In summary

A collection of commentaries by Dan Walters over the past week.

It’s time to derail the train to nowhere

While Gov. Newsom downgraded the state’s troubled bullet train project, he couldn’t bring himself to do what’s necessary: pull the plug.

Has Newsom become Governor Gaslight?

President Donald Trump often excoriates journalists when the point out his errors and falsehoods, and now California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, is becoming a gaslighter.

Felony murder law repealed? Maybe not

Last year, the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown virtually repealed California’s “felony murder” law, but a judge has ruled that the repeal is unconstitutional.

Newsom’s activist agenda fits historic trend

Gavin Newsom has a very ambitious agenda as governor, but ambitious governors haven’t fared very well in the past.

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Dan Walters has been a journalist for more than 60 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. He began his professional career in 1960, at age 16, at the Humboldt Times...