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January often best month to file for Social Security

I write a column similar to this one about this time every year. But I don't mind plagiarizing myself because it contains a very important message for people planning to retire in 2016.

January 01, 2016 | Tom MARGENAU | Other Views


Cultural winners & losers

ABC News devoted a fluffy two-hour special to the year in review, studying the news and pop culture.

December 30, 2015 | | Other Views


Is the West disintegrating?

On Jan. 1, 2002, the day that euro coins and banknotes entered into circulation, my column, "Say Goodbye to the Mother Continent," contained this pessimistic prognosis:

December 29, 2015 | | Other Views


Bill wrote the book for Trump

After lamenting Donald Trump's "penchant for sexism" last week, Hillary Clinton announced to supporters that her former-president husband - her "not-so-secret weapon" -will be hitting the campaign trail for her in January. Characteristically, in all capital letters, Trump struck back on Twitter, where he observed Bill Clinton himself has "demonstrated a penchant for sexism." The it-only-hurts-when-you-laugh part about this tiff is that The Donald and Bubba have so much in common.

December 29, 2015 | | Other Views


A tale of 2 tragedies

In October 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

December 27, 2015 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Trans-Pacific Trade scam

Last spring, President Barack Obama got downright crabby about people criticizing the mammoth Trans-Pacific Partnership he's trying to sell to Congress and the public.

December 27, 2015 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Frequent bowel movements without pain

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 77-year-old female in good health. I am 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weigh 125 pounds. I exercise regularly and eat a varied, healthy diet. For some years now, I have had what I consider too many bowel movements every day. I have complained to my doctor at my yearly checkups, but nothing ever gets resolved except for the diagnosis of IBS. My last doctor recommended I take Metamucil, and that helps in the passage, but not the frequency. Upon arising in the mornings, I have two to four good-size bowel movements without fail ...

December 27, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


The value of DNA testing for your dog

DEAR DIDI: You did such a wonderful job mediating between my family and our dog. The overall change in our household is no short of a Christmas miracle in our opinion. I wonder if our situation is more common than we know. Please share our story to maybe help someone else out there that doesn't have the benefit of your wisdom. -Family finally at peace in Stockton

December 27, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


15 QUESTIONS

1) Polls show that, by a large margin, Americans feel we're on the wrong track, both economically and as to foreign policy. Yet none of you offers any criticism of President Barack Obama, who has been in charge for the last seven years. Why, then, should Americans believe that four more years, under your leadership, would be any different from the last seven?

December 26, 2015 | | Other Views


Yes, Virginia . . .

The following is reprinted from the editorial page of the New York Sun. The editorial first appeared in 1897.

December 23, 2015 | | Other Views


Hillary Clinton got what?

"Schlonged." That is what Donald Trump said Monday night, referring to President Obama's victory over Hillary Clinton, the former senator and secretary of state, in the long battle for the 2008 presidential nomination. Appearing at a rally in Michigan, Donald Trump rallied his crowd by saying this: "She was favored to win, and she got schlonged."

December 23, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Islam and the West:

"I worry greatly that the rhetoric coming from the Republicans, particularly Donald Trump, is sending a message to Muslims here ... and ... around the world, that there is a 'clash of civilizations.'"

December 21, 2015 | | Other Views


Partnering with the Devil

As a raker of muck, it's my job to root out the nefarious doings and innate immorality of the corporate creature.

December 21, 2015 | | Other Views


Trump channels McCarran

Donald Trump's presidential campaign has done it again. Speaking aboard the USS Yorktown on the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Trump called on our government to stop letting Muslims enter the United States "until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."

December 21, 2015 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY | Other Views


Fibrates not effective alternative to statins

DEAR DR. ROACH: On a number of occasions, you have written about statins and mentioned their side effects, notably muscle damage. My physician put me on a statin about seven years ago, and after only 35 days I had a frighteningly bad episode. I gave up on the statins, but they left me with permanent damage to the muscle across my waist and a muscle on my left side. My physician then put me on gemfibrozil, two pills a day 30 minutes before eating. The gemfibrozil has lowered my bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raised my good cholesterol -- with no ...

December 20, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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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


Granddaughter will hug every dog she encounters

DEAR DIDI: Our young granddaughter is 6 years old and she LOVES dogs. Her favorite thing to do is hug them! She just wraps her ...

August 20, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


What the Google gender ‘manifesto’ really says about Silicon Valley

Five years ago, Silicon Valley was rocked by a wave of "brogrammer" bad behavior, when overfunded, highly entitled, mostly white and male startup founders did ...

August 13, 2017 | MARIE HICKS | Other Views


Yellow fever vaccine only for those at high risk of exposure

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband and I are taking a cruise around South America that includes several stops in Brazil. We both are 72 and ...

August 13, 2017 | | Other Views


Why teen brains need a later school start time

Millions of high schoolers are having to wake up early as they start another academic year. It is not uncommon to hear comments from parents ...

August 12, 2017 | | Other Views


The White House press briefing showdown game

When White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller called on CNN's Jim Acosta at Wednesday's press briefing, Miller knew what he was doing.

August 07, 2017 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Eye protection a must for the coming total solar eclipse

DEAR DR. ROACH: My mother is very concerned about the upcoming solar eclipse; due to all the warnings about not watching it with the naked ...

August 06, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Why do dogs act differently whole on leash?

DEAR DIDI: Our Golden Retriever is the sweetest dog. He loves people and gets along with other dogs, most of the time. Except when we ...

August 06, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


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