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Europe’s future on the line

The terrorist who hijacked a truck in Berlin and ran over and killed 12 people, maiming and wounding 48 more, in that massacre in the Christmas market, has done more damage than he could imagine.

December 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Terrorists wage war on Christmas

2016 hasn't been a hot year for discussions of a rhetorical war on Christmas in our malls or public schools. Maybe we've tuned out the secular hostility in our culture. We've gone from banning Linus reading from the Gospel of Luke to banning Christmas to banning Santa Claus to banning even the thought of a holiday, since it might not be for others.

December 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump Team reaches out to Marine vet ‘out of ammo’

Last week, I received this email from Rennae:

December 22, 2016 | | Other Views


Crony capitalism and Rick Perry

Rick Perry has taken quite a tumble since being governor of Texas. He was a twice-failed GOP presidential wannabe and then ended up being a rejected contestant on Dancing with the Stars, the television show for has-been celebrities.

December 22, 2016 | | Other Views


The real saboteurs of a Trump foreign policy

The never-Trumpers are never going to surrender the myth that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hacking of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee to defeat Clinton and elect Donald Trump.

December 20, 2016 | | Other Views


When it is too cold to walk an indoor dog?

DEAR DIDI: We have a male pitbull that is 3 years old. He is gray colored and a mostly indoor dog. We take a 2 mile walk every morning before I go to work. This means we begin our walks around 6:30 a.m. and we both enjoy it immensely. My wife is concerned that it is too cold in the mornings now to take him for a walk. She points out that I wear gloves, a coat, and a scarf but the dog is "naked". He does have very short hair. Do I need to halt our walks ...

December 18, 2016 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Lightheadedness may be due to ‘pacemaker syndrome’

DEAR DR. ROACH: In October 2014, I had my aortic valve replaced, and a pacemaker was put in. I was put on 100 mg of metoprolol daily -- then 50 mg, then 25 mg. I have been off this medicine for six months.

December 18, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


The people of San Joaquin County have spoken; let’s hope state regulators will listen

The mission of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is to balance water allocation and water quality protection for California. With its latest river flows proposal, the SWRCB does neither.

December 17, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump is taking on Wall Street

Actor Jack Nicholson says he finally understood the meaning of the word irony when his mother called him an SOB.

December 17, 2016 | | Other Views


Foreign meddling in our vote? It’s simply payback time for USA

Even in an election year as shot through with conspiracy theories as this one, it would have been hard to imagine a bigger bombshell than Russia intervening to help Donald Trump. But that's exactly what the CIA believes happened, or so unnamed "officials brief on the matter" told the Washington Post.

December 16, 2016 | | Other Views


Power of the President

For decades, political science students have been taught the late Richard Neustadt's battle-tested maxim that the power of the president is the power to persuade. I don't think he ever imagined Twitter, and he certainly didn't imagine a Donald Trump in the White House. What for decades looked like a challenge requiring skill and leadership turns out to require nothing more than a Twitter account and a nation of followers.

December 15, 2016 | | Other Views


Rangel doesn’t blame ‘whitelash’

Donald Trump once called the Rev. Al Sharpton "a con man," meaning that Sharpton plays the race card less out of sincerity and more as a method to make demands and extract concessions.

December 14, 2016 | | Other Views


A general misunderstanding

Last week's media chew toy involved the number of former generals President-elect Donald J. Trump has nominated for his cabinet. The ABC News website announced Trump "would have the most generals in the White House since World War II." What is that near-record number? Two. Yes, a whopping two among 14 announced cabinet-level picks.

December 14, 2016 | | Other Views


Will Trump defy McCain?

When word leaked that Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, a holder of the Order of Friendship award in Putin's Russia, was Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, John McCain had this thoughtful response:

December 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Our one-party state

Donald J. Trump did America a huge favor by winning the White House in November. If Hillary Clinton had won, there would have been little stopping America from turning into a one-party country - a national political equivalent of California. As it is, California is turning into San Francisco, where outsiders stand zero chance of penetrating the liberal-only wall that surrounds City Hall.

December 09, 2016 | | Other Views


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Getting dogs to change their ‘business’ habits

Dear Didi: My husband and I adopted a 4 year old dog from the animal shelter and we named him Max. He is very sweet ...

January 22, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


And then I cried

I made it through election night, and the morning after, and the endless portmortems. I kept reminding myself of what Hillary Clinton said at the ...

January 20, 2017 | | Other Views


New president, new world

"Don't Make Any Sudden Moves" is the advice offered to the new president by Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, which has ...

January 20, 2017 | | Other Views


Trump ‘disrespects’ the intel community?

President Barack Obama and his team still engage in a hissy fit over Donald Trump's questioning Obama's place of birth. To even raise ...

January 19, 2017 | | Other Views


Inaugural address or rally?

At nearly 3 a.m. on Nov. 9, Donald J. Trump spoke to the world after TV networks declared him the victor in the presidential ...

January 17, 2017 | | Other Views


Hollywood vs. ‘fascist’ election

Critics of the Hollywood left chuckled when Hillary Clinton lost the election. Those dramatic videos full of celebrity ardor for the Clintons flopped. Rarely has ...

January 17, 2017 | | Other Views


King’s Dream still isn’t reality

Not long ago, I saw a comment on an online article about the rise in protests for black civil rights. "We gave you a president ...

January 16, 2017 | | Other Views


Reagan and Trump: American nationalists

Since World War II, the two men who have most terrified this city by winning the presidency are Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.

January 16, 2017 | | Other Views


Enemies see an opening

"Fake news!" roared Donald Trump, the work of "sick people."

January 13, 2017 | | Other Views


Living wage, minimum wage both wrongheaded

What future will America have when so many of her citizens lack the ability to engage in critical thinking, refuse to connect the dots, and ...

January 11, 2017 | | Other Views


Can speculation be defined as news?

At the dawn of 2017, let us offer a philosophical question for the news media. If the scourge of the new year is "fake news ...

January 10, 2017 | | Other Views


Freedom of association is great ... for liberals

The secular-left website Slate recently warned on Twitter that "'Religious Freedom' legislation will be everywhere in 2017." "Religious freedom" is in scare quotes, a warning ...

January 10, 2017 | | Other Views


Dangers of big philanthropy

It's the season of giving.

January 10, 2017 | | Other Views


Man without a mandate

It's hard to patch together a mandate out of an election that most pollsters believe could have been won, maybe even easily, by another ...

January 09, 2017 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Laser treatments ‘probably not effective’ against nerve damage

DEAR DR. ROACH: Due to diabetes and radiation treatments for prostate cancer, I have nerve damage to both feet. I was on was Lyrica, and ...

January 08, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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