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Columnist Dan Walters recently observed that California has the most ethnically diverse population in the nation. A report from theU.S. Department of Education states that only 76 percent of California high school students graduate. This puts the state No. 32 in the nation.
At a time when we're overburdened by state and federal debt and already struggling to find ways to pay for existing programs, it is unconscionable that the high-speed rail authority is pushing ahead with a project we can't afford and one that most don't have confidence in here in California.
Although NASA has retired the 30-year-old space shuttle program, that doesn't mean Americans have stopped shooting for the moon, literally or figuratively. The launch of the first privately owned space vehicle, SpaceX's unmanned "Dragon" capsule, into orbit to dock with the international space station has paved the way for a new future in the stars.
I am a senior citizen. I live on a fixed income. I'm voting "no" on Proposition 33 because it will raise automobile insurance rates on law-abiding Californians like me, who have a health problem that keeps them off the road for a period of time.
California is known as the Golden State. However, California's economy isn't golden at the moment. Higher taxes under Proposition 30 will further slow California's business and economic recovery.
Now is not the time to scale back on criminal justice. The current attempts to repeal California's Death Penalty and to weaken the "three strikes" law by way of Propositions 34 and 36 should be soundly rejected.
The most nerdy, wonky and nap-inducing measureon the Nov. 6 ballot is Proposition 31. It's not a minor measure, exactly, but it's hardly monumental either. It might do some good, might do some bad.
Campaign season is upon us, and the airwaves are filled with misleading campaign advertisements on the radio, such as the one from the Howard Jarvis Tax Association that twists a statement from my association in order to advance their agenda and mislead the public.
Officially, Proposition 34 is about whether to abolish the death penalty and replace it with life in prison. But that's not the pertinent question. The death penalty already effectively has been abolished in California.
It doesn't make headlines or lead the evening news. You won't see it on a bumper sticker or splashed on a billboard. But right now, in communities all over the state, people are working together to resolve one of California's biggest challenges: our water future.
Admittedly I'm biased about bears. I don't think they're hunted enough in California. I say hunt them down with dogs.
When a government agency and special interests talk about public funds as "our money." The hair on the back of your neck should stand on end. When they justify a secret slush fund of $33.5 million as "our money," the alarm bells should sound. Welcome to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division of the State Parks Department.
An unexpected development seems to have happened on the way to the Great California Train Wreck. The locomotive has gotten itself back on the rails, leaving naysayers standing along the tracks.
Gov. Jerry Brown evoked California's pioneer spirit last month in advancing a plan to build a pair of gigantic water tunnels that would dramatically alter the plumbing of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
In Aesop's fable, an ant and a grasshopper take two different approaches to confronting the coming winter. While the ant works to gather food for the coming months, the grasshopper idles away the summer.