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Bad Sacramento deal: More felons, less money

When the Legislature passed Governor Brown's public safety "realignment" plan last year, I was vehemently opposed to it because I predicted that it would put Californians in serious danger. Regardless, we were promised that the plan would save money without compromising justice. But judging from recent history and a new report from the Chief Probation Officers of California, the Valley is receiving none of what we were promised. It turns out, I was right to be concerned.

August 16, 2012 | By BILL BERRYHILL California Assemblymen | Other Views


Temp agencies: Shortcut to nowhere

It seemed that Joseph Holman, a 51-year-old redhead from Brooklyn, had climbed into the middle class the old-fashioned way: by the sweat of his brow.

August 15, 2012 | By GABRIEL THOMPSON Author of "Working in the Shadows" | Other Views


No citizen needs an assault weapon

For all of the gun lovers, feel free to go buy your Glock, shotgun, hunting rifle, .22 pistol, .357 magnum or any of the other guns at your disposal, but you do not need an AK-47.

August 15, 2012 | By ROLAND MARTIN Author | Other Views


All Ohioans should be able to vote early

The campaigns of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are engaged in a fierce battle in Ohio, knowing full well that it is one of the critical battleground states that could determine who wins in November.

August 15, 2012 | By Roland Martin Author | Other Views


Gabby's hair: Issue of life & death?

Gabrielle Douglas became the fourth American - and first black female - to win a gold medal in women's individual all-around gymnastics. Effervescent and attractive, Gabby stands to make millions of dollars in endorsements. But she has received criticism - in the social media, via Twitter, Facebook and, according to The Daily Beast, several "black blogs."

August 13, 2012 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Accuracy: Not in campaign ads

In this very negative election season, the Barack Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns don't sweat accuracy. Even if fact-checking PolitiFact rates a 30-second spot as "pants-on-fire" false or Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler gives it four Pinocchios - his maximum rating - no worries; they don't clean up their act. As Slate's John Dickerson wrote, to the grizzled campaign operatives of 2012, "if you're not getting four Pinocchios or a pants-on-fire, you're not doing it right."

August 12, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Death penalty & Jared Lee Loughner

Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to 19 counts involving a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead and 13 others, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wounded. As part of the deal, Loughner will receive a sentence of life without parole. Victims' families have been spared the rigors of a trial, and prosecutors can be sure that Loughner will never again endanger the general public. Thank the federal death penalty, which applied because Loughner shot people at a federally protected political event.

August 10, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Harry Reid has one big mouth

Whenever a name Republican says something stupid or indefensible or arguably both, for the next three days folks will open a conversation by asking me (the only Republican they know) what I think about the latest GOP gaffe.

August 09, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Extra parent could split baby more ways

State Sen. Mark Leno wants California to recognize that a child can have "more than two legal parents." So he wrote a bill, SB 1476, which, he argues, wouldn't change the definition of a parent - for example, live-in lovers would not qualify - but would allow family court to recognize more than two parents only "when it is required to be in the best interest of the child." He stresses that if the bill becomes law, "none of our sponsors or supporters believe that this authority will be used very often."

August 08, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Will poll stymie pension changes?

The Field Poll is rarely wrong in gauging public sentiment. Its final reading prior to a major election almost never deviates more than 4 percent or 5 percent from the final vote.

August 07, 2012 | By TOM ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


Culture war: The Chick-fil-A front

Two weeks ago, Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta company famous for its juicy chicken sandwiches, appeared on "The Ken Coleman Show" to air his biblical belief that those who champion same-sex marriage are risking divine retribution upon us all.

August 05, 2012 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Our rights versus authoritarian wrong

One of the juiciest ironies of Tampa's newly-minted law to suppress protest at the upcoming Republican National Convention is that it bans the carrying of water pistols by protesters. However, thanks to Florida's nutty right-wing governor, anyone with a concealed-weapon permit is free to tote an actual bullet-firing pistol! Apparently, the authorities really do consider blood to be thicker than water.

August 05, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


No tolerance for Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy faces a consumer protest for expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage. Fair enough. Offended, the Democratic mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco threatened to prevent the Georgia-based fast-food company from operating in their cities!

August 03, 2012 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


California dropout report better

A combination of computerized tracking and public pressure have joined to make reporting of school dropouts in California the best in America, but those reports are still not good enough.

August 02, 2012 | By TOM ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


New intrusive swarm coming our way!

Get ready, America, for here comes "the next latest and greatest thing in aviation." Wow, what could it be? Maybe the airlines are going to drop all of their ridiculous ripoff fees. That'd be great!

August 02, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


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Robin Williams & mental illness

When the news rippled out on Monday that Robin Williams had committed suicide, even I thought - for a moment - "but he had everything." As if suicide is a "choice."

August 14, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


CYBER CRIMES

Most Americans have received an authentic-looking email from a scammer, purportedly from a bank, requesting an update to the account information for official-sounding reasons.

August 13, 2014 | By KATY GRIMES Political analyst | Other Views


John Boehner’s Kabuki dance

If John Boehner is so worried about the president's executive orders, why didn't he sue George W. Bush?

August 13, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Passing the buck on Bay Bridge

"Who is responsible for the Bay Bridge?" I asked California Gov. Jerry Brown at a San Francisco Chronicle editorial board meeting in May.

August 10, 2014 | | Other Views


Koch brothers pony up for GOP

The Koch brothers - the GOP megadonors and fossil fuel magnates - live in their own special world, enshrouded in the fumes emanating from their family's enormous stockpiles of wealth.

August 10, 2014 | | Other Views


‘Limited, specific & achievable’

That is how one unnamed official described the military option in Iraq, on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

August 09, 2014 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political commentator | Other Views


Who owns the future?

At the end of the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama famously wrote that our world may be at the "end of history" where "Western liberal democracy" becomes "the final form of human government."

August 08, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Nixon — before Watergate

It has been a summer of remembrance.

August 07, 2014 | | Other Views


Hollywood fools around with virginity

Back in the 1950s, C.S. Lewis saw chastity as under attack with "all the contemporary propaganda for lust that makes people "feel that the desires we are resisting are so 'natural,' so 'healthy,' and so reasonable, that it is almost perverse and abnormal to resist them."

August 04, 2014 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Soda tax: Supervise someone else

The (well-funded, I am sure) opposition to San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener's ballot measure to tax soda and other sugary drinks calls itself the Coalition for an Affordable City. Its website features owners of corner markets explaining how the proposed tax would hurt their businesses and expressing their bewilderment at City Hall's picking on hardworking merchants.

August 01, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Senator 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.

August 01, 2014 | By Roland Martin Author | Other Views


Obama: Blame Bush, then Congress

In June, President Barack Obama sent a letter to Congress asking for help to address the surge of illegal crossings at the Texas-Mexico border. Among other items, Obama asked Congress to grant him the legal authority "to exercise discretion in processing the return and removal of unaccompanied minor children from non-contiguous countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador."

August 01, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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