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Fear and freedom after 9-11

The day after 9/11, I called one of my friends and said we should write a "quickie" book on civil liberties in times of terror. We both knew what was about to happen; any half-serious student of constitutional law could figure it out. We, as a nation, were about to crack down.

January 23, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


The happy state of Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown is in an enviable position. He delivered a State of the State address Wednesday that did not require hand-wringing about ugly shortfalls and painful cuts for public schools. As he prepares to run for re-election, he doesn't even need to announce that he is running for re-election. No Democrat dares challenge the 75-year-old incumbent.

January 23, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Are two hops enough?

Or do we really need three?

January 22, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Conservative Latinas need not apply

The Hollywood blacklist, according to Wikipedia, is the term for "the mid-20th-century practice of denying employment to screenwriters, actors, directors, musicians, and other U.S. entertainment professionals because of their suspected political beliefs or associations." The blacklist spirit is alive and living in San Francisco, but here and now the enemies of free thought have a new question: Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Republican Party?

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


Rim Fire logging plan poses major threat to Sierra wildlife

The Manteca Bulletin asked a fair question: why should the public be concerned about the Forest Service's proposal to log about 30,000 acres in the 257,000-acre Rim fire (Editorial, January 3, 2014)? The reasons are simple. The proposed logging would heavily target the rarest, most threatened, and most biologically diverse and rich forest habitat type in the Sierra Nevada-"snag forest habitat"-and it would further threaten numerous rare and declining wildlife species that depend on this habitat, including the Black-backed Woodpecker.

January 21, 2014 | By CHAD HANSON John Muir Project | Other Views


Time for state to pay school debt

As Republicans, we believe that your tax dollars should be spent responsibly on the priorities that matter most such as education. But in order to properly fund those priorities, we must have a budget that lives within its means and avoids the mistakes of the past. It is refreshing to see that Governor Jerry Brown recognizes these principles in his education budget proposal.

January 20, 2014 | | Other Views


Betraying our military superiority

The takeover of Fallujah by al-Qaida wipes out our costly 2004 victory in which we captured the Iraqi city at the cost of 100 Marines and soldiers killed in action, and hundreds more wounded. Fallujah isn't just an Obama mistake; it's the exemplar of Obama's disastrous foreign and military policies designed to reduce the power and prestige of America on the world stage.

January 18, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


How we’re breeding superbugs

Can antibiotic medicines, long hailed as miracle drugs, be too much of a good thing? Yes.

January 18, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Why don’t we have ‘Gatesgate’?

The media quickly came up with a term for the apparently politically orchestrated George Washington Bridge traffic jam: "Bridgegate." Now what catchy term do the media attach to the explosive new book castigating the incumbent wartime commander in chief? "Gatesgate"? Hardly.

January 17, 2014 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Life according to Sam Berns

Sam Berns died last week, at the age of 17.

January 16, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Who wants to lose to Gov. Brown?

How near death is the California Republican Party? It's this bad. Democrats hold every statewide office. Term limits have opened up a few offices; still, no serious Republican plans to run for attorney general, lieutenant governor, treasurer or controller this year. If the lead Democrat for any of those offices were to die in September, there would be no Republican in the race to win in November.

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


Blank check for war on Iran

As we approach the centennial of World War I, we will read much of the blunders that produced that tragedy of Western civilization.

January 15, 2014 | | Other Views


Sobering up without stepping down

Perhaps you thought the political world was finally safe from the dynamic duo of Rob Ford and Trey Radel. But no. Heeeere they come, rushing back into the limelight.

January 15, 2014 | | Other Views


‘Least productive’ complaints

Liberals are angry President Barack Obama won a second term, and yet, they didn't get the liberal agenda items they wanted passed in 2013, including gun control and amnesty for illegal aliens. The complaint at the end of the year is that this was the "least productive Congress" in 66 years, with production always being measured by the amount of legislation passed.

January 14, 2014 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Chris Christie — Bridgegate floodgate

If I were governor of New Jersey and really wanted to know whether my staff had any involvement whatsoever in a nasty political prank that closed lanes and gridlocked traffic on the George Washington Bridge in September as payback for the Fort Lee mayor's refusal to endorse me, I would not do what Chris Christie did. That is, wait until December and then tell staffers that if they knew anything about the bridge mess, they had one hour to inform not me but my top underling or chief counsel.

January 14, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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A snow job: Process of writing

The other day I built my first snowman. It was cold and a little rainy and we didn't have the stereotypical carrot nose or corncob pipe to adorn our new friend with, but it was something of a success. It had branches for arms and I even used my hat and glasses to make him look cool - if a snowman can get any 'cooler'.

February 18, 2015 | By LAWRENCE SILVEIRA Sierra High graduate | Other Views


Honoring our presidents

The headline that caught my attention on Presidents Day could not have been starker, colder: "Intense Republican Hate Is Skewing Obama Polls."

February 18, 2015 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Truth about religious violence

President Barack Obama committed the ultimate political blunder the other day. He blurted out the truth.

February 18, 2015 | By Donald Kaul Washington correspondent | Other Views


Divest USA of UC

The University of California Student Association has approved a resolution to direct UC regents to divest financially of the governments of Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Sri Lanka and the United States. "UC students did not give consent to invest in governments engaged in violence against others," proclaimed the Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California, targeting the above countries for human rights violations. The motion - which passed with nine yes votes, one no vote and five abstentions - faulted the U.S. government for conducting drone strikes abroad, as well as the nation's high ...

February 18, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Ridiculous Williams suspension

Brian Williams' six-month suspension has fallen flat. His critics aren't mollified. His supporters are clearly dispirited. Everyone knows this one is not over - though his tenure at NBC may very well be done.

February 16, 2015 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


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