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  1. MARK POWELL: George just can't win, and Obama decides not to play on TV

    Tuesday, Jul 22 2014 04:41 PM

    “Beetles Kill George Harrison Memorial Tree.” (NBC Los Angeles)   “Tree Planted To Honor Beatle Killed By Beetle.” (NPR)   “LA gently weeps as George Harrison tree is felled by beetles.” (Reuters)   It’s a headline writer’s dream — even if the news itself is ironic and bittersweet.    George Harrison, arguably among the least-appreciated great rock ‘n’ roll artists of all time — thanks a lot, John and Paul — succumbs yet again. This time, to his homophonic namesake.   A pine tree was planted in the ex-Beatle’s honor in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park in 2002 after Harrison lost his fight with cancer. The tree lasted 12 years, which is actually pretty good considering that’s four years longer than the Fab Four were together.   Bark...

  2. KEN HILL: Revisionist history weakens our First Amendment protections

    Once again, the readers of The Californian are treated to a mind-numbing dose of Christian revisionist history (“Ignoring our roots puts liberty in danger,” July 17). We’ll get to the root of the matter in a moment, but first, a little...

  3. AL SANDRINI: ‘New money’ is funding schools already should have been given

    I can hear ‘em now — my good friends questioning how we education folks keep spending “their” money (taxes) and keep asking for more! (“What didja do with all the Lottery money?”)   For the first time in several years, public education is...

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    ROBERT PRICE: My visit to a Denver marijuana store

    Our first clue that we were in the vicinity of a marijuana shop was the sight of an addled but enthusiastic man dancing along the sidewalk. “Welc’m to Caw-luh-RAAAAH-doh!” he shouted in our general direction, giggling so tweakfully that...

  5. CYNTHIA POLLARD & MARK HERBERT: Immigration reform will bolster small businesses and economy

    There are 28 million small businesses in this country, with 3.4 million hanging their shingle right here in the Golden State. These entrepreneurs run the gamut in terms of industry, political identification and geographical location, but...

  6. STEVEN CRONQUIST: If government wants to help, it should try a hands-off approach

    The average American business earns less than a 5 percent net profit; many businesses are below 3 percent. Net profit is gross income, less all expenses including taxes. Profits, of course, will vary from business to business and industry...

  7. DON CLARK: Ignoring our roots puts liberty in danger

    Three propositions have been repeatedly advocated in this paper's opinion section that would turn America into a "cut-flower country" -- a nation severed from its true roots. First, it is argued, all of America's laws should be kept...

  8. ORCHEL KRIER: Reduced energy production will put community services at risk

    A recent opinion piece in this paper discussed misleading public health concerns if the state moves forward with safe oil extraction methods ("When it comes to public health, we can't ignore our environment," July 7). However, public...

  9. CHRISTINE LIZARDI FRAZIER: State lawmakers should restore budget control to school boards

    In his 2013 State of the State Address, Gov. Jerry Brown called upon the Legislature to embrace the principle of subsidiarity, stating "it is the idea that a central authority should only perform those tasks which cannot be performed at...

  10. AHRON HAKIMI: Local investments will shape region's transportation future

    When Kern Council of Governments launched its original ridesharing program in the mid-1980s, the term "social media" had yet to be coined. Nevertheless, that's exactly what it was: a computerized database of individuals looking to connect...

  11. GINGER MOORHOUSE: Same community dedication, less paper

    I know my friends are just trying to be encouraging when they tell me how much they love sitting down each morning with the newspaper and a cup of coffee. But that sentiment sometimes makes me cringe. Let me explain. Would they still...

  12. CATHLEEN COLBERT: Safe and sane? Fourth of July celebrations are anything but

    "Where's the dog's potty patch?" I asked my mother. "In the sunroom," she replied. "Would you look for Buddy's Thundershirt? I'll get out some kennels for the cats." "I'm concerned about the pine needles on the roof." "I'm praying no...

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

    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...

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