This year’s Farm Bill has important implications for shoppers: Can states enact trade barriers that ban common items from the grocery store? Ultimately, it is consumers, not states, who should decide what they buy at the supermarket.
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.
By putting Proposition 7 on November’s ballot, the state Legislature has granted us this opportunity to rethink our whole relationship to time. The measure undoes a 1949 ballot initiative that locked daylight saving time in place in California.
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.
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.
Rep. Devin Nunes’ conspiracy theory that the “Deep State” is out to get President Donald Trump may seem new to the rest of the country, but his district remembers when Nunes used to blame water shortages in the Central Valley on Communists.
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.
Fresno State professor Andrew Fiala writes a weekly column on ethics for The Fresno Bee. For the week of July 15, 2018, he reflects on world integration as he attends the International Society for Universal Dialogue biannual congress in Lima, Peru.
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.
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.
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.
During lockdown drills for children, I must walk myself through the actual possibility. In a classroom full of routine and predictability, I am attempting to prepare children for the unknown, irrational, unpredictable, writes Megan Hart.
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.
Millennials and Generation Z have far lower rates of crime, gun death, smoking, dropouts, births and other bad behavior than their parents’ generation, yet California law still treats teens as a problem. They should be given the vote, and attitudes should change.
Those who are opposing me in court have compared me to racists and argued that I’m deserving of their fate – social marginalization. But a ruling for me would reject all that and declare to the world that my faith is not a scarlet letter.
Trump suggested in Easter tweet storm, clearly timed to scare young people and inflame zealots on a holiday representing hope to Christians, that DACA deal is out, and saying new immigrants could take advantage of DACA. (They can’t.) Informed Valley residents know better, and he is not helping agri-businesses.
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.