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The bad end-of-life bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown convened a special session of the Legislature to fix a $1 billion shortfall in health care funding - and the bill the Legislature sent to his desk would legalize physician-assisted suicide.

September 15, 2015 | | Other Views


Was case of ‘bird lung’ an allergy or infection?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was a very active, healthy, young 68-year-old until March, when I was hospitalized for two weeks for bilateral pneumonia. I was told by the doctors at the hospital that it would take four to six weeks to get my health back. However, I experienced shortness of breath and bouts of coughing for months, and insisted on seeing a specialist three weeks ago. A CT scan and bronchoscopy showed symptoms typical of bird lung. We had a cockatiel for 17 years!

September 13, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Newsom is no Kim Davis

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee complained on ABC's "This Week" that both Gavin Newsom and Kim Davis broke marriage laws but there's a double standard. The GOP presidential hopeful put it this way: "You've got Democrats who ignored the law when it was the law to have traditional marriage. Gavin Newsom, in San Francisco as mayor, performed same-sex weddings even though it was illegal. Did he ever get put in jail? He most certainly did not."

September 11, 2015 | | Other Views


The Lesson of Kim Davis

Raising her arms in a sign of victory, Kim Davis - the now-famous Kentucky clerk who was jailed for contempt when she refused to obey a court order that she (and every clerk in the state) issue licenses to same-sex couples - was released from jail this week. Her freedom came not because the district judge concluded she was right, but because Davis' office deputies were in fact granting licenses consistent with the court order in her absence.

September 11, 2015 | | Other Views


The Lesson of Kim Davis

Raising her arms in a sign of victory, Kim Davis - the now-famous Kentucky clerk who was jailed for contempt when she refused to obey a court order that she (and every clerk in the state) issue licenses to same-sex couples - was released from jail this week. Her freedom came not because the district judge concluded she was right, but because Davis' office deputies were in fact granting licenses consistent with the court order in her absence.

September 10, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Newsom is no Kim Davis

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee complained on ABC's "This Week" that both Gavin Newsom and Kim Davis broke marriage laws but there's a double standard. The GOP presidential hopeful put it this way: "You've got Democrats who ignored the law when it was the law to have traditional marriage. Gavin Newsom, in San Francisco as mayor, performed same-sex weddings even though it was illegal. Did he ever get put in jail? He most certainly did not."

September 10, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Chikungunya not likely cause of chronic diarrhea

DEAR DR. ROACH: In January 2014, I was bitten by a mosquito in the Caribbean and came down with the Chikungunya virus, which I still have. I took naproxen for about three months for the Chikungunya from April to July 2014. In August, I started having chronic diarrhea, which continues to this day. I have approximately three watery diarrhea attacks per day and must go to the bathroom ASAP three to four times over the period of an hour or two, with each attack.

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


Trump’s no outlier

There are those who would have you believe that Donald Trump is an aberration among Republican presidential contenders - the black sheep uncle who shows up half-drunk at family gatherings, insults the guests, scandalizes the women, and otherwise brings dishonor to the clan.

September 09, 2015 | | Other Views


Bond never stopped agitating

The late civil rights activist Julian Bond, who passed away last month, lived his life as a tireless champion of the oppressed and maligned, a battle-worn warrior for civil rights, equality, and social justice. Bond fought the good fight, and at the still-youthful age of 75, he completed his course.

September 09, 2015 | | Other Views


Islam’s conquest of Europe

"Liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide," wrote James Burnham in his 1964 "Suicide of the West."

September 07, 2015 | | Other Views


Escape hatch for corporate cons

"Do the crime, do the time," goes the old saying.

September 07, 2015 | | Other Views


The risk and reward of blood sugar control goals

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read about a follow-up study on the ACCORD population that showed that after a few years of follow-up, people in the tight blood-sugar-control arm had fewer heart attacks and need for stents. Can you comment on this? I want to know if I should keep my A1c lower. -- S.B.

September 06, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Dog behaves in class, not at home

DEAR DIDI: I have a 5 year old Standard Poodle. We have taken many AKC classes and he always excels in a class environment. He has titles and graduates with honors. His behavior at home, however, is not exemplary. We are not sure how this is possible or what to do about it. -Stumped in Manteca

September 06, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


GOP whiffs again on health care

In advice to baseball rookies, Hall of Fame star Ted Williams said: "If you don't think too good, don't think too much."

September 06, 2015 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


JORGE RAMOS

One can be excused if he thought he witnessed a heckler, not a reporter, being ejected from a recent Donald Trump press conference.

September 06, 2015 | Larry Elder | Other Views


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MARY LOU HOFFMAN

Home is where the heart is, so goes the old adage. For Mary Lou Hoffman, education comes a close second to a home. Her heart ...

January 18, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Other Views


St. Anthony offers scholarships to help secure a Catholic education

St. Anthony of Padua School has a number of scholarships that could help financially challenged parents secure a Catholic education for their children.

January 18, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Other Views


Wolf packs returning to California

Last summer a trail camera's recorded photos of the first wolf pack in California in almost 100 years.

January 17, 2016 | Don MOYER | Other Views


Farmers brace for shortage despite El Nino

FRESNO (AP) - Farmers in California's fertile San Joaquin Valley are bracing to receive no irrigation water from a federal system of reservoirs and canals ...

January 17, 2016 | SCOTT SMITH | Other Views


What Is Ldl Cholesterol?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently saw an article about how higher cholesterol levels (especially LDL) actually contribute to a longer life. I think that means ...

January 17, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Can you spare a dime for a CEO?

Wall Street buccaneer Carl Icahn has pocketed billions for his himself over the years. But now he says he's passionate about helping others.

January 16, 2016 | | Other Views


GOP family values

God help me. I have come to appreciate why some Republican voters like Donald Trump. It's because he embodies New York in all its ...

January 16, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Lights shining brightly at SSA

About a month ago, I wrote a column about possible declining service at the Social Security Administration. I pointed out that I get frequent emails ...

January 15, 2016 | | Other Views


1936: Rabbit hunt drive planned

100 years ago

January 15, 2016 | | Other Views


Memoir: Covering MLK & family

1964

January 15, 2016 | KATHRYN JOHNSON | Other Views


LIP SERVICE

There are two ways to talk up bipartisanship. You can give the notion lip service. You can lament its loss in modern politics. You can ...

January 15, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Proctalgia fugax, literal pain in the rear

DEAR DR. ROACH: I hope you can help me. I have a pain that I would be embarrassed to share, in my small town, with ...

January 14, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


DONALD TRUMP

To Republicans who are livid, fearful, anxious and/or unhappy about the prospect of a Donald Trump nomination and a Donald Trump presidency, consider this.

January 14, 2016 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Red yeast rice seems promising

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read the letter from the man who took niacin to lower his cholesterol, which resulted in diabetes. I am not sure ...

January 13, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


College athletes do corporate hustle

For thrilling sports action on television, it's hard to top the sheer excitement of bowling, isn't it?

January 13, 2016 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


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