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5 things to like about Obama

As President Barack Obama's second term commences, I thought I'd write about the things I liked in his first term. Here are five:

January 21, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Dogs can protect homes at night from inside as well

DEAR DIDI: I am hoping you can help solve a disagreement that my husband and I have been having. We love your column and your answer will be our 'tiebreaker' of sorts. My husband thinks our dog should spend nights outside in the yard to protect our home. I feel sorry for him and want him in the house but my husband says I baby him too much. What do you think? Caring Mom in Manteca, CA

January 20, 2013 | By Didi McElroy mycaliforniacanine.com | Other Views


Guns in Harry Reid’s Nevada

CLARK COUNTY, Nev. - Official Washington has the collective attention span of a fruit fly. This condition is exacerbated by the Obama administration's proclivity for declaring selective events and issues to be crises that require immediate action. The problem is aggravated because the loyal opposition is in nearly total disarray, and few in the so-called mainstream media have any idea what they are talking about.

January 20, 2013 | By Oliver North Honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance | Other Views


Who’s behind ‘fix the debt’?

Top corporate chieftains and Wall Street gamblers want to tell Washington how to fix our national debt, so they've created a front group called "Fix the Debt" to push their agenda. Unfortunately, they're using "fix" in the same way your veterinarian uses it - their core demand is for Washington to spay Social Security, castrate Medicare and geld Medicaid.

January 20, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


The other side of the gun debate

As politicians in Washington debate whether new laws should be issued to tighten up on background checks, impose limits on assault weapons and regulate ammunition sales and the like - a debate likely to be dominated by politics - it is worth focusing on the other side of the gun question, the public health side.

January 18, 2013 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


Obama could send you to prison

Like a lot of Californians, Stockton businessman Matt Davies, 34, expected that when Barack Obama was elected in 2008, the new administration would not prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries operating under a law passed by California voters in 1996. After all, as a candidate, Obama contended that he saw federal enforcement against medical marijuana as a waste of resources.

January 18, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


The promise and the pontificators

My eyes filled with tears as I listened to the parents of the victims of the shooting in Newtown, Conn., speak out, many for the first time. They gathered to announce the founding of a nonprofit group, Sandy Hook Promise. Their purpose was to engage in the public dialogue about what they called "gun responsibility." They want something positive to come from their children's deaths.

January 17, 2013 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


‘Gun culture’ & ‘fatherless culture’?

The face of gun violence is not Sandy Hook. It is Chicago.

January 16, 2013 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Revenge of the O-Team

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

January 15, 2013 | By OLIVER NORTH Honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance | Other Views


Is Obama shaping a new majority?

In the 20th century, only two presidents shaped new governing coalitions that outlasted them. They were the only two men to appear on five national tickets.

January 14, 2013 | By PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


State plan: Sacrifice Northern SJ Valley economy for questionable fish gains

The State Water Resources Control Board is no stranger to controversial decisions that shape the course of nature and the quality of life in the urban world. Such is the case with the Board's recent recommendation to increase flow by 35 percent along the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers from Feb. 1 to June 30 each year.

January 13, 2013 | By ALLEN SHORT Executive Director, San Joaquin Tributaries Authority | Other Views


Chuck Hagel is a choice to irritate the GOP

"Never make an enemy by accident," housemaid Anna Bates warned her husband in the third season premiere of "Downton Abbey". That's what the housemaid's mother always told her.

January 13, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Deadly unlicensed drivers policy

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials detained Roberto Galo on Wednesday morning. Galo is a legal immigrant but an unlicensed driver who, on Nov. 16, 2010, took a left turn at Harrison and 16th streets in San Francisco. His car struck law student Drew Rosenberg. Witnesses later testified that Galo then backed over Rosenberg, who died.

January 11, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


The food stamp economy

The New York Post headline read: "Could You Spend $500 on Food at This Bodega? A Welfare Recipient Claimed To!" A few days later, another headline: "Welfare Recipients Take Out Cash at Strip Clubs, Liquor Stores and X-Rated Shops." "They're on the dole - and watching the pole," wrote the Post. "Welfare recipients took out cash at bars, liquor stores, X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and even strip clubs - where they presumably spent their taxpayer money on lap dances rather than diapers."

January 10, 2013 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


University of California system earns a D+

The "ivory tower" of academia has become overshadowed by a new edifice on campus that is reaching ridiculous heights: The tower of mammon.

January 10, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


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Oil experts miss crude crash

I recently mentioned in a column on renewable energy that solar power could generate half of the world's electricity by 2050. I cited the International Energy Agency as my source.

February 03, 2015 | By EMILY GRECO Managing editor of Other Words | Other Views


Word games & racism

The brilliant actor Benedict Cumberbatch is in hot water for getting his words wrong. Appearing on Tavis Smiley's show, the Oscar-nominated star of "The Imitation Game" took a strong stand in favor of greater diversity in Hollywood.

February 01, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Abortion protesters don’t count?

Hundreds of thousands of protesters descend on Washington every January to "March for Life," protesting the horror of more than a million abortions in America every year. Every year the "news" outlets report next to nothing, even when their reporters are there documenting the event as their cameras film it.

January 31, 2015 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Where the real battle is happening

The Super Bowl is well timed. It comes mid-winter, a month after our New Year's resolutions begin deflating, when the market is teetering, our finances are squeezed, and the collections agencies calling day and night. For those who were fortunate to make some income last year, the 1099's or W-2s arrive, and we brace ourselves to face off with the IRS.

January 31, 2015 | DEAN McFALLS | Other Views


‘NEW’ GAS TAX

So why is it that while other states are now enjoying gas prices of less than $2 per gallon, California is still paying higher prices?

January 29, 2015 | By GEORGE RUNNER State Board of Equalization member | Other Views


When in Riyadh, don’t do as royals do

First lady Michelle Obama made an important statement when she showed up in Saudi Arabia with her husband Tuesday to mourn the death of King Abdullah and meet successor King Salman. Though the first lady dressed in a fashion respectful of Saudi custom - in black pants and a long, loose jacket that fully covered her arms and legs - she did not don a headscarf. Saudi women do not have that choice. Thus, the first lady made a fashion statement that sent a politely assertive message to the all-male Saudi delegation.

January 29, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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