Contra Costa Times editorial: Detroit pension ruling should be warning to California unions
It's distressing to think about taking away pension benefits for which employees have already worked. That's a last-ditch alternative everyone should seek to avoid. But so is municipal bankruptcy. Labor unions would be wise to join efforts to allow adjustments that would avoid financial collapses.
It would allow Congress to begin focusing on the country's big-picture problems -- modernizing the tax code, accelerating economic growth, reforming the immigration system, increasing class mobility, reducing the long-term deficit -- that have largely been ignored as lawmakers battled over spending levels.
Experienced teachers are vital to success of systems
In an effort to keep educational costs in check, America's cash-strapped states, local school districts and charter schools are hiring less costly novice teachers.
Dan Morain: Why a Texas billionaire cares about Chuck Reed's pension reform campaign
John Arnold is a Texas billionaire who worked for Enron when electricity trading pirates were chortling about stealing "Grandma Millie" blind. That makes him a rich target, or so organized labor hopes.
Eric Swalwell's first year in Congress
The Pleasanton Democrat talks to the Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune editorial board about what he learned in his first year on Capitol Hill and what he hopes to tackle in the future, such as immigration reform, gay rights and privacy protections.
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Susan Boyle has Asperger's syndrome
The singer who became an overnight sensation on “Britain’s Got Talent” calls the diagnosis “a relief” and vows to keep performing.