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Retail rage: Why Black Friday leads many shoppers to behave badly

The manic nature of Black Friday has at times led shoppers to engage in fistfights and other misbehavior in their desperation to snatch up the last ultra-discounted television, computer or pair of pants.

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views

If Trump wants nuclear war, virtually no one can stop him

The general in charge of America's nuclear arsenal, John Hyten, recently said he would resist carrying out an illegal order from the president to use those weapons.

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views

A backlash against ‘mixed’ foods led to the demise of a classic American dish

At the end of "Over the River and Through the Wood" – Lydia Maria Child's classic Thanksgiving poem – the narrator finally gets to his grandfather's house for Thanksgiving dinner and settles down to eat.

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views

Denying reality of liberal bias

As the media elites roll their eyes and sigh at people who deny the apparently inevitable approach of traumatic climate change, there's one category of denial they always endorse: a liberal bias in the "news." Chest-pounding journalistic activism defines the Trump era, and yet shameless journalists still claim media bias is a myth.

November 22, 2017 | | Other Views

Best of times, worst of times

Charles Dickens opened A Tale of Two Cities, perhaps his most famous tome, with the now iconic line, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

November 22, 2017 | | Other Views

Nature lovers may #OptOutside on Black Friday, but . . .

While shoppers scramble for Black Friday bargains this year, outdoor retailer REI is closing its 154 U.S. stores. This is the third consecutive year that the Seattle-based company will ignore the frenzy that traditionally marks the start of the holiday shopping season. REI's nearly 12,000 employees will get a paid holiday and will not process any online orders.

November 19, 2017 | MATTHEW KLINGLE | Other Views

Gastroparesis is a stomach that is too slow to empty

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been diagnosed with gastroparesis and am waiting to see a doctor who treats it. Do you have any suggestions as to a good diet website, or even suggestions on how best this is treated? I'm female, in my late 70s and never had anything like this before -- a sudden episode sent me to the hospital, and a gastric emptying scan revealed my diagnosis. I have hypothyroidism but no diabetes.

November 12, 2017 | | Other Views

Coastal protection on edge: Challenge to preserve California’s legacy

The California coast is an edge. It's the place where 1,100 miles of shoreline meets the largest ocean on the planet. Many different forces collide there, and a lot of exciting things happen. The coast is a geological edge, zippered to North America by 800 miles of the San Andreas Fault and battered by the Pacific Ocean.

November 05, 2017 | Gary Griggs | Other Views

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 surgery. Now I've been told that I need the pneumonia vaccine and the flu shot, neither of which I want after all the other things that I have been given. I'm really torn, as I am trying to put only safe things in my body. -- C.T.G.

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 rules built into the law. But how much will they go up?

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 depression and ADD. He has done a lot of online research and is interested in using CBD to manage periods where his anxiety is elevated, as he does not like the side effects of the typical pharma meds. We were hoping you could add medical depth to CBD usage. -- D.W.

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 our society?

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 other when I was about 18. I had three grand mal seizures within 12 months after the second round of measles. I was told that the seizures were a result of the second bout of measles. I have been on anti-seizure medication ever since with no problems. There is no history of epilepsy in my family that I am aware of.

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, the chances for significant tax cuts in the next 10 weeks have risen sharply.

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

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Teaching students how to dissent is part of our democratic process

In scenes unprecedented in previous school shootings, the past few weeks have been marked by students taking to the streets, to the media, to corporations ...

March 18, 2018 | SARAH STITZLEIN | Other Views

If polls say people want gun control, why doesn’t Congress just pass it?

After the recent deadly shooting at a Florida high school, many Americans are asking that question about the federal government's firearms policy. Recent polls ...

March 18, 2018 | HARRY L. WILSON | Other Views

1st Amendment doesn’t give students right to walk out of their classes

Thousands of high school students across the nation left their classes March 14 precisely at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes.

March 18, 2018 | CLAY CALVERT | Other Views

Need to talk about ‘free trade’

America, can we talk? We need to talk about "free trade." We've needed to have this conversation for a while, actually. Like, since the ...

March 18, 2018 | JILL RICHARDSON | Other Views

More business leaders agree: inequality hurts bottom line

For decades, big business leaders have warned that redistributing wealth is bad for business. Taxing the rich to pay for infrastructure and education, they say ...

March 18, 2018 | CHUCK COLLINS | Other Views

California to get first female and first LGBT State Senate leader

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate ...

March 18, 2018 | | Other Views

Give food to homeless so they can booze it up

Ever wonder - if you're one of those people who give panhandlers money or food - what the result of your "good deed" is?

March 13, 2018 | Jim Joe | Other Views

Homeless watching on a typical Manteca Saturday

Spring is in the air.

March 12, 2018 | | Other Views

Pi Day is silly, but π itself is fascinating stuff

Math students everywhere will be eating pies in class this week in celebration of what is known as Pi Day, the 14th day of the ...

March 11, 2018 | DANIEL ULLMAN | Other Views

What is best bowl for dogs?

DEAR DIDI: There are so many types of dog bowls available. Plastic, porcelain, stainless steel, raised on stands.....what do you recommend? I have a ...

March 11, 2018 | Didi McElroy | Other Views

The ‘perfect diet’ is an elusive target

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you recommended "a diet based mostly on plants and legumes, with nuts, some fruits, whole grains and almost ...

March 11, 2018 | | Other Views

Put teeth into laws against turning Manteca into a dump

Let's be honest.

February 27, 2018 | | Other Views

If press secretary Sarah Sanders were to smack the press . . .

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is constantly hammered by "Gotcha!" questions from reporters in the briefing room. This was dramatically underlined when the ...

February 26, 2018 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views

What is best way to feed your dogs

DEAR DIDI: Should my dogs be on a set feeding schedule of some kind or is it ok to just leave a bowl of food ...

February 25, 2018 | Didi McElroy | Other Views

Pregabalin and pregnancy

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm 13 weeks pregnant, and I am on pregabalin (prescribed off-label for anxiety). I asked my GP if it is safe ...

February 25, 2018 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

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