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Ben & Bernie’s world

In the wake of the horrors in Paris, it only made sense to change the focus of Saturday night's Democratic debate from economic issues to national security, as CBS News did. You might think the candidates would jump at the opportunity to have a large audience hear them address the frightening specter of ISIS.

November 20, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Syrian, go home

President Barack Obama wants the United States to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees next year -- but in the wake of last week's Paris attacks and reports that one of the terrorists may have had a valid Syrian passport with a stamp from Greece, more than half the governors in this country, a mostly Republican group, are opposed. They fear that a jihadi will embed with fleeing refugees. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted, "Security comes first."

November 19, 2015 | | Other Views


Why does Manteca have a street tree plan?

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

November 18, 2015 | | Other Views


‘Sickening setback’ for Obama

"Why can't we take out these bastards?" CNN's Jim Acosta bluntly asked President Obama at a Monday press conference at the Group of 20 summit in Turkey. "These bastards," of course, are the Islamic State - at least for Acosta. As Obama called Friday's attacks in Paris that left at least 129 dead a "sickening setback," he saw no need to reset his Syrian policy.

November 17, 2015 | | Other Views


Make interchange bicyclist friendly

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

November 17, 2015 | | Other Views


Alexander’s life sentence

Former San Francisco 49ers star Kermit Alexander is death penalty opponents' worst nightmare. Foes of the death penalty argue that the criminal justice system is skewed against African-Americans and that prosecutors are less likely to seek the death penalty when victims are black. Alexander is an African-American who grew up in the projects of Los Angeles. So were the four members of his family slain in a 1984 contract killing gone wrong. He has watched the three black men convicted for the murders try to escape responsibility for their crimes. In prison, Darren Williams - the Rollin' 60s Neighborhood Crips gang ...

November 16, 2015 | | Other Views


France does right thing

It took them way too long to do it, and it happened in no small measure because of the tireless work of Stuart Eizenstat, who has been at this for years. But France finally agreed to make reparations to American, Israeli and Canadian survivors (and the families of survivors) who were transported on state-owned trains to Nazi death camps.

November 14, 2015 | | Other Views


Manteca should regulate drones

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

November 14, 2015 | | Other Views


Very real political football

Activists at the University of Missouri just won themselves a trophy Monday. After weeks of protests against the president of the University of Missouri System, Tim Wolfe - and, most importantly, after the Mizzou football team threatened to boycott games until Wolfe quit - the administrator caved. "It is my belief we stopped listening to each other. We have to respect each other enough to stop yelling at each other and start listening and quit intimidating each other," said the clearly intimidated Wolfe.

November 12, 2015 | | Other Views


The GOP war over war policy

Rand Paul had his best debate moment Tuesday when he challenged Marco Rubio on his plans to increase defense spending by $1 trillion.

November 12, 2015 | | Other Views


Liberals losing culture wars?

The libertine left has done a lot of boasting over the last several years about the inevitability of History vanquishing every corner of American social conservatism. Election Day 2015 was a terrible day for these revolutionaries, as so often it is when it's the American people, not liberal elites, making the decisions.

November 09, 2015 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Presentation ‘Grapes in our Lives’ at MJC

MODESTO - The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer a presentation entitled "Grapes in our Lives: Cultural Connections between Grapes and People" by Peter Cousins, a grape breeder at E. & J. Gallo Winery.

November 08, 2015 | | Other Views


For a few, cholesterol is naturally high

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 68-year-old female with a more-than-40-year history of extremely high cholesterol (350-411 total). I have not been able to tolerate any kind of statin drug, even if I take CoQ10 with it. Welchol and Zetia had side effects that I couldn't tolerate either. I am not diabetic, and my blood pressure is generally around 120/80. My total cholesterol is 354, with HDL at 60, triglycerides at 133 and LDL at 269.

November 08, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


High school locker rooms

This story starts with a transgender high school student who was born male but identifies as female. As a public high school student, she wants the school to recognize her as a girl, to call her by her new legal name, to allow her to use the girls' bathroom and to accept her in girls' athletic programs.

November 06, 2015 | | Other Views


Rabid extremists exiled 14-year-old

Our country's pack of foam-at-the-mouth, mad-dog, right-wing extremists just scored another win.

November 06, 2015 | | Other Views


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Puppies for Christmas not wise idea

DEAR DIDI: Our kids have been begging for a dog for a couple of years now. My husband wants to surprise them with a puppy ...

December 10, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


We hate phone menus & don’t trust virtual assistants like Siri

"Just thinking about it makes me break out into hives" reported one man in his 60's. A woman in her 30's said she ...

December 10, 2017 | JACOB GROSHEK | Other Views


All about Christmas

Yes, it's the Advent Season where all things Christmas are on full display. Decorations have been set up in stores for quite a few ...

December 10, 2017 | CHUCK ROOTS | Other Views


I’d vote for it. You should, too

Warts and all, if I were a voting member of Congress, I would certainly cast a yea for the tax-cut plans passed by the Senate ...

December 05, 2017 | | Other Views


Using both red yeast rice and a statin drug not recommended

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you said that red yeast rice acts as a kind of natural statin. Can natural and synthetic statins ...

December 03, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Can dogs and owners be mismatched?

DEAR DIDI: Is it ever possible that, through no fault of the human or the dog, the two are just mismatched? - Worried in Lathrop

December 03, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


I Got Fired for Calling Out Liberal Hypocrisy on Clinton Accusers

It was bizarre watching KABC TalkRadio in Los Angeles - my hypocritical ex-employer - hold a televised press conference. It turns out that one of the station ...

November 28, 2017 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Bicuspid aortic valve has only two leaflets

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve at age 54 (I'm now 62). I see a general cardiologist annually for ...

November 26, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


After tax cuts derailed the ‘California dream,’ is tate getting back on track?

1978, the year I graduated from college with a degree in economics, most voters in my state chose to turn their backs on the "California ...

November 26, 2017 | | Other Views


How media sexism demeans women and fuels abuse

The sexual abuse scandal currently embroiling media mogul Harvey Weinstein has stunned the United States, with Hollywood and the fashion industry declaring that "this way ...

November 26, 2017 | | Other Views


Gun control shouldn’t be this hard to put in place

Before the gun lobby or its sycophants in Congress bring out their usual talking points for why we can't ever have common sense gun ...

November 24, 2017 | | Other Views


This tax plan is going to cost a lot more than advertised

House Republicans and Donald Trump are ballyhooing the wonders of their new tax plan. It's called the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," which we ...

November 24, 2017 | | Other Views


Squeamish about buying used items? Time to get over it

Bedbugs. Weird smells. The possibility of imminent breakdowns. People have all sorts of excuses for not buying used stuff.

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


In-store shopping still matters

Only 10 percent of retail sales done online

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


Retail rage: Why Black Friday leads many shoppers to behave badly

The manic nature of Black Friday has at times led shoppers to engage in fistfights and other misbehavior in their desperation to snatch up the ...

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


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