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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


The presidential money primary

The results of the first election of the 2016 presidential race are already in. It's the money primary, controlled not by voters, but by super-wealthy donors.

July 30, 2015 | | Other Views


The presidential money primary

The results of the first election of the 2016 presidential race are already in. It's the money primary, controlled not by voters, but by super-wealthy donors.

July 29, 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 29, 2015 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Heart finds a way around bundle branch block

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a female, age 70, who is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. I have no problems with cholesterol, diabetes or blood pressure. I do not take any medications, just vitamins. I take dance exercise classes and walk often. I recently went for my checkup and found that I have a left bundle branch block. What happened? How did I get this? Is there anything I can do?

July 27, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Seeking sanctuary sanity

July 1 was one of those evenings when you feel blessed to be in San Francisco, especially if you are strolling along Pier 14. But every reader knows what happened next: A bullet struck Kathryn Steinle, 32, as she walked arm in arm with her father. Neither knew what had happened; the shot killed a vibrant woman - for which an immigrant with seven felony convictions and five deportations has been charged. (Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty.) On Tuesday, less than a month later, Jim Steinle found himself where he never thought he would be - testifying before the Senate ...

July 27, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Laser lights & dogs

DEAR DIDI: I have an 8 month old German Shepherd. She has so much energy! We read your column faithfully each week and value your opinion. My son likes to play laser light with Sassy and she is nuts for the game. You are training our neighbor's dog and he mentioned to us that you warned him against playing laser with dogs. He has a black lab. Is it a breed thing or all dogs that shouldn't play laser lights? - Manteca Dog Mommy

July 26, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Adrenal nodules can produce hormones

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband's recent CT scan of his stomach and digestive system with and without contrast revealed that he has nodules on both adrenal glands. It was suggested that he undergo a blood test to determine if the nodules are producing hormones.

July 26, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Failure of insanity defense

Was James Holmes - convicted on Thursday of the 2012 massacre at the Aurora movie theatre - nuts?

July 24, 2015 | | Other Views


Calcium sources differ, needs remain the same

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 64-year-old woman with a thin frame who was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis. In the past 10 years, my bone density has declined despite regular exercise, a diet high in dairy products and taking calcium carbonate supplements. My doctor prescribed Forteo injections for one year to hopefully improve my bone density, and then transitioned me to Prolia.

July 24, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Wisconsin’s grocery dictators

Republicans may like to rail against big government. But here in Wisconsin - where conservative lawmakers just introduced a bill to dramatically restrict what people can buy with their own food stamps - Republicans want to cook up a new kind of nanny state.

July 24, 2015 | JILL RICHARDSON | Other Views


Failure of insanity defense

Was James Holmes - convicted on Thursday of the 2012 massacre at the Aurora movie theatre - nuts?

July 24, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


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So exactly what is hell?

The recent dispute over whether Pope Francis denied the existence of hell in an interview attracted wide attention. This isn't surprising, since the belief ...

April 20, 2018 | JOANNE M. PIERCE | Other Views


DeVos needs an education on ethics

Question: What do you get when you combine ignorance, imperiousness, and incompetence?

April 20, 2018 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


A funny thing happens to Trump’s rivals — they start turning Into Trump

An odd thing is happening in President Donald Trump's America. Over time, his rivals turn into their own versions of The Donald. No greater ...

April 20, 2018 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Madueno is best challenger to Denham

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

April 19, 2018 | | Other Views


What is the real message from Epstein-Barr antibodies?

DEAR DR. ROACH: After decades of feeling fatigued, I started working with a naturopathic doctor. She ordered a saliva test for my total cortisol output ...

April 15, 2018 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Sick new game from corporations: Lottery tabs instead of pay raises

Today's corporate captains like to think of themselves not as mere businesspeople, but as geniuses of modern innovation.

April 15, 2018 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


It’s up to grown-ups to stop bullying, not kids

Bullying's been in the news a bit lately, in part because of the Parkland shooting.

April 15, 2018 | JILL RICHARDSON | Other Views


Sacramento shooting: Why bodycam footage might not clear things up

Stephon Clark, an African-American man, was killed by Sacramento police in his grandmother's backyard last month, setting off protests and conflict over the police ...

April 13, 2018 | | Other Views


Zeroing in on Facebook’s anti-conservative leaning

Two days of congressional hearings with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg underlined how American perceptions of media power are changing. After 2012, Democrats and their media ...

April 13, 2018 | | Other Views


Is Trump standing down in Syria?

Wednesday morning, President Trump jolted the nation with a tweet that contained both threat and taunt:

April 13, 2018 | | Other Views


For Trump’s son-in-law, prison reform is personal

President Donald Trump wants to help federal inmates "who have served their time get a second chance." That's what he said in his 2018 ...

April 08, 2018 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Time for the college blues again

In those days, you could tell by the size of the envelope. A thick envelope, full of registration materials and welcoming letters, meant you got ...

April 08, 2018 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


What meeting your spouse online has in common with arranged marriage

Most Americans who get married today believe they are choosing their own partners after falling in love with them. Arranged marriages, which remain common in ...

April 08, 2018 | AMITRAJEET A. BATABYAL | Other Views


NRA: Educational organization, lobby group and non-profit

The National Rifle Association has hit more turbulence since 17 people died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, than ...

April 08, 2018 | SAMUEL BRUNSON | Other Views


Hashimoto’s is no excuse for avoiding the flu shot

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have never gotten the flu vaccine. Years ago, it was believed to be too dangerous for anyone with an autoimmune condition ...

April 08, 2018 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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