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Full retirement age for widows

About a month ago, I wrote a column in which I explained how "full retirement age" (the age at which a person can claim 100 percent of his or her Social Security retirement benefits) is going up.

September 18, 2015 | Tom MARGENAU | Other Views


Purging America’s heroes

With that kumbayah moment at the Capitol in South Carolina, when the Battle Flag of the Confederacy was lowered forever to the cheers and tears of all, a purgation of the detestable relics of evil that permeate American public life began.

September 18, 2015 | | Other Views


Go-to guy for corporate moochers

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says he should be America's next president because he's a proven budget whacker. And yes, by golly, he's dressed down teachers, slashed funding for higher education, busted unions, and gone after welfare recipients.

September 18, 2015 | | Other Views


Trump is Herbert Hoover

Here's a historical fact that Donald Trump, and many voters attracted to him, may not know: The last American president who was a trade protectionist was Republican Herbert Hoover. Obviously that economic strategy didn't turn out so well - either for the nation or the GOP.

September 17, 2015 | | Other Views


My brush with Elon Musk

About five years ago, a close friend of mine and I had an idea for a television news program. As luck would have it, my friend had gone to high school with a guy who, at the time, just happened to be the president of NBC. We arranged to have drinks at a fancy hotel bar in Washington, just the three of us, to talk about the idea.

September 15, 2015 | | Other Views


The bad end-of-life bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown convened a special session of the Legislature to fix a $1 billion shortfall in health care funding - and the bill the Legislature sent to his desk would legalize physician-assisted suicide.

September 15, 2015 | | Other Views


Was case of ‘bird lung’ an allergy or infection?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was a very active, healthy, young 68-year-old until March, when I was hospitalized for two weeks for bilateral pneumonia. I was told by the doctors at the hospital that it would take four to six weeks to get my health back. However, I experienced shortness of breath and bouts of coughing for months, and insisted on seeing a specialist three weeks ago. A CT scan and bronchoscopy showed symptoms typical of bird lung. We had a cockatiel for 17 years!

September 13, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Newsom is no Kim Davis

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee complained on ABC's "This Week" that both Gavin Newsom and Kim Davis broke marriage laws but there's a double standard. The GOP presidential hopeful put it this way: "You've got Democrats who ignored the law when it was the law to have traditional marriage. Gavin Newsom, in San Francisco as mayor, performed same-sex weddings even though it was illegal. Did he ever get put in jail? He most certainly did not."

September 11, 2015 | | Other Views


The Lesson of Kim Davis

Raising her arms in a sign of victory, Kim Davis - the now-famous Kentucky clerk who was jailed for contempt when she refused to obey a court order that she (and every clerk in the state) issue licenses to same-sex couples - was released from jail this week. Her freedom came not because the district judge concluded she was right, but because Davis' office deputies were in fact granting licenses consistent with the court order in her absence.

September 11, 2015 | | Other Views


The Lesson of Kim Davis

Raising her arms in a sign of victory, Kim Davis - the now-famous Kentucky clerk who was jailed for contempt when she refused to obey a court order that she (and every clerk in the state) issue licenses to same-sex couples - was released from jail this week. Her freedom came not because the district judge concluded she was right, but because Davis' office deputies were in fact granting licenses consistent with the court order in her absence.

September 10, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Newsom is no Kim Davis

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee complained on ABC's "This Week" that both Gavin Newsom and Kim Davis broke marriage laws but there's a double standard. The GOP presidential hopeful put it this way: "You've got Democrats who ignored the law when it was the law to have traditional marriage. Gavin Newsom, in San Francisco as mayor, performed same-sex weddings even though it was illegal. Did he ever get put in jail? He most certainly did not."

September 10, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Chikungunya not likely cause of chronic diarrhea

DEAR DR. ROACH: In January 2014, I was bitten by a mosquito in the Caribbean and came down with the Chikungunya virus, which I still have. I took naproxen for about three months for the Chikungunya from April to July 2014. In August, I started having chronic diarrhea, which continues to this day. I have approximately three watery diarrhea attacks per day and must go to the bathroom ASAP three to four times over the period of an hour or two, with each attack.

September 10, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Trump’s no outlier

There are those who would have you believe that Donald Trump is an aberration among Republican presidential contenders - the black sheep uncle who shows up half-drunk at family gatherings, insults the guests, scandalizes the women, and otherwise brings dishonor to the clan.

September 09, 2015 | | Other Views


Bond never stopped agitating

The late civil rights activist Julian Bond, who passed away last month, lived his life as a tireless champion of the oppressed and maligned, a battle-worn warrior for civil rights, equality, and social justice. Bond fought the good fight, and at the still-youthful age of 75, he completed his course.

September 09, 2015 | | Other Views


Islam’s conquest of Europe

"Liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide," wrote James Burnham in his 1964 "Suicide of the West."

September 07, 2015 | | Other Views


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Bathroom bills’ don’t help women

The time has come for me to play my Woman Card.

June 06, 2016 | | Other Views


Are the Clintons the real housing-crash villains?

We are going to reveal the grand secret to getting rich by investing. It's a simple formula that has worked for Warren Buffett, Carl ...

June 06, 2016 | Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


Tonsil stones explained

DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you share some information about tonsil stones? I had never heard of them until I took my 15-year-old granddaughter to the ...

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


Push in Sacramento to let felons vote in jail

California lawmakers seem intent on making Sacramento the place where reasonable reforms, much like runaway trains, jump the tracks. In that no-speed-limit spirit Tuesday, the ...

June 04, 2016 | | Other Views


On income ‘inequality’

Is there a more brain-dead concept than to empower the government to fight "income inequality"? What sane, normal, rational human being thinks that human talent ...

June 02, 2016 | | Other Views


California counts for nothing

I got my absentee ballot in the mail, which reminded me: We have an election next Tuesday. The excitement is hard to bear. Oh, wait ...

June 02, 2016 | | Other Views


Will there always be an England?

In his op-ed in The Washington Post, Chris Grayling, leader of the House of Commons, made the case for British withdrawal from the European Union ...

June 01, 2016 | | Other Views


Hillary Clinton’s emails: She’s lying in plain sight

Speaking in San Francisco Thursday, Hillary Clinton told supporters that Donald Trump is not fit to be president. "He roots for himself," the former Secretary ...

May 27, 2016 | | Other Views


‘The Great White Hope’

"Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group ... death rates in this group ...

May 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Hey, Sanders supporters: All roads lead to Venezuela

When socialist Hugo Chavez became president of Venezuela after the 1998 election, he promised a path he described as "revolutionary," the same word Bernie Sanders ...

May 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Bernie needs to do the math

Math was actually my best subject, until seventh grade, when I was the only girl on the math team: As if it were on the ...

May 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Failed Republicans want to rewrite the Constitution

Did you ever wonder why unsuccessful candidates merely "suspend" their campaigns after losing a key primary instead of terminating them? Surely all those candidates know ...

May 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Says millionaire trying to take over GOP

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

May 25, 2016 | | Other Views


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