Opinion

A plea for the Nurse Licensure Compact

A nurse dons protective gloves in a unit dealing with coronavirus cases. (Photo: David Herraez Calzada)

OPINION: We have all witnessed the chaos which has enveloped healthcare facilities as they try to respond to such an unprecedented calamity. State governments have been critically challenged with developing measures to ensure public health and safety.

Opinion

‘Teal Deal:’ Add blue to the Green New Deal

Big Sur at sunset. (Photo: S. Borisov, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: As policymakers prepare to vote in June on the new state budget while facing a massive budget deficit, we want to highlight a source of solutions largely absent from the discussion which can help spur an equitable economic recovery for all Californians.

Opinion

Summer camp? Now, more than ever, we need it

One of the joys of summer camp: gathering around the campfire. (Photo: Volodya Senkiv, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: As a team that works on developing, producing, and running cool camp programs, most of us can’t think of a more challenging time.  The old adage “nailing Jello to a tree” rings true as we plan for what camp in this current environment might look like.  Just when we think we’ve got something solved, a new hurdle or change comes about.

Opinion

COVID-19: Resist expanding worker’s comp benefits

Photo illustration of a workers' compensation insurance form. (Image: Lane V. Erickson, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: During this time of unprecedented disruption, it is easy for some to take advantage of the chaos and push their own agenda. Our elected officials need to lead and protect us all against any overreach that will harm our state’s economic recovery — including an overreach of workers’ compensation benefits that would decimate small businesses

Opinion

Telehealth: Keep it robust after the pandemic

A photo illustration of a doctor using telehealth to provide care to a patient via the internet. (Image: Agenturfotografin, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: The need for infection prevention opened the door for telehealth, and we cannot let that door slam shut after the pandemic. Telehealth is essential to expanding people’s access to health care and the health system’s capacity.

Opinion

In power shutoffs, lead batteries can play critical role

A storage batter array at a power plant. (Photo: Chompunoi, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: There is a growing concern that increasing the state’s reliance on fossil-fuel backup power options already in use by many Californians will keep power on at the expense of increased emissions of toxic air contaminants and greenhouse gases. These same systems may also create additional fire risks.

Opinion

Teledentistry of key importance during pandemic

Photo illustration of using online communication to address health issues. (Photo: PENpics Studio, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: Telehealth is quickly becoming the new norm as the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to innovative telemedicine technology, medical professionals are able to treat patients without having to travel to the doctor’s office which reduces costs, saves time, reduces pressure on the healthcare system and helps stop the COVID-19 spread.

Opinion

It’s all too much

Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed in Georgia. A former police officer and his son have been accused in the killing. (Family photo)

OPINION: I don’t know about you, but I’m just about done. This whole lockdown/COVID-19 experience has been draining, stressful and overarchingly tragic from the get-go, but lately it’s been getting far worse.

Opinion

Energy storage is vital to our power grid

An illustration of an energy-producing, energy-storage system. (Image: petrmalinak, via Shutterstock)

OPINION:< There are current and new emerging storage technologies to help address our need for storage that can hold very large amounts of energy. The problem is we don’t currently have the right processes in place to get these types of projects built.

Opinion

Coronavirus: Our skilled nursing facilities are crucial

An illustration of the functions of a skilled nursing facility. (Image: Kheng Guan Toh, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: As the coronavirus pandemic progresses, it’s become increasingly evident that its most pervasive threat is to vulnerable older adults with underlying health conditions. In California, across America and around the world, the virus’ toll has been most severe in places where that population is concentrated.

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