Editorials

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...
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a case brought by former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. He argued that just because he and his wife took $177,000 in loans, vacations and lavish gifts in exchange for using the governor’s office to promote a dietary supplement, it doesn’t mean...
California state and local governments continue to try to crack down on e-cigarettes, or vaporizers, and regulate them like cigarettes, yet mounting data show that the devices are far safer to users — and those around them — and have been proven effective at providing smokers an alternative to...
At some point in our country’s evolution, we developed certain hard-line philosophies about criminals and redemption that have less to do with justice or deterrence than with revenge. Once a felon, always a felon, the thinking goes. Your record travels with you to the workplace. You lose your...
In yet another example of government waste, bureaucratic bloat and excessive regulation, Americans complete more than 23,000 forms for 68 federal agencies each year, according to a new analysis by the American Action Forum. Just filling out all these forms consumes 11.4 billion hours, which works...

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