that one entity—the government—pays for everyone’s healthcare. After all, the best Californians are for it. California’s next governor, Gavin Newsom, has made single-payer central to his campaign. America’s next president, California U.S. […]

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  • Opinion: Trump is bad for skiing

    Opinion: Trump is bad for skiing

    By Marc Peruzzi, Outside This is not the beginning of a partisan smear campaign like the seminal “CHENEY SKIS IN JEANS” bumper stickers popular in Jackson Hole in the early aughts. Once upon a time, years before President Trump subscribed to the human-body-as-depletable-battery school of exercise avoidance, he was a skier. His children fondly remember racing […]

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  • Opinion: Stop playing the national anthem at games

    Opinion: Stop playing the national anthem at games

    By Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal I have a solution for the national anthem debate that has gripped the sports world – and to some degree the entire country – over the last year: stop playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before sports events. There was a time when the anthem wasn’t played prior to games. It was […]

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