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  1. MARK MERRITT: Bill undermines home delivery and harms patients, employers

    Wednesday, Jul 09 2014 11:01 PM

    One of the challenges facing small businesses, unions and health care consumers is the constant struggle to control costs and provide high-quality health benefits.

    A recent op-ed published in The Californian ("Assembly bill promotes better health and choices for patients," June 25) highlights how the California drugstore lobby is trying to make this cost-saving challenge even more difficult. Their clever new bill -- AB 2418 -- would undermine an important way both employers and consumers reduce critical prescription drug costs: automatic home delivery of 90-day refills for chronic medications.

    No employer is required to choose automatic refill delivery. But it's among the easiest, most popular ways to deliver short- and long-term...

  2. SARAH SHARPE: Valley air needs cleaning up, and oil companies must help

    During the school year, I drive my two sons, ages 6 and 3, to school in downtown Fresno. As a Central Valley mom, I have to include one more step in my morning routine -- checking the air quality flag. For those who don't know, right under...

  3. KATIE McAULIFFE: We must protect our privacy in the digital age

    Our Founding Fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence in order to create a nation where its people would have rights to freedom, liberty and privacy. While most Americans celebrated our nation's independence this past weekend with...

  4. MARIE HELMY: The story of how I learned to hate Bakersfield

    I was 7 years old when I first learned why people hate Bakersfield. Sitting under the blistering San Joaquin Valley sun, I stared out at a yellow soccer field as West L.A.'s Orange Crush battled Reno's Green Machines in a fierce match...

  5. STEVE LEVIN: Bakersfield: Be the light, not the dark

    I was on my way back to the office from a story one recent Sunday afternoon, stopped at a light in the middle lane of southbound Chester Avenue at 19th Street, my window down, minding my own business and thinking of nothing (as I'm...

  6. NOAH FELDMAN: Who won abortion ruling? Liberals

    It's becoming a June ritual: Chief Justice John Roberts joins the liberals to issue a moderate, centrist opinion, and leaves his erstwhile conservative admirers flailing. Roberts's latest foray into moderation comes in Thursday's...

  7. LEE EDWARDS: Goldwater and the conscience of a conservative

    This year, from the Supreme Court to the sports pages, discussions of racism have dominated the news. But let's not kid ourselves and think this is all something new. When it comes to racial issues, the most unfairly maligned American of...

  8. GREGORY RODRIGUEZ: Are politics making America boring?

    America -- arguably the world's most diverse, innovative, and surprising nation -- is becoming a lot more predictable. And boring. According to the most recent Pew Research Poll on political polarization, Americans are becoming more...

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    STEVE LEVIN: Hip has a new home: Bakersfield

    Bakersfield is hip? That's not the first thought most people have about Bakersfield, or, quite likely, one of the first couple dozen thoughts they have about the city. No matter. It's intriguing to ponder, if breathtaking in its audacity...

  10. JEFF SANDS: Higher accountability the best answer for this charter school

    Next week, the Delano Union School District Board of Trustees will decide whether its district-operated charter public school, Nueva Vista Language Academy, will be approved for another five years. The California Charter Schools...

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    CHRIS HENSON: 'Grapes' resonates with young Californians -- 75 years later

    This year marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Grapes of Wrath." That book, which brought John Steinbeck both critical acclaim (including a Pulitzer) and accusations of exaggeration, became a staple of high school and...

  12. CHARLES HAYNES: In this mosque fight, religious freedom trumps Islamophobia

    After four years of protests, lawsuits, vandalism, arson, and a bomb threat, American Muslims in Murfreesboro, Tenn., can finally celebrate the power of religious freedom to triumph over hate and fear -- at least in the courts. Last week,...

  13. DANIEL BYMAN: Obama's choice: Bad guys or bad government?

    In the fight against jihadist insurgents across the planet, the United States can offer its partners a lot of help: arms and intelligence, training for local security forces, economic aid, and in extreme cases, air strikes to take out the...

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