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Donald drives the debate

"If it weren't for me," Donald Trump told the Fox News moderators at the first Republican presidential debate, "you wouldn't even be talking about illegal immigration." The record-breaking audience of 24 million, which is 10 times Fox's usual nightly viewership, had to agree.

August 20, 2015 | | Other Views


Immigration: Issue of century

"Trump's immigration proposals are as dangerous as they are stunning," railed amnesty activist Frank Sharry.

August 19, 2015 | | Other Views


Backing Hard Knocks University

In the 1960s, I attended the University of North Texas. It was a public school blessed with good teachers and an educational culture focused on enabling us students to become socially useful citizens. And it was affordable - with close-to-free tuition and a part-time job, I could get a good education, gain experience in everything from work to civic activism, graduate in four years, and obtain a debt-free start in life.

August 19, 2015 | | Other Views


Know the tax rules for summer travel

Are you traveling for business this summer? If you're planning to take a tax deduction for your expenses, the rules may be more complicated than you think. Here's a refresher.

August 17, 2015 | Tom Vermeulen | Other Views


THE HOMELESS

The Obama Department of Justice argued last week that a Boise, Idaho, law against "public sleeping in a city without adequate shelter space constitutes criminalizing homelessness itself, in violation of the Eighth Amendment." In a statement of interest filed in federal court, the Obama administration asserted that banning sleeping and camping in public places constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment." Republican candidates, please take note.

August 17, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Shingles vaccine can prevent complications

DEAR DR. ROACH: My boyfriend, who is in his 60s, got the recommended shingles shot a couple of years ago. Three weeks ago, he got a very bad case of shingles. It went from the front of his stomach, along the left side, to the middle of his spine. He has huge blisters, a red rash, pain and no appetite, and he constantly sleeps. The doctor put him on a regimen of valacyclovir. He was told to keep the area moist to avoid cracking and pulling of the blisters and rash. I thought that if you got the shingles shot ...

August 16, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


POOPING ON WALKS

DEAR DIDI: I take my dog for a nice walk each morning while the temperatures are still cool. The other morning he was doing his business and I stood ready with poop bag in hand. However, the owner of that yard came rushing out yelling at me. I showed her my poop bag and said I was going to pick it up but she was upset that I even allowed my dog to poop and pee at all! I was a defensive mom at that point and will never walk down that street again. It did get me wondering what ...

August 16, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


California experiencing crime wave less than year after election

"The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act" isn't living up to its promise. Also known as Proposition 47, the California ballot initiative, which was approved in November 2014 with 60 percent of the vote, downgraded drug possession and many property crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor. Proponents argued that lesser punishment for low-level offenders would enhance public safety. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon was the rare prosecutor who pushed for its approval. He told the San Francisco Chronicle, "What we have been doing hasn't worked, frankly."

August 15, 2015 | | Other Views


Manteca Unified ‘train’ wreck

Ashley Drain - self-proclaimed social media mogul and school board member dealing with a repertoire of felony charges ranging from election fraud and welfare fraud to grand theft - wants more training so she can be a better Manteca Unified trustee.

August 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Other Views


IT ISN’T NEWS

The media enthusiastically remind us that it's the first anniversary of the death of Ferguson's Michael Brown, a death that spawned the so-called Black Lives Matter movement.

August 14, 2015 | | Other Views


Throwing public ed under the bus

Public ducation used to be, you know, public - an essential societal investment for the betterment of all, paid for by all through school taxes.

August 14, 2015 | | Other Views


Carly as President?

Surprise. The one woman in the crowded Republican field, Carly Fiorina, turns out to be articulate and well informed, thoughtful and independent, actually the standout in the second-tier debate and really, if you're judging, the best debater of the night.

August 12, 2015 | | Other Views


FOX TV NEWS

"Conservatives Furious at Fox, Say Trump Wasn't Treated Fairly," read the Newsmax headline Friday. Talk-radio show host Mark Levin told Breitbart News it was "outrageous" that moderator Megyn Kelly questioned Donald Trump about his coarse language - "fat pigs, dogs, slobs" - referring to women. Levin complained it was "a National Enquirer debate, not a Republican debate," with too much "opposition research." Political analyst Dick Morris detected a "disturbing" trend at Fox. The conservative blog Media Equalizer offered that many conservatives "thought they might have been watching MSNBC by mistake."

August 11, 2015 | | Other Views


Careful decision on anticoagulant use needed with patient’s history of bleedin

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 79-year-old with a question about the blood thinner Xarelto. I take it for occasional atrial fibrillation. I hear that it can be dangerous. My doctors don't seem worried, but I am. I have had rectal bleeding in the past, which wasn't serious but was scary. I can't take aspirin, so when I accidently took it in an over-the-counter cold medication, I threw up blood. Should I be worried about being on Xarelto? -- E.H.

August 10, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


From size 22 down to 14

EDITOR'S NOTE: Jeanette Balmut has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin, CalFit Manteca and CORE Athletic Performance. Balmut is keeping a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of her fitness journey.

August 10, 2015 | Jeanette Balmut | Other Views


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Will Russiagate backfire on the anti-Trump left?

The big losers of the Russian hacking scandal may yet be those who invested all their capital in a script that turned out to based ...

March 21, 2017 | | Other Views


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


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