Over the last several decades, I have witnessed firsthand the power of philanthropy-using charitable dollars as venture capital to solve some of society's toughest challenges and create real, meaningful change in our communities. As the new President and CEO of the Legacy Health Foundation (LHE), my goal is to bring this power to Stanislaus and Merced counties.
Pundits can't figure out why moderate Democrats in the Central Valley and the Inland Empire aren't jumping for joy at the chance to extend and strengthen Assembly Bill 32 - better known as the greenhouse-gas emissions law - beyond 2020.
August 12, 2016|
BY DENNIS WYATT
Facts don't matter. Police are guilty until proven innocent - or even if proven innocent. The Black Lives Matter crusade, born after Florida vigilante George Zimmerman shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, turned to police shootings of black men after the death of Michael Brown, 18, in 2014. It doesn't matter that the U.S. Department of Justice essentially cleared Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, who said he shot Brown in self-defense. Facts cannot dent the popular narrative of white cops shooting black men because police are racists.
July 19, 2016|
BY DEBRA SAUNDERS
There is an epidemic going on in the United States that leaves no community unaffected, and unfortunately, the Obama Administration is either unaware of its severity or has chosen to ignore the systemic wounds it has inflicted on our society. The conversation about the need for mental health reform, for a national campaign to end the stigma surrounding mental illness, to promote mental wellbeing as vitally important as physical wellbeing, has been just that – a conversation – for too long.