Health insurance is like health: If things generally are working, we take it for granted. Maybe that’s why real-world critiques of the Affordable Care Act have come to be less about its general success than about the execution of its details.

I was ready to be sufficiently angry about our inefficient approach to expanding light rail. Regional Transit’s extension of its Meadowview line to Cosumnes River College is long overdue, but as RT General Manager Mike Wiley recently pointed out, the project was costly because it had to squeeze through an established neighborhood.

An Iraq war veteran finally sees his country’s gratidude.

The clock still hasn’t struck midnight on the fairy-tale season of Sacramento Republic FC, the soccer team that won a championship this past weekend in its first year. Everything that has made this ride so magical was displayed in abundance in the 2-0 win Saturday night over the Harrisburg City Islanders.

There are those who are serious about improving cybersecurity and protecting consumers, and there are those dedicated to using the threat to achieve their short-sighted and self-interested goals. California Credit Union League’s op-ed (“Retail data breaches need action from Legislature,” Viewpoints, Sept. 14) suggests it is firmly planted in the latter category.

Whether viewed from a dry-as-dust ground level or from a sky-high planetary perch, the ongoing drought in California is remarkable. As this slow-moving meteorological disaster intensifies, burning forests, fallowed agricultural fields and critically low reservoirs show the increasingly high-stakes interactions among scientists, policymakers and everyday Californians.

President Barack Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate.

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: Clinton Grandchild

Unfortunately, Congress will be called upon to consider military involvement in the Middle East for years to come. Congress would benefit from having veterans of those wars among its ranks. For that reason and others, voters in Congressional District 4, which includes Lincoln, Auburn, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park, ought to send Republican Art Moore to Washington, D.C.

Rep. John Garamendi, a mainstay of California politics since the 1970s, has earned another term in Congress, given his experience, expertise in water and interest in national defense.

Most Americans don’t realize how unequal our society has become.

Who is going to defeat the group on the ground?

President at least sounds single-minded about winning war on terror, and didn’t set an arbitrary deadline.

In a remarkably candid interview in the Sept. 9 Sacramento Business Journal, California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Jeff Morales admits that a straight-shot line from San Francisco to Los Angeles could conceivably have been built privately.

Sheer black lava cliffs plunge into the sea. From a distance, the island appears flat, dark, foreboding. As we approach, details of the cliffs emerge as spectacular formations, a chorus line of columns and mysterious caverns.

Proposition 47 goes too far, too soon after other major criminal justice system changes.

Mayor Kevin Johnson recalls Michael Brown moments and calls for change.

Lynn Rasberry got quite a send-off when he retired in 2010. Tony Beard got no ceremony when he left. Neither will Dina Hidalgo.

When I moved back home to Sacramento in 2004 after a decade in New York, I could hardly believe all of the exciting projects on tap for my hometown. So what held us back? In most big cities, citizens look to their mayors to take decisive action. But here, the mayor’s vote carries the same weight as those of the other eight City Council members.

I’ve been trying to watch the latest Ken Burns documentary on “The Roosevelts” that aired last week. I studied the New Deal extensively as an undergraduate and am lightly familiar with both FDR’s and Teddy Roosevelt’s careers. I can say one thing pretty definitively now.

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – For people who, like myself, have parents who came to the United States from China, Vietnam, the Philippines or elsewhere in Asia, I have a message: we are not Asian.

Gov. Jerry Brown had encouraging words for world leaders at the United Nations climate summit. They were no doubt a comfort, given the decades of international dithering on climate change.

Outgoing attorney general protected minority voters and focused on over-incarceration.

California made history recently when Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Its passage marks a once-in-a-century achievement, for it was 100 years ago that California enacted the first comprehensive legal framework for managing surface water. The bills Brown signed into law maintain that legal framework while establishing a long-overdue system for managing groundwater resources.

Educators in Colorado have proposed a “happy history” that will leave students positive, patriotic – and ignorant.

A new report makes a compelling case for bold action to better manage Sierra Nevada forests that have become overgrown and at risk of large, damaging fires.

Delaine Eastin’s attack on Comcast’s Internet Essentials is seriously off-base (“Make Net access for poor a must for Comcast”; Viewpoints, Sept. 14).

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: Keeping Up With the Kashkarians

Growing city requires experienced leadership.

We need bonds to maintain quality public schools, but we also need to take the time to craft plans that don’t cost taxpayers more than they have to.

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