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The happy state of Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown is in an enviable position. He delivered a State of the State address Wednesday that did not require hand-wringing about ugly shortfalls and painful cuts for public schools. As he prepares to run for re-election, he doesn't even need to announce that he is running for re-election. No Democrat dares challenge the 75-year-old incumbent.

January 23, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Are two hops enough?

Or do we really need three?

January 22, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Conservative Latinas need not apply

The Hollywood blacklist, according to Wikipedia, is the term for "the mid-20th-century practice of denying employment to screenwriters, actors, directors, musicians, and other U.S. entertainment professionals because of their suspected political beliefs or associations." The blacklist spirit is alive and living in San Francisco, but here and now the enemies of free thought have a new question: Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Republican Party?

January 22, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Rim Fire logging plan poses major threat to Sierra wildlife

The Manteca Bulletin asked a fair question: why should the public be concerned about the Forest Service's proposal to log about 30,000 acres in the 257,000-acre Rim fire (Editorial, January 3, 2014)? The reasons are simple. The proposed logging would heavily target the rarest, most threatened, and most biologically diverse and rich forest habitat type in the Sierra Nevada-"snag forest habitat"-and it would further threaten numerous rare and declining wildlife species that depend on this habitat, including the Black-backed Woodpecker.

January 21, 2014 | By CHAD HANSON John Muir Project | Other Views


Time for state to pay school debt

As Republicans, we believe that your tax dollars should be spent responsibly on the priorities that matter most such as education. But in order to properly fund those priorities, we must have a budget that lives within its means and avoids the mistakes of the past. It is refreshing to see that Governor Jerry Brown recognizes these principles in his education budget proposal.

January 20, 2014 | | Other Views


Betraying our military superiority

The takeover of Fallujah by al-Qaida wipes out our costly 2004 victory in which we captured the Iraqi city at the cost of 100 Marines and soldiers killed in action, and hundreds more wounded. Fallujah isn't just an Obama mistake; it's the exemplar of Obama's disastrous foreign and military policies designed to reduce the power and prestige of America on the world stage.

January 18, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


How we’re breeding superbugs

Can antibiotic medicines, long hailed as miracle drugs, be too much of a good thing? Yes.

January 18, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Why don’t we have ‘Gatesgate’?

The media quickly came up with a term for the apparently politically orchestrated George Washington Bridge traffic jam: "Bridgegate." Now what catchy term do the media attach to the explosive new book castigating the incumbent wartime commander in chief? "Gatesgate"? Hardly.

January 17, 2014 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Life according to Sam Berns

Sam Berns died last week, at the age of 17.

January 16, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Who wants to lose to Gov. Brown?

How near death is the California Republican Party? It's this bad. Democrats hold every statewide office. Term limits have opened up a few offices; still, no serious Republican plans to run for attorney general, lieutenant governor, treasurer or controller this year. If the lead Democrat for any of those offices were to die in September, there would be no Republican in the race to win in November.

January 16, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Blank check for war on Iran

As we approach the centennial of World War I, we will read much of the blunders that produced that tragedy of Western civilization.

January 15, 2014 | | Other Views


Sobering up without stepping down

Perhaps you thought the political world was finally safe from the dynamic duo of Rob Ford and Trey Radel. But no. Heeeere they come, rushing back into the limelight.

January 15, 2014 | | Other Views


‘Least productive’ complaints

Liberals are angry President Barack Obama won a second term, and yet, they didn't get the liberal agenda items they wanted passed in 2013, including gun control and amnesty for illegal aliens. The complaint at the end of the year is that this was the "least productive Congress" in 66 years, with production always being measured by the amount of legislation passed.

January 14, 2014 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Chris Christie — Bridgegate floodgate

If I were governor of New Jersey and really wanted to know whether my staff had any involvement whatsoever in a nasty political prank that closed lanes and gridlocked traffic on the George Washington Bridge in September as payback for the Fort Lee mayor's refusal to endorse me, I would not do what Chris Christie did. That is, wait until December and then tell staffers that if they knew anything about the bridge mess, they had one hour to inform not me but my top underling or chief counsel.

January 14, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The enemy of our enemy

In the wars she has fought, America has often allied with regimes that represented the antithesis of the cause for which we were fighting.

January 12, 2014 | Patrick Buchanan | Other Views


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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


Iran taking China road?

Is the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme leader of the Islamic Republic, a RINO - a revolutionary in name only?

January 19, 2016 | | Other Views


David Bowie, icon or abuser?

When David Bowie died after a very private fight with liver cancer, obituary writers churned out words like "icon" and "legend" and "subversive." Despite a ...

January 18, 2016 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


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