’Stand and show respect’ during national anthem? The NFL has actual problems. Players kneeling or sitting during the national anthem to protest racial injustice has never been one of them. A new policy forcing players to stand shows the NFL’s plantation mentality. Read more.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: California’s huge public employee pension system is very short of the money it needs to cover all of the retirement promises made to nearly two million workers and retirees. That is why the California Public Employees’ Retirement System is now considering a new investment strategy that would ditch private equity investment firms, whose fees have been costly and returns have been erratic, and directly buy private companies. So what could possibly go wrong? Read more.
Pro-con on Proposition 70
Gov. Jerry Brown and Assemblyman Chad Mayes: Proposition 70 would ensure that the money generated from California’s cap-and-trade program is spent in the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way possible. Read more.
Strela Cervas: Proposition 70 could result in severe cuts in successful programs that have created jobs, installed solar power, replaced polluting cars and trucks with clean electric vehicles and planted trees in low-income communities. Read more.
Brian Maas: California’s new motor vehicle franchise system was established to protect dealers and their customers from onerous requirements by automakers. The objective of AB 2107 is to address unfair behavior and level the playing field between local dealerships and multinational vehicle manufacturers. Read more.
F. Noel Perry and Adam Fowler: California is paying for this housing crisis, and not just in mortgages and rents. Read more.
Jessica Nowlan: Incarcerating young people doesn’t fix them. California needs to fund alternatives. Read more.
Takes on June primary
Modesto Bee: If Tom Hallinan is elected to the Board of Equalization, he has no intention of ever running as an incumbent. That’s because Hallinan’s sole purpose in running is to put the ineffective, unnecessary and scandal-ridden bureaucracy out of existence. Voters should help him carry out that goal by electing him to the board in gigantic District 1. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: There is a stark choice in the important state superintendent of public instruction race between the candidate of the complacent school establishment – state Sen. Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond – and another Democrat, Marshall Tuck of Los Angeles, an earnest, successful reformer. Read more.
San Jose Mercury News: Alex Padilla has arguably been California’s best secretary of state since Jerry Brown held the office from 1971-74 and won cases against Standard Oil, ITT, Gulf Oil and Mobil for violating campaign finance laws. Voters should re-elect Padilla, who faces a weak field of opponents in the June 5 primary. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: In the wake of two appalling scandals that have badly marred the reputation of the University of Southern California, it is time for President C.L. Max Nikias to step aside or be ousted. The dean of the medical school was doing drugs and partying with young criminals and addicts – and gynecologist at the student health clinic had been repeatedly accused over several decades of making sexual comments and touching young patients inappropriately. Read more.
San Francisco Chronicle: To Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s long list of profound mistakes, add this: Security guards ejected reporters trying to cover his speech on water contamination. It’s the latest instance of the hostility he’s injecting into a key government agency that he’s busy dismantling. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: The arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer showed how useful DNA can be in solving crimes, even old ones. Yet an enormous collection of DNA evidence sits untouched in California. State lawmakers and local law enforcement should prioritize testing thousands of rape kits. Two bills introduced in Sacramento would do just that. Read more.
E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post: The Most Rev. Michael Curry, who preached for a royal couple and the world last Saturday, isn’t finished with us yet. On Thursday, a group of Christians will march to the White House for a candlelight vigil. Read more.
Ross Douthat, New York Times: The reasonable Democratic hope has been that anti-Trump fervor will drive their base’s turnout, even as the official faces of the party reassure swing voters that they’re voting for a check on Trumpism, not a radical impeach-or-bust movement. But lately you can see the limits of the normal-politics strategy. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: Robert Mueller’s investigation has won indictments against President Trump’s former campaign chairman and 16 others. This can mean only one thing: It is time to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Read more.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: Unless President Trump can overcome his hubris, his deal-making instincts are likely to backfire. Rather than produce the deal of the century with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un or the Iranian ayatollahs, he’s more likely to get played – or embroil the nation in new wars. Read more.
Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post: President Trump has stood up for the humanity of the unborn child like no president in recent memory. And this is why so many Christian conservatives stick with him. Read more.
Tweets of the day
Today’s decision by the @NFL is a win for the fans, a win for @POTUS, and a win for America. Americans can once again come together around what unites us – our flag, our military, and our National Anthem. Thank you NFL. #ProudToStand pic.twitter.com/zNwxhYGNaN— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 23, 2018
I hope the NFL decides to completely stop all concession stand sales during the anthem as well. We wouldn’t want people buying a $10 beer and an $8 hot dog during our sacred anthem.— Sage Rosenfels (@SageRosenfels18) May 23, 2018
All TV camera crews must stop filming and direct attention at the flag too.
Just seems fair.