Intense tents

The GOP range these days goes from hard right to extremist cuckoo bird ■ Bob Franken / Columnist Some will remember that Ronald Reagan used to describe the GOP as a “big tent,” meaning it had room for a large spectrum of approaches to government, from nearly liberal to arch-conservative. Well, his alleged “big tent”…

The great migration myth

If California’s out-migration indicates failure, every other state is a basket case ■ Dave Marin / Contributed Tell me if you’ve heard this story before: thanks to sky-high housing costs, over-taxation, and/or failed liberal policies, Californians—especially the middle class—are fleeing the state. There’s one huge flaw: Californians aren’t actually leaving the state at anything like…

Brown must sign Disclose Act for his legacy

■ Thomas D. Elias / Columnist Most attention given putative new laws passed in the waning moments of this year’s legislative session in Sacramento has gone to items like a “sanctuary state” compromise, making California safer for non-criminal undocumented immigrants and measures to move the state’s next presidential primary up into early March. But the…

Access denied?

Hemet City Council should reject median project ■ Rob Lindquist / Contributed In 1983 I owned a bicycle shop just across Florida Avenue from where Hemet’s current City Hall stands. At that time, all the street-side properties, the downtown stores, banks, car dealers, motels, restaurants and the new Hemet Mall faced the town’s existing four-lane…

Accurate ‘Fake News’

■ Bob Franken / Columnist Trump supporters, you’re right, and no, that’s not a play on words, as in, “You’re far to the right if you support Donald Trump, whether you admit it or not.” At best, you’ve accepted his message of hatefulness, so that makes you a hater, at least implicitly. Still that’s not…