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February 11, 2013
Rise & Opine: Rogue cop, bag ban scares, Texas poker, etc.

Rise & Opine offers opinions on California opinions, three days a week.

Rogue Cop
The fugative hunt for Christopher Dorner is far from over, as I write this. But pundits are getting impatient. Here is what some are saying:

-- Timothy Rutten, writing in the L.A. Daily News, argues for an assault weapons ban, quoting from one of Dorner's online rants: "All the firearms utilized in my activities are registered to me and were legally purchased at gun stores and private party transfers..."

-- George Skelton, writing in the L.A. Times, also questions why someone like Dorner could so easily arm himself. Writes Skelton: "Some law-abiders do become violent criminals. And their kill rate too often increases with their firepower."

-- Hector Villagra, meanwhile, addresses what I see as the more immediate and pressing question -- why L.A. police mistakenly shot Margie Carranza and Emma Hernandez in Torrance. "The public has yet to be told, more fundamentally, how officers could open fire on a vehicle that didn't match the make, color or license plate of the vehicle driven by Christopher Dorner," he writes.


Will a plastic bag ban kill you? Not
Cheers and jeers to Debra J. Saunders for her Sunday column on plastic bag bans. Cheers, because she included a key piece of information about a widely reported study concluding that plastic bag bans add to food poisoning -- the study has not been peer reviewed. Jeers because she and her editors nonetheless headlined the column: "S.F.'s plastic bag ban may be unhealthy."

Texas poker
I could fill up several posts on all the humorous stuff that has been written about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's radio ads and upcoming visit to California to poach businesses from the Golden State. But to the Ventura Star, it ain't funny. The paper thinks Gov. Jerry Brown is being far too flippant.

From our vantage point, Gov. Brown doesn't seem to get it. Texas is, nonetheless, quite serious and determined in its effort to steal jobs away from California workers. And the stakes couldn't be higher for California residents and their families. Already, it's clear that Gov. Perry has targeted a global manufacturing leader based in Ventura County -- Haas Automation.

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About The Swarm

The Swarm is written by members of The Sacramento Bee's editorial board. They meet daily and are separate from the newsroom. Views included here are those of individual writers, and do not necessarily reflect those of a majority of the board or the positions expressed in The Bee's editorials.

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