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Naturalization ceremonies are joyous events. They’re an occasion for new citizens – many of whom are longtime U.S. residents – to officially declare the United States as their home. They’re also a reminder that it is not birthplace or ethnicity that makes one an American, but a commitment to shared principles and values.

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Tuesday 09/11/2018
Other Views: Consider a better way to deal with young offenders
Posted: September 11, 2018

For decades, fueled by fear-mongering labels like “a generation of super-predators,” the United States turned to an ever-increasing reliance on adult-like prisons as the go-to response when young people break the law. This overreliance on incarceration resulted in an explosion in the number of youth behind bars. And we know that black and brown youth were, and are, much more likely to face incarceration for similar behavior as their white peers.

Friday 09/07/2018
Other Views: Nikki Haley: When I challenge the president, I do it directly
Updated: September 07, 2018 - 7:03 pm

We have enough issues to deal with in the world, so it’s unfortunate to have to take time to write this, but I feel compelled to address the claims in the anonymous “resistance” op-ed published this week in the New York Times. The author might think he or she is doing a service to the country. I strongly disagree. What this “senior official in the Trump administration” has done, and is apparently intent on continuing to do, is a serious disservice- not just to the president but to the country.

Friday 08/31/2018
Other View: John McCain’s best quality? He listened to people
Posted: August 31, 2018

In 2017, as Lynn Novick and I were finishing our film on the Vietnam War, I called Sen. John McCain to see if I could stop by his office and show some clips to him. He agreed, and when I asked if there were any sections of the 18-hour film that he’d particularly like to see, McCain said “the Vietnamese parts” – the stories that included the North Vietnamese soldiers and civilians.

Tuesday 08/28/2018
Guest View: Why Yuba-Sutter needs a master cultural plan
Posted: August 28, 2018

Cultural planning is a place-based process that generates a vision and action plan for strengthening and growing arts and cultural assets. The planning process provides an opportunity for our region to expand and enhance artistic and cultural opportunities for the broader community and visitors. The process also serves to strengthen, leverage, and integrate artistic, cultural and historic resources and to advance broader objectives in the areas of economic prosperity, social equity and cultural vitality.

Elias: What a Gov. Newsom might be like
Posted: August 28, 2018

As the fall election season begins officially this week, it’s high time to look closely at what a Gov. Gavin Newsom might be like.

Friday 08/24/2018
Other Views: College students are more complex and caring than we assume
Posted: August 24, 2018

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ description of college students as “sanctimonious, sensitive, supercilious snowflakes” might just be the best example of alliteration from a government official since Vice President Spiro Agnew called the news media “nattering nabobs of negativism.”

Tuesday 08/21/2018
Elas: Western regional grid perilously closer to reality
Posted: August 21, 2018

Almost daily, California’s entry into a western regional electricity grid grows nearer.

Friday 08/17/2018
Other Views: The naysayers are wrong. California is governable
Posted: August 17, 2018

It’s the meme that won’t die: California as rotting husk.

Friday 08/10/2018
Guest View: Throwing more money at DMV won’t resolve its inefficiency
Posted: August 10, 2018

One hour. Two hours. Three hours. Four in line. Standing. Waiting. By now, it’s mid-afternoon, you’re still waiting in line at the DMV office. Exhausted. Tired. Hungry. Thirsty. Phone battery drained. You reach the front of this line – only to learn that this was simply to pull a ticket for a service number. 

Tuesday 08/07/2018
Elias: Massive early fires show merit in state’s Trump response
Posted: August 07, 2018

No state has been more visible than California in resisting the environmental policies of President Trump, filing 38 lawsuits by the beginning of this month. Now the state’s massive early fire season is demonstrating the merit of those legal actions.

Friday 08/03/2018
Other Views: Lessons from the HIV/AIDS crisis can apply to the opioid crisis
Posted: August 03, 2018

Over the last year, I’ve seen a growing number of comparisons between the current overdose crisis and the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic three decades ago. The parallels are certainly striking: an escalating number of deaths, particularly among younger people; a sense of hard-hit communities feeling under siege; and a growing wave of new advocates demanding action and innovative solutions.

Wednesday 07/25/2018
Commentary: Pension fund earnings up, but crushing debts remain
Posted: July 25, 2018

California’s two immense public employee pension funds this month reported investment earnings higher than their assumed rate for the second straight year.

Friday 07/20/2018
Other Views: How your face could land you in trouble in the near future
Posted: July 20, 2018

When deployed as a tool to unlock your phone, facial recognition may be a convenience. When used by a company to tag you in photos, the technology may raise questions of privacy, consent and data security. But when deployed as a surveillance tool, facial recognition upends some of our most basic assumptions about how the police interact with the public.

Tuesday 07/17/2018
Elias: Missing word makes gas tax campaign misleading
Posted: July 17, 2018

One dropped word can make almost any written passage wholly misleading and confusing. Imagine if President Trump’s 2016 election slogan had lacked the word “great.” What would “Make America Again” have done for his campaign? Not much.

