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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


Alexander’s life sentence

Former San Francisco 49ers star Kermit Alexander is death penalty opponents' worst nightmare. Foes of the death penalty argue that the criminal justice system is skewed against African-Americans and that prosecutors are less likely to seek the death penalty when victims are black. Alexander is an African-American who grew up in the projects of Los Angeles. So were the four members of his family slain in a 1984 contract killing gone wrong. He has watched the three black men convicted for the murders try to escape responsibility for their crimes. In prison, Darren Williams - the Rollin' 60s Neighborhood Crips gang ...

November 16, 2015 | | Other Views


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Phelps speaks out on doping, but what took so long?

It wasn't exactly Lilly King wagging a finger at a dirty Russian, then going on to beat her for a swimming gold medal in ...

March 05, 2017 | | Other Views


What’s the truth behind cancer-causing properties of burnt starchy foods?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have heard for a while now that the black stuff on burnt toast is carcinogenic. I don't eat it because ...

March 05, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Nervous over their dog’s black tongue

Dear Didi: We have a dog that we adopted from a shelter about 3 weeks ago. I am extremely concerned because he has a mostly ...

March 05, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Trump’s trivial pursuits

The president who gave the joint session address on Tuesday night wants Washington to put aside "trivial fights" and "compromise." He actually said this: "The ...

March 04, 2017 | | Other Views


Trump hits a home run

One after another, the pundits hailed President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress as his finest speech, though the usual naysayers ...

March 04, 2017 | | Other Views


The Oscars: The activism they left on the cutting room floor

Imagine the result, with hundreds of millions of people watching worldwide, if Hollywood turned its creative firepower on real problems. Instead, viewers watched wall-to-wall Trump-bashing ...

March 02, 2017 | | Other Views


Nobody needs lecture on morality from Paul Ryan

For nearly half a century now, America's middle-class working families have been pummeled by corporate greedmeisters and their political henchmen.

March 02, 2017 | | Other Views


Is Russia an enemy?

The founding fathers of the Munich Security Conference, said John McCain, would be "be alarmed by the turning away from universal values and toward old ...

February 28, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Enough about the shoes

That the two most prominent women in the Trump administration should be caught up in a controversy about shoes tells you (if not our new ...

February 27, 2017 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


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