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  1. JUDY KELLY: Don't blame Westminster for problem-causing dog owners

    I take extreme offense at the Feb. 10 article, "There are no winners at Westminster Dog Show" written by Lindsay Pollard-Post, senior writer for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. As the owner of a dog that will appear at...

  2. JOE MATHEWS: Why we need to know where anti-vaxxers live

    California's measles outbreak has touched off a debate about how to tighten state laws that make it easy for parents to choose -- in defiance of all credible public health information -- not to vaccinate their children. Newly introduced...

  3. TED PAGE: Valley gets needed help from congressmen on water crisis

    People often say that water is California's lifeblood. Here in the southern San Joaquin Valley, water isn't just our lifeblood. It's our life. We are in the fourth year of a severe drought that is taking a heavy toll on our economy and our...

  4. BRICK McDILL: Teach diversity, yes, but also teach universal ethics, morals

    A bumper sticker rightly says that if you want peace, do justice. There's more to it. If you want justice, do what's moral. Question is: How do we understand morality? Most erroneously believe the source of our morality lies in religion....

  5. RAY GONZALES: Reagan supported health care coverage for all

    As the day nears when all citizens have to sign up for health insurance or face a tax penalty, according to the Affordable Care Act, the criticism of Obamacare intensifies. The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives needs no...

  6. MICHAEL BERNICK: Free college isn't the answer

    In the past few weeks, President Obama's free community college tuition proposal has received a lot of media attention as a strategy for rebuilding the middle class. Even if the president's initiative does advance in some form, though, it...

  7. ANDY VIDAK: High-Speed Rail not only breaking promises, but busting family budgets

    The governor drove a shovel through the heart of our Central Valley when he "broke ground" last month on the debacle known as High-Speed Rail. He also left a trail of broken promises made to California voters when, in 2008, they approved...

  8. BARRY ROSENFELD: ABLE Act will enhance the lives of those with special needs

    Just prior to leaving on his annual Hawaiian vacation last December, President Obama signed a historic bill called the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act. Now known as the ABLE Act, this law allows folks who have a special-needs family...

  9. DENA MURPHY: Open enrollment is about to close -- are you covered?

    October of 2013 was the first time Californians were provided the opportunity to sign up for health insurance under the Federal Affordable Care Act. Previously for many families and individuals in Kern County living at or below the federal...

  10. ERNIE ZARRA: Eventually we're going to leave a dumbed-down generation behind

    There is much misinformation about Common Core. Teachers' unions are removing support of CC. The Democratic Party in Washington State voted its opposition to CC. Chicago schools refuse to assess all students under CC this year. California...

  11. GENE VOILAND: How Common Core will affect California's economic success

    California is on its way to becoming the world's seventh-largest economy. Driving this growth is our world-leading high technology businesses alongside our longtime entertainment, agriculture and energy sectors. Sustaining California's...

  12. KERRY McGILL: If it's the end of the world, you might want to ditch that gold

    About 25 years ago, a client asked me what steps he should take to prepare for Armageddon. Curious question. First, I had to determine what he thought "Armageddon" was. The end of the world as we know it? The election of a Democrat to the...

  13. DAVID GRINER: Busting myths about Super Bowl ads

    Super Bowl weekend is here, and with it the annual debate about whether Super Bowl advertising -- an absurdly expensive orgy of exuberant consumerism -- is worthy of its reputation as marketing's most defining moment. Super Bowl ads are...

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