Opinion

Prop. 66 could turn out to slow death penalty cases |Sep 5, 2017

The California Supreme Court has upheld most of Proposition 66, the initiative to speed up the death penalty, but in doing so may have made an even more tangled mess of it. Associate Justice Carol Corrigan, writing for the majority, said voters were presented with ballot materials promising a five-year time limit on death penalty appeals in state courts, but there is “no workable means of enforcing the five-year review limit.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Sep 5, 2017

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Was President Trump right to pardon Joe Arpaio? Question of the Week |Aug 29, 2017

President Trump granted a pardon on Friday to Joe Arpaio, the former and longtime sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz. It wasn’t much of a surprise. The president had signaled his intent to pardon the controversial 85-year-old lawman in a campaign rally three days earlier in Phoenix, the seat of Maricopa County.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 29, 2017

Californians should support the Cadiz Water Project: Tony Cardenas and Paul Cook |Aug 29, 2017

California is home to amazing natural resources, a diverse economy and a hard-working population eager to flourish. However, we don’t have sufficient water to meet the needs of all who call California home.

Is safe drinking water feel all wet? Readers answer our question: Letters |Aug 28, 2017

We asked readers, Is safe drinking water fee all wet? All need access to safe, affordable water I’ve worked alongside families from Arvin, Alpaugh, East Orosi and other communities that have been dealing with unsafe levels of arsenic, nitrate and other contaminants in their tap water for far too long.

Should Assembly GOP leader Mayes resign? Readers answer our question: Letters |Aug 21, 2017

We asked readers, Should Assembly GOP leader Mayes resign? Thanks, Chad Mayes for supporting cap and trade Climate change is one of the biggest threats to our way of life.

State senators must ask tough question of PUC nominees |Aug 21, 2017

There are some indications that Clifford Rechtschaffen, one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s two latest appointments to the state Public Utilities Commission, would be more of an advocate for utilities than for consumers, ratepayers and those adversely affected by environmental issues.

In defense of American nationalism: Joel Kotkin |Aug 20, 2017

President Donald Trump’s policy agenda may seem somewhat incoherent, but his underlying approach — developed, in large part, by now-departed chief strategist Steve Bannon — can be best summarized in one word: nationalism.

Melendez makes better case than Mayes: Sal Rodriguez |Aug 20, 2017

Assemblyman Chad Mayes’ days as leader of Assembly Republicans could be numbered. After leading six other Republican Assembly members to vote with him for an extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program, Mayes appears to have succeeded in little else beyond uniting Republicans and conservatives across the nation to call for his resignation.

GOP leadership requires principles and winning elections: Melissa Melendez |Aug 20, 2017

I am proud to pen this commentary from my new office space, referred to around the state Capitol as “the Dog House.” The Dog House is where you get sent as punishment when you draw the ire of the leaders for standing up to them on principle.

The challenge ahead for California Republicans: Chad Mayes |Aug 20, 2017

A decade ago, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger warned California Republicans that “we’re dying at the box office,” and that we must change to stay relevant. While many criticized and disregarded his message, including me, history has proven him correct.

Think big, act boldly to solve housing crisis: John Chiang |Aug 20, 2017

Consider these startling and deeply disturbing facts. One-third of renters in California spend more than half of their monthly wages on housing. California accounts for 20 percent of the nation’s homeless, while 40 percent of the state’s voters have a close friend or family member who is, or has been, homeless.

Building sustainably to solve the housing crisis: Brian Calle |Aug 20, 2017

There are innumerable perks to living in California, but modestly priced housing is certainly not one of them. It’s undeniable that housing in the Golden State is expensive, and that we have a significant housing shortage.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 18, 2017

Trimming national monument would be presidential overreach: Guest commentary |Aug 18, 2017

A political storm is brewing over the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument (SGMNM), which President Barack Obama designated in October 2014. At stake is a fraction of the monument’s 346,000 acres, the vast majority of which lie within the Angeles National Forest.

