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Observing Christmas in Santa Monica

Christmas in my home city of Santa Monica is different this year. It used to be that there were elaborate displays depicting the birth of Jesus in the big public park by the ocean. I've always believed that Christmas is a major religious holiday, and the display reflected that. According to people who know more about such things than I do, the large dioramas told the story of Jesus' birth according to the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.

December 12, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


The winter of conservative discontent

As the white flag rises above Republican redoubts, offering a surrender on taxes, the mind goes back to what seemed a worse time for conservatives: December 1964.

December 12, 2012 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Atheist attacks on Christmas

Bill O'Reilly asked this question on his Fox News program last week: "Why do I have to be the leader defending Christmas against its attackers?" O'Reilly was criticizing Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee's renaming his state's Christmas tree a "holiday tree."

December 10, 2012 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Shortchanging future of young people

More than 5 million young people are looking for work. College is increasingly unaffordable, while youth jobs are few and far between. For years lawmakers have been cutting programs that help young Americans find a productive path. And as if that weren't enough, budget cuts scheduled for 2013 may hollow out what's left of federal education and training programs.

December 10, 2012 | By MATTEA KRAMER Senior research analyst National Priorities Project | Other Views


Republican retreat - or rout?

Given the expectations raised by the Republican punditocracy - that Mitt was headed for a big victory - the jolt of defeat hit especially hard.

December 09, 2012 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Who really killed the Twinkie?

Remember the horrible murders in 1978 of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk? At the killer's trial, his lawyer argued for leniency, saying that a steady diet of junk food had addled his client's brain – a claim that entered the annals of jurisprudence as the "Twinkie Defense."

December 09, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Verizon not on the horizon

I am at war with my phone company. Compared with real wars, it is a nothing war, a luxury war. But every time I walk into my house, I face my enemy: a dead phone.

December 07, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


The airline industry's fee-for-all

Those who say we should run government like a business must not be frequent flyers.

December 07, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


Rich lefties and their taxes

Ah, the hypocrisy of tax-hikers who do everything they can to avoid the taxes they wish to impose on others.

December 06, 2012 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Energy answer is blowing in the wind

There's money to be made in wind and solar power, but so far, not very much. And that's the way fossil fuel giants aim to keep it. As of today, they're winning the energy battle because federal subsidies for renewable energy are about to expire, unlike Uncle Sam's giveaways to the oil, gas, coal, and nuclear industries.

December 06, 2012 | By William A. Collins Columnist | Other Views


Obamacare is not a sure thing

Those who thought ObamaCare was set in concrete by Chief Justice John Roberts' decision last June are in for a shock. December 14 is the new deadline (extended from November 16) for states to let the feds know, yea or nay, whether or not they will be setting up a health insurance exchange, which is the key to participating in the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

December 05, 2012 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


The Fiscal Hoax: Don’t believe the cliff hype

The biggest story in Washington is about something that doesn't really exist: the so-called "fiscal cliff." This manufactured panic is all about politicians and corporate interests getting things they want - things that don't have much to do with the "crisis" anyway. But instead of challenging this spin, big media outlets are playing along.

December 05, 2012 | By PETER HART Activism director for www.fair.org | Other Views


Wealthy CEOs have ‘Pension Deficit Disorder’

While America's CEOs are fretting about the government's so-called "fiscal cliff," millions of American workers face a financial disaster that gets much less media attention. There's a half-trillion-dollar deficit in the nation's worker retirement benefits.

December 04, 2012 | By SCOTT KLINGER Associate fellow at Institute for Policy Studies | Other Views


The Costas anti-gun lecture series

We know the news flash: On Saturday morning, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and shot himself in the head in the parking lot in front of his coaches. To liberals like NBC sportscaster Bob Costas, this was not just a crisis. It was also an opportunity.

December 04, 2012 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Voters on 2 states opt for smarter drug policy

After four decades and billions of dollars in spending, the U.S.-led "War on Drugs" has failed.

