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Raising cigarette taxes a $1 a pack

The American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and American Lung Association wrote Proposition 29, the measure on the June 5 ballot in California to increase the state's cigarette tax by $1, to $1.87 per pack. Lung Association President Jane Warner likes to emphasize the demarcation at play: She's with the good guys, while the bad guys, big tobacco, will spend buckets more money trying to fight the measure than her groups will spend trying to pass it.

April 22, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


How dumb can you be?

I went to a strip club once. OK, maybe it was twice. The guys were going; I was curious.

April 21, 2012 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


The Mad Hatter of the GOP’s tea party

Just when you think the tea party Republican majority in the U.S. House couldn't possibly get any screwier, up jumps Rep. Allen West.

April 21, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Myths of ‘racist’ criminal justice system

Calling America's criminal justice system "racist" is not confined to "civil rights leaders" like the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Then-Sen. Barack Obama, during the 2008 presidential campaign, said it, too. Blacks and whites, said Obama, "are arrested at very different rates, are convicted at very different rates (and) receive very different sentences ... for the same crime."

April 20, 2012 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


The political debate: Women’s work

As it turns out, Hilary Rosen was wrong about Ann Romney not working a day in her life. She's plainly working right now, as a strategist for her husband's campaign, not a stay-at-home mom. For all the shock and chagrin about Rosen's comment (which was, of course, poorly put, but was an effort to address the question of whether the Romneys could understand the problems of "people like us," as pollsters usually ask it), it turns out that Mrs. Romney wasn't insulted at all. She considered it an "early birthday gift," a strategic opportunity for her ...

April 18, 2012 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


They shoot rich guys, don’t they?

President Barack Obama calls his proposed tax on millionaires the "Buffett rule," based on financier Warren Buffett's claim that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary. Obama claims that the "Buffett rule" asks millionaires to "do their fair share" by paying the same income tax rate that middle-class families pay.

April 18, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


June 5 primary now means little

Never again. That should be the determined motto of California legislators who will set dates for this state's future primary elections, now that it's perfectly clear the June 5 California Republican presidential primary election will mean little or nothing, just like all other June primaries contested here since 1972.

April 16, 2012 | By TOM ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


The horror of wearing hoodies in America

I've not weighed in on the Trayvon Martin killing, because I really didn't have anything to add. Until now.

April 16, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Impact of leftist California professors

"I don't know any polite way of putting this - but he's lying," said professor John Ellis, president of the National Association of Scholars' California division. Ellis was reacting to a critic's characterization of the NAS's damning report, "A Crisis of Competence: The Corrupting Effect of Political Activism in the University of California."

April 15, 2012 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Trayvon Martin: Becoming a movement

The shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and its galvanizing effect on African-Americans has been compared to the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till.

April 15, 2012 | By Roland Martin Author | Other Views


Obama’s Zimmerman problem

God save me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies.

April 13, 2012 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Some very political science

The news is stuffed with "studies" in which "experts" tell us how we should behave. One recently found that conservatives have lost their trust in science over the last 40 years. That's probably because the very political academics of science are routinely summoned to prove the right-wingers are not only wrong but dangerously wrong and not just dangerously wrong but evil, too.

April 11, 2012 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


The Godfather’s Italian table

"Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola is a big shot - and not just in the film world. As a vintner and restaurateur, Coppola apparently sees himself as the capo di tutti capi - the boss of all bosses - who owns the Italian dictionary. Last year, Coppola won a U.S. trademark for the phrase "a tavola" - Italian for "to the table" (or, in American English, "come and get it"). It seems the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office also thinks Coppola owns a piece of the Italian language.

April 11, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The President and the Court

There was much ado about not much when President Obama declared last week that it would be "unprecedented, extraordinary" for the United States Supreme Court to overturn the health care reform law that passed both houses of Congress with substantial majorities.

April 11, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


Where are the moderate Democrats?

President Barack Obama chastised the media last week. "I think that there is oftentimes the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing, then they're equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle," the president chided those attending the American Society of Newspaper Editors luncheon.

April 10, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | 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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