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Along with many Americans, I watched President Obama's State of the Union speech last night. He is probably the most eloquent speaker that many of us have ever heard. He makes salient points on many issues that concern us, such as gun control and global warming. I do, however, have a few questions on some of his open-ended thoughts.

February 13, 2013 | By MARK LAURORA Manteca Resident | Other Views


Bickering over building Bay Bridge

In his column Sunday, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown wrote that on Labor Day weekend, he'll be preening at the Bay Bridge opening ceremony, taking credit for obstructing plans to rebuild the Bay Bridge so that it could be the "the world-class wonder" he knows it will be.

February 13, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Battle for control of GOP begins

Karl Rove has declared war on grassroots conservatives and Tea Parties. Rove, who had the richest super PAC in 2012 (American Crossroads, which reportedly spent $300 million in the 2012 election cycle), has started a new fund called Conservative Victory Project to spend big bucks in the 2014 Republican primaries to defeat Republican candidates not approved by the Establishment.

February 12, 2013 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


A godly man in an ungodly age

"To govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me."

February 11, 2013 | By PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


High time to legalize hemp

Four years ago, Michelle Obama picked up a shovel to make a powerful symbolic statement about America's food and farm future: She turned a patch of White House lawn into a working organic garden.

February 11, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


State of the Union date night

This year, for the State of the Union address, Democrats and Republicans (those who can find "dates," anyway) will be sitting together. It is supposed to be a signal to the nation of bipartisanship - at least the kind that allows people from opposite parties, as we used to do decades ago, to put their differences aside at the end of the day.

February 10, 2013 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


Worse than waterboarding

On Tuesday, NBC released a confidential Department of Justice paper concluding that our government can authorize the use of drones to kill targeted terrorist leaders, including U.S. citizens abroad. This story bares the dividing line between honest liberals - such as Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the American Civil Liberties Union and the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board, all of whom opposed some of the harsher anti-terrorism tactics employed under President George W. Bush's administration and under the current administration - and rank opportunists, such as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who ...

February 10, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Workers’ road back to serfdom

The ancestors of many Americans came here to escape mingy monarchs, oppressive priests, and baleful barons who controlled all aspects of communal life back in their countries. They bravely left everything they knew behind in a quest for freedom.

February 08, 2013 | By WILLIAM COLLINS Columnist | Other Views


Wash your bags - or else

San Francisco passed America's first ban on plastic bags in chain groceries and drugstores in 2007. In a research paper for the Institute for Law and Economics, law professors Jonathan Klick and Joshua Wright crunched state and federal data on emergency room admissions and food-borne illness deaths and figured that the San Francisco ban "led to an increase in infections immediately upon implementation."

February 08, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


USA ensnared in an endless war?

"When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal."

February 07, 2013 | By PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Tax code & America’s aristocracy

Tax-free gifts are solidifying the nation's financial dynasties.

February 06, 2013 | By SAM PIZZIGATI Institute for Policy Studies | Other Views


She’s not afraid of Bruce Davis

Forty years after he was convicted for his involvement in two murders committed by Charles Manson, a California parole board has found that Bruce Davis is suitable for parole. His crimes, if it matters (and why should it?), didn't involve the notorious murder of the pregnant Sharon Tate; he participated in the killing of a musician and a stuntman. Early on, Davis claimed he was simply a bystander. A jury didn't agree. Since then, he has acknowledged shared responsibility. He has also been a model prisoner. He became a born-again Christian. He earned a master's degree and ...

February 05, 2013 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


It should be about our health, not fat

My grandmother lay in bed at a hospice facility, days away from death. With her loving children by her side, she looked at her belly and - as she had done for all of the years I'd known her - complained that she was too fat. What?

February 05, 2013 | By JILL RICHARDSON Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


Wrong man for Defense Secretary

Americans who are concerned about traditional freedoms and the Second Amendment have no difficulty understanding the message of the popular bumper strip: "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." It should be just as easy to grasp the corollary: If nukes are outlawed, only terrorist countries will have nukes.

