2014 Archive Stories Opinion

The Buzz: Voter turnout isn't only poll issue

Mon Oct 13, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown signed several bills this month intended to boost flagging voter engagement and participation. Among them is a measure sponsored by state Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, allowing ballots postmarked by Election Day to be tallied. Currently – and until Jan. 1 – only ballots actually delivered to the

Editorial: America's biggest crisis is lack of confidence

Mon Oct 13, 2014

After the disappointments of the Bush years and the Obama years, many Americans aren’t sure where next to turn. Faith in Congress has collapsed. Faith in bureaucrats is nonexistent. Yet, the crises keep on coming. In a new Associated Press-GfK poll, more than half of respondents agreed that “Washington can do little to effect

Editorial: 'The dog ate my emails'

Mon Oct 13, 2014

“If I told you, I’d have to kill you.” It’s a phrase many of us use as a punch line, but we all recognize its origin. There are cases – especially when grave matters of national security are involved – where government secrecy trumps the general presumption that citizens of a free republic are entitled to know

Editorial: Pete Peterson for secretary of state

Fri Oct 10, 2014

Debra Bowen has underwhelmed during her nearly eight-year tenure as California’s secretary of state. And that’s not just our view. It also is the assessment of certain Democratic lawmakers in the Legislature, including a subcommittee chair with oversight of Ms. Bowen’s office. Fortunately, Ms. Bowen is not standing for

Timothy Spangler: Kenyan president on trial, as is International Criminal Court

Fri Oct 10, 2014

For the first time, a sitting head of state is in front of the International Criminal Court in the Hague this week to face trial for alleged crimes against humanity. Supporters of Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya, have decried the proceeding as politically motivated and the charges as baseless, while prosecutors are complaining that Kenyan off

Joseph Perkins: More answers needed in prostitution scandal

Fri Oct 10, 2014

What did President Obama know and when did he know it? That’s the question raised by the explosive investigative report published Thursday by the Washington Post, suggesting a cover-up of White House involvement in a prostitution scandal during Mr. Obama’s April 2012 presidential junket to Cartagena, Colombia. The Pos

John R. Graham: Prop. 45 support dropping for a good reason

Mon Oct 06, 2014

Proposition 45, a ballot initiative that would give the state’s Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, power to determine insurance rates for millions of Californians, looked like a winner last summer. A Field poll conducted in June and July showed 69 percent in favor versus only 16 percent opposed. However, in August and September, the numbe

Harvey MacKay: Commitment necessary to find success

Mon Oct 06, 2014

If you want to excel at anything in life, you need to be committed. If you only want to be good enough to get by, then a commitment to excellence is not necessary. If you are committed to a cause, you don't need to tell anyone. They can tell from your actions. I often wonder how people can be happy or at peace with themselves if

Editorial: Obama's ISIS buck passing fits pattern

Mon Oct 06, 2014

What’s the saddest statistic of the political season? Here’s one contender: a Google search for the phrase “Obama ISIS buck pass” yields about 478,000 results. That’s what happens when a president makes comments like the ones Barack Obama made during an interview on “60 Minutes.” There, he haples

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The real reason winning the Senate matters

Fri Oct 03, 2014

WASHINGTON – You can win midterm elections without a positive agenda. You can’t win presidential elections that way. It is therefore vitally important for Republicans to win the Senate in 2014. Here’s why. In midterms, it’s alright to be the party of no. The 2010 election, for example, was a referendum on the libe

Troy Senik: Third time would not be the charm for Romney

Thu Oct 02, 2014

According to the Washington Examiner’s Byron York – one of America’s finest political reporters – the buzz about a possible third Mitt Romney presidential campaign in 2016 is more than just idle chatter. York reported last week that the former Massachusetts governor is, indeed, talking with family and associates about the

Editorial: California prison health care is seriously ill

Thu Oct 02, 2014

California’s effort to provide medical services in the state prison system has been an abysmal failure. For more than a decade, the state has provided what one federal judge called a system of “at times outright depravity,” with a standard of health service delivery that has failed to pass constitutional muster. Even wi

Editorial: Peter Choi for state Senate District 24

Thu Oct 02, 2014

In the race for Senate District 24, Sen. Kevin de Leon squares off against Peter Choi, president and chief executive of the Temple City Chamber of Commerce. We are not enamored with either candidate. Mr. de Leon, a Democrat, is liberal. Mr. Choi, also a Democrat, is no less liberal. That leaves voters in the 24th District, which includes

Editorial: DMV cavalier about tax overcharges

Mon Sep 29, 2014

The Department of Motor Vehicles is right up there among the most hated of government agencies. Now, there is yet another reason to dislike the agency. It seems the DMV has been overcharging the sales and use taxes to people who purchase a vehicle from a private party. When one buys a car or truck from some place other than a dealership,

Joel Kotkin: Choosing fortune over freedom

Sun Sep 28, 2014

“If the 19th [century] was the century of the individual (liberalism means individualism), you may consider that this is the ‘collective’ century, and, therefore, the century of the state.” Benito Mussolini, “The Doctrine of Fascism” (1932), translated by Barbara Moroncini.

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