No more unwinnable wars

by Bob Murley I remember how I cringed the moment I heard it: George W. Bush, referring to the 9/11 attacks, saying “These weren’t acts of terrorism — they were acts of war.” But no, they weren’t acts of war. Only a nation can commit an act of war, but the 9/11 attacks were committed by individual terrorists, with no … Read More

Poverty actually decreased during the pandemic

by Lisa Schliff Despite a pandemic that caused mass unemployment, new 2020 data from the Census’ Supplemental Poverty Measure shows that poverty actually decreased by 2.6% last year, the largest drop since the measure was created. How did this happen? Anti-poverty programs such as Social Security, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, housing assistance, stimulus payments, unemployment … Read More

Individual or collective?

man receives vaccine

by Milan Vodicka, Ph.D. In this writing, I offer you the possibility to look in a mental mirror. Perhaps you will recognize yourself – or others – as a proverbial archetype of “me me” individuality or “us together” collective thinking and acting. Why pay attention to this? Well, individually it may lead us to support vaccination mandates or not. It … Read More

Newsom: The Leader for California

By Carol Kuczora I’m old enough to remember our country under Dwight Eisenhower, a centrist-leaning Republican. We had great prosperity and safety, despite high taxes and the “Fairness Doctrine” that required media to provide balanced political coverage. People could afford the American Dream of a 3 bedroom, two bath home and two cars.  Conservatives consider California very liberal, over-taxed and over-regulated.  They’re all fed … Read More

Newsom – An Innovative Leader

By Peggy Burks How is it we Californians are in yet another crisis of our own making.  Are you at all like me? Sitting in my bubble, until about a week ago I was oblivious to the real danger of Newsom being dumped and a true crackpot taking over the top job. Now I get it – we are fed … Read More

My Take on Newsom’s Accomplishments

By Itara O’Connell It’s easy to get tangled up in the petty divisiveness of our current dialogue instead of focusing on Newsom’s accomplishments. While handling a health crisis and the economic fallout from that, Newsom has managed to advance achievements in the areas of healthcare, education, and the economy. The more people that have access to healthcare the better off … Read More

Newsom’s Victories: Climate Change, Wildfire, and Housing

Newsom’s administration has made a great deal of progress in many areas. Need some talking points to convince your friends? Here are some of his successes on the Economy and Healthcare. Wildfire Containment/Climate Change State has seen far fewer fire deaths each year since Newsom took office $21 billion allocated to pay for future wildfire costs, investing more than ever … Read More

Newsom’s Victories: Education and Criminal Justice Reform

Newsom’s administration has made a great deal of progress in many areas. Need some talking points to convince your friends? Here are some of his successes on the Economy and Healthcare. Education/Family Support Signed into law that added a new grade to public school called Transition Kindergarten for all 4 year olds Provided funding for childcare and childcare workers pay … Read More

Newsom’s Victories, In Brief: Economy and Healthcare

Newsom’s administration has made a great deal of progress in many areas. Need some talking points to convince your friends? Here are some of his successes on the Economy and Healthcare. Economy UCLA’s Anderson Report says California’s recovery will outpace the US Got the legislature to pass the largest economic stimulus package ever-the Golden State Stimulus- Act which will deliver … Read More

The Dangers of Larry Elder

Any Republican candidate, while restricted by a Democratic legislature, could still do untold damage to our state. Powers of the Governor include: The discharge of current government personnel and replacing them with ones that really don’t support the purpose of the position they are in (a la Trump). Slow-walk or shut down programs already adopted by the legislature. Undo anything … Read More