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GOP ‘health’ bill cruelly aims at mentally ill : Congressional Republicans ought to listen to their governors. Understanding that we are judged by how we treat the least among us, many red state governors accepted billions collectively from the Obama administration and were able to help people living on the fringes.
California ready to ditch drivers for truly driverless cars: Instead of having a human behind the wheel, autonomous vehicles will be monitored remotely, under new regulations from the DMV. For many Californians, it will mark the beginning of a brave new world. For truck drivers and cab drivers, it’s the beginning of the end.
Dan Morain: Having ended his run on “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” California’s former Mr. Olympia-action star-governor evidently has a little time on his hands, and wants to do more than joust with the tweeter-in-chief.
Dan Walters: Jerry Brown wants to kill a test of coordinated services. The Coordinated Care Initiative was supposed to streamline health and welfare services in California, but it wound up costing the state money, and the governor wants to kill it off.
Marcos Breton: Who knew that the phrase “City of Trees” was actually beloved by some? And who knew that replacing those words with “Farm-to-Fork Capital” would be controversial? But it was.
Mike Dunbar, Modesto Bee: State Water Resources Control Board chairwoman Felicia Marcus rules out any conspiracy to grab our water, but why does her agency ignore the problems it found with so much of our groundwater?
Dr. Anthony Bhe: A doctor at UC Davis Medical Center says the result of all these changes to health care will be that insurance is more expensive and fewer people will be able to afford the medical care they need.
Edward Joseph Pierini Jr.: The Affordable Care Act didn’t deliver on promises of better health care at a lower cost for all Americans. Some Americans, poor and rich, did very well with the ACA. But for the rest of us, when things in our lives don’t work, we want changes for something better.
Lien Hoang: We were among the last refugees out of war-torn Vietnam who eventually won passage to the United States and settled in Sacramento. Now, I have returned to Hong Kong to remember what I can of my onetime home, a U.N. refugee camp.
Manfred Wolf: I think the implicit comparison of the United States today to Europe in the 1930s does disservice to historical truth and to the memories of Holocaust survivors like myself.
Ryan Smith and Wesley Smith: We need to ensure the state’s low-income students, students of color, English learners and other underserved groups receive every opportunity to thrive. A series of town-hall meetings and workshops are aiming to refine “equity in practice” for our most underserved groups.
Daniel Borenstein , East Bay Times : Gov. Jerry Brown’s pension changes have produced small savings. But they’re dwarfed by the soaring costs. It’s time to stop deceiving the public. It’s time to stop cherry-picking data and provide the complete picture.
Kansas City Star: Public officials who seem to suffer from a certain poverty of spirit should stop trying to humiliate the poor and instead try to figure out how to provide the same excellent health care coverage that members of Congress enjoy to those they serve. Meanwhile, in recycling trash talk about those they ought to be supporting rather than denigrating, they’re only embarrassing themselves.
Deseret News: Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.’s selection as the U.S. ambassador to Russia is not only a boon to the Trump administration, but also to citizens who hope to see a steady hand guide the nation’s increasingly complex relationship with the Kremlin.
Denver Post: Limit marijuana grows in residential areas. Regulation of Colorado’s marijuana experiment is an ongoing process, but this is an important and immediate step that can help law enforcement locate illegal grows and shut them down.
Trump’s assault on environmental protection
San Francisco Chronicle: With the most drivers and the dirtiest air, California needs stringent rules to curb tailpipe emissions, a goal that does double duty by also limiting climate change. But the Trump administration is close to shredding those ambitions both here and across the nation.
L.A. Times: President Donald Trump’s directive to roll back key protections for the nation’s waters helps to crystallize California’s challenge in the Trump era – and points the way toward a workable strategy for preserving and promoting the state’s environmental values despite an administration that is pushing in the opposite direction.
Seattle Times: Washington state has proven to be a formidable opponent to President Trump’s misguided and harsh immigration orders. The state should next prepare to challenge the Trump administration over environmental issues.
Portland (Maine) Press Herald: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration budget cuts would have high cost for Maine. Rolling back spending on fisheries management, marine research and weather forecasting would disrupt our state’s fishing industry.
Nicholas Kristof: The chemical industry is affecting your sperm count. What’s needed above all is more aggressive regulation of endocrine-disrupting chemicals. The United States has been much slower than Europe to regulate toxic chemicals, and most chemicals sold in the U.S. have never been tested for safety.
Kathleen Parker: This is a plea for common sense, compassion and conservation. What are wildlife refuges, after all, if not refuges for wildlife?
Frank Bruni : Middlebury College and the illiberalism of liberals. If anything, colleges owe students turbulence, because it’s from a contest of perspectives and an assault on presumptions that truth emerges – and, with it, true confidence.
Ross Douthat : Throw off the digital bonds of the internet. It’s time to turn to the real threat to the human future: the one in your pocket or on your desk, the one you might be reading this column on right now.
Leonard Pitts Jr.: These days, people seem to wear their resentments – and more to the point, the ideological labels that give them voice – the way they wear gender or ethnicity, i.e., as an immutable marker of self.
E.J. Dionne: Donald Trump’s opponents should be encouraged by what they have accomplished and build on it. And they should do more than just speak to each other.
Timothy Egan: Steve Bannon has been busy trying to destroy the existing order. Donald Trump’s attacks on a free press, an independent judiciary and civil society are disrupters out of Bannon’s playbook.
Paul Krugman: Republican leaders weren’t willing to bite that bullet and completely repeal the Affordable Care Act. What they came up with instead was a dog’s breakfast that conservatives are, with some justice, calling Obamacare 2.0. But a better designation would be Obamacare 0.5, because it’s a half-baked plan.
David Brooks: The debacle of the Republicans’ health care plan will transform party philosophies.
Trudy Rubin: This most liberal of Iraqi cities, nestled in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, is a perfect place from which to ponder the impact of the upcoming military defeat of the Islamic State on Iraq and the world.
Stuart Leavenworth of McClatchy’s D.C. bureau and Adam Ashton of The Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Bureau write: Since taking office, the Trump administration has made a series of moves that have alarmed groups with a stake in public access to information: historians, librarians, journalists, climate scientists and internet activists, to name a few.
We cannot take for granted the First Amendment protections of free press, free speech and the implied freedom to think. Yet there are clouds on this Sunshine Week.
The Sacramento Bee: Outlawing protests is simply un-American: Lawmakers should take a lesson from Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove. Sure, the Republican congressman still blusters about the “anarchist element” that he, too, is convinced packs his town-hall meetings. But at least he’s had the fortitude to face his constituents, even if he’s dismissive of their concerns, and has not tried to pass laws that circumvent their First Amendment rights.
Gary Winuk: A state Supreme Court ruling is a game-changer in terms of how public officials communicate with others, and for the public’s right to access communications by public officials.
Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is collaborating in the creation of a bogus nonprofit “social welfare” organization clearly designed to provide unfiltered propaganda about his political agenda. The nonprofit could collect unlimited anonymous contributions from donors seeking influence in the state. It is an insult to Missouri voters.
Miami Herald : Banning reporters from the White House, “the people’s house,” is only firing up the people to unequivocally claim that right. It’s a principle in which the Miami Herald and so many of its media peers across the country resolutely believe – and deliver on.