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In California’s 41st Congressional District election, the two candidates — Republican Ken Calvert and Democrat Will Rollins — seem to agree on one thing, and one thing only: Voters have a stark choice on Nov. 8.
After interviewing both men and reviewing their records and platforms, we concur, and the best choice is Rollins.
Calvert has been representing parts of the Inland Empire in Congress for three decades. Due to accurate redrawing of district boundaries, District 41 has shifted east to include Palm Springs, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert and Indian Wells.
We don’t take this endorsement lightly. Calvert has sponsored important legislation, including the e-Verify system and many bills related to water in California. He worked to keep March Air Force Base from closing, protecting local jobs. He’s an experienced legislator, and seniority in Congress often is directly correlated with getting things done for folks back home. Rollins, like any freshman member of Congress, will have a steep learning curve.
But we believe Rollins, a former federal prosecutor and federal court law clerk who is thoughtful and well-informed, is more than up to the task. Moreover, Rollins’ outlook is more modern, more nuanced, more moderate and more aligned with the outlook of this recently diversified district, particularly voters in the Coachella Valley.
Although Calvert is a lifelong Riverside County resident, Rollins demonstrates an impressive familiarity with Coachella Valley priorities – such as improved rail connectivity, east valley water infrastructure, a four-year university and solutions for the Salton Sea.
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When asked about the Salton Sea, Calvert noted that he’s a former chair of the Salton Sea Authority, and the No. 2 minority member of the water and energy subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. “Makeup water and a drain, that’s the long-term solution,” Calvert told us when asked what the Salton Sea needs. “I’m second ranking on energy and water appropriations. I’m the guy who can … get this thing done.”
Yet if that’s true, why hasn’t Calvert “gotten this thing done” already? After all, Calvert was heavily involved in the Quantification Settlement Agreement 20 years ago that began the acceleration of the Salton Sea’s shrinkage and attendant rise in salinity.
On the immigration front, even as our tourism and agriculture operations struggle for workers, Calvert says the U.S. will need to “automate” and “use labor smarter.” He says he’s in favor of a “workable” guest worker program, but again, Calvert has had many years to get something done on that front and offered few specifics. Meanwhile, he’s still pushing the Trump border wall.
Rollins, on the other hand, understands that instead of a “dumb wall,” real investments in smart technology and our border patrol and immigration court system would do more to secure the southern border — in addition to a long-term, clear path to citizenship and a guest worker program.
More broadly, Rollins seems to have a sophisticated knowledge of technology and where it is leading us — positively and negatively — as a society. We believe his understanding of Big Tech, social media and the threat players like China and Russia pose in terms of cyberterrorism and disinformation, would make him an informed legislator on such critical topics, where the law is struggling to keep pace with innovation.
At the same time, Calvert’s positions on multiple issues, from gun control to climate change, seem retrograde and a bit out of touch. For example, he refused to support the bipartisan red-flag gun bill passed by Congress after the tragic school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, and says such shootings are a “culture issue.”
We trust Rollins will speak out for and defend equal rights for LGBTQ+ Americans, a course Calvert has been, at best, mum on throughout his career and one that is vitally important to so many in our valley.
We also believe Rollins is more mainstream when it comes to reproductive rights. Although Calvert now says he supports making abortion available in the case of rape and incest and threats to a mother’s life, he joined 125 other House Republicans in signing an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Now that the court has acted as Calvert wanted, many women who are impregnated through rape or incest have nowhere to turn.
Calvert comes across as a congenial fellow, and likes to tout his experience working with Democrats like Sen. Dianne Feinstein on infrastructure and other issues. But his positions on most syllabus sit far to the right, and he says unequivocally that his mission is to “defeat the Biden agenda.” That kind of intransigence is not what our extremely divided country needs right now.
While Rollins is clearly liberal, he has worked across the aisle, serving in the administration of Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was governor of California. We expect Rollins will pragmatically look for allies outside his own party to get things done where he can.
Calvert participated alongside Rollins in an endorsement interview with the Desert Sun Editorial Board, but he refused to partake in a similar interview with the L.A. Times and turned down an invitation from The Desert Sun for a televised debate with Rollins. We wonder why, if he’s so proud of his accomplishments, he has been reluctant to defend them in a public forum.
That’s a shame, because it would have given voters here in the Coachella Valley a chance to become more familiar with his record, and judge for themselves whether they wanted to support him.
Electing someone just because they’ve been in Congress a long time is not a good reason to keep doing so. If elected, Rollins would be just about as old as Calvert was when he started representing Riverside County in Congress in 1992.
District 41 has changed, and it’s time for a change in who represents it. Will Rollins is our choice for District 41.
