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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’?

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

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

Competing Thanksgiving tales

Thanksgiving is here. Let's eat!

November 24, 2015 | | Other Views

About that frozen embryo

I'm more than a little reluctant to write this column. Whatever I write will be interpreted through another lens: that of the abortion debate. One of the many bad consequences of a debate that has now lasted more than four decades is that we can't talk about anything without first trying to fit it within the abortion debate, which is not necessarily the only or best way to look at it.

November 23, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views

Ratings Trump respect at NBC

Donald Trump is like a contagion who infects everyone around him. Once you've kissed, you can never wipe his saliva off your face. Consider the venerable (in its own view) NBC. This year, the network fired Trump, only to find it is Trump Lite.

November 23, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views

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What to do about Social Security when someone dies

Coincidentally, I received two questions on the same day dealing with the same topic. Each had a relative die and each asked, "What do I ...

September 23, 2016 | Tom MARGENAU | Other Views

Are we crazy or what?

This should be a 10-point race, minimum. If this were an election governed by any of the rules of politics that all of us have ...

September 23, 2016 | | Other Views

How Trump wins the debate

On one of my first trips to New Hampshire in 1991, to challenge President George H. W. Bush, I ran into Sen. Eugene McCarthy.

September 23, 2016 | | Other Views

Memo to GOP ‘Never Trumpers’: Reagan isn’t rising from the dead

A "never Trump" friend I've known since law school writes:

September 22, 2016 | | Other Views

Union-made miracle on the Hudson

In their ongoing, all-out assault to crush labor unions, corporate forces have fabricated a cultural myth to undermine popular support for labor: Unions, they insist ...

September 22, 2016 | | Other Views

Preying on our paychecks

Labor Day should be a time for Americans to celebrate the economic achievements of workers with barbecues and beach trips. But with U.S. corporations ...

September 21, 2016 | | Other Views

Trump & the press — a death struggle

Alerting the press that he would deal with the birther issue at the opening of his new hotel, the Donald, after treating them to an ...

September 20, 2016 | | Other Views

Aquila wrong about stars & stripes

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

September 20, 2016 | | Other Views

Manteca needs to get on track

Let's face it; no one likes change, especially when we are in our comfort zone! And that's what is happening with High Speed ...

September 18, 2016 | AL MONCADA | Other Views

Is BYU the next target?

Any American who has sought refuge from politics by escaping into the world of sports realizes now that there is no escaping politics. In the ...

September 18, 2016 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views

California should legalize pot

There's a reason marijuana laws don't work: There is no compelling reason for them to work.

September 17, 2016 | | Other Views

Bibi backs Trump on Putin

Since Donald Trump said that if Vladimir Putin praises him, he would return the compliment, Republican outrage has not abated.

September 16, 2016 | | Other Views

Hillary’s ‘deplorables’? What about Hillary’s ‘generalistic’?

This political season means full employment for pundits, opinion givers, strategists and soothsayers, on cable television and via social media. It's interesting to watch ...

September 15, 2016 | | Other Views

Last Chance for ‘Deplorables’

Speaking to 1,000 of the overprivileged at an LGBT fundraiser, where the chairs ponied up $250,000 each and Barbra Streisand sang, Hillary Clinton ...

September 14, 2016 | | Other Views

Washing our hands of toxins

Some people love to hate government regulations. Many believe they're just bureaucratic barriers that waste our time. But the Food and Drug Administration just ...

September 14, 2016 | Jill Richardson | Other Views

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