Editorials

The new year brings another major shock to California’s wage system, with the state minimum wage rising to $10 an hour. The previous minimum, to $9, took effect July 1, 2014, up from $8. So, in 18 months, the minimum wage will have jumped 25 percent. Nice work if you can get it. The problem is...
Far be it for us to bestow guilt for any overindulgence during the holiday season. It’s not like we haven’t done the same thing. We’re expected to overdo it a tad, right? Now, Christmas has just appeared in the rearview mirror and the new year is dead ahead, meaning that pork, cornbread, black-...
As economist Henry Hazlitt observed in his classic, “Economics in One Lesson,” thoughtful economic or public policy analysis requires looking not only at the most immediate and obvious effects of a policy, but at also examining the hidden costs, long-term effects and unintended consequences....
If you’re one of the estimated 700,000 Americans to whom Santa Claus delivered a drone this Christmas, be aware that Uncle Sam also left something under the tree for you: a federal mandate. The Federal Aviation Administration the past Monday implemented new regulations that require all drones...
It’s almost impossible to blame the leaders of the Los Angeles Unified School District for their decision to close their schools Tuesday. While critics took aim at the decision, what would those same critics have said had the school district proceeded as normal and the no longer unthinkable...
The hope of Jerry Brown and his predecessor as governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, that the U.N.’s Paris Climate Summit, which they attended, actually would achieve something always was illusory. It’s part of the hope from Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which promised a...
The algal phenomenon known as red tide is back in the news, and each time that it returns reminds us of how mysterious this organism is. Once again, we call for consistent, long-range research to point the way toward responsible environmental action. The current wave of red tide isn’t among the...
Potential voters who skipped holiday shopping Tuesday evening in order to watch the fifth Republican presidential debate witnessed a sharp clash of policies. The night’s topic was how each candidate would act as commander in chief in times of terrorism at home and abroad. The first to respond...
More than 90 percent of hiring managers in the United States check job candidates through social media, according to some surveys. Yet the U.S. government doesn’t check those sites before granting the type of visa that enabled Tashfeen Malik to enter America. Malik entered the United States in...
President Barack Obama’s proposal to ban people on the no-fly list from purchasing guns might make some sense at first blush, but a closer look at how the list works in practice and already violates the constitutional due-process rights of many innocent people, including U.S. citizens, illustrates...

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