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  1. LISA GREEN: Nothing 'safe' about Prop. 47

    Proposition 47 is an initiative that will significantly reduce the criminal penalties for numerous crimes including drug possession, theft of a firearm and possession of date rape drugs. The so-called "Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act"...

  2. SAMANTHA HILL: Using these two health terms interchangeably harms us all

    Recently, news outlets have covered the important rise in behavioral health emergencies across the nation. However, these stories harm us when they use the terms behavioral health and mental health interchangeably. Behavioral health is a...

  3. KELLY LANK: We've changed so many lives; and now we're the ones in need

    Have you ever driven by 3101 North Sillect Ave. and wondered what H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection is and what they do? Do you have a friend, family member, child, neighbor or coworker with a special need or disability? Do you care about those in...

  4. BRIK McDILL: The anatomy of a crisis: What we can learn from Ferguson

    Mass angry demonstrations regularly occur when crises happen, and we decry them as beneath our more civilized selves. But given who and what we humans are, maybe we shouldn't be so surprised. Disappointed yes; surprised, no. We're built...

  5. NOAH SMITH: Wall Street businesses pay their employees a premium to suffer

    Why do people on Wall Street get paid so much? It could be because Wall Streeters have generally high skills. Finance people tend to be good at using computers and working with numbers, but also at networking and forming business...

  6. DAVID COLLINS: Make a difference in your neighborhood

    Under a sunrise that was stretched so thin its color had faded, volunteers from the South Oswell Neighborhood Watch were surging through my neighborhood for a cleanup. Since brushing past the flank of 2009, the organization has provided...

  7. PATSY OUELLETTE: Is breast cancer preventable? We are the drivers of our culture

    "The deadline is January 2020. The goal is not to eradicate breast cancer by that date, but to have figured out by then how to put an end to the disease," said Fran Visco, president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, an advocacy...

  8. SHANNON GROVE: Bad policy worsens woes

    More than 80 percent of California is under extreme or exceptional drought conditions. Bakersfield has the worst drought conditions for an urban area in the state. And according to the farmers in my district, the water shortage during this...

  9. BRIK McDILL: It's hip to be square, studying ethics

    What can I say? I'm a square. I spent my high school, college, military, then graduate school years during the drug-soaked, getting-stoned, tie-dyed, free-love, Age-of-Aquarius, hippie '60s and very early '70s as a straight-and-narrow...

  10. MARI GOODMAN: Separate myth from fact

    The water issue is important to our residents, especially here in the San Joaquin Valley. The problem is, there are facts and fiction out there, and many just don't have all the information. As a candidate, I can respond and make you...

  11. KAREN SALLEE: Progress and memories, and never the twain shall meet

    The Thomas Roads Improvement Program (TRIP) will soon demolish my childhood home to make way for the Centennial Corridor. Gone will be a big chunk of the neighborhood where my earliest memories were made. I am heartbroken. I grew up off...

  12. WYATT ROSS: Adjust teacher tenure -- don't get rid of it

    As a parent, tenured teacher and coach at a Title I school that has experienced massive demographic changes over the past 30 years, I would like to address teacher tenure. Regarding teacher tenure, some supporters argue that it provides...

  13. DAN EMMETT: White House security has failed — bring in the military.

    The security breach at the White House last week unfortunately proved that the Secret Service is in over its head protecting the White House. Fence jumping by one person, while a concern, isn't a major issue in itself. That has been...

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