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Freeing inmates is criminal

Why would someone who opposes draconian federal mandatory minimum sentences oppose efforts to cut California's prison population by about 9,600 inmates? Because the federal system and the California system are two different animals.

August 31, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Bay Bridge’s comedy of errors

As mayor of Oakland, Jerry Brown wanted an "icon" to replace the seismically challenged eastern span of the Bay Bridge and to highlight the "splendor" of the East Bay. "It's unfortunate that pencil pushers, bureaucrats and political yahoos don't understand quality and try to block quality to save a few bucks," observed the Oracle of Oakland.

August 30, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Fire fees don’t pay for new services

In a recent column ("If $150 fee goes away Cal Fire needs 'George Runner Rule'"), Dennis Wyatt questions my opposition to the Fire Prevention Fee, stating "one shouldn't expect government services for nothing."

August 30, 2013 | By GEORGE RUNNER Board of Equalization | Other Views


Water, the Delta and prosperity

The latest comprehensive economic analysis of the governor's plan for fixing the state's aging water system and restoring the environmental health of the Delta estimates that the project will yield roughly $5 billion in net benefits for California residents and preserve more than a million additional jobs over the next 50 years.

August 29, 2013 | By GERALD MERAL Deputy Secretary California Natural Resources Agency | Other Views


Listen to doc: Weed really can heal

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta admitted earlier this month that he had been wrong in his opposition to medical marijuana during the rollout for his documentary "Weed." Gupta reported on research that demonstrated the proven benefits of marijuana in treating neuropathic pain. Medical marijuana was the only drug that helped a 5-year-old girl with Dravet syndrome live without constant seizures. It calmed the constant hiccuping of a 19-year-old. Israelis use it to treat Parkinson's disease and other ailments.

August 29, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Cultural revolution’s dead souls

Christopher Lane, a 22-year-old Australian here on a baseball scholarship, was shot and killed while jogging in Duncan, Okla., population 23,000. He died where he fell.

August 27, 2013 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Jobs: CNN never mentions ‘Obama’

The headline at CNN Money was, "Why America's Youth Aren't Finding Jobs."

August 27, 2013 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Looking evil in the eye

The three Oklahoma teenagers were, according to official reports, "bored." So they decided to do something: kill the guy who jogged past them. They got in the car, followed him and did just that.

August 26, 2013 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Is CNN reviving Crossfire or Hackathon?

Everyone has a theory as to why former congressman and not-so-former tweeter Anthony Weiner is running for New York mayor. My new take is: Weiner really is running to be a co-host on CNN's "Crossfire," which will return to cable TV next month after an eight-year hiatus.

August 26, 2013 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


MLK still an economic radical

If you've bothered to read, listen or watch a lot of the media coverage around the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech, you will be impressed with the laudatory and uplifting coverage.

August 24, 2013 | Ronald Martin | Other Views


Lawmaker, regulate thyself

"Washington is an island surrounded by reality," Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, likes to say.

August 23, 2013 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Canadian Bacon & presidential politics

Like another erstwhile freshman senator, named Barack Obama, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, blew into Washington and promptly began eyeing the Oval Office. Also like Obama, the Cuban-American Cruz has to suffer the charge that he's not really American and hence not presidential material.

August 22, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The food stamp fracas in D.C.

"Stop the moochers!" shouted a flock of GOP budget whackers in the House of Representatives.

August 22, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


The food stamp fracas in D.C.

"Stop the moochers!" shouted a flock of GOP budget whackers in the House of Representatives.

August 22, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Federal lawmakers, regulate thyself

"Washington is an island surrounded by reality," Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, likes to say.

August 21, 2013 | Debra Sanders | Other Views


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Actors & Economics 101

Welcome to Hollywood, where dreams become real - and where logic, reason and economics 101 become dreams.

April 24, 2015 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Christian wedding businesses

Radical activists in the gay community have put pedal to the metal to force gay acceptance from Christians - making not only their position but also their tactics anti-Christian. They are deliberately targeting the Christian wedding industry - the cakemakers, the caterers, the quaint bed-and-breakfast owners, and the like. They are headhunting Christians who refuse their business on moral grounds by slapping them with lawsuits or "human rights" complaints.

