On this, the first Monday in September, the United States celebrates Labor Day, a tribute to American workers. It’s a traditional demarcation for the end of summer and millions of working Americans get the day off. They may even contemplate the state of the worker in the United States while doing so.

Republicans may not win control of the U.S. Senate in November after all.

Labor Day offers an opportunity for politicians and economists to offer their two cents on the state of labor. It’s a good bet that some of that commentary will focus on the so-called “skills gap” – the notion that millions of jobs in highly technical fields remain unfilled while millions of Americans without those skills remain unemployed.

Sometimes, little people decide to take a stand.

Sacramento city schools’ new chief needs to meet with Mayor Johnson immediately, get WiFi districtwide, and shake up the traditional school model.

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.

Proposition 46 raises important issues about drug-using doctors and patients who are addicts, but is not a good solution.

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.

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

When you reach your 50s, your perspective on life – and death – changes dramatically.

Grocery workers save their pro-employee CEO’s job, a fascinating twist for Labor Day.

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.

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

Thank you, President Lyndon B. Johnson – for signing the Wilderness Act on Sept. 3, 1964

Elk Grove puts in a bid to compete with Sacramento for MLS.

We need to brace ourselves for severe federal budget problems.

Unelected bureaucrats issue regulations that have the power of law.

Conservatives overreact to Gov. Brown’s welcoming comments.

One-size-fits-all regulations are not good for California.

Re “The cost of abusive lawsuits is taking a big bite out of state’s classrooms” (Viewpoints, Aug. 26). Robla School Board member Craig DeLuz, without presenting evidence, writes that school districts paid lots of money for attorney fees because of “abusive lawsuits.” That’s just wrong.

The Bee’s editorial cartoonist, Jack Ohman, writes whatever is on his mind, and he writes often. Read his blog at sacbee.com/ohman.

California would be burdened by the consequences of even more casinos.

Sacramento’s finance director is best positioned to keep the pension system sustainable.

Studies show that mandate doesn’t reduce reduce workplace illness or turnover.

Some legislation would be better off dead.

We can all cultivate admirable character traits such as courage and humility.

Fewer choices for patients and possible tax penalties are on the way.

Sometimes you read a sentence and you think to yourself: only here, only us.

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