National Opinions

National Opinions

Trump’s ideas would make Ronald Reagan puke

On a national convention stage that includes the kettledrum personalities of Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is in the snare or bongo category. His speech to the convention Wednesday night took a quieter, more sophisticated approach (at least when compared with the convention’s signature refrain of “Lock Her Up!”).

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Four hostages’ families make a plea: Bring home Austin Tice

Austin Tice, a freelance journalist, Marine veteran and Georgetown law student, has been held hostage in Syria since August 2012. His safe return will satisfy a significant and necessary measure of the success of the new policy. Austin is the only American reporter being held hostage anywhere in the world, according to Reporters Without Borders.

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America: History’s exception

When immigration was controlled, measured and coupled with a confident approach to assimilation, America thrived. Various ethnic groups enriched America with diverse art, food, music and literature while accepting a common culture of American values and institutions. Problems arose only when immigration was often illegal, in mass and without emphasis on assimilation.

Videos

Here's how fast a Christmas tree can go up in flames and torch a home

The Sacramento Fire Department conducted a demonstration on how fast a dry Christmas tree can turn into a torch inside home. The video illustrates how important it is to keep a tree watered and away from heat sources such as a space heater. Firefighters ignited the tree Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in a simulated living room. Also, fire officials said, make sure smoke detectors are working.
Sacramento Fire Department
Here's how fast a Christmas tree can go up in flames and torch a home 0:49

Here's how fast a Christmas tree can go up in flames and torch a home

Oakdale runs wild into CIF regional bowl against Sutter 1:21

Oakdale runs wild into CIF regional bowl against Sutter

Manteca defense will be challenged by Menlo-Atherton RB Jordan Mims 2:14

Manteca defense will be challenged by Menlo-Atherton RB Jordan Mims

SFW: Playoff predictions, NorCal championships 5:35

SFW: Playoff predictions, NorCal championships