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Volunteers for vino: Saga continues

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Westover Vineyards of Castro Valley. Owner Bill Smyth is preparing to shutter his winery because the California Department of Industrial Relations slapped him with $115,550 in fines, back wages and penalties for using unpaid volunteers. Those fees put Westover in the red.

October 09, 2014 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


None can call it treason

A couple of weeks ago at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, several hundred people went to their feet to applaud a speech delivered by David H. Koch. The occasion was the opening of the Met's new facade on Fifth Avenue. It runs four city blocks, and is complete with new fountains, paving, lighting, landscaping and seating areas for visitors. Mr. Koch contributed the entire $65 million cost of the project, which took years to complete.

October 08, 2014 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


That gosh darn minimum wage

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to share his long-repressed feelings about a traumatic event. "It was," the Kentucky Republican confided, grim-faced, "the worst day of my political life."

October 08, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Dog running into things could have eyesight issues

DEAR DIDI: Our four year old pit mix will play with toys if we interact with them but if we throw the toy and ask him to fetch he loses all interest and walks away. He runs into things around the house fairly often so we are wondering if he has a balance or coordination issue. How PETS we work on this? We adopted him when he was a year old and he is so calm and such a joy to us. Our other issue, unrelated, is that he growls intensely at anyone that comes to our home even if ...

October 07, 2014 | By Didi McElroy mycaliforniacanine.com | Other Views


Fighting a 30-year war

"The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature."

October 07, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Schools chief race is about tenure

At last month's California gubernatorial debate, Republican hopeful Neel Kashkari praised Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris for using their discretion not to appeal a court ruling that overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban. Kashkari then chided both Democrats for failing to use that same discretion when they appealed the Vergara v. California court decision. The suit is named after Beatriz Vergara, one of nine students who sued to eliminate the state's teacher tenure system.

October 06, 2014 | | Other Views


Let them eat tips

Just when you thought the plutocratic profiteers running America's exploitative, low-wage economy couldn't get any more clueless, self-serving, pious, and mingy - along comes Lady Maria of Marriott, magnanimously saying: "Let them eat tips."

October 06, 2014 | | Other Views


Barack Obama, outside agitator

In his U.N. address, President Obama listed a parade of horrors afflicting our world: "Russian aggression in Europe," "terrorism in Syria and Iraq," rapes and beheadings by ISIL, al-Qaida, Boko Haram.

October 04, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


He’s not in Manteca anymore. . .

EDITOR'S NOTE: Lawrence Silveira is a Sierra High graduate now living in Chicago. In this column, penned on Sept. 5, he writes about the differences between the two locales, and what he's learned in his first few weeks at Columbia College.

October 02, 2014 | By Lawrence Silveira Sierra High graduate | Other Views


Is Burger King an economic patriot?

"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains."

October 02, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Rich man hails middle class job creators

Here's an unusual super-rich guy with a strange message for his fellow 1-percent-of-the-1-percenters.

October 02, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Some serious potty talk

There's a photo-word montage on the Internet in which a little boy, presumably from Africa, looks skeptically at a woman who is apparently from somewhere else. The boy asks, "You mean to tell me you have so much clean water, that you (poop) in it?"

October 01, 2014 | By JILL RICHARDSON Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


Peace protests, R.I.P.

Where are the peaceniks? Why aren't they marching on Capitol Hill to protest President Barack Obama's use of military force in Syria and Iraq? The San Francisco Chronicle's Kevin Fagan interviewed peace activists who told him that their ranks are numb, in part because America has been at war for more than a decade. Some even wonder whether the Islamic State is so barbaric as to merit airstrikes.

September 30, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The media: People who live in glass houses

"I see the media is at it again," an acquaintance said referring to the deluge of coverage after the Ray Rice assault on his wife. True, a ton of coverage on what became a national, if not international story.

September 25, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Other Views


Enough is enough: Time for corporations to share

For those of you who read my last column and thought I had crossed over to the dark side, this one should tilt the world back on its proper axis.

September 25, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Other Views


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Trump right about NATO?

I am "not isolationist, but I am 'America First,'" Donald Trump told The New York times last weekend. "I like the expression."

March 30, 2016 | | Other Views


The Great American Plane Robbery

If you take the word "free" and rip the "r" out of it, what do you get?

March 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Sacramento’s tax on new jobs

In their infinite wisdom, Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature have come up with five more reasons for California businesses not to hire new ...

March 29, 2016 | | Other Views


Hillary Clinton’s grim legacy

Who murdered Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres?

March 29, 2016 | | Other Views


$1 BILLION PAY RAISE

If Donald Trump's gravity-defying ascendancy has validated anything, it is that for Middle America, jobs and economic security are still the dominant issue. Republicans ...

March 28, 2016 | STEPHEN MOORE | Other Views


The best exercise is the one you’ll keep doing

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an overweight 68-year-old woman who wants to exercise. I would like to know what type of exercise I can do ...

March 27, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


About toenails on dogs

DEAR DIDI: I know where my greyhound, Sasha, is at all times. Her nails echo through the house on my hardwood floors. I am terrified ...

March 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Would The Donald govern like Arnold?

They're both iconic figures in American culture who are known by their first names. California's former governor is Arnold. The GOP presidential front-runner ...

March 26, 2016 | | Other Views


ISIS faithful to Islam?

"We are not at war with Islam," said John Kasich after the Brussels massacre, "We're at war with radical Islam."

March 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Why superdelegates count

Every time I see a tally of the delegate race that excludes so-called "superdelegates," I have to laugh. "Of course they count," I want to ...

March 25, 2016 | | Other Views


TRUMP VS. DEMOS

In a recent interview with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, CNN's Jake Tapper said, "I would just ask, as a fellow American, if you ...

March 24, 2016 | | Other Views


The Humpty Dumpty Party

Is Donald Trump's presidential bid terrifying you?

March 24, 2016 | | Other Views


Rule-or-ruin Republicans

"Things reveal themselves passing away," wrote W. B. Yeats.

March 23, 2016 | | Other Views


WHAT ABOUT FARRAKHAM?

Former Grand Wizard of the KKK David Duke recently made positive comments about Republican front-runner Donald Trump. He did not endorse Trump's candidacy. But ...

March 22, 2016 | | Other Views


What would Nancy say?

I was late to the Nancy Reagan Admiration Society. She had arrived on the political scene, after all, on the arm of Ronald Reagan, a ...

March 22, 2016 | | Other Views


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