Editorials

Editorials

Fresno County: Get the lead out

Frighteningly high levels of lead have been detected in the blood of downtown Fresno’s children. The city and the county, along with local nonprofits, must redouble efforts to rein in lead exposure and help protect families.

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Republicans wants your boss to know your DNA

A bill that would threaten our DNA privacy could be part of the follow-up legislation to replace Obamacare. A broad range of health, privacy and consumer advocacy groups have already come out against the proposal, which would let employers impose financial penalties on workers who refuse genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs.

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Brown is wise to seek common ground with Trump

As goes California, so goes the United States. One of every 8 Americans lives here. And $1 of every $7 in U.S. gross domestic product comes from here. So does a quarter of the nation’s food supply, most of its entertainment and no small quantity of its inspiration. California and the nation are bound at the hip, even when those in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., strongly disagree on big issues.

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Free-market health care? GOP plan doesn’t deliver it

A health care plan built around free-market principles would force hospitals and doctors to disclose – publicly and clearly – their going rates for that heart bypass, knee replacement, IV drip or Caesarean section. Unfortunately, nothing in the GOP plan to replace Obamacare does that.

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Thumbs up, thumbs down

Public rallies are part of America’s free speech tradition and Fresno’s Kiera Kaiser, 11, decided kids should deliver their messages, too. Religious items were stolen in broad daylight from Bishop Armando Ochoa of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno. Fortunately, he got them back.

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California lawmakers struck by March Madness

March Madness is here. The college basketball version we love: Upsets, athletes playing their hearts out, gravity-defying plays. It’s another version of March Madness that we have a problem with. In that one, Democratic politicians in California’s state Capitol crank out logic-defying ideas.

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Brand’s public safety board is worthy of Fresno City Council support

Fresno’s mayor will appoint nine community members to a new Citizens’ Public Safety Advisory Board. In addition, he is proposing to elevate the part-time independent police auditor to a full-time position and require that person to live in Fresno. His plan, which aims to keep citizens and police officers safer, appears well thought out.

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GOP must stop and come up with real health-care plan

About 14 million people will lose health coverage by 2018 if the House Republican leadership’s plan is enacted, the CBO estimated. By 2020, that number would rise to 21 million. What has been presented falls well short of the “thing of beauty” promised by President Trump. In fact, it’s a prescription for health-care disaster.

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Thumbs up, thumbs down

The good news is that a dramatic before and after can be seen on Cedar Avenue, as a refurbished sports complex is ready for softball players; a state audit nabs a Fresno State library employee wasting taxpayer money by playing computer games and watching videos online to the tune of perhaps $20,000. Kids Day effort surpasses its $625,000 goal on Friday afternoon.

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Latest Wikileaks dump raises questions about CIA and your privacy

This is not the outrageous domestic mass surveillance by the National Security Agency revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013 and rightly curtailed by President Barack Obama and Congress in 2015. But WikiLeaks asserts that the CIA purposely didn’t warn Apple, Google, Microsoft and others about the vulnerabilities in their products.

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Childhood gun deaths: an all-too-common horror

At least 37 children have been unintentionally shot this year in the United States. It doesn’t have to be this way. Gun owners must securely stow their firearms. Doctors must be free to ask their patients about guns in the home. And technology must be used to make guns less dangerous.

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San Joaquin Valley farmers continue to drill even as groundwater limits loom

Two years after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill designed to limit groundwater pumping, new wells are going in faster and deeper than ever in the San Joaquin Valley farm belt. Farmers say they have no choice given cuts in surface water deliveries.
Ryan Sabalow The Sacramento Bee
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San Joaquin Valley farmers continue to drill even as groundwater limits loom

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