Opinion

Rejoice, comrades! All is going precisely according to plan!

~ Guest Opinion
Southpaw ~ a leftie living in a ‘rightie’ world

That title is obviously having a little fun with the belief of many righties that every leftie is, at heart, a commie. That observation is, of course, ridiculous with no data to back it up, but I’ll tell you something that is infinitely easier to prove: That Donald J. Trump is, at heart, a liberal (the “J” stands for Lenin!) […]

The Legislature has adjourned


As the 2017 legislative session closes, I am pleased that most of my bill package received overwhelming support, and three of my bills have already been signed into law by Governor Brown. Six of my bills are on the Governor’s desk, including AB 1386, a Legislative Woman’s Caucus priority bill to raise awareness for newly diagnosed breast/ovarian cancer patients about […]

Why fight public records transparency?

~ EDITORIAL

I’m always reluctant to criticize firefighters, who are, this time of year especially, the unquestioned heroes of California, and of the entire nation. Still, questioning an organization of firefighters is really not the same as criticizing individual firefighters, so I’m going to ask flat out: Why would the California Association of Professional Firefighters have led the fight to make it […]

Letter to the Editor: THERE IS ALREADY AN “ELECTION COMMISSION”

Editor, Times-Advocate: We already have an “election commission” it’s called the Registrar of Voters and every county in the state has one. The Registrar uses another state agency the DMV, to identify and certify mailing address to register a voter. The DMV has rigid rules in place for issuing ID’s. One can also register without using DMV by visiting a […]

Letter to the Editor: MISSING AN IMPORTANT POINT

Editor, Times-Advocate: Reading over your commentary on Voting Rights and Voter Fraud, I think you missed an important point, and that’s how many there would be on either end of this equation-people voting illegally vs. people not able to vote because they do not own a picture ID. First, the illegal votes. In the year since President Trump declared that […]

Letter to the Editor: CITY MANAGER’S STATEMENT IS BLATANTLY WRONG

Editor, Times-Advocate: Last week there appeared in your paper a long article on the Oregon County report on LS&S services.  Deep in the article, City Manager Jeff Epp was quoted as saying, “Jackson County has been the ONLY government entity that has expressed any concerns with LSS.  Every other city, county, or library they have done business with has provided […]

A new initiative on drugs


I am pleased to announce that I have been invited to join the coordinating committee of a 5-year Stanford Neurosciences Institute initiative to foster collaboration between scientists and policymakers focused on drug addiction. The Stanford initiative will be national in scope, with committee members tasked to develop plans for its launch, and to provide ongoing advice and guidance to maximize […]

Why freak out over an election commission?

~ EDITORIAL

I can pretty much tell what political party/ideology you belong to by how you answer this question: Which is more important: That everyone who is eligible votes, even if it means that some votes will be cast illegally? Or that all votes that are cast are cast by legal voters, even if that means some legal voters will be prevented […]

Letter to the Editor: RAISING MORE QUESTIONS THAN IT ANSWERED

Editor, Times-Advocate: The article, “Council did not pre-judge library issue…”  raised more issues than it settled.  It is late in the game, however, as I digest the council’s decision, to pursue negotiations with a single entity, I am puzzled by the lack of interest in considering other sources. Councilman Morasco mentions a lack of interest in investigating a possible contract […]

Letter to the Editor: CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR – YOU MIGHT JUST GET IT

Editor, Times-Advocate: As a former Army and Air Force intel specialist and a career sales rep, I developed a healthy respect for “numbers.”  Yes, numbers can lie, that is true, but they only lie in the way they get used and, at times, manipulated; numbers themselves are raw data largely.  From the numbers or data points, certain assumptions arise following […]