Opinion Columns & Blogs

Opinion Columns & Blogs

3 simple ways Trump could be health care hero

Health care isn’t all that complicated, writes New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. Basically, you need to induce people who don’t currently need medical treatment to pay the bills for those who do, with the promise that the favor will be returned if necessary. Refusing to think seriously about how health care works is the fundamental reason Trump and his allies in Congress now look like such losers. It’s not that hard.

David 'Mas' Masumoto

Who belongs here and who doesn’t?

Columnist David “Mas” Masumoto: During the first months of our new president, the question of belonging hangs over many. Sadly, those impacted the most are often invisible, hidden precisely because they do not feel like they belong. Belonging is personal. You feel like you belong. You develop a sensibility, staying in places you know you are welcomed. With belonging comes belief that you have a right to be here.

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I came here as a refugee. And then I rebuilt the Pentagon after 9/11.

Today, as I watch the news and see families struggling to leave their countries and escape tyranny, writes architect Shalom Baranas of Washington, D.C., I wonder who among them will make it to our shores and become part of the next generation of researchers, teachers, inventors, real estate developers and, yes, architects. A Yale graduate, he has designed, renovated and reconstructed some of the great buildings in our nation’s capital – the headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security, the Treasury, the Department of the Interior, the Federal Reserve and the American Red Cross, among them.

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Devin Nunes has five big ideas to fix California

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, has a lot on his plate in Washington, D.C. But he also has plenty of ideas about how to make California better. They are: replace the state income tax, move bonds for high-speed rail to water storage, increase offshore drilling, change the way public employee union dues are collected, and convert the Legislature into a single chamber or a part-time body.

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This patent case will affect your freedom and your wallet

Lexmark will be at the U.S. Supreme Court this week in an attempt to stop consumers from buying cheap ink in bulk to refill their own cartridges. If the court agrees with the printer maker, expect car companies to prevent you for having services performed at an independent mechanic’s shop. Or Apple to ban you from re-selling your iPhone.

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Trump’s options on North Korea: bomb, acquiesce or negotiate

Address the North Korea crisis now, writes New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman. Hard to believe, but this hermit kingdom with an economy the size of Dayton, Ohio, “is at a point where it could, by 2020, have a nuclear arsenal half the size of Great Britain’s with missiles capable of striking the U.S. homeland,” said Robert Litwak, a premier expert on rogue states.

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Worn Poverello House warehouse leaks, in need of repairs

Poverello House Executive Director Cruz Avila looks over donations that are in danger of being damaged because the warehouse roof leaks during rain storms and is in need of major repairs. The Raise the Roof fund drive hopes to help make the necessary repairs.
Silvia Flores The Fresno Bee
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Worn Poverello House warehouse leaks, in need of repairs

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Floral skills competition on display at Career Skills competition

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Over the top gourmet hot dogs offered this season by Fresno Grizzlies

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Meet your vegetables: Microgreens at the River Park Farmers Market