Food historians like to say that if you follow the food, you will discover the history of the world. Indeed, wars have been fought over salt, herring and spices.

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.

Sacramento has a bicycle master plan, but while it is slowly being updated, more cyclists must choose disconnected bike routes or sidewalks.

Last week’s Conversation asked two questions: Does Sacramento need protected bicycle lanes? And should there be fines for riding a bike on a city sidewalk?

Protected bike lanes reduce sidewalk biking, resulting in fewer clashes.

After being injured, I was on a mission to find out how the law deals with bicycles on sidewalks and to make it safer for pedestrians.

Sunday’s Conversation tackled in The Sacramento Bee’s Opinion section focused on how bicycling fits into Sacramento’s traffic scene.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local physicians agree that HPV vaccination rates, whatever they are, are unacceptably low.

Regardless of the cause or whether you’re buying food from California, it’s easy to see that prices are going up.

When the death penalty in California is fully put out of its misery, Michael Laurence will be among its chief executioners.

Two seasoned California campaign strategists, one a Republican and one a Democrat, who advised a “no party prefence” candidate running for secretary of state, discuss the campaign.

More than 90 years after the last California grizzly bear was killed in the state, there’s an effort to return them to their ancestral homelands.

There is only one correct way to view the estimated 52,000 unaccompanied minors who have streamed through the United States-Mexico border over the past year and who are now crowding federal detention facilities: children fleeing desperate, dangerous places who need our help.

National studies indicate that Crisis Intervention Training programs have resulted in improvements in attitudes about mental illness among police officers.

Congress is taking baby steps to catch up with China and Russia, which are investing heavily in the information war.

Last Sunday’s Conversation about the discussion on the water bond asked the question: Given the drought, are you more or less supportive of a water bond, and how important is it that the bond include money for new reservoirs and Delta restoration?

We’re not conserving. Wildlife is suffering. But there are some encouraging signs amid the drought.

Cultural change comes slowly, but it can be fueled by frank conversation and shared understanding.

How could one person or, in this case two, stick straws in the ground, suck up an increasingly precious resource, and then sell it at fabulous profit to non-locals?

The question we posed to readers: What are the top three things the Legislature could do to attract more business to California?

The Toyota relocation of some employees is just an anecdote and does not paint a full picture of what is happening economically in California – thus, it is unlikely to point to a cure for what ails the Golden State.

The question we posed to readers: How is your health affected by where you live?

A look at Placer and Yuba counties sheds some light on how stark these differences can be and how difficult they will be to overcome.

Tejay van Garderen has a dubious responsibility to the sport of cycling that he’d rather not have. With a few other U.S. cyclists, he carries the burden of a sport seeking to restore its image.

The question we posed to readers: With high unemployment and millions of people struggling to get by, is the American public today willing to support the sort of nationwide works programs created during FDR’s administration?

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