Opinion

Opinion

Republicans have courted racists for years. Why are they cringing now?

Last week’s violent demonstration by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, culminating in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, made for a carnival of obscenity as sickening as it was riveting. But the thing is, it did not spring from nowhere. In 1968, Richard Nixon employed the controversial “Southern Strategy” to draw whites to his presidential campaign.

State Issues

Should a new tax help pay for safe drinking water? Yes

The California Rice Commission, the Western Growers Association and other agriculture industry leaders have stepped up to support Senate Bill 623 to provide emergency relief and also fund water treatment facilities. It calls for a small fee on residential water bills and a fee on farms.

Letters to the Editor

Luella E. Cole: It’s not the statues we should bring down, it’s those who cling to racism

I am a born and bred Democrat. But I fear that some in my party are making a serious mistake in demanding that all vestiges of the Confederacy must be obliterated. The Civil War is part of our history, one that we as a people should have taken lessons from. Unfortunately, it must be apparent to anyone who is paying attention that many factors leading to the secession of the southern states have not gone away, in spite of wars fought against such wrong-headed thinking. Do we want to fight the Civil War and World War II all over again?

Videos

Trump and Putin shake hands at G20 Summit

A German Federal Government social media page released video of the first time President Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin met in person. The videos shows them shaking hands at the 2017 Hamburg summit on July 7. Note: no audio.
Bundesregierung via Storyful
Trump and Putin shake hands at G20 Summit 0:39

Trump and Putin shake hands at G20 Summit

Mike Dunbar: Time for county officials to ban people from our rivers 1:01

Mike Dunbar: Time for county officials to ban people from our rivers

The Bee's Mike Dunbar on Ann Coulter 0:55

The Bee's Mike Dunbar on Ann Coulter

Mike Dunbar: State's glass woefully empty when it comes to water storage 0:44

Mike Dunbar: State's glass woefully empty when it comes to water storage