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The nanny tax: Don’t overlook it

If you have a household employee, the nanny tax rules apply to you. Essentially, a household employee is somebody that does work in or around your home and is considered an employee. An independent contractor (such as yard maintenance, housecleaners, and the like who have their own equipment and supplies, control how the work is done, and perform similar services for other homeowners) is not your employee and does not fall under the nanny tax rules. However, if you have a home worker such as a health aide, private nurse, or caretaker and you control their wages, hours, and working ...

July 21, 2015 | Tom Vermeulen | Other Views


Thunder Valley & Great Wolf: 2 peas in pod

Who in their right mind we book a room at a resort hotel not near any tourist attractions but one that is located south of a major wastewater treatment plant facility?

July 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Other Views


Snake oil won’t cure inequality

At last, America's political leaders now feel the pain of the poor and empathize with the millions of working families slipping out of the middle class.

July 20, 2015 | | Other Views


Sore jaw suffer seeks sleep solution

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been living with TMJ pain on my right side. I believe my situation is unique in that I experience the pain only at night, initially when lying on my right side. While the level of pain is not excruciating, it's more than sufficient to ruin any effort to sleep. Over the years I have tried every over-the-counter pain medication, with no effect. I have been to numerous doctors who specialize in TMJ disorders. I have spent thousands of dollars on bite splints, none of which made any difference. I even tried acupuncture. I have ...

July 19, 2015 | | Other Views


Snake oil won’t cure inequality

At last, America's political leaders now feel the pain of the poor and empathize with the millions of working families slipping out of the middle class.

July 19, 2015 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Arc of justice bends like a rainbow

Until 2010, CBS television's daytime lineup included As the World Turns, a long-running soap opera. Times change. Now a real-life human drama of profound importance has debuted in America: As the Generations Turn.

July 17, 2015 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Jeb Bush wants to share

The most recent time I had seen Jeb Bush speak in San Francisco was in January, when he addressed the National Automobile Dealers Association. It is hard to imagine a group more invested in the old-school economy. It was a friendly crowd. The former Florida governor seemed comfortable - and boring. I left feeling as if I'd spent an hour listening to a human BarcaLounger.

July 17, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


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


MAKING SENSE OF THE ACCORD TRIAL RECOMMENDATIONS

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


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Short circuit: Bill aims to deep-six 9th District

How big is the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals? The San-Francisco-based circuit is so big that it represents nine states, including Nevada, 20 ...

February 09, 2017 | | Other Views


Great manipulators at Time

Time magazine has singled out White House strategist Steve Bannon for its Darth Vader cover treatment. Shown is a picture of Bannon looking like a ...

February 08, 2017 | | Other Views


Moral supremacy & Mr. Putin

Is Donald Trump to be allowed to craft a foreign policy based on the ideas on which he ran and won the presidency in 2016?

February 07, 2017 | | Other Views


Would Donald tax a fellow Trump?

Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump bellowed to those greedy corporate executives who've shipped middle-class jobs out of country, or I'll slap ...

February 07, 2017 | | Other Views


Coming clash with Iran

When Gen. Michael Flynn marched into the White House Briefing Room to declare that "we are officially putting Iran on notice," he drew a red ...

February 05, 2017 | | Other Views


America’s construction carnage

Try this the next time you find yourself standing on a Wall Street corner. Ask the first power suit you see why Wall Street's ...

February 04, 2017 | | Other Views


Gender-fluid Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America, or BSA, used to be derided as a "traditional, values-based" organization, whose oath spoke of a "duty to God" and ...

February 03, 2017 | | Other Views


2017: The year protests by conservatives became news

It shouldn't be considered remarkable that all three major broadcast networks offered a news story on the tens of thousands who came for the ...

January 31, 2017 | | Other Views


The first firestorm

That hysterical reaction to the travel ban announced Friday is a portent of what is to come if President Donald Trump carries out the mandate ...

January 31, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Benefits and side effects of your medicines are best enumerated by your doctor and pharmacist

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 86-year-old white male. I am currently taking tamsulosin 0.4 mg and finasteride 5 mg. What benefits do these ...

January 29, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Why dog parks are a bad idea

Dear Didi: The new dog park in Manteca has opened and the weather is finally sunny. We are considering taking our dog but also are ...

January 29, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


What is Trump doing & what does he think he’s doing?

Hang on, friend. This is going to be a bumpy ride.

January 28, 2017 | | Other Views


What Trump’s wall says to the world

"Something there is that doesn't love a wall," wrote poet Robert Frost in the opening line of "Mending Walls."

January 27, 2017 | | Other Views


Under President Trump, the media rediscovers its purpose

Only hours into his new job, White House press secretary Sean Spicer attacked the media for what he called "dishonesty" and "deliberately false reporting." He ...

January 26, 2017 | | Other Views


Trump: ‘We must think big and dream even bigger’

In all the media back and forth over President Donald Trump's inaugural speech, most have missed a central point: His address was infused with ...

January 24, 2017 | | Other Views


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