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Barbara Bush’s end-of-life decision stirs debate over ‘Comfort Care’

■ Melissa Bailey and JoNel Aleccia / Kaiser Health News Editor’s note: Former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17. Our sincerest condolences to the Bush family. As she nears death at age 92, former first lady Barbara Bush’s announcement that she is seeking “comfort care” is shining a light — and stirring debate — on what it means to stop trying to fight terminal illness. Bush, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, has been suffering from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to family spokesman Jim McGrath. In a public statement Sunday, the family announced she has decided “not to seek additional medical (more…)
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – April 19, 2018

One lingering question Dear Editor, I have one lingering question regarding the “administrative leave” that Fire Chief Scott Brown was forced to endure. If the leave was not punitive but was to give both Brown and City Manager Allen Parker “some time to reflect on the team building training for the Fire Department’s management and supervisory personnel and to determine the best method for leading the department into the future,” why didn’t Parker get equal time off to reflect? Smacks of punitive to me. Mary Ann Morris Hemet Keep Hemet citizens informed Dear Editor, How does a city manager put a high-ranking city employee on leave and not tell the city (more…)
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Valley Chronicle circulation tops 12,000

■ Chronicle News Service The Valley Chronicle now has a circulation of 12,000 – up from 8,000 just a short time ago – with more than 32,000 readers. The Chronicle today is one of the fastest growing community newspapers in California. On a weekly basis, The Valley Chronicle provides citizens of the San Jacinto Valley with information about local government, local school sports; cultural, entertainment and educational events; public notices; obituaries; letters to the editor; syndicated opinion pieces; a religion section; weekly crime reports, and a monthly business section. In a word, the newspaper offers all the information needed to develop, guide and maintain a knowledgeable public about the latest developments (more…)
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California should copy New Jersey’s union fund takeover, but with one caveat

■ By Steven Greenhut / Contributed New Jersey’s police and fire unions have demanded that the state give them control over their own pension destiny, and have convinced the Legislature to transfer management of their pension fund to a union-controlled board of trustees. Some Garden State residents have denounced the plan as the equivalent of giving unions a “blank check,” given that taxpayers have to pay for all of the trustees’ decisions. But the bill, which is now on the governor’s desk, offers a brilliant solution for New Jersey and even California – provided it’s amended in one simple way. Yes, unions should be free to control their own destiny. Their (more…)
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – April 12, 2018

Resign, Linda Krupa, resign Dear Editor, In the time that Linda Krupa has dictated policy as a councilmember and mayor of the city of Hemet, she has displayed extraordinary incompetence. During her tenure in the city of Hemet, the city has been subjected to off-books accounting. Under Linda Kripa’s tenure as mayor, there were as many as 200 homeless people living inside the old Walmart building and using the open drainage ditch behind that building as a sanitation facility. Linda Krupa’s response to the state auditor’s report: “We don’t want to do that.” Jim Welker, Hemet (more…)
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More California teenagers are pre-registering to vote after March gun violence protests

■ By Mikhail Zinshteyn / EDSOURCE After hundreds of thousands of students nationwide walked out of their classrooms on March 14 to protest a mass shooting at a Parkland, Fl., high school, an open question hung over their discontent: Will the students channel this energy into political activism? In California, there’s new evidence that the answer could be yes. In the three weeks since the March walkouts, there’s been a surge in potential new voters with the pre-registration of 7,090 16 and 17-year-olds between March 14 and April 2. “The uptick in activity is undeniable,” said California Secretary of State Alex Padilla in an interview with EdSource. “Prior to the Parkland (more…)
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Top 4 system could revive state’s Republicans

■ By Thomas D. Elias / Contributed Imagine for a moment that California now had a top four primary election system instead of the top two it now uses. In that alternate – for now – world, the four leading vote-getters in this June’s primary election would advance to the November runoff election rather than just the top two. With two Democrats – Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – currently at or near the top of the seven-person field of credible candidates for governor – no one would have to pay much attention to either of them during the lead-up to this June’s primary. Instead, (more…)
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Ramblin Man: Political speak

■ Dave Porter / Contributed My wife thinks I read too much political news. It started with a simple lunch at a local diner. I was in the mood for liver and onions but I didn’t see it on the menu. So I asked the server. She said they don’t have liver and onions. I decided I should lobby for the dish. “The American people will not stand for this attack on beef liver,” I said. “When did this war on liver begin? If you don’t have liver and onions, will you compromise and bring me liver without the onions?” The server just stared at me. “My good friend,” I continued, (more…)
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Congress must temper Trump’s California vendetta

■ Thomas D. Elias / Columnist This has all the symptoms of a classical political vendetta: At every opportunity, President Trump does whatever he thinks might harm California, which does more to resist his agenda than any other state and which provided the vote margin that saddled him with a popular vote loss in 2016. In just one late-winter week, Trump took three such actions. First, he threatened to pull federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers out of California, predicting a massive crime wave if he did that. Then, his budget director for the second straight year cut out of the next proposed federal budget all $10 million that was (more…)
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – April 5th, 2018

Morning walk Dear Editor, My morning walk is best when I don’t look at the ground due to the amount of trash, in particular cigarette butts. Maybe, we can add a litter tax on cigarettes and employ “litter police.” When was the last time someone got a ticket for littering? Smoke if you want, but you don’t have a right to trash the community with cigarette butts. Done venting for now… Rocky Zharp School massacres and innocent children Dear Editor, I cry for our children—our loving, striving, hopeful learners—whose inalienable right in this land, in this free country, is the chance and the opportunity to grow up to be good citizens, (more…)