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Elections have consequences: New Jersey edition

Nothing clarifies the mind of politicians like a fear of defeat at the ballot box. And nothing stokes such a fear more than watching an upset happen in a supposedly blue state. So with all the bitter arguments inside the conservative movement and Republican Party over health care and budget strategy, I offer a simple plea for unity of purpose around a common cause - elect Steve Lonegan to the United States Senate in New Jersey on Wednesday, October 16.

September 24, 2013 | Phil Kerpen Commentary | Columnists


Majority rule? What’s that?

Congress has a number of deadlines, but then again, everyone has them. The trick is to deal with deadlines before they loom. It's a lesson many parents teach their children.

September 24, 2013 | Donna Brazile Commentary | Columnists


Dissecting ‘Duck Dynasty’

Like millions of Americans, I've become a "Duck Dynasty" fan.

September 24, 2013 | Tom Purcell Commentary | Columnists


The real message Pope Francis has given

"Heal wounds, warm hearts." That's what one sinner said the Catholic Church needs to do in the world today.

September 23, 2013 | By Kathryn Lopez Commentary | Columnists


A strong message for Putin from Buck McKeon

Editor's note: This column by Congressman McKeon was published in The Moscow Times on Sept. 17.

September 23, 2013 | By Buck McKeon | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Trimming trees

My Uncle Earl is probably similar to one of your relatives. You know the one I mean. That one person who is loud, annoying, opinionated, and boorish. But, occasionally, he says the things you really want to say.

September 23, 2013 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


David Hegg: Why we need history

Winston Churchill is credited with reminding the world "those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." History, being in many ways the succinct compilation of humanity's success and failures, has long been recognized as an essential part of any real education. Yet today we are fast becoming a nation that is not only ignorant of its past, but pleased about it.

September 22, 2013 | By David Hegg | Columnists


Obama’s problem with tone

Liberals at MSNBC and dozens of web sites are shocked at President Obama's "problem with his tone" in politically attacking Republicans over spending while a mentally ill murderer was gunning down citizens at the Navy Yard.

September 20, 2013 | Rick Jensen Commentary | Columnists


When millionaires go on food stamps

If you're a follower of the Huffington Post, you've probably read about Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich and his week-long commitment to spend no more than $4.50 a day on food, thus spotlighting the plight of the 49 million Americans on food stamps.

September 20, 2013 | Danny Tyree Tyrades! | Columnists


Great week for undocumented Californians

For California's illegal immigrants, September is off to a rewarding start.

September 19, 2013 | Joe Guzzardi Commentary | Columnists


Why President Obama failed the Syria test

While a lot about Syria remains unsettled, one fact is clear: President Obama has failed to convince the public and the Congress, that attacking the Assad regime is a good idea.

September 19, 2013 | Cokie and Steve V. Roberts Commentary | Columnists


Dana L. Stern Sr.: You’re right, President Putin, Americans are exceptional

Recently, Vladimir Putin said something about Americans thinking that we are exceptional.

September 18, 2013 | Dana L. Stern Sr. SCV Voices | Columnists


You must shoes wisely, young grasshopper

Those first few steps in the morning are surprisingly painful. It feels as if someone has hammered a 10-pound nail into the middle of your heel.

September 18, 2013 | Jim Mullen The Village Idiot | Columnists


California and Texas agree on school testing

California and Texas are the Red Sox and Yankees of interstate rivalries. The biggest blue state and the big, bad red state love to hate each other, but they are fighting on the same side against the expensive and useless burden of over-testing.

September 18, 2013 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Good civics vs. politics

It appears as if there is some confusion among conservatives regarding how our government works and its role in the lives of Americans, as well as its role in the world in general.

September 17, 2013 | Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


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Cher Gilmore: Let’s see our climate as half full on Earth Day

It's true that we received pretty bad news last month from the latest report of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

April 22, 2014 | By Cher Gilmore SCV Voices | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Forgiving our failed justice system

The Easter season for many of our Christian brothers and sisters is a time of year that prompts us to reflect on the concept of redemption.

April 22, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


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