Bodycams, with sound policies, a step forward for Fontana PD |Aug 18, 2017

The Fontana Police Department is set to become the latest Inland Empire law enforcement agency to utilize body-worn cameras. For the sake of expanding public confidence in law enforcement through greater transparency and accountability, we applaud the department’s willingness to adopt their use.

Backdraft — the fires of hatred still burn: Cheryl Brown |Aug 18, 2017

The tragic events in Charlottesville, Va. were anti-black, anti-Jewish and anti-American. What started as a national tragedy worsened when President Trump offered an incomprehensible response to the actions of the white supremacists and rationalized their shameful antics that resulted in the deaths of Heather Heyer and state Troopers H.

Focus on what makes us great as a country: Letters |Aug 18, 2017

Focus on what makes us great as a country As we approach another anniversary of the 9/11 attack, it would be beneficial to reflect on lessons we have learned in its aftermath so that we can be prepared and respond appropriately to any other threats to our residents.

Two simple reforms for U.S. health care: Sean Flynn |Aug 18, 2017

Only in Washington does anybody say, “If it’s broke, don’t fix it.” The outcry over our health care system has risen to a fever pitch. Hanging in the balance is the health and well-being of millions of our fellow Americans as well as the health and well-being of our local economy.

Trump fails test of leadership, chance to unite nation |Aug 18, 2017

It would be an understatement to describe President Trump’s comments this past week in the aftermath of racist rallies and ensuing violence in Charlottesville as tone deaf. His initial response gave enough reason to shudder but on Thursday, in an all-too-familiar barrage of tweets, he sadly accented his already troubling response to a volatile situation by lamenting the loss of “beautiful statues and monuments.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 17, 2017

Dodgers are hot; fans should be too, four years into TV blackout |Aug 17, 2017

The Dodgers are having one of the greatest seasons baseball fans have ever seen. Unfortunately, for many in Los Angeles, it’s the greatest season they’ve never seen. This is the fourth year since the Dodgers sold their local television rights for $8.

No moral equivalency: Trump must recognize difference between the ‘two sides’: Letters |Aug 17, 2017

No moral equivalency between the ‘two sides’ On Aug. 12, a mob of protesters gathered in Charlottesville, ostensibly to protest the tearing down of a statue of Robert E.

Trump’s failure of moral leadership is consequential: Guest commentary |Aug 17, 2017

Amid the fallout from the Charlottesville chaos, we should pause to examine the dynamics of the two major factions involved. This was a protest of whites vs. whites. Throughout American history there has been a dichotomous war between whites.

State pension fund divestment policies leave Californians another day older and deeper in debt |Aug 17, 2017

The politicization of state pension fund investments has once again come back to bite us — this time in coal stocks — harming taxpayers and government employees alike. Under the Public Divestiture of Thermal Coal Companies Act of 2015, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and California State Teachers’ Retirement System were required to divest their coal holdings by July 1, 2017.

Much room for missteps in U.S. response to Venezuela: James Poulos |Aug 17, 2017

As if the United States didn’t have enough on its plate, the risk of a bungled response to the terrible situation in Venezuela is on course to rise considerably. At a time when political debates are increasingly nationalized and national debates are waged on the basis of abstract principle, it will be hard to muster the careful, prudential judgment needed to react wisely.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 16, 2017

Sites Reservoir a water-storage plan worth funding |Aug 16, 2017

An innovative, off-stream water storage proposal northeast of Sacramento should be one of the top priorities for the state’s spending of Proposition 1 water-bond money. The Sites Reservoir project would, in wet years, divert “excess” water from the Sacramento River into what would be the seventh-largest reservoir in California.

Gov. Brown’s office should release PUC emails |Aug 16, 2017

It has been three years since a settlement agreement was reached over the costs of shutting down the San Onofre nuclear plant, but many questions remain. The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s shutdown in 2012 and decommissioning in 2013 was precipitated by the failure of replacement steam generators, resulting in a minor radioactive leak.

