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The rationale behind knives on a plane

When the Transportation Security Administration announced that it will allow passengers to carry small knives on planes effective April 25, my reaction matched that of Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., who has called the policy change "misguided and, frankly, dangerous." It's impossible to think about the ban on knives on planes without remembering what prompted it - the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

April 11, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Lies help Dems snag Black vote

As recently as 1956, nearly 39 percent of blacks voted Republican in that year's presidential election. After the Civil War, Abe Lincoln's Republican Party easily carried the black vote - where blacks were allowed to vote. Unwelcome in the Democratic Party, most blacks voted Republican and continued to do so through the early part of the 20th century. It wasn't until 1948, when 77 percent of the black vote went to Harry Truman, who had desegregated the military, that a majority of blacks identified themselves as Democrats.

April 10, 2013 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Remembering (& forgetting) Thatcher

The legendary British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died, and the national media tried to pay their respects, not only for breaking Britain's "glass ceiling" with a "bruising" political style, but for transforming Britain and helping wind down the Cold War.

April 09, 2013 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


From the AP Stylebook: How to obscure

The Associated Press announced last week that it no longer sanctions the term "illegal immigrant" in its stylebook. Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll explained that the AP has decided it is wrong for reporters to use the word "illegal" to describe a person, but it's OK to use the word to "describe only an action, such as living or immigrating to a country illegally."

April 09, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Where have all the workers gone?

That America created only 88,000 jobs in March, less than half the number anticipated, was jolting news, indicating the recovery that the White House has boasted about may not be at hand.

April 08, 2013 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Why the chicken crossed the road

Thanks to the industrializers of American agriculture, we finally know why the chicken crossed the road: to run away from the factory farm.

April 08, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Advice: Never underestimate

An invaluable bit of advice often shared within the military community is to never, ever, underestimate your enemy. The annals of history are replete with those who have ignored this axiom.

April 08, 2013 | By CHUCK ROOTS Senior Pastor at Ripon Free Methodist Church | Other Views


A re-run of the Great Depression

The philosopher George Santayana wrote: "Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." That is what we're doing.

April 08, 2013 | Donald Kaul Washington correspondent | Other Views


Pipelines and pipe dreams

Whom does Barack Obama want to please more - out-of-work adults who would love a high-wage job building the Keystone XL pipeline or tony venture capitalists who travel cloistered in private jets when they're not complaining that Washington doesn't do enough about global warming?

April 08, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Dealing with door dashing

DEAR DIDI: My dog runs out the door when I answer it. How do I keep him from doing this? -Doggy Mommy in Manteca

April 07, 2013 | By Didi McElroy mycaliforniacanine.com | Other Views


Guns: Bills turn into do-nothing laws

Readers share their ideas. Since the massacre in December in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six elementary-school staff members dead, readers have passed on a host of so-called remedies. Let's make gun owners be licensed and pass a test, some have suggested. So the problem is, I ask them, that these mass killers aren't good shots?

April 06, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Under-taxing the rich is uncivilized

Please don't fret about paying taxes. They're your most productive investment. As Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. noted more than a century ago, "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society."

April 06, 2013 | William A. Collins Columnist | Other Views


Is war with North Korea inevitable?

"If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you," said Calvin Coolidge, who always counseled patience over the rash response.

April 04, 2013 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


On-call shifts: Latest corporate shame

Step right up, folks, and take your chances in the Amazing New American Workplace. Constantly high unemployment! Low wages always! No employee bargaining power! A corporate paradise!

April 04, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Williams gets it half right on guns

My latest book, "Dear Father, Dear Son," focuses on the importance of fathers - and the increasing number of children who grow up in homes without one. Fox's Juan Williams understands this - sort of. He gets the "what," but not the "why."

April 04, 2013 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


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Wal-Mart treats workers like Pop-Tarts

Wal-Mart loves keeping track of data. For instance, the retail giant's researchers know that before and after major storms, customers buy strawberry Pop-Tarts at a rate that's seven times faster than normal.

August 18, 2014 | | Other Views


Let Congress vote on Iraq War III

Last week, we were told there were 40,000 Yazidis on Sinjar Mountain facing starvation if they remained there, and slaughter by ISIS if they came down.

August 18, 2014 | | Other Views


Who said anything about impeachment?

Surely you thought that partisan posturing by far-right Congress critters couldn't get any nuttier. But here comes the GOP's claim that all the talk about impeaching President Barack Obama is being led by…Barack Obama!

August 18, 2014 | | Other Views


Silicon Valley worker conspiracy

"You can make money without doing evil" is No. 6 on the list of 10 things Google (the corporation) knows to be true. The Google list leaves out a few caveats. Like: You can make more money flouting antitrust laws. You can pay your brainiacs less if they believe you will retaliate if they try to go to work for someone else.

August 14, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Robin Williams & mental illness

When the news rippled out on Monday that Robin Williams had committed suicide, even I thought - for a moment - "but he had everything." As if suicide is a "choice."

August 14, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


CYBER CRIMES

Most Americans have received an authentic-looking email from a scammer, purportedly from a bank, requesting an update to the account information for official-sounding reasons.

August 13, 2014 | By KATY GRIMES Political analyst | Other Views


John Boehner’s Kabuki dance

If John Boehner is so worried about the president's executive orders, why didn't he sue George W. Bush?

August 13, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Passing the buck on Bay Bridge

"Who is responsible for the Bay Bridge?" I asked California Gov. Jerry Brown at a San Francisco Chronicle editorial board meeting in May.

August 10, 2014 | | Other Views


Koch brothers pony up for GOP

The Koch brothers - the GOP megadonors and fossil fuel magnates - live in their own special world, enshrouded in the fumes emanating from their family's enormous stockpiles of wealth.

August 10, 2014 | | Other Views


‘Limited, specific & achievable’

That is how one unnamed official described the military option in Iraq, on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

August 09, 2014 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political commentator | Other Views


Who owns the future?

At the end of the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama famously wrote that our world may be at the "end of history" where "Western liberal democracy" becomes "the final form of human government."

August 08, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Nixon — before Watergate

It has been a summer of remembrance.

August 07, 2014 | | Other Views


Hollywood fools around with virginity

Back in the 1950s, C.S. Lewis saw chastity as under attack with "all the contemporary propaganda for lust that makes people "feel that the desires we are resisting are so 'natural,' so 'healthy,' and so reasonable, that it is almost perverse and abnormal to resist them."

August 04, 2014 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


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