California was once the land of opportunity. Since 1848 when John Marshall discovered gold in the Sierra Nevada foothills, people have flocked to the Golden State for jobs, sunshine and opportunity.
California’s lush Napa Valley is packed with thriving vineyards and wineries. In contrast, the surrounding hills are parched and dry, a reminder of what the valley was like before irrigation.
The federal government is borrowing a trillion dollars to fund its massive stimulus plan, California is broke, the feds have taken over car companies and banks, and the national unemployment rate is 9.5 percent and rising. Nevertheless, bills moving through Congress would spend an additional $1 trillion on health-care reform — an expenditure President Obama says is crucial to the nation’s economic recovery. This, say supporters, is the only way to return the U.S. to prosperity.
Really? Perhaps they should take a look at what’s happening in Texas.
In Texas, business is booming. In 2008, 70 percent of all jobs created in the United States were created in Texas.
In the Aug. 18 primary Seattle voters will decide whether to reject a new fee aimed at reducing the use of paper and plastic bags.
Referendum 1 would let voters have their say on an ordinance passed last year by the Seattle City Council. The measure would impose a 20-cent fee for each disposable paper and plastic bag dispensed at drug stores, grocery stores and convenience stores. Shopping bags from department stores are exempt, as are bags from “big box” warehouse stores.
Recently, the Associated Press reported that hundreds of New York City public school teachers accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct are being paid full salary with benefits to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just doing what they please.