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January often best month to file for Social Security

I write a column similar to this one about this time every year. But I don't mind plagiarizing myself because it contains a very important message for people planning to retire in 2016.

January 01, 2016 | Tom MARGENAU | Other Views

Cultural winners & losers

ABC News devoted a fluffy two-hour special to the year in review, studying the news and pop culture.

December 30, 2015 | | Other Views

Is the West disintegrating?

On Jan. 1, 2002, the day that euro coins and banknotes entered into circulation, my column, "Say Goodbye to the Mother Continent," contained this pessimistic prognosis:

December 29, 2015 | | Other Views

Bill wrote the book for Trump

After lamenting Donald Trump's "penchant for sexism" last week, Hillary Clinton announced to supporters that her former-president husband - her "not-so-secret weapon" -will be hitting the campaign trail for her in January. Characteristically, in all capital letters, Trump struck back on Twitter, where he observed Bill Clinton himself has "demonstrated a penchant for sexism." The it-only-hurts-when-you-laugh part about this tiff is that The Donald and Bubba have so much in common.

December 29, 2015 | | Other Views

A tale of 2 tragedies

In October 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

December 27, 2015 | Larry Elder | Other Views

Trans-Pacific Trade scam

Last spring, President Barack Obama got downright crabby about people criticizing the mammoth Trans-Pacific Partnership he's trying to sell to Congress and the public.

December 27, 2015 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views

Frequent bowel movements without pain

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 77-year-old female in good health. I am 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weigh 125 pounds. I exercise regularly and eat a varied, healthy diet. For some years now, I have had what I consider too many bowel movements every day. I have complained to my doctor at my yearly checkups, but nothing ever gets resolved except for the diagnosis of IBS. My last doctor recommended I take Metamucil, and that helps in the passage, but not the frequency. Upon arising in the mornings, I have two to four good-size bowel movements without fail ...

December 27, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

The value of DNA testing for your dog

DEAR DIDI: You did such a wonderful job mediating between my family and our dog. The overall change in our household is no short of a Christmas miracle in our opinion. I wonder if our situation is more common than we know. Please share our story to maybe help someone else out there that doesn't have the benefit of your wisdom. -Family finally at peace in Stockton

December 27, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


1) Polls show that, by a large margin, Americans feel we're on the wrong track, both economically and as to foreign policy. Yet none of you offers any criticism of President Barack Obama, who has been in charge for the last seven years. Why, then, should Americans believe that four more years, under your leadership, would be any different from the last seven?

December 26, 2015 | | Other Views

Yes, Virginia . . .

The following is reprinted from the editorial page of the New York Sun. The editorial first appeared in 1897.

December 23, 2015 | | Other Views

Hillary Clinton got what?

"Schlonged." That is what Donald Trump said Monday night, referring to President Obama's victory over Hillary Clinton, the former senator and secretary of state, in the long battle for the 2008 presidential nomination. Appearing at a rally in Michigan, Donald Trump rallied his crowd by saying this: "She was favored to win, and she got schlonged."

December 23, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views

Islam and the West:

"I worry greatly that the rhetoric coming from the Republicans, particularly Donald Trump, is sending a message to Muslims here ... and ... around the world, that there is a 'clash of civilizations.'"

December 21, 2015 | | Other Views

Partnering with the Devil

As a raker of muck, it's my job to root out the nefarious doings and innate immorality of the corporate creature.

December 21, 2015 | | Other Views

Trump channels McCarran

Donald Trump's presidential campaign has done it again. Speaking aboard the USS Yorktown on the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Trump called on our government to stop letting Muslims enter the United States "until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."

December 21, 2015 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY | Other Views

Fibrates not effective alternative to statins

DEAR DR. ROACH: On a number of occasions, you have written about statins and mentioned their side effects, notably muscle damage. My physician put me on a statin about seven years ago, and after only 35 days I had a frighteningly bad episode. I gave up on the statins, but they left me with permanent damage to the muscle across my waist and a muscle on my left side. My physician then put me on gemfibrozil, two pills a day 30 minutes before eating. The gemfibrozil has lowered my bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raised my good cholesterol -- with no ...

December 20, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

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Trump & the press — a death struggle

Alerting the press that he would deal with the birther issue at the opening of his new hotel, the Donald, after treating them to an ...

September 20, 2016 | | Other Views

Aquila wrong about stars & stripes

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

September 20, 2016 | | Other Views

Manteca needs to get on track

Let's face it; no one likes change, especially when we are in our comfort zone! And that's what is happening with High Speed ...

September 18, 2016 | AL MONCADA | Other Views

Is BYU the next target?

Any American who has sought refuge from politics by escaping into the world of sports realizes now that there is no escaping politics. In the ...

September 18, 2016 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views

California should legalize pot

There's a reason marijuana laws don't work: There is no compelling reason for them to work.

September 17, 2016 | | Other Views

Bibi backs Trump on Putin

Since Donald Trump said that if Vladimir Putin praises him, he would return the compliment, Republican outrage has not abated.

September 16, 2016 | | Other Views

Hillary’s ‘deplorables’? What about Hillary’s ‘generalistic’?

This political season means full employment for pundits, opinion givers, strategists and soothsayers, on cable television and via social media. It's interesting to watch ...

September 15, 2016 | | Other Views

Last Chance for ‘Deplorables’

Speaking to 1,000 of the overprivileged at an LGBT fundraiser, where the chairs ponied up $250,000 each and Barbra Streisand sang, Hillary Clinton ...

September 14, 2016 | | Other Views

Washing our hands of toxins

Some people love to hate government regulations. Many believe they're just bureaucratic barriers that waste our time. But the Food and Drug Administration just ...

September 14, 2016 | Jill Richardson | Other Views

Unhealthy political climate

Is a presidential candidate with Hillary Clinton's health problems - pneumonia now, but also for some time deep vein thrombosis and a history of blood ...

September 13, 2016 | | Other Views

What can help low-libido ladies at menopause?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I regularly see information and research for men with hormone issues (testosterone) and resulting problems with impotence, etc. I have not seen ...

September 11, 2016 | | Other Views

Tide going out on Hillary?

Were the election held today, Hillary Clinton would probably win a clear majority of the Electoral College.

September 09, 2016 | | Other Views

Donald Trump’s tall tax tales

Donald is falsely framing his economic policies as good for working families, when he's really just protecting his own wealth.

September 09, 2016 | | Other Views

Trump at a black church: What he should have said

Here's what Donald Trump, at the black church in Detroit, should have said:

September 08, 2016 | | Other Views

Trump in Mexico

Donald Trump's surprise visit to Mexico, where he met the Mexican president and discussed the many contentious issues between our two countries, reminds me ...

September 07, 2016 | | Other Views

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