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The real state of our union

So the economy, it turns out, is better than it's been since Barack Obama took office. We are better off today than we were five years ago.

January 30, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Health reform or musical chairs?

President Barack Obama delivered a good State of the Union address Tuesday night, but he couldn't get past an inconvenient truth: He means well, but his schemes don't work.

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


The so-called war on ‘rich’ people

It is always in poor taste for modern Americans to liken their ideological critics to Nazis. So when venture capitalist Tom Perkins wrote a letter to The Wall Street Journal that equated "the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the 'rich,'" with "fascist Nazi Germany," he opened his double doors to the cable TV umbrage-fest that followed.

January 29, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Daddy’s philosophy about giving

Yes, we are a country of rugged individualists. Yet there's also a deep, community-minded streak in each of us. We're a people who believe in the notion that we're all in this together, that we can make our individual lives better by contributing to the common good.

January 27, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


The Moral Monday movement

Rosa Parks became a powerful symbol of courage and defiance in the Civil Rights Movement by simply refusing to give up her seat to a white man and move to the back of the bus, as the racist culture of that time dictated she was supposed to do.

January 23, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Fear and freedom after 9-11

The day after 9/11, I called one of my friends and said we should write a "quickie" book on civil liberties in times of terror. We both knew what was about to happen; any half-serious student of constitutional law could figure it out. We, as a nation, were about to crack down.

January 23, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


The happy state of Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown is in an enviable position. He delivered a State of the State address Wednesday that did not require hand-wringing about ugly shortfalls and painful cuts for public schools. As he prepares to run for re-election, he doesn't even need to announce that he is running for re-election. No Democrat dares challenge the 75-year-old incumbent.

January 23, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Are two hops enough?

Or do we really need three?

January 22, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Conservative Latinas need not apply

The Hollywood blacklist, according to Wikipedia, is the term for "the mid-20th-century practice of denying employment to screenwriters, actors, directors, musicians, and other U.S. entertainment professionals because of their suspected political beliefs or associations." The blacklist spirit is alive and living in San Francisco, but here and now the enemies of free thought have a new question: Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Republican Party?

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


Rim Fire logging plan poses major threat to Sierra wildlife

The Manteca Bulletin asked a fair question: why should the public be concerned about the Forest Service's proposal to log about 30,000 acres in the 257,000-acre Rim fire (Editorial, January 3, 2014)? The reasons are simple. The proposed logging would heavily target the rarest, most threatened, and most biologically diverse and rich forest habitat type in the Sierra Nevada-"snag forest habitat"-and it would further threaten numerous rare and declining wildlife species that depend on this habitat, including the Black-backed Woodpecker.

January 21, 2014 | By CHAD HANSON John Muir Project | Other Views


Time for state to pay school debt

As Republicans, we believe that your tax dollars should be spent responsibly on the priorities that matter most such as education. But in order to properly fund those priorities, we must have a budget that lives within its means and avoids the mistakes of the past. It is refreshing to see that Governor Jerry Brown recognizes these principles in his education budget proposal.

January 20, 2014 | | Other Views


Betraying our military superiority

The takeover of Fallujah by al-Qaida wipes out our costly 2004 victory in which we captured the Iraqi city at the cost of 100 Marines and soldiers killed in action, and hundreds more wounded. Fallujah isn't just an Obama mistake; it's the exemplar of Obama's disastrous foreign and military policies designed to reduce the power and prestige of America on the world stage.

January 18, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


How we’re breeding superbugs

Can antibiotic medicines, long hailed as miracle drugs, be too much of a good thing? Yes.

January 18, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Why don’t we have ‘Gatesgate’?

The media quickly came up with a term for the apparently politically orchestrated George Washington Bridge traffic jam: "Bridgegate." Now what catchy term do the media attach to the explosive new book castigating the incumbent wartime commander in chief? "Gatesgate"? Hardly.

January 17, 2014 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Life according to Sam Berns

Sam Berns died last week, at the age of 17.

