Opinion

Dan Morain

The showman and the politician

Having seized the Republican presidential nomination in Cleveland, Donald Trump gestured, strutted, smirked and yelled at the nation for 75 minutes, and we pundits panned the performance, as we so often have.

California Forum

California’s broken death penalty system can be fixed

Proposition 66 will prevent biased and unsympathetic politicians and government bureaucrats from interfering with the death penalty. It also addresses concerns about how death row inmates occupy their time, requiring them to work or lose their privileges. If they owe restitution, it will come out of their wages.

Soapbox

Sacramento region should lead the world in ag-tech innovation

Innovation is becoming critical to keeping California’s food and agricultural industries competitive. To tackle the state’s challenges, a triangle of innovation should be connecting the Sacramento region to Silicon Valley and the Central Valley, further aligning California’s commitment to environmental sustainability with its success in delivering high-quality food.

Bill Whalen

California should host all national party conventions

The math is the stuff of income inequality – billions in political donations taken out of California, but in return maybe one or two conventions likely to pump about $200 million apiece into a local economy. To level this playing field, let’s make California the permanent home of both conventions, starting in 2020.

Foon Rhee

Punishing the needy hurts us all

The time limit on food stamp benefits treflects our conflicted feelings about public assistance. We want to make sure our neighbors aren’t starving and to help families stay off the streets. But we also don’t want able-bodied – especially single men – to lounge around on the dole.

Videos

Trump protesters pack big guns

Micah Naziri, right, and James Campbell, bring assault weapons to downtown Cleveland as part of a protest against Donald Trump.
Dan Morain The Sacramento Bee
Trump protesters pack big guns 1:11

Trump protesters pack big guns

Trump California campaign manager vows a fight 0:56

Trump California campaign manager vows a fight

Celebrity interviewer Daphne Barak all in for Donald Trump 0:24

Celebrity interviewer Daphne Barak all in for Donald Trump

Bruce Babbitt tackles California water fix 0:59

Bruce Babbitt tackles California water fix