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Echoes of boot camp

Even though it has been nearly fifty years since I joined the United States Marine Corps, the memories, shared experiences with my fellow recruits, and the era in which we joined are a permanent part of me. It was October of 1969 and I was off to MCRD San Diego. For the uninitiated, MCRD is the acronym for Marine Corps Recruit Depot, better known simply as Boot Camp. Parris Island, the East Coast boot camp, is perhaps better known to the public.

August 28, 2016 | CHUCK ROOTS | Other Views


Don’t kill death penalty

Opponents of California's death penalty have been highly successful at thwarting executions since the state resumed executions in 1992 after a 20-year hiatus. Their latest ploy is Proposition 62, which would repeal the death penalty and resentence death row inmates to life without parole. Measure sponsors argue that capital punishment presents the risk of executing an innocent person, but also state that California's death penalty is "simply unworkable."

August 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Is Comedy Central racist?

Comedy Central frustrated racial bean counters across America when it abruptly canceled "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" for the obvious reason: It "hasn't resonated." Its ratings were terrible, and nothing it aired went viral. It was a desperate stretch when one Wilmore staffer described their audience as "small, but (mighty)."

August 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Lots of smoke, Hillary

Prediction: If Hillary Clinton wins, within a year of her inauguration, she will be under investigation by a special prosecutor on charges of political corruption, thereby continuing a family tradition.

August 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Hidden homeless population

Most children in the United States spend their school days dreaming of their next birthday party or worrying whether they're popular enough. Not America's homeless youth.

August 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump speaks, media translates

"Do you ever get tired of defending Donald Trump?" a critic asked.

August 25, 2016 | | Other Views


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


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What Attorney General Jeff Sessions doesn’t understand about medical pot

On Jan. 4, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole memo, a 2013 document that limits federal enforcement of marijuana laws.

January 15, 2018 | | Other Views


She phubbs me, she phubbs me not: Why Smartphones could be ruining your love life

The majority of our relationships are in shambles.

January 15, 2018 | | Other Views


Heartburn and indigestion: Is there a cure?

DEAR DR. ROACH: What cures heartburn and indigestion? -- R.G.

January 14, 2018 | | Other Views


Oprah’s Golden Globes lecture

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hosts the Golden Globes, may have provided the rocket fuel for Oprah Winfrey for President in 2020. Her acceptance ...

January 14, 2018 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Book thrown at Trump

As a candidate for president, Donald Trump assured voters that, if elected, he would hire "the best people." It was a claim that suggested Trump ...

January 07, 2018 | | Other Views


Their dog goes nuts when kids next door bounce on trampoline

DEAR DIDI: My husband and I have a Toy Poodle/Shih Tzu cross. The neighbors behind us have children. They put a trampoline against the ...

January 07, 2018 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


PAC without symptoms needn’t raise an alarm

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 72-year-old man in excellent health and physical condition. I ride a bicycle 60 miles a week, and I generally ...

January 07, 2018 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


The Grinchy Washington Post folks

Liberals at the Washington Post didn't seem to have a merry Christmas this year. They were seriously unhappy about the fact that anyone would ...

January 01, 2018 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Social Security update for 2018

It has been my custom for most of the past 20 years to write a year-end column that summarizes the Social Security changes and updates ...

December 29, 2017 | Tom MARGENAU | Other Views


Wanting what you have

New Years is when we make resolutions aimed at change: a new body (the diet resolution), a new partner (or any), a new job (or ...

December 29, 2017 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Hepatitis vaccines, past and present

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have some questions about hepatitis vaccines. I live in Los Angeles, and have recently seen a few articles in the local ...

December 17, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Can math predict what you’ll do next?

Good scientists are not only able to uncover patterns in the things they study, but to use this information to predict the future.

December 17, 2017 | DANIEL J. DENIS | Other Views


Why do dogs flip out when doorbell rings?

DEAR DIDI: My dog flips out every time the doorbell goes off! I even asked my regular guests to knock instead and now he flips ...

December 17, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Trump’s right about one thing: US Senate should end its 60-vote majority

As the dramatic and traumatic first year of the Trump presidency nears the finish line, with major legislative struggles over tax legislation and the budget ...

December 17, 2017 | DANIEL WIRLS | Other Views


End of free and open Internet?

Free and open access to the internet is a virtuous democratic principle known as "net neutrality."

December 17, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


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