The Armenian Genocide began 100 years ago. 1.5 million Armenians were exterminated in their ancient homeland during the years 1915 to 1918. The state of Turkey to this day denies the genocide took place.
Recent international reactions against doctors and vaccines represent a disturbing trend that can not only lead to an immediate threat to global health workers but also precipitate that all-feared outbreak of an uncontrollable epidemic.
The drought is a huge story because California plays an outsized role feeding the world and leading innovation. There’s a crowded bandwagon of journalists quoting the same information without showing whether it is true.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s new tack is understandable. The governor needs to make clear that the water supply and environmental goals are still paramount and co-equal. Brown should specifically define the ecological goals, set measurable objectives and produce a coordinated action plan.
California’s high school exit exam has helped kids succeed and focused school districts. But some want to throw it out with the adoption of Common Core. Updating the test and continuing to use it would be a better approach.
Now that former Secretary of State (I had to throw that in, to make sure you knew who she was) Hillary Clinton has formally announced her presidential candidacy, one of the problems her managers have had to address is this:
Winters in Northern California have been unusually mild. Mount Shasta Ski Park only been able to open for only a few days these past two seasons. We could reverse the loss of seniors to warmer climes with a marketing campaign I’ll call “Palm Springs North.”
California’s tax problems need to be addressed and elected representatives are better suited to the task than an initiative. But calling for action requiring political courage betrays the unlikelihood of any such outcome. Courageous decisions demand accountability, and that’s precisely the reason they are so rarely made.
The 2000 law, which was passed without the benefit of recent research about what works to turn youths around, has had devastating results. Since 2003, nearly 10,000 youths under 18 have been sent to the adult system.
In some areas, midwives and nurse practitioners are more available than doctors. But Medi-Cal makes it hard to opt for a midwife, and state law requires nurse practitioners to get a doctor’s oversight. New laws would make those options easier, and make sense.
The now-halted auction of handicrafts and photos taken from the Japanese American internment camps during World War II was reprehensible. But getting the artifacts into the public eye, in historical context, is the best revenge. Good for actor George Takei, who has stepped in to mediate a solution.
Vaccination is a requirement for enrollment in kindergarten in most of the country. If other states can balance public health with public education, California can, too. Anti-vaxxers’ claims that their rights will be abridged by SB 277 are unfounded and state lawmakers should ignore them and keep their priorities straight.
The outbursts of Luis Enriquez Monroy Bracamontes in his trial for the murder of two deputies are not a good enough reason to ban cameras in the courtroom. This is a death penalty case in an age in which information is increasingly visual. The judge in the case should make room for the public eye.