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Don’t kill death penalty

Opponents of California's death penalty have been highly successful at thwarting executions since the state resumed executions in 1992 after a 20-year hiatus. Their latest ploy is Proposition 62, which would repeal the death penalty and resentence death row inmates to life without parole. Measure sponsors argue that capital punishment presents the risk of executing an innocent person, but also state that California's death penalty is "simply unworkable."

August 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Is Comedy Central racist?

Comedy Central frustrated racial bean counters across America when it abruptly canceled "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" for the obvious reason: It "hasn't resonated." Its ratings were terrible, and nothing it aired went viral. It was a desperate stretch when one Wilmore staffer described their audience as "small, but (mighty)."

August 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Lots of smoke, Hillary

Prediction: If Hillary Clinton wins, within a year of her inauguration, she will be under investigation by a special prosecutor on charges of political corruption, thereby continuing a family tradition.

August 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Hidden homeless population

Most children in the United States spend their school days dreaming of their next birthday party or worrying whether they're popular enough. Not America's homeless youth.

August 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump speaks, media translates

"Do you ever get tired of defending Donald Trump?" a critic asked.

August 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Patti Hearst pardon

Patricia Hearst is the first person in American history to receive a commutation from one president and a pardon from another, author Jeffrey Toobin writes in his book, "American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst." Hearst had served 22 months of a seven year sentence in federal prison for bank robbery when President Jimmy Carter commuted her sentence - sentence reductions are part of the presidential pardon power embedded in the U.S. Constitution. Later, Bill Clinton pardoned - that is, removed all punishment and restored her civil rights - Hearst. She was one of Clinton ...

August 24, 2016 | | Other Views


Investigative journalism?

When the Washington Post puts its top investigative reporters on the beat of the distant youth of presidential candidates, there's no telling what student scandal they might uncover. In 2012, the Post devoted a 5,400-word, front-page article to breaking the news that at age 17, then-Republican nominee Mitt Romney's "pranks could go too far." He was accused of giving a classmate at Cranbrook School an involuntary haircut, and this was invested with deep meaning across his life.

August 23, 2016 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


The Jorge Toscano success story

Entrepreneurialism is not for everyone; you have to be born with the spark.

August 22, 2016 | AL MONCADA | Other Views


It’s obit time in August

It took a long time, but every record must eventually get broken, and no one is happier about this one than me: Finally, a presidential campaign has had a worse August than we did in 1988. That year, Michael Dukakis came out of the convention with a lead a mile wide and an inch deep, only to turn his campaign plane around and head back to Massachusetts, where he spent August being governor while his lead disappeared.

August 22, 2016 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Insanity once more: Clinton economic plan

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, when in fact the results never change, is one definition of insanity. That goes for economics, too.

August 22, 2016 | Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


Jerry Brown & abuse of eminent domain

As mayor of Oakland in the 2000s, Jerry Brown supported redevelopment. Then he returned to the governor's office in 2011 and inherited a $25 billion budget shortfall. Feeling the squeeze, Brown saw an opportunity to make $1.7 billion by eliminating redevelopment agencies and shifted. He liked redevelopment as mayor, he explained to the League of California Cities, but also: "I didn't quite understand it. It seemed kind of magical. It was the money that you could spend on stuff that they wouldn't otherwise let you spend."

August 20, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump buddies up to Putin

Please, people - stop denigrating Donald Trump as a foreign policy ignoramus.

August 20, 2016 | | Other Views


It ain’t over till it’s over

"I did it my way," crooned Sinatra.

August 19, 2016 | | Other Views


When suspect is armed black & the cop is black

After the death of a young black man by a Milwaukee police officer, riots, looting and fires followed. In one instance, as a gas station burned, people watching chanted, "Black power!" Local news reported that the 23-year-old suspect was not only armed but that he also defied orders to drop his gun. The Milwaukee police chief refused to identify the officer involved, but did say that he was "black." At one time, such a fact would suggest that racism and police brutality were not at play.

August 18, 2016 | | Other Views


Challenges of ‘leaving no trace’

I just got back from hiking 95 miles in the Sierras. (Yes, just like that Reese Witherspoon movie Wild, only far fewer miles.)

August 18, 2016 | | Other Views


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Vaccines are recommended for patients with no spleen

DEAR DR. ROACH: I had surgery last year to remove my spleen and three-fourths of my pancreas. I had numerous vaccines before and after the ...

October 22, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Annual COLA column

Most people reading this column have probably heard the government announcement that Social Security checks will go up next year because of the automatic inflation-adjustment ...

October 21, 2017 | | Other Views


Marijuana itself not an ideal anxiety treatment option

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am hoping you can weigh in on the use of cannibidiol (hemp-derived) for managing anxiety. My son has diagnoses of major ...

October 15, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Bernie Sanders thinks war is overrated, & he’s right

When Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was a candidate for president, he seemed uninterested in talking about foreign policy.

October 01, 2017 | | Other Views


If you don’t have good health care, neither should your rep

Want good quality, lower-cost health care for your family. And - what the heck, let's think big here - for every man, woman, and child in ...

October 01, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Epilepsy can result from measles complication

DEAR DR. ROACH: When I was young, I had mumps and chickenpox, and one type of measles (German measles?) when I was 16, and the ...

September 18, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Trump turnaround puts new tax-cut writing on the wall

Financial markets and most media pundits are missing the new writing on the wall. For a variety of reasons surrounding shrewd moves by President Trump ...

September 18, 2017 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


There are treatment options for diabetic neuropathy

DEAR DR. ROACH: What are the treatment options for diabetic neuropathy? What is likely to happen over time to someone with this condition? -- M.P.

September 17, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Homeless need to go to the bathroom like everyone else

The case for a day center for the homeless can be found all over Manteca.

September 14, 2017 | | Other Views


Shin injury has been painful for too long

DEAR DR. ROACH: I injured my left shin by impact two years and one month ago, and to my astonishment, it still hurts on a ...

September 10, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


How welfare’s work requirements can deepen and prolong poverty

After "Rose" lost her low-wage job in a southeast Michigan nursing home, the single mother of four sought Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits.

September 10, 2017 | KRISTIN SEEFELDT | Other Views


Viral pneumonia can cause shortness of breath, as can COPD

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an active 68-year-old woman. I still work part time, walk 2-3 miles a day and enjoy gardening.

August 27, 2017 | | Other Views


Why don’t dogs shed tears when they cry?

DEAR DIDI: Why don't dogs shed tears when they cry? -Manteca Dog Lover

August 27, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


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