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How you feel is as much a guide as heart rate

DEAR DR. ROACH: I learned from the American Heart Association's website that when exercising, one should stay between 50 percent and 85 percent of his or her maximum heart rate. But my cardiologist just shrugged off this warning and said that as long as one is not out of breath, he or she doesn't have to worry about this "less than 85 percent" formula. It also intrigues me that sometimes we see people in their 70s or even 80s running marathon races. In that case these "reckless people" certainly will exceed their 85 percent MHR. Doesn't that ...

October 19, 2015 | | Other Views


Paul, steer clear of Speakership

The honor of it all aside, Rep. Paul Ryan would do well to decline the speakership of the House. For it is a poisoned chalice that is being offered to him.

October 19, 2015 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Which type of flu shot is best?

DEAR DR. ROACH: For the 2015-2016 flu season, we find a trivalent vaccine (three influenza virus), quadrivalent vaccine (four influenza virus) and high-dose trivalent recommended for seniors 65 and older. As a member of the senior group, I would like your opinion on the best choice. Why do they still supply the trivalent when the quad protects against four flu viruses? The high-dose trivalent is only for seniors, but the quad seems to be a better choice. This is confusing; please help us understand. -- J.H.

October 18, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Changing a dog’s name

DEAR DIDI: My husband and I recently adopted the most amazing dog from Pets N Pals in Lathrop, CA. We absolutely adore him but we are not fond of the name he came with. He is three years old so we worry about changing his name. What, exactly, are the repercussions if we do? New Doggy Mommy in Stockton

October 18, 2015 | | Other Views


Trump vs. Sanders

Barack Obama sought as his legacy to bring an end to the two longest wars in U.S. history. On Oct. 15, he, again, admitted failure.

October 16, 2015 | | Other Views


Reverend who won the airwaves

Toward the end of his life, civil rights champion and Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall was asked how he wanted to be remembered. "He did the best he could with what he had," Marshall replied.

October 16, 2015 | | Other Views


Comcast rolls over for Hillary

In June, Comcast executive vice president David Cohen hosted a $2,700-a-plate fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. On the first weekend in October, the NBC Universal in-kind contributions really kicked in: a star turn on "Saturday Night Live," a Sunday morning interview with Rev. Al Sharpton, and a Monday town hall meeting on the "Today" program.

October 14, 2015 | | Other Views


SF is haven for felons

As he runs for re-election in November, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon faces no opposition. The cozy position was unlikely, when you consider that Gascon arrived in the city as a pro-death penalty Republican from Arizona in 2009 after then-Mayor Gavin Newsom picked him to be chief of police. Today he's the rare prosecutor who has sent a message to career criminals in the country illegally: San Francisco will make the feds really work to deport them.

October 13, 2015 | | Other Views


Saying nuts to first class

I recently had the occasion to fly first class. As a poet and director of a small non-profit organization, this was a rare treat indeed. So why couldn't I enjoy myself?

October 11, 2015 | SARAH BROWNING | Other Views


Facing the recurrent vertigo of meniere’s disease

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife is suffering from Meniere's disease, a condition that causes, at times, severe vertigo and disorientation. Although she's never actually been diagnosed with the condition, after several months of numerous tests on her heart, brain, ears, eyes and balance, the doctors "think" it's Meniere's disease. It came upon her rather suddenly, which is another puzzling aspect of her condition.

October 11, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Who even wants to be Speaker?

Rep. Tom McClintock of California is about as conservative a Republican as you can find in Congress. As a state legislator in Sacramento, he was a well-known budget hawk. In the House, writes The Almanac of American Politics, he has been "a faithful conservative vote, though an occasionally nettlesome one to GOP leaders seeking to limit internal dissent." Former California Gov. Pete Wilson has such marked antipathy for McClintock that he took the unusual step of supporting a GOP challenger in McClintock's latest re-election bid.

October 09, 2015 | | Other Views


Perfect portrait of corporate crime

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, here's one worth a thousand times that.

October 09, 2015 | | Other Views


You are the best way to keep health care costs low

Your body is your temple.

October 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Other Views


Allure of mass murder

"Seems the more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight."

October 09, 2015 | | Other Views


Pope gets served House Specialty

With his gentle grace, disarming humility, and penchant for saying "God bless America" like he means it, Pope Francis appeared to sweep Washington off its feet. Cheering throngs accompanied his every move. The powerful and powerless alike made a fuss.

October 08, 2015 | Ryan Balbeuna | Other Views


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America for Americans

As the patriotic pageantry of Inauguration Day gave way to the demonstrations of defiance Saturday, our new America came into view. We are two nations ...

January 24, 2017 | | Other Views


Snoozing at teachers who abuse children

On Jan. 13, a judge in Houston, Texas, sentenced Alexandria Vera to 10 years in prison. Her crime? The 25-year-old teacher at Stovall Middle School ...

January 22, 2017 | | Other Views


Of reclusiveness and agoraphobia, only one is diagnosis

DEAR DR. ROACH: How does one differentiate between reclusiveness and agoraphobia? I realize both are medical terms/diagnoses. -- T.H.

January 22, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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


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