Editorials

Editorials

Will California schools pass their tough test on pensions?

Some California school districts are already cutting programs, reducing staff and dipping into reserves to make sure they can pay all their teacher pensions. The two candidates for state schools superintendent on the Nov. 6, 2018 ballot – Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond – must tell voters how they would tackle the issue.

Editorials

Thumbs up, thumbs down: Wheelchair kindness, house-fire danger

Thumbs up to Abel Vera of Fresno, who gave away a $10,000 wheelchair to a disabled man while in Russia for the World Cup soccer competition. Vera is paralyzed from the waist down, the result of a car accident in 2000. Vera started an organization he calls What Pushes You? to raise money to benefit disabled people. It was during a festival in Red Square that Vera and friend Marco Lopez spied a man in a “beat-up” chair, so they gave the man the new one. A Russian news site heard about the gift and wrote “Kindness has no nationality.”

WWII vet recalls sinking of the USS Lexington

Gordon Scott, who served as a US Navy petty officer 3rd class on the USS Lexington during World War II, survived the ship's 1942 attack in the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first aircraft carrier to aircraft carrier battle in history.