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Patti Hearst pardon

Patricia Hearst is the first person in American history to receive a commutation from one president and a pardon from another, author Jeffrey Toobin writes in his book, "American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst." Hearst had served 22 months of a seven year sentence in federal prison for bank robbery when President Jimmy Carter commuted her sentence - sentence reductions are part of the presidential pardon power embedded in the U.S. Constitution. Later, Bill Clinton pardoned - that is, removed all punishment and restored her civil rights - Hearst. She was one of Clinton ...

August 24, 2016 | | Other Views


Investigative journalism?

When the Washington Post puts its top investigative reporters on the beat of the distant youth of presidential candidates, there's no telling what student scandal they might uncover. In 2012, the Post devoted a 5,400-word, front-page article to breaking the news that at age 17, then-Republican nominee Mitt Romney's "pranks could go too far." He was accused of giving a classmate at Cranbrook School an involuntary haircut, and this was invested with deep meaning across his life.

August 23, 2016 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


The Jorge Toscano success story

Entrepreneurialism is not for everyone; you have to be born with the spark.

August 22, 2016 | AL MONCADA | Other Views


It’s obit time in August

It took a long time, but every record must eventually get broken, and no one is happier about this one than me: Finally, a presidential campaign has had a worse August than we did in 1988. That year, Michael Dukakis came out of the convention with a lead a mile wide and an inch deep, only to turn his campaign plane around and head back to Massachusetts, where he spent August being governor while his lead disappeared.

August 22, 2016 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Insanity once more: Clinton economic plan

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, when in fact the results never change, is one definition of insanity. That goes for economics, too.

August 22, 2016 | Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


Jerry Brown & abuse of eminent domain

As mayor of Oakland in the 2000s, Jerry Brown supported redevelopment. Then he returned to the governor's office in 2011 and inherited a $25 billion budget shortfall. Feeling the squeeze, Brown saw an opportunity to make $1.7 billion by eliminating redevelopment agencies and shifted. He liked redevelopment as mayor, he explained to the League of California Cities, but also: "I didn't quite understand it. It seemed kind of magical. It was the money that you could spend on stuff that they wouldn't otherwise let you spend."

August 20, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump buddies up to Putin

Please, people - stop denigrating Donald Trump as a foreign policy ignoramus.

August 20, 2016 | | Other Views


It ain’t over till it’s over

"I did it my way," crooned Sinatra.

August 19, 2016 | | Other Views


When suspect is armed black & the cop is black

After the death of a young black man by a Milwaukee police officer, riots, looting and fires followed. In one instance, as a gas station burned, people watching chanted, "Black power!" Local news reported that the 23-year-old suspect was not only armed but that he also defied orders to drop his gun. The Milwaukee police chief refused to identify the officer involved, but did say that he was "black." At one time, such a fact would suggest that racism and police brutality were not at play.

August 18, 2016 | | Other Views


Challenges of ‘leaving no trace’

I just got back from hiking 95 miles in the Sierras. (Yes, just like that Reese Witherspoon movie Wild, only far fewer miles.)

August 18, 2016 | | Other Views


Real existential threats

On Sept. 30, the end of fiscal year 2016, the national debt is projected to reach $19.3 trillion.

August 17, 2016 | | Other Views


No need to police SF prosecutors for this case

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi told The San Francisco Chronicle's Karen de Sa it was "positively medieval" for District Attorney George Gascon's office to charge LaSonya Wells for kidnapping after she and two men stole Supervisor Scott Wiener's iPhone 6 in December and accompanied him to an ATM so he could swap his phone for $200.

August 16, 2016 | | Other Views


Reefer madness & politics

For the first time since 1988, both major parties' nominees - Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump - say that they have never smoked or experimented with marijuana (without inhaling).

August 15, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Are our children stats?

Last Thursday at the request of Supervisors, Moses Zapien, and Chuck Winn, I attended the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors Special Session on Education that was held at the San Joaquin County Office of Education's Wentworth Education Center (SJCOE) in Stockton. It was a public hearing, so I needed not an invitation, but I wouldn't have known about it, so I thank both Supervisors for personally inviting me.

August 15, 2016 | | Other Views


Find support group for lingering pain of post-polio syndrome

DEAR DR. ROACH: My dad is 89 and had polio when he was 6. He had to learn to walk again. Over the years, I have watched the pain he has endured. His legs hurt so much that my mom and I would take turns punching the back of his legs, as they would cramp up like a rock. Losing muscle is a side effect of polio, and he has lost almost all of his. He has been in a wheelchair for about seven years. He cannot lie in bed because of a rotator cuff tear that hurts when he ...

August 14, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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Free as you can afford to be

I think of freedom in positive, aspirational terms - as in FDR's "Four freedoms," or in the uplifting songs of freedom sung by oppressed people ...

July 17, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


No good reason for boss to make 347 times more

CEO pay at America's 500 largest companies averaged $13.1 million in 2016. That's 347 times what the average employee makes.

July 17, 2017 | STEVE CLIFFORD | Other Views


Long-term prednisone use comes with risks

July 16, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Why do dogs pant?

DEAR DIDI: Why do dogs pant? -13 year old boy from Manteca

July 16, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Essential oils considered medicine when used for treatment

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you discussed an antihistamine and montelukast for allergies. We use pure essential oil. Lavender is better than drugs ...

July 09, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


1957: Center St. opens across tracks

100 years ago

July 09, 2017 | | Other Views


Keeping freedom and growth in the Fourth

What is the Fourth of July? It's a wonderful time. We're outdoors. We're with family and friends. We're playing golf or ...

July 05, 2017 | | Other Views


Testosterone treatment reserved for men with symptoms

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old male. I receive testosterone injections (in the butt) from my provider every three weeks, and have been receiving ...

July 04, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


A little traveling music, please

"A little traveling music, please," is the signature expression uttered by The Great One, Jackie Gleason on his television show from 1952-1966.

July 04, 2017 | CHUCK ROOTS | Other Views


Is America still a nation?

In the first line of the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson speaks of "one people." The Constitution, agreed upon by the ...

July 03, 2017 | | Other Views


Trump has yet to be clear on intent for Yucca

In October 2016, candidate Donald Trump came to Las Vegas to face the question all presidential hopefuls who think they can win Nevada must face ...

July 03, 2017 | | Other Views


Teen magazines launch the new pronoun wars

Some of the most aggressive cultural propaganda today is coming from magazines for teenagers. The biggest crusade is about sex (yes, as soon as possible ...

June 30, 2017 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


What happened to our wealth?

If you find yourself traveling this summer, take a closer look at America's deteriorating infrastructure - our crumbling roads, sidewalks, public parks, and train and ...

June 30, 2017 | CHUCK COLLINS | Other Views


Thirteen Republican men repeat Hilary’s mistake

They went into a room to write a health care bill. Didn't need any women. For diversity they had Ted Cruz, still famous at ...

June 29, 2017 | | Other Views


Urban America’s underclass: More money not solution

PBS NewsHour aired a story last year about Milwaukee, saying many residents call the city "the worst place to be a black man in America ...

June 29, 2017 | | Other Views


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