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Today’s college students are paying more for less

■ Lawrence Wittner / Contributed Despite the soaring costs of attending American colleges and universities, their students are receiving an education that falls far short of the one experienced by earlier generations. The sharp increase in costs is clear enough. Between 1978 and 2013, American college tuition rose by 1,120 percent, and became the major source of revenue for higher education. Traditionally, most public colleges and universities had no tuition or very low tuition. But, faced with severe cutbacks in government funding from conservative state legislatures, these public schools adopted a tuition system or dramatically raised tuition. Today, at the University of California/Berkeley (which, like the rest of the University of (more…)
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – September 13th, 2018

<strong>LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – September 13th, 2018</strong>
Is Krupa above the law? Dear Editor, Hemet City Council-member Linda Krupa was elected to the Hemet City Council in 2010 and again in 2014. The people of the city of Hemet, by the authority of the California State Constitution, passed a term limits ordinance on Nov. 6, 1990 for Hemet city council-members allowing them two terms on Hemet City Council. Linda Krupa took the sworn oath of office as a city council-member twice to support and defend the constitution. However, we now have Council-member Linda Krupa violating the will of the people of the City of Hemet, California State Constitution Section 1, Article 4, and her sworn oath of office (more…)
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Reviving the spirit of ‘68

■ Robert C. Koehler / Contributed I was a hippie/bicycle delivery boy living in San Francisco when the Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago 50 years ago, so I absorbed the chaos, the police riot, from half a continent away, but I knew with absolute certainty that the nation was changing and I was part of it. We were in the violent spasm of transition. How long would it last? MLK and RFK, as they called for peace and sanity and civil rights for all, had just been assassinated. This was the God of War, turning its vengeance inward. A year earlier I had been part of the march on (more…)
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – September 6th, 2018

Dear Editor, I sent this email to our illustrious city council and our city manager: “I am no stranger to criticizing city management, but I take extreme exception to the public slandering of Hemet Fire Chief Scott Brown by disgruntled former employees and union mouthpieces. As a member of the press, and an informed citizen, I have always been a vocal critic of how the city spends money (often like a drunken sailor) and the revolving door of city managers is truly disheartening as well as expensive. It does speak to a council that has trouble discerning what it wants or is unable to vet candidates properly, as mentioned during open (more…)
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Recreating the wilderness

■ Robert C. Koehler / Contributed The science gets ever more dire. The politics runs the other way. We’ve claimed hold of the planet, but cluelessly, like the sorcerer’s apprentice. Welcomed to the Anthropocene: the age of humanity intertwined with nature. “Climate change is not a problem we have to make go away, in a sense that you don’t make adolescence go away,” astrophysicist Adam Frank said to Chris Hedges. “It is a dangerous transition that you have to navigate… The question is, are we smart enough to deal with the effects of our own power?” The planet itself is transitioning, to God knows what. There may be no human race (more…)
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – August 30, 2018

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the article regarding the new rules at the San Jacinto Cemetery and the families that are upset. I was born and raised in the valley and have multiple generations buried at the cemetery, including my brother and recently my dad. The cemetery has always had rules and sadly the old “unwritten rules” of common sense and respect have to now be written and enforced. The cemetery is a quiet place where we can go to mourn our loved ones in our own private way, however we must also remember there are thousands of others buried there and we need to respect them and (more…)
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Saving Democracy

The current regime’s many-pronged assault on American democracy ■ Mel Gurtov / Contributed Writing on democracy, I’m reminded of a great old Stevie Wonder song, “Love’s in Need of Love Today.” Democracy is in need of love today: It is taking a beating nearly everywhere, including right here. Remember the optimism that accompanied the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Union two years later? Democracy was going to sweep across eastern Europe, the new Russia was going to undergo dramatic changes under glasnost and perestroika. There was great hope for democratic change in Africa and Latin America. And then the backlash came, and we (more…)
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – August 23rd, 2018

Dear Editor, The words: dossier, special council, evidence, collusion, etc. Are you tired of these words in the news vocabulary today and everyday? Is there any happy news out there? In fact, is there any other news but what CNN reports slamming every move and word coming from President Trump. Or from the mouths of Tucker, Hannity, and Ingram (Fox News) with all the evidence that has been found? If so much evidence for and against various political people has been found, then how about doing something besides talking about it? As the news reporting is today, think about 2020. If Trump should win again then we have four more years (more…)
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The Dems could win if they stood for something

■ Robert C. Koehler / Contributed The Democrats have been in turmoil for the last half century and then some, when they abandoned their racist base and supported the civil rights movement. Revved up by the spirit of the 60s, the party began opening itself to further change, even daring to push beyond the financial interests of its controlling oligarchs and declare an opposition to war. “I have no secret plan for peace. I have a public plan,” George McGovern said during his 1972 presidential campaign – and that was that. After his crushing defeat, at the hands of Richard Nixon and his “Southern strategy” the Dems quietly retreated. Their prevailing (more…)
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Honestly looking at family values

■ By Wim Laven / Contributed A recent look at the GOP’s platform on immigration was quite heartbreaking; they want to break up and damage good families. I thought about the people I know, mothers and fathers who’d be deported—if Donald Trump gets his way—and dozens of kids left behind. I took a deeper look at what he’d like to do with legal immigration and felt like crying: if Donald could, he’d have deported my mother. I think I’d be safe. I’m a U.S. citizen born abroad, but, despite a whole career of service to the communities she’d spent decades living in, my mother—the greatest woman I’ve ever known—would not be (more…)