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Editorial cartoon of the day |Sep 5, 2017

Editorial cartoon of the day |Sep 4, 2017

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Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 31, 2017

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 30, 2017

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.

Feinstein still effective, so why should she quit? Thomas Elias |Aug 21, 2017

None of the host of ultra-liberal Democrats who would love to succeed her makes the direct argument that at 84 — she’ll be one year older by next November’s election — fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein is too aged to be one of California’s two U.

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.

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

Lesson from the London fire: Sometimes, more regulation is good: Larry Wilson |Aug 18, 2017

I get it that government regulations can be ridiculous. More than that: awful. I’ll even spell it guv’mint to show my distaste. I’ll recall that poster in the barber shop of my youth, where I’d go monthly for the “regular boy’s” cut: The picture of the goateed old Sam, father of our country, with the caption, “He’s your uncle, not your dad.

Constitutional convention is one way to amend a broken system: Susan Shelley |Aug 18, 2017

What exactly is a “convention of the states,” and should anyone be losing sleep over it? In September, state lawmakers from around the country will gather at the Arizona capitol to draw up rules for a future convention that will attempt to propose amendments to the U.

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.

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.

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.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 17, 2017

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.

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

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 15, 2017

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

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.

Disclose Act, now broken apart, still vital for public trust |Aug 14, 2017

“Give light and the people will find their own way.” — longtime slogan of the now-defunct Scripps Howard Newspapers group. The essence of that motto, written early in the last century, was a strong belief that if Americans know enough about an issue or politician or political choice, they will act in their own self-interest.

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.

Flat Earthers live among us, and these days it kind of makes sense: Larry Wilson |Aug 11, 2017

Driving home on Highway 395 after fishing in the Eastern Sierras earlier this summer, my nephew Drew riding shotgun, the bleak landscape of the desert receded before us all the way to the horizon. I remarked on the view.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 11, 2017

College quotas might be facing final exam in court: Susan Shelley |Aug 11, 2017

Is it over for affirmative action? The Trump administration’s Justice Department is hiring lawyers to look into a civil rights complaint filed by 64 Asian-American groups back in 2015. The department will investigate and perhaps sue colleges and universities that engage in intentional race-based discrimination in admissions.

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.

Gov. Brown’s email exchanges with PUC remain undisclosed: Thomas Elias |Aug 11, 2017

As Gov. Jerry Brown travels the nation and world posing grandly as the Anti-Trump and the ultimate champion of the battle against climate change, he’s plainly very conscious of the legacy he will leave behind when he’s termed out for good after next year.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 10, 2017

Failures at SB County HR department offer clean slate for future: Guest commentary |Aug 10, 2017

The sudden resignation of San Bernardino County’s human resources director leaves a void of leadership in a crucial division and a bad taste in the mouth of county employees who have yet to see consistent integrity from that department.

On to Mars — to settle down there: James Poulos |Aug 10, 2017

Following in the footsteps of Barack Obama, who threw his weight late in his presidency behind the idea of a landing on Mars, the Trump administration has gone on record supporting a manned trip to the red planet.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 9, 2017

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 8, 2017

Return to bipartisanship can fix U.S. health care: Jane Harman |Aug 8, 2017

I come from a family of doctors. My father treated three generations of patients in Los Angeles, my hometown, which I represented for nine terms in Congress. Over two decades, I listened to doctors, clinics and community health workers in my district who told me of their experiences on the front lines.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 7, 2017

Whose UC is it? — still a valid question: Thomas Elias |Aug 7, 2017

As a new school year approaches on the nine campuses of the University of California, it’s fair for parents of prospective students to ask once again, as many have for at least the last eight years, whose UC will it be? The question first arose during the Great Recession that began about nine years ago, a time when UC began accepting more and more out-of-state and foreign students to help make up for funding cuts inflicted by then-Gov.

Reconciling the three Democratic parties: Joel Kotkin |Aug 6, 2017

With President Donald Trump’s Dr. Demento impersonation undermining his own party, the road should be open for Democrats to sweep the next election cycle. And, for the first time since their horrific defeat of 2016, not only nationally but also in the states, the Democrats are slowly waking up to the reality that they need to go beyond the ritual Trump-bashing.

A lesson in innovative education: Brian Calle and James Poulos |Aug 6, 2017

Tempers can flare in the national debate over public education, which sometimes feels like a winner-take-all conflict for the highest of stakes. But those with the most to lose are students. That’s the case here in Southern California, where public charter school options are showing notable promise in potentially surprising ways, yet still face political obstacles.

Our immigration policy and debate: cold as ICE? Carl M. Cannon |Aug 5, 2017

Two unrelated events occurred mid-week that underscored America’s fractured immigration system — and how our broken politics get in the way of solving anything. The first happened Wednesday, when two brothers from El Salvador were deported on the very day the younger one planned to start college in North Carolina on a soccer scholarship.

California buses are going electric, and that’s good for our environment: Guest commentary |Aug 5, 2017

Amid shifting national priorities on environmental issues, one thing remains certain: addressing climate change and air quality in California will require bold leadership in every sector — especially transportation.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 4, 2017