• Opinion: Calif.’s job to make America great again

    Opinion: Calif.’s job to make America great again

    By Joe Mathews California is on the defensive in its battle with Donald Trump. We need offense—now. Trump is attacking our state as if it were just another political opponent. His strategy is not merely to push California; he wants to rob our state of its political legitimacy. So the president of the United States […]

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  • Opinion: How Medicare came into being

    Opinion: How Medicare came into being

    By Julian E. Zelizer Before Congress passed Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 millions of elderly Americans lacked health insurance. They could not afford to go to the hospital, nor could they cover the cost of a physician. Medical breakthroughs ranging from antibiotics to new surgical procedures kept increasing the cost of health care, but the […]

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  • Opinion: Bill comes due for re-engineered way of life

    Opinion: Bill comes due for re-engineered way of life

    Publisher’s note: This editorial is from the Feb. 18, 2017, Sacramento Bee. No disaster is entirely natural in our re-engineered state and valley. Owing to our hubris, we humans have a direct hand in them all. We have built cities on earthquake faults, balanced mansions on hillsides that burn in one season and slide into […]

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  • Opinion: The truth behind the McClintock clash

    Opinion: The truth behind the McClintock clash

    By Marcos Breton, Sacramento Bee Daniel Hahn, the chief of police in Roseville, wants to be clear: His department did not shut down a recent town-hall meeting staged by Republican Rep. Tom McClintock. Nor did it tell McClintock he had to leave for his own safety because of an unruly crowd. Roseville police made no […]

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  • Opinion: Fix California water and data systems

    Opinion: Fix California water and data systems

    By Michael Kiparsky and Roger Bales, Modesto Bee   Few people realize how outdated our systems for water information are. Because of data limitations, real-time, transparent decisions about drought management, flood response and groundwater protection have eluded the state for the past century. Without basic numbers on where, when and how much water is available […]

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  • Opinion: Mid-season check-in from Squaw

    Opinion: Mid-season check-in from Squaw

    To the community, This has literally been a historic season for our mountains and the region in terms of the nature and severity of the weather, with hurricane force winds, impressive and rapid snow accumulation, extreme flooding, intermittent and sometimes long lasting power outages, mudslides, avalanche conditions and more. From general operational challenges to very […]

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  • Opinion: Managing AIS critical for Tahoe

    Opinion: Managing AIS critical for Tahoe

    By Joanne Marchetta Over the last two decades, the Lake Tahoe region has become a national leader in fighting the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) that threaten to harm its world-renowned environment and the $5 billion recreation-based economy it supports. The Lake Tahoe region is working with other partners throughout the American […]

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  • Opinion: Tapping moneyed elite began with WWI

    Opinion: Tapping moneyed elite began with WWI

    By Charles Rappleye From our earliest days we Americans have embraced leaders from among the ranks of the nation’s moneyed elite. Voters set the tone when they chose George Washington, the wealthiest man on the continent at the time, as the first president. But that choice was accompanied by a healthy skepticism of the role […]

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  • Opinion: Taxes are the wrong answer for Calif.

    Opinion: Taxes are the wrong answer for Calif.

    By Ted Gaines Regarding Senate Bill 1, a measure I voted against in the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing, that creates permanent new taxes and fees to fund transportation infrastructure: Is anyone shocked that the proposed solutions to a very real transportation infrastructure crisis are more taxes and fees? It’s all Sacramento knows and […]

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  • Opinion: Importance of Central Valley

    Opinion: Importance of Central Valley

    By Joe Mathews Are you finally growing up, Sacramento? I pose that question not to our state government, but to the real Sacramento, the capital region. It’s a query that also should be aimed at the Central Valley’s other big urban areas. The maturity of Fresno, Bakersfield or Stockton is not just a local question. […]

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