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Tonsil stones explained

DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you share some information about tonsil stones? I had never heard of them until I took my 15-year-old granddaughter to the doctor for a sore throat and she was shown one. It stayed there for about four days until it came out. -- B.H.

June 05, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Push in Sacramento to let felons vote in jail

California lawmakers seem intent on making Sacramento the place where reasonable reforms, much like runaway trains, jump the tracks. In that no-speed-limit spirit Tuesday, the California Assembly voted 41-37 to allow convicted felons to vote in jail. (Yes, you read that correctly.) If Assembly Bill 2466 becomes law, the American Civil Liberties Union estimates that 50,000 adults will be able to vote behind bars. The state doesn't trust these people on the streets, but they are welcome in the voting booth.

June 04, 2016 | | Other Views


On income ‘inequality’

Is there a more brain-dead concept than to empower the government to fight "income inequality"? What sane, normal, rational human being thinks that human talent, drive, interests and opportunity can - or should - result in equal outcomes?

June 02, 2016 | | Other Views


California counts for nothing

I got my absentee ballot in the mail, which reminded me: We have an election next Tuesday. The excitement is hard to bear. Oh, wait. There is no excitement. The ballot is still sitting in the pile on the kitchen table. I intend to fill it out because that's what good citizens should do - not because I even remotely think it will matter.

June 02, 2016 | | Other Views


Will there always be an England?

In his op-ed in The Washington Post, Chris Grayling, leader of the House of Commons, made the case for British withdrawal from the European Union -in terms Americans can understand.

June 01, 2016 | | Other Views


Hillary Clinton’s emails: She’s lying in plain sight

Speaking in San Francisco Thursday, Hillary Clinton told supporters that Donald Trump is not fit to be president. "He roots for himself," the former Secretary of State proclaimed, "and that's the type of person who should not be president of the United States." By that standard, Clinton herself has no business running to win the White House.

May 27, 2016 | | Other Views


‘The Great White Hope’

"Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group ... death rates in this group have been rising, not falling."

May 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Hey, Sanders supporters: All roads lead to Venezuela

When socialist Hugo Chavez became president of Venezuela after the 1998 election, he promised a path he described as "revolutionary," the same word Bernie Sanders uses for his "movement" to fight "income inequality."

May 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Bernie needs to do the math

Math was actually my best subject, until seventh grade, when I was the only girl on the math team: As if it were on the intercom, I heard loud and clear that girls weren't supposed to be good at math. But today I'm still proficient enough to figure out how to add up to 2,383, the number of delegates you need to win the Democratic nomination. And Hillary Clinton already has 2,305.

May 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Failed Republicans want to rewrite the Constitution

Did you ever wonder why unsuccessful candidates merely "suspend" their campaigns after losing a key primary instead of terminating them? Surely all those candidates know that it's impossible to restart a presidential campaign once it's been suspended. In the famous words of Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice Longworth, "You can't make a souffle rise twice."

May 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Says millionaire trying to take over GOP

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

May 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Is Scarborough Shoal worth spilling American blood?

If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight.

May 24, 2016 | | Other Views


Ferguson Effect by the Bay

"It's as hard right now to be a cop maybe as it's ever been," San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr to The Chronicle Editorial Board Tuesday. At the time, Suhr was resisting calls demanding that he resign. Five local protesters had given up their hunger strike to force his departure to atone for officer-involved shootings of four minority men in the previous two years. Four supervisors had jumped onto that bandwagon, but Suhr enjoyed Mayor Ed Lee's support. Until Thursday, that is, when a San Francisco cop shot and killed Jessica Williams, 29, an unarmed auto theft ...

May 24, 2016 | | Other Views


Most indebted class ever

Congratulations, college graduates! As you enter the next phase of life, you and your parents should be proud of your achievements.

May 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Male and female still matter in combat

Less than a year after the Supreme Court decided that marriage no longer needs partners of the opposite sex, the other two branches of the federal government are moving rapidly to eliminate all rational distinctions based on sex. Taken together, these new actions reflect the unscientific (but oh-so-politically correct) dogma that there are no fundamental, biological differences between male and female.

May 23, 2016 | | Other Views


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If Trump wants nuclear war, virtually no one can stop him

The general in charge of America's nuclear arsenal, John Hyten, recently said he would resist carrying out an illegal order from the president to ...

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


A backlash against ‘mixed’ foods led to the demise of a classic American dish

At the end of "Over the River and Through the Wood" – Lydia Maria Child's classic Thanksgiving poem – the narrator finally gets to his grandfather ...

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


Denying reality of liberal bias

As the media elites roll their eyes and sigh at people who deny the apparently inevitable approach of traumatic climate change, there's one category ...

November 22, 2017 | | Other Views


Best of times, worst of times

Charles Dickens opened A Tale of Two Cities, perhaps his most famous tome, with the now iconic line, "It was the best of times, it ...

November 22, 2017 | | Other Views


Nature lovers may #OptOutside on Black Friday, but . . .

While shoppers scramble for Black Friday bargains this year, outdoor retailer REI is closing its 154 U.