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State of the Union date night

This year, for the State of the Union address, Democrats and Republicans (those who can find "dates," anyway) will be sitting together. It is supposed to be a signal to the nation of bipartisanship - at least the kind that allows people from opposite parties, as we used to do decades ago, to put their differences aside at the end of the day.

February 10, 2013 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


Worse than waterboarding

On Tuesday, NBC released a confidential Department of Justice paper concluding that our government can authorize the use of drones to kill targeted terrorist leaders, including U.S. citizens abroad. This story bares the dividing line between honest liberals - such as Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the American Civil Liberties Union and the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board, all of whom opposed some of the harsher anti-terrorism tactics employed under President George W. Bush's administration and under the current administration - and rank opportunists, such as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who ...

February 10, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Workers’ road back to serfdom

The ancestors of many Americans came here to escape mingy monarchs, oppressive priests, and baleful barons who controlled all aspects of communal life back in their countries. They bravely left everything they knew behind in a quest for freedom.

February 08, 2013 | By WILLIAM COLLINS Columnist | Other Views


Wash your bags - or else

San Francisco passed America's first ban on plastic bags in chain groceries and drugstores in 2007. In a research paper for the Institute for Law and Economics, law professors Jonathan Klick and Joshua Wright crunched state and federal data on emergency room admissions and food-borne illness deaths and figured that the San Francisco ban "led to an increase in infections immediately upon implementation."

February 08, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


USA ensnared in an endless war?

"When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal."

February 07, 2013 | By PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Tax code & America’s aristocracy

Tax-free gifts are solidifying the nation's financial dynasties.

February 06, 2013 | By SAM PIZZIGATI Institute for Policy Studies | Other Views


She’s not afraid of Bruce Davis

Forty years after he was convicted for his involvement in two murders committed by Charles Manson, a California parole board has found that Bruce Davis is suitable for parole. His crimes, if it matters (and why should it?), didn't involve the notorious murder of the pregnant Sharon Tate; he participated in the killing of a musician and a stuntman. Early on, Davis claimed he was simply a bystander. A jury didn't agree. Since then, he has acknowledged shared responsibility. He has also been a model prisoner. He became a born-again Christian. He earned a master's degree and ...

February 05, 2013 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


It should be about our health, not fat

My grandmother lay in bed at a hospice facility, days away from death. With her loving children by her side, she looked at her belly and - as she had done for all of the years I'd known her - complained that she was too fat. What?

February 05, 2013 | By JILL RICHARDSON Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


Wrong man for Defense Secretary

Americans who are concerned about traditional freedoms and the Second Amendment have no difficulty understanding the message of the popular bumper strip: "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." It should be just as easy to grasp the corollary: If nukes are outlawed, only terrorist countries will have nukes.

February 05, 2013 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


What Obama does best: Taunt Republicans

President Barack Obama is not committed to fixing Washington's chronic budget woes or jump-starting an ailing an economy, but that doesn't mean this administration lacks focus. If there is one area in which this administration delivers, it is taunting Republicans.

February 05, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Using click training to help dogs learn new tricks

DEAR DIDI: I would like to teach my dog some tricks. I read something about clicker training. Is that good to use when teaching tricks? Dog Fun in Lathrop, CA

February 03, 2013 | By Didi McElroy mycaliforniacanine.com | Other Views


Keep dancing for Jesus, Ray Lewis!

Keep Dancing for Jesus, Ray Lewis!

February 03, 2013 | | Other Views


Mass-marketing goes platinum

Hawkers of consumer products are embracing the growing gulf between rich and poor Americans.

February 03, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Don't let your boss steal your lunch break

Do you eat lunch at your desk? Alone? Continuing to work as you chew?

February 01, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


Investor: He's mad as hell

"Why this fat cat likes Obama's tax plan" was the headline of a full-page ad La Jolla, investor Norman Lizt took out in The New York Times in August.

February 01, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


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Top 10 questions Delta tunnels boosters don’t want to be asked

1. How will construction of the tunnels over a fourteen-year period help with drought?

July 13, 2015 | By BRIAN SMITH Restore the Delta | Other Views


Making $248 a minute

Florida's Disney World bills itself "the happiest place on Earth." But last year, some Disney World employees made so little they became homeless.

