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Surviving a terror attack

About 20 years ago, I was Christmas shopping at a local mall. I had my kids with me and just as we were getting out of our car we heard a loud commotion. We heard screams and gunshots as the doors burst open and people began running for their lives. I especially recall one young father running with his toddler in his arms. It seems that a couple criminals decided to try a smash and grab at the jewelry department of one of the anchor stores. I quickly got the kids in the car and got the heck out of ...

December 14, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Other Views


What to do when your dog is declared overweight

DEAR DIDI: My dog gets annual checkups and is in good health. Recently my new trainer said my dog is overweight and outlined a diet and exercise program I should follow. I love my dog to death and don't know who to believe. My poor baby is always hungry. Italian Mama in Stockton

December 13, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


The Lake Chabot rant

In the age of the cellphone camera, interactions that are best forgotten instead escalate and become chew toys for the chattering class. When a video goes viral, the public's sense of proportion often goes AWOL.

December 12, 2015 | | Other Views


Trump’s word is worthless

Any day now, Donald Trump may walk back his Monday call for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." If so, he won't change his mind because he regrets insulting Muslim Americans - no small number of whom, unlike Trump, have served in the military -- or because his rhetoric threatens to isolate this country when it needs allies, especially in the Middle East. He'll change his mind because he never really means anything he says.

December 11, 2015 | | Other Views


Playing ‘Hide the Money’?

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December 11, 2015 | | Other Views


Wishing terrorism away

When asked why President Barack Obama insisted on pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said: "I think that the pursuit of the agreement is based on the President's hope that over a 10-year period with the sanctions being lifted that the Iranians will become a constructive stakeholder in the international community. That -- that as their economy begins to grow again, that - that they will abandon their ideology, their theology, their revolutionary principles, their meddling in various parts of the region. And, frankly, I believe that's very unrealistic."

December 10, 2015 | Larry Elder | Other Views


America, France turn right

In Sunday's first-round of regional elections in France, the clear and stunning winner was the National Front of Marine Le Pen.

December 08, 2015 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Pink ribbons & corporate PR

Must everything be commercialized - even cancer?

December 08, 2015 | | Other Views


Are Trump and Putin right?

Monday, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosted a spirited discussion with Donald Trump on whether he was right in asserting that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated as the towers came down on 9/11.

December 04, 2015 | | Other Views


Who’s sorry now? A health giant CEO

America's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group Inc., is losing so much money on the Affordable Care Act exchange policies it sells in 34 states that CEO Stephen Hemsley apologized to investors in New York on Tuesday. "It was for us a bad decision," Hemsley said, according to Bloomberg News. UnitedHealth stayed out of the Obamacare market in its first year. "In retrospect, we should have stayed out longer," Hemsley added. UnitedHealth may get out of the individual market in 2017.

December 04, 2015 | | Other Views


God Bless America

With images of the carnage in Paris and the shuttering of Brussels flashing on every screen, it is hard to take to heart the president's urgings not to give in to fear. A global terror alert does not help. The front-page pictures of all the homegrown terrorists make it harder still. How could these young men have grown up among us, as Americans, and be full of such hatred that they would choose, as we are being warned, targets where they can kill as many people as possible?

November 27, 2015 | | Other Views


CNBC biased? You don’t say!

Question: What did Reince Priebus not know about CNBC - and when did he not know it?

November 27, 2015 | | Other Views


War with Russia?

Turkey's decision to shoot down a Russian warplane was a provocative and portentous act.

November 25, 2015 | | Other Views


About college microaggressions

When students protesting "microaggressions" took over an administrative building at Occidental College in California, they issued 14 demands. The school agreed to all except the first, which required the firing of its president. Similar protests took place concurrently at other colleges nationwide.

November 25, 2015 | | Other Views


Will Europe man up?

If the purpose of terrorism is to terrify, the Islamic State had an extraordinary week. Brussels, capital of the EU and command post of mighty NATO, is still in panic and lockdown.

November 24, 2015 | | Other Views


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Disney-fication of national parks

It's summer vacation time and gasoline is quasi-cheap. So why not pile the family into the mini-van and pay a visit to the historic ...

August 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump doesn’t threaten President Obama’s legacy

It's an article of faith that President Barack Obama needs Hillary Clinton to win to "preserve his legacy."

August 11, 2016 | | Other Views


Will drama win debates?

The first of three presidential debates won't happen until Sept. 26. Today, nearly six weeks beforehand, I safely can make these predictions. Hillary Clinton ...

August 11, 2016 | | Other Views


The nutty nominee

Is the Donald really getting "nuttier"? That's what the New York Post said today, claiming insiders as their source. I don't actually know ...

August 10, 2016 | | Other Views


Who got us into these endless wars?

"Isolationists must not prevail in this new debate over foreign policy," warns Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. "The consequences of a ...

August 09, 2016 | | Other Views


Dangerous think tanks ahead

Monday's front-page New York Times story "Scholarship or Business? Think Tanks Blur the Line" reports that while think tanks in general "are seen as ...

August 09, 2016 | | Other Views


Loving America by finding fault with it

I was sitting on a bus one summer, chatting with a man behind me who'd worked all over the world in the U.S ...

August 08, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump is our nation’s Carcinoma

Ruben Navarrette, a national recognized syndicated writer, published a syndicated column, "Have We Lost Sight of an American Hero?" which appeared in the Ventura County ...

August 08, 2016 | AL MONCADA | Other Views


High cholesterol one risk factor among many for heart disease

DEAR DR. ROACH: My doctor recently suggested I start taking a statin. After reading some of the recent literature, it appears that statin therapy is ...

August 07, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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


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