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 By Kim Harris    Opinion 

Being wildfire ready should be a way of life in Southern California

Editor’s note: As I sat at my desk this week pondering where my focus should be for this week’s opinion piece, the Holy Fire raged into Lake Elsinore. It seemed a no-brainer to share this column I wrote on fire safety... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story

 

Ignoring the fires of mental illness

This summer Riverside County has been victimized by two massive wildland fires: The Cranston Fire (Idyllwild) and the Holy Fire (Lake Elsinore). I say victimized because both fires were started by Arsonists. These fires were not... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story

 

First 5 program reaches families

In 1998, Proposition 10 established the First 5 program to provide early childhood development programs and services in each of California’s 58 counties. With 90 percent of brain... — Updated 8/10/2018

 
 By Joe Naiman    Opinion

Objective more important than competition

Mary York’s column in the July 19, 2018, East County Californian warrants not rebuttal but confirmation from a veteran colleague. York became the editor of the Californian in February. She had previously been a sportswriter for... — Updated 8/9/2018

 

Tinsel Triathlon new ownership guarantees the longevity of a favorite cycling event

Dear Editor, In “32nd annual Tinsel Triathlon gets new owner and race director,” the Valley News article July 26 identifies Connie Hall as the new owner of the long-running Tinsel Triathlon held in Hemet. Despite the paralyzin... — Updated 8/9/2018 Full story

 

Get ready to be counted

The first national census was taken in 1790, and the nation is gearing up for the next one in 2020. There’s a lot riding on the census. For one thing, Congressional representation is based on an accurate count, and distribution... — Updated 8/2/2018

 

Constitution lists no qualifications for Supreme Court justices

Are you qualified to be the next Supreme Court justice? Perhaps. The only statement in the Constitution with respect to the existence of the Supreme Court lists no qualifications. It reads, “The judicial power of the United... — Updated 8/2/2018

 

Water conservation bill to limit Californians 55 gallons per day

So, can you live on 55 gallons of water a day? No one can. Legislation just enacted broadens authority of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), an unelected, unaccountabl... — Updated 7/27/2018

 

A reader's observations on last week's political scene

Dear Editor, A couple observations on the insanity gripping the political scene last week: 1.) The attacks on Trump for simply meeting with Putin are absurd. Obama not only met with the Russians but told its foreign minister he... — Updated 7/26/2018

 

California's economic prosperity

Though California is the world’s fifth largest economy, we must expand economic prosperity. With over 20 percent of our population living below the poverty line, we have the... — Updated 7/18/2018

 

Disgraced FBI agent's Congressional Testimony revealed inherent bias mendacity, and corruption

Disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok's Congressional Testimony revealed inherent bias, mendacity and corruption within the FBI's Counterintelligence Division. Strzok proclaimed that the vulgar and partisan messages with his... — Updated 7/18/2018

 

The American Revolution was successful because citizens had guns

Many may not remember their basic U.S. history courses as to why the Second Amendment exists in the first place. Certainly, when enacted, there was no thought of restricting type of firearm, or where, or who could carry. So its... — Updated 7/12/2018

 

Working for the District

This session my legislative package deals with public safety, health care, government efficiency and rebuilding after the recent fires. Only some are highlighted here. Public safety bills include Assembly Bill 2720, reducing... — Updated 7/12/2018

 

Why does Trump delay releasing the JFK assassination files too?

No president has insisted on the release of the secret John F. Kennedy assassination files more than President Donald J. Trump. Last Oct. 17, he tweeted, “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as pres... — Updated 7/11/2018

 

Help the local citrus economy

California’s fresh-market citrus producers are working hard to prevent being affected by a disease called huanglongbing or citrus greening disease. The disease, for which there... — Updated 7/5/2018

 
 By Kim Harris    Opinion

We can, and should, work together to make a difference

Last Thursday’s shooting at the Capital Gazette serves as a grim reminder for all just how dangerous life can be. We get up every day, shower, go to work, take our children to school, run to the grocery store or any number of... — Updated 7/5/2018

 

Children and the great outdoors

Electronic devices and virtual reality can be great, but there’s nothing like experiencing nature firsthand.  Unfortunately, many youths living in inner cities and underserved communities never have the opportunity to really ex... — Updated 6/28/2018

 
 By Joe Naiman    Opinion

SD County Fair promotions this year include exercise benefits

Last year I wrote a column noting that the San Diego County Fair offered enjoyment and education benefits to those who live in southern Riverside County as well as those who live in San Diego County. I did have some discomfort as... — Updated 6/28/2018 Full story

 

California's education funding model has fatal flaw

California public schools, which educate more than 6 million children, face a serious, ongoing, fiscal crisis despite the recent increase in state funding. It doesn’t need to be this way. It’s time to demand a change in the... — Updated 6/25/2018

 
 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

 

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