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 By Bob Magee    Opinion 

Public safety before protected species

Early one morning in April 2004, a school teacher at Butterfield Elementary pulled out onto state Route 74 and was T-boned by a dump truck. The impact fatally injured a 9-year-old g... — Updated 6/22/2018

 
 By Julie Reeder    Opinion

We need to protect our free speech rights

This week I was appalled by a law moving through our California legislature that limits free speech (AB2943). In Canada they’ve gone one step further and now have “compelled speech” laws as well as tribunals to enforce them.... — Updated 6/22/2018

 
 By Jane Chastain    Opinion

The Supremes' commit dereliction of duty

In sports, a tie is said to be like kissing your sister. The Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Bakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case where a baker was punished for refusing to make a cake for a gay wedding, was s... — Updated 6/20/2018

 

Letter to the Editor: There is no safe exposure to secondhand smoke

Dear Editor, The country observed World No Tobacco Day, May 31, a yearly reminder that we must put an end to a global epidemic. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in California. But it’s not... — Updated 6/20/2018

 

Public safety is job number one

Loopholes that allow convicted rapists and human traffickers to walk free before completing their sentences must be closed; criminal use and possession of firearms must be reined... — Updated 6/20/2018

 
 By Jane Chastain    Opinion

The anything-but Center for Sex Positive Culture promotes the dark underworld of anything-goes sex

The Center for Sex Positive Culture is now hiding in plain sight in Pioneer Square, a historic district in downtown Seattle. The grand opening for the new location, formally called the Wet Spot, is this Saturday, but don’t try... — Updated 6/8/2018

 

What does a republic look like?

Most people ignorantly refer to the nation’s political system as a “democracy” although this word is not in the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights or any document given by the Founding Fathers.... — Updated 6/8/2018

 
 By Bob Magee    Opinion

Habitat saviors, bullies or hypocrites?

The goal of Western Riverside County’s Multi Species Habitat Conservation Plan, as it was rolled out in 2003, was to streamline the approval process for public infrastructure... — Updated 6/8/2018

 
 By Jane Chastain    Opinion

Farming and food stamps, the joke is on us

There is an old joke about the Department of Agriculture: One day, a bureaucrat in that arcane agency noticed a co-worker with a long face. He inquired, “Why the long face?” His co-worker said, “My farmer died.” It’s a ba... — Updated 6/1/2018

 

What the Waco Massacre looks like 25 years later

We drove down a quiet country road, trees and green meadows in every direction. Mount Carmel, the famous Branch Davidian compound and church, was a sharp turn to the right. Gone was the mailbox at the entrance with Branch Davidian... — Updated 5/31/2018

 

Fire communities work together

I have been appointed to a new Select Committee on Natural Disaster Response, Recovery and Rebuilding, co-chaired by Assemblymembers Marc Levine, D-Marin, for the Santa Rosa Fire,... — Updated 5/24/2018

 
 By Kim Harris    Opinion

Being an informed voter is the best way to affect change

Every couple of years I get the pleasure of reminding my children about the responsibility of voting. Apparently, those lectures where their little eyes gloss over and they appear to be incredibly bored have paid off as all of... — Updated 5/24/2018

 

In your home, what is more important: keeping the family healthy or the Dow Jones industrial average?

It is foolish for anyone to think the country is “on the right track” because the stock market is up. All that means is that large corporations have increased in value because President Donald Trump and the Republicans are... — Updated 5/18/2018

 

Animals need advocacy too

Most people love animals and want to see that they are treated humanely. That’s why I’m supporting several bills this session that will help ensure the safety and well-being of... — Updated 5/18/2018

 

Is the Constitution relevant in local and state elections?

With election signs everywhere, it is well to note that it is unrealistic to expect national candidates to follow the Constitution when voters did not insist that they did so in local and state elections. After all, many simply... — Updated 5/17/2018

 

Have better roads without higher taxes

Even before the recent increase, Californians were paying some of the highest gasoline taxes in the United States. Despite this cost, the state’s highways were consistently rated... — Updated 5/10/2018

 

Caucuses are far more representative than primaries

Voters might be confused by the difference between a caucus and a primary, each state offering one or the other to find the right contenders for the general election in November. We will treat both. In a primary, the overriding pri... — Updated 5/9/2018

 

Getting sensible about public safety

Recent changes in California’s criminal statutes resulting from passage of Propositions 47 and 57 have reclassified many serious crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. These... — Updated 5/3/2018

 
 By Teresa Stivers    Opinion

Changing the lives of Inland Empire's at-risk children makes a positive impact that goes beyond National Child Abuse Prevention Month

In the minute it takes to read this paragraph, 250 babies will be born around the world. You will blink a dozen times, a hummingbird will flap its wings 4,000 times and the Earth’s 7.6 billion human hearts will beat,... — Updated 5/2/2018

 
 By Bob Magee    Opinion

What's Governor Jerry Brown's plan for homelessness?

For one of the biggest proponents of social engineering, Gov. Jerry Brown has been strangely silent on the issue of homelessness. You have to have been off the grid yourself not to... — Updated 4/27/2018

 

Holocaust Remembrance Day

I am honored to recognize Bernard `Bernie’ Zelkowitz, a Temecula resident and a actual survivor of the Holocaust, at this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day in the State... — Updated 4/19/2018

 

Cyber security on college campuses

Electronic devices are common on college campuses across the United States, making getting assignments done and communication easier, but they also make students vulnerable. College students need to be more aware of the risks... — Updated 4/19/2018

 

California advocates for the developmentally disabled

The Assembly Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities works to ensure the rights and dignity of all Californians with developmental disabilities through... — Updated 4/12/2018

 
 By Joe Naiman    Opinion

Attending the San Diego Comic Fest session, April 20, would be a more appropriate solution to reducing gun violence than simply walking out of class

Last month’s 17-minute student walkout to protest gun violence will likely have minimal effect, as the changes the students desire would require support by too many elected officials from other states. A more effective solution... — Updated 4/12/2018

 

Safeguarding schools is top priority

School safety has to be the first priority. That’s why I introduced Assembly Bill 1983 requiring local school districts to collaborate with local law enforcement to create... — Updated 4/6/2018

 

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