WASHINGTON – For those of us with a certain political bent and background, this is the most depressing moment of all. The best of the GOP – Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, the intellectually serious reformicons who have called attention to issues of poverty and the need for Republican outreach – are bending their knee to the worst nominee in their party’s history. Ryan drags himself slowly. Rubio eventually went with a quick Band-Aid pull. But the largest political choice each man has made this year will be one of the worst mistakes of their careers.
Police and prosecutors treat worker deaths and injuries as unforeseeable “accidents” that can’t be prevented. So too many companies think they can save money by cutting corners, and view the fines involved as a cost of doing business.
The “Roots” remake cannot match the popularity of the original, and it’s not because of today’s fragmented media landscape. The real cause is a fundamental shift in how Americans understand slavery. What seemed inflammatory in 1977 no longer shocks in 2016.
In the early 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet empire, most Western nations basked in the illusion that liberal democracy had triumphed. Many thought NATO had become an anachronism in an era of permanent European peace.
Californians can be absolutely obnoxious when touting their scenic wonders and environmental creds. But when it comes to the crown jewels of the Sierra Nevada, Yosemite and Sequoia national parks, the reality is as ugly as L.A. smog.
In general, you shouldn’t pay much attention to polls at this point, especially with Republicans unifying around Donald Trump while Bernie Sanders hasn’t conceded the inevitable. Still, I was struck by several recent polls showing Trump favored over Hillary Clinton on the question of who can best manage the economy.
Today’s elite college students face a unique set of pressures. On the professional side life is competitive, pressured, time-consuming, capitalistic and stressful. On the political side many elite universities are home to an ethos of middle-aged leftism. The general atmosphere embraces feminism, civil rights, egalitarianism and environmentalism, but it is expressed as academic discourse, not as action on the streets.
These investments will help create jobs, drive economic growth and improve quality of life for our communities. Better roads decrease congestion and create faster connections between home, school, work, shopping and recreation.
In his column “Mandated college prep hurts” (Insight, May 6), Dan Walters prescribes an education system for California that would return the state to the days of tracking “gifted and college-bound” students into challenging academic courses and a segregated track of “technical classes for those suited by interest and aptitude for skilled trades.”
Warriors president Rick Welts discusses the Mission Bay Alliance lawsuit against the city of San Francisco and the board of supervisors that is holding up new arena plans prior to Game 7 between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, May 30, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
Ailene VoisinThe Sacramento Bee
Warriors president Rick Welts says new arena on schedule for 2019
Remembering heroes at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
A native warriors drum circle to honor Vietnam War veterans