California, Golden State: Poorest of All

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Keith Griffith: It has the Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Napa Valley wineries. It has something else, according to the Census Bureau. It’s the poorest state in the world’s largest economy.

Where the Dangers Lie

Failed America Wars

W.D. Ehrhart: We seem to remain, as a people, as gullible as ever, once again stampeded into winless war by leaders so besotted by the hammer of American military might that they persist in seeing every problem in the world as a nail.

Turning The Page: October 25th

Criminal Justice Reform Rally

Peter Laarman: Prominent area political leaders will headline a special event to be held at Holman United Methodist Church on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 25—just ten days before the Nov. 4 general election.

Lessons from an Epidemic

Ebola Epidemic Hits America

Dan Farber: It’s time to take a hard look at the adequacy of the entire public health system and its ability to respond to global health emergencies.

English Learners Legal Rights

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Nicole Ochi and Jessica Price: California law requires school districts to send parents of English learners a notice at the beginning of each school year that would indicate that their child is an English learner.

Does Homeland Glorify the CIA?

Homeland Glorifies CIA

Randy Shaw: In its essence, Homeland is reclaiming and reviving the same dangerous myth of the “CIA knows best” that has caused misery to millions across the globe.

Why Do We Allow Big Pharma to Rip Us Off?

Big Phara Ripoffs

Robert Reich: While other nations set wholesale drug prices, the law prohibits the U.S. government from using its considerable bargaining power under Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate lower drug prices.

Checking Out Ebola at the Library

Dallas Ebola Outbreak

Kathleen Wallace: Here’s to hoping that the next person who shows up saying they are from Liberia or any other nation suffering greatly will get the attention from the start that is so merited because what may be brewing certainly has the potential to make all of our little daily concerns seem truly paltry.

Cutting Teen Pregnancy and Abortion Rates

Cutting Teen Pregnancy

Tara Culp-Ressler: “We are still in a country where it just makes us skeevy to talk about sex, especially with young folks. It’s a real bummer because we actually have a medical intervention that will work, and we just need to be better about talking about it.”

Congress Supports War

Congress Supports War

Tina Dupuy: Saying they want universal coverage with mostly private insurance along with Medicare but not Obamacare is like saying they want highways maintained by a federal agency with the initials D.O.T.—but not by the Department of Transportation.

Warrant for Drones Veto Was the Wrong Decision

Brown Vetoes Drone Bill

Natasha Minsker: California had the chance to be a leader in requiring police to get a warrant to use surveillance technology. But Gov. Brown vetoed a bill that would have done just that for police drones.

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