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Winners & losers: 2015

Her are my winners and losers and the best and the worst of the year.

January 02, 2016 | | Other Views

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


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

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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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