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Loving America by finding fault with it

I was sitting on a bus one summer, chatting with a man behind me who'd worked all over the world in the U.S. foreign service. Like many conversations today, ours turned eventually to the many problems with our country.

August 08, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump is our nation’s Carcinoma

Ruben Navarrette, a national recognized syndicated writer, published a syndicated column, "Have We Lost Sight of an American Hero?" which appeared in the Ventura County Star, August 3, 2016. I had a preview of it the night before, and I asked him to please retract. But no, like all journalists out there, he rose to the occasion but unfortunately chose the wrong topic. He went after the golden opportunity, the Khans, the Gold Star parents of Army Captain Humayun S. M. Khan who gave his life for our freedom, June 8, 2004.

August 08, 2016 | AL MONCADA | Other Views


High cholesterol one risk factor among many for heart disease

DEAR DR. ROACH: My doctor recently suggested I start taking a statin. After reading some of the recent literature, it appears that statin therapy is more controversial than in the past. From my reading, 50 percent of heart attacks occur in folks with normal cholesterol levels. A re-evaluation of previous studies (such as Framingham) have shown all-cause mortality is better in folks with higher cholesterol. Since our bodies make over 80 percent of our cholesterol, it appears that those with higher levels might need those level for good health. And it seems many of the degenerative diseases of aging occur ...

August 07, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Laser lights & your family dog

DEAR DIDI: I have an 8 month old black lab. She has so much energy. We read your column faithfully each week and value your opinion. My son likes to play laser light with Sassy and she is nuts for the game. Our vet mentioned that laser light play isn't good for her eyes. What do you think? - Lathrop Dog Mommy

August 07, 2016 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


They take your assets, then let you beg to get them back

Republican political consultant Mike Madrid isn't used to getting calls from the ACLU, and yet he has found himself working with the civil liberties group because some practices are so egregious that Republicans and Democrats should have no trouble finding common cause. The issue is civil asset forfeiture - also known as "policing for profit." The federal government can seize your property, and the only way you can get it back is to prove you are not guilty of a crime. California law prohibits local authorities from permanently seizing most property without a conviction, but there's a loophole in ...

August 06, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump’s road still open

At stake in 2016 is the White House, the Supreme Court, the Senate and, possibly, control of the House of Representatives.

August 05, 2016 | | Other Views


Where is the ‘Hillary lied, people died’ crowd?

The same clueless nitwits who, with no evidence, cried "Bush lied, people died!" are now ignoring overwhelming evidence of Hillary Clinton's violation of the Espionage Act and how that behavior imperiled national security. In George W. Bush's case, there is zero evidence of a "lie." In Clinton's case, as to a violation of the Espionage Act, her violation is clear-cut.

August 04, 2016 | | Other Views


Media’s convention tilt is unmissable — again

It's an ironclad principle. Media coverage of the quadrennial Republican and Democratic conventions is a laboratory exercise to demonstrate how shamelessly partisan our political reporters truly are.

August 03, 2016 | | Other Views


Is Libertarian ticket serious?

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor, and his running mate, Bill Weld, a former Massachusetts governor, bill themselves as the "credible alternative to ClinTrump." The two former GOP governors, who won re-election in bluish states, have a bounce in their step on the campaign trail. "Give us one term, America, and if after four years you decide you don't like peace, prosperity and freedom, you can always vote a Trump or a Hillary back into office again," Johnson mugs in a campaign video.

August 03, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump: Peace candidate?

With Democrats howling that Vladimir Putin hacked into and leaked those 19,000 DNC emails to help Trump, the Donald had a brainstorm: Maybe the Russians can retrieve Hillary Clinton's lost emails.

August 02, 2016 | | Other Views


Populism Republicans can support

What if organizers and volunteers joined forces to run a nationwide campaign to replace today's corporate-owned congress - all at once?

August 01, 2016 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


The Hillary Recession

This economy may be perilously close to recession. That was the message of the second-quarter real GDP report and its meager 1.2 percent growth rate.

August 01, 2016 | Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


Can’t make this stuff up

Mercifully the political conventions for the two parties are over for this laughable partisan brouhaha season which the electorate is forced to endure every four years.

July 31, 2016 | CHUCK ROOTS | Other Views


Who’s your mommy?

Hillary Clinton's advantage going into the final evening of the Democratic National Convention was her nonstop determination. The former first lady and secretary of state never gave up on her bid to become the first female American president. Unlike Donald Trump, she didn't just stumble into the nomination. She reached the spotlight through "steady leadership" - a euphemism for plodding on after personal scandal on an epic scale and a painful election loss in 2008.

July 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Philadelphia vs. Cleveland: Divided we stand in USA

Wednesday was the best night of Hillary Clinton's campaign.

July 29, 2016 | | Other Views


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The powerless president

Donald Trump is learning a lesson he should have known during the campaign. Being president is not like being the host of "Celebrity Apprentice" or ...

March 20, 2017 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Essential thrombocythemia comes with bleeding risk

DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently, I was diagnosed with essential thrombocythemia. The recommended treatment is the drug hydroxyurea because I turned 60 this past year and ...

March 19, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Crates for dogs aren’t cruel per se

Dear Didi: Isn't it cruel to crate a dog? -dog lover in Lathrop

March 19, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


ACA: GOP has to practice bipartisanship within itself

The good should never be the evil of the perfect. House Speaker Paul Ryan's health care bill is a very good first step. Massive ...

March 17, 2017 | | Other Views


Same remarks: Obama got kudos, Ben Carson called ‘Uncle Tom’

Ben Carson, in a speech before employees of Housing and Urban Development, the department he now runs, likened slaves to "immigrants": "That's what America ...

March 16, 2017 | | Other Views


The President is fooling himself

Some people who attain high public office grow in their position of trust. Some, however, just bloat.

March 16, 2017 | | Other Views


Hiding the media’s disapproval rating

The latest poll by USA Today and Suffolk University carried some eye-opening numbers about public disapproval of the media's aggressive attempts to run the ...

March 15, 2017 | | Other Views


My doctor says there’s a guideline for my treatment – but is it right for me?

Health care guidelines are produced in ever-increasing numbers. The National Guideline Clearinghouse, a U.S.-based public website compiling summaries of "clinical practice" (health care ...

March 12, 2017 | MELISSA J. ARMSTRONG | Other Views


After 15 years, it’s time to drop the nicotine gum habit

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have chewed nicotine gum for 15 years with tea or coffee. What are the dangers? -- V.B.

March 12, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


ABC’s gay propaganda flop

They say network television is a profit-oriented business, but that's obviously not the case when it clashes with Hollywood's sexual politics. Last week ...

March 12, 2017 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Can’t turn the page

"A lot of people are upset when I talk about Mexican child rapes, Muslims clitorectomies, Muslim honor killings…white people don't do that. America ...

March 11, 2017 | Al Moncada | Other Views


Obamacare can’t be ‘fixed’

The moment Republicans bought into the notion that Obamacare must not just be repealed but "replaced," Democrats won. Democrats argue that health care is a ...

March 09, 2017 | | Other Views


Trump’s speech wasn’t moderate

The president's obsession with Muslims and immigrants gives cover to a simmering white nationalist movement at home.

March 09, 2017 | | Other Views


ACA: It’s only my health

I'm one of the 27 percent of Americans with a pre-existing medical condition.

March 06, 2017 | OLIVIA ALPERSTEIN | Other Views


Optimism reigned in first Trumps address to Congress

The mark of great presidents is optimism -- visionary optimism and transformational optimism. During Tuesday night's remarkable speech before Congress, President Donald Trump was brimming ...

March 06, 2017 | Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


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