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Opinion

Charles Krauthammer, a diagnostician of our public discontents

WASHINGTON – When he was asked how to become a columnist, Charles Krauthammer would say, with characteristic drollery, “First, you go to medical school.” He did, with psychiatry as his specialty because, he said with characteristic felicity, it combined the practicality of medicine and the elegance of philosophy. But he also came to the columnist craft by accident. Because of one.

Soapbox

Why is California not doing more to stop lead poisoning?

California had smaller versions of the lead poisoning in Flint, Mich., at a Sacramento gun range and a Los Angeles battery recycling plant. Assembly Bill 2963, which is to be heard Wednesday, June 20, 2018, by the Senate Health Committee, aims to ensure there are no more such cases.

Opinion

Don’t listen to the establishment critics. California’s open primary works.

Last month, leading up to California’s primary elections, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said “I hate the top-two” open primary system. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said California’s top-two system “is not a reform. It is terrible.” Their bipartisan response should tell you everything you need to know: Political parties hate top-two, so voters should love it.

Opinion

Big business is squashing small and the age of behemoths is upon us

The next round of media consolidation has arrived. AT&T has bought Time Warner, thanks to a federal judge’s ruling last week. Comcast and Disney are fighting with each other to buy 21st Century Fox. CBS, Verizon and Viacom, among others, may also get involved in a merger. “The floodgates will open,” media analyst Jessica Reif told The Wall Street Journal after the judge’s AT&T ruling.

Painting the Delta

Watch as Sacramento artist Stephanie Taylor paints a Delta scene.