February 05, 2013 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


What Obama does best: Taunt Republicans

President Barack Obama is not committed to fixing Washington's chronic budget woes or jump-starting an ailing an economy, but that doesn't mean this administration lacks focus. If there is one area in which this administration delivers, it is taunting Republicans.

February 05, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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San Francisco: City of the rich

In the "Star Trek" movies, San Francisco serves as headquarters of Starfleet Command. This cracks me up to no end, as I cannot imagine the Board of Supervisors approving construction of Starfleet Academy or the oddly shaped high-rises you see in the background. And if City Hall somehow did approve the project, you know there'd be some ballot measure to kill the deal. The grounds could be endless: No photon torpedoes. Too many techies already. What about affordable housing?

April 18, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Rep. Paul Ryan’s joke is on us

My guess is that Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party's highly touted budget guru, doesn't have a very tight grip on the concept of irony.

April 18, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Snitchgate: Sharpton still lying

If the Rev. Al Sharpton, the bigoted, anti-Semitic, non-tax paying race-hustling poverty pimp, had any credibility left, it just vanished.

April 18, 2014 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Wall Street’s MIA ethics

Let's review the rap sheet of Wall Street banks: defrauding investors, cheating homeowners, money laundering, rigging markets, tax evasion, credit card ripoffs… and so sickeningly much more.

April 18, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Obamacare, Part Two

As I walked into the pharmacy, the technician who has kept track of all of my prescriptions for years was on an endless call trying to figure out who is going to deliver her baby and where.

April 17, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Want to see where your taxes go?

Millions of Americans file their federal income tax returns by April 15 each year with no idea what the government actually does with all that money.

April 16, 2014 | By ROBIN CLAREMONT The National Priorities Project | Other Views


Nevada showdown: All hat, no cattle

Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and his well-armed supporters forced the well-armed federal government to back down and return Bundy's seized cows - which were seized because Bundy, 67, stopped paying grazing fees in 1993. How does anyone get the government to back down?

April 16, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The end of ideology?

On our TV talk shows and op-ed pages, and in our think tanks here, there is rising alarm over events abroad. And President Obama is widely blamed for the perceived decline in worldwide respect for the United States.

April 14, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Censorship works for Demos

On April 1, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray was denied a second term, defeated in the primary by upstart city councilwoman Muriel Bowser. The beginning of the end came on March 10, when U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen struck a plea bargain with a wealthy businessman who confessed he'd spent $668,000 on an illegal "shadow campaign" to fund get-out-the-vote efforts that helped Gray win the mayoral office in 2010.

April 14, 2014 | | Other Views


Uncle Sam just can’t say no

The Social Security Disability Insurance program is in big trouble. In 2016, the program's trust fund is expected to run out of money. When that happens, there will be "large across-the-board cuts for all beneficiaries," warn James Lankford, the Republican chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees entitlements, and Jackie Speier, the subcommittee's ranking Democrat. Those cuts will be painful for the "truly disabled," whom the system originally was designed to serve.

April 11, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


America’s high price of laziness

I know I shouldn't be, but I am shocked by Americans' laziness.

April 11, 2014 | By JILL RICHARDSON Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


America’s new blacklist

"There is a gay mafia," said Bill Maher, "if you cross them you do get whacked."

April 11, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Freaky April Fools’ Day stories

On a recent morning, after checking news reports, I thought: What a freaky news day.

April 11, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Close Paris Hilton loophole

Billionaires are exploiting a tax break to pass their fortunes along to their heirs and laying the groundwork for dynasties.

April 10, 2014 | By CHUCK COLLINS Senior scholar, Institute for Public Studies | Other Views


Abortion fight, 40 years later

It has been more than 40 years since the United States Supreme Court held in Roe v. Wade that a woman, in consultation with her physician, has the right to decide whether to have a child in the early months of pregnancy.

April 08, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


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