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SF’s Summer of Urine

How bad is the urine situation in San Francisco? This is not a joke: Monday night, a light pole corroded by urine collapsed and crashed onto a car, narrowly missing the driver. The smell is worse than I have known since I started working for The Chronicle in 1992. It hits your nose on the BART escalator before you reach Market Street. That sour smell can bake for blocks where street people sleep wrapped in dirty blankets. I talked to Mayor Ed Lee and rode around with police to find out what can be done to clean up San Francisco.

August 09, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Clintons still get a pass

Donald Trump's ex-wife, Ivana, recently denied a 30-year-old allegation that Donald Trump raped her. The allegation, according to the New York Daily News, stems from the book "The Last Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump" by Harry Hurt III.

August 08, 2015 | | Other Views


Co-branding America’s wonders

While Americans celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Park Service, America's so-called "leaders" are aggressively converting these jewels of the common good into just another corporate cash cow.

August 08, 2015 | | Other Views


The ‘no shame’ debate

No one has a later term abortion because she's changed her mind about having a baby. Doctors in almost all states won't perform them for that reason; and, by the way, what kind of beasts do you think women are? Late-term abortions are tragedies, often a last resort because much-wanted babies, or their mothers, develop conditions not consistent with life.

August 06, 2015 | | Other Views


No friend to lions

More than 200,000 people have signed a petition asking the White House to cooperate with efforts to "extradite Walter Palmer" - the Minneapolis-area dentist who killed Cecil the lion - "promptly at the Zimbabwe government's request." According to reports, Palmer and/or his hunting guides lured the beloved lion out of a game reserve. Palmer then shot Cecil with a crossbow; the wounded lion lived for another 40 hours before he was dispatched with a bullet.

August 05, 2015 | | Other Views


Reader finds marital status query intrusive

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently visited an ophthalmologist. Prior to the consultation, his staff member went over a form with me, including my marital status -- single, married, divorced, widowed, partnered, etc. I've gotten questions like this in a number of doctors' offices, and it's on a form I've seen a number of times. I can understand that a gynecologist, for example, might need to know whether a patient had given birth and whether a patient is sexually active. But the question about marital status doesn't elicit that information. And why would an ophthalmologist need that information ...

August 03, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


The plot to destroy Nixon

In his new biography "Being Nixon: A Man Divided," Evan Thomas concedes a point. Richard Nixon, he writes, "was not paranoid; the press and the 'Georgetown set' really were out to get him."

August 03, 2015 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Erythema multiforme presents with distinctive rash

DEAR DR. ROACH: My sister broke out in a full-body rash of red, itchy blotches, and her doctor told her it was erythema multiforme. It is rare, and he sees only a few cases per year. Could you elaborate more on it -- causes, treatment, etc.? -- A.M.

August 03, 2015 | | Other Views


Dangers of car windows & dogs

DEAR DIDI: I have dogs that love to stick their noses or heads out of the car windows when they ride with me. Is that bad for them? They both are floppy eared dogs. -Concerned in Manteca, CA

August 03, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


The sanctuary scandal

Donald Trump's unorthodox campaign has performed a public service by shining the national spotlight on the problem of "sanctuary cities," which shelter illegal aliens from deportation. The tragedy of Kate Steinle, who died in the arms of her father after being shot by an illegal alien, is that her death was preventable, yet officials have defiantly defended their sanctuary policies.

August 03, 2015 | | Other Views


Rolling up with Willie Nelson

With marijuana prohibition finally ending in states and cities across the land - including full legalization in Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. - who could be better than my friend Willie Nelson to lead the way for weed quality and social responsibility?

August 02, 2015 | | Other Views


Flogging the flag

When South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to boot the Confederate flag from State House grounds earlier this month, it was a beautiful moment - if decades late. State lawmakers finally acted out of revulsion from images of a confessed shooter posing with the Civil War relic before he shot to death nine African-American church parishioners June 17. Flag apologists lost their stomach for defending the banner as an emblem of states' rights.

