This past week, the state Capitol was flooded with teachers from all over the state who are concerned about the future of public education in California. They're worried because California's persistent budget crisis has led to boom-bust budgeting for schools, which rely in large part on state funds to keep teachers in the classroom. And the recent economic downturn means more and more teachers are receiving pink slips come March 15.
May 13, 2011|
BY STATE SENATOR ANTHONY CANNELLA
Being a journalist isn't easy. Despite the popularity of social networking sites and the proliferation of blogging every detail of one's daily life, most people still don't like talking to the press. And getting information from public officials is oftentimes daunting.
The big news is not that Osama bin Laden is dead. I mean, that is certainly big news, but a guy in hiding who has a record price tag on his head is not exactly an effective leader of a revolutionary movement. The big news, at least by my lights, is that Americans waving flags seem to be the biggest demonstrations going on.
May 06, 2011|
BY SUSAN ESTRICH
While listening to the haunting bagpipes of "Amazing Grace" during an April 9 memorial service honoring Pfc. Jeremy Faulkner in Jonesboro, Ga., I realized I had no idea what the 1779 song's famous lyrics, written by John Newton, actually meant. Faulkner's pastor, family, friends and fellow soldiers, who filled the huge church to capacity, helped clarify the beloved hymn's resonance.
April 22, 2011|
BY TOM SILEO
It's that time of year again, the time of year when high school seniors who have done everything right their whole lives discover that it wasn't good enough to get them into the colleges they dreamed of attending. Ditto for college seniors applying to graduate school.
April 15, 2011|
BY SUSAN ESTRICH
You may have read in recent news that I am leading a bipartisan delegation of California Legislators to Texas in just a few days. I am doing it because our state is in economic crisis and it is time to pull our heads out of the sand. California is a beautiful state. My father was a developer who helped build it. I grew up here and made a life as a realtor. I helped families find homes here for thirty years. It's a state I love and would give my life for.
April 12, 2011|
BY ASSEMBLYMAN DAN LOGUE
April means that Tax Day is just around the corner. For those folks who are working – or scrambling – to meet the deadline, you should know that you have until April 18 this year. But even if you have already filed, you might be wondering how last the bipartisan tax cut compromise reached last December affects you and your family.
April 08, 2011|
BY AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK
If there was a funeral notice, I missed it. No obituary appeared in any of my daily papers. But make no mistake about it: In the spring of 2011 in the United States of America, our collective sense of moral outrage must now be officially dead.
April 05, 2011|
BY MARK SHIELDS
Hopefully, everyone reading this column successfully made it through another April Fool's Day. It is difficult for me to have any serious conversation on the first day of April because I'm always worried that I will be made a fool in the end.
Across the country, American families and businesses are feeling the impact of higher gasoline prices. But while some politicians may claim they have a quick fix, the truth is that in the years to come, prices will continue to go up more than they go down. There are only long-term solutions.
April 01, 2011|
By Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack