Stop the insanity: Californians in Congress should back Dreamers compromise: Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, and Pete Aguilar, D-Fontana, on Tuesday announced an effort to create a path to citizenship for 1 million-plus people who have grown up in the U.S. and are as American as any of one of us. The California delegation should back it, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy should deliver for his state, and lead.
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David Freed: Tornadoes in the Midwest, hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, blizzards in New England. Life comes with risk, no matter where you lead it. That certainly seems to be the case of late in my corner of California. Others might relocate under the circumstances. Some probably will, and I couldn’t blame them. But I owe much to this place. Here’s why I don’t leave.
Erwin Chemerinsky: Businesses fight hard to try and keep secret information about defects in their products and environmental hazards that they have created. They fear that revelations will cause a loss of sales and harm their reputation. So lawyers for businesses routinely ask courts to issue protective orders preventing plaintiffs from disclosing information that they have learned and insist, as a condition of settling a lawsuit, that the parties remain silent about the matter. The result is that dangerous products stay on the market much longer. Secret settlements on product liability lawsuits are endangering the public. Assembly Bill 889 will fix that.
Fred Ruiz: Even though the Valley is now the fastest-growing and most diverse region of the state, its residents are underrepresented in access to higher education and economic opportunity. This underrepresentation extends to the University of California Board of Regents, the governing body of the nation’s premier public higher education system. Why the next UC regent should be from the Central Valley.
Ben Valdepeña: Managing pension funds isn’t easy, but should Californians be forced to work into our 70s?
Dan Walters, CALmatters: When President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress were working on what they called tax reform, Jerry Brown and governors of other high-tax states, such as New York’s Andrew Cuomo, complained loudly that it was unfair to their constituents. However, they never admitted the obvious, that their concern was really about its impact on high-income taxpayers who would no longer be able to deduct more than a tiny fraction of their state and local taxes on their federal tax returns.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: Fact-checking has become a minor industry, and it hasn’t helped. Our responsibility is to provide information, not to enforce its proper use.
Nathan Donley: Don’t let the Environmental Protection Agency and Monsanto hide the truth on Roundup. The company is pushing to kill a California regulation that will require cancer warnings on glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient.
East Bay Times: One of Jerry Brown’s biggest failures as governor has been his stubborn, foolhardy approach to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that provides a portion of the drinking water for 25 million Californians. The news that the Brown administration is reportedly scaling back his $17 billion, twin-tunnel plan to a single tunnel at slightly more than half the cost is a relief for Northern Californians fearing a massive Southern California water grab at the expense of the health of the Delta.
Los Angeles Times: Every day Americans use – and almost immediately discard – up to half a billion plastic beverage straws. At least, that’s the figure widely used by environmental activists to explain why people should embrace going straw-less. It seems credible considering how many takeout sodas, frappuccinos, smoothies, cold-press juices, boba teas and other beverages Americans buy every day, most of which are accompanied by a complimentary plastic straw.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Hawaii endured a “War of the Worlds” experience Saturday when millions of people received an official warning on their cellphones: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” Given the recent threats by U.S. and North Korean leaders to launch nuclear strikes, the apocalyptic text message from state emergency officials was more plausible than the Martian invasion of Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast. It was, we now know, an unfortunate blunder.
Kansas City Star: It’s time for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to come clean and break his silence on the black cloud enveloping his administration. A week has passed since the story of an extramarital affair and allegations of blackmail rocketed across the state – and the nation – on the same night that the governor delivered his second State of the State address.
Denver Post: The unseemly back and forth that has followed President Donald Trump’s racist and profane remarks about preferring immigrants from Norway to those from Haiti and African nations is incredibly dangerous. Americans should demand better.
Newsday: Poverty is not a scam. Neither is old age or infirmity or serious illness. But making poverty and the need for help look like a scam is a common political strategy, and it’s one the Trump administration sought to rekindle last week when it allowed states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients in “test” programs.
Frank Bruni, New York Times: Maybe more than any other figure on Capitol Hill, Sen. Lindsey Graham personifies his party’s spastic, incoherent response to Donald Trump across time and its humiliating, fatally misguided surrender.
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: In any other administration, evidence that the president paid hush money to the star of “Good Will Humping” during the election would be a scandal. In this one it has, so far, elicited a collective shrug.
Paul Krugman, New York Times: The parallels between anti-immigrant agitation in the mid-19th century and Trumpism are obvious. Only the identities of the maligned nationalities have changed.
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post: Based on comments attributed to him about his preferred type of immigrants, there are at least three things the president doesn’t understand about America and its magical place in the world.
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post: President Trump’s “shithole” comment has been analyzed to within an inch of its life, with most commentators concluding that this was simply another example of the president’s racist attitudes.
Paul Waldman, Washington Post: After a lifetime spent not only manipulating the economic, legal and political systems to increase his wealth but publicly bragging about his ability to do so, there was little doubt that Trump would continue in the same vein as president.
“Did anyone else see the humor in Simon’s Bar and Cafe, popular hangout for Sacramento politicians, being shut down because it’s infested with vermin?” – Wes Hill, Carmichael