National Opinions

National Opinions

Don’t fall for those declaring war on alcohol

January marks the 98th anniversary of the ratification of the 18th Amendment, more commonly known as prohibition. While Prohibition is remembered as one of America’s greatest failed experiments, today we’re seeing something of a revival of prohibitionist thinking among those in the public health community who are attacking even moderate alcohol consumption.

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Trump’s claims about his victory are hot air

Donald Trump won the election, that’s a fact. But since then, Trump, his supporters and even some pundits are making various claims about his victory that simply aren’t true, starting with his Orwellian assertions of winning in a landslide or even recording “one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history.”

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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!”).

South Modesto sky blackened by smoke, Ceres Fire Department contains fire that threatens homes

Ceres firefighters work a fire that destroyed a backyard structure and a couple vehicles on Lombardo Avenue in south Modesto.