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This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Endorsement District 41: In the U.S. House, Will Rollins would be the best rep for valley
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MILLIONS of teenagers go online for help on everything from hair hacks to financial planning - but when it comes to relationship advice - mum still knows best.
The study of 1,000 10-17 year-olds found they will also turn to dad for health tips, homework and revising - although teachers are preferred when they need help with exams.
Cooking tips, make-up advice and baking are the most common things teens will get tips about online.
While others will look for help on how to manage their finances, sports skills and puberty.
And they will turn to TikTok or Instagram for revision tips and advice on applying for jobs.
When it comes to relationships, 23 per cent will turn to their mum, but 11 per cent have tried getting help from YouTube videos.
Emma Abrahams, spokesperson for Lloyd’s Bank, which commissioned the research to highlight its Smart Start account, said: “Although children are turning online first for advice on fashion and make-up, our research shows that parents are usually still the first port of call for financial advice.
“We also found just over a third (38 per cent) of children say they started to understand the value of money between the ages of 13 to 15.
"And 29 per cent have learnt this from having their own bank account - highlighting that it’s never too early for parents to start teaching their children good money habits.”
The research also found one in three of those polled prefer seeking advice online to avoid the ‘awkwardness’ of asking someone face to face.
YouTube was deemed the most valuable online resource among youngsters, selected by 41 per cent.
And while 35 per cent believe their parents have helped them understand the value of money, 22 per cent have turned to social media content to understand finances.
This was followed by Facebook (33 per cent), Instagram (30 per cent) and TikTok (27 per cent).
More than one in 10 (14 per cent) have felt panic about asking someone for advice about relationships, and 13 per cent have tried to avoid talking about money or finances.
It also emerged 56 per cent of Britain’s teens and pre-teens believe videos are the most effective way of learning through social media, while 49 per cent find it easiest to learn from someone talking directly to the screen.
In an average week, youngsters ask for advice three times, according to the OnePoll research.
And in the past 12 months, they have needed advice on finances (13 per cent), relationships (14 per cent) and peer pressure (11 per cent).
The research also quizzed the teens’ parents, and found they also leaned heavily on their parents for advice.
Author, psychotherapist, and mother of three, Anna Mathur, said: “In a world of next day delivery, instant online purchases, and tap payments without receipts, we need to be more intentional about teaching our children good money habits.
“This means making sure that they’re receiving the advice from trusted sources, whether that be online or from parents, friends, and teachers.
“Our generation have seen the biggest shift in how we use, save, and spend money. We remember cash only purchases, whereas our children may experience a future where physical cash or even plastic cards are a rarity.
“For this reason, it’s more important than ever to help our kids navigate the topic.
“Savings charts, pocket money, shopping lists, and just generally talking about the world of finance with our kids are great ways to teach them about the value of money at a young age.”
Lloyds Bank is also working with influencers Charlotte (@lookingafteryourpennies), Kia (@penniestopounds), and Savannah Miller (@savannahmiller) to demonstrate how older generations can inspire kids to be responsible with their finances through open communication both face-to-face and online.
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Protecting children, reducing high-speed highway crashes and preventing gun theft are some of the aims of hundreds of new Maryland state laws going into effect Saturday.
Maryland lawmakers and Gov. Larry Hogan ushered 783 bills from start to finish during the General Assembly’s 90-day session earlier this year. Many of those bills went into effect immediately or during the summer.
Hundreds more were scheduled to officially kick-in Saturday, including an expansion of the state’s “move over” law, new security requirements for gun shop owners and a law that no longer allows 15- and 16-year-olds to marry.
Here’s a glimpse at those measures and more.
Advocates against child marriage had tried for years to raise Maryland’s minimum marrying age of 15.
“This change was long overdue to protect Maryland’s children and to end the state’s reputation as a destination for child marriage,” said the Tahirih Justice Center, a national nonprofit organization seeking to eliminate child marriage, in a statement after the bill’s passage.
The new law raises the age to 17, allowing a 17-year-old to marry only if each living parent or guardian gives consent or, in the case of a female, if she is pregnant or has given birth.
Some advocates said those provisions were “loopholes” that allow an outdated and potentially dangerous practice of forced marriage to continue.
Del. Vanessa Atterbeary, a Howard County Democrat who was the bill’s prime sponsor, said it was a compromise after fighting for the last seven sessions.
Atterbeary said she still hopes to raise the minimum age to 18, but she and others were able to work in “significant safeguards” for those who are 17. Beyond parental consent or pregnancy, a judge must decide that marrying is in the best interest of the child. The child also must be the one to petition the court — rather than a parent or guardian — and they must be provided information on human trafficking and their legal rights.
“We are not going to become a destination for child brides, thank goodness, with the passage of this legislation,” Atterbeary said.