The Confederacy lost the Civil War; time to move on: Letters |Aug 16, 2017

Time to move on The current battles (literally) over Civil War memorials demonstrates what happens when we stop teaching history (with its boring dates and facts that are so hard to remember) and turn it into a “fun” mush called social studies (or science).

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 15, 2017

Public-private space ventures need oversight |Aug 15, 2017

Public-private partnerships in space travel hold much promise, and greater cost-efficiency, but government should be transparent about the risks and inevitable failures. On Monday, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as SpaceX, conducted a successful launch of a resupply mission to the International Space Station, or ISS, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with the company’s reusable Falcon 9 rocket returning safely to SpaceX’s landing zone at Cape Canaveral.

Unwarranted jabs at those who pursue justice: Michael A. Ramos |Aug 15, 2017

A recent Sun column headlined “Focusing on restitution, not incarceration, serves justice,” by Adam Summers (Aug.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 14, 2017

Should Assembly GOP leader Mayes resign?: Question of the Week |Aug 14, 2017

The California Assembly’s Republican leader has been under fire from conservatives since he and seven other party members voted with Democrats last month to extend a major environmental program.

On criminal justice reforms, L.A. County should look forward, not back: Guest commentary |Aug 14, 2017

Today, Californians of pretty much all walks of life agree: The state’s criminal justice system has been broken for decades. For at least 20 years, it was commonplace for lawmakers to churn out “tough” crime policy that drove prison populations and budgets up and starved investments in crime prevention and rehabilitation.

We asked readers to share their favorite political jokes: Letters |Aug 14, 2017

We asked readers to share their favorite political jokes The right to ‘bare’ arms While creating the U.S. Constitution on a very hot day, someone took off their jacket, then their undershirt in order to remain “cool and collected.

Time to choose path forward in Afghanistan |Aug 14, 2017

One thing all Americans should be able to agree on is that it’s time for a change of course in Afghanistan. Our current path is untenable. The Obama administration didn’t deliver the seeming victory that propelled him to a second term in office.

California’s coming youth deficit: Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox |Aug 13, 2017

Images of California, particularly the southern coast, are embedded with those associated with youthfulness — surfers, actors, models, glamorous entrepreneurs. Yet, in reality, the state — and the region — are falling well behind in the growth of their youthful population, which carries significant implications for our future economic trajectory and the nature of our society.

Iran’s expansionist aims pose problems for U.S.: James Poulos |Aug 12, 2017

The challenge posed to the United States by Iran is so difficult and complex a problem that even the Trump administration is somewhat divided on how to proceed. While some officials are inclined to treat Tehran as if it is in compliance with the terms of the nuclear “deal” struck under Obama and still in effect, others, including Trump himself, believe the spirit of the agreement has been cast aside, and doubt it ever should have been put in place to begin with.

Let’s get real on North Korea: Carl M. Cannon |Aug 12, 2017

The week’s news was dominated by President Trump’s verbal saber-rattling with North Korea. Except that these weren’t swords being waved by Trump and Kim Jong Un: They were nuclear warhead-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 11, 2017

Remove barriers for those with convictions who have served their time: Guest commentary |Aug 11, 2017

I still remember the day I was released from prison. After serving seven years at California State Prison-Sacramento, I was told that, finally, my time had come. As I stood on the precipice of freedom and redemption, with just one final electronic gate separating me from the outside world, a loud voice over the prison’s intercom system announced that I had served my debt to society and that I was free to go.

San Bernardino finally breaking the spell: Cheryl Brown |Aug 11, 2017

Despite a list of challenges that might have broken a weaker, less cohesive community, Mayor R. Carey Davis reminded us in April that the city of San Bernardino is resilient and rising. I am proud to call it my home.

Editorial misses mark on prosecutorial misconduct: Letters |Aug 11, 2017

Editorial misses mark on prosecutorial misconduct Re “End prosecutors’ immunity from lawsuits” (Editorial, Aug.