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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


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


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