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Volunteers for vino: Saga continues

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Westover Vineyards of Castro Valley. Owner Bill Smyth is preparing to shutter his winery because the California Department of Industrial Relations slapped him with $115,550 in fines, back wages and penalties for using unpaid volunteers. Those fees put Westover in the red.

October 09, 2014 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


None can call it treason

A couple of weeks ago at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, several hundred people went to their feet to applaud a speech delivered by David H. Koch. The occasion was the opening of the Met's new facade on Fifth Avenue. It runs four city blocks, and is complete with new fountains, paving, lighting, landscaping and seating areas for visitors. Mr. Koch contributed the entire $65 million cost of the project, which took years to complete.

October 08, 2014 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


That gosh darn minimum wage

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to share his long-repressed feelings about a traumatic event. "It was," the Kentucky Republican confided, grim-faced, "the worst day of my political life."

October 08, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Dog running into things could have eyesight issues

DEAR DIDI: Our four year old pit mix will play with toys if we interact with them but if we throw the toy and ask him to fetch he loses all interest and walks away. He runs into things around the house fairly often so we are wondering if he has a balance or coordination issue. How PETS we work on this? We adopted him when he was a year old and he is so calm and such a joy to us. Our other issue, unrelated, is that he growls intensely at anyone that comes to our home even if ...

October 07, 2014 | By Didi McElroy mycaliforniacanine.com | Other Views


Fighting a 30-year war

"The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature."

October 07, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Schools chief race is about tenure

At last month's California gubernatorial debate, Republican hopeful Neel Kashkari praised Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris for using their discretion not to appeal a court ruling that overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban. Kashkari then chided both Democrats for failing to use that same discretion when they appealed the Vergara v. California court decision. The suit is named after Beatriz Vergara, one of nine students who sued to eliminate the state's teacher tenure system.

October 06, 2014 | | Other Views


Let them eat tips

Just when you thought the plutocratic profiteers running America's exploitative, low-wage economy couldn't get any more clueless, self-serving, pious, and mingy - along comes Lady Maria of Marriott, magnanimously saying: "Let them eat tips."

October 06, 2014 | | Other Views


Barack Obama, outside agitator

In his U.N. address, President Obama listed a parade of horrors afflicting our world: "Russian aggression in Europe," "terrorism in Syria and Iraq," rapes and beheadings by ISIL, al-Qaida, Boko Haram.

October 04, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


He’s not in Manteca anymore. . .

EDITOR'S NOTE: Lawrence Silveira is a Sierra High graduate now living in Chicago. In this column, penned on Sept. 5, he writes about the differences between the two locales, and what he's learned in his first few weeks at Columbia College.

October 02, 2014 | By Lawrence Silveira Sierra High graduate | Other Views


Is Burger King an economic patriot?

"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains."

October 02, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Rich man hails middle class job creators

Here's an unusual super-rich guy with a strange message for his fellow 1-percent-of-the-1-percenters.

October 02, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Some serious potty talk

There's a photo-word montage on the Internet in which a little boy, presumably from Africa, looks skeptically at a woman who is apparently from somewhere else. The boy asks, "You mean to tell me you have so much clean water, that you (poop) in it?"

October 01, 2014 | By JILL RICHARDSON Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


Peace protests, R.I.P.

Where are the peaceniks? Why aren't they marching on Capitol Hill to protest President Barack Obama's use of military force in Syria and Iraq? The San Francisco Chronicle's Kevin Fagan interviewed peace activists who told him that their ranks are numb, in part because America has been at war for more than a decade. Some even wonder whether the Islamic State is so barbaric as to merit airstrikes.

September 30, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The media: People who live in glass houses

"I see the media is at it again," an acquaintance said referring to the deluge of coverage after the Ray Rice assault on his wife. True, a ton of coverage on what became a national, if not international story.

September 25, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Other Views


Enough is enough: Time for corporations to share

For those of you who read my last column and thought I had crossed over to the dark side, this one should tilt the world back on its proper axis.

September 25, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Other Views


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Gutting climate protections won’t bring back coal jobs

When Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan, Scientific American used his own words to criticize it for not going far enough.

March 31, 2017 | | Other Views


Jeff Sessions thinks pot is as bad as heroin. That’s so wrong.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently called marijuana use a "life-wrecking dependency" that is "only slightly less awful" than heroin.

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Fox News covers ‘inconvenient’ rape

On March 16, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly pushed into a boys' bathroom at Rockville High School in Maryland and raped by two other students ...

March 29, 2017 | | Other Views


GOP: Winning by losing?

Did the Freedom Caucus just pull the Republican Party back off the ledge, before it jumped to its death? A case can be made for ...

March 28, 2017 | | Other Views


Why does do wipe his paws after going potty?

Dear Didi: We lost our 11 year old GoldenDoodle, Ginger, a month ago. She was absolutely the most perfect dog ever and we miss her ...

March 26, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


President Trump finds freedom lacks loyalty

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump failed to persuade enough House Republicans to vote for his American Health Care Act, leading to its withdrawal from the House ...

March 26, 2017 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Wildflower adventures

I was chatting with my friend Old Joe this morning and remarked that for the next month or two, California's wildflowers will be putting ...

March 26, 2017 | Don MOYER | Other Views


Raiders in Sin City? You can bet on it

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A town built on losers is about to become a big winner in the NFL relocation sweepstakes.

March 26, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Other Views


NIT is easy to mock, but can lead to bigger things

ATLANTA (AP) - It's easy enough to brush off the National Invitation Tournament as nothing more than a lame coronation: crowning a champion of the ...

March 26, 2017 | | Other Views


Making sense of mixed connective tissue disease

DEAR DR. ROACH: One rheumatologist diagnosed me with unspecified mixed connective tissue disease and Raynaud's syndrome. I was put on Plaquenil, which caused some ...

March 26, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


The Obama team’s plot to sabotage President Trump

Devin Nunes just set the cat down among the pigeons.

March 24, 2017 | | Other Views


Obamacare & unsurable? Try free markets & charity

When it comes to repealing and replacing Obamacare, defenders of President Barack Obama's signature domestic law constantly ask, "What about those with pre-existing illnesses?"

March 23, 2017 | | Other Views


Trump Counters media take with ‘victims’ of Obamacare

President Donald Trump is angry at all the news coverage about the people who stand to be hurt because of the Republican plan to repeal ...

March 22, 2017 | | Other Views


Will Russiagate backfire on the anti-Trump left?

The big losers of the Russian hacking scandal may yet be those who invested all their capital in a script that turned out to based ...

March 21, 2017 | | Other Views


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