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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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What would the GOP do?

Though Barack Obama is widely regarded as a weak president, is the new world disorder really all his fault?

March 13, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


So much for the new Russia

It didn't take very long for the smiling sports fan cheering in the Olympic stands to revert to his true nature. I'm referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the former KGB leader whose idea of diplomacy is sending in the troops.

March 12, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


We should make work pay more

"It is time to give America a raise," President Barack Obama proclaimed in support of his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016.

March 12, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Hillary, Hitler & Cold War II

In assessing the motives and actions of Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton compared them to Adolf Hitler's. Almost always a mistake.

March 10, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


You are paying for corporate crime

Sometimes, a news story can be so crammed with irony that it boggles the mind. Consider just the headline on one such story that ran recently in my town's daily paper: "Man gets 10 years for defrauding banks."

March 10, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


The Silence of the Tax Lamb

Former IRS official Lois Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right Wednesday not to incriminate herself when she testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the IRS targeting of tea party groups.

March 07, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Listening on two flights to San Jose

A few weeks ago, the woman next to me on a Southwest flight from Los Angeles to San Jose said she was going north to have her hair done. For a moment, I indulged myself. Imagine a life where you have the freedom to get on a plane on a Thursday to have your hair done. I felt self-righteous and hardworking, for at least the 90 seconds that elapsed before the woman told me the whole truth. She was also going north to tend to the garden she and her family planted at the site where her 17-year-old son drove ...

March 07, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Jane Fonda, sex guru for teens

If a teenager were zipping around Amazon.com looking for "a reliable guide to the turbulent physical and social transitions of adolescence," would that child want to first consult a 76-year-old grandmother who's had three unsuccessful marriages?

March 06, 2014 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Nature messing with our beer supply

OK, climate change deniers. This has gone too far.

March 06, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


DEAD WRONG

Enough!

March 06, 2014 | By ROLAND MARTIN Author | Other Views


Betsy Ross, meet Cinco de Mayo

Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, set out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in 2010 in a "spirit of cultural appreciation." It didn't work out that way.

March 04, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Nugent apologized, what about Spike?

Ted Nugent apologized. Now it's Spike Lee's turn.

February 28, 2014 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Federal takeover of school curriculum

Many people said ho-hum when President Barack Obama threatened to change any law with his pen or phone, and even use that power to personally alter Obamacare and the welfare law, and to "legislate" the Dream Act that Congress refused to pass. But Americans are rising up by the tens of thousands to stop Common Core, which is the current attempt to compel all U.S. children to be taught the same material and not other things parents might think important.

February 27, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Obama: The newest federalist

When he came to Washington in 1981, Ronald Reagan made much of his commitment to the "new federalism," which in that case, like so many others, had very little to do with federalism. As later detailed by former Office of Management and Budget head David Stockman, in the name of federalism, the Reagan administration sought to dismantle federal social welfare programs that conservatives opposed, claiming it was an issue of whether state or federal government should be in charge. The problem, as soon became apparent, was that giving states new responsibilities without new funding sources meant you were shrinking government ...

February 25, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Experts agree; if you don’t, shut up

It is a happy conceit in the climate change community that true believers are sophisticated, fact-based practitioners of science and that skeptics essentially are a bunch of superstitious nitwits who refuse to respect the - all bow - climate change consensus.

February 25, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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