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California Needs A “Mensch”

California Needs A “Mensch”

  By Richard Colman The words “mensch” in German or Yiddish technically means a person. But, over time, mensch has acquired new meanings.  In Yiddish, a mensch is someone to admire.  In American English, a mensch often means a person who will stand up for what is right. Look at what is going on in […]

Whatever Happened to English?

Whatever Happened to English?

  By Richard Colman, California Political News and Views Americans might not know it, but English is — or was — the national language of the United States.  The Declaration of Independence is written in English.  So is the Constitution.  Until recent decades, people who wanted to be part of American society had to know […]

California is All Wrong on New Housing

California is All Wrong on New Housing

  By Richard Colman The target is 3.5 million new California homes by 2025.  That’s what California’s new Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom wants to see in the Golden State. When it comes to housing, Newsom has things backwards. Instead of encouraging the construction of new housing, Newsom should give people who live in California — […]

The Thrill Is Gone

The Thrill Is Gone

  By Richard Colman “The Thrill is Gone” was a B.B. King hit song in the 1960’s. Today, the thrill is gone from many aspects of modern American society. Politics is no longer is thrilling.  Campaigns used to be fun.  There were campaign buttons, candidates had songs, and one could go to a rally without the […]

California: A Failed State?

California: A Failed State?

  By Richard Colman, California Political News and Views   The famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, once said, “America was tilted, and everything loose was sliding into Southern California.”  If Mr. Wright were alive today, he presumably would be taking about all of California.  What Mr. Wright might also be saying is that California is on the verge […]

State of California Wants to Grab Local Communities’ Land

State of California Wants to Grab Local Communities’ Land

  By Richard Colman Legislation introduced in the California State Senate seeks to grab land from local communities.  Senate Bill 50, sponsored by California State Senate Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will, if enacted, boost housing construction near mass transit lines.  Senate Bill 50 will give the State of California the power to order construction of […]

White Rage in America

White Rage in America

  By Richard Colman Periodically, an anger — perhaps arrogance — appears in the American electorate. Often, the anger means the election of more Republicans although this is not always true.  The anger is palpable when it strikes Middle America, which is made up of people who are neither rich nor poor. California, often a […]

For the Next Generation | A New Republican Party in California

For the Next Generation | A New Republican Party in California

  By Richard Colman Like failing business, the Republican Party in California can reinvent itself with a renewed interest in issues.. The party’s focus should be on the next generation. Here is how the reinvention should be done: EMBRACE THE FUTURE:  The future of California lies in doing what California does best:  agriculture; science; mathematics; […]

Something is Rotten in California

Something is Rotten in California

  By Richard Colman The good, old days:  From 1945 to 1965, California was the place to be. California had jobs, growth, a quality educational system (especially the campuses of the University of California), water projects, freeways, beaches, ski resorts, Yosemite, the redwoods, Hollywood, and places — like Carmel and the Napa Valley — to […]

Ham and Eggs | An Age-old pension movement in California

Ham and Eggs | An Age-old pension movement in California

  By Richard Colman In the 1930’s, during the Great Depression, California had an old-age pension movement called the Ham and Eggs plan.  Under the plan, each person qualified to vote in California, age 50 or over, and unemployed would receive $30 every week.  To keep the plan funded, there would be weekly tax of […]

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