Opinion

Vargas: Holiday cheer can turn family gatherings into nightmares

The holiday season had officially begun and for most of us it is a time to gather with family and friends, enjoy their company, reminisce and acknowledge how good life really is. There were many...

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Vargas: Ferguson more damaging to police reputation than Rodney King

As I write this column, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency. The entire country is awaiting the findings of the grand jury empaneled to review the shooting of Michael Brown. The...

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Vargas: Our crime fears don’t match reality

Chapman University just released the findings the first-ever study of American’s fears. The study gives some thoughtful insight into what keeps people up at night and disconcerted about the world...

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Vargas: Officers killed this week are heroes

In the past week four police officers have died at the hands of others in California. Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriffs’ Det. Michael David Davis Jr. were both...

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Guest commentary: Modern police equipment saves lives

The so-called “militarization” of police has become a topic of much conversation since the officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, Mo., exploded on the national scene in August. The issue is...

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Vargas: How we can prevent mass killings

A recent FBI report verified the number of active-shooter incidents in this country is rising. There are many theories about why this is occurring. I support the idea that many of these incidents are...

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‘You walk into the danger zone, engage the suspect and eliminate the threat’

The FBI two weeks ago released a study that took a hard look at active shooters incidents in the U.S. from 2000 to 2013. The Department of Homeland Security definition of an active shooter is "an...

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Vargas: Despite the noise, public still supports police

You might have read about the surprising findings of a recent USC-Los Angeles Times poll: Turns out 82 percent of the public acknowledged that police have a tough job - and, for the most part, do it...

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Vargas: Obama wrong to blame police for social problems

President Obama went out of his way to address the issues of police and race at the recent congressional black caucus banquet. While speaking about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., he...

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Vargas: Friday’s shootout fourth recent example of armored police vehicles saving lives

Friday night the Anaheim Police Department was faced with a perilous situation. An armed robbery suspect was cornered in a large parking lot full of cars. The desperate and fleeing robbers had...

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