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It was a better ending

My friend Julia died as we knew she would. Cancer had ravaged her body for a decade. She no longer could breathe. She was at home, under hospice care, when she asked for a dose of morphine that she knew would kill her but also keep her final moments free of pain.

April 15, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Assisted suicide

The assisted-suicide movement is the rare self-proclaimed civil rights movement that exists to cater to the wishes of affluent Americans. Last week, the California Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on SB 128, a bill to legalize assisted suicide in the state. (Proponents don't like the word suicide, so they call the measure the "End of Life Option Act.") Supporters talk of their fear of medical personnel's prolonging their lives, of pain and lack of autonomy; opponents fear that the bill's passage would represent a callous act of cultural abandonment of the sick and disabled.

April 13, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Bathroom Wars continue

More than 30 years ago, conservatives managed to defeat the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, which would have added "sex" to the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection, by frightening women into believing that it would outlaw separate bathrooms for men and women. In the years since, the courts have effectively done what Congress couldn't, prohibiting discrimination in virtually every aspect of American life - except, of course, bathrooms, which never were really at issue.

April 13, 2015 | | Other Views


Rand Paul helps GOP

Rand Paul's entry into the 2016 Republican presidential primary is good for the GOP. I won't proclaim that Paul, 52, has the gravitas or character to occupy the Oval Office - that remains to be seen - but I do believe that all the other Republican hopefuls should watch and learn from Kentucky's junior senator. His take on issues could make independents and Democrats take a second look at a party where they have not felt welcome.

April 11, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Apple, rehabilitate thyself

Just last month, Apple chief executive Tim Cook made headlines when he wrote a piece in The Washington Post, panning Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act as "very dangerous." Apple, Cook wrote, does not believe in discrimination and strives to "do business in a way that is just and fair." This month, the San Francisco Chronicle's Wendy Lee reported, Apple fired some construction workers at Apple Campus 2 in January because they had been convicted of felonies or face felony charges. Just and fair? Hardly.

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


Why politics do matter

The debate about a "religious freedom" law being considered in Indiana has been making national news. The issue is whether the law would allow discrimination against gays. There has been a storm of protest both from inside and outside the state - with leading businesses threatening and threatened by a proposed boycott of the state; Silicon Valley, for the first time I can remember, taking effective political action; and Indiana legislators tripping over themselves to make sure everyone understands that the law is in no way intended to immunize or condone discrimination.

April 10, 2015 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Corn, scorn & policy porn

Imagine a government energy program that is such a disaster that the Environmental Working Group and the American Petroleum Institute both oppose it. The anti-poverty group ActionAid USA wants to get rid of it, as does the pro-business Competitive Enterprise Institute. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wants to end it. So does Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. They're both sponsors of the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015.

April 09, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Try smiling, you’ll be more happier

Don't pick your nose (at least in public). The other day while I was walking down the street, I saw a guy doing just that. He had the index finger of his right hand up his right nostril, and he was really digging in like he was searching for gold. As I walked past, he turned to face the other way, even though I could still clearly see him as he proceeded to pop the treasure he had found right into his mouth. Super gross.

April 08, 2015 | By LAWRENCE SILVEIRA Sierra High graduate | Other Views


Durbin & the race card

Does Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., suffer from short, medium and long-term memory loss?

April 08, 2015 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


The value of nurses

I never quite understood what "nursing" really meant until the past six months, when the supposed superstar doctor who operated on me in Phoenix (One of the smartest male doctors I know told me she was the best, a woman, how wonderful; beware gender bias.) made a mess of my intestines, leaving me rather critically ill with peritonitis and unbearable pain while she went to Maui. Some very fine physicians, in California and in Arizona, tried to clean up the mess she left, but it was the nurses who took care of me.

April 07, 2015 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Escape hatch for corporate cons

"Do the crime, do the time," goes the old saying.

April 06, 2015 | | Other Views


Diversity or meritocracy?

A voracious and eclectic reader, President Nixon instructed me to send him every few weeks 10 articles he would not normally see that were on interesting or important issues.

April 04, 2015 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Stand up for Indiana!

In what has been called the "Catholic moment" in America, in the late 1940s and 1950s, Catholics were admonished from pulpits to "live the faith" and "set an example" for others.

April 03, 2015 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


The H-1B Visa

The libertarian-leaning me believes an American employer should be able to hire pretty much anyone he or she wants to hire. But the taxpaying me believes that if the federal government limits immigration yet creates a special visa program for highly skilled foreign workers with the assurance that the program will not cut into the wages or jobs of American workers, then Washington ought to keep its promise.

April 02, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


For rent: The GOP’s No. 3

Representative Steve Scalise might not be for sale, but he is available for long-term lease.

April 02, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


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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


Winners & losers of 2016

Populism took the elites by surprise in 2016, so a review of this year's cultural winners and losers must begin with a very long ...

December 30, 2016 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


No middle ground in 2016

Fed up with Europe's union across borders? Reject it. Disgusted with the U.S. political establishment? Can it.

December 30, 2016 | By ADAM GELLER | Other Views


Israel first or America first

Donald Trump has a new best friend.

December 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Pentagon’s $125 billion cover-up

Let's say you ask somebody a question. They give you an answer you don't like, so you pretend you didn't hear it ...

December 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Obama crowns himself to a third presidential term

Still shell-shocked from his party's Nov. 8 beating, President Barack Obama said, "I'm confident that if I had run again and articulated it ...

December 29, 2016 | | Other Views


Women deserve access to tampons

For many women, getting a period for 3 to 8 days every month can be hellish - everything from bleeding, cramps, and fatigue to the humiliating ...

December 29, 2016 | | Other Views


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