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Great Pacific garbage patch hoax

A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences could mean bad news for environmental doomsayers. Forget all those warnings about the million tons of plastic debris floating in the ocean. Ignore the photos that you think show the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Andres Cozar of the University of Cadiz in Spain is the man who once extrapolated the 1 million-ton estimate. Since then, however, he has led research that collected samples at 141 ocean sites. Cozar's new estimate: Between 7,000 and 35,000 tons of plastic are floating in the ocean.

July 07, 2014 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Give business chance to comply with ADA

Recently the towns of Manteca, Ripon and Tracy among others have seen a sharp rise in the number of lawsuits from out of town lawyers targeting local businesses for allegedly violating portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many of these are small, family owned businesses who are ill equipped to afford the vast legal fees to fight a professional trial lawyer and have been forced to shut down. It is a problem that has been growing for years, especially here in the Valley and most acutely in minority and immigrant communities where lawyers target those who learned English ...

July 07, 2014 | JEFF DENHAM | Other Views


Obama’s anti-media tantrums

President Barack Obama treats the press like a spoiled child treats his parents. Despite the pampering, he just keeps complaining about them until he gets his way. As America tires of his inflated sense of self-importance while the economy limps and his foreign policy crumbles, Obama travels around the country complaining that the mean old media aren't complimentary enough.

July 04, 2014 | Brent Bozell | Other Views


Free to choose vs. cost-free access

How did women get birth control before President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act? Before Obamacare, a woman could go to a doctor and get birth control. She often had to pay or make a copayment for contraception. But in the 2014 political lexicon, that means she had no access.

July 04, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


‘The great adventure continues’

Ok. President Obama decreed that federal workers can extend their lunch hours by an hour to watch the U.S. play in the World Cup. Big deal. The president of Costa Rica gave all workers a full day off to watch their team.

July 03, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Other Views


Justices & their cellphones

Since the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court went up in flames back in 1987, every appointee to the court has understood that when asked at confirmation hearings about how your personal experiences might affect your decisions, the right answer is "balls and strikes." Just an umpire, they all say, and even though no one - on the left or the right - believes this to be true, we all understand the necessity of the charade.

July 02, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Tell President: No more wars!

Barack Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and arm rebels of the Free Syrian Army who seek to overthrow the government.

July 02, 2014 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Brown socks, fathers & sons, & being kinder

I spent part of Father's Day reflecting on my late father.

July 01, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Other Views


Kaiser’s Modesto, Manteca hospitals operate as one to provide best care

At Kaiser Permanente, we understand the community sentiment that led to the Manteca City Council's June 3 adoption of a non-binding resolution regarding the medical services offered at our Manteca Medical Center. Faced with a question about the operation of an important hometown institution, it's only natural to want that institution to have all services.

July 01, 2014 | By Melanie Hatchel Public Affairs Director, Central Valley Area, Kaiser Permanente Northern California | Other Views


Manteca Kaiser members paid for & deserve full service hospital

My name is Amy Glass and I am a Manteca resident and an RN in the Kaiser Modesto ICU. I was one of the many Manteca residents who spoke at the Manteca City Council on June 3 in favor of a resolution asking Kaiser to immediately restore the services that it cut from the Kaiser Manteca Medical Center in January 2013.

July 01, 2014 | By AMY GLASS Manteca resident RN Kaiser Modesto | Other Views


Highway funding runs out of gas

Lawmakers writing the transportation spending bill have a problem. Actually they have 89 billion problems, because that's how many dollars they are short between what they want to spend over the next six years and the revenue bean counters expect.

July 01, 2014 | | Other Views


Shakedown on the bridge!

When I think of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, I think of the decadeslong building of the new eastern span, the shameless political grandstanding for a project that ran $5 billion over budget - and the construction headaches that live on. Brian Maroney, Caltrans' chief engineer for the bridge, sees something entirely different. He sees a visual stunner that delights drivers as they emerge from Treasure Island to gasp at a skyway with twinkling lights curling toward the East Bay hills. He thrills at the experience to the user, especially at night. Most importantly, he sees a bridge that is safe.

June 29, 2014 | | Other Views


Nasty playing cards and apologies

There's a new card game making the rounds that's designed to offend. What does it say about our culture that this marketing strategy actually works?

June 29, 2014 | | Other Views


Make Congress vote on war

With the Islamic warriors of ISIS having captured all the border posts between Iraq, Syria and Jordan, we may be witnessing the end of Sykes-Picot.

June 28, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Media helpers for White House summits

In November of 2002, Washington Post reporter-editor Bob Woodward unveiled excerpts of his latest book, "Bush at War," and caused a big stir by revealing that Fox News boss Roger Ailes had sent a confidential memo to the George W. Bush White House after 9/11 insisting the president stay tough against the terrorists.

June 28, 2014 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


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The rejection election

With the Iowa caucuses a few days away, the front-runner for the Republican nomination, who leads in all the polls, is Donald Trump.

January 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Sanders wants a revolution

Jeb Bush must be watching the Democratic primary with unadulterated envy. The Democratic debates have been comparatively civil - and conveniently scheduled to reduce viewership and ...

January 30, 2016 | | Other Views


PLAYING HARDBALL

On Jan. 14, the National Park Service announced that Yosemite's iconic Ahwahnee Hotel will become the Majestic Yosemite Hotel on March 1. A news ...

January 29, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


#OscarsSoWhite

First, the facts. Since 2000, 10 percent of Oscar nominations have gone to black actors. Blacks comprise 13 percent of the country's population, so ...

January 28, 2016 | | Other Views


WAL-MART CLOSES STORE

Two years ago, Thumbtack - a startup that connects consumers with local contractors -conducted a survey to see what they thought of proposals to raise the ...

January 27, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Settlement of $l.5M for Lum’s death

The wheels of justice which often grinds exceedingly slow is finally coming to its conclusion for the Lum family of Lathrop.

January 25, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Other Views


Sanders proves the pundits wrong

The problem with applying conventional wisdom to political campaigns is that it can suddenly be upended by an unconventional campaign.

January 25, 2016 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Avoid excess refined sugar, diabetes or not

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband's recent lab work showed that he had a glucose reading of 72 (82-115 is considered a healthy range). Is ...

January 24, 2016 | | Other Views


Dogs don’t show signs they know they are guilty

DEAR DIDI: Do dogs feel guilty for things they have done? Our boy sure looks like he KNOWS he has done something wrong when we ...

January 24, 2016 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


The Year of Trump

Since 2015 is over, is it safe to come out now?

January 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Dark horse Paul Ryan

As Republicans prepare to cast their first presidential ballots in Iowa and New Hampshire, the field remains dominated by "outsider" candidates Donald Trump and Ted ...

January 22, 2016 | | Other Views


Zuckerberg’s get-away car

Let us now praise "Lord Zuckerberg, The Magnificent!"

January 22, 2016 | | Other Views


Democrats’ debate notes

Fighting off the temptation to fall asleep during the most recent Democratic - and Donald Trump-less -debate, I wrote these thoughts, observations and questions I hoped ...

January 21, 2016 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Our toxic failure

Now that it's already been phased out, the world can agree that a chemical used in Teflon - the famous coating on nonstick pots and ...

January 20, 2016 | JILL RICHARDSON | Other Views


All anti-inflammatories are not alike

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 62-year-old male in generally good physical and mental health. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 21 ...

January 19, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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