I have read with some dismay lately Bee writers repeating shibboleths about education, specifically tenure, as if they were documented fact.

Had we the people not been so morally craven, we might have saved much treasure and blood. Had we had not been so panicked and credulous, America might not have created the vacuum into which this new threat now rushes.

Rosa sits on a red vinyl chair with her two young sons close by and her 1-year-old daughter gurgling in her baby carriage in the federal immigration court’s waiting room. Rosa ended up here, she says, because a gang in her native El Salvador gave her a chilling choice: She had to allow her 10-year-old son, Tomas, to work for the gang or her family would be killed.

In the 1972 film “The Candidate” about a fictional U.S. Senate race in California, an aged GOP incumbent named Crocker Jarmon and a fresh-faced Democratic newcomer, Bill McKay, with no political experience face off in a single televised debate. The newcomer, the son of a former California governor, manages to change the race based on his performance.

When is it relevant to publish personal details of someone’s life? How does that relevance change if someone is part of a political family?

Not long after a grinning Tesla founder Elon Musk joined Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval outside the governor’s office in Carson City to announce Musk would build his fancy battery factory in Storey County, Nev., critics attacked Gov. Jerry Brown and California for failing to make Tesla happy enough.

California lacks a clear policy on gambling expansion, so voters should reject Proposition 48.

Some scientists and environmentalists have been contending that water quality would suffer, pollution would increase and aquatic life would be harmed if California goes forward with plans to build twin tunnels in the Delta. Now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has strongly reinforced those concerns and called for changes in the multibillion-dollar plan.

Nightmares of abduction and confinement disrupted my sleep the night before I left for Afghanistan. It was Dec. 1, 1991, and I was working on a freelance piece for The Los Angeles Times Magazine, flying into Kabul from Uzbekistan on a Soviet military transport on my birthday. My best friends were foreign corresponding colleagues and together we made a pact over shots of vodka that if anything happened to us in the field, we would immediately mobilize media and the U.S. government to aid and rescue us.

The godless volunteers who gather roadside garbage along Highway 99 have picked up some unwelcome trash of their own.

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: Debate highlights

I ran into an old acquaintance recently and mentioned Daughter No. 2 was heading off to college, leaving me and my husband with an empty nest.

OK, so about the hacking of certain actresses’ computer files and the posting of nude photos found therein:

The relationship between the California Supreme Court and the other branches of state government has seen better days. Justices who wonder why might recall the “respect for others” lesson taught in kindergarten.

Already regulated by the federal Department of Education and subject to oversight by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges, its accrediting body, MTI has been allowed an exemption from the duplicative and burdensome regulations overseen by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. In MTI’s case it is a well-earned exemption that allows the institution to focus on what it does best, training its students for successful careers.

I love stories of family farms and raisins. In the past, it was a crop full of uncertainty and perfect for struggling immigrants who were willing to take risks and dream of profits.

Tom Steyer, billionaire former hedge fund executive and progressive environmental activist, sat down with The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board last week to talk issues important to him and his NextGen Climate super PAC. Steyer has spent tens of millions of dollars on environmental issues and to sway elections across America in favor of candidates with a focus on climate change and the environment. Here’s an edited version of his comments:

REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Volcanoes and glaciers, fire and ice, are dominant features of this moonscape-pocked island nation. How fitting that over a generation ago the leaders of the United States and Soviet Union came to talk disarmament in the heat of the Cold War.

It must be a cold day in hell. The cow jumped over the moon. And pigs are flying somewhere. No, the Legislature hasn’t resorted to catchy slogans to address problems facing our state. This is what one Republican lawmaker said after Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and I announced a bipartisan deal supported by business, labor and progressive groups to close an egregious loophole in Proposition 13 earlier this year.

High-speed rail, by shifting travel away from dirtier transportation modes such as planes and cars, would do wonders in reducing the transportation sector’s impact on our carbon footprint.

Should records be kept on officer-involved shootings? How would the public benefit from that data?

Play is critical to the physical, cognitive and emotional health of children.

Twenty months after the prescribed burns, I can clearly see the difference between the two experiments.

As billionaires go, Vinod Khosla would seem to be an unlikely villain for environmentalists.

Even when The Sacramento Bee published only a newspaper aimed at a broad readership, some readers bought us because they were passionate about one subject and not much else.

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