Afghans voted in droves Saturday for a new president in an election remarkably free of violence or widespread cheating – the most encouraging sign in a long time that America’s investment of blood and treasure will lead to a semblance of democracy.

California is right to include wireless phone service in the Lifeline program for lower-income Californians, but should vet wireless companies carefully.

California has pockets of unvaccinated children that endanger community immunity and should target public health education efforts to those areas.

Is Motorola Solutions’ equipment so much better than radios offered by competitors?

Eight years in a row U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. tried and failed to get a commemorative resolution passed for the legendary labor leader.

Teachers unions say nurses should administer life-saving shots, not teachers, but school nurse are in short supply.

President Obama should release Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA’s ‘enhanced interrogation.’

An editorial on Sunday, March 30, “Water projects have many cost questions,” gave an incorrect date for the end of public comment period for the Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan. It is June 13.

The need for full disclosure of campaign money has never been greater.

If new route goes through heart of Sacramento region, local fire officials must be prepared.

Pollution, climate change, ocean noise – whales facing bigger threats

Longtime councilwoman is being forced out by rare health condition.

The consensus of the 12,000 studies is that we are headed toward more intense wildfires, drought and flooding; animal species moving to higher latitudes and toward the poles; and a more acidic ocean, higher sea levels and decreasing snowpack – all with very real human impacts.

It may be just a spasm of violence, not a longer-term trend, but the city must control an apparent gang war in south Sacramento before it gets bloodier.

If passed on June 2014, it would enshrine in law the requirement that local governments and agencies keep providing public access to documents and adhere to open meeting rules, no matter what it costs to do so.

Sheltering and caring for homeless vets has indirect payback to communities dealing with homeless encampments and public safety issues. And it has a direct benefit to our societal psyche because it is the right thing to do.

Everyone wants new water projects but no one wants to pay for them.

Virtually every issue flows from money, and every politician craves campaign money.

This indicates a dangerous lack of self-reflection by local, state and national law enforcement agencies.

If Congress won’t act on Berryessa Snow Mountain and California desert bills, the president use his authority under the Antiquities Act to proclaim national monuments.

Those who wait until the Monday deadline to sign up for health insurance may experience problems.

After cracking down on homeowners, Sacramento plans to focus more on commercial customers.

There are many questions raised by the indictment of state Sen. Leland Yee on federal gun trafficking charges Wednesday. Chief among them: What is going on with the California Senate?

President offers unwavering support to European allies, but says they must do more.

Liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes has already poisoned hundreds. We need federal rules before people die.

But levee work must be finished before any major reuse of land.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District’s board president says he is trying to rein in costs.

An editorial, “What’s special about special fire districts? Pay,” on March 22 contained errors as a result of incorrect information provided by the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire special district to the State Controller’s Office.

The Sacramento Metro Fire special district is a haven of exorbitant incomes. It is time for a new structure to improve the cost-effectiveness of Sac Metro Fire and promote public accountability.

Do women get to decide what kind of birth control they can access, an essential part of whether and when they become mothers? Or is that the purview of employers? That is the issue at stake for millions of women who work at for-profit corporations in today’s oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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