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A snow job: Process of writing

The other day I built my first snowman. It was cold and a little rainy and we didn't have the stereotypical carrot nose or corncob pipe to adorn our new friend with, but it was something of a success. It had branches for arms and I even used my hat and glasses to make him look cool - if a snowman can get any 'cooler'.

February 18, 2015 | By LAWRENCE SILVEIRA Sierra High graduate | Other Views

Honoring our presidents

The headline that caught my attention on Presidents Day could not have been starker, colder: "Intense Republican Hate Is Skewing Obama Polls."

February 18, 2015 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views

Truth about religious violence

President Barack Obama committed the ultimate political blunder the other day. He blurted out the truth.

February 18, 2015 | By Donald Kaul Washington correspondent | Other Views

Divest USA of UC

The University of California Student Association has approved a resolution to direct UC regents to divest financially of the governments of Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Sri Lanka and the United States. "UC students did not give consent to invest in governments engaged in violence against others," proclaimed the Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California, targeting the above countries for human rights violations. The motion - which passed with nine yes votes, one no vote and five abstentions - faulted the U.S. government for conducting drone strikes abroad, as well as the nation's high ...

February 18, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views

Ridiculous Williams suspension

Brian Williams' six-month suspension has fallen flat. His critics aren't mollified. His supporters are clearly dispirited. Everyone knows this one is not over - though his tenure at NBC may very well be done.

February 16, 2015 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views

Ultimate enemy of ISIS

The president's request for the authorization to use military force against the Islamic State has landed in a Congress as divided as the country.

February 13, 2015 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views

Old McPontiff had a farm

Old songs occasionally need to be refreshed with updated verses.

February 13, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views

Rev. Wright’s star pupil

"A steady patriot of the world alone,

February 11, 2015 | y Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views

Obama insults Christians

President Barack Obama inserted a jarring note in his speech to the annual Prayer Breakfast by insulting Christians with an inappropriate reference to the Crusades and charging that people "committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ."

February 10, 2015 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views

NFL stiffs cities hosting Super Bowl

How about this year's Super Bowl, huh?

February 10, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views

Is there is a death penalty?

What happened to California's death penalty? There has not been an execution since 2006, when a federal judge ruled against the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol. In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld three-drug executions. It didn't matter. Though as candidates Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris - who both personally oppose capital punishment - promised to uphold the law, in real life they've let things slide. Fed up, two men related to murder victims have filed suit to push the state to carry out the law.

February 10, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views

Smartphone could be poisoning kids

Kim Gunoo is a 15-year-old South Korean boy who has lived with perpetual diarrhea since birth.

February 10, 2015 | By ELIZABETH O’CONNELL Green America’s Campaign Director | Other Views

A tax cut for tax cheats

If the most frequently dialed federal agency in America can't even answer two-thirds of the millions of phone calls it gets, should the government cut its budget?

February 08, 2015 | | Other Views

Whose job is it to kill ISIS?

Seeing clips of that 22-minute video of the immolation of the Jordanian pilot, one wonders: Who would be drawn to the cause of these barbarians who perpetrated such an atrocity?

February 07, 2015 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views

Where’s Woody Guthrie when we need him?

This year marks the 102nd anniversary of the birth of Woody Guthrie, and in these hard times of tinkle-down economics, we sure could use some of his hard-hitting musical stories and inspired lyrical populism.

February 07, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views

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France does right thing

It took them way too long to do it, and it happened in no small measure because of the tireless work of Stuart Eizenstat, who ...

November 14, 2015 | | Other Views

Manteca should regulate drones

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

November 14, 2015 | | Other Views

Very real political football

Activists at the University of Missouri just won themselves a trophy Monday. After weeks of protests against the president of the University of Missouri System ...

November 12, 2015 | | Other Views

The GOP war over war policy

Rand Paul had his best debate moment Tuesday when he challenged Marco Rubio on his plans to increase defense spending by $1 trillion.

November 12, 2015 | | Other Views

Liberals losing culture wars?

The libertine left has done a lot of boasting over the last several years about the inevitability of History vanquishing every corner of American social ...

November 09, 2015 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views

Presentation ‘Grapes in our Lives’ at MJC

MODESTO - The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer a presentation entitled "Grapes in our Lives: Cultural Connections between Grapes and People" by Peter ...

November 08, 2015 | | Other Views

For a few, cholesterol is naturally high

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 68-year-old female with a more-than-40-year history of extremely high cholesterol (350-411 total). I have not been able to tolerate ...

November 08, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

High school locker rooms

This story starts with a transgender high school student who was born male but identifies as female. As a public high school student, she wants ...

November 06, 2015 | | Other Views

Rabid extremists exiled 14-year-old

Our country's pack of foam-at-the-mouth, mad-dog, right-wing extremists just scored another win.

November 06, 2015 | | Other Views

We need more children

It made front-page headlines around the world when China's Communist Party announced the end of its notorious one-child policy. Imposed by Chinese dictator Deng ...

November 05, 2015 | | Other Views

Long-overdue vigilance

The competing Republicans presidential campaigns had a meeting on Nov. 1 to discuss their concerns with how the Republican National Committee had planned debates with ...

November 04, 2015 | | Other Views

US going to war in Syria?

"The United States is being sucked into a new Middle East war," says The New York Times. And the Times has it exactly right.

November 03, 2015 | | Other Views

The ‘games’ council members play

Editor, Manteca Bulletin

November 02, 2015 | | Other Views

Counting down to a Silveira Christmas

I don't know if anyone is counting - I certainly am - but we're only about eight weeks away from Christmas.

November 02, 2015 | LAWRENCE SILVEIRA | Other Views

Hillary hasn’t learned from Iraq

As the first Democratic presidential debate drew to a close, moderator Anderson Cooper posed a question to Hillary Clinton: How might her presidency differ from ...

November 02, 2015 | MEDEA BENJAMIN | Other Views

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