Jim DeMartini has been an excellent Stanislaus County supervisor. He is attentive to constituents’ needs, does the hard work needed to understand complex issues and is unafraid to speak his mind. More than any other supervisor, he attends meetings throughout his district, takes questions, deals with controversy and communicates.
Legislators give lip service to the public’s right to know about government operations. But too often, for the right special interest, they’re willing, eager even, to limit access to information. Two bills addressing this tendency are pending, one involving an entrenched special interest who wants to keep negative information hidden, the other a shiny new one that would hide info we now have a right to know.
The Republican primary season has resembled a professional wrestling match more than a consideration of who is best qualified to lead the nation. From the so-called debates, with a dozen shouting candidates, to the sucker punches at rallies to the dirty jokes, taunts and accusations, what began as a raucous process has turned into something totally unprecedented.
The Bee eulogized Merle Haggard with a well-done piece from the Bakersfield Californian after he died Wednesday – his 79th birthday. We weren’t alone. Newspapers and magazines from the Nashville Tennessean to The New York Times to Rolling Stone did similar stories, recalling a man who changed country music, gave it an edge and gave voice to the misery, joys and frustrations of the “working man.”
Some people want us to believe cannabis is a wonder weed, miracle cure and our industrial salvation. Such hyperbole echoes the charlatans who have been selling cures and magic beans for centuries. But don’t let that discount what hundreds of people in our community, thousands across our region and tens of thousands in our state have been saying for years: Cannabis helps them.
A bill by Assemblyman Eric Linder, R-Corona, is a step in the right direction on cracking down on public agencies that play games with the California Public Records Act and deny citizens their right to know what government is doing.
Turlock High School pitcher Landon Curtis and second baseman Cody Justus talk about the Bulldogs' 5-2 victory over Atwater's Buhach Colony to clinch the CCC baseball championship on Thursday, May 6, 2016, in Turlock, Calif. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Turlock outlasts Atwater's Buhach Colony for CCC baseball title