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Trump speaks, media translates

"Do you ever get tired of defending Donald Trump?" a critic asked.

August 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Patti Hearst pardon

Patricia Hearst is the first person in American history to receive a commutation from one president and a pardon from another, author Jeffrey Toobin writes in his book, "American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst." Hearst had served 22 months of a seven year sentence in federal prison for bank robbery when President Jimmy Carter commuted her sentence - sentence reductions are part of the presidential pardon power embedded in the U.S. Constitution. Later, Bill Clinton pardoned - that is, removed all punishment and restored her civil rights - Hearst. She was one of Clinton ...

August 24, 2016 | | Other Views


Investigative journalism?

When the Washington Post puts its top investigative reporters on the beat of the distant youth of presidential candidates, there's no telling what student scandal they might uncover. In 2012, the Post devoted a 5,400-word, front-page article to breaking the news that at age 17, then-Republican nominee Mitt Romney's "pranks could go too far." He was accused of giving a classmate at Cranbrook School an involuntary haircut, and this was invested with deep meaning across his life.

August 23, 2016 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


The Jorge Toscano success story

Entrepreneurialism is not for everyone; you have to be born with the spark.

August 22, 2016 | AL MONCADA | Other Views


It’s obit time in August

It took a long time, but every record must eventually get broken, and no one is happier about this one than me: Finally, a presidential campaign has had a worse August than we did in 1988. That year, Michael Dukakis came out of the convention with a lead a mile wide and an inch deep, only to turn his campaign plane around and head back to Massachusetts, where he spent August being governor while his lead disappeared.

August 22, 2016 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Insanity once more: Clinton economic plan

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, when in fact the results never change, is one definition of insanity. That goes for economics, too.

August 22, 2016 | Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


Jerry Brown & abuse of eminent domain

As mayor of Oakland in the 2000s, Jerry Brown supported redevelopment. Then he returned to the governor's office in 2011 and inherited a $25 billion budget shortfall. Feeling the squeeze, Brown saw an opportunity to make $1.7 billion by eliminating redevelopment agencies and shifted. He liked redevelopment as mayor, he explained to the League of California Cities, but also: "I didn't quite understand it. It seemed kind of magical. It was the money that you could spend on stuff that they wouldn't otherwise let you spend."

August 20, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump buddies up to Putin

Please, people - stop denigrating Donald Trump as a foreign policy ignoramus.

August 20, 2016 | | Other Views


It ain’t over till it’s over

"I did it my way," crooned Sinatra.

August 19, 2016 | | Other Views


When suspect is armed black & the cop is black

After the death of a young black man by a Milwaukee police officer, riots, looting and fires followed. In one instance, as a gas station burned, people watching chanted, "Black power!" Local news reported that the 23-year-old suspect was not only armed but that he also defied orders to drop his gun. The Milwaukee police chief refused to identify the officer involved, but did say that he was "black." At one time, such a fact would suggest that racism and police brutality were not at play.

August 18, 2016 | | Other Views


Challenges of ‘leaving no trace’

I just got back from hiking 95 miles in the Sierras. (Yes, just like that Reese Witherspoon movie Wild, only far fewer miles.)

August 18, 2016 | | Other Views


Real existential threats

On Sept. 30, the end of fiscal year 2016, the national debt is projected to reach $19.3 trillion.

August 17, 2016 | | Other Views


No need to police SF prosecutors for this case

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi told The San Francisco Chronicle's Karen de Sa it was "positively medieval" for District Attorney George Gascon's office to charge LaSonya Wells for kidnapping after she and two men stole Supervisor Scott Wiener's iPhone 6 in December and accompanied him to an ATM so he could swap his phone for $200.

August 16, 2016 | | Other Views


Reefer madness & politics

For the first time since 1988, both major parties' nominees - Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump - say that they have never smoked or experimented with marijuana (without inhaling).

August 15, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Are our children stats?

Last Thursday at the request of Supervisors, Moses Zapien, and Chuck Winn, I attended the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors Special Session on Education that was held at the San Joaquin County Office of Education's Wentworth Education Center (SJCOE) in Stockton. It was a public hearing, so I needed not an invitation, but I wouldn't have known about it, so I thank both Supervisors for personally inviting me.

August 15, 2016 | | Other Views


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How media sexism demeans women and fuels abuse

The sexual abuse scandal currently embroiling media mogul Harvey Weinstein has stunned the United States, with Hollywood and the fashion industry declaring that "this way ...

November 26, 2017 | | Other Views


Gun control shouldn’t be this hard to put in place

Before the gun lobby or its sycophants in Congress bring out their usual talking points for why we can't ever have common sense gun ...

November 24, 2017 | | Other Views


This tax plan is going to cost a lot more than advertised

House Republicans and Donald Trump are ballyhooing the wonders of their new tax plan. It's called the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," which we ...

November 24, 2017 | | Other Views


Squeamish about buying used items? Time to get over it

Bedbugs. Weird smells. The possibility of imminent breakdowns. People have all sorts of excuses for not buying used stuff.

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


In-store shopping still matters

Only 10 percent of retail sales done online

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


Retail rage: Why Black Friday leads many shoppers to behave badly

The manic nature of Black Friday has at times led shoppers to engage in fistfights and other misbehavior in their desperation to snatch up the ...

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


If Trump wants nuclear war, virtually no one can stop him

The general in charge of America's nuclear arsenal, John Hyten, recently said he would resist carrying out an illegal order from the president to ...

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


A backlash against ‘mixed’ foods led to the demise of a classic American dish

At the end of "Over the River and Through the Wood" – Lydia Maria Child's classic Thanksgiving poem – the narrator finally gets to his grandfather ...

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


Denying reality of liberal bias

As the media elites roll their eyes and sigh at people who deny the apparently inevitable approach of traumatic climate change, there's one category ...

November 22, 2017 | | Other Views


Best of times, worst of times

Charles Dickens opened A Tale of Two Cities, perhaps his most famous tome, with the now iconic line, "It was the best of times, it ...

November 22, 2017 | | Other Views


Nature lovers may #OptOutside on Black Friday, but . . .

While shoppers scramble for Black Friday bargains this year, outdoor retailer REI is closing its 154 U.S. stores. This is the third consecutive year ...

November 19, 2017 | MATTHEW KLINGLE | Other Views


Gastroparesis is a stomach that is too slow to empty

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been diagnosed with gastroparesis and am waiting to see a doctor who treats it. Do you have any suggestions as ...

November 12, 2017 | | Other Views


Coastal protection on edge: Challenge to preserve California’s legacy

The California coast is an edge. It's the place where 1,100 miles of shoreline meets the largest ocean on the planet. Many different ...

November 05, 2017 | Gary Griggs | Other Views


Vaccines are recommended for patients with no spleen

DEAR DR. ROACH: I had surgery last year to remove my spleen and three-fourths of my pancreas. I had numerous vaccines before and after the ...

October 22, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Annual COLA column

Most people reading this column have probably heard the government announcement that Social Security checks will go up next year because of the automatic inflation-adjustment ...

October 21, 2017 | | Other Views


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