Here’s how to make California’s justice system a little more fair: The money bail system may be obscure to most people. But few who are familiar with it justify it as it now exists. It needs to overhauled.
Jack Ohman takes a somber look at Donald Trump’s behavior toward Gold Star wife Myeshia Johnson. See the cartoon here.
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Tia Boatman Patterson: While it’s no secret that our state is in a housing crisis, what isn’t as widely known is that the crisis is affecting people with good, stable jobs. In downtown and midtown Sacramento, housing is getting built, but none of it is affordable for the moderate-income group that we call the “missing middle.”
Michele Siqueiros: It is essential for candidates for California’s next governor to lay out a clear vision because the state’s system of higher education remains one of our greatest assets. It produces the workforce that fuels our economy and keeps the spirit of innovation and opportunity alive. But there is cause for concern.
Take a number: 81.7 percent
The tax cut package promoted by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress is still being put together. But the framework that’s out there shows that the plan would heavily favor the wealthy.
In the latest analysis, the California Budget & Policy Center said Tuesday that the top 1 percent of income earners in our state would get 81.7 percent of the benefits. The middle 20 percent, who supposedly are to gain most, would only receive about 8.5 percent of benefits.
The public isn’t sold on the plan, which independent analysts say could explode the federal budget deficit. In a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Tuesday, 28 percent said they support the plan, while 41 percent said they oppose it and another 31 percent said they do not know. – Foon Rhee, @foonrhee
Los Angeles Times: In 1988, when the Dodgers last ascended to the World Series, Los Angeles was a city basking in baseball glory. En route to their second championship in seven years, the Dodgers’ exploits had fans riveted to their TV sets, their cheers wafting out of their homes on balmy summer evenings. This year will be different. Los Angeles is an even more sprawling city, and its relationship to the team has been stretched thinner too, weakened by changes in the team and the business of baseball.
Dallas Morning News: For only the second time since they joined Major League Baseball as an expansion team in 1962 as the Colt .45s, the Houston Astros are headed to the World Series, facing the Los Angeles Dodgers. Less than two months ago, baseball was a distant thought in the Houston area. Residents were battered by nearly 50 inches of rain dumped by Hurricane Harvey, fighting to save their possessions – or even their lives. All during that time, baseball continued.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: And so the cleanup and rebuilding begins. As more people are allowed back into Coffey Park, Larkfield, Fountaingrove and other neighborhoods to sift through the remains of their homes, the greater the awareness becomes of the monumental task ahead. The process will require a steady and prolonged period of reconstruction. It also will require some creative thinking in how to find living space for those who have been displaced and are still in need of long-term shelter.
Kurt Bardella, CNN: Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, shocks his colleagues by announcing his retirement rather than pursuing a reelection campaign he may have lost in the primary. ... And now the Republican Party as we knew it is gone. It is a thing of the past. There is no going back. The silence of the majority has eroded the moral fabric of the Republican Party.
Elvia Díaz, Arizona Republic: I wasn’t a fan of Sen. Jeff Flake’s voting record of at least 93.5 percent with Trump during the few months of his presidency. But Arizona’s junior Republican senator took on Trump when it mattered most, and now he’s paying for it with his political career. We can’t rejoice about that.
Frank Bruni: The sham of Harvey Weinstein’s rehab. We’ve been down this road before – with Anthony Weiner, for example – and if Bill O’Reilly ever cops to wrongdoing, he’ll surely cite mental distress or disease and check himself in somewhere, claiming that he didn’t have total control and thus implying that he doesn’t bear full responsibility.
Thomas L. Friedman: Secretary of Defense James Mattis is the only one who has not been infected by President Trump’s metastasizing ethical cancer, the only one who has not visibly lied on Trump’s behalf, and who can still put some fear into Trump.
Michelle Goldberg: Some members of Congress are awaiting the results of the investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller, the special counsel, and the case for impeachment may become stronger when his inquiry is complete. Yet whatever Mueller discovers, we have credible reasons for impeachment right now.
Dana Milbank: It’s hard to remember back then, the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, when we in the fake news media were the enemies of the American people. I’m embarrassed to say it, but I was one of those who criticized President Trump. It was a tremendous disservice to the American people.
Ruben Navarrette Jr.: Contrary to what we’ve heard from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s critics – who are also President Trump’s critics – the retired Marine Corps general did not create this military-civilian split. It was already there, and it got much wider during the Vietnam War. Kelly just acknowledged it.
Kathleen Parker: President Trump could have put a quick end to Myeshia Johnson’s anger were he the sort to apologize. Whatever the reason for his lack of grace, narcissism having been exhausted as an explanation, one is reminded that names are enormously important.
I’m happy to extend what I have to those who are less fortunate. That is what America is all about and I am an American. – Linda Schoeffler, Carmichael