August 01, 2015 | | Other Views


On Obama’s watch

Ninety-five percent of black voters in 2008 voted for then-Sen. Barack Obama. Surely a "progressive" black president would care about, empathize with and understand black America in a way no other president ever has or could, right? Exit polls from Pew Research show that 63 percent of all voters - and 65 percent of Obama voters - cited the economy as the number one reason they voted for him. Iraq was a distant second at 10 percent. Even for black Obama voters, "It's the economy, stupid."

July 31, 2015 | | Other Views


Dirty-energy supporters cower

Some of corporate America's biggest climate-change deniers - from Exxon-Mobil to the Koch Brothers - are dreading a potent storm that's gaining strength and headed right at them. It's the category-5 "Hurricane Francis," which threatens to overwhelm their flimsy ideological castles.

July 30, 2015 | | Other Views


Could Trump win?

The American political class has failed the country, and should be fired. That is the clearest message from the summer surge of Bernie Sanders and the remarkable rise of Donald Trump.

July 30, 2015 | | Other Views


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How to not pass out while getting a tattoo

DEAR DR. ROACH: I went to get a tattoo on the outer area of my hand, but upon doing it, I got dizzy and fainted ...

April 23, 2017 | | Other Views


How does one prepare family dog for newborn?

Dear Didi: We recently found out that my wife is expecting with our first child. How do we prepare our 3 year old Boxer, Rocky ...

April 23, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Fresno killings suspect has history of violence

FRESNO- The suspect in this week's racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno shouted Friday that natural disasters will increasingly hit the United States as ...

April 21, 2017 | By SCOTT SMITH | Other Views


Various questions on Social Security issues

Today's column won't focus on a single topic. Instead, I'll just reach into the mailbag (well, really my email inbox) and pull ...

April 21, 2017 | Tom MARGENAU | Other Views


In choice of blood thinner, does safety or convenience take precedence?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. I received excellent care, and the cardiac doctors recommended a blood thinner, with a clear ...

April 20, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


How your selfie could affect your life insurance

A selfie reveals more than whether it's a good hair day. Facial lines and contours, droops and dark spots could indicate how well you ...

April 20, 2017 | By BARBARA MARQUAND | Other Views


Is democracy in a death spiral?

"You all start with the premise that democracy is some good. I don't think it's worth a damn. Churchill is right. The only ...

April 20, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Transactional President

WASHINGTON - As President Donald Trump flew to Palm Beach Thursday for Easter weekend, there was a lull in his first 100 days -- a chance for ...

April 17, 2017 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Schwannomas of the spine are nerve-sheath tumors

DEAR DR. ROACH: For several months, I've been suffering with severe lower-back pain while standing. It radiates down my leg, into my buttocks. Several ...

April 16, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Dealing with your dog’s teen phase

Dear Didi: We have a Labradoodle that is about to turn 7 months old. He has been full of energy and a major handful so ...

April 16, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Will Christianity perish in land of its birthplace?

"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?)" Those are among Jesus' last words on the Cross that first Good ...

April 14, 2017 | | Other Views


Obama claimed ‘all’ of Syria’s chemical weapons eliminated

The Obama administration claimed that it negotiated with Syria and Russia to eliminate "100 percent" of Syria's chemical weapons. After President Barack Obama's ...

April 14, 2017 | | Other Views


Trumpcare was for CEOs

It appears that House Speaker Paul Ryan's 123-page legislative plan for Trumpcare, the GOP's so-called "replacement" for Obamacare, is dead - for now, anyway.

April 03, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Our laughable leader

It was one of the stupidest threats I have ever heard from a president of the United States, followed by one of the most ludicrous ...

April 03, 2017 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Diarrhea not likely caused by arteriovenous malformations

DEAR DR. ROACH: After a capsule endoscopy for unexplained chronic diarrhea and gastrointestinal bleeding, I was told that I most likely have an arteriovenous malformation ...

April 02, 2017 | | Other Views


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