- Sunday’s Letters to the Editor
- Close to Home: Sonoma County’s college promise
- Close to Home: Movies, history and truth
- A wake up call for the anti-vaccination crowd
- Krugman: Much too responsible
President Barack Obama last week unveiled America’s College Promise, his laudable plan for making community college free to all who will work for it. The basic premise of his proposal is to build on state and local programs, as well as on community support.
Extremism abounds these days. It has become what defines our politics in Washington, determines our TV programming and rules our public discourse. It’s not enough to just disagree. We must castigate, demean and punish.
The rise of the anti-vaccination movement has shown that even affluent and well-educated parents can be dolts, and that school and public health officials can be inexcusably complacent.
When Sean McGlynn assumed the job as Santa Rosa’s top administrator in September, he said he found the staff “exhausted,” worn down by years of budget cuts, staff reductions and “decisions that had to be made to keep the organization afloat.”
Driving around California last year, we saw how our state has been changed. The beauty, diversity and promise of the place remain, but now people are less sure state leaders know how to put things right again.
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