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Crush grapes, not vintners

"You'll never meet anyone who says, 'I want to be a millionaire. I think I'll start a winery,'" owner Bill Smyth tells me from his small office over the tasting room of Westover Vineyards, nestled in Palomares Canyon. Smyth has worked in a number of fields. He made some money. He bought the vineyard property when he was young. His ex-wife bought him a kit to make wine, and his labor of love turned into a small business.

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


Keep the no-ransom policy

The video of a Syrian captor beheading American freelance journalist James Foley "has done more damage than any ransom ever could," former Iranian hostage Sarah Shourd warned on CNN recently. Foley's parents have been vocal about their frustration in knowing that their son remained a hostage as France and other European countries paid a reported average of $3 million-plus to free their citizens. The family wants to establish an organization to provide information to other families, presumably to get around a no-ransom policy.

September 22, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


NFL uses NOW’s playbook

When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down a mere a two-game suspension for domestic violence, he took his cue from some of the very same women's groups now calling for his head.

September 19, 2014 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


SF feminism: Abort girls

Supervisor David Chiu wants San Francisco to become the first American city to oppose any ban on sex-selective abortions. It apparently has not occurred to him why no other city has chosen to do so.

September 17, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Looking ‘soft’ on campus rape

In its wisdom (such as it is), the California Legislature passed a measure that would change the standard of sexual consent on the state's college campuses. Gov. Jerry Brown should veto this bill. If the University of California and other institutions that receive state-funded student aid want to demonstrate they have "no tolerance for any form of sexual violence" when students report rape as state Sen. Kevin de Leon has argued, then they should call the cops, not academic panels.

September 16, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


About those LA bums

The bums they were. The L.A. bums they are.

September 13, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Other Views


9-11: Thirteen years later

It seems like yesterday. And yet, so much was different.

September 13, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


America’s ‘Forever War’

The strategy that President Obama laid out Wednesday night to "degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL," is incoherent, inconsistent and, ultimately, non-credible.

September 12, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


The class war goes retail

For the first time since 1997, the U.S. economy just added at least 200,000 jobs per month for six months running. GDP grew at a 4 percent annual clip between April and June. The percentage of Americans who describe the economy as "good" has climbed to the highest level of President Barack Obama's presidency.

September 09, 2014 | By William A. Collins Columnist | Other Views


War drums along the Potomac

By releasing the grisly videos of the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, ISIS has altered the political landscape here and across the Middle East.

September 05, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


ANOTHER FERGUSON?

Why has there been no media interest in the police shooting of an apparently unarmed suspect in Salt Lake City?

September 04, 2014 | By LARRY ELDER Authro | Other Views


Upright & locked position

On Aug. 24, United Airlines diverted a Newark-to-Denver flight to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport after two passengers got into an argument. It started when a 47-year-old man used a device called the Knee Defender to prevent the 48-year-old woman in front of him from reclining her seat.

September 03, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Farewell to another summer

A farewell.

September 01, 2014 | | Other Views


Rand Paul not afraid of Blacks

There is no white Republican elected official today who is coming close to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's effort to reach out to black voters.

September 01, 2014 | | Other Views


Can oil and sanctimony mix?

When Al-Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million in January 2013, former Vice President Al Gore, who co-founded Current, praised the deal. Both Al-Jazeera, a network owned by Qatar's oil-rich royal family, and his far-left Current TV, Gore said, were founded "to give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories that no one else is telling."

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


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