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Smart phones, foolish choices

"In space, no one can hear you scream" was the tag line for Ridley Scott's breakthrough 1979 sci-fi flick, "Alien." With the Federal Communications Commission's decision to revisit its 22-year ban on using cellphones in flight on passenger planes, that could change.

November 27, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Ugly underbelly of abortion debate

In 1992, in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed its decision in Roe v. Wade holding that a woman has a constitutional right, grounded in the right to privacy, to decide whether to carry a pregnancy to term. That right, of course, is not - and never has been - absolute or unlimited. States may restrict that right (often in the name of protecting the woman's health) as long as the regulation does not impose an "undue burden" on a woman's choice. Past a certain point in pregnancy, abortion is prohibited unless necessary to preserve the ...

November 27, 2013 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Is Superpower afraid of Iran?

"Iran's Nuclear Triumph" roared the headline of the Wall Street Journal editorial. William Kristol is again quoting Churchill on Munich.

November 26, 2013 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Obamacare: The death of liberalism?

By 1968, Walter Lippmann, the dean of liberal columnists, had concluded that liberalism had reached the end of its tether.

November 22, 2013 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Genetic engineering lies prevail again

If you doubt that big money and lies can pervert elections, look at Initiative 522 in Washington State. A grassroots coalition of consumers, organic producers, environmentalists, and others who want honesty in food labeling put it on the ballot. They lost.

November 22, 2013 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Nancy Pelosi is out of touch

Asked whether she needed to apologize to the formerly insured who have lost their health insurance plans, former House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, "Did I ever tell my constituents that if they liked their plan they could keep it? I would have if I'd ever met anybody who liked his or her plan. But that was not my experience."

November 21, 2013 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Obamacare: McNerney’s thumbs down

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told "Meet the Press" on Sunday, "Democrats stand tall in support of the Affordable Care Act." Not in her backyard - in the nearby delta counties, some Dems are trying to distance themselves from Obamacare.

November 21, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Obamacare: Unaffordable, incomprehensible

Chaos. "The whole mess has thrown the country, millions of people, the insurance market, into chaos," wrote Paul Palumbo, one of the million Californians who were notified that because of the Affordable Care Act, their Blue Shield plans would end Dec. 31.

November 19, 2013 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


BART strike calls for labor contract reform

Knowing that the strikes by unionized BART employees this year created such significant hardships for hundreds of thousands of California commuters, it's time that something be done to put an end to transit strikes that disrupt public transportation. Each time the battle ensues between the BART employees' union and BART management, commuters who rely on BART trains are forced to navigate lengthy alternative transportation routes and the economy loses $70 million a day. This creates an exceptional hardship for commuters who live in the Central Valley - our neighbors, friends, and family members who rely on BART to get to ...

November 19, 2013 | KRISTIN OLSEN | Other Views


Obamacare & cancellation politics

Really?

November 19, 2013 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Secondhand smoke gets in your rights

Berkeley City Councilman Jesse Arreguin has recommended that the city ban smoking in single-family homes. Councilwoman Susan Wengraf, who supports an ordinance to ban smoking in multiunit dwellings, is appalled.

November 19, 2013 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


President Obama lied to us

"If you like your health insurance, you can keep it. Period." Those words will haunt Barack Obama through the remainder of his term and probably achieve eternal life in books of memorable quotations.

November 18, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly | Other Views


Killing a rhino to save rhinos

Have you ever heard of the rabbit hunter's nightmare?A guy dreams that he and a few of his buddies have fanned out across some brushland to scare-up and shoot a few hares. They kill a couple, but then, one of the hunting buddies who'd headed down a slope into a thicket on the right suddenly comes bolting up the slope, all wild-eyed and screaming at the others: "Run, run - the rabbits have guns!"

November 15, 2013 | JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Benghazi hoax begets more hoaxes

No lie. CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager told The New York Times that the segment was "as big a mistake as there has been" on the 45-year-old news staple. Given that "60 Minutes II" had to retract a 2004 report on the National Guard service of President George W. Bush, to the chagrin of anchorman Dan Rather, Fager essentially admitted to epic failure.

November 13, 2013 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


A look at ‘liars’: Bush, Obama

When the weapons hunters failed to find stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, so began one of the greatest slanders on a president in history: "Bush lied, people died."

November 12, 2013 | T Larry Elder | Other Views


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Oil experts miss crude crash

I recently mentioned in a column on renewable energy that solar power could generate half of the world's electricity by 2050. I cited the International Energy Agency as my source.

February 03, 2015 | By EMILY GRECO Managing editor of Other Words | Other Views


Word games & racism

The brilliant actor Benedict Cumberbatch is in hot water for getting his words wrong. Appearing on Tavis Smiley's show, the Oscar-nominated star of "The Imitation Game" took a strong stand in favor of greater diversity in Hollywood.

February 01, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Abortion protesters don’t count?

Hundreds of thousands of protesters descend on Washington every January to "March for Life," protesting the horror of more than a million abortions in America every year. Every year the "news" outlets report next to nothing, even when their reporters are there documenting the event as their cameras film it.

January 31, 2015 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Where the real battle is happening

The Super Bowl is well timed. It comes mid-winter, a month after our New Year's resolutions begin deflating, when the market is teetering, our finances are squeezed, and the collections agencies calling day and night. For those who were fortunate to make some income last year, the 1099's or W-2s arrive, and we brace ourselves to face off with the IRS.

January 31, 2015 | DEAN McFALLS | Other Views


‘NEW’ GAS TAX

So why is it that while other states are now enjoying gas prices of less than $2 per gallon, California is still paying higher prices?

January 29, 2015 | By GEORGE RUNNER State Board of Equalization member | Other Views


When in Riyadh, don’t do as royals do

First lady Michelle Obama made an important statement when she showed up in Saudi Arabia with her husband Tuesday to mourn the death of King Abdullah and meet successor King Salman. Though the first lady dressed in a fashion respectful of Saudi custom - in black pants and a long, loose jacket that fully covered her arms and legs - she did not don a headscarf. Saudi women do not have that choice. Thus, the first lady made a fashion statement that sent a politely assertive message to the all-male Saudi delegation.

January 29, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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