Friday 07/13/2018
Other Views: Abolish ICE? Let’s take time to think this one through
Posted: July 13, 2018

Some on the far left aren’t content to simply protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. They want to abolish it. Indeed, getting rid of ICE altogether is quickly becoming a litmus test for politicians on the left.

Tuesday 07/10/2018
Other Views: Kavanaugh will have few immediate political consequences
Posted: July 10, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice would have major implications for the future interpretation of the Constitution, public policy in many areas and even the fate of U.S. democracy.

Wednesday 07/04/2018
Commentary: Supreme Court decision could hit unions hard
Posted: July 04, 2018

It may have been the least surprising U.S. Supreme Court decision in history.

Sunday 07/01/2018
Commentary: GOP’s long slide into irrelevance in California
Posted: July 01, 2018

It may be difficult to envision now, but a half-century ago, coastal California – from San Diego on the south to tiny Del Norte County on the north – was a Republican bastion.

Friday 06/29/2018
Other Views: ‘Gaming disorder’ is only a symptom of a much larger problem
Posted: June 29, 2018

For many people, leisure time now means screen time. Mom’s on social media, Dad’s surfing the web, sister is texting friends and brother is playing a multiplayer shooting game like Fortnite.

Wednesday 06/27/2018
Readership Views: Three Californias? Nope Immigration? Get tough NK treaty? Probably not
Posted: June 27, 2018

Ask locals how they feel on current issues and it’s guaranteed you’ll get a wide variety of responses. The for-and-against might not be as black-and-white as partisan pundits might claim, but there are some definite trends.

Friday 06/22/2018
Other View: Time magazine’s major mistake on the crying-girl cover
Posted: June 22, 2018

There are examples of children separated from parents who immigrated illegally playing out nationwide. And well-meaning people across the political spectrum have taken a stand and forced change.

Tuesday 06/19/2018
Elias: Never mind CalExit, other states may want to get rid of California
Posted: June 19, 2018

Petition carriers – mostly volunteers – have been on the streets and in the parking lots of California for a few weeks now, eager to qualify an initiative for the next available ballot asking this state’s voters to set a date for a formal referendum on whether to leave the Union.

Wednesday 06/13/2018
Commentary: Why are college costs so opaque?
Updated: June 14, 2018 - 5:45 pm

After the all-important college acceptances, the next vital pieces of paper arrive: financial aid “award” letters. High school seniors and their parents have to scrutinize each grant, scholarship and loan option to figure out which college they can afford and exactly what it will cost to set foot on campus in the fall.

Tuesday 06/12/2018
Other Views: There are no losers when investments are made in child care
Posted: June 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sixty percent of Americans say they expect the next generation will be “worse off” than their own.

Elias: Despite whiners, top two system works again as planned
Posted: June 12, 2018

It happens every two years during the spring primary election season: One major party or the other feels wronged by the Top Two primary system Californians adopted in 2010 and whines for months about its plight.

Saturday 06/09/2018
Other View: Commentary: Top-two primary puts California in national spotlight
Posted: June 09, 2018

It had been 50 years since a California primary election seemed to have national political consequences and drew national media attention.

Friday 06/08/2018
Voices: Joseph Henson
Posted: June 08, 2018

Joseph Henson, 62, Plumas Lake, retired construction worker, talks about the importance of voting.

Wednesday 05/30/2018
L.A. perspective: Brown’s wildfire plan would just make things worse
Updated: May 31, 2018 - 1:44 am

Responding to the tragic losses of homes and lives in wildland fires in California over the past year, Gov. Jerry Brown announced a “major offensive” against fire, in the form of a “Forest Carbon Plan.” The governor proposes to use $254 million of taxpayer money to double logging levels in California’s forests – to “at least” 500,000 acres a year – and to achieve it, he wants to reduce environmental protections.

Tuesday 05/29/2018
How to keep immigrants from taking their talents to other countries? Provide legal status for Dreamers ... and build a wall
Posted: May 29, 2018

The fate of the Dreamers is an issue that has come back to life in Congress, thanks to aggressive action by a small group of House Republicans. Why now? “We’re boiling over,” said Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan. “It’s got to get done.”

Tuesday 05/22/2018
A new threat to the Sacramento Valley and Delta
Posted: May 22, 2018

I have long been a fierce critic of Governor Brown’s twin tunnels project, the California WaterFix, because it has the potential to harm Northern California agriculture and destroy the Delta and San Francisco Bay. The twin tunnels would forever alter the environment that local communities, fishermen, farmers, and innumerable species of fish rely upon.

