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  1. LOUIS MEDINA: Contentious Prop. 47 to be discussed at Dec. 9 meeting

    Proposition 47, also referred to as the "Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative," was voted into law by close to 60 percent of Californians who cast a ballot in the Nov. 4 elections. The measure converts into misdemeanors many...

  2. PATSY OUELLETE: What unfolded in Ferguson is clearly a tale of two Americas

    There was a grand jury investigation, they said there wasn't enough evidence to charge Officer Wilson, justice was done. Right? If some of us don't understand the outrage in Ferguson, (some of us being a euphemism for white people) maybe...

  3. SUSAN REEP: Wendy's Words Libraries turn 2: Local generosity made it happen

    I'm writing this with a heart full of gratitude tinged with sadness. Sadness because I wouldn't be writing it if Wendy Wayne hadn't been taken from us two years ago by non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. But gratitude both to Wendy and the people of...

  4. AKI PEREZ & ROBIN SIMCOX: Inclinations toward brutality

    No more beheading videos, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri advised Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a 2005 letter. "I say to you: that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media,"...

  5. BRIK McDILL: The good, the bad and the ugly of Ferguson

    Ferguson, Mo., is a microcosm of the worldwide community of man. The theater of occurrences displayed the night of Nov. 24 was a study of human nature with all the good, the bad, and the ugly. First, the good. The vast majority of...

  6. CLIVE CROOK: Grand jury delivers mockery of justice

    The shameful mockery of judicial process that has transpired in Ferguson, Mo., is widely viewed as a matter of racial politics. Of course, in one sense, that's right: Race underlies enormous and well-documented inequities in the U.S....

  7. JOANNA BROOKS: Today, you're part of a long American tradition

    Do you have complicated feelings about Thanksgiving? Maybe your ancestors were among this continent's indigenous peoples, and you have good reason to be rankled by thoughts of newly arrived English colonists feasting on Wamapanoag-procured...

  8. JEAN FULLER: Historic moment for Kern is also a proud moment for me

    Bakersfield's own Kevin McCarthy is the first Californian to be elected majority leader in the United States House of Representatives. I was there when he was elected for a full term on Nov. 13, 2014. How proud I was for Kern County and...

  9. KELLY BEARDEN: Shopping small: Treasures can be found in Kern's businesses

    Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a nationwide event that began only five years ago but already is receiving billions of dollars in support. With help from American Express, Small Business Saturday began in 2010 to...

  10. MING CHEN: A bipartisan, human rights issue that Congress needs to address

    When this month's elections gave the Republican Party control of Congress, both President Obama and incoming congressional leaders pledged themselves to try and find ways to work together despite their political differences. But an...

  11. DANIEL HERTZ: When integration becomes gentrification

    Within recent memory, the neighborhoods north of downtown Portland, Ore., were among the most segregated in the Pacific Northwest. By 1970, violence and discrimination helped create large areas where African-Americans made up as much as 84...

  12. KERRY McGILL: Don't bring down the 1 percent; instead, build up the bottom 99

    Let's tax the rich. Wait. What? Why? Oh, that's right, because they are making too much money or because they have too much wealth. They are the top 1 percent and they can afford it. That's a good reason. Better yet, what do they need all...

  13. CHRIS MOONEY: Winter weather doesn't refute global warming

    If you live in the U.S., you have been feeling insanely cold lately. The area south of Buffalo got 5 feet of snow this week -- an extreme winter weather outburst that is being blamed for a tragic five deaths -- and the Weather Channel says...

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