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My Turn: Drought, flood and flow — time for changes

In California drought and flood cycles seem to go hand in hand. It is part of nature. Residents are forced to ration water one year and watch it go out the Golden Gate the next. For decades state officials rally around a water crisis, yet grapple with making hard decisions to reduce risk of the next […]

February 15, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Crib notes: A house divided

The Greatest Generation didn’t talk about emotional intelligence or have as many laws and procedures in place to protect our various rights and privacies. In 2017 people definitely seem to be more in tune with others and with themselves. So why is the country so divided? Some would say there’s nothing new with the recent […]

February 08, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Garden Guru: Native California buckeye

We have been blessed with an abundance of much needed rainfall so far this season. I’m grateful for the rain but must confess that these short, dark, rainy days have me longing for spring.  We have a local native tree that seems to share my sentiments. It never bothers waiting for spring. I’m talking about Aesculus californica, […]

February 08, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Multisociety letter on immigration

EDITOR: Among many reactions to the White House executive order on visas and immigration there is one that should be highlighted. On Jan. 31, 152 organizations representing a broad spectrum of professional scientific, engineering and education societies, national associations and universities wrote to the president and to congressional leaders to state their concern about the […]

February 08, 2017 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Delay the DOL Fiduciary Rule

EDITOR: Please ask President Trump to delay the Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule. The annuity industry is working hard to comply with the rule by April 10 but there are still hundreds of questions the department has yet to answer. The first DOL FAQ issued last October created even more questions and didn’t address substantially more. […]

February 01, 2017 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Publisher’s Ink: Trump’s first 100 days — hold on tight!

If President Donald Trump’s next 95 days in office are anything like his first five then get ready for quite a ride. There appears to be no lack of energy by this newly elected president who seems to require no sleep. His first three executive actions have already been signed amid a flurry of excitement and […]

February 01, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Get to work on recreational pot rules

California’s next cash cow is leafy green. The debate about the effects of marijuana use will undoubtedly continue but nearly 8 million voters supported Proposition 64 in November, thereby passing the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative. Now the state’s Bureau of Marijuana Control and local jurisdictions have until Dec. 31, 2017, to hammer out rules for recreational marijuana […]

February 01, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,
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