Wednesday 05/02/2018
Guest View: Rebuttal: The groundwater substitution revenue initiative could imperil progress
Posted: May 02, 2018

Substantial print media has been dedicated to the initiative issue being pursued by my father. Here are some important details:

Wednesday 04/18/2018
Elias: Travis Allen: Green lawns, long showers for all?
Posted: April 18, 2018

(One in an ongoing series of interviews with significant candidates for governor of California)

Tuesday 04/17/2018
Other View: Sexual abuse plea deal made our community safer
Posted: April 17, 2018

By Clint Curry

Saturday 04/14/2018
Stopping a trade war
Posted: April 14, 2018

I’m very concerned about China’s announcement that they will levy tariffs against American agricultural products in response to President Trump’s intention to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum. Ranching and farming are crucial for our regional economy: in my district these industries have a $4.4 billion gate value.

Wednesday 04/11/2018
Other Views: Sexual abuse plea deal was a travesty of justice
Posted: April 11, 2018

I am writing in regards to an article that ran March 14 regarding the disposition of a case involving James Fasano, who was convicted of sexually abusing two young girls while functioning as a foster parent.

Wednesday 04/04/2018
Other Views: Fifty years later, King’s vision must remain Congress’ true cause
Posted: April 04, 2018

This week, our nation marks the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Last month, we joined colleagues from both sides of the aisle on the Faith and Politics Institute’s annual Civil Rights pilgrimage to pay tribute to King and remember his legacy. Visiting Selma, Montgomery and Memphis on a journey led by our colleague, Civil Rights hero Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, reinvigorated our determination to fight for civil rights and equality in Congress. Standing in Memphis at the site of King’s murder imbued us with a sense of responsibility to carry on the work he led.

Tuesday 04/03/2018
Elias: Trump acted in haste on tariffs, may regret at length
Posted: April 03, 2018

By the time most folks reach 70, even very impetuous males, they’ve realized the truth of the hallowed cliché, “act in haste, repent at leisure.”

Other Views: Wildfires’ heaviest costs fall on cities and counties
Posted: April 03, 2018

The cost of California’s historic 2017 wildfires has not been completely tallied but likely will reach into the hundreds of billions of dollars. What we do know is this: Cities and counties, in the end, will foot at least half of the bill.

Friday 03/30/2018
Other View: Who’s waging a secret war against a family-owned business?
Posted: March 30, 2018

Over 40 years ago, our family took over a canceled recycling fundraising drive to raise money for our church. It began with erecting a simple, wooden roadside newspaper deposit bin. Few people understood the importance of recycling back in the days.

Wednesday 03/28/2018
Other Views: Restrictions, yes, but repealing the 2nd Amendment is wrong
Posted: March 28, 2018

On Tuesday morning, retired Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens wrote a column for The New York Times calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment. I share his conviction that America should limit the availability of especially lethal guns and impose stricter requirements on especially risky purchasers. But repealing the Second Amendment is a terrible idea and wholly unnecessary.

Tuesday 03/27/2018
Elias: Fire risk map for utilities too little, too late
Posted: March 27, 2018

It was a clear-cut case of too little and too late when the California Public Utilities Commission the other day issued its first-ever map showing where the likelihood of utility-sparked wildfires – often followed by mudslides – is highest.

Tuesday 03/20/2018
Thomas D. Elias: Elias: Congress must temper Trump’s California vendetta
Posted: March 20, 2018

This has all the symptoms of a classical political vendetta: At every opportunity, President Trump does whatever he thinks might harm California, which does more to resist his agenda than any other state and which provided the vote margin that saddled him with a popular vote loss in 2016.

Saturday 03/17/2018
Other View: Obstructing federal immigration enforcement is wrong
Posted: March 17, 2018

Is history repeating itself? Consider two states and two issues, almost two centuries apart.

Friday 03/16/2018
Other View: SNAP benefits are vital to low-income communities
Posted: March 16, 2018

President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget request has me worried for the future health and well-being of our nation’s low-income communities. Under this proposal, there is to be an immediate $17 billion reduction to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, followed by a $213.5 billion reduction over the next 10 years.

Friday 03/09/2018
Other View: Jeff Sessions’ message: Be like us, break the law
Posted: March 09, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a message for California: Be like us, break the law.

Tuesday 03/06/2018
Other Views: Make sure your kids know gun threats and school shootings are not joking matters
Posted: March 06, 2018

Some threats are hollow. Most of them, probably.

Wednesday 02/28/2018
Preparing for disaster: How you can help
Posted: February 28, 2018

In 1997, Sutter County residents were evacuated due to the threat of a levee break along the Feather River. People fled to Sutter at the foot of the Sutter Buttes. Pet owners were parked at the Sutter Cemetery with their animals in their cars because the Red Cross would not allow pets into the shelter at Sutter High School. Clearly, there was a need for those residents and their pets to have a place to go.

Tuesday 02/27/2018
Other View: The left’s shoddy attack on Dianne Feinstein
Posted: February 27, 2018

Democrats in California are showing how the party could undermine its own cause in midterm elections in November.

Thomas D. Elias: Gas tax boost key to Trump infrastructure cash
Posted: February 27, 2018

Strong ironies are playing out today as California’s 14 Republican members of Congress support President Trump’s announced $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan at the same time they all back a planned ballot initiative to repeal the state’s new gasoline and diesel fuel tax increase.

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