According to Unchained At Last, a nonprofit focused on ending child marriage that opposed the compromise bill, more than 3,500 children were married in Maryland from 2000-19.
Another major change involving minors will require law enforcement officers to contact parents and an attorney before interrogating children or teenagers.
A police officer’s failure to make those contacts could make any statements by a child inadmissible in court.
The ACLU of Maryland applauded the new law, citing statistics that show 90% of children waive their rights in such situations and that the percentage of children who make false confessions is three times higher than those of all age groups. The protections are essential for Black children who are disproportionately represented in the justice system, the group said.
“This new law will make a difference because every day in Maryland, children entangled in the legal justice system have been questioned without a parent, guardian, or attorney present,” said Yanet Amanuel, public policy director for the ACLU of Maryland, in a statement. “But no longer should children have to endure the injustice of facing criminal charges, prosecution, and incarceration without their basic due process rights protected.”
The bill was one of several that Hogan vetoed but the supermajority Democratic-controlled General Assembly overturned.
Notifying parents and recording the interrogations of children are positive steps, but mandating a consultation with an attorney “will effectively eliminate the ability for law enforcement to interrogate a youth,” Hogan wrote in his veto letter.
“At a time where the public is concerned about increases in juvenile crime, this bill removes a crucial tool from the toolbox in the investigation of criminal activity and the administration of justice,” the governor wrote.
Firearms dealers are required to bolster their security provisions starting Saturday under a new law intended to prevent gun theft.
Under the new rules, licensed dealers must store firearms in a vault, safe or other secure method outside of normal business hours or beef up security measures for the building. Those include a burglary alarm system, video surveillance, protections on doors and windows, such as metal doors or bars, and, when necessary, physical barriers to prevent a vehicle from breaching the building.
Hogan, whose veto of this bill was overturned, wrote in his veto letter that the change creates a “one — size — fits — all policy, and fails to take into account the fact that some of these businesses are not big box stores and may be operated out of one’s home, where physical security features may not be able to be installed.”
There were 404 active regulated firearms dealers in Maryland as of Sept. 29.
Maryland State Police spokeswoman Elena Russo said state police staff personally contacted each dealer for compliance and all but three were in compliance as of Thursday.
In 2021, 152 firearms were stolen or lost by licensed dealers in the state, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Drivers must change lanes or slow down to avoid close calls with any stopped vehicle showing warning signals under an expansion of the state’s “move over” law.
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Moving over on the highway has been required when driving past tow trucks, police cars and ambulances that had stopped and were showing flashing lights.
“Moving over, or slowing down, isn’t much to ask to help keep everyone safe on our roadways,” Maryland Transportation Secretary Jim Ports said at a news conference Thursday in front of an enlarged photo of an SUV that had crashed into an MDOT emergency vehicle.
The emergency response technician who had driven the vehicle in the photo, Richard Reeves, said it was just two weeks ago when he was standing next to his vehicle at 3:45 a.m. on Interstate 83 near the Baltimore City-county line when the crash occurred.
He acknowledged the new law may not have stopped his crash but said it will prevent others.
“This same situation can happen to anybody, whether it’s an impaired driver, a distracted driver, someone that’s simply reaching into their passenger seat to grab an item,” Reeves said. “While ‘move over, slow down’ might sound like just another law, it’s not. It’s a life saver.”
The penalties for not following the new law are a potential $110 fine and a point on the motorist’s driver’s license. It increases to a $150 fine and three license points if the motorist causes a crash, and a $750 fine if it leads to a serious injury or death.
Additional laws in effect as of Saturday include:
If you create this model, the Earth and Sun should be about 23 metres apart.
If you wanted to walk to the edge of the solar system (where the planet Neptune would be) you would have to walk thirty times further than you have done. That is nearly half a mile away!
Imagine trying to throw a pebble to hit your bit of sticky tack half a mile away, it would be very difficult indeed!
Rocket scientists face a similar challenge when they send spacecraft to explore these distant planets. Their calculations and models need to be very precise to achieve these ambitious goals.
Guest speaker Ted Reinstein will present "New England General Stores: Exploring an American Classic," at the Foxborough Historical Society's meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25.
The presentation starts at 7 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room of the Boyden Library, 10 Bird St.
The general store, as old as America itself, harkens back to a simpler time and a more innocent and rural nation. It was a homey and familiar place where you could buy the paper, penny candy, four-penny nails, or simply tarry on a cold winter morning over a cup of hot coffee with a neighbor or two. Long before “Cheers,” the general store was the vital and inviting heart of a community, where everyone not only knew your name, but how you took that coffee, how many kids you had, and how’s your dad doing, anyway?
Reinstein is best known in New England as a journalist and reporter for “Chronicle,” Boston’s celebrated —and America’s longest-running, locally-produced — TV newsmagazine.