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America without optimism

Of the only man ever elected four times to the White House, the historian James MacGregor Burns wrote: "If other leaders bent under the burdens of power, Roosevelt shouldered his with zest and gaiety. He loved being president. ... The variegated facets of the presidential job called for a multitude of different roles, and Roosevelt moved from part to part with ease and confidence." FDR's optimism was contagious. Americans, the most optimistic of people, have historically been attracted to optimistic leaders. Three years into Ronald Reagan's presidency - following major economic dislocations and international tensions - the Gallup Poll found that ...

September 24, 2010 | BY MARK SHIELDS Creators Syndicate | Editorial

Burning our own fuels

The Gulf oil spill has shown us just one of the downsides of petroleum. That makes the mind of even a geologist like me turn to several questions about the future. Could we Americans grow more of our own fuel – enough to run a number of our cars, trucks and airplanes? And, quite importantly, could we do so without displacing food crops like corn?

September 21, 2010 | By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters | Editorial

The un-recession

Good news. The folks in charge of such things announced this week that the recession is over. Actually, it's been over for some time. It officially ended in June 2009, according to the Business-Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research, which is responsible for making such determinations. As of then, our national output stopped declining and started increasing, along with a number of other key indicators.

September 21, 2010 | BY SUSAN ESTRICH Creators Syndicate | Editorial

The pursuit of the perfect me

A decade ago I retreated to a mountain cabin with a group of professional women. One thing led to another and soon we were having a bonding experience that I'll never forget - absent the "Kumbaya" song and campfire.

September 18, 2010 | BY PENNIE ROREX Guest Columnist | Editorial

The party is — finally — over

After three years, California State University, Stanislaus' 50th anniversary celebration is finally coming to an end.

September 18, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial

Does the turnaround model really work?

In an effort to bring Cunningham Elementary's dismal tests scores up, the Turlock Unified School District administration decided to use the turnaround model at the school voluntarily - before test scores dropped so much it became state mandated.

September 14, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Editorial

Zen and art of political machine maintenance

Jerry Brown has a secret plan to balance the California state budget. When the state attorney general and Democratic gubernatorial nominee recently visited the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board, he brought with him a large three-ring binder with his ideas on how to bring state spending back into the black. But he wouldn't tell us what was in the book.

September 14, 2010 | BY DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Creators Syndicate | Editorial

Record-breaking generosity

On Thursday afternoon I let my fingers do the walking - but not through the Yellow Pages. Instead I spent some time reading the "Guinness World Book of Records."

September 10, 2010 | BY PENNIE ROREX | Editorial

Book burning

Here's a really bad idea: Burn the Koran to send a message.

September 07, 2010 | BY SUSAN ESTRICH Creators Syndicate | Editorial

All aboard!

As a Midwest transplant, one thing I have found to be true with most Californians is their love of travel. Many of my neighbors and co-workers spend their weekends sightseeing, attending festivals and enjoying the great outdoors all around the state.

September 07, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial

A heart for my family

I'm going to let the cat out of the bag…my given name is Pina. Pennie is my nickname. I was named after Grandpa Pino and my maiden name is Skittone. Have you guessed that I'm Italian? I'm proud of my family heritage and yes, Skittone Road in Modesto was named after my Great Uncle Johnny.

September 03, 2010 | BY PENNIE ROREX Guest Columnist | Editorial

Hardy bugs are eating up the mess

The disaster in the Gulf has been plenty grim. I don't envy paymaster Kenneth Feinberg who has now taken over BP's $20 billion compensation fund. Feinberg is no stranger to trying to compensate those who have lost much, including the families affected by Sept. 11, 2001, and a somewhat lower-profile project to compensate victims of the shootings at Virginia Tech.

August 31, 2010 | BY DR. E. KIRSTEN PETERS | Editorial

Get this cat a job

Here's good news: After years of reading and reviewing business books, I have finally found one volume that is 100 percent guaranteed to improve your life. It's not about moving your cheese or swimming with sharks. It doesn't teach you how to read your boss's mind or provide the seven steps guaranteed to fog the mind of a hiring manager. In fact, this book has absolutely no redeeming features at all, except it does offer a solution to the financial problems that have been afflicting most working - and non-working - Americans.

August 27, 2010 | BY BOB GOLDMAN Creators Syndicate | Editorial

The return of the red ribbon

There are a lot of health problems in the world today.

August 27, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial

Leaving home

For the past two weeks, I've been traveling across the country interviewing law students who have applied for jobs at my law firm. I talk to young people from New York who want to be in California, and to young people from California who want to be in New York. Some days, it seems like the only constant is that (almost) no one wants to be where they're from - and where their family is.

August 24, 2010 | BY SUSAN ESTRICH Creators Syndicate | Editorial

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Air may be biggest SJ Valley challenge

Water - or the periodic lack thereof - isn't the biggest threat to the San Joaquin Valley's economic vitality. It's air quality.

October 06, 2015 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial

Delta smelt can't be saved in the wild

Delta smelt are thriving.

October 02, 2015 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


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