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Push in Sacramento to let felons vote in jail

California lawmakers seem intent on making Sacramento the place where reasonable reforms, much like runaway trains, jump the tracks. In that no-speed-limit spirit Tuesday, the California Assembly voted 41-37 to allow convicted felons to vote in jail. (Yes, you read that correctly.) If Assembly Bill 2466 becomes law, the American Civil Liberties Union estimates that 50,000 adults will be able to vote behind bars. The state doesn't trust these people on the streets, but they are welcome in the voting booth.

June 04, 2016 | | Other Views


On income ‘inequality’

Is there a more brain-dead concept than to empower the government to fight "income inequality"? What sane, normal, rational human being thinks that human talent, drive, interests and opportunity can - or should - result in equal outcomes?

June 02, 2016 | | Other Views


California counts for nothing

I got my absentee ballot in the mail, which reminded me: We have an election next Tuesday. The excitement is hard to bear. Oh, wait. There is no excitement. The ballot is still sitting in the pile on the kitchen table. I intend to fill it out because that's what good citizens should do - not because I even remotely think it will matter.

June 02, 2016 | | Other Views


Will there always be an England?

In his op-ed in The Washington Post, Chris Grayling, leader of the House of Commons, made the case for British withdrawal from the European Union -in terms Americans can understand.

June 01, 2016 | | Other Views


Hillary Clinton’s emails: She’s lying in plain sight

Speaking in San Francisco Thursday, Hillary Clinton told supporters that Donald Trump is not fit to be president. "He roots for himself," the former Secretary of State proclaimed, "and that's the type of person who should not be president of the United States." By that standard, Clinton herself has no business running to win the White House.

May 27, 2016 | | Other Views


‘The Great White Hope’

"Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group ... death rates in this group have been rising, not falling."

May 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Hey, Sanders supporters: All roads lead to Venezuela

When socialist Hugo Chavez became president of Venezuela after the 1998 election, he promised a path he described as "revolutionary," the same word Bernie Sanders uses for his "movement" to fight "income inequality."

May 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Bernie needs to do the math

Math was actually my best subject, until seventh grade, when I was the only girl on the math team: As if it were on the intercom, I heard loud and clear that girls weren't supposed to be good at math. But today I'm still proficient enough to figure out how to add up to 2,383, the number of delegates you need to win the Democratic nomination. And Hillary Clinton already has 2,305.

May 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Failed Republicans want to rewrite the Constitution

Did you ever wonder why unsuccessful candidates merely "suspend" their campaigns after losing a key primary instead of terminating them? Surely all those candidates know that it's impossible to restart a presidential campaign once it's been suspended. In the famous words of Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice Longworth, "You can't make a souffle rise twice."

May 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Says millionaire trying to take over GOP

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

May 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Is Scarborough Shoal worth spilling American blood?

If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight.

May 24, 2016 | | Other Views


Ferguson Effect by the Bay

"It's as hard right now to be a cop maybe as it's ever been," San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr to The Chronicle Editorial Board Tuesday. At the time, Suhr was resisting calls demanding that he resign. Five local protesters had given up their hunger strike to force his departure to atone for officer-involved shootings of four minority men in the previous two years. Four supervisors had jumped onto that bandwagon, but Suhr enjoyed Mayor Ed Lee's support. Until Thursday, that is, when a San Francisco cop shot and killed Jessica Williams, 29, an unarmed auto theft ...

May 24, 2016 | | Other Views


Most indebted class ever

Congratulations, college graduates! As you enter the next phase of life, you and your parents should be proud of your achievements.

May 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Male and female still matter in combat

Less than a year after the Supreme Court decided that marriage no longer needs partners of the opposite sex, the other two branches of the federal government are moving rapidly to eliminate all rational distinctions based on sex. Taken together, these new actions reflect the unscientific (but oh-so-politically correct) dogma that there are no fundamental, biological differences between male and female.

May 23, 2016 | | Other Views


The Democrats’ Sanders

If Donald Trump supporters had booed a Republican senator at a state convention over the weekend, if they threw chairs because they did not like a delegate count, if Trump's goons published a state party vice chairwoman's private phone number -- which unleashed a torrent of abusive, obscenity-drenched voice messages that described the acts of violence she deserved -- then it would be a big story. And if Trump spoke Wednesday afternoon, you would expect all the cable news networks to air his speech live to see whether Trump would use the occasion to call off the dogs or he ...

May 21, 2016 | | Other Views


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Jeff Sessions thinks pot is as bad as heroin. That’s so wrong.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently called marijuana use a "life-wrecking dependency" that is "only slightly less awful" than heroin.

March 29, 2017 | | Other Views


Fox News covers ‘inconvenient’ rape

On March 16, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly pushed into a boys' bathroom at Rockville High School in Maryland and raped by two other students ...

March 29, 2017 | | Other Views


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