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Romance trumps process

San Francisco changed America. When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom opened City Hall to same-sex marriages during the 2004 Winter of Love, he had determined to "put a human face on discrimination." The long line of couples eager to tie the knot appealed to the public's romantic side. When two people are in love and want to commit to each other for the rest of their lives, activists asked, how can the government say no?

July 01, 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.

June 30, 2015 | | Other Views


Obamacare economics

The judicial decision to uphold all of the president's health care subsidies may be very disappointing, but the economics of Obamacare are far worse than whatever constitutional mistakes have been committed by the Supreme Court.

June 29, 2015 | | Other Views


Love & hate in Dixie

"I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you."

June 27, 2015 | | Other Views


Meaning of Charleston

Almost immediately after a white killer gunned down nine black worshippers at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, out came the politics.

June 26, 2015 | | Other Views


Metformin can cause night sweats

DEAR DR. ROACH: As a preventive measure for prediabetes, my doctor recommended I take 500 mg of metformin twice a day (morning and evening). I have been following this regimen for two months. The same day I started the medication, my night sweats started up again, with a vengeance. On the metformin, my quality of sleep was negatively affected by four to five episodes of bad hot flashes every night. Since hot flashes/night sweats were not mentioned as a side effect either by my doctor or on the information pamphlet, I notified my doctor. He suggested stopping the metformin ...

June 25, 2015 | | Other Views


Suicide bill: A natural death?

When SB 128, which would legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, passed the California Senate, supporters hailed the measure's success as a sign of its inevitability. And what Democrat in this heavily left-leaning Legislature wants to be on - say it slowly - The Wrong Side of History?

June 25, 2015 | | Other Views


Who do you side with?

There's nothing as depressing as asking young people whether they plan to participate in the election and hearing them tell you they have no idea which candidate to be for or what the differences are or, worse, that it doesn't matter. What do you do with such a person? Can you really force someone to sit down and read a voter's guide? And what would they learn if they did? Probably more about what's wrong with their opponents than what's right about their candidates.

June 24, 2015 | | Other Views


Church shooter & capital punishment

It is fitting, if late, that South Carolina's political leaders seem ready to evict the Confederate flag from the grounds of their state Capitol in response to the vile shooting that left nine African-Americans dead in Charleston's Emanuel AME Church last week. In a Monday news conference while flanked by Democrats and fellow Republicans, Gov. Nikki Haley noted that many in the Palmetto State see the Confederate flag as a tribute to their Southern roots but said, "Today we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it's time to ...

June 24, 2015 | | Other Views


Powerful acne medication effective, risky

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 18-year-old daughter at college has severe acne that has not improved with OTC or prescribed topical treatments. Her dermatologists discussed the option of oral treatments, including the drug isotretinoin, which can have severe side effects.

June 23, 2015 | | Other Views


How much diversity?

In his seventh year of "fundamentally transforming the United States of America," as Barack Obama memorably promised five days before he was elected president, we're learning new details about thousands of immigrants who were released from custody after being convicted of serious violent felonies and horrific sex crimes. Instead of doing his duty to keep bad people out of America (or remove them if they manage to sneak in), Obama is bringing us even more diversity by accepting thousands of refugees from terrorist-harboring countries such as Syria and Somalia.

June 22, 2015 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Odd bedfellows for liberty

Let's now praise a threesome of odd bedfellows: a Democratic ex-senator, an exiled American citizen, and a current Republican senator.

June 22, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Antacid-cancer link maybe not what you think

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is it true that someone who takes antacids every day is more likely to get cancer of the esophagus? -- D.R.

June 22, 2015 | | Other Views


SUSPENDING LICENSES

Everyone has a story: The time an unlicensed driver rear-ended me. The time an unlicensed driver ran a red light and killed a co-worker's dog as her husband was walking the dog in a crosswalk. It seems as if there are so many unlicensed drivers in California that authorities are not capable of deterring the unlicensed from getting behind the wheel.

June 20, 2015 | | Other Views


Capitol Hill dishes out poverty wages

In 2008 Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein declared: "There are parts of government that can be run like a business and should be run like a business."

June 20, 2015 | | Other Views


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THE ‘WOMAN PROBLEM’

"He's so cute," the young woman said to me, explaining her support for Bernie Sanders.

April 11, 2016 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Homeopathic remedies no better than placebo for postnasal drip

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have nonstop postnasal drip. A Web search led me to a site selling homeopathic remedies that they claim are safe, natural ...

April 10, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


HEROIN USERS

Larry Campbell, a former cop and former mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia, was appalled as he came to San Francisco to advocate a bill that ...

April 09, 2016 | | Other Views


Can GOP get together in Cleveland?

After winning only six delegates in Wisconsin, and with Ted Cruz poaching delegates in states he has won, like Louisiana, Donald Trump either wins on ...

April 09, 2016 | | Other Views


HBO’s Mapplethorpe fetish

HBO shocked the world on April 4 by unveiling a 100-minute documentary honoring the legacy and legislative career of Sen. Jesse Helms.

April 08, 2016 | | Other Views


Great American Plane Robbery

If you take the word "free" and rip the "r" out of it, what do you get?

April 08, 2016 | | Other Views


What Trump has wrought

As Wisconsinites head for the polls, our Beltway elites are almost giddy. For they foresee a Badger State bashing for Donald Trump, breaking his momentum ...

April 06, 2016 | | Other Views


National Billboard Association?

Billboards must be living creatures, for they appear to propagate like breeding rabbits.

April 05, 2016 | | Other Views


Tabloid trashing Cruz

The National Enquirer's name in journalism is synonymous with factually unsupported drivel of the lowest kind. It is a sacred truth that no responsible ...

April 04, 2016 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Sundowning may be a response to one’s environment

DEAR DR. ROACH: Can you explain what sundown syndrome is? My mother is 96 and has been diagnosed with it, but said they could do ...

April 03, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


REPUBLICAN RUCKUS

The Wisconsin primary could be an axle-breaking speed bump on Donald Trump's road to the nomination.

April 02, 2016 | | Other Views


The streets of San Francisco

"Sometimes I think we're so liberal that we're OK stepping over dead people on our sidewalks," Daniel Bergerac of the Castro Merchants Association ...

April 02, 2016 | | Other Views


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