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Mangling Trump talk on veterans

Staff Sgt. Chad Robichaux is a Marine who developed post-traumatic stress disorder in the aftermath of eight tours in Afghanistan. After years of suffering, he now runs a counseling program dedicated to helping veterans avoid suicide, divorce and other attendant problems. He knows from his own experience that a faith-based approach works. Our government - allergic to faith-based programs -isn't really interested, especially under President Barack Obama.

October 08, 2016 | | Other Views


Having a cow over flatulence

With the election season in full swing, a number of sobering issues have entered the discussion, including taxes, race relations, and foreign policy. But California has taken the initiative to declare a new matter of public urgency: cow farts.

October 04, 2016 | | Other Views


‘Hilary: The Movie’

Hillary Clinton has promised that in her first 30 days as president she will propose a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, which she characterized as a "disaster for our democracy." Because Clinton has a better-than-even chance of being elected president, who am I to argue?

October 03, 2016 | | Other Views


You, too, could vote for Donald Trump

The political press corps has known Bob Stern as the straight-arrow president of Los Angeles' Center for Governmental Studies who helped Jerry Brown create the Fair Political Practices Commission in 1974. Since the center closed its L.A. offices in 2011, Stern seems to have developed a devious side - or was it there all along? I ask, because in his "The November Election" course at UCLA extension, Stern managed to set up a scenario wherein a substantial majority - he thinks two-thirds of the class of westside liberals, his wife, Joan, says three-quarters - raised their hands when asked if they could ...

September 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Hillary’s Red Army march of tax-hike destruction

You've got to hand it to Team Hillary Clinton. Its message discipline is awesome -- at least in terms of taxes. It reminds me of the orderly march of the Chinese Red Army on the way to battle.

September 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump right on trade predators

Is America still a serious nation?

September 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Let the people roar: Trump won the night

We all have theories as to how Donald Trump got this far. Mine is that Trump has done well among white high school graduates because he acts the way people think they would act if they were billionaires. If Trump ever doubts himself, he never shows it. He calls people names because he knows he can get away with it. He acts as if having money takes away anguish - that is, he acts quite differently than most rich people I know.

September 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Is Charlotte our future?

Celebrating the racial diversity of the Charlotte protesters last week, William Barber II, chairman of the North Carolina NAACP, proudly proclaimed, "This is what democracy looks like."

September 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Banks don’t commit crimes, bankers do

Hey, stop complaining that our government coddles Wall Street's big, money-grubbing banks.

September 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Moderators: Are they referees or fighters?

The latest Gallup poll confirms that the level of trust in the media has reached another new low. The percentage of Republicans who hold a "great deal" or "fair amount" of trust in the press has dropped precipitously to 14 percent, begging the question: Who are the 14 percent who are comfortable with the nonstop tirade against them?

September 26, 2016 | | Other Views


What to do about Social Security when someone dies

Coincidentally, I received two questions on the same day dealing with the same topic. Each had a relative die and each asked, "What do I do about his Social Security?"

September 23, 2016 | Tom MARGENAU | Other Views


Are we crazy or what?

This should be a 10-point race, minimum. If this were an election governed by any of the rules of politics that all of us have been practicing and teaching and writing books about, this should be the biggest snoozer since 1984, when Germond and Witcover penned their aptly named "Wake Us When It's Over."

September 23, 2016 | | Other Views


How Trump wins the debate

On one of my first trips to New Hampshire in 1991, to challenge President George H. W. Bush, I ran into Sen. Eugene McCarthy.

September 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Memo to GOP ‘Never Trumpers’: Reagan isn’t rising from the dead

A "never Trump" friend I've known since law school writes:

September 22, 2016 | | Other Views


Union-made miracle on the Hudson

In their ongoing, all-out assault to crush labor unions, corporate forces have fabricated a cultural myth to undermine popular support for labor: Unions, they insist, are no longer needed. They tell us that in today's entrepreneurial economy, workers must compete with each other, not cooperate.

September 22, 2016 | | Other Views


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What meeting your spouse online has in common with arranged marriage

Most Americans who get married today believe they are choosing their own partners after falling in love with them. Arranged marriages, which remain common in ...

April 08, 2018 | AMITRAJEET A. BATABYAL | Other Views


NRA: Educational organization, lobby group and non-profit

The National Rifle Association has hit more turbulence since 17 people died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, than ...

April 08, 2018 | SAMUEL BRUNSON | Other Views


Hashimoto’s is no excuse for avoiding the flu shot

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have never gotten the flu vaccine. Years ago, it was believed to be too dangerous for anyone with an autoimmune condition ...

April 08, 2018 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Only native parrot extinct for 100 years

It was winter in upstate New York in 1780 in a rural town called Schoharie, home to the deeply religious Palatine Germans. Suddenly, a flock ...

April 01, 2018 | | Other Views


How Facebook – the Wal-Mart of the internet – dismantled online subcultures

Before the internet, people interested in body modification – not just tattoo and piercing enthusiasts, but those drawn to more unusual practices like ear pointing, tongue ...

April 01, 2018 | JESSA LINGEL | Other Views


Vitamin E is no miracle cure for hot flashes

DEAR DR. ROACH: There is a very easy cure for hot flashes -- and it works! Take 400 units of vitamin E twice a day. The ...

April 01, 2018 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Q&A: He’s trying to run world’s fastest marathon by doing it going backwards

BOSTON (AP) - Loren Zitomersky has gotten used to the jokes: "Hey, you're running the wrong way!"

March 25, 2018 | | Other Views


Q&A: At 91, the droll actress Cloris Leachman isn’t slowing down yet

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cloris Leachman is 91-years-old and still as busy as ever in Hollywood.

March 25, 2018 | | Other Views


About Gov. Jerry Moonbeam’s legacy

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

March 23, 2018 | | Other Views


Teaching students how to dissent is part of our democratic process

In scenes unprecedented in previous school shootings, the past few weeks have been marked by students taking to the streets, to the media, to corporations ...

March 18, 2018 | SARAH STITZLEIN | Other Views


If polls say people want gun control, why doesn’t Congress just pass it?

After the recent deadly shooting at a Florida high school, many Americans are asking that question about the federal government's firearms policy. Recent polls ...

March 18, 2018 | HARRY L. WILSON | Other Views


1st Amendment doesn’t give students right to walk out of their classes

Thousands of high school students across the nation left their classes March 14 precisely at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes.

March 18, 2018 | CLAY CALVERT | Other Views


Need to talk about ‘free trade’

America, can we talk? We need to talk about "free trade." We've needed to have this conversation for a while, actually. Like, since the ...

March 18, 2018 | JILL RICHARDSON | Other Views


More business leaders agree: inequality hurts bottom line

For decades, big business leaders have warned that redistributing wealth is bad for business. Taxing the rich to pay for infrastructure and education, they say ...

March 18, 2018 | CHUCK COLLINS | Other Views


California to get first female and first LGBT State Senate leader

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate ...

March 18, 2018 | | Other Views


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