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What’s up with ‘The Interview’?

"The Interview" is a funny movie that does a stand-up job showcasing how a not particularly serious or informed person would deal with Kim Jong Un - and evil itself, with all its blandishments. James Franco plays talk show host Dave Skylark, who discovers that the North Korean dictator loves his show. Skylark's susceptibility to flattery renders him willfully blind. Because Kim plays up to him, Skylark wants to believe that the phony grocery his chauffeured car happens to drive by is real, that reports that Kim starves his people are the result of media bias and that Kim, like ...

January 05, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Christie’s pork barrel politics

The past month of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice, our hearts grew warmer and our thoughts turned to kindness and goodwill toward all.

January 03, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Hollywood plays with fire

In July of 1870, King Wilhelm sent Foreign Minister Bismarck an account of his meeting with a French envoy who had demanded that the king renounce any Hohenzollern claim to the Spanish throne.

January 01, 2015 | | Other Views


Millennials rely on newspaper media

It has become a never-ending quest to define millennials. Those between the age of 18 and 34 are often portrayed as a self-absorbed, narcissistic generation obsessed with technology. They are a group more likely to check their Twitter or Instagram apps than keep up with world events. In fact, voters age 18-29 made up a mere 13 percent of the vote in this month's mid-term elections.

December 31, 2014 | By CAROLINE LITTLE CEO, Newspaper Association of America | Other Views


Remembering greediest Americans

Peace on Earth, good will toward men. We honor these noble values every holiday season - and some people actually work to advance them all year long.

December 28, 2014 | | Other Views


The war on cops

"NYPD, KKK, How many kids did you kill today?"

December 27, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Torturing Obama’s legacy

An old bumper sticker offered a stinging response to the Bush-Cheney regime's enthusiasm for waterboarding: "Impeach Bush," it urged. "Torture Cheney."

December 27, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


War against Christians & Christmas

There are 250 million Christians in America today, but most seem to be oblivious of the fact that they and their religion are under steady attack from those who apparently hate Christianity, or at least want to expunge Christianity from any public place or mention. That hatred seems to extend to all sorts of evidences of Christianity in our society, such as Christmas, which is a federal holiday.

December 25, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Ethics training for Congress? Dream on

Do you - or does anyone - really need a book of rules and a three-hour briefing to do your job ethically?

December 25, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Global warming, empty gestures

I have a theory as to why Americans don't worry all that much about global warming: High-profile purveyors of climate change don't push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions. They call themselves champions of "the science" yet focus on ideology more than tangible results.

December 22, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Obama throws Fidel a rope

The celebrations in Havana and the sullen silence in Miami tell you all you need to know about who won this round with Castro's Cuba.

December 19, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


The spooks are haunted

The spooks are spooked.

December 17, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Gruber: Honest liberal

Brought before a House inquisition, MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber burbled a recantation of his beliefs about how that triumph of liberalism had been achieved.

December 16, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Hacking Sony? It’s near treason

The intelligence was obtained illegally. The hackers presented a threat to workers and their families. Foreign operatives likely were behind the document theft. Any news organizations that report this ill-gotten information are, if not un-American, surely "morally treasonous and spectacularly dishonorable."

December 16, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The haves vs the have-it-alls

In the spirit of holiday harmony and goodwill toward all, I say it's time for you working stiffs to extend your hands in a gesture of solidarity with America's millionaires.

December 15, 2014 | | Other Views


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Marijuana itself not an ideal anxiety treatment option

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am hoping you can weigh in on the use of cannibidiol (hemp-derived) for managing anxiety. My son has diagnoses of major ...

October 15, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Bernie Sanders thinks war is overrated, & he’s right

When Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was a candidate for president, he seemed uninterested in talking about foreign policy.

October 01, 2017 | | Other Views


If you don’t have good health care, neither should your rep

Want good quality, lower-cost health care for your family. And - what the heck, let's think big here - for every man, woman, and child in ...

October 01, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Epilepsy can result from measles complication

DEAR DR. ROACH: When I was young, I had mumps and chickenpox, and one type of measles (German measles?) when I was 16, and the ...

September 18, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Trump turnaround puts new tax-cut writing on the wall

Financial markets and most media pundits are missing the new writing on the wall. For a variety of reasons surrounding shrewd moves by President Trump ...

September 18, 2017 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


There are treatment options for diabetic neuropathy

DEAR DR. ROACH: What are the treatment options for diabetic neuropathy? What is likely to happen over time to someone with this condition? -- M.P.

September 17, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Homeless need to go to the bathroom like everyone else

The case for a day center for the homeless can be found all over Manteca.

September 14, 2017 | | Other Views


Shin injury has been painful for too long

DEAR DR. ROACH: I injured my left shin by impact two years and one month ago, and to my astonishment, it still hurts on a ...

September 10, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


How welfare’s work requirements can deepen and prolong poverty

After "Rose" lost her low-wage job in a southeast Michigan nursing home, the single mother of four sought Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits.

September 10, 2017 | KRISTIN SEEFELDT | Other Views


Viral pneumonia can cause shortness of breath, as can COPD

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an active 68-year-old woman. I still work part time, walk 2-3 miles a day and enjoy gardening.

August 27, 2017 | | Other Views


Why don’t dogs shed tears when they cry?

DEAR DIDI: Why don't dogs shed tears when they cry? -Manteca Dog Lover

August 27, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Granddaughter will hug every dog she encounters

DEAR DIDI: Our young granddaughter is 6 years old and she LOVES dogs. Her favorite thing to do is hug them! She just wraps her ...

August 20, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


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