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Who’s sorry now? A health giant CEO

America's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group Inc., is losing so much money on the Affordable Care Act exchange policies it sells in 34 states that CEO Stephen Hemsley apologized to investors in New York on Tuesday. "It was for us a bad decision," Hemsley said, according to Bloomberg News. UnitedHealth stayed out of the Obamacare market in its first year. "In retrospect, we should have stayed out longer," Hemsley added. UnitedHealth may get out of the individual market in 2017.

December 04, 2015 | | Other Views

God Bless America

With images of the carnage in Paris and the shuttering of Brussels flashing on every screen, it is hard to take to heart the president's urgings not to give in to fear. A global terror alert does not help. The front-page pictures of all the homegrown terrorists make it harder still. How could these young men have grown up among us, as Americans, and be full of such hatred that they would choose, as we are being warned, targets where they can kill as many people as possible?

November 27, 2015 | | Other Views

CNBC biased? You don’t say!

Question: What did Reince Priebus not know about CNBC - and when did he not know it?

November 27, 2015 | | Other Views

War with Russia?

Turkey's decision to shoot down a Russian warplane was a provocative and portentous act.

November 25, 2015 | | Other Views

About college microaggressions

When students protesting "microaggressions" took over an administrative building at Occidental College in California, they issued 14 demands. The school agreed to all except the first, which required the firing of its president. Similar protests took place concurrently at other colleges nationwide.

November 25, 2015 | | Other Views

Will Europe man up?

If the purpose of terrorism is to terrify, the Islamic State had an extraordinary week. Brussels, capital of the EU and command post of mighty NATO, is still in panic and lockdown.

November 24, 2015 | | Other Views

Competing Thanksgiving tales

Thanksgiving is here. Let's eat!

November 24, 2015 | | Other Views

About that frozen embryo

I'm more than a little reluctant to write this column. Whatever I write will be interpreted through another lens: that of the abortion debate. One of the many bad consequences of a debate that has now lasted more than four decades is that we can't talk about anything without first trying to fit it within the abortion debate, which is not necessarily the only or best way to look at it.

November 23, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views

Ratings Trump respect at NBC

Donald Trump is like a contagion who infects everyone around him. Once you've kissed, you can never wipe his saliva off your face. Consider the venerable (in its own view) NBC. This year, the network fired Trump, only to find it is Trump Lite.

November 23, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views

“Stomach flu” is not actual flu

DEAR DR. ROACH: With the flu season coming on, would you please discuss the difference between what people call the "stomach flu" and what the flu really is? I have two friends who last year said they weren't getting the flu shot anymore because despite having it, they got the flu. They each described several hours of throwing up, but feeling better the next day. I suggested that they probably had a gastrointestinal episode and not influenza, which is a respiratory disease. They insisted that they had the flu, and they'd always learned that the stomach flu is ...

November 22, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

Ben & Bernie’s world

In the wake of the horrors in Paris, it only made sense to change the focus of Saturday night's Democratic debate from economic issues to national security, as CBS News did. You might think the candidates would jump at the opportunity to have a large audience hear them address the frightening specter of ISIS.

November 20, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views

Syrian, go home

President Barack Obama wants the United States to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees next year -- but in the wake of last week's Paris attacks and reports that one of the terrorists may have had a valid Syrian passport with a stamp from Greece, more than half the governors in this country, a mostly Republican group, are opposed. They fear that a jihadi will embed with fleeing refugees. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted, "Security comes first."

November 19, 2015 | | Other Views

Why does Manteca have a street tree plan?

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

November 18, 2015 | | Other Views

‘Sickening setback’ for Obama

"Why can't we take out these bastards?" CNN's Jim Acosta bluntly asked President Obama at a Monday press conference at the Group of 20 summit in Turkey. "These bastards," of course, are the Islamic State - at least for Acosta. As Obama called Friday's attacks in Paris that left at least 129 dead a "sickening setback," he saw no need to reset his Syrian policy.

November 17, 2015 | | Other Views

Make interchange bicyclist friendly

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

November 17, 2015 | | Other Views

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Taking back our finance system

Instead of griping about the greedheads of Wall Street and the rip-off financial system they've hung around our necks, why don't we Take ...

September 06, 2016 | | Other Views

Trump & the Hillarycons

In 1964, Phyllis Schlafly of Alton, Illinois, mother of six, wrote and published a slim volume entitled "A Choice Not an Echo."

September 06, 2016 | | Other Views

Hillary is no JFK

The election season is heating up. Donald Trump has pulled back even with Hillary Clinton, and every new economic number is being scrutinized for its ...

September 03, 2016 | | Other Views

Get away with daylight robbery

I thought Donnie Trump and his fellow Republicans were big law 'n order politicians. So, why are they trying to scrap the sheriff and unleash ...

September 03, 2016 | | Other Views

Conquistador Trump

In accepting the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto to fly to Mexico City, the Donald was taking a major risk.

September 02, 2016 | | Other Views

Those national anthem haters

The Black Lives Matter movement is two years old, so it's a little odd that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has suddenly become ...

September 02, 2016 | | Other Views

QB Colin Kaepernick’s fight against ‘racism’

Recent polls find a majority of Americans believe that "race relations," since the election of the first black president, have gotten worse, not better. Colin ...

September 01, 2016 | | Other Views

Obama churns out pardons

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, President Obama commuted the sentences of 111 federal drug offenders. In his first term, Obama endured the sting of critics like ...

September 01, 2016 | | Other Views

Federal hy-pot-crisy

For a few brief months, it looked like America might take a step closer to sanity. And then came the news: the Obama administration will ...

August 31, 2016 | | Other Views

The Clinton Foundation fiasco

The Clinton Foundation has become a serious problem for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Everyone knows the Clintons made a mockery of the promises they made ...

August 31, 2016 | | Other Views

No learning from mistakes

Some people do not learn from their mistakes. Anthony Weiner is one. The husband of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin resigned from Congress in 2011 ...

August 30, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views

Their war, not ours

The debacle that is U.S. Syria policy is today on naked display.

August 30, 2016 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views

Help for IBS

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 92 and in exceptional health. I have irritable bowel syndrome, and my digestive system goes through a cycle of constipation ...

August 29, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

Drones help farmers save every drop

LOS BANOS (AP) - A drone whirred to life in a cloud of dust, then shot hundreds of feet skyward for a bird's-eye view of ...

August 29, 2016 | SCOTT SMITH | Other Views

Foreseeable sinkhole!

There have been so many "last time" in our lives that we never paid attention too. Often we take things for granted, like the last ...

August 29, 2016 | AL MONCADA | Other Views

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