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Just the facts, ma’am

We knew there could be a big October surprise before this bizarre and unpopular election finally came to an end. But who knew it would come from emails found on a device used by former Rep. Anthony Weiner, which was confiscated by the FBI after he sexted an underage woman - an act that cost him his job, his income and his marriage?

October 29, 2016 | | Other Views


Blame? Try GOP in Congress

Yes, I share the pain; I am outraged! I am a military father after all and I would be extremely upset if my son were in the same unfair circumstances as Capt. Chris Van Meter, the Manteca hero recently mentioned in the Manteca Bulletin. So I want to extend my most sincere gratitude to him for his service to our country and to let him know he is not alone; we Mantecans and the entire country is behind him.

October 29, 2016 | | Other Views


A presidency from hell?

Should Donald Trump surge from behind to win, he would likely bring in with him both houses of Congress.

October 28, 2016 | | Other Views


Fighting racism in places where white workers are hurting, too

Since 2011, Maine's bombastic Republican governor Paul LePage has given America a taste of what it might be like to live under a Donald Trump presidency.

October 28, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump vs. Clinton: Risk vs. disaster

Two weeks left to go in the election and the electorate feels like a battered NFL fan. The game gets increasingly old and tiring to watch, and playing it can inflict permanent brain damage.

October 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Wells Fargo rotting from top down

Just when you thought that, surely, big banker greed had bottomed out with 2008's Wall Street crash and bailout, along comes Wells Fargo, burrowing even deeper into the ethical slime to reach a previously unimaginable level of corporate depravity.

October 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Silicon Valley’s nasty war on those who think differently

Two years ago, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was forced to resign because it had been reported that he had given $1,000 to the campaign to pass Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure approved by California voters that prohibited same-sex marriage. (Later the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality.) Now Silicon Valley activists are targeting Peter Thiel, because the controversial venture capitalist and a board member for Facebook donated $1.25 million to a super PAC that supports Donald Trump. Those of you who wonder why there is so much division in American politics need look ...

October 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Dump Duterte, for starters

Alliances are transmission belts of war.

October 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Is Trump committed to law?

Donald Trump's rhetoric has been so dangerously outside the bounds of normal American political discourse - which, at least, pays lip service to constitutional governance and democratic rule - that legitimate questions about whether he could be relied on to fully and faithfully execute the laws of the United States have been raised.

October 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Restoring the San Joaquin

FRESNO - A decade ago, environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150-mile stretch of California's second-longest river, an ambitious effort aimed at allowing salmon again to swim up to the Sierra Nevada foothills to spawn.

October 24, 2016 | By SCOTT SMITH | Other Views


The uncontrollable man

His daughter knew what to say. So did his running mate and his campaign manager. They all knew the question was coming. And the answer was simple: Yes -- barring some extraordinary circumstances, such as what happened in the 2000 election, "Of course we'll accept." "Absolutely, we will."

October 24, 2016 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Exercise can be a double-edged sword with dilated aortic root

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 66-year-old male in good health who was just informed by my doctor that the diameter of my aortic root has increased to 4.3 centimeters. Last year, the echocardiogram showed a number of 4.1. I have heard that running, which makes the heart rate go up, can contribute to the enlargement of the aortic root. Is there any truth to that? I hate to give up exercising. -- G.S.

October 23, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


The uncontrollable man

His daughter knew what to say. So did his running mate and his campaign manager. They all knew the question was coming. And the answer was simple: Yes -- barring some extraordinary circumstances, such as what happened in the 2000 election, "Of course we'll accept." "Absolutely, we will."

October 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Establishment in panic

Pressed by moderator Chris Wallace as to whether he would accept defeat should Hillary Clinton win the election, Donald Trump replied, "I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense."

October 21, 2016 | | Other Views


The Stumpf banking system

"Stumpf" is a German adjective for someone who's obtuse, slow on the uptake, imperceptive, or to put it bluntly, stupid.

October 21, 2016 | | Other Views


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Dangers of big philanthropy

It's the season of giving.

January 10, 2017 | | Other Views


Man without a mandate

It's hard to patch together a mandate out of an election that most pollsters believe could have been won, maybe even easily, by another ...

January 09, 2017 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Laser treatments ‘probably not effective’ against nerve damage

DEAR DR. ROACH: Due to diabetes and radiation treatments for prostate cancer, I have nerve damage to both feet. I was on was Lyrica, and ...

January 08, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Why do dogs eat cat poop?

DEAR DIDI: We absolutely adore our Aussie. Her name is Precious. Unfortunately, Precious has a not so precious habit. She likes to eat cat poop ...

January 08, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


What’s a good question?

What should reporters ask President-elect Donald Trump at his first post-election press conference scheduled for Jan. 11? The answer isn't as simple as it ...

January 07, 2017 | | Other Views


Is liberal democracy an endangered species?

"As we begin 2017, the most urgent threat to liberal democracy is not autocracy," writes William Galston of The Wall Street Journal, "it is illiberal ...

January 06, 2017 | | Other Views


It’s now out with the old

The holidays are never easy for anyone except the Hallmark family, but this year seemed especially disquieting: Donald Trump acts like he's still playing ...

January 06, 2017 | | Other Views


Replace Obamacare with the free market

One of President-elect Donald Trump's major campaign promises is to "repeal and replace" Obamacare.

January 05, 2017 | | Other Views


Reducing inequality in Trump Era

In a lot of ways, 2016 was a big year for reducing inequality.

January 04, 2017 | | Other Views


Gentlemen farmers’ gold-plated tractors

Let's talk tractors - the sturdy workhorses of agriculture.

January 04, 2017 | | Other Views


Can Trump & Putin avert Cold War II?

In retaliation for the hacking of John Podesta and the DNC, Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats and ordered closure of their country houses on ...

January 03, 2017 | | Other Views


Stanford rape judge demonstrates need for judicial independence

When Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Brock Turner, a Stanford freshman convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster, to ...

January 03, 2017 | | Other Views


Are muzzles really necessary at vet’s office?

DEAR DIDI: My husband and I are in disagreement about using muzzles on dogs. Our dog does not like having one put on at the ...

January 01, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Bras’ don’t increase cancer risk

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read that wearing a bra increases the risk of breast cancer, since a bra prevents drainage of lymphatics in the breast ...

January 01, 2017 | | Other Views


Different kind of journalism

There is standard progression in the world where journalism and politics intersect. After years of reporting and watching newsrooms shrink, many journalists go to work ...

December 30, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


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