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Scott Martelle

Scott Martelle spent more than 30 years in newsrooms before moving to opinion writing. He has covered presidential elections, books and publishing, and countless other topics in a career given mostly to general assignment reporting. Martelle is the author of several history books, and previously worked as a journalist in Western New York and Detroit, where he honed an interest in labor issues. A native of Maine, he lives with his wife in Irvine, where they raised their two sons.
Tobacco and alcohol companies have to post warnings about their products. Why do gun vendors get a pass?

The King County Board of Health recently ordered all county gun vendors to post warnings of the increased risks of danger from possession of a firearm. That's a sane, if baby-step, idea.

Orange County is blue and Richard Nixon is rolling in his grave

The morning after Election Day, it looked like Orange County Democrats had once again fallen behind Republican candidates. But as the vote county progressed, things began falling their way.

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