Confronting the China energy threat

When I taught English in China in 1987 my students told me that China would catch up economically to the United States in 20 years. I, and the other foreign teachers, laughed to ourselves—we saw the poor living conditions, the dominance of bicycles over cars, the poor roads, the outdated technology and shoddy infrastructure. Surely […]

Democracy for Iraq – but what about California?

Americans pride themselves on living in a democracy—and almost alone in the world see themselves as having a special responsibility to spread democracy. Iraq is the latest in a long list of countries the United States has sought to help become democratic, and it will not be the last. Indeed, doing so has become a […]

Is Iraq another Vietnam?

Is Iraq another Vietnam? The question is being asked more often as the numbers of fallen U.S. soldiers steadily increases, and it appears to some that a quagmire is in the making. There are important differences, however, in Vietnamese and Iraqi history and society, which make these conflicts unique and their outcomes likely to be […]

Protecting Marcus Wesson protects us all

In June Marcus Wesson was convicted of murdering nine of his own children, children he fathered with his daughters and nieces, and at the end of summer Fresno city and county police, prosecutors, public defenders, jailers and judges are still counting the financial cost. The money—well over $1 million and including everything from the $31 […]

Reflections on a school dress code

My first encounter with public school dress codes was in fall 1997, when the Sanger Unified School District initiated new policies and my son Jeff had to completely change his wardrobe to meet the requirements. From a purely practical standpoint, our family was not very happy at the outset. The new dress code meant either […]