• Opinion: Inexplicable war on trees

    Opinion: Inexplicable war on trees

    By Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times Do we ever really pause to think of a tree as its own self? Not as a picturesque forest backdrop to our vacation selfies, not as lumber for a deck, nor as the makings of a campfire — but a tree as a living thing with billions more of […]

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  • Opinion: Calif. democracy is like a Wendy’s in Colton

    Opinion: Calif. democracy is like a Wendy’s in Colton

    By Joe Mathews One recent Sunday night, I stopped by a Wendy’s in Colton, a gritty San Bernardino County city. I wasn’t there to grab a square hamburger and a Frosty, but rather to glimpse the struggles of California’s peculiar system of democracy. California’s governance might seem to emanate from the marble halls of Sacramento. […]

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  • Letter: Appreciation, stats from homeless coalition

    Letter: Appreciation, stats from homeless coalition

    To the community, On behalf of Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless, I would like to thank our community for its support during the third winter season of the South Lake Tahoe warm room project.  Our organization received donations from over 150 individuals and businesses and benefited from 64 volunteers who provided over 675 volunteer hours […]

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  • Opinion: Capitalism won’t cure China’s authoritarianism

    Opinion: Capitalism won’t cure China’s authoritarianism

    By Stein Ringen The decision by China’s legislature to scrap the term limit of 10 years in the country’s presidency pulls the curtain aside on Xi Jinping’s radical transformation of the regime. The world looks to China and sees an economic giant. But the China we ought to see is a political giant. Xi inherited […]

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  • Opinion: America’s decline is relative but real

    Opinion: America’s decline is relative but real

    By Manlio Graziano Is the United States in decline? The debate on the subject lacks content and context. To take the conversation about American decline away from arbitrary and subjective claims, we require an indisputable criterion. And the only criterion that really counts in international relations is comparison: How does the United States stack up […]

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  • Opinion: Calif. fire agencies need state money

    Opinion: Calif. fire agencies need state money

    By Daryl Osby and Mark Lorenzen, Sacramento Bee   The many tragedies during the terrible wildfires and mudslides California experienced recently have taught us many lessons we cannot ignore or neglect. First, our weather patterns are changing and natural disasters are getting worse, due in large part to climate change. California suffered its deadliest and […]

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  • Letter: Tax help a success on South Shore

    Letter: Tax help a success on South Shore

    To the community, Kudos to the South Lake Tahoe Taxaide Team. Despite the harsh March weather, we helped our fellow residents file a record number of complete and accurate returns (640 – a 6 percent increase over last year). Refunds of $795,646 were processed, with $235,913 balance due. That means that over a half million […]

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  • Opinion: USFS faces century-old call for equality

    Opinion: USFS faces century-old call for equality

    By James G. Lewis, High Country News The third applicant was “no gentleman,” the U.S. Forest Service ranger wrote to his boss, but would still make a first-class fire lookout on the remote Klamath National Forest. He thought little of the first applicant’s abilities, and the second had poor eyesight, though that didn’t prevent him […]

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  • Editorial: Defending Calif.’s right to clean air

    Editorial: Defending Calif.’s right to clean air

    Publisher’s note: This editorial is from the May 2, 2018, Los Angeles Times. World leaders may negotiate their climate change accords in foreign capitals, but the efforts to stem global warming may succeed or fail based on what happens in United States courtrooms, where the state of California is leading the charge to block the […]

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  • Opinion: Census count of same-sex couples not enough

    Opinion: Census count of same-sex couples not enough

    By Akiesha Anderson, The Conversation Although LGBT people are becoming more visible in society, federal data reveal little about the U.S. LGBT population and its needs. In a first in U.S. history, the U.S. Census Bureau will explicitly count same-sex couples living together in the 2020 census. The decision to ask about same-sex relationships, announced […]

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