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What went wrong in Afghanistan

Don't get me wrong. The killing of 16 Afghan men, women and children by an American soldier without provocation and without threat to his own life (or so it appears) was wrong. Completely wrong. It is an unspeakable tragedy for all those involved. It places the lives of other Americans in danger. I'm no fan of the myriad "abuse excuses" that once held sway in the American legal system. Those who know the difference between right and wrong and have the capacity to choose are responsible for choosing wrongly. End of story.

March 29, 2012 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Where’s Mirkarimi’s ‘official misconduct’?

I hate to sound like a lawyer, but: There's a big hole in San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's suspension of Ross Mirkarimi as sheriff.

March 29, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Political watchdog becoming a lapdog?

From the moment it was created as part of the 1974 Proposition 9 political reform initiative, California's Fair Political Practices Commission has operated on the presumption that politicians and their most active campaign aides and backers should never be fully trusted.

March 28, 2012 | By TOM ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


Where’s Woody Guthrie when we need him?

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Woody Guthrie, and in these hard times of tinkle-down economics, we sure could use some of his hard-hitting musical stories and inspired lyrical populism.

March 28, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Douse the flames, Mr. President

Barack Obama's statement that the death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy that cries out for a more thorough investigation was the right and necessary thing to say.

March 26, 2012 | by PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


H-1B Visas take American jobs

When President Obama was participating in a live video chat, Jennifer Wedel asked him, "Why does the government continue to issue and extend H-1B visas when there are tons of Americans just like my husband with no job?" Her husband is a semiconductor engineer who was laid off three years ago and is still unable to find an engineering job.

March 25, 2012 | By PHYLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Bruised Ego for SF Sheriff Mirkarimi

Everything is political in San Francisco. In January, police arrested Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi on domestic violence charges after an argument in which he apparently bruised the right arm of his wife, Eliana Lopez. Mirkarimi's supporters tried to frame the prosecution as an effort by the city's political establishment to pick on a rebellious progressive.

March 23, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Wage war on stereotypes

As I walked the streets of New York the other day, I saw several white youths with hoodies, tattoos and nose rings. Not one time did it enter my mind that they could be skinheads.

March 23, 2012 | By ROLAND MARTIN Author | Other Views


Mitt Romney and Mike Dukakis

I've been waiting for it: the inevitable comparisons between the Massachusetts governor who ran for president (with my help) in 1988 and the former Massachusetts governor on his way to being the 2012 Republican nominee.

March 22, 2012 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


ObamaCare still a disaster

"I am a refugee," my anesthesiologist told me after I had awakened from my third surgery in 12 years - one to repair a muscle tear in my left shoulder and two for the same disc in my lower back. "I am part of the British 'brain drain' of the late '60s. Doctors could not make any money. So I left." Britain's loss, my gain. The same surgery 12 years ago required a two-day stay in a hospital. Last week, after a two-hour surgery, I left the same day as an outpatient.

March 21, 2012 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Glaring inequality of Obamaville

Rising inequality "is the defining issue of our time," said President Obama in his Osawatomie speech that echoed the "New Nationalism" address Theodore Roosevelt delivered in that same Kansas town a century ago.

March 21, 2012 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


King Dollar will cut oil prices

No matter how much President Obama protests, the simple fact is that he continues to oppose and mock and disparage oil and gas drilling. He is a prisoner of the environmental left, and he remains on the wrong side of energy history.

March 20, 2012 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


A class-warfare, tax-the-rich budget

If you shake out the Obama budget in terms of bold headlines, it's really a class-warfare, tax-the-rich budget. Layer upon layer of tax hikes are piled on successful investors, small-business owners and corporations.

March 18, 2012 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


Admitted killer walks free in Florida

Trayvon Martin should have spent this weekend plopped down in front of the television with his dad, Tracy, and enjoy tons of basketball games during March Madness.

March 18, 2012 | By Roland Martin Author | Other Views


A look at Jerry Brown’s Plan B

California Gov. Jerry Brown likes to talk about "loyalty to California." For Brown, that means that public people should put aside their partisan interests to do what is best for the Golden State.

March 16, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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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


Crush grapes, not vintners

"You'll never meet anyone who says, 'I want to be a millionaire. I think I'll start a winery,'" owner Bill Smyth tells me from his small office over the tasting room of Westover Vineyards, nestled in Palomares Canyon. Smyth has worked in a number of fields. He made some money. He bought the vineyard property when he was young. His ex-wife bought him a kit to make wine, and his labor of love turned into a small business.

September 25, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Keep the no-ransom policy

The video of a Syrian captor beheading American freelance journalist James Foley "has done more damage than any ransom ever could," former Iranian hostage Sarah Shourd warned on CNN recently. Foley's parents have been vocal about their frustration in knowing that their son remained a hostage as France and other European countries paid a reported average of $3 million-plus to free their citizens. The family wants to establish an organization to provide information to other families, presumably to get around a no-ransom policy.

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


NFL uses NOW’s playbook

When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down a mere a two-game suspension for domestic violence, he took his cue from some of the very same women's groups now calling for his head.

September 19, 2014 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


SF feminism: Abort girls

Supervisor David Chiu wants San Francisco to become the first American city to oppose any ban on sex-selective abortions. It apparently has not occurred to him why no other city has chosen to do so.

September 17, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Looking ‘soft’ on campus rape

In its wisdom (such as it is), the California Legislature passed a measure that would change the standard of sexual consent on the state's college campuses. Gov. Jerry Brown should veto this bill. If the University of California and other institutions that receive state-funded student aid want to demonstrate they have "no tolerance for any form of sexual violence" when students report rape as state Sen. Kevin de Leon has argued, then they should call the cops, not academic panels.

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


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