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BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag

MONTEREY, Calif.- They don't ask, "Paper or plastic?" around here anymore. Single-use plastic bags are banned, and stores offering paper are required to charge the stiff price of 25 cents per bag.

May 30, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Adopt A Pet day successful

Dear Editor,

May 29, 2013 | | Columnists


IRS Scandal Shows Importance of Privacy Protections

IRS apologists are furiously trying to change the subject from the outrageous targeting of political opponents by the IRS to a policy debate over forced disclosure of contributions to groups that engage in political speech. The story is that a deluge of applications forced the IRS to cut corners and the targeting scandal was an accidental result of mismanaging that flood. From there the apologists pivot to demanding a new crackdown on political speech, forced disclosure of donors, or both. But the story is a fairy tale and the "solutions" are unconstitutional.

May 29, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The Tangled Tango

As part of the brash rash of wire-brush scouring on the Teflon coating that routinely seals the Obama presidency, a large heavy-duty cast-iron deal has been made of the IRS conducting audits on Tea Party-affiliated organizations. But scratch the surface and it makes a sort of perverse sense.

May 29, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Danger in D.C. is Bipartisanship

The growing scandals enveloping the Obama administration are becoming a series of shiny baubles being dangled before the right and the left alike. The right wants to impeach Obama, while the left, of course, wants to blindly defend him. Meanwhile, the American people are being sold a bill of goods that this is a partisan fight and that partisanship is a danger to the Republic. The truth is, the real danger lies in so-called bipartisanship.

May 28, 2013 | | Columnists


Needed: Federal Control of Garage Sales

Having just helped my mother with her annual yard sale, I have come to a disturbing conclusion.

May 28, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Weathering the Politicians

Yesterday I read an interesting article in Newsweek about the connection between tornadoes and climate change.

May 26, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Man Bags for the Modern Male

Exclusive Excerpt from: "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!" by Tom Purcell

May 24, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Watch the High Stakes Political and Media Credibility Game

Forget the political "blame game." The biggest game in town now is the credibility game -- a high-stakes exercise that will end with America's political middle deciding who is trustworthy and who isn't. Some key players:

May 24, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Can I take a deduction for that?

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

May 23, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Learning From the Rise and Fall of Michelle Rhee

At some point, we need to stop believing in miracles, at least in education. While we're still getting over the RICO indictments handed down in the Atlanta cheating scandal comes the revelation that the success Michelle Rhee achieved as the "no excuses" superintendent of Washington, D.C.'s public schools was the product of massive cheating. Those asking why Rhee isn't under indictment just like her former colleague in Atlanta are missing the bigger question: If she's an example of its success, is the theory behind market-driven education reform valid?

May 23, 2013 | | Columnists


Benghazi Smoke Screen

Up until about an hour ago, most Americans thought Benghazi was the guy who palled around with John Cassavetes back in the '60s, but now it's obvious we're talking about the foreign policy arm of a multi-ramped tar pit the president has found himself swimming -- up to his armpits. Yes, friends, it's pity time at the White House.

May 22, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Scandal Advice from the Master

Bill Clinton, wearing a white toga and a crown of gold, sat in a garden while attractive women fed him grapes. President Obama, having just suffered the most devastating week of his presidency, sat nearby, seeking advice in the art of telling whoppers. Using the Socratic method of teaching, Clinton began to tutor his new student.

May 22, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Our zoo is famous and other local news

Tying up a few loose ends on stories that didn't make the front page:

May 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Columnists


IRS Scandal another Reason Why We Need the Fair Tax

"It will create a bureaucracy with the efficiency of the Post Office, the frugality of the Pentagon and the compassion of the IRS."– Mantra of those who opposed HillaryCare in the 1990s.

May 21, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


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Uncertain Times In and Out of San Diego

Uncertainty, thy name is San Diego.

May 20, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Ten Billion Bucks for a Presidential Race?

We all know that the 2016 campaign will cost way more money than ever before - $10 billion is the latest head-spinning estimate - and that the reform laws aimed at curbing fat-cat clout have virtually collapsed. But still, it was shocking last week when the nation's top watchdog said that she's powerless to police the new Wild West.

May 19, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Obama Should Release Trade Agreement Details

President Obama is "personally" offended his own party refuses to allow him to "fast track" the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement.

May 19, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Excessive Prom Spending

Proms sure have gotten expensive these days.

May 17, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Escaping Poverty in Kenya and Baltimore

Books and pencils, not money.

May 17, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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