December 03, 2012 | By AUSTIN ROBLES Witness for Peace | Other Views


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Abortion protesters don’t count?

Hundreds of thousands of protesters descend on Washington every January to "March for Life," protesting the horror of more than a million abortions in America every year. Every year the "news" outlets report next to nothing, even when their reporters are there documenting the event as their cameras film it.

January 31, 2015 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Where the real battle is happening

The Super Bowl is well timed. It comes mid-winter, a month after our New Year's resolutions begin deflating, when the market is teetering, our finances are squeezed, and the collections agencies calling day and night. For those who were fortunate to make some income last year, the 1099's or W-2s arrive, and we brace ourselves to face off with the IRS.

January 31, 2015 | DEAN McFALLS | Other Views


‘NEW’ GAS TAX

So why is it that while other states are now enjoying gas prices of less than $2 per gallon, California is still paying higher prices?

January 29, 2015 | By GEORGE RUNNER State Board of Equalization member | Other Views


When in Riyadh, don’t do as royals do

First lady Michelle Obama made an important statement when she showed up in Saudi Arabia with her husband Tuesday to mourn the death of King Abdullah and meet successor King Salman. Though the first lady dressed in a fashion respectful of Saudi custom - in black pants and a long, loose jacket that fully covered her arms and legs - she did not don a headscarf. Saudi women do not have that choice. Thus, the first lady made a fashion statement that sent a politely assertive message to the all-male Saudi delegation.

January 29, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Marriage on chopping block?

Within hours after the Supreme Court announced it would decide whether the Constitution requires every state to recognize marriages between persons of the same sex, the New York Times published an editorial gleefully predicting the inevitable outcome. When its ruling comes down in June, the Times assures us, the Supreme Court will "end the debate once and for all."

January 27, 2015 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Hair-raising hypocrisy in Texas

As messed up as it sounds, in the unending struggle for justice, there is such thing as a "positive negative." This occurs when you win a struggle that you never should have had to deal with in the first place.

January 27, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Jeb Bush: Boring speaker

Jeb Bush may be the front-runner in the GOP 2016 primary. He is the son and brother of former presidents and can tap into their vaunted fundraising machines. In some eyes, the former Florida governor always was the more disciplined, thoughtful and worthy son. Maybe. But Jeb Bush also has a problem: He is a boring speaker.

January 26, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Pelosi’s ploy versus Boehner’s invite

"I don't believe I'm poking anyone in the eye," House Speaker John Boehner asserted Wednesday. That was after His Speakership told the media that he had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress about "the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life."

January 24, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The greatest ‘Babe’ in sports

I recently addressed a rather odd topic for an audience of political progressives: "Who was your sports hero growing up?"

January 24, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Selma snub vs. Eastwood eclipse: Who’s the victim of discrimination?

Where's the Clint Eastwood Million Cowboy March on Hollywood? The case for bias against Eastwood is far stronger than that of the alleged "snub" of the movie "Selma." "American Sniper," a new film directed by Clint Eastwood, set box-office records for a film opening in January. Yet he was "shut out" of the director category. Was Clint Eastwood, a white, unabashed George W. Bush-supporting Republican, a victim of political discrimination?

January 22, 2015 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


New math on campuses

The New York Times published a provocative news story called "The New Math on Campus." No, it's not about the failure of Common Core to teach arithmetic; it's about the changing ratio of males to females on most college campuses.

January 20, 2015 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Some common sense on cannabis

Until recent years, marijuana prohibitionists have been able to intimidate most reform-minded politicians by simply threatening to brand them as "soft on drugs."

January 20, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Selma, 50 years later

On Martin Luther King Day, 2015, how stand race relations in America?

January 19, 2015 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Who polices the pay police?

One difference between top executives and worker bees is that those at the top can lower the pay of those down below while simultaneously raising their own.

January 19, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Who polices the pay police?

One difference between top executives and worker bees is that those at the top can lower the pay of those down below while simultaneously raising their own.

January 19, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


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