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Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer’ s claims about Proposition 47 are factually baseless, critic says

There is no more tragic a crime than the senseless murder of a young person at the hand of a violent and dangerous criminal. The recent murder of 17-year-old Nick Kauls in Fresno is a prime example. We all know there is not a simplistic explanation for such an act of random violence, and it is troubling that any public safety leader would treat this tragedy as an opportunity to champion a political agenda. The irresponsible response of Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and Fresno County District Attorney Lisa A. Smittcamp to Kauls’ death are designed to stoke fear, anger and anxiety by claiming that “but for” Proposition 47, this brutal murder would not have occurred. Not only is their excuse disrespectful of the victim and his family, it is false.

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Political reforms could mean better elections and better candidates

Polarization divides people and hurts political parties. As a party’s size and base shrink, so does the diversity of its membership. Recent Gallup figures show that 43 percent of U.S. voters now identify as independent. Meanwhile, Pew surveys show that ideological entrenchment within each party is alienating moderate voters. In effect, the two parties are burning each other’s tents to the ground.

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America’s ‘Blue Water’ Vietnam veterans served in good faith, and now need our help

Over 2.5 million Americans served overseas during the Vietnam War. Many were barely 20 years old when they left behind their families, friends and way of life to defend democracy and freedom. These brave soldiers not only experienced gunfire, bombing and the terrors of war; they were also exposed to an extremely harmful chemical that our own forces were commanded to spray over Vietnam forests during their service.

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Californians should not pay for utility negligence when it comes to wildfires

Looking at billions of dollars in damages caused by last year’s wildfires in California, powerful special interests are already lobbying the state capitol to shift the liability. Major investor-owned utilities, insurance companies, trial lawyers and others are all playing “hot potato” with liability for damages. Those at risk of getting stuck with the tab are the groups getting cut out the process: Ratepayers.

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Our real worries should be overpopulation and nuclear weapons

The current impact and long-term ramifications of global warming, often referred to as climate change, have been well documented and debated within our nation. While I believe the threat is real and understated by our current administration, there are two other menacing dangers that should be getting more attention then they are presently receiving.

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Why pro-life and pro-choice advocates should oppose bill for abortion medicines

This past Tuesday, I and several students from Fresno State traveled to Sacramento to testify against Senate Bill 320 in the California State Assembly Health Committee. This bill requires student health centers at all CSU and UC campuses to provide abortion drugs, or RU-486. It is an unnecessary overreach by the abortion industry, and it merits firm opposition from pro-life and pro-choice supporters alike.

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How to disobey your tiger parents

Michelle Kuo’s book, “Reading with Patrick,” tells the story of how she came to reject her parents’ wishes for her. She has been moved by young readers asking me how they should talk to their parents about career choices.

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Why the latest ‘Avengers’ film left me sad

I have been obsessing about “Avengers: Infinity War.” It’s stuck with me far longer than “The Shape of Water.” The latter might be the better film, but this is the season finale of a 10-year stretch of films, some of which have been pretty affecting. But this film left me sad in many ways.

A super PAC tries to present Rep. Devin Nunes with a 'Corrupties' trophy

A tuxedoed man representing American Bridge, a Democratic super PAC, tries to give Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, a "Corrupties" trophy as the congressman approaches his Washington, D.C. office on Wednesday, Jan. 17.