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Backing Hard Knocks University

In the 1960s, I attended the University of North Texas. It was a public school blessed with good teachers and an educational culture focused on enabling us students to become socially useful citizens. And it was affordable - with close-to-free tuition and a part-time job, I could get a good education, gain experience in everything from work to civic activism, graduate in four years, and obtain a debt-free start in life.

August 19, 2015 | | Other Views


Know the tax rules for summer travel

Are you traveling for business this summer? If you're planning to take a tax deduction for your expenses, the rules may be more complicated than you think. Here's a refresher.

August 17, 2015 | Tom Vermeulen | Other Views


THE HOMELESS

The Obama Department of Justice argued last week that a Boise, Idaho, law against "public sleeping in a city without adequate shelter space constitutes criminalizing homelessness itself, in violation of the Eighth Amendment." In a statement of interest filed in federal court, the Obama administration asserted that banning sleeping and camping in public places constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment." Republican candidates, please take note.

August 17, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Shingles vaccine can prevent complications

DEAR DR. ROACH: My boyfriend, who is in his 60s, got the recommended shingles shot a couple of years ago. Three weeks ago, he got a very bad case of shingles. It went from the front of his stomach, along the left side, to the middle of his spine. He has huge blisters, a red rash, pain and no appetite, and he constantly sleeps. The doctor put him on a regimen of valacyclovir. He was told to keep the area moist to avoid cracking and pulling of the blisters and rash. I thought that if you got the shingles shot ...

August 16, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


POOPING ON WALKS

DEAR DIDI: I take my dog for a nice walk each morning while the temperatures are still cool. The other morning he was doing his business and I stood ready with poop bag in hand. However, the owner of that yard came rushing out yelling at me. I showed her my poop bag and said I was going to pick it up but she was upset that I even allowed my dog to poop and pee at all! I was a defensive mom at that point and will never walk down that street again. It did get me wondering what ...

August 16, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


California experiencing crime wave less than year after election

"The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act" isn't living up to its promise. Also known as Proposition 47, the California ballot initiative, which was approved in November 2014 with 60 percent of the vote, downgraded drug possession and many property crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor. Proponents argued that lesser punishment for low-level offenders would enhance public safety. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon was the rare prosecutor who pushed for its approval. He told the San Francisco Chronicle, "What we have been doing hasn't worked, frankly."

August 15, 2015 | | Other Views


Manteca Unified ‘train’ wreck

Ashley Drain - self-proclaimed social media mogul and school board member dealing with a repertoire of felony charges ranging from election fraud and welfare fraud to grand theft - wants more training so she can be a better Manteca Unified trustee.

August 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Other Views


IT ISN’T NEWS

The media enthusiastically remind us that it's the first anniversary of the death of Ferguson's Michael Brown, a death that spawned the so-called Black Lives Matter movement.

August 14, 2015 | | Other Views


Throwing public ed under the bus

Public ducation used to be, you know, public - an essential societal investment for the betterment of all, paid for by all through school taxes.

August 14, 2015 | | Other Views


Carly as President?

Surprise. The one woman in the crowded Republican field, Carly Fiorina, turns out to be articulate and well informed, thoughtful and independent, actually the standout in the second-tier debate and really, if you're judging, the best debater of the night.

August 12, 2015 | | Other Views


FOX TV NEWS

"Conservatives Furious at Fox, Say Trump Wasn't Treated Fairly," read the Newsmax headline Friday. Talk-radio show host Mark Levin told Breitbart News it was "outrageous" that moderator Megyn Kelly questioned Donald Trump about his coarse language - "fat pigs, dogs, slobs" - referring to women. Levin complained it was "a National Enquirer debate, not a Republican debate," with too much "opposition research." Political analyst Dick Morris detected a "disturbing" trend at Fox. The conservative blog Media Equalizer offered that many conservatives "thought they might have been watching MSNBC by mistake."

August 11, 2015 | | Other Views


Careful decision on anticoagulant use needed with patient’s history of bleedin

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 79-year-old with a question about the blood thinner Xarelto. I take it for occasional atrial fibrillation. I hear that it can be dangerous. My doctors don't seem worried, but I am. I have had rectal bleeding in the past, which wasn't serious but was scary. I can't take aspirin, so when I accidently took it in an over-the-counter cold medication, I threw up blood. Should I be worried about being on Xarelto? -- E.H.

August 10, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


From size 22 down to 14

EDITOR'S NOTE: Jeanette Balmut has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin, CalFit Manteca and CORE Athletic Performance. Balmut is keeping a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of her fitness journey.

August 10, 2015 | Jeanette Balmut | Other Views


SF’s Summer of Urine

How bad is the urine situation in San Francisco? This is not a joke: Monday night, a light pole corroded by urine collapsed and crashed onto a car, narrowly missing the driver. The smell is worse than I have known since I started working for The Chronicle in 1992. It hits your nose on the BART escalator before you reach Market Street. That sour smell can bake for blocks where street people sleep wrapped in dirty blankets. I talked to Mayor Ed Lee and rode around with police to find out what can be done to clean up San Francisco.

August 10, 2015 | | Other Views


Phone scammers claim they’re from IRS

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

August 10, 2015 | | Other Views


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Hillary Clinton’s emails: She’s lying in plain sight

Speaking in San Francisco Thursday, Hillary Clinton told supporters that Donald Trump is not fit to be president. "He roots for himself," the former Secretary ...

May 27, 2016 | | Other Views


‘The Great White Hope’

"Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group ... death rates in this group ...

May 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Hey, Sanders supporters: All roads lead to Venezuela

When socialist Hugo Chavez became president of Venezuela after the 1998 election, he promised a path he described as "revolutionary," the same word Bernie Sanders ...

May 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Bernie needs to do the math

Math was actually my best subject, until seventh grade, when I was the only girl on the math team: As if it were on the ...

May 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Failed Republicans want to rewrite the Constitution

Did you ever wonder why unsuccessful candidates merely "suspend" their campaigns after losing a key primary instead of terminating them? Surely all those candidates know ...

May 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Says millionaire trying to take over GOP

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

May 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Is Scarborough Shoal worth spilling American blood?

If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight.

May 24, 2016 | | Other Views


Ferguson Effect by the Bay

"It's as hard right now to be a cop maybe as it's ever been," San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr to The Chronicle ...

May 24, 2016 | | Other Views


Most indebted class ever

Congratulations, college graduates! As you enter the next phase of life, you and your parents should be proud of your achievements.

May 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Male and female still matter in combat

Less than a year after the Supreme Court decided that marriage no longer needs partners of the opposite sex, the other two branches of the ...

May 23, 2016 | | Other Views


The Democrats’ Sanders

If Donald Trump supporters had booed a Republican senator at a state convention over the weekend, if they threw chairs because they did not like ...

May 21, 2016 | | Other Views


Shameless New York Times

The New York Times proclaimed the results of its six-week "investigation" of Donald Trump's behavior with women on the front page of the Sunday ...

May 21, 2016 | | Other Views


Conservative heretics

In his coquettish refusal to accept the Donald, Paul Ryan says he cannot betray the conservative "principles" of the party of Abraham Lincoln, high among ...

May 20, 2016 | | Other Views


Here’s why Trump tap dances on taxes

Donald Trump has reason to be reluctant to release his tax returns. In a New York Times piece about Ben Rhodes, President Obama's deputy ...

May 19, 2016 | | Other Views


The election: This is real

This is not a television show.

May 19, 2016 | | Other Views


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