Holiday Traditions abound

The holidays are full or traditions, rituals and customs all around the world. My house is no different. There is a wide variety of things that must be done each year some are based in my Norwegian heritage and others are things that have just become the norm for my family. Beginning the day after […]

The year of the outsider: What Kentucky governor’s race portends for presidential election

Let’s get real; There is a lot of angst among the GOP establishment over the outcome of the Kentucky governor’s race. You would think that they would be celebrating the fact that a Republican, Matt Bevin, will control the executive branch in Frankfort for only the second time in four decades. You would think that […]

Supporting California students

Marie Waldron Special to Valley News Education is one of my top priorities in Sacramento. As the mother of a high school student, I am keenly interested in improving California’s schools and test scores. In response, I joined my Assembly colleagues to support a legislative package designed to reform California’s declining education system. The package […]

Boehner’s gone, who’s crying now?

“It stinks!” That was how incoming Speaker of the House Paul Ryan explained the back-room deal hatched by outgoing Speaker John Boehner and Democratic leaders that raised the debt ceiling and put us on automatic pilot to the spending stratosphere through the rest of Obama’s term. Boehner claimed he was “cleaning the barn” before Ryan […]

Honoring our Veterans

Marie Waldron Special to Valley News Veterans Day was first celebrated as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I. The guns officially fell silent at the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month, 97 years ago. Armistice Day later became a national holiday recognizing the bravery and sacrifice of […]

America on slavery’s slippery slope

The average life of a democracy is 200 years. Our country has outlived its expiration date largely because it is a democratic republic with a constitution that guarantees our citizens certain inalienable rights and a government with three co-equal branches, each with checks on the other two. We are now seeing those basic rights eroded […]

The tax fight continues

Marie Waldron Special to Valley News As your Assemblymember, I have been working hard in Sacramento to fight taxes, fees and overreaching government regulations. During my 14-year tenure on the Escondido City Council, I never supported a tax increase and I am continuing that fight in the State Legislature. That is why I have earned […]

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