April 23, 2015 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Hillary’s wacky poorhouse claims

While Hillary Clinton hates doing Sunday shows - as we remember from the weekend after Benghazi - she did allow her close friend Gov. Terry McAuliffe to appear on "Meet the Press" on April 19. Jaws dropped when NBC host Chuck Todd threw him a real Russert-like hardball, quoting from his 2007 memoir "What A Party!"

April 22, 2015 | | Other Views


Billionaires owe you a thank you

This tax season, America's billionaires are toasting you, the ordinary taxpayer.

April 22, 2015 | | Other Views


Blowtorching vegetables

San Francisco is foodie heaven. If you want to eat out, you will never lack for options. That's the plus side. On the downside, Ess Eff menus are getting so precious they take the fun out of eating.

April 20, 2015 | | Other Views


Curb your economic pessimism

The economy has been in a tepid, soft, slow recovery for the past five-and-a-half years. It's the weakest rebound in generations. The Commerce Department's revision of fourth-quarter GDP shows that nothing much has changed. Over the past year, real economic growth registered 2.4 percent, slightly higher than the recovery average. It ain't much.

April 17, 2015 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


Culture war’s long retreat

The Republican rout in the Battle of Indianapolis provides us with a snapshot of the correlation of forces in the culture wars.

April 16, 2015 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


It was a better ending

My friend Julia died as we knew she would. Cancer had ravaged her body for a decade. She no longer could breathe. She was at home, under hospice care, when she asked for a dose of morphine that she knew would kill her but also keep her final moments free of pain.

April 15, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Assisted suicide

The assisted-suicide movement is the rare self-proclaimed civil rights movement that exists to cater to the wishes of affluent Americans. Last week, the California Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on SB 128, a bill to legalize assisted suicide in the state. (Proponents don't like the word suicide, so they call the measure the "End of Life Option Act.") Supporters talk of their fear of medical personnel's prolonging their lives, of pain and lack of autonomy; opponents fear that the bill's passage would represent a callous act of cultural abandonment of the sick and disabled.

April 13, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Bathroom Wars continue

More than 30 years ago, conservatives managed to defeat the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, which would have added "sex" to the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection, by frightening women into believing that it would outlaw separate bathrooms for men and women. In the years since, the courts have effectively done what Congress couldn't, prohibiting discrimination in virtually every aspect of American life - except, of course, bathrooms, which never were really at issue.

April 13, 2015 | | Other Views


Rand Paul helps GOP

Rand Paul's entry into the 2016 Republican presidential primary is good for the GOP. I won't proclaim that Paul, 52, has the gravitas or character to occupy the Oval Office - that remains to be seen - but I do believe that all the other Republican hopefuls should watch and learn from Kentucky's junior senator. His take on issues could make independents and Democrats take a second look at a party where they have not felt welcome.

April 11, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Apple, rehabilitate thyself

Just last month, Apple chief executive Tim Cook made headlines when he wrote a piece in The Washington Post, panning Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act as "very dangerous." Apple, Cook wrote, does not believe in discrimination and strives to "do business in a way that is just and fair." This month, the San Francisco Chronicle's Wendy Lee reported, Apple fired some construction workers at Apple Campus 2 in January because they had been convicted of felonies or face felony charges. Just and fair? Hardly.

April 10, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Why politics do matter

The debate about a "religious freedom" law being considered in Indiana has been making national news. The issue is whether the law would allow discrimination against gays. There has been a storm of protest both from inside and outside the state - with leading businesses threatening and threatened by a proposed boycott of the state; Silicon Valley, for the first time I can remember, taking effective political action; and Indiana legislators tripping over themselves to make sure everyone understands that the law is in no way intended to immunize or condone discrimination.

April 10, 2015 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Corn, scorn & policy porn

Imagine a government energy program that is such a disaster that the Environmental Working Group and the American Petroleum Institute both oppose it. The anti-poverty group ActionAid USA wants to get rid of it, as does the pro-business Competitive Enterprise Institute. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wants to end it. So does Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. They're both sponsors of the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015.

April 09, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Try smiling, you’ll be more happier

Don't pick your nose (at least in public). The other day while I was walking down the street, I saw a guy doing just that. He had the index finger of his right hand up his right nostril, and he was really digging in like he was searching for gold. As I walked past, he turned to face the other way, even though I could still clearly see him as he proceeded to pop the treasure he had found right into his mouth. Super gross.

April 08, 2015 | By LAWRENCE SILVEIRA Sierra High graduate | Other Views


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