Rightfully so, probably, the COVID-19 pandemic has crowded out concerns for just about every other thing. We asked our Facebook friends last week, “what important issues are we ignoring or postponing until the virus is under control?”
Even as Yuba-Sutter’s confirmed cases broke the half-a-thousand mark, there are still COVID-19 deniers. They invest their brain cells in disagreeing with generally-accepted truths and protect their investment by employing various levels of obstinance: nobody can be right who doesn’t agree wi…
We’re coming to our readership somewhat hat in hand – asking our friends to help by conveying their support to federal legislators for a bi-partisan proposal meant to help newsrooms operating through some very trying times.
Four months out from November’s election – and just three months until mail voting begins – outcomes of virtually all major California races are preordained, including a win by the Democratic presidential nominee, assumedly Joe Biden.
At this point, it’s a foregone conclusion that Yuba-Sutter will go on California’s list of counties that need greater monitoring and will be required to step back on some of the re-openings that were allowed just a few weeks ago. Colusa County already made the list.
It is sadly hilarious and sorely hypocritical when Trump cultists say, “I have overstepped and overreached when individuals cry out slanderous names towards our nation’s leaders and self-righteously blanket-judge those leaders’ supporters.”
Masks. Why have they become such a controversial topic? We asked participants on our Facebook page to share their perceptions about masks, whether they were pro or con.
We might as well admit it: Many of us have been acting like recalcitrant children when it comes to the basics of dealing with this pesky pandemic.
During his second governorship, journalists occasionally would ask Jerry Brown what he was doing about California’s highest-in-the-nation poverty rate.
It was not long ago the Yuba-Sutter region saw new COVID-19 cases typically confined to a single home, traced to a particular social gathering or linked to a specific business. Now, local public health officials say they are seeing more instances of the virus moving between those categories,…
Last week, PG&E pleaded guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of unlawfully causing a fire in Butte County. Simultaneously, the Legislature is laying out the pathway for a state takeover of PG&E if they fail to emerge from bankruptcy (which it appears t…
On August 14, 2020, all schools and colleges will have to implement harmful rules designed to weaken Title IX, reversing important protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault.
As essential workers, California’s 800,000 agricultural workers have ensured an abundant and safe food supply during the COVID-19 pandemic, while facing heightened risks of infection. It is time to protect the workers who are providing our food.
As a resident of the Yuba-Sutter community and a mom of a child with disabilities, I would like to draw your attention towards the important issue of California’s possible $7 billion budget cuts to education due to COVID-19, and how that could affect free and appropriate public education (FA…
The 2020-21 state budget agreement, announced this week by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders, assumes that California’s economy will perform a bit better than previously assumed – enough better to add another billion dollars to the revenue side of the ledger.
I am a resident and parent in Yuba County, I am writing to address the issue of cars continually speeding down Cheim Boulevard in East Marysville. It is a less than half a mile long road from East 22nd Street to the end at Olsen Court.
Putting the final nail in the business coffin, Governor Gavin Newsom has gone nuts; Newsom is playing to the coronavirus fearmongers saying we must wear face coverings in public.
It’s really an easily understood, simple concept: Masks worn equals fewer COVID-19 cases and fewer deaths. Conversely fewer masks worn equals more COVID-19 cases and more death.
I once attended a funeral where the pastor asked the audience, "How do you continue to believe in God when your father has been taken from you?" I did not have an answer as I tried to pat my eyes dry with the few crumpled tissues I had.
Voting by mail has been common in California almost 40 years, since the state did away with the requirement for an excuse if folks wanted to cast an absentee ballot.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across California, the state’s public universities and colleges transitioned from bustling campuses to virtually empty ones – sending their costs soaring and revenues spiraling.
Recently I watched the protests on the streets of Bakersfield over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On the third evening of protests, I caught a glimpse of one of Clinica Sierra Vista’s nurses in the crowd of peaceful protesters with a sign that read “Black Lives Matter to Nurses.”
Drafting a state budget for California is always a difficult process, given the state’s diverse and often conflicting interests, but it became infinitely more so during the century’s first decade.
One would think that with demonstrations against police brutality raging throughout the state, even in small rural towns, officers who monitored the protests would have been on their best behavior.
“When sorrows come, they come not single spies but in battalions,” or so said the character, Claudius, in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” We are certainly amidst battalions of sorrows with the COVID-19 pandemic, economic catastrophe, and a long overdue re-awakening of social awareness around systemi…
We regret not being more clear in a commentary last week concerning guidelines and restrictions pertaining to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
For decades, we’ve talked about the need for implementing modern infrastructure to the Highway 65 corridor in order to make new development there possible. My vision for the area seemed impossible to achieve. The ability to develop sports, entertainment, and industrial zones will bring good …
The tsunami of righteous indignation over the suffocation death of a black man, George Floyd, by a Minneapolis policeman, like all crises, creates both opportunity and peril for political figures.
In early June 2020, Minneapolis, MN, Mayor Jacob Frey gave the order to his police department to abandon the 3rd Precinct Police HQ so that the looters could burn the building down along with hundreds of other businesses.
From local newspaper columnists to court reporters, from musicians and sound mixers to seamstresses, it’s difficult to find a skilled field where the most destructive law California has adopted in the last few years does not hurt substantial numbers of people.
Yuba City, if things go well, will trade out a wasted parcel plagued by contamination for a much-needed hotel development.
As I sit here and watch the riots going on in our great cities, it suddenly dawned on me that most of the riots were in states and cities that have been controlled for years by the Democrats, and they’re unhappy.
We’re proud of local residents who have organized, participated in and respected local demonstrations promoting the end of both explicit and implicit racism and in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the many other black citizens killed because of their color.
Over the last few years, the health of American democracy has come under great scrutiny. Polling routinely shows that Americans are concerned that democratic institutions aren’t working as well as they ought to. Inevitably, this brings up the question of whether we can mend our problems or i…