Coronavirus Crisis Brings Out Newspapers Importance–and Vulnerabilities

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

News sites have pushed most everything aside to report and explain the pandemic that has hit the planet. But despite this service, because of the economic downfall accompanying the virus, newspapers are in jeopardy. While the image of broadcast media dominating the news-cycle is keyed by the daily televised press conferences of public officials, newspapers […]

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Brown’s Decision on Funding Medical Supplies Understandable at the Time, Not Later

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Should Gov. Jerry Brown be blamed for the lack of California medical supplies? Hindsight is an unsympathetic observer. It often measures past events by current circumstances. Brown’s decision of not continuing the funding of the state’s built-up medical supply reserves at the time he was facing a huge budget deficit is understandable—but an opportunity to […]

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School Grades in the Time of Crisis

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The front page story in the Los Angeles Times Sunday dealt with problems of issuing fair school grades in the time of the COVID-19 emergency. For those of us who were in college during the Vietnam War, the question of appropriate grading policy at a time of closed classrooms due to an external crisis is […]

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Drumbeats About Cuomo for President. What About Newsom?

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

John Fund, one time California legislative staffer before he started a distinguished journalism career, asked in his recent National Review column if a Draft Cuomo movement could supplant Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee for president to take on Donald Trump. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is getting like positive notices for his performance during the coronavirus […]

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COVID-19 and the Coming Rent Control Initiative

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

A move to prevent evictions from rental apartment units during the coronavirus crisis could gather steam now that the governor has pledges from some of the biggest banks to give victims of the coronavirus a reprieve on mortgage payments. Landlords, with an eye on a coming rent control ballot measure, would find it in their […]

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In a Crisis and Beyond: All for One; One for All

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

A number of newspaper columns have emerged since the struggle with the coronavirus took hold praising both government’s crucial role in a crisis and the sacrifices of workers who are in the front lines. They should be acknowledged. But also brought into clear focus is the importance of business to our everyday way of life […]

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During Time of Crisis Property Tax is Stable—for Now

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The state of California is bracing for a hit in revenue because of the COVID-19 crisis. Income taxes, sales taxes and corporate taxes, the three pillars holding up the state budget, are expected to fall precipitously. Property taxes, however, may not be reduced much, if at all, thanks to California’s Proposition 13 property tax system.  […]

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It is a Good Time to Pave the Roads if We Listen & Stay at Home

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to isolate at home means citizens should take the opportunity to catch up with reading, TV viewing, walks and spending time with family. Assuming people adhere to the governor’s order—more on that in a moment–there is an opportunity for government as well—with little traffic it’s a good time to pave the […]

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Newsom’s Stay-at-Home Rope-a-Dope Strategy is Logical

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

With Governor Gavin Newsom’s mandatory stay-at-home order to confront the coronavirus plague, think of the state of California as a pugilist adopting the rope-a-dope strategy. Newsom’s plan for people to dispel COVID-19’s power by staying at home until the virus’s strength dissipates makes sense. Made famous by heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali, the rope-a-dope strategy has […]

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Covering School Funding in Time of Crisis

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The COVID-19 crisis has interfered with many functions that could result in long-term changes. At-home workers might become more plentiful after the crisis passes (perhaps even helping to solve the problem of crowded freeways); limited sports seasons may lead to fewer games in the future on basketball and baseball schedules; and even consideration of California’s […]

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