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ID theft: What to do if it happens

Tax identity theft once again topped the IRS list of tax scams for 2015. CNBC recently reported on a report issued by the IRS Inspector General as "a bigger and more expansive problem than anyone ever thought, and the IRS isn't doing enough to fix it." "This involved thieves getting your identity, filing bogus tax returns on your behalf and then collecting inflated refunds and making off with the money". The Inspector General said that "The IRS expects to pay out up to 21 billion dollars in bogus refunds to thieves across the country." Of course, the IRS takes ...

August 31, 2015 | Tom Vermeulen | Other Views


We need to ‘bear’ this in mind

On August 7, an experienced hiker was found dead and half eaten by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. The offending bear was later euthanized.

August 31, 2015 | JILL RICHARDSON | Other Views


Reasons why dog crates work

DEAR DIDI: I don't understand why people are putting their dogs in a cage these days. We never did that growing up with our dogs. They were perfectly happy outside and now my trainer is recommending that I crate my dog inside to potty train her. How is a cage indoors better than letting her have the entire backyard to run in? - Manteca Dog Owner

August 30, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Tips for reducing eye strain

DEAR DR. ROACH: Would you mind providing some guidelines for preventing eye strain? I'm a graduate student, so I spend a lot of time reading, both from computer screens and from books. I will always need to read to get things done, but I'd also like my eyes to last me my whole life. -- B.I.

August 30, 2015 | Dr. Roach | Other Views


Dis-integrating America

The Wednesday morning murders of 24-year-old Roanoke TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were a racist atrocity, a hate crime. Were they not white, they would be alive today.

August 28, 2015 | | Other Views


President Bernie?

For Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with surprise hit of the summer season Donald Trump, some people are really beginning to ask: could it happen?

August 28, 2015 | | Other Views


Poor-Shaming 2.0

Being poor means a life of sacrifices, frustrations, and constant struggle. So what is it about Republican officeholders that causes them to go out of their way to make life even harder for low-income people?

August 27, 2015 | | Other Views


Risks, benefits of hpv vaccine for boys

DEAR DR. ROACH: What are your thoughts on the pros and cons of HPV vaccine for boys? -- L.P.B.

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


Same supplement can be effective for arthritis

DEAR DR. ROACH: Please tell me about the supplement SAMe. I am a woman, 58, who suffers from osteoarthritis from my exercise routine, which is three days of heavy lifting with free weights and 15 miles of jogging each week. I love the workouts but not the pain it causes in my hands, knees and lower back.

August 25, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


The best bmi for a long life

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 81-year-old man in good health. I am 5 feet, 11 inches tall and now weigh 175 pounds after intentionally losing 15 pounds through a combination of diet and exercise. I feel better at this weight than I did at my former weight, but my doctor says the studies he has read show that if a person is slightly overweight, he is likely to live longer than a person who weighs less. Do you agree with his position? -- D.N.K.

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


Shielding Wall Street from bigotry

Phil Gramm, the former right-wing senator from Texas, has surprised me.

August 24, 2015 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Hillary: Nominee or indictee?

While perhaps too early for Democratic elites to panic and begin bailing out on Hillary Clinton's campaign as a doomed vessel, they would be well advised not to miss any of the lifeboat drills.

August 24, 2015 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


We all need vacations

Every time the president goes on vacation, roughly half the talking heads jump all over him. They tally up how many days he's spent on vacation, or how many rounds of golf he's played since he became president, and then manage to remind us that we're not taking vacations on fancy islands in houses that rent out for a princely sum.

August 23, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Early satiety often due to ibs

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was successfully treated for H. pylori five years ago. I continue to have stomach pain, which has been diagnosed as gastritis. For the past three weeks, when I eat even a small amount of food, I feel extremely full and bloated for hours.

August 23, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Donald drives the debate

"If it weren't for me," Donald Trump told the Fox News moderators at the first Republican presidential debate, "you wouldn't even be talking about illegal immigration." The record-breaking audience of 24 million, which is 10 times Fox's usual nightly viewership, had to agree.

August 20, 2015 | | Other Views


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Banks don’t commit crimes, bankers do

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

July 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Now controversial: ‘God Bless America’

It didn't used to be -- that's a phrase we use a lot these days, isn't it? - but the Fourth of July festivities ...

July 11, 2016 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Three types of sleep apnea explained

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a pretty healthy 53-year-old female and have central sleep apnea, along with a few obstructive events. I see a neurologist ...

July 10, 2016 | | Other Views


Poisonous plants on your yard can can kill your dog

DEAR DIDI: We have a beautiful 10 week old Rottweiler puppy. She is so good and hasn't caused any problems which just amazes us ...

July 10, 2016 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


OBESITY RATE SKYROCKETS

Even smart people still think that eating low- or no-fat foods is a healthy way to lose weight. It's not true.

July 10, 2016 | | Other Views


Feel safer? It’s easier to get parole, harder to buy bullets

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic Legislature have a unique plan to enhance public safety in California. They have reduced the state prison population from ...

July 09, 2016 | | Other Views


California isn’t flooding; it’s burning

It's time to fight fire with fire.

July 08, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Other Views


Too big for federal brig

FBI Director James Comey was right to assert that "no reasonable prosecutor" would press criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. No reasonable prosecutor, former federal prosecutor ...

July 08, 2016 | | Other Views


Morally unfit to be President?

Does Hillary Clinton possess the integrity and honesty to be president of the United States? Or are those quaint and irrelevant considerations in electing a ...

July 08, 2016 | | Other Views


Will West survive century?

"Nativism ... xenophobia or worse" is behind the triumph of Brexit and the support for Donald Trump, railed President Barack Obama in Ottawa.

July 07, 2016 | | Other Views


What About Bernie Sanders?

It's strange how it happens almost overnight. One day, you've got television crews crowding for position, top correspondents big-footing out the juniors who ...

July 07, 2016 | | Other Views


Rebutting latest ‘fast facts’ from Delta tunnels backers

The California Natural Resources Agency on June put out another "fact sheet" extolling the virtues of the proposed California WaterFix (Delta Tunnels).

July 06, 2016 | By BARBARA BARRIGAN-PARILLA Restore the Delta | Other Views


Overthrow Establishment to fix American economy

Famed investor Wilbur Ross recently told CNBC that "Trump represents a more radical new approach to government that the nation's economy desperately needs." He ...

July 05, 2016 | | Other Views


Pow wow: Preserving family tradition

Ramona Valadez greeted Richard Virgil with a big smile and a warm hug. The warm welcome followed the introduction and recognition of the guests who ...

July 05, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Other Views


Annual physical often a hands-on experience

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 75-year-old female in fairly good health. I take statins to keep my cholesterol under control, and am being followed ...

July 05, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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