Friday, December 20, 2013 8:19 am
Dear Readers: Be careful what you wish for — you just might get it. Indeed, wishes are like seeds, and each holiday season I ask the panel to dig deeply into their hopes and dreams for improving the world.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:00 am
In regards to William Van Amber Fields’ letter titled “Christians and Muslims are at war, whether we admit it or not,” it is simply not the case. We are not at war with any religion. We are dealing with criminals who use religious or political extremism as an excuse to engage in terrorism, whether it was Osama bin Laden or Timothy McVeigh. Good people, whether Christians, Jews, Muslims, agnostics or atheists, are allies in getting rid of this scourge.
Friday, April 26, 2013 12:29 pm
Beyond terrorism’s life and limb costs are the cold, hard dollar sums.
Saturday, April 13, 2013 12:00 am
Drive a-round Lodi, and you can't help but notice the number of Christian churches. There are at least 60. Some have begun within the last several years. I happen to pastor one that is nearing its 100th anniversary. While they are different, every one of them is rooted in the same story revealed in the Bible — the story of God's mission of love to redeem and restore a lost and broken world.
Friday, January 18, 2013 7:25 am
2012 has been widely hailed as an exceptional year for film, but I’m at a loss as to where all these great films are supposed to be. (But then, if we’ve lowered our standards of “greatness” to the point that something like “Silver Linings Playbook” is being proclaimed as a masterwork ... .)
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:00 am
Somebody asked me why I would vote for President Obama, and here was my reply:
Saturday, November 10, 2012 12:00 am
Lodi is Republican country, and so it's easy to forget how heavily Democratic the rest of California and America are.
Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:00 am
I'm 88 years old, active in my church, and a woman. I'm also an enthusiastic supporter of President Obama, whom I believe will go down in history as a wise and pragmatic decision-maker in this volatile interdependent world. Even Henry Kissenger and Colin Powell, former Republican Secretaries of State, have agreed with his foreign policy of diplomacy and working in collaboration with allies.
Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:00 am
The election is upon us. Perhaps it is time to review that which our mainstream media does not want you to know:
Saturday, October 27, 2012 12:00 am
This is an open letter to President Obama.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 12:00 am
In previous election years, I probably commented on the memory retention of typical U.S. voters as I tried to send a message that the cycle repeats every four years to no avail. Hearing from the conventions, I heard optimism on both sides, including expressions of optimism.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 12:00 am
CIA director Leon Panetta oversaw the U.S. military operation that led to Osama bin Laden's death. Obama stopped the mission twice with phony excuses about the weather.
Thursday, May 31, 2012 12:00 am
What platform is Mr. Obama running on in this election? What has he accomplished in almost four years? Let's see: He's still blaming Mr. Bush for all the problems he inherited. He called Bush unpatriotic when running in 2008 because of the American debt that Bush caused. Bush racked up about $4 trillion in eight years. Obama, a mere $5 trillion in less than four years.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 12:00 am
As we observe the one-year anniversary of the eradication of Osama bin Laden, one of history's more notorious and insidious human beings (term loosely assigned), I'm once again curious as to why the American people have not demanded more proof of his demise other than just a picture of the president and his closest advisors gathered around a monitor looking on in horror.
Friday, January 20, 2012 7:51 am
Mikey Rishwain has always been a music guy, but after joining
Instagram, he discovered an interest in capturing the world through
a lens — his phone’s lens.
Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:00 am
I take exception to Joe Guzzardi's column on Jan. 12 regarding
President Obama. Guzzardi states that in the three years since
taking office, Obama has done "next to nothing." I don't think
bringing the remaining troops home from Iraq is "nothing," nor do I
think the killing of Osama bin Laden is minuscule.
Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:00 am
Mark Trovinger (Oct. 8), I am not going to apologize for giving
a report on what I see in the evidence (Oct. 5), which can be
evaluated with little more than a college-prep high school
education. I should not have used the word "naive," which was given
in reference to bin Laden, not the World Trade Center.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 12:00 am
The 9/11 attacks were an inside job. Foreigners are innocent.
I'm sure that no one was so naive as to believe that Osama bin
Laden story, right?
Monday, September 12, 2011 12:00 am
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, my assistant came into the
office with the frightening announcement that the World Trade
Center buildings in New York had been bombed. The very first words
out of my mouth were: "Osama bin Laden."
Saturday, September 10, 2011 10:51 am
Two minutes before 9:11 a.m. on Saturday, a cloud of silence
suddenly blanketed the audience at Hutchins Street Square.
Saturday, September 10, 2011 12:00 am
Lodi is thousands of miles from the Twin Towers and the
Pentagon, and yet in one sense has been at Ground Zero before,
during and since Sept. 11, 2001.
Friday, September 9, 2011 6:22 pm
Sept. 11 has altered Americans’ lives forever. But for mothers
and fathers with children in the military, Sept. 11 has a more
Friday, September 9, 2011 2:18 pm
When Osama bin Laden was killed in May, Bushra Salem remembers
overhearing a Tokay High student yelling “Your leader’s dead” to a
Saturday, August 13, 2011 12:00 am
If the United States had a parliamentary government instead of a
democracy, President Barack Obama might already have one foot out
of office. The horrible circumstances that sent the financial
markets into turmoil and the events that preceded the Wall Street
chaos might force parliament to a call for a "no confidence" vote.
Such a measure demonstrates to the head of state that the elected
parliament no longer trusts his leadership.
Saturday, June 18, 2011 12:00 am
As President Barack Obama's re-election campaign kicks into high
gear, the president and first lady have made recent high-profile
trips to California. Obama has California's 55 electoral votes
locked up; no Republican is likely to steal those away from him.
But it never hurts to have as much money as possible from
California donors that Obama will be able to spend in other, less
secure states. Obama hopes to raise $1 billion between now and
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