Oct 12, 2016 Op-Ed
Trade has become an important political issue in the current election. Although President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to bring the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, up for a vote before he leaves office, nominees of both major political parties publicly oppose the agreement, signaling a shift away from support of free trade. President Bill Clinton fought hard for and won the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Republican Party has been a champion of free trade, while the Democrats have been lukewarm at best, with opposition led by organized labor and environmental groups.
Sep 16, 2016 Op-Ed
Over the past decade, we have seen a shift in our nation’s energy and electricity landscape, presenting new technology and new consumer demand challenges. Congress has yet to address these new dynamics or help build a sustainable energy future.
Jun 9, 2016 Op-Ed
With more predictions of drought-like conditions for California in the near future, it is difficult to find workable solutions when some politicians mislead the public at a critical time for our state’s water supply.
May 17, 2016 Op-Ed
Nuclear energy has provided baseload power to our country for decades, and generates electricity twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It does not emit carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, or nitrogen oxide, making it not only clean but reliable because power plants can run up to two years at a time before needing to go offline for refueling. One nuclear plant can power over 650,000 homes with clean and reliable energy.
Dec 17, 2015 Op-Ed
We can all agree that California has been facing one of the worst droughts in recent history, and we must rise to the challenge. Our state has set the standard for innovative energy use, and we can apply those lessons to our water crisis.
Dec 14, 2015 Op-Ed
The terrorist attacks in Paris followed by the Dec. 2 mass shooting in San Bernardino have sickened us all and forced us to ask what more might be done to prevent future such disasters. One concern that has been raised is that terrorists and criminals may have used encryption to “go dark,” so that our law enforcement and national security personnel could not listen in on what they were planning. The Paris attacks led FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, and others to renew their call for “exceptional access” – the ability to unlock encrypted data on devices made by companies such as Google and Apple.
Mar 3, 2015 Op-Ed
I believe the way we finance campaigns in this country is a threat to our cherished democratic institutions and values. The system contributes to wasteful government spending, political paralysis in Washington and voter apathy.
Jan 19, 2015 Op-Ed
When President Dwight D. Eisenhower took office in 1953, our nation’s roads were a patchwork of local byways and turnpikes that often didn’t connect to one another. Some were well-maintained, while others were impassible at many times of the year. It was difficult to drive between certain cities without adding many hours to the trip — costing the nation billions in fuel costs and productivity. Eisenhower led the effort to modernize our roads and by the time he left office in 1961, construction had begun. This project eventually became our Interstate Highway System, and led to increased mobility and prosperity nationwide.
Jul 7, 2014 Op-Ed
I believe the disturbing revelations of dysfunction in the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system can be an opportunity to transform that system into one that truly serves veterans, if we follow some simple recommendations...
Jun 18, 2013 Op-Ed
Years ago, I graduated from a state university with no student debt and very little financial help from my parents. But times have changed. It is only now — more than 10 years after my youngest child graduated from college — that I will finish paying off my portion of our kids’ college loans. This illustrates the stark contrast between the cost of college education now and from a generation ago. Steadily increasing college tuition costs have outpaced inflation, making a university education out of reach for a large portion of the population.