Everyone agrees Sacramento teachers should get a pay raise. So who, exactly, would a strike serve? Sacramento Unified teachers can be forgiven for their frustration. But a strike now would destroy the first chance in years for change.
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Marcos Breton: For all the self-congratulatory proclamations of California as a progressive haven, the state is not as cool as it thinks it is. The traditional paths to power in California have been closely guarded by a Bay Area pecking order heretofore off-limits to Latino candidates. Feinstein, Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown, all Bay Area political icons, have ruled the roost in California for decades. Then Kamala Harris, the former San Francisco district attorney and state attorney general, was anointed.
Dan Morain: Google, Facebook and Twitter pay homage to the swamp, spending a combined $47.1 million on lobbying in the past 22 months in Washington, D.C. That might suggest Congress will do little to infringe on their business, except that senators did seem worked up. They do have an interest, beyond the well-being of the Republic. What happens on the internet can, after all, affect their careers.
Dan Walters, CALmatters: For Kevin de León, the state Senate leader challenging U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Capitol’s sexual harassment scandal couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Leonard Pitts Jr.: It’s not just that there is no “compromise” between slavery and freedom. It is also that John Kelly’s use of that word is painfully ironic in a nation that has always been all too ready to bargain with the humanity of African-American people.
Larry Carr, Salt Lake City Tribune: I love football, and I especially loved my time playing football at Brigham Young University. Today, I’m paying the price. The question of whether playing college football was worth it should not be asked of me; it should be asked of my wife and my family. Their answer is probably much different, and far more important.
Eloy Ortiz Oakley: Free first-year tuition is only a start for community colleges. Communities are pitching in by raising money that students can use for non-tuition expenses, such as textbooks, transportation, food and housing. Private funds could also be used to help with second-year tuition.
Gaby Toledano: Tesla reopened the shuttered Fremont factory, creating 14,000 jobs building electric vehicles with zero tailpipe emissions. Tesla’s average starting hourly pay is higher than that at Ford, GM and Fiat-Chrysler.
Andrea Zetlin: The children of the opioid crisis and immigration crackdown experience unique trauma and require more targeted care. These youths need intensive support from the foster care system.
Take a number: 26
The San Antonio Express wrote this editorial: “So, what can our reaction be to this latest tragedy? Deep and profound sadness, certainly. ... A resolve that the hateful among us will not inform our own beliefs.” That was on Oct. 2, after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people in Las Vegas. A month later, 21 miles from San Antonio, a gunman walked into a First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs and killed 26 parishioners, or more. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, joined the many politicians tweeting: “The evil perpetrated in Sutherland Springs is indescribable.” The shooter used an assault rifle in Sutherland Springs. Members of the Republican Congress that McCarthy helps lead promised after the Vegas shooting to ban bump stocks, which Paddock used to turn semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons. That’s not happening. But Republicans do send their prayers.
Chicago Sun Times: Speaking of the undeserving super rich, did you catch Donald Trump Jr.’s tweet the other day about Halloween candy? He meant to make a point about the evils of socialism, but he made a better point about what’s wrong with the new House Republican tax plan.
San Diego Union Tribune: It is stunning to see how much the wealthy gain from the tax code plan proposed this week by House Republicans and embraced by the Trump administration. So much for Donald Trump’s campaign message. That’s the tax plan’s first strike.
Raleigh News & Observer: Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who is a former Harvard professor and respected economist, wasn’t very professorial when questioning Wells Fargo executives about the accounts scandal in which banking officials were accused of encouraging a process whereby various accounts were opened for customers without their knowledge to help profits.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Millions of acres have burned in the West in recent years. Sonoma County experienced some of the worst of it in recent weeks. Congress might finally be ready to help, but Republicans cannot seem to pass meaningful reform without using it as a vehicle to roll back environmental protections.
Las Vegas Sun: As fires rage and the Western environment becomes increasingly arid, Nevada’s leaders must battle the Trump administration’s assault on the environment at every turn. And the state can use all the advocates it can find to press for the development of renewable energy while also cutting down on carbon-dioxide emissions. Nevada has been a national leader on solar energy; now, more than ever, it’s critical for the state to defy what’s happening in the White House and continue setting the bar on clean energy.
LA Times: Donald Trump’s call for the Department of Justice to investigate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party and his comment Friday that he’s “disappointed” with Justice Department officials who don’t see things his way aren’t just offensive; they’re ominous.
San Francisco Chronicle: Facebook, Twitter, and Google went to Washington for congressional hearings about their role in disseminating foreign misinformation ahead of the 2016 presidential elections this week. Things didn’t go well.
Nicholas Kristof: Donald Trump is stumbling toward war with North Korea, and we must stop it.
David Brooks: Harassment is not just sex and it’s not just power; it’s a wicked mixture of the two. Harassers possess what psychologists call hostile masculinity; they apparently get pleasure from punishing the women who arouse them.
Frank Bruni: Sarah Huckabee Sanders makes the heart grow fonder. Oh, for Sean Spicer.
Ross Douthat: Will Donald Trump face a primary challenge? Here’s why you shouldn’t count on it.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: The KGB has been reincarnated big time in its new form under Vladimir Putin. Understanding that KGB dominance helps answer the big question: Why did the Kremlin try to hurt Hillary Clinton and presumably help Donald Trump? Putin’s yen for revenge against Clinton and his desire to discredit the U.S. ballot.
E.J. Dionne Jr.: A victory by Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in Virginia’s governor’s race would send a signal to the country that President Donald Trump is a severe drag on the GOP and would bolster the forces trying to contain Trump’s abuses and give heart to those doing the organizing work against him at the grass roots.
Timothy Egan: By proposing fee increases at national parks, the man who loves nothing so much as his gold-plated bathroom fixtures wants to gouge people who want to experience something that all of Donald Trump’s minions could never create. It’s a teardrop in the federal budget, but is emblematic of the ocean of wrong coming from this president.
Paul Krugman: On Thursday, House Republicans unveiled a tax “reform” bill with the same good order and careful deliberation with which they unveiled their various attempts to repeal Obamacare. That is, after having had years to prepare, the GOP waited until the last minute to throw something together, without any hearings or serious analysis.
Dana Milbank: President Donald Trump promised to look out for the forgotten man and to fix a “rigged” tax system. Now he and congressional Republicans have proposed a tax cut that makes the rich richer and shifts the burden onto the working class.
Ruben Navarrette Jr.: Hillary Clinton is spot-on when she talks about what has become of the Republican Party in the Trump era. But imagine how much more effective her criticism would be if some of it were aimed at her own party, and – even better – at herself. Clinton won’t admit that she and her husband, and all the shady dealings in Clinton World dating back to the 1970’s, have hurt the Democratic Party.
Kathleen Parker: Bill Clinton wasn’t the first president to misbehave in the White House, as we are frequently reminded. But he was part of the first “two-fer” presidency, as he put it, with a first lady who championed women’s rights. Presumably, these rights would have included not being objectified or treated as human litter.
The California Nurses Association has never once endorsed Raul Bocanegra for office, endorsed his opponent in 2012, made the maximum contribution to his opponent in the most recent, 2016, election, and has directly clashed with him on legislation. – Don Nielsen, California Nurses Association, in response to our Sunday editorial.