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.

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

Who is going to defeat the group on the ground?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

SAN DIEGO – What’s really at the heart of that story from 2010 where five students at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill conspired to wear T-shirts bearing the American flag? Was it patriotism? Or petulance?

SB 1365 is just the sort of innovative response to the age-old problem of race and politics that the governor should champion.

It’s like people aren’t really present any more.

Measure will remove hurdles stopping defendants from proving their innocence.

SB 968 is a bipartisan compromise to try to resolve the private property rights vs. public access dilemma.

Bill would provide more financial aid options for college.

It has taken less than three months for the California Highway Patrol to do right by the mentally ill woman who was slammed to the asphalt by a CHP officer and brutally pummeled after he caught her walking in traffic on a Los Angeles freeway.

The donations have been pouring into the campaigns of the two candidates for California state superintendent of public instruction this week.

Many creative people have disciplined routines, and the world needs discipline, too.

President Obama has a very different message for the Muslim world than his 2009 Cairo speech.

Conspicuous consumption by the rich widens America’s class divide.

Drug and alcohol testing of doctors will prevent tragedies; higher malpractice awards will compensate victims.

President’s speech on Islamic State threat will be one of his most important.

Patients would also be hurt if doctors end services to avoid malpractice claims.

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