FROM Jonathan Shapiro
Reforming the State Park System One of California's most valuable assets is the State Park System, which includes coastal beaches, redwood forests and parts of the High Sierra. After decades of budget cuts, it was announced last year that 70 out of 278 parks would have to be closed . Then it was discovered that two special funds had been hidden away totaling $54 million, not close to what was needed, but enough to create a loss of confidence. Now the Little Hoover Commission, California's ongoing investigative agency, says major changes are needed to make sure no parks will be lost.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.