Joe Mathews: California, for all its wealth and advantages, looked to be in a precarious position in the second decade of the 21st century. The state’s government was broken, with its budget and tax systems unable to produce the kind of investments to make every child educated and healthy.
Michael Wasserman MD: Today, the Medicare Trust Fund spends over $10 billion a year on graduate medical education. Remarkably, very little of this money is dedicated to teaching doctors how to care for older adults.
Michael Hertz: Most American doctors (the ENT doctor was an exception) are too busy except to give “shoot from the hip” diagnoses and they really won’t look at anything produced for the patient by other doctors. They don’t have time.
Mario Solis-Marich: News of the late night firing of a top Democratic staffer does not only have political watchers scratching their heads but, unfortunately for Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, it has them scratching below the surface as well.
Randy Shaw: After doing what many thought impossible in winning election to the Attorney General as a woman of color, her statewide political strength is clear. Harris either decides to become the state’s next governor, or wins Boxer’s seat hands down.
Jessica Lux: John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance” played as members of Occupy Venice Beach posed with onlookers interested in their other 20-foot-tall float, showing the Constitution of the United States being shredded by a corporate sponsored paper-shredder.
Carole Bartolotto: The problem with concluding that GMOs are safe is that the argument for their safety rests solely on animal studies. These studies are offered as evidence that the debate over GMOs is over. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Margaret Flowers, M.D.: The refinery and export terminal may depress tourism, an important local industry. And the increase in cancer, disease and early deaths from the toxins released by the plant will place a financial burden on local families.