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Image of Santa Claus goes deep

Making fun of Fox News' Megyn Kelly for her vigorous-without-a-doubt-make-no-mistake insistence that Santa Claus and Jesus Christ are both white would be like taking candy from a child.

December 22, 2013 | | Other Views


Justice finally prevails in drug cases

President Obama commuted the sentences of eight crack-cocaine offenders Thursday, including that of Clarence Aaron, who was serving a sentence of life without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug conviction when he was 23.

December 21, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


They’re peeping while you’re sleeping

It's a scary world out there, with global terrorists plotting to kill us.

December 21, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Tonsil patient: Preserve her privacy

Jahi McMath, 13, died after a routine tonsillectomy, according to doctors at Children's Hospital Oakland who declared McMath brain-dead on Thursday. The coroner's office was set to remove her body on Tuesday.

December 20, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


‘Lie of the Year’ — aided by media

PolitiFact has awarded their "Lie of the Year" to President Barack Obama for his promise that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it."

December 18, 2013 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Ryan saves GOP from itself

Did Paul Ryan's budget deal save the Republican party from itself? I think it did.

December 17, 2013 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


The Cold War continues

I was, frankly, quite delighted to see that my former student Chai Feldblum, who grew up to be one of the nation's leading scholars and lawyers on issues of equality, especially for women and LGBT Americans, was confirmed to serve a full term on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Chai, a longtime law professor at Georgetown University, was first appointed to the EEOC in 2009 and then was a recess appointment in 2010. Her term expired last July, and her re-nomination has been languishing along with the nominations of more than a hundred other highly qualified people for executive ...

December 17, 2013 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Corn subsidies draw nearly universal ire

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., are about as opposite politically as two people can be. Nonetheless, last week they joined forces to introduce a bill to repeal the federal requirement to blend corn ethanol into gasoline.

December 17, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Obamacare: Fair share of less care

Lately, I've been hearing from readers who are among the million Californians who had private health care plans, received cancellation notices and now have to buy new coverage. Some figured that if they signed up with their old providers - Blue Shield or Anthem - they'd have access to the same doctors and hospitals. Not quite. In Marin, San Francisco and Alameda counties, new plans in Covered California exchanges don't include doctors and hospitals in other counties.

December 11, 2013 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Google’s barge glides by in SF

The developers who wanted to build 8 Washington in San Francisco spent seven years lobbying City Hall - winning approval from the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors - only to watch opponents kill the project by putting a successful measure on the November ballot.

December 10, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


This Texas conservative fad stinks

Tenacity can be an admirable trait in a leader - except when it's stupid.

December 10, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Upgrading our clunker economy

Pondering America's economic system is a bit like going to the mechanic with your old heap and being told there's nothing more he can do.

December 09, 2013 | | Other Views


It isn’t about sensitivity

How do you run against a woman candidate?

December 06, 2013 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political commentator | Other Views


No mercy from Obama this Thanksgiving

Another Thanksgiving has passed without a presidential commutation for Clarence Aaron, who, at age 24, was sentenced to life without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug conviction in 1993.

December 06, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National columnist | Other Views


Obamacare’s next problem: Doc Shock

"The bottom line is this law is working and will work into the future," President Barack Obama said of his signature Affordable Care Act on Tuesday. It would be easier to believe the president if he hadn't said in 2009, "If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too."

December 05, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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Volunteers for vino: Saga continues

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Westover Vineyards of Castro Valley. Owner Bill Smyth is preparing to shutter his winery because the California Department of Industrial Relations slapped him with $115,550 in fines, back wages and penalties for using unpaid volunteers. Those fees put Westover in the red.

October 09, 2014 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


None can call it treason

A couple of weeks ago at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, several hundred people went to their feet to applaud a speech delivered by David H. Koch. The occasion was the opening of the Met's new facade on Fifth Avenue. It runs four city blocks, and is complete with new fountains, paving, lighting, landscaping and seating areas for visitors. Mr. Koch contributed the entire $65 million cost of the project, which took years to complete.

October 08, 2014 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


That gosh darn minimum wage

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to share his long-repressed feelings about a traumatic event. "It was," the Kentucky Republican confided, grim-faced, "the worst day of my political life."

October 08, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Dog running into things could have eyesight issues

DEAR DIDI: Our four year old pit mix will play with toys if we interact with them but if we throw the toy and ask him to fetch he loses all interest and walks away. He runs into things around the house fairly often so we are wondering if he has a balance or coordination issue. How PETS we work on this? We adopted him when he was a year old and he is so calm and such a joy to us. Our other issue, unrelated, is that he growls intensely at anyone that comes to our home even if ...

October 07, 2014 | By Didi McElroy mycaliforniacanine.com | Other Views


Fighting a 30-year war

"The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature."

October 07, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Schools chief race is about tenure

At last month's California gubernatorial debate, Republican hopeful Neel Kashkari praised Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris for using their discretion not to appeal a court ruling that overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban. Kashkari then chided both Democrats for failing to use that same discretion when they appealed the Vergara v. California court decision. The suit is named after Beatriz Vergara, one of nine students who sued to eliminate the state's teacher tenure system.

October 06, 2014 | | Other Views


Let them eat tips

Just when you thought the plutocratic profiteers running America's exploitative, low-wage economy couldn't get any more clueless, self-serving, pious, and mingy - along comes Lady Maria of Marriott, magnanimously saying: "Let them eat tips."

October 06, 2014 | | Other Views


Barack Obama, outside agitator

In his U.N. address, President Obama listed a parade of horrors afflicting our world: "Russian aggression in Europe," "terrorism in Syria and Iraq," rapes and beheadings by ISIL, al-Qaida, Boko Haram.

October 04, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


He’s not in Manteca anymore. . .

EDITOR'S NOTE: Lawrence Silveira is a Sierra High graduate now living in Chicago. In this column, penned on Sept. 5, he writes about the differences between the two locales, and what he's learned in his first few weeks at Columbia College.

October 02, 2014 | By Lawrence Silveira Sierra High graduate | Other Views


Is Burger King an economic patriot?

"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains."

October 02, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Rich man hails middle class job creators

Here's an unusual super-rich guy with a strange message for his fellow 1-percent-of-the-1-percenters.

October 02, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Some serious potty talk

There's a photo-word montage on the Internet in which a little boy, presumably from Africa, looks skeptically at a woman who is apparently from somewhere else. The boy asks, "You mean to tell me you have so much clean water, that you (poop) in it?"

October 01, 2014 | By JILL RICHARDSON Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


Peace protests, R.I.P.

Where are the peaceniks? Why aren't they marching on Capitol Hill to protest President Barack Obama's use of military force in Syria and Iraq? The San Francisco Chronicle's Kevin Fagan interviewed peace activists who told him that their ranks are numb, in part because America has been at war for more than a decade. Some even wonder whether the Islamic State is so barbaric as to merit airstrikes.

September 30, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The media: People who live in glass houses

"I see the media is at it again," an acquaintance said referring to the deluge of coverage after the Ray Rice assault on his wife. True, a ton of coverage on what became a national, if not international story.

September 25, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Other Views


Enough is enough: Time for corporations to share

For those of you who read my last column and thought I had crossed over to the dark side, this one should tilt the world back on its proper axis.

September 25, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Other Views


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