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What Trump’s wall says to the world

"Something there is that doesn't love a wall," wrote poet Robert Frost in the opening line of "Mending Walls."

January 27, 2017 | | Other Views


Under President Trump, the media rediscovers its purpose

Only hours into his new job, White House press secretary Sean Spicer attacked the media for what he called "dishonesty" and "deliberately false reporting." He specifically challenged the reporting that said President Donald Trump's inauguration had a smaller audience than the inaugurations of President Barack Obama and that Trump removed the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office.

January 26, 2017 | | Other Views


Trump: ‘We must think big and dream even bigger’

In all the media back and forth over President Donald Trump's inaugural speech, most have missed a central point: His address was infused with a wonderful sense of optimism.

January 24, 2017 | | Other Views


America for Americans

As the patriotic pageantry of Inauguration Day gave way to the demonstrations of defiance Saturday, our new America came into view. We are two nations now, two peoples.

January 24, 2017 | | Other Views


Snoozing at teachers who abuse children

On Jan. 13, a judge in Houston, Texas, sentenced Alexandria Vera to 10 years in prison. Her crime? The 25-year-old teacher at Stovall Middle School struck up a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old student - having sex almost every day, she said, for nine months - but with the parents' approval. She could be eligible for parole in five years.

January 22, 2017 | | Other Views


Of reclusiveness and agoraphobia, only one is diagnosis

DEAR DR. ROACH: How does one differentiate between reclusiveness and agoraphobia? I realize both are medical terms/diagnoses. -- T.H.

January 22, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Getting dogs to change their ‘business’ habits

Dear Didi: My husband and I adopted a 4 year old dog from the animal shelter and we named him Max. He is very sweet and calm. He has one issue, however, that is putting a kink in our lifestyle. He will NOT, under any circumstances do his business in the backyard. We have to take him for walks three times a day to get him to "go". Is there any hope? -getting in our steps in Manteca

January 22, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


And then I cried

I made it through election night, and the morning after, and the endless portmortems. I kept reminding myself of what Hillary Clinton said at the final debate about respecting the outcome of the election. I listened to a lot of music. When, late at night, I would finally break down and read about the endless conflicts of interest or the appointees committed to destroying the departments they hope to run, I would remind myself that there just might be two Republican Senators who would not necessarily say "How high?" when the new president said, "Jump," and even that President Donald ...

January 20, 2017 | | Other Views


New president, new world

"Don't Make Any Sudden Moves" is the advice offered to the new president by Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, which has not traditionally been known as a beer hall of populist beliefs.

January 20, 2017 | | Other Views


Trump ‘disrespects’ the intel community?

President Barack Obama and his team still engage in a hissy fit over Donald Trump's questioning Obama's place of birth. To even raise the issue is to "otherwise" the first black President. In short, they argue, it is racist. But to claim that Vladimir Putin put Trump in the White House is nothing more than an obvious observation, right? When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of George W. Bush in 2000, a number of disgruntled Democrats referred to him as "President Select."

January 19, 2017 | | Other Views


Inaugural address or rally?

At nearly 3 a.m. on Nov. 9, Donald J. Trump spoke to the world after TV networks declared him the victor in the presidential election. His remarks were short. Trump praised his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. He even reached out to those who had not supported him and asked for their guidance and "help so that we can work together and unify our great country."

January 17, 2017 | | Other Views


Hollywood vs. ‘fascist’ election

Critics of the Hollywood left chuckled when Hillary Clinton lost the election. Those dramatic videos full of celebrity ardor for the Clintons flopped. Rarely has there been a more pronounced disconnect. It turned to belly laughs when those celebrities responded by making more videos.

January 17, 2017 | | Other Views


King’s Dream still isn’t reality

Not long ago, I saw a comment on an online article about the rise in protests for black civil rights. "We gave you a president," wrote the commenter. "We gave you your damn Oscar. What more do you want?"

January 16, 2017 | | Other Views


Reagan and Trump: American nationalists

Since World War II, the two men who have most terrified this city by winning the presidency are Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.

January 16, 2017 | | Other Views


Enemies see an opening

"Fake news!" roared Donald Trump, the work of "sick people."

January 13, 2017 | | Other Views


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John F. Kennedy: What would he think of his party?

President Ronald Reagan said: "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." Actor and former president of the National Rifle Association Charlton ...

February 15, 2017 | | Other Views


Left playing with fire?

To those who lived through that era that tore us apart in the '60s and '70s, it is starting to look like "deja vu all ...

February 14, 2017 | | Other Views


It’s 1984 in Trumplandia

Tromp-tromp-tromp - troops are marching to battles. Boom-boom-boom - bombs are blowing up communities. Whoooosh - poisonous gas is being released.

February 14, 2017 | | Other Views


Effects on the body of regular blood donation

DEAR DR. ROACH: My blood type is O-negative. I am well aware that O is the universal donor blood type. I have tried to donate ...

February 12, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Preparing dog for birth of your child

Dear Didi: My husband and I just found out that we are pregnant. It will be our first child. How do we prepare our dog ...

February 12, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Audi and Snoop Dogg during the Super Bowl

The exciting recent Super Bowl meant that fans paid more attention to the game than to the commercials. But there were some doozies, including the ...

February 10, 2017 | | Other Views


Short circuit: Bill aims to deep-six 9th District

How big is the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals? The San-Francisco-based circuit is so big that it represents nine states, including Nevada, 20 ...

February 09, 2017 | | Other Views


Great manipulators at Time

Time magazine has singled out White House strategist Steve Bannon for its Darth Vader cover treatment. Shown is a picture of Bannon looking like a ...

February 08, 2017 | | Other Views


Moral supremacy & Mr. Putin

Is Donald Trump to be allowed to craft a foreign policy based on the ideas on which he ran and won the presidency in 2016?

February 07, 2017 | | Other Views


Would Donald tax a fellow Trump?

Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump bellowed to those greedy corporate executives who've shipped middle-class jobs out of country, or I'll slap ...

February 07, 2017 | | Other Views


Coming clash with Iran

When Gen. Michael Flynn marched into the White House Briefing Room to declare that "we are officially putting Iran on notice," he drew a red ...

February 05, 2017 | | Other Views


America’s construction carnage

Try this the next time you find yourself standing on a Wall Street corner. Ask the first power suit you see why Wall Street's ...

February 04, 2017 | | Other Views


Gender-fluid Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America, or BSA, used to be derided as a "traditional, values-based" organization, whose oath spoke of a "duty to God" and ...

February 03, 2017 | | Other Views


2017: The year protests by conservatives became news

It shouldn't be considered remarkable that all three major broadcast networks offered a news story on the tens of thousands who came for the ...

January 31, 2017 | | Other Views


The first firestorm

That hysterical reaction to the travel ban announced Friday is a portent of what is to come if President Donald Trump carries out the mandate ...

January 31, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


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