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Disney-fication of national parks

It's summer vacation time and gasoline is quasi-cheap. So why not pile the family into the mini-van and pay a visit to the historic Budweiser Statue of Liberty, or motor out west in your Camry to Toyota's Yellowstone National Park?

August 12, 2016 | | Other Views

Trump doesn’t threaten President Obama’s legacy

It's an article of faith that President Barack Obama needs Hillary Clinton to win to "preserve his legacy."

August 11, 2016 | | Other Views

Will drama win debates?

The first of three presidential debates won't happen until Sept. 26. Today, nearly six weeks beforehand, I safely can make these predictions. Hillary Clinton will show up for all three, as her campaign announced Monday. Donald Trump will show up, at least to most of them. Tuesday he told Time Magazine, "I will absolutely do three debates" - although he noted he has "to see the conditions." Most important, after each debate, the media will spend the next 24 to 48 hours debating what Trump really meant by his latest bizarre utterance and if that particular off-the-wall remark represents the ...

August 11, 2016 | | Other Views

The nutty nominee

Is the Donald really getting "nuttier"? That's what the New York Post said today, claiming insiders as their source. I don't actually know any Donald Trump "insiders," although I do know some of the beleaguered professionals who are trying to gain some measure of control over a hopelessly inexperienced candidate.

August 10, 2016 | | Other Views

Who got us into these endless wars?

"Isolationists must not prevail in this new debate over foreign policy," warns Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. "The consequences of a lasting American retreat from the world would be dire."

August 09, 2016 | | Other Views

Dangerous think tanks ahead

Monday's front-page New York Times story "Scholarship or Business? Think Tanks Blur the Line" reports that while think tanks in general "are seen as researchers independent of moneyed interests," some think tank biggies chase money from corporate donors. "And they are doing so while reaping the benefits of their tax-exempt status, sometimes without disclosing their connections to corporate interests."

August 09, 2016 | | Other Views

Loving America by finding fault with it

I was sitting on a bus one summer, chatting with a man behind me who'd worked all over the world in the U.S. foreign service. Like many conversations today, ours turned eventually to the many problems with our country.

August 08, 2016 | | Other Views

Trump is our nation’s Carcinoma

Ruben Navarrette, a national recognized syndicated writer, published a syndicated column, "Have We Lost Sight of an American Hero?" which appeared in the Ventura County Star, August 3, 2016. I had a preview of it the night before, and I asked him to please retract. But no, like all journalists out there, he rose to the occasion but unfortunately chose the wrong topic. He went after the golden opportunity, the Khans, the Gold Star parents of Army Captain Humayun S. M. Khan who gave his life for our freedom, June 8, 2004.

August 08, 2016 | AL MONCADA | Other Views

High cholesterol one risk factor among many for heart disease

DEAR DR. ROACH: My doctor recently suggested I start taking a statin. After reading some of the recent literature, it appears that statin therapy is more controversial than in the past. From my reading, 50 percent of heart attacks occur in folks with normal cholesterol levels. A re-evaluation of previous studies (such as Framingham) have shown all-cause mortality is better in folks with higher cholesterol. Since our bodies make over 80 percent of our cholesterol, it appears that those with higher levels might need those level for good health. And it seems many of the degenerative diseases of aging occur ...

August 07, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

Laser lights & your family dog

DEAR DIDI: I have an 8 month old black lab. 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. Our vet mentioned that laser light play isn't good for her eyes. What do you think? - Lathrop Dog Mommy

August 07, 2016 | Didi McElroy | Other Views

They take your assets, then let you beg to get them back

Republican political consultant Mike Madrid isn't used to getting calls from the ACLU, and yet he has found himself working with the civil liberties group because some practices are so egregious that Republicans and Democrats should have no trouble finding common cause. The issue is civil asset forfeiture - also known as "policing for profit." The federal government can seize your property, and the only way you can get it back is to prove you are not guilty of a crime. California law prohibits local authorities from permanently seizing most property without a conviction, but there's a loophole in ...

