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Welcome home, finally, to our Vietnam veterans

WASHINGTON - Forty-three years ago this week, the fabled 101st Airborne Division launched Operation Apache Snow - a major ground offensive against North Vietnamese army invaders in the treacherous A Shau Valley. Though fighting raged over hundreds of square miles of triple-canopied jungle, the focus soon became a single terrain feature, a mountain, with peaks as high as 3,000 feet, the Vietnamese named Dong Ap Bia, or "Mountain of the Crouching Beast." The Americans who fought there called it Hamburger Hill.

May 20, 2012 | By OLIVER NORTH Honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance | Other Views


FTC vs. Skechers: Overhyped meets overkill

The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday that Skechers USA Inc. will pay $40 million to settle charges that the shoe company made "unfounded claims" about its Shape-ups.

May 19, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Congratulations, grads & parents

It's that time of year. What's the old song? "I can still remember..." And I do. It's what I talk about when I'm invited to be a graduation speaker and what I write about every year at this time.

May 16, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


As the Boomers head for the barn

When the April figures on unemployment were released May 4, they were more than disappointing. They were deeply disturbing.

May 15, 2012 | by PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Water tower is old structure, not landmark

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

May 15, 2012 | | Other Views


The pardon attorney who just says no

In 1993, a jury convicted Clarence Aaron for his role in two planned cocaine deals. Aaron was a 23-year-old college student. It was his first offense. Unlike his co-defendants, Aaron was not a career drug dealer. He didn't know enough to plead guilty and testify against others to win a reduced sentence. He perjured himself in court. A federal judge sentenced Aaron to three terms of life without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug offense.

May 15, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National columnist | Other Views


Same-sex marriage honesty was overdue

President Barack Obama emerged from his ideological closet last week when he said, "Same-sex couples should be able to get married." Obama supported same-sex marriage in 1996. He opposed same-sex marriage, however, in 2004 and 2008 and right up until Vice President Joe Biden announced that he is "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex nuptials on "Meet the Press" May 6. Thus, I would categorize the president's position on same-sex marriage not as having evolved, as he claims, but as a long overdue moment of honesty.

May 14, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Obama-loving media spin economy

National Public Radio's Kai Ryssdal recently talked about the weak economy. His guests, two reporters from The Washington Post and The New York Times, acknowledged the obvious - that the economy is underperforming.

May 11, 2012 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Who’s on first? Romney or Obama?

Depending on which poll you believe, Obama is either up by 3, 7 or 9 points, or down by 1, 3 or 5.

May 10, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


A sham for Wal-Mart’s scam in Mexico

First, the corruption. Then, the cover-up. And now, a sham to cover-up the cover-up.

May 10, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


Julia: A woman in need of protector

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country," President John F. Kennedy famously said in his inaugural address.

May 08, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Obama, Congress breaking promise on healthcare

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

May 07, 2012 | | Other Views


Decade of war - for what?

"My fellow Americans, we have traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war," said Barack Obama from Bagram Air Base.

May 07, 2012 | by PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Obama entitled to victory lap

President Barack Obama was entitled to a victory lap. In August 2007, then-Sen. Obama stuck out his neck when he said that there were terrorists holed up in the mountains of Pakistan and that he was willing to do something about it.

May 06, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Thou shall support the welfare state

As a candidate for the presidency, George W. Bush took heat for supposedly saying something like, "God wanted me to become president." He never said that. But no matter. Here comes another yet another Bible-banging religious conservative "taking his marching orders from God." Apparently, if you feel God endorses a particular path, God wants you to keep the news to yourself.

May 04, 2012 | By LARRY ELDER Author | 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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