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Which type of flu shot is best?

DEAR DR. ROACH: For the 2015-2016 flu season, we find a trivalent vaccine (three influenza virus), quadrivalent vaccine (four influenza virus) and high-dose trivalent recommended for seniors 65 and older. As a member of the senior group, I would like your opinion on the best choice. Why do they still supply the trivalent when the quad protects against four flu viruses? The high-dose trivalent is only for seniors, but the quad seems to be a better choice. This is confusing; please help us understand. -- J.H.

October 18, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Changing a dog’s name

DEAR DIDI: My husband and I recently adopted the most amazing dog from Pets N Pals in Lathrop, CA. We absolutely adore him but we are not fond of the name he came with. He is three years old so we worry about changing his name. What, exactly, are the repercussions if we do? New Doggy Mommy in Stockton

October 18, 2015 | | Other Views


Trump vs. Sanders

Barack Obama sought as his legacy to bring an end to the two longest wars in U.S. history. On Oct. 15, he, again, admitted failure.

October 16, 2015 | | Other Views


Reverend who won the airwaves

Toward the end of his life, civil rights champion and Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall was asked how he wanted to be remembered. "He did the best he could with what he had," Marshall replied.

October 16, 2015 | | Other Views


Comcast rolls over for Hillary

In June, Comcast executive vice president David Cohen hosted a $2,700-a-plate fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. On the first weekend in October, the NBC Universal in-kind contributions really kicked in: a star turn on "Saturday Night Live," a Sunday morning interview with Rev. Al Sharpton, and a Monday town hall meeting on the "Today" program.

October 14, 2015 | | Other Views


SF is haven for felons

As he runs for re-election in November, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon faces no opposition. The cozy position was unlikely, when you consider that Gascon arrived in the city as a pro-death penalty Republican from Arizona in 2009 after then-Mayor Gavin Newsom picked him to be chief of police. Today he's the rare prosecutor who has sent a message to career criminals in the country illegally: San Francisco will make the feds really work to deport them.

October 13, 2015 | | Other Views


Saying nuts to first class

I recently had the occasion to fly first class. As a poet and director of a small non-profit organization, this was a rare treat indeed. So why couldn't I enjoy myself?

October 11, 2015 | SARAH BROWNING | Other Views


Facing the recurrent vertigo of meniere’s disease

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife is suffering from Meniere's disease, a condition that causes, at times, severe vertigo and disorientation. Although she's never actually been diagnosed with the condition, after several months of numerous tests on her heart, brain, ears, eyes and balance, the doctors "think" it's Meniere's disease. It came upon her rather suddenly, which is another puzzling aspect of her condition.

October 11, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Who even wants to be Speaker?

Rep. Tom McClintock of California is about as conservative a Republican as you can find in Congress. As a state legislator in Sacramento, he was a well-known budget hawk. In the House, writes The Almanac of American Politics, he has been "a faithful conservative vote, though an occasionally nettlesome one to GOP leaders seeking to limit internal dissent." Former California Gov. Pete Wilson has such marked antipathy for McClintock that he took the unusual step of supporting a GOP challenger in McClintock's latest re-election bid.

October 09, 2015 | | Other Views


Perfect portrait of corporate crime

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, here's one worth a thousand times that.

October 09, 2015 | | Other Views


You are the best way to keep health care costs low

Your body is your temple.

October 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Other Views


Allure of mass murder

"Seems the more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight."

October 09, 2015 | | Other Views


Pope gets served House Specialty

With his gentle grace, disarming humility, and penchant for saying "God bless America" like he means it, Pope Francis appeared to sweep Washington off its feet. Cheering throngs accompanied his every move. The powerful and powerless alike made a fuss.

October 08, 2015 | Ryan Balbeuna | Other Views


Business financial ratios

Much like the speedometer, fuel gauge and oil pressure gauge on your car, financial ratios provide a useful way to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in the performance and solvency of your business. Also like cars, different businesses are conceived and designed to travel at different speeds. Try to run your diesel pickup (or Prius, to be politically sensitive) in an Indy race and you will soon realize this fundamental truth.

October 05, 2015 | Tom Vermeulen | Other Views


Shoot first; ask questions later

After America learned of the latest mass shooting at an Oregon community college, President Barack Obama delivered remarks in which he lamented the loss of good, innocent people and then added: "Somehow this has become routine. ... We've become numb to this." By the next day, Obama had a remedy: "Be a single-issue voter."

October 05, 2015 | | Other Views


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Trump eviscerates liberal media: What took so long?

It was riveting. In his first solo press conference, President Donald Trump spent much of the hour berating the media for what Trump called anti-Republican ...

February 23, 2017 | | Other Views


Enemy of the American people

The president of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, on Friday declared that the news media is the "enemy of the ...

February 23, 2017 | | Other Views


Planned Parenthood and the pandering press

Every time you hear the network anchors and reporters act outraged about President Trump calling on "friendly" reporters and the fact that there's something ...

February 22, 2017 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Banksters are free at last

Of all the people suffering economic pain today, who should get priority attention from the new president and Congress?

February 22, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Trump-Putin detente dead?

Among the reasons Donald Trump is president is that he read the nation and the world better than his rivals.

February 21, 2017 | | Other Views


Billionaires tampering with Constitution

A corporate-backed lobbying group is pushing a slate of amendments to transfer power from people to big business.

February 20, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Team Trump’s first scalp

WASHINGTON - Gen. Mike Flynn provided the first scalp in the Trump administration in record time - he served as White House National Security Adviser for 23 ...

February 20, 2017 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Deep state targets Trump

When Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser, Bill Kristol purred his satisfaction, "If it comes to it, prefer the deep ...

February 17, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


John F. Kennedy: What would he think of his party?

President Ronald Reagan said: "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." Actor and former president of the National Rifle Association Charlton ...

February 15, 2017 | | Other Views


Left playing with fire?

To those who lived through that era that tore us apart in the '60s and '70s, it is starting to look like "deja vu all ...

February 14, 2017 | | Other Views


It’s 1984 in Trumplandia

Tromp-tromp-tromp - troops are marching to battles. Boom-boom-boom - bombs are blowing up communities. Whoooosh - poisonous gas is being released.

February 14, 2017 | | Other Views


Effects on the body of regular blood donation

DEAR DR. ROACH: My blood type is O-negative. I am well aware that O is the universal donor blood type. I have tried to donate ...

February 12, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Preparing dog for birth of your child

Dear Didi: My husband and I just found out that we are pregnant. It will be our first child. How do we prepare our dog ...

February 12, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Audi and Snoop Dogg during the Super Bowl

The exciting recent Super Bowl meant that fans paid more attention to the game than to the commercials. But there were some doozies, including the ...

February 10, 2017 | | Other Views


Short circuit: Bill aims to deep-six 9th District

How big is the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals? The San-Francisco-based circuit is so big that it represents nine states, including Nevada, 20 ...

February 09, 2017 | | Other Views


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