July 13, 2015 | | Other Views


Donald Trump is GOP’s Dark Lord Voldemort

Donald Trump is the GOP's Voldemort, the Dark Lord and villain of the Harry Potter children's book series. To thinking Republicans who don't want to go through another circle of hell like the 2012 presidential primary, Trump is He Who Must Not Be Named. When a partisan mistakenly utters his name, media dementors -- soulless creatures who sail through the airwaves -- pop out from nowhere and suck the oxygen out of the hapless offender. Helpless and filled with dread, some victims die, while others slip into nothingness. The dementors will not relent. They want to turn the primary ...

July 10, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


NEARLY ALL ADULTS HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY MONO

DEAR DR. ROACH: Can exposure to infectious mononucleosis trigger or cause rheumatoid arthritis to flare up and become active? I would appreciate your comments. Thank you. -- J.C.

July 09, 2015 | | Other Views


Hold your nose in SF

Downtown San Francisco feels like a large public toilet without enough janitors. More than once this year, I've seen men drop their pants in public places - including at Fifth and Market - to leave a smelly mess on the sidewalk. You can walk for blocks and never escape the stench of stale urine. At lunchtime, I see street people passed out on high-traffic sidewalks, and I am afraid to walk around them.

July 03, 2015 | | Other Views


Quo Vadis, America?

"Natural law - God's law - will always trump common law," said Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a Christian leader in her own right, "God will have the final word in this matter."

July 01, 2015 | | Other Views


Romance trumps process

San Francisco changed America. When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom opened City Hall to same-sex marriages during the 2004 Winter of Love, he had determined to "put a human face on discrimination." The long line of couples eager to tie the knot appealed to the public's romantic side. When two people are in love and want to commit to each other for the rest of their lives, activists asked, how can the government say no?

July 01, 2015 | | Other Views


Snake oil won’t cure inequality

At last, America's political leaders now feel the pain of the poor and empathize with the millions of working families slipping out of the middle class.

June 30, 2015 | | Other Views


Obamacare economics

The judicial decision to uphold all of the president's health care subsidies may be very disappointing, but the economics of Obamacare are far worse than whatever constitutional mistakes have been committed by the Supreme Court.

June 29, 2015 | | Other Views


Love & hate in Dixie

"I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you."

June 27, 2015 | | Other Views


Meaning of Charleston

Almost immediately after a white killer gunned down nine black worshippers at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, out came the politics.

June 26, 2015 | | Other Views


Metformin can cause night sweats

DEAR DR. ROACH: As a preventive measure for prediabetes, my doctor recommended I take 500 mg of metformin twice a day (morning and evening). I have been following this regimen for two months. The same day I started the medication, my night sweats started up again, with a vengeance. On the metformin, my quality of sleep was negatively affected by four to five episodes of bad hot flashes every night. Since hot flashes/night sweats were not mentioned as a side effect either by my doctor or on the information pamphlet, I notified my doctor. He suggested stopping the metformin ...

June 25, 2015 | | Other Views


Suicide bill: A natural death?

When SB 128, which would legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, passed the California Senate, supporters hailed the measure's success as a sign of its inevitability. And what Democrat in this heavily left-leaning Legislature wants to be on - say it slowly - The Wrong Side of History?

June 25, 2015 | | Other Views


Who do you side with?

There's nothing as depressing as asking young people whether they plan to participate in the election and hearing them tell you they have no idea which candidate to be for or what the differences are or, worse, that it doesn't matter. What do you do with such a person? Can you really force someone to sit down and read a voter's guide? And what would they learn if they did? Probably more about what's wrong with their opponents than what's right about their candidates.

June 24, 2015 | | Other Views


Church shooter & capital punishment

It is fitting, if late, that South Carolina's political leaders seem ready to evict the Confederate flag from the grounds of their state Capitol in response to the vile shooting that left nine African-Americans dead in Charleston's Emanuel AME Church last week. In a Monday news conference while flanked by Democrats and fellow Republicans, Gov. Nikki Haley noted that many in the Palmetto State see the Confederate flag as a tribute to their Southern roots but said, "Today we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it's time to ...

June 24, 2015 | | Other Views


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