Viewpoints

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The unfreeing of American workers

The Gallup World Survey asks residents of many countries whether they feel that they have “freedom to make life choices”; the U.S. doesn’t come out looking too good, especially compared with the high freedom grades of European nations with strong social safety nets.

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Can the pope save Trump?

Might Pope Francis, a compassionate Jesuit who preaches a God of mercy and the power of humility, engage in a pastoral intervention with a man whose soul (like all of our souls) could use some saving?

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Celebrating the rituals of spring

I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a piece celebrating the rituals of spring many times. But invariably, the notion of some such languid meditation is burned away in the fire of more urgent news.

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On turning 100

Alma Balter, at age 100, takes in that century of life with a shrug and looks around the table at who’s not going to finish their dessert.

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What’s the matter with Republicans?

It has become painfully clear, however, that Republicans have no intention of exercising any real oversight over a president who is obviously emotionally unstable and is doing a very good imitation of being an agent of a hostile foreign power.

Videos

Time-lapse art by Stephanie Taylor: Oil pumpjacks

Sacramento artist Stephanie Taylor brings oil pumpjacks to life in the city of Taft and its environs with this time-lapse video. It's part of her California Sketches series on Main Streets.
Stephanie Taylor Special to The Bee
Time-lapse art by Stephanie Taylor: Oil pumpjacks 0:18

Time-lapse art by Stephanie Taylor: Oil pumpjacks

See Main Street Rio Vista come to life 1:08

See Main Street Rio Vista come to life

Man with cerebral palsy crudely mocked, brutally sucker punched 3:12

Man with cerebral palsy crudely mocked, brutally sucker punched

Big changes could provide safer biking near Sacramento State 1:18

Big changes could provide safer biking near Sacramento State