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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 attended this year's 39th annual Three Rivers Lodge Fourth of July Powwow and Summer Ceremonies in Manteca.

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 by an endocrinologist for a parathyroid problem, which also is under control. For the past two years, when I visit my physician for an annual wellness check, I have some blood work done before our visit and fill out a health risk assessment. Other than having my blood pressure taken, the doctor talks to me but does no other physical exam. My heart is not listened to, and no part of my body is touched ...

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

Leaving dogs outside overnight

DEAR DIDI: I am hoping you can help solve a disagreement that my husband and I have been having. We love your column and your answer will be our 'tiebreaker' of sorts. My husband thinks our dog should spend nights outside in the yard to protect our home. I feel sorry for him and want him in the house but my husband says I baby him too much. What do you think? Caring Mom in Manteca, CA

July 05, 2016 | Didi McElroy | Other Views

Brexit, Clinton and the political barrage to come

I predicted it.

July 02, 2016 | | Other Views

Trump & the free traders

In Tuesday's indictment of free trade as virtual economic treason, The Donald has really set the cat down among the pigeons.

July 01, 2016 | | Other Views

Manteca doesn’t need master plans

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

July 01, 2016 | | Other Views

Embracing socialism despite track record

One of life's enduring mysteries is why the left - against overwhelming evidence to the contrary - insists on more taxation, more government spending and more government control over the private sector. Europe's socialism has, over the last several decades, generated few private sector jobs and lags in growth when compared to the United States with its comparatively lighter hand of government.

June 30, 2016 | | Other Views

Fascists against freedom, unite Fascists against freedom, unite

Everyone expects neo-Nazis to be thuggish and simpleminded. They're losers who need a movement that tells them they are winners, so they troll for grievances and battles from which they can emerge as both morally superior and victims.

June 30, 2016 | | Other Views

Court case shows need for change in state law

There was a recent case before the Stockton court involving a local grower who employed a man for over 20 years whom we will call John. John was a good worker. John did, however, drink too much and too often. As a result John had ongoing domestic problems with his wife, including an incident in which he chased her through an orchard in the middle of the night. Another time the grower's office manager had to take in John's wife and children because they were afraid to go home. Numerous other incidents of spousal abuse followed.

June 28, 2016 | | Other Views

Nike welcomes you to Half Dome

Imagine painstakingly making up your way up the cables of Yosemite National Park's famous Half Dome peak - only to see swooshes and slogans encouraging you to "Just Do It."

June 28, 2016 | | Other Views

After Brexit, a Trump path to victory

Some of us have long predicted the breakup of the European Union. The Cousins appear to have just delivered the coup de grace.

June 28, 2016 | | Other Views

Drafting our daughters

Ever since Donald Trump effectively won the Republican presidential nomination by decisively defeating Ted Cruz in the Indiana primary, Congressional Republicans led by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have engaged in unseemly public hand-wringing about whether they will or will not accept the people's choice. Unwilling to support the positions that Trump campaigned on - reducing immigration, adopting a pro-American trade policy, and returning education to the local level - Speaker Ryan dusted off his own policy agenda and promised to roll out a series of position papers to compete with those of the presumptive nominee.

June 27, 2016 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY | Other Views

Exercise can give insufficient vein valves a leg up

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 69-year-old woman in excellent health. I take valsartan and doxazosin for high blood pressure. I am concerned because I have developed swelling in my left foot and ankle, with none at all in the right foot. Until now, I have never had any foot or ankle swelling, even in the hottest weather or during long periods of standing.

June 26, 2016 | | Other Views

What is right 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 Great Dane and a chihuahua. -Stumped in Manteca

June 26, 2016 | | Other Views

Dems’ selective outrage about lenient sentences

Los Angeles Assistant District Attorney Michele Hanisee was gobsmacked when California lawmakers raged against the light sentence meted out to a former Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting a woman while she was passed out behind a campus trash bin. Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Brock Turner, 20, to six months in jail - he's likely to serve a mere three months - as well as three years of probation and a lifetime on the sex offender registry. Outraged at this headline-grabbing punishment, 16 Democratic Assembly members and senators wrote to Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen urging him to ...

June 25, 2016 | | Other Views

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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

How Trump wins the debate

On one of my first trips to New Hampshire in 1991, to challenge President George H. W. Bush, I ran into Sen. Eugene McCarthy.

September 23, 2016 | | Other Views

Memo to GOP ‘Never Trumpers’: Reagan isn’t rising from the dead

A "never Trump" friend I've known since law school writes:

September 22, 2016 | | Other Views

Union-made miracle on the Hudson

In their ongoing, all-out assault to crush labor unions, corporate forces have fabricated a cultural myth to undermine popular support for labor: Unions, they insist ...

September 22, 2016 | | Other Views

Preying on our paychecks

Labor Day should be a time for Americans to celebrate the economic achievements of workers with barbecues and beach trips. But with U.S. corporations ...

September 21, 2016 | | Other Views

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