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9-year-old black kid can breathe easy

Brandon, a 9-year-old black kid, attended a campaign rally hosted by Michelle Obama. A cameraman interviewed Brandon, who was there with his dad. "Why does (Obama) need to win?" he was asked. "Because if Mitt Romney wins," he replied, "we'll be going back to the crop fields. We'll be picking crops." Off-screen, his father could be heard laughing.

November 08, 2012 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Don’t cry for Lloyd having pay cut 80 percent

I know that this story might make you tear up, so now would be a good time to reach for a tissue.

November 08, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


Another drug war nightmare

The government has the power to seize your assets for a crime you did not commit. That's essentially the argument being made in a Boston federal court this week as the U.S. Department of Justice and Tewksbury (Mass.) Police Department work to take Motel Caswell away from its owner, Russ Caswell.

November 06, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Segregated housing almost thing of past

They were called "checkers," volunteers who posed as potential apartment renters or home buyers during the 1960s, '70s and '80s, responding to possible cases of racial or religious discrimination in housing.

November 06, 2012 | By THOMAS D. ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


More motivation than usual to vote

There are occasional elections where voters are not asked to decide very much – as in last June's primary, where the presidential candidates had been determined beforehand and the propositions aroused few emotions.

November 05, 2012 | By THOMAS D. ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


The irritating whine of the upper-crust

There's a musicality to the whine of a highballing freight train on an open stretch of track, just as there is to the whine of an 18-wheeler barreling down the Interstate. Both have been a muse for many a songwriter. But you rarely hear a song rhapsodizing about the off-key whine of today's super-rich.

November 04, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


Echoes of 1978 Prop. 13 fight

If some voters feel a sense of déjà vu as Tuesday's election nears, one reason may be the battle between the tax-raising Propositions 30 and 38, a fight with strong and ironic echoes of the historic June 1978 clash between two property tax-cutting measures, Propositions 8 and 13.

November 04, 2012 | By THOMAS D. ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


3-Strike change not that simple

On the surface, Proposition 36 Tuesday's ballot seems like it should be an absolute slam-dunk. That's the initiative seeking to change California's landmark Three-Strikes-and-You're-Out law, the 1994 measure imposing an automatic 25-years-to-life sentence on most three-time felons.

November 01, 2012 | By THOMAS D. ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


A new escalation of creepy politics

America has always had political campaigns that dig into the muck of their opponents' personal lives, then fling any nasty nuggets of negativity they find right into the face of voters. But this year is different. Not, of course, because there's any less singling of slime, but because the campaigns are also digging into the private affairs of another political target: You.

November 01, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


The war on “Obama Defectors”

NARAL Pro-Choice America is targeting what it calls "Obama defectors": female voters who supported Barack Obama in 2008 but now are considering voting for Mitt Romney.

October 31, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS Political Commentator | Other Views


CSU trustees still don’t get it

It became clear early last spring that the trustees of the 23-campus California State University system just don't get it. Shuffling administrators from school to school and bringing in the occasional outsider, they began giving new college presidents salaries far higher than what predecessors had received.

October 30, 2012 | By THOMAS D. ELIAS | Other Views


President Obama: Sexist in Chief

"In what new ways," an "undecided voter" asked the presidential candidates during the second debate, "do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?"

October 30, 2012 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


This election’s ‘October Surprise’

Political pundits have been warning about an October surprise that could affect the outcome of the presidential election. But this year's October surprise may have been the 9/11 murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, along with three other Americans, and President Obama's deceitful, cowardly response.

October 29, 2012 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Concerned that communist Party USA endorsed Obama

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

October 26, 2012 | | Other Views


League of One-Sided Women Voters

The League of Women Voters boasts that it presents "unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues." Phyllis Loya always assumed that meant the organization believed in presenting both sides of issues to its members, but recently she discovered she was wrong.

October 26, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles

WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.

August 23, 2014 | By Jules Marie Barham | Other Views


Voter participation is priceless

The Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted unanimously last week to ask the City Council to consider "financial incentives, such as a lottery system," to draw voters to the polls.

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


FERGUSON SHOOTING

Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson is neither Mark Fuhrman nor Barney Fife. Based on what has been presented so far in the media, not even an O.J. Simpson juror would find Wilson guilty of murder.

August 21, 2014 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


What went wrong in Ferguson

The short answer is: everything.

August 20, 2014 | | Other Views


Wal-Mart treats workers like Pop-Tarts

Wal-Mart loves keeping track of data. For instance, the retail giant's researchers know that before and after major storms, customers buy strawberry Pop-Tarts at a rate that's seven times faster than normal.

August 18, 2014 | | Other Views


Let Congress vote on Iraq War III

Last week, we were told there were 40,000 Yazidis on Sinjar Mountain facing starvation if they remained there, and slaughter by ISIS if they came down.

August 18, 2014 | | Other Views


Who said anything about impeachment?

Surely you thought that partisan posturing by far-right Congress critters couldn't get any nuttier. But here comes the GOP's claim that all the talk about impeaching President Barack Obama is being led by…Barack Obama!

August 18, 2014 | | Other Views


Silicon Valley worker conspiracy

"You can make money without doing evil" is No. 6 on the list of 10 things Google (the corporation) knows to be true. The Google list leaves out a few caveats. Like: You can make more money flouting antitrust laws. You can pay your brainiacs less if they believe you will retaliate if they try to go to work for someone else.

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


Robin Williams & mental illness

When the news rippled out on Monday that Robin Williams had committed suicide, even I thought - for a moment - "but he had everything." As if suicide is a "choice."

August 14, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


CYBER CRIMES

Most Americans have received an authentic-looking email from a scammer, purportedly from a bank, requesting an update to the account information for official-sounding reasons.

August 13, 2014 | By KATY GRIMES Political analyst | Other Views


John Boehner’s Kabuki dance

If John Boehner is so worried about the president's executive orders, why didn't he sue George W. Bush?

August 13, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Passing the buck on Bay Bridge

"Who is responsible for the Bay Bridge?" I asked California Gov. Jerry Brown at a San Francisco Chronicle editorial board meeting in May.

August 10, 2014 | | Other Views


Koch brothers pony up for GOP

The Koch brothers - the GOP megadonors and fossil fuel magnates - live in their own special world, enshrouded in the fumes emanating from their family's enormous stockpiles of wealth.

August 10, 2014 | | Other Views


‘Limited, specific & achievable’

That is how one unnamed official described the military option in Iraq, on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

August 09, 2014 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political commentator | Other Views


Who owns the future?

At the end of the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama famously wrote that our world may be at the "end of history" where "Western liberal democracy" becomes "the final form of human government."

August 08, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


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