Much of the middle class finds itself in an anxiety-inducing squeeze while the nation’s top 1 percent garner more and more of the income pie.

Factors other than health care – income, education, the environment and our own behavior – are much more likely to be connected to health outcomes and life expectancy.

We can begin to address this crisis of drought and dropping groundwater tables with planning, policy and sacrifice.

Last Sunday’s Conversation asked the question: What measures should cities like Sacramento take to encourage and incentivize urban farming?

Here in the “Farm to Fork” capital, everyone would like to see fewer vacant lots and more urban vegetable gardens.

To his way of thinking, legislation proposed by House Republicans and Senate Democrats violate the basic principles on which our water system is based.

Legislative grinder serves up a frustrating food handler law seasoned by special interests with a dash of good intentions.

After decades of denial and delay, city can learn some lessons from Los Angeles.

Last Sunday’s Conversation asked the question: Should law enforcement be more transparent with information regarding officer-involved shootings, such as autopsy reports, incidents of abuse of power and subsequent discipline?

For those who want stronger accountability and public transparency for law enforcement officers involved in shootings, there is work to be done in California.

Just as the anti-smoking message has begun to sink in about the dangers of tobacco, now comes e-cigarettes and vaping.

Maria Shriver’s new report is an ambitious, powerful look at the plight of low-income women and their children.

Last Sunday’s Conversation focused on the 38-year-old Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, which capped damages for pain and suffering at $250,000 in medical malpractice cases.

Money may be a false god, but it’s the currency of the political realm.

“Recovery, with a question mark” (Forum, Dan Morain, Dec. 29): Editorial Page Editor Dan Morain’s article zeroed in on the problem regarding mental health: Money is not the issue, but the law is.

Money is not the issue with mental health care in California. The law is.

William Spencer is able to tell the shameful story of Nevada’s practice of using Greyhound buses to rid itself of 1,500 mentally ill patients.

In Detroit’s bankruptcy, the judge’s ruling puts retirees in the same line as bondholders, which may be legally defensible, but not morally.

The current plumbing in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is wholly unnatural, and it has had a significant negative impact on the aquatic ecology.

The Bee’s new system of commenting will include about 500 subscribers with plans to gradually expand.

A half century later, the assassination of John F. Kennedy is permanently seared in the collective American consciousness. And we are still looking for the reason why Lee Harvey Oswald killed the president.

Calderon has been using money to live large since he arrived in Sacramento

Re “Newsom wades into the weed” (Forum, Dan Morain, Oct. 27): Recreational pot use has destroyed a part of my family and the small town where I live. We need to instill a more noble purpose in life – and employment to match – not another excuse to sit around and do nothing but get high.

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