There is no tooth fairy, Santa Claus does not exist, and money is not speech.

Government coercion is wrong, even if the target is rich.

Greece was and is on the front line of the power struggle between the West and an illiberal Near East.

Lawmakers don’t trust each other enough to work together.

Mexico’s former president has much to answer for, though he did some good things.

With Sacramento’s farm-to-fork celebration underway, I spent a recent morning sifting through various reports seeking interesting facts on the Sacramento Valley. From diminutive to truly stunning, there are many.

A parent’s experiences or past cultural practices don’t excuse violence against kids.

Money is needed to make sure Medi-Cal patients renew their coverage.

Strong climate change measures could boost, not hurt, economic growth.

U.S. appears headed down that slippery slope to a ground war.

Obama needs Tehran’s help against Islamic State, but must also stop nuclear program.

Camps and retreats could lead to lasting, important relationships.

Latest trove of emails show PG&E getting its way on which judge presided over a rate case.

Republican Neel Kashkari gets the cold shoulder from California’s corporate community.

Regulations are friendly to industry, but even they aren’t being followed.

Society should not be encouraging suicide, but caring for people in their darkest moments.

If league stonewalls as it did on concussions, it could lose an important fan base.

The sordid saga of Rep. Mark Sanford shows the downside of political second chances.

By posting beheadings, Islamic State knows exactly what it is doing.

GOP panel chairman surprisingly plays it straight.

Obama’s policy seems chaotic, poorly informed, uncoordinated – and headed down the slippery slope.

Assembly Bill 2280 has safeguards to prevent past abuses.

Planned Parenthood is pushing measure on nonprofit hospital mergers.

Before U.S. increases military action in Iraq and Syria, a fundamental question must be answered.

Hawks in Congress push for more ground combat in the Middle East, mostly for political reasons.

Reusing batteries can help California reach renewable energy goals.

Passion is on the side of independence, but unity will win out.

Peaks that don’t make the tourist guides tell you a lot more about the Golden State.

Businesses want their money, but both political parties are dissing them.

How confident are you that the seafood you buy is really what you get? I was appalled to see seafood mislabeling firsthand when the fish I purchased from a vendor was not what I ordered.

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