Food historians like to say that if you follow the food, you will discover the history of the world. Indeed, wars have been fought over salt, herring and spices.

Art Moore shouldn’t win, based on money, organization and experience. Then again, this is a weird year.

While Sacramento brands itself as the center of the farm-to-fork movement, parishioners at the midtown church I attend have similarly reconnected to the agricultural roots of the center of our worship and communal life, the sacramental wine.

Darrell Steinberg is leaving the Legislature after 14 years, and leaving a mark.

Proposition 45 would undermine the Affordable Care Act, which is reason to oppose it.

The digital divide remains as wide as the Central Valley for the poorest California children, but not because of a lack of interest among our low-income families. After a short news item aired on Spanish-language TV recently about an affordable home Internet offer, 2,700 calls jammed the call center – on a Friday night.

The California delegation boasts both the richest Congress member and the poorest, although the calculations for poverty are, shall we say, somewhat imprecise.

I finally attended my high school reunion. Forty years. If they’d had any before, I hadn’t noticed, or cared. I simply moved on after graduation.

There is little doubt that 2014 has been the year of the data breach. The latest currently under investigation is the breach of consumer payment data at Home Depot. Initial reports suggest the breach may be larger in scope than the one at Target. This is a scary thought considering Target lost upward of 110 million consumer records. Golden 1 Credit Union estimates that 10 percent of its members were affected by that particular breach.

I have read with some dismay lately Bee writers repeating shibboleths about education, specifically tenure, as if they were documented fact.

Had we the people not been so morally craven, we might have saved much treasure and blood. Had we had not been so panicked and credulous, America might not have created the vacuum into which this new threat now rushes.

Several friends and I recently embarked on what we hoped would be a wilderness adventure in California’s high country. What we found was nothing like that.

Last Sunday’s Conversation looked at the tide of undocumented immigrant children who have come to America to escape crime in their Central American countries.

When I read about climate change, I learn about rising sea levels and shrinking polar ice caps – problems for 100 years in the future. But when I talk to my friends and customers about climate change, the focus is on what is happening today. It seems little things are already adding up.

Rosa sits on a red vinyl chair with her two young sons close by and her 1-year-old daughter gurgling in her baby carriage in the federal immigration court’s waiting room. Rosa ended up here, she says, because a gang in her native El Salvador gave her a chilling choice: She had to allow her 10-year-old son, Tomas, to work for the gang or her family would be killed.

In the 1972 film “The Candidate” about a fictional U.S. Senate race in California, an aged GOP incumbent named Crocker Jarmon and a fresh-faced Democratic newcomer, Bill McKay, with no political experience face off in a single televised debate. The newcomer, the son of a former California governor, manages to change the race based on his performance.

When is it relevant to publish personal details of someone’s life? How does that relevance change if someone is part of a political family?

Not long after a grinning Tesla founder Elon Musk joined Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval outside the governor’s office in Carson City to announce Musk would build his fancy battery factory in Storey County, Nev., critics attacked Gov. Jerry Brown and California for failing to make Tesla happy enough.

California lacks a clear policy on gambling expansion, so voters should reject Proposition 48.

Some scientists and environmentalists have been contending that water quality would suffer, pollution would increase and aquatic life would be harmed if California goes forward with plans to build twin tunnels in the Delta. Now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has strongly reinforced those concerns and called for changes in the multibillion-dollar plan.

Nightmares of abduction and confinement disrupted my sleep the night before I left for Afghanistan. It was Dec. 1, 1991, and I was working on a freelance piece for The Los Angeles Times Magazine, flying into Kabul from Uzbekistan on a Soviet military transport on my birthday. My best friends were foreign corresponding colleagues and together we made a pact over shots of vodka that if anything happened to us in the field, we would immediately mobilize media and the U.S. government to aid and rescue us.

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: Debate highlights

I ran into an old acquaintance recently and mentioned Daughter No. 2 was heading off to college, leaving me and my husband with an empty nest.

OK, so about the hacking of certain actresses’ computer files and the posting of nude photos found therein:

The relationship between the California Supreme Court and the other branches of state government has seen better days. Justices who wonder why might recall the “respect for others” lesson taught in kindergarten.

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