Our View: Delays on safer rail cars are unacceptable

Highly volatile crude oil has begun moving by rail through our Valley, rolling down through Sacramento into Stockton, Modesto and Merced on its way to two refineries in Bakersfield. Unfortunately, the trains carrying that oil are no safer today than they were 18 months ago when a train derailed in Lac-Megantic, Canada, killing 47 people and wiping out half the town.


Our View: Still smoking? Save some money by quitting

Were you aware that this is the last day of Tobacco-Free Awareness Week? By now, whether you smoke or not you’re aware of the health, social and weather problems associated with smoking. It’s an expensive habit for some; for others it can lead to a life-threatening illness.

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