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What will high speed rail mean for California?

Californians have always thought of themselves as trailblazers for the rest of the country. As the biggest state in the Union that is home to the gems of Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the world's most productive agricultural land in the Central Valley, our state has proven time and time again to be ahead of the nation.

July 17, 2012 | By KRISTIN OLSEN Assembly Member District 25 | Other Views


Joe Paterno: What cowards do

After years and years of over-the-top stories attesting to the character, honor, integrity and moral fiber of the late Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, we now know, after reading the 267-page Penn State internal report on child predator Jerry Sandusky, that the legendary coach was nothing more than a narcissistic, arrogant coward.

July 16, 2012 | By ROLAND MARTIN Author | Other Views


Time to focus on ‘Doug Jones Average’

To measure how our economy is doing, media outlets keep a constant eye on the Dow Jones Average. But they're like cats watching the wrong mouse hole, for the great majority of Americans have between zero and next-to-nothing in the stock market.

July 16, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


The investor-government scheme

There are some ideas so convoluted that only an expert (or wannabe expert) could love them.

July 15, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


33rd time around on health care plan

Last week, the House of Representatives, in a colossal waste of time, voted for the 33rd time to repeal President Obama's health care plan.

July 15, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


Beware of the tomato tamperers

Some people are too smart for your own good.

July 13, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Commentator | Other Views


Public sector salad days are over

San Bernardino has now followed Stockton into bankruptcy.

July 13, 2012 | By PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Crass betrayal of America's middle class

To know which way the economic winds are blowing, just check such newspaper headlines as these: "Underemployed and Underpaid," "Shrinking Consumers," "Economy Leaving Lost Generation."

July 12, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


Obama’s goose is cooked

Obama needed a filet mignon in the June employment report. But instead he got a rubber chicken.

July 12, 2012 | By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


One nation under government

When Barack Obama promised to "fundamentally transform the United States" we could not have anticipated the extreme transformations he would seek. The evidence is rolling in that he is determined to transform America into a totally secular land where religion is permitted only within the walls of a church and is banned in every public place, public gathering and public school.

July 12, 2012 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Misjudging John Roberts’ supreme vote

Let us all now bow before Lord Roberts and shout hosannas in acknowledgment of his Supreme excellency as a wise jurist and noble statesman.

July 12, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Schools: Trouble in the middle

A study out this week by the liberal Center for American Progress found that kids in the middle don't think school is challenging enough. That's right: According to the great silent majority of students surveyed over the past three years by the Department of Education, the problem is not too much homework but too little; it's not assignments that demand too much, but those that are, quite literally, too easy.

July 11, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Columnist | Other Views


Tacky ’yard sale’ of our public spaces

Question of the day: Should the people's property – by which I mean such basic public items as police vehicles, subway stations, and fire hydrants – be rented out as commercial billboards for hyping corporate products? Answer: Of course not!

July 11, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


Obama gets a rubber chicken

Obama needed a filet mignon in the June employment report. But instead he got a rubber chicken.

July 10, 2012 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


High-speed rail: Unsafe at any speed

Democratic California state Sen. Joe Simitian probably is best-known as the author of California's bill to ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving. After Friday's vote, Simitian may be best-known as the Democrat who warned his colleagues not to issue $4.6 billion in bonds for big-ticket high-speed rail.

July 10, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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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


Durbin & the race card

Does Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., suffer from short, medium and long-term memory loss?

April 08, 2015 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


The value of nurses

I never quite understood what "nursing" really meant until the past six months, when the supposed superstar doctor who operated on me in Phoenix (One of the smartest male doctors I know told me she was the best, a woman, how wonderful; beware gender bias.) made a mess of my intestines, leaving me rather critically ill with peritonitis and unbearable pain while she went to Maui. Some very fine physicians, in California and in Arizona, tried to clean up the mess she left, but it was the nurses who took care of me.

April 07, 2015 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Escape hatch for corporate cons

"Do the crime, do the time," goes the old saying.

April 06, 2015 | | Other Views


Diversity or meritocracy?

A voracious and eclectic reader, President Nixon instructed me to send him every few weeks 10 articles he would not normally see that were on interesting or important issues.

April 04, 2015 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Stand up for Indiana!

In what has been called the "Catholic moment" in America, in the late 1940s and 1950s, Catholics were admonished from pulpits to "live the faith" and "set an example" for others.

April 03, 2015 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


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