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‘Sickening setback’ for Obama

"Why can't we take out these bastards?" CNN's Jim Acosta bluntly asked President Obama at a Monday press conference at the Group of 20 summit in Turkey. "These bastards," of course, are the Islamic State - at least for Acosta. As Obama called Friday's attacks in Paris that left at least 129 dead a "sickening setback," he saw no need to reset his Syrian policy.

November 17, 2015 | | Other Views


Make interchange bicyclist friendly

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

November 17, 2015 | | Other Views


Alexander’s life sentence

Former San Francisco 49ers star Kermit Alexander is death penalty opponents' worst nightmare. Foes of the death penalty argue that the criminal justice system is skewed against African-Americans and that prosecutors are less likely to seek the death penalty when victims are black. Alexander is an African-American who grew up in the projects of Los Angeles. So were the four members of his family slain in a 1984 contract killing gone wrong. He has watched the three black men convicted for the murders try to escape responsibility for their crimes. In prison, Darren Williams - the Rollin' 60s Neighborhood Crips gang ...

November 16, 2015 | | Other Views


France does right thing

It took them way too long to do it, and it happened in no small measure because of the tireless work of Stuart Eizenstat, who has been at this for years. But France finally agreed to make reparations to American, Israeli and Canadian survivors (and the families of survivors) who were transported on state-owned trains to Nazi death camps.

November 14, 2015 | | Other Views


Manteca should regulate drones

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

November 14, 2015 | | Other Views


Very real political football

Activists at the University of Missouri just won themselves a trophy Monday. After weeks of protests against the president of the University of Missouri System, Tim Wolfe - and, most importantly, after the Mizzou football team threatened to boycott games until Wolfe quit - the administrator caved. "It is my belief we stopped listening to each other. We have to respect each other enough to stop yelling at each other and start listening and quit intimidating each other," said the clearly intimidated Wolfe.

November 12, 2015 | | Other Views


The GOP war over war policy

Rand Paul had his best debate moment Tuesday when he challenged Marco Rubio on his plans to increase defense spending by $1 trillion.

November 12, 2015 | | Other Views


Liberals losing culture wars?

The libertine left has done a lot of boasting over the last several years about the inevitability of History vanquishing every corner of American social conservatism. Election Day 2015 was a terrible day for these revolutionaries, as so often it is when it's the American people, not liberal elites, making the decisions.

November 09, 2015 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Presentation ‘Grapes in our Lives’ at MJC

MODESTO - The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer a presentation entitled "Grapes in our Lives: Cultural Connections between Grapes and People" by Peter Cousins, a grape breeder at E. & J. Gallo Winery.

November 08, 2015 | | Other Views


For a few, cholesterol is naturally high

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 68-year-old female with a more-than-40-year history of extremely high cholesterol (350-411 total). I have not been able to tolerate any kind of statin drug, even if I take CoQ10 with it. Welchol and Zetia had side effects that I couldn't tolerate either. I am not diabetic, and my blood pressure is generally around 120/80. My total cholesterol is 354, with HDL at 60, triglycerides at 133 and LDL at 269.

November 08, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


High school locker rooms

This story starts with a transgender high school student who was born male but identifies as female. As a public high school student, she wants the school to recognize her as a girl, to call her by her new legal name, to allow her to use the girls' bathroom and to accept her in girls' athletic programs.

November 06, 2015 | | Other Views


Rabid extremists exiled 14-year-old

Our country's pack of foam-at-the-mouth, mad-dog, right-wing extremists just scored another win.

November 06, 2015 | | Other Views


We need more children

It made front-page headlines around the world when China's Communist Party announced the end of its notorious one-child policy. Imposed by Chinese dictator Deng Xiaoping in the late 1970s, the one-child limit has been ruthlessly enforced with forced abortion, infanticide, sterilization, and heavy fines on families that dared to have a second child.

November 05, 2015 | | Other Views


Long-overdue vigilance

The competing Republicans presidential campaigns had a meeting on Nov. 1 to discuss their concerns with how the Republican National Committee had planned debates with the media. That's a healthy development, considering the CNBC debate, in which liberal journalists asked one too many deliberately snide and hostile "gotcha" questions attacking the GOP candidates, and the candidates exploded in anger.

November 04, 2015 | | Other Views


US going to war in Syria?

"The United States is being sucked into a new Middle East war," says The New York Times. And the Times has it exactly right.

November 03, 2015 | | Other Views


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What meeting your spouse online has in common with arranged marriage

Most Americans who get married today believe they are choosing their own partners after falling in love with them. Arranged marriages, which remain common in ...

April 08, 2018 | AMITRAJEET A. BATABYAL | Other Views


NRA: Educational organization, lobby group and non-profit

The National Rifle Association has hit more turbulence since 17 people died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, than ...

April 08, 2018 | SAMUEL BRUNSON | Other Views


Hashimoto’s is no excuse for avoiding the flu shot

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have never gotten the flu vaccine. Years ago, it was believed to be too dangerous for anyone with an autoimmune condition ...

April 08, 2018 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Only native parrot extinct for 100 years

It was winter in upstate New York in 1780 in a rural town called Schoharie, home to the deeply religious Palatine Germans. Suddenly, a flock ...

April 01, 2018 | | Other Views


How Facebook – the Wal-Mart of the internet – dismantled online subcultures

Before the internet, people interested in body modification – not just tattoo and piercing enthusiasts, but those drawn to more unusual practices like ear pointing, tongue ...

April 01, 2018 | JESSA LINGEL | Other Views


Vitamin E is no miracle cure for hot flashes

DEAR DR. ROACH: There is a very easy cure for hot flashes -- and it works! Take 400 units of vitamin E twice a day. The ...

April 01, 2018 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Q&A: He’s trying to run world’s fastest marathon by doing it going backwards

BOSTON (AP) - Loren Zitomersky has gotten used to the jokes: "Hey, you're running the wrong way!"

March 25, 2018 | | Other Views


Q&A: At 91, the droll actress Cloris Leachman isn’t slowing down yet

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cloris Leachman is 91-years-old and still as busy as ever in Hollywood.

March 25, 2018 | | Other Views


About Gov. Jerry Moonbeam’s legacy

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

March 23, 2018 | | Other Views


Teaching students how to dissent is part of our democratic process

In scenes unprecedented in previous school shootings, the past few weeks have been marked by students taking to the streets, to the media, to corporations ...

March 18, 2018 | SARAH STITZLEIN | Other Views


If polls say people want gun control, why doesn’t Congress just pass it?

After the recent deadly shooting at a Florida high school, many Americans are asking that question about the federal government's firearms policy. Recent polls ...

March 18, 2018 | HARRY L. WILSON | Other Views


1st Amendment doesn’t give students right to walk out of their classes

Thousands of high school students across the nation left their classes March 14 precisely at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes.

March 18, 2018 | CLAY CALVERT | Other Views


Need to talk about ‘free trade’

America, can we talk? We need to talk about "free trade." We've needed to have this conversation for a while, actually. Like, since the ...

March 18, 2018 | JILL RICHARDSON | Other Views


More business leaders agree: inequality hurts bottom line

For decades, big business leaders have warned that redistributing wealth is bad for business. Taxing the rich to pay for infrastructure and education, they say ...

March 18, 2018 | CHUCK COLLINS | Other Views


California to get first female and first LGBT State Senate leader

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate ...

March 18, 2018 | | Other Views


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