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  • Defending term limits

    At some point, you would think that California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez would get the message: Golden State voters like legislative term limits just the way they are, thank you very much. But as The Times noted in its story, "Nuñez pushes a...
  • Whose blurb is it anyway?

    Newspaper editorials are a little like restaurant or movie reviews. No matter how well they're written, they are inherently preachy. Someone paid to express an opinion tells readers — who are perfectly capable of making up their own minds — what to do. Or...
  • Californias family budget

    The 14 state Senate Republicans who continue to filibuster over California's overdue budget have been called terrorists, Spartans and winners who don't know how to win. They are, in fact, members of a minority party who know how to use the rules of the...
  • Our healthcare plan will work

    Even though the healthcare reform bill passed by the Assembly was negotiated with a Republican governor, ABX1-1 is very much a Democratic proposal at heart— witness its significant expansion to cover 3.6 million uninsured Californians, including 800,000...
  • Healthcare reform -- now

    In the next 15 to 18 days before the Legislature adjourns, the narrow window of opportunity we have to achieve healthcare reform in California -- reform that expands access for those who don't have health coverage and keeps costs down for those who do --...
  • Bagging an opportunity

    California lost a tremendous opportunity last week when AB 2058 was quietly shelved in a state Senate committee. The bill would promote the use of reusable bags by placing a 25-cent fee on each plastic and paper bag consumers use at stores. Such a fee...
  • Fair redistricting

    California's voting districts are redrawn every 10 years, when new census figures are released. Anyone with the population data and a home computer could easily draw maps of evenly populated districts. One map is needed to show the four new districts of...
  • Letters to the editor

    The challenges of mental illness Re "Schizophrenia takes a daughter away," Column One, Dec. 29 Schizophrenia is one of the most devastating illnesses, and inadequate research funds, inadequate facilities and inadequate insurance programs -- not to...
  • Gov. signs bill to head off care crisis

    Los Angeles County will retain up to $300 million for medical treatment of uninsured residents who must look elsewhere for care after the closure of Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, under legislation signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday....
  • Health insurers deny policies in some jobs

    Health insurers in California refuse to sell individual coverage to people simply because of their occupations or use of certain medicines, according to documents obtained by The Times. Entire categories of workers -- including roofers, pro athletes,...
  • Students' rights versus limited means

    The public school enrollment of autistic children, whether born into privileged or impoverished circumstances, has gone from a trickle to a flood. Their legal rights are crashing up against strapped school budgets. Under two federal laws -- the...