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Are Trump and Putin right?

Monday, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosted a spirited discussion with Donald Trump on whether he was right in asserting that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated as the towers came down on 9/11.

December 04, 2015 | | Other Views


Who’s sorry now? A health giant CEO

America's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group Inc., is losing so much money on the Affordable Care Act exchange policies it sells in 34 states that CEO Stephen Hemsley apologized to investors in New York on Tuesday. "It was for us a bad decision," Hemsley said, according to Bloomberg News. UnitedHealth stayed out of the Obamacare market in its first year. "In retrospect, we should have stayed out longer," Hemsley added. UnitedHealth may get out of the individual market in 2017.

December 04, 2015 | | Other Views


God Bless America

With images of the carnage in Paris and the shuttering of Brussels flashing on every screen, it is hard to take to heart the president's urgings not to give in to fear. A global terror alert does not help. The front-page pictures of all the homegrown terrorists make it harder still. How could these young men have grown up among us, as Americans, and be full of such hatred that they would choose, as we are being warned, targets where they can kill as many people as possible?

November 27, 2015 | | Other Views


CNBC biased? You don’t say!

Question: What did Reince Priebus not know about CNBC - and when did he not know it?

November 27, 2015 | | Other Views


War with Russia?

Turkey's decision to shoot down a Russian warplane was a provocative and portentous act.

November 25, 2015 | | Other Views


About college microaggressions

When students protesting "microaggressions" took over an administrative building at Occidental College in California, they issued 14 demands. The school agreed to all except the first, which required the firing of its president. Similar protests took place concurrently at other colleges nationwide.

November 25, 2015 | | Other Views


Will Europe man up?

If the purpose of terrorism is to terrify, the Islamic State had an extraordinary week. Brussels, capital of the EU and command post of mighty NATO, is still in panic and lockdown.

November 24, 2015 | | Other Views


Competing Thanksgiving tales

Thanksgiving is here. Let's eat!

November 24, 2015 | | Other Views


About that frozen embryo

I'm more than a little reluctant to write this column. Whatever I write will be interpreted through another lens: that of the abortion debate. One of the many bad consequences of a debate that has now lasted more than four decades is that we can't talk about anything without first trying to fit it within the abortion debate, which is not necessarily the only or best way to look at it.

November 23, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Ratings Trump respect at NBC

Donald Trump is like a contagion who infects everyone around him. Once you've kissed, you can never wipe his saliva off your face. Consider the venerable (in its own view) NBC. This year, the network fired Trump, only to find it is Trump Lite.

November 23, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


“Stomach flu” is not actual flu

DEAR DR. ROACH: With the flu season coming on, would you please discuss the difference between what people call the "stomach flu" and what the flu really is? I have two friends who last year said they weren't getting the flu shot anymore because despite having it, they got the flu. They each described several hours of throwing up, but feeling better the next day. I suggested that they probably had a gastrointestinal episode and not influenza, which is a respiratory disease. They insisted that they had the flu, and they'd always learned that the stomach flu is ...

November 22, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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


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So exactly what is hell?

The recent dispute over whether Pope Francis denied the existence of hell in an interview attracted wide attention. This isn't surprising, since the belief ...

April 20, 2018 | JOANNE M. PIERCE | Other Views


DeVos needs an education on ethics

Question: What do you get when you combine ignorance, imperiousness, and incompetence?

April 20, 2018 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


A funny thing happens to Trump’s rivals — they start turning Into Trump

An odd thing is happening in President Donald Trump's America. Over time, his rivals turn into their own versions of The Donald. No greater ...

April 20, 2018 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Madueno is best challenger to Denham

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

April 19, 2018 | | Other Views


What is the real message from Epstein-Barr antibodies?

DEAR DR. ROACH: After decades of feeling fatigued, I started working with a naturopathic doctor. She ordered a saliva test for my total cortisol output ...

April 15, 2018 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Sick new game from corporations: Lottery tabs instead of pay raises

Today's corporate captains like to think of themselves not as mere businesspeople, but as geniuses of modern innovation.

April 15, 2018 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


It’s up to grown-ups to stop bullying, not kids

Bullying's been in the news a bit lately, in part because of the Parkland shooting.

April 15, 2018 | JILL RICHARDSON | Other Views


Sacramento shooting: Why bodycam footage might not clear things up

Stephon Clark, an African-American man, was killed by Sacramento police in his grandmother's backyard last month, setting off protests and conflict over the police ...

April 13, 2018 | | Other Views


Zeroing in on Facebook’s anti-conservative leaning

Two days of congressional hearings with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg underlined how American perceptions of media power are changing. After 2012, Democrats and their media ...

April 13, 2018 | | Other Views


Is Trump standing down in Syria?

Wednesday morning, President Trump jolted the nation with a tweet that contained both threat and taunt:

April 13, 2018 | | Other Views


For Trump’s son-in-law, prison reform is personal

President Donald Trump wants to help federal inmates "who have served their time get a second chance." That's what he said in his 2018 ...

April 08, 2018 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Time for the college blues again

In those days, you could tell by the size of the envelope. A thick envelope, full of registration materials and welcoming letters, meant you got ...

April 08, 2018 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


What meeting your spouse online has in common with arranged marriage

Most Americans who get married today believe they are choosing their own partners after falling in love with them. Arranged marriages, which remain common in ...

April 08, 2018 | AMITRAJEET A. BATABYAL | Other Views


NRA: Educational organization, lobby group and non-profit

The National Rifle Association has hit more turbulence since 17 people died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, than ...

April 08, 2018 | SAMUEL BRUNSON | Other Views


Hashimoto’s is no excuse for avoiding the flu shot

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have never gotten the flu vaccine. Years ago, it was believed to be too dangerous for anyone with an autoimmune condition ...

April 08, 2018 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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