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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


The ‘games’ council members play

Editor, Manteca Bulletin

November 02, 2015 | | Other Views


Counting down to a Silveira Christmas

I don't know if anyone is counting - I certainly am - but we're only about eight weeks away from Christmas.

November 02, 2015 | LAWRENCE SILVEIRA | Other Views


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Laser lights & your family dog

DEAR DIDI: I have an 8 month old black lab. She has so much energy. We read your column faithfully each week and value your ...

August 07, 2016 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


They take your assets, then let you beg to get them back

Republican political consultant Mike Madrid isn't used to getting calls from the ACLU, and yet he has found himself working with the civil liberties ...

August 06, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump’s road still open

At stake in 2016 is the White House, the Supreme Court, the Senate and, possibly, control of the House of Representatives.

August 05, 2016 | | Other Views


Where is the ‘Hillary lied, people died’ crowd?

The same clueless nitwits who, with no evidence, cried "Bush lied, people died!" are now ignoring overwhelming evidence of Hillary Clinton's violation of the ...

August 04, 2016 | | Other Views


Media’s convention tilt is unmissable — again

It's an ironclad principle. Media coverage of the quadrennial Republican and Democratic conventions is a laboratory exercise to demonstrate how shamelessly partisan our political ...

August 03, 2016 | | Other Views


Is Libertarian ticket serious?

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor, and his running mate, Bill Weld, a former Massachusetts governor, bill themselves as the "credible ...

August 03, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump: Peace candidate?

With Democrats howling that Vladimir Putin hacked into and leaked those 19,000 DNC emails to help Trump, the Donald had a brainstorm: Maybe the ...

August 02, 2016 | | Other Views


Populism Republicans can support

What if organizers and volunteers joined forces to run a nationwide campaign to replace today's corporate-owned congress - all at once?

August 01, 2016 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


The Hillary Recession

This economy may be perilously close to recession. That was the message of the second-quarter real GDP report and its meager 1.2 percent growth ...

August 01, 2016 | Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


Can’t make this stuff up

Mercifully the political conventions for the two parties are over for this laughable partisan brouhaha season which the electorate is forced to endure every four ...

July 31, 2016 | CHUCK ROOTS | Other Views


Who’s your mommy?

Hillary Clinton's advantage going into the final evening of the Democratic National Convention was her nonstop determination. The former first lady and secretary of ...

July 30, 2016 | | Other Views


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