Editorials

If there isn’t a correlation between the growing use of smartphones and an increase in traffic accidents, it’s one amazing coincidence. Reported vehicle accidents in Bay County, Florida rose by almost 30 percent between 2011 and 2015, according to the Florida Integrated Report Exchange System....
Shouts of “Bernie! Bernie!” punctuated Sen. Bernie Sanders’ rally Sunday at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, then again Monday at Lincoln Park in Los Angeles and the Santa Monica High School football field. The “Feel the Bern” movement shifts today to the Anaheim Convention Center at 10 a.m., the...
DEAR ABBY: We visit my in-laws two or three times a year. During our most recent visit, my kids (ages 12 and 14) were roughhousing with their cousins and accidentally slammed a door, which resulted in a broken frame. Their grandpa had asked them to stop, which they apparently didn’t do. Now,...
Informing consumers about what’s in the food they buy is the idea behind the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to require that more informative nutrition labels be slapped on packaged foods beginning in 2018. Food manufacturers and agricultural producers should be equally transparent...
The Obama administration’s new plan to require overtime pay for salaried workers earning up to $47,000 is an understandable, but unrealistic reaction to the problem of stagnating wages and a diminishing American middle class. People are working longer hours for comparatively less pay, and...
In a too-rare instance of fiscal restraint and good sense, the state Legislature poured cold water over a boondoggle high-speed Internet program. Assembly Bill 1758 would have extended the program for six more years and authorized the California Public Utilities Commission to impose an...
The Obama administration is pushing many Americans far beyond their comfort level in its new effort to make the nation’s school districts accommodate transgender students. Administration officials’ hearts are in the right place in their effort to uphold federal law Title IX prohibitions against...
In the past three weeks, three episodes of people arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs have been reported in the local papers. One driver told police it was National Marijuana Day and he had been smoking all day. He also indicated that marijuana “slows me down and I drive better...
Dan Price, owner of Seattle-based company Gravity Payments, made a splash last year when he announced he was phasing in a minimum annual salary of $70,000 for the 120 workers at his credit-card processing company. That sounded great, of course, if you were one of his employees making $35,000 a...
Kudos to Santa Ana College for offering zero tuition for first-year students who graduated from the Santa Ana Unified School District. The move serves as a reminder of when, during the 1960s, there was no tuition at all California colleges and universities. The new program begins in September and...

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