January 16, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


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Shy people steal elections

A big surprise from this year's elections is that American politics has become dominated by the least likely of participants: shy people.

November 13, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Operating under influence of profits

What happens to a person when their reckless driving while under the influence alcohol kills eight people? How about if this same person then gets indicted for criminal negligence leading to the accident and for lying about vehicle maintenance records? And, on top of it all, additional federal charges of jury tampering and backroom deal making? While confinement and loss of liberty might be expected for an individual whose dependence on alcohol results in death and destruction, what happens if the "person" instead is a corporation hooked on profits?

November 12, 2014 | By MARK TONEY Executive director, The Utility Reform Network | Other Views


Military-industrial complex & police

Don't look now, but the overbearing power of America's military-industrial complex has probably snuck into your town.

November 11, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


A Viagra for bored voters?

SACRAMENTO - Democrats won every statewide office and a comfortable majority of the congressional delegation and legislative seats. Yet at Capitol Weekly's election postmortem confab Thursday, Republicans were giddy, and many Democrats were, well, agitated.

November 08, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Dealing with bad things

A good friend who lives on the East Coast lost his 28-year-old daughter in a tragic accident of carbon monoxide poisoning.

November 06, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Other Views


President Obama’s dumb war

If Barack Obama owes his presidency to one thing, it was the good sense he had back in 2002 to call the Iraq War what it was: "dumb."

November 06, 2014 | By PETER CERTO Editor of Foreign Policy in Focus | Other Views


U-turn at America’s ballot boxes

Tuesday was a beauteous night. Republicans won the Senate handily, picked up 14 House seats and won gubernatorial races in Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois. Good times.

November 06, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Trying to silence Bill Maher

"The students at the University of California at Berkeley represent a diverse array of students from all walks of life," begins the student petition. Somehow you just know that before the end, the document will demand that the administration muzzle someone - for the sake of diversity. The spirit of far-left censors trumps exposure to novel ideas. Hence the petition, titled "Stop Bill Maher from speaking at UC Berkeley's December graduation."

November 05, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Hillary Clinton flunks economics

Liberals have this terrible and annoying habit of congratulating themselves for their intellectual heft merely because they hold liberal views. Once this arrogant notion reigns, it's tough for liberals to acknowledge when one of their own says something so remarkably untrue and stupid that it makes you wonder just how ignorant is the liberal really.

November 05, 2014 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Boring California election

Most years, California offers up supersize election stories - an embarrassment of riches for the opinion columnist. This year, other states are getting all the drama while California looks as staid as a bored accountant.

November 04, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Ebola: Trust politicians or experts?

"I would not be inclined to make a political decision on something as serious as Ebola," Gov. Jerry Brown told the San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci on Monday. By Wednesday, California had joined New Jersey and New York in mandating 21-day quarantines for people returning from Ebola-stricken areas if they had contact with infected patients. Unlike New York, California had yet to see a confirmed Ebola case, although state health officials are aware of 19 individuals who recently traveled to an Ebola-affected country.

November 01, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Benefits of growing older

Grow old with me!

October 31, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Special to the Bulletin | Other Views


$159M SCHOOL BOND

For some, the decision to vote 'yes' on Measure G – the Manteca Unified School Bond – may still be in question. Considering the many diverse opinions expressed in the Bulletin in recent weeks, this is understandable. Let me try to dispel any lingering doubts about voting 'Yes' on G.

October 29, 2014 | By DON SCHOLL President, Manteca Unified School District Board of Trustees | Other Views


Nurses back Proposition 45 on ballot

The column by Sherri Stoddard, a Registered Nurse who serves on the California Nurses Association board that supports Proposition 45, was penned in favor of the ballot proposition that appeared on Tuesday's opinion page. The headline, though, incorrectly referenced the nurses supporting Proposition 46.

October 29, 2014 | | Other Views


Wal-Mart scrooges us all

The nation's largest retailer is passing the cost of health care onto you.

October 25, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


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