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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.

September 02, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Crossing the line: Chemical weapons

There have to be lines.

September 02, 2013 | Susan Estritch | Other Views


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


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Hey, Sanders supporters: All roads lead to Venezuela

When socialist Hugo Chavez became president of Venezuela after the 1998 election, he promised a path he described as "revolutionary," the same word Bernie Sanders ...

May 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Bernie needs to do the math

Math was actually my best subject, until seventh grade, when I was the only girl on the math team: As if it were on the ...

May 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Failed Republicans want to rewrite the Constitution

Did you ever wonder why unsuccessful candidates merely "suspend" their campaigns after losing a key primary instead of terminating them? Surely all those candidates know ...

May 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Says millionaire trying to take over GOP

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

May 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Is Scarborough Shoal worth spilling American blood?

If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight.

May 24, 2016 | | Other Views


Ferguson Effect by the Bay

"It's as hard right now to be a cop maybe as it's ever been," San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr to The Chronicle ...

May 24, 2016 | | Other Views


Most indebted class ever

Congratulations, college graduates! As you enter the next phase of life, you and your parents should be proud of your achievements.

May 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Male and female still matter in combat

Less than a year after the Supreme Court decided that marriage no longer needs partners of the opposite sex, the other two branches of the ...

May 23, 2016 | | Other Views


The Democrats’ Sanders

If Donald Trump supporters had booed a Republican senator at a state convention over the weekend, if they threw chairs because they did not like ...

May 21, 2016 | | Other Views


Shameless New York Times

The New York Times proclaimed the results of its six-week "investigation" of Donald Trump's behavior with women on the front page of the Sunday ...

May 21, 2016 | | Other Views


Conservative heretics

In his coquettish refusal to accept the Donald, Paul Ryan says he cannot betray the conservative "principles" of the party of Abraham Lincoln, high among ...

May 20, 2016 | | Other Views


Here’s why Trump tap dances on taxes

Donald Trump has reason to be reluctant to release his tax returns. In a New York Times piece about Ben Rhodes, President Obama's deputy ...

May 19, 2016 | | Other Views


The election: This is real

This is not a television show.

May 19, 2016 | | Other Views


Sanchez doesn’t back down

Running to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., is not backing down from comments she made in December about ...

May 18, 2016 | | Other Views


Zuckerberg’s conservative battle

Mark Zuckerberg and his massive social-media site Facebook have come under strong criticism for allegedly suppressing stories of interest for conservative readers from its influential ...

May 18, 2016 | | Other Views


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