KEVIN CHAVOUS: A Good Education By Any Means Necessary

(OPINION) – At age 6, Mical spent the majority of his first school year kicked out of class for behavioral issues, including angry and violent outbursts. His Great Aunt and legal guardian, Martha Presley, was worried sick about Mical and his future. At such a young age, he seemed destined for failure and even worse, […]

RICHARD PAN: State Fair Offers Best of Our State

OPINION – What’s not to love about the California State Fair? Whether you come for the splash dogs, concerts, cooking demonstrations, scientific wonders, award-winning California wines or the funnel cake, the fair brings the best our state has to offer, right in our own backyard. This year’s fair was extra sweet, as it was great […]

TIANA BURSE: Contentment: Friend or Foe?

OPINION- Alison Krauss once stated: “I don’t look for bliss just contentment.” In life we sometimes find ourselves in a crossroad of sorts. An intersection where being grateful for where we landed in life connects with becoming content and settling in a universe filled with endless possibilities. A few nights ago I found myself in […]

LYNNIS WOODS: Maximizing Your Wellness During The Summer

OPINION – It Summer!! A great time of the year to get outdoors, enjoy the weather and perhaps make a couple of lifestyle changes for your wellness that you can incorporate throughout the year.  Below are a few wellness essentials to help you stay well and thrive throughout the summer and beyond. Hydration  – We […]


OPINION – As I write I think back to the times I begin to question self. I am threatened by something. It could be that “little committee” talking in my head that seems to make up ways for me to question me. Oh that “committee” seems way too familiar with events in my life that seemed […]

TIANA BURSE: Progress Equals Happiness

OPINION – Frederick Douglass once stated: “Where there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Numerous times a day I receive a mass of emails and social media messages from both men and women sharing with me what they are going through in their life as well as their business. While they are in fact […]

MASHEA ASHTON: Education Reformers Must Unite Around 3 Goals

OPINION – It’s fair to say the ultimate goal of the education reform movement, and the education community in general, is to ensure that all students – no matter where they live or what their background is – have access to a high-quality education. This is a big and intimidating challenge, an addressing it requires […]

HOWARD FULLER: Not all School Choice Helps Low income Students

OPINION – I have been and continue to be a strong supporter of the fight to provide low income and working class parents with the power to choose the best educational options for their children. I joined this fight over 25 years ago because I believed it is one of the levers that addresses the […]

TIANA BURSE: The Gift of Ignorance

OPINION – Mark Twain once stated: “All you need is ignorance and confidence and then success is sure.” A few days ago I ran across a social media pandemonium of sorts. Counting on my own level of knowledge I began to write a status that caused many to believe in me while at the same […]

LYNNIS WOODS: Make You a Priority

OPINION – Can you possibly heal if you don’t take care of yourself? Every woman I know takes care of this that and the other thing too besides herself! What happens when illness, fatigue, grief and all-around weariness comes? Can you possibly heal yourself if you don’t take care of yourself? Short answer: NO! The […]