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The airline industry’s rampant fee-for-all

Those who say we should run government like a business must not be frequent flyers.

December 14, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


Cal Logo 2.0: Let there be UC Lite

When you think about it, it's amazing that the high-minded swells at the University of California didn't unveil a new logo sooner. The old logo, which will continue to appear on diplomas and official letters, features the school motto, "Let there be light." Ancient. An English translation of a Latin phrase. And a book. Dead-tree lit. 1868? Dead white guys. Under a star. Too militaristic.

December 13, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS Political Commentator | Other Views


Ripe for reduction in military spending

Here we are on brink of a major historical moment. We're beginning to wind down the longest period of war in our history. And we're about to turn around a 13-year-long surge in Pentagon spending.

December 12, 2012 | By MIRIAM PEMBERTON Research fellow, Institute for Policy Studies | Other Views


Observing Christmas in Santa Monica

Christmas in my home city of Santa Monica is different this year. It used to be that there were elaborate displays depicting the birth of Jesus in the big public park by the ocean. I've always believed that Christmas is a major religious holiday, and the display reflected that. According to people who know more about such things than I do, the large dioramas told the story of Jesus' birth according to the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.

December 12, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


The winter of conservative discontent

As the white flag rises above Republican redoubts, offering a surrender on taxes, the mind goes back to what seemed a worse time for conservatives: December 1964.

December 12, 2012 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Atheist attacks on Christmas

Bill O'Reilly asked this question on his Fox News program last week: "Why do I have to be the leader defending Christmas against its attackers?" O'Reilly was criticizing Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee's renaming his state's Christmas tree a "holiday tree."

December 10, 2012 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Shortchanging future of young people

More than 5 million young people are looking for work. College is increasingly unaffordable, while youth jobs are few and far between. For years lawmakers have been cutting programs that help young Americans find a productive path. And as if that weren't enough, budget cuts scheduled for 2013 may hollow out what's left of federal education and training programs.

December 10, 2012 | By MATTEA KRAMER Senior research analyst National Priorities Project | Other Views


Republican retreat - or rout?

Given the expectations raised by the Republican punditocracy - that Mitt was headed for a big victory - the jolt of defeat hit especially hard.

December 09, 2012 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Who really killed the Twinkie?

Remember the horrible murders in 1978 of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk? At the killer's trial, his lawyer argued for leniency, saying that a steady diet of junk food had addled his client's brain – a claim that entered the annals of jurisprudence as the "Twinkie Defense."

December 09, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Verizon not on the horizon

I am at war with my phone company. Compared with real wars, it is a nothing war, a luxury war. But every time I walk into my house, I face my enemy: a dead phone.

December 07, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


The airline industry's fee-for-all

Those who say we should run government like a business must not be frequent flyers.

December 07, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


Rich lefties and their taxes

Ah, the hypocrisy of tax-hikers who do everything they can to avoid the taxes they wish to impose on others.

December 06, 2012 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Energy answer is blowing in the wind

There's money to be made in wind and solar power, but so far, not very much. And that's the way fossil fuel giants aim to keep it. As of today, they're winning the energy battle because federal subsidies for renewable energy are about to expire, unlike Uncle Sam's giveaways to the oil, gas, coal, and nuclear industries.

December 06, 2012 | By William A. Collins Columnist | Other Views


Obamacare is not a sure thing

Those who thought ObamaCare was set in concrete by Chief Justice John Roberts' decision last June are in for a shock. December 14 is the new deadline (extended from November 16) for states to let the feds know, yea or nay, whether or not they will be setting up a health insurance exchange, which is the key to participating in the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

December 05, 2012 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


The Fiscal Hoax: Don’t believe the cliff hype

The biggest story in Washington is about something that doesn't really exist: the so-called "fiscal cliff." This manufactured panic is all about politicians and corporate interests getting things they want - things that don't have much to do with the "crisis" anyway. But instead of challenging this spin, big media outlets are playing along.

December 05, 2012 | By PETER HART Activism director for www.fair.org | Other Views


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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


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


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