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TRUMP: THEY LIED

It's one thing to disagree with the decision to go to war in Iraq. That, believe it or not, was once a minority view. According to a Gallup poll taken in March 2003, the night after the Iraq war began, 76 percent supported President George W. Bush's decision. Two months after the invasion, a Gallup poll found 79 percent of Americans thought the war was justified - about half of those said, "The war will be justified regardless of whether (weapons of mass destruction) are found."

February 18, 2016 | | Other Views


SUPREME COURTSHIP

Even before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released his before-the-corpse-is-cold statement suggesting that the next president should pick Justice Antonin Scalia's successor, it was clear the Republican Senate is not going to confirm whomever President Obama picks. There's too much at stake. A new Democratic justice would shift the balance of power on the big bench. Facing the same dynamics, Senate Democrats would not have approved a nominee put forward by George W. Bush in his last year.

February 17, 2016 | | Other Views


Leave the Scalia chair vacant

It is a measure of the stature and the significance of Justice Antonin Scalia that, upon the news of his death at a hunting lodge in Texas, Washington was instantly caught up in an unseemly quarrel over who would succeed him.

February 16, 2016 | | Other Views


Stomping on constitutional rights

Imagine the outcry by tea party Republicans if state legislators were passing laws banning the use of video cameras in banks to capture images of robbers.

February 15, 2016 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Body doesn’t need help to detox and cleanse

DEAR DR. ROACH: It's a new year, and many of my friends are embarking on a detox or cleanse. Is there such a thing as beneficial detoxing and cleansing? If so, how is it done properly, and what are the benefits? -- D.M.H.

February 14, 2016 | | Other Views


How republics perish

If you believed America's longest war, in Afghanistan, was coming to an end, be advised: It is not.

February 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Political poison in Flint, Michigan

One big difference between the rich and the poor in our country is that the rich don't tend to have their drinking water poisoned by their own governor.

February 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Bloomberg vs. Trump?

The morning of the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump, being interviewed on "Morning Joe," said that he would welcome his "friend" Michael Bloomberg into the presidential race.

February 10, 2016 | | Other Views


MELLO-ROOS TAXES

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

February 10, 2016 | | Other Views


Working until it’s time to die

"My plan is just to work until I die." That's how my mom sums up her retirement prospects.

February 09, 2016 | | Other Views


America’s hollow paradises

Think back to your favorite vacation. Wouldn't it be delightful if that trip never ended?

February 08, 2016 | | Other Views


Vote for Sanders, then rot in hell?

"There's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other," said former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in a message to young women voters at a weekend campaign event for Hillary Clinton. Clinton punctuated Albright's comment with her loud, phony laugh. Team Clinton later pointed out that Albright has used that line for years. Clinton herself described the line as "lighthearted," but pointed. Pointed? As in: Vote for Sanders, rot in hell.

February 08, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Donald Trump: Sore loser

It was the shortest speech anyone can remember him giving. He was clearly in a state of disbelief.

February 08, 2016 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


CONDOM-NATION

The San Francisco Unified School District's board is poised to expand its Condom Availability Program for high school students into middle schools. The school district no longer offers Algebra I as an eighth-grade course - Algebra I has been folded into a two-year, eighth-grade and ninth-grade class that is supposed to be more comprehensive. But the board is ready to bring a high school program to middle school by handing out condoms to sixth-graders.

February 08, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


People with autoimmune disease

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 39-year-old male with systemic lupus. I read your article on artificial and natural immunity and how getting the flu shot helps "prime" the immune system. I have been told by some that priming the immune system with any vaccine is not a good idea in my case, since I could develop antibodies that attack my own body.

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


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Banksters are free at last

Of all the people suffering economic pain today, who should get priority attention from the new president and Congress?

February 22, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Trump-Putin detente dead?

Among the reasons Donald Trump is president is that he read the nation and the world better than his rivals.

February 21, 2017 | | Other Views


Billionaires tampering with Constitution

A corporate-backed lobbying group is pushing a slate of amendments to transfer power from people to big business.

February 20, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Team Trump’s first scalp

WASHINGTON - Gen. Mike Flynn provided the first scalp in the Trump administration in record time - he served as White House National Security Adviser for 23 ...

February 20, 2017 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Deep state targets Trump

When Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser, Bill Kristol purred his satisfaction, "If it comes to it, prefer the deep ...

February 17, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


John F. Kennedy: What would he think of his party?

President Ronald Reagan said: "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." Actor and former president of the National Rifle Association Charlton ...

February 15, 2017 | | Other Views


Left playing with fire?

To those who lived through that era that tore us apart in the '60s and '70s, it is starting to look like "deja vu all ...

February 14, 2017 | | Other Views


It’s 1984 in Trumplandia

Tromp-tromp-tromp - troops are marching to battles. Boom-boom-boom - bombs are blowing up communities. Whoooosh - poisonous gas is being released.

February 14, 2017 | | Other Views


Effects on the body of regular blood donation

DEAR DR. ROACH: My blood type is O-negative. I am well aware that O is the universal donor blood type. I have tried to donate ...

February 12, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Preparing dog for birth of your child

Dear Didi: My husband and I just found out that we are pregnant. It will be our first child. How do we prepare our dog ...

February 12, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Audi and Snoop Dogg during the Super Bowl

The exciting recent Super Bowl meant that fans paid more attention to the game than to the commercials. But there were some doozies, including the ...

February 10, 2017 | | Other Views


Short circuit: Bill aims to deep-six 9th District

How big is the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals? The San-Francisco-based circuit is so big that it represents nine states, including Nevada, 20 ...

February 09, 2017 | | Other Views


Great manipulators at Time

Time magazine has singled out White House strategist Steve Bannon for its Darth Vader cover treatment. Shown is a picture of Bannon looking like a ...

February 08, 2017 | | Other Views


Moral supremacy & Mr. Putin

Is Donald Trump to be allowed to craft a foreign policy based on the ideas on which he ran and won the presidency in 2016?

February 07, 2017 | | Other Views


Would Donald tax a fellow Trump?

Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump bellowed to those greedy corporate executives who've shipped middle-class jobs out of country, or I'll slap ...

February 07, 2017 | | Other Views


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