August 06, 2016 | | Other Views

Trump’s road still open

At stake in 2016 is the White House, the Supreme Court, the Senate and, possibly, control of the House of Representatives.

August 05, 2016 | | Other Views

Where is the ‘Hillary lied, people died’ crowd?

The same clueless nitwits who, with no evidence, cried "Bush lied, people died!" are now ignoring overwhelming evidence of Hillary Clinton's violation of the Espionage Act and how that behavior imperiled national security. In George W. Bush's case, there is zero evidence of a "lie." In Clinton's case, as to a violation of the Espionage Act, her violation is clear-cut.

August 04, 2016 | | Other Views

Media’s convention tilt is unmissable — again

It's an ironclad principle. Media coverage of the quadrennial Republican and Democratic conventions is a laboratory exercise to demonstrate how shamelessly partisan our political reporters truly are.

August 03, 2016 | | Other Views

Is Libertarian ticket serious?

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor, and his running mate, Bill Weld, a former Massachusetts governor, bill themselves as the "credible alternative to ClinTrump." The two former GOP governors, who won re-election in bluish states, have a bounce in their step on the campaign trail. "Give us one term, America, and if after four years you decide you don't like peace, prosperity and freedom, you can always vote a Trump or a Hillary back into office again," Johnson mugs in a campaign video.

August 03, 2016 | | Other Views

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Is this what it takes?

Does it really take the most vulgar, rude, offensive, racist, bombastic, insensitive, unqualified, disrespectful boor ever to be nominated by a major party in our ...

October 12, 2016 | | Other Views

3 ways life will get better

It was June of 1992, the Saturday night before the California primary. There was no more campaigning to be done for the night. It was ...

October 10, 2016 | Susan Estrich | Other Views

Physical therapy needed to ease inflammation of pubic bones

DEAR DR. ROACH: For a year now, I have had such terrible pain in my pubic area and down my inner thighs. An X-ray (for ...

October 09, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

Mangling Trump talk on veterans

Staff Sgt. Chad Robichaux is a Marine who developed post-traumatic stress disorder in the aftermath of eight tours in Afghanistan. After years of suffering, he ...

October 08, 2016 | | Other Views

Having a cow over flatulence

With the election season in full swing, a number of sobering issues have entered the discussion, including taxes, race relations, and foreign policy. But California ...

October 04, 2016 | | Other Views

‘Hilary: The Movie’

Hillary Clinton has promised that in her first 30 days as president she will propose a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court ...

October 03, 2016 | | Other Views

You, too, could vote for Donald Trump

The political press corps has known Bob Stern as the straight-arrow president of Los Angeles' Center for Governmental Studies who helped Jerry Brown create the ...

September 30, 2016 | | Other Views

Hillary’s Red Army march of tax-hike destruction

You've got to hand it to Team Hillary Clinton. Its message discipline is awesome -- at least in terms of taxes. It reminds me of ...

September 30, 2016 | | Other Views

Trump right on trade predators

Is America still a serious nation?

September 30, 2016 | | Other Views

Let the people roar: Trump won the night

We all have theories as to how Donald Trump got this far. Mine is that Trump has done well among white high school graduates because ...

September 27, 2016 | | Other Views

Is Charlotte our future?

Celebrating the racial diversity of the Charlotte protesters last week, William Barber II, chairman of the North Carolina NAACP, proudly proclaimed, "This is what democracy ...

September 26, 2016 | | Other Views

Banks don’t commit crimes, bankers do

Hey, stop complaining that our government coddles Wall Street's big, money-grubbing banks.

September 26, 2016 | | Other Views

Moderators: Are they referees or fighters?

The latest Gallup poll confirms that the level of trust in the media has reached another new low. The percentage of Republicans who hold a ...

September 26, 2016 | | Other Views

What to do about Social Security when someone dies

Coincidentally, I received two questions on the same day dealing with the same topic. Each had a relative die and each asked, "What do I ...

September 23, 2016 | Tom MARGENAU | Other Views

Are we crazy or what?

This should be a 10-point race, minimum. If this were an election governed by any of the rules of politics that all of us have ...

September 23, 2016 | | Other Views

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