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Benefits for divorcees

My wife is starting to get suspicious. Every day, my inbox is crammed with emails from strange women around the country! I don't mean strange as in unusual, but rather as in unfamiliar to me. A good percentage of these women are asking about potential benefits they are due as a wife or widow on an ex-husband's Social Security record. So today, let's concentrate on benefits due divorced women. By the way, the same benefits would be due to dependent divorced husbands. It's just that all my emails come from divorced women, so I am addressing ...

July 17, 2015 | Tom MARGENAU | Other Views

We don’t need gas tax hike

It's summertime and that means millions of Americans will soon be cramming in the minivan for family vacation. But Congress may soon be raising the cost of those trips by increasing the federal gas tax.

July 17, 2015 | | Other Views

California’s Latino ed crisis

The Los Angeles Times headline was cheerful: "It's Official: Latinos Now Outnumber Whites in California." The Times said, "As of July 1, 2014, about 14.99 million Latinos live in California, edging out the 14.92 million whites in the state."

July 16, 2015 | | Other Views

Thankful for neighbors, firefighters

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

July 16, 2015 | | Other Views


DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm 85 years old and a Type 2 diabetic. My fasting blood sugars are usually below 100. My physicians seem to worry about low blood sugars, and I am more concerned about slightly elevated blood sugars causing damage to my cardiovascular system and my kidneys. I've had three close relatives die from complications of diabetes, and I know they were not able to control their blood sugars. Is it true that death due to low blood sugars is very rare? Is there evidence that there is an increase in strokes and cardiovascular events with every ...

July 15, 2015 | Dr. Roach | Other Views

California’s Latino ed crisis

The Los Angeles Times headline was cheerful: "It's Official: Latinos Now Outnumber Whites in California." The Times said, "As of July 1, 2014, about 14.99 million Latinos live in California, edging out the 14.92 million whites in the state."

July 15, 2015 | Larry Elder | Other Views

Nabbing financial felons

Big news from that razzle-dazzle place I call "El Casino Grande" - otherwise known as Wall Street.

July 15, 2015 | | Other Views

Demos & sanctuary cities

Democrats now will say anything to distance themselves from sanctuary city policies, even though they have supported these policies for years. In an exclusive CNN interview lastTuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked about San Francisco's refusal to hand over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement seven-time convicted felon and five-time deportee Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez. He stands accused in the fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle as she took an evening stroll on Pier 14 last week. (After telling a local TV station he shot Steinle by accident, Lopez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to murder.) Clinton answered, "The city made a mistake ...

July 13, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views

Top 10 questions Delta tunnels boosters don’t want to be asked

1. How will construction of the tunnels over a fourteen-year period help with drought?

July 13, 2015 | By BRIAN SMITH Restore the Delta | Other Views

Making $248 a minute

Florida's Disney World bills itself "the happiest place on Earth." But last year, some Disney World employees made so little they became homeless.

July 13, 2015 | | Other Views

Donald Trump is GOP’s Dark Lord Voldemort

Donald Trump is the GOP's Voldemort, the Dark Lord and villain of the Harry Potter children's book series. To thinking Republicans who don't want to go through another circle of hell like the 2012 presidential primary, Trump is He Who Must Not Be Named. When a partisan mistakenly utters his name, media dementors -- soulless creatures who sail through the airwaves -- pop out from nowhere and suck the oxygen out of the hapless offender. Helpless and filled with dread, some victims die, while others slip into nothingness. The dementors will not relent. They want to turn the primary ...

July 10, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


DEAR DR. ROACH: Can exposure to infectious mononucleosis trigger or cause rheumatoid arthritis to flare up and become active? I would appreciate your comments. Thank you. -- J.C.

July 09, 2015 | | Other Views

Hold your nose in SF

Downtown San Francisco feels like a large public toilet without enough janitors. More than once this year, I've seen men drop their pants in public places - including at Fifth and Market - to leave a smelly mess on the sidewalk. You can walk for blocks and never escape the stench of stale urine. At lunchtime, I see street people passed out on high-traffic sidewalks, and I am afraid to walk around them.

July 03, 2015 | | Other Views

Quo Vadis, America?

"Natural law - God's law - will always trump common law," said Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a Christian leader in her own right, "God will have the final word in this matter."

July 01, 2015 | | Other Views

Romance trumps process

San Francisco changed America. When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom opened City Hall to same-sex marriages during the 2004 Winter of Love, he had determined to "put a human face on discrimination." The long line of couples eager to tie the knot appealed to the public's romantic side. When two people are in love and want to commit to each other for the rest of their lives, activists asked, how can the government say no?

July 01, 2015 | | Other Views

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About Gov. Jerry Moonbeam’s legacy

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

March 23, 2018 | | Other Views

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

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