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CALMATTERS: If Newsom truly follows the science, why not adopt the ‘science of reading’ in California schools? | Columns

When COVID-19 struck California four years ago and people started dying, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared an emergency and assumed unilateral authority over Californians’ economic and social lives. Over the ensuing months, he repeatedly issued commands to close down businesses, schools and gatherings, only to lift… Read More »CALMATTERS: If Newsom truly follows the science, why not adopt the ‘science of reading’ in California schools? | Columns

CALMATTERS: Californians pay high gas prices and high gas taxes yet still drive on bad highways | Columns

To state the obvious, California motorists are experiencing one of the state’s periodic spikes in gasoline prices. California’s average price for regular grade gas has again topped $5 a gallon, according to the most recent American Automobile Association report. It’s more than $6 in some… Read More »CALMATTERS: Californians pay high gas prices and high gas taxes yet still drive on bad highways | Columns

CALMATTERS: Newsom, legislators opt for gimmicks and wishful thinking to close California’s budget deficit | Columns

Gov. Gavin Newsom and his fellow Democrats in the Legislature spent their way into a massive state budget deficit by assuming that a one-time surge in revenues would become a permanent cornucopia of money to expand medical and social services. As revenues flattened, particularly all-important… Read More »CALMATTERS: Newsom, legislators opt for gimmicks and wishful thinking to close California’s budget deficit | Columns

CALMATTERS: Southern California’s huge logistics industry faces a backlash over wages and pollution | Columns

A half-century ago, Southern California’s financial, political and civic leaders made a fateful decision that the region’s economic future could be assured by expanding its nascent logistics industry, centered on the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Countless billions of public and private… Read More »CALMATTERS: Southern California’s huge logistics industry faces a backlash over wages and pollution | Columns

CALMATTERS: California spends billions on homelessness yet the crisis keeps getting worse | Columns

California not only has the nation’s largest number of homeless people, but one of its highest rates of homelessness vis-à-vis its overall population. The last official count found more than 181,000 Californians without homes, nearly a third of the nation’s homeless population. When new data… Read More »CALMATTERS: California spends billions on homelessness yet the crisis keeps getting worse | Columns

CALMATTERS: California should not tolerate having so many children struggling to read | Columns

Of all the skills that children may acquire in school, none surpasses reading in importance. The ability to read and comprehend what’s read is the key to all other learning, either formal or personal, and the students in California’s schools are not doing well. Results… Read More »CALMATTERS: California should not tolerate having so many children struggling to read | Columns

CALMATTERS: Community college bachelor’s degrees have been a win-win. California should offer more | Columns

Sixty-four years ago, California adopted a master plan for higher education that, among other things, set operational parameters for the state’s three college systems. The University of California would be the research center in addition to providing undergraduate and graduate degrees up to doctorates in… Read More »CALMATTERS: Community college bachelor’s degrees have been a win-win. California should offer more | Columns

CALMATTERS: Ironically, Californians and Missourians can’t legally bet on their Super Bowl teams | Columns

Sunday’s Super Bowl, pitting the San Francisco 49ers against the Kansas City Chiefs and staged in Las Vegas’ new stadium, has ironic twists. “The 2024 Super Bowl in Las Vegas symbolizes the ultimate convergence of the NFL’s showcase event and the beacon of American betting,”… Read More »CALMATTERS: Ironically, Californians and Missourians can’t legally bet on their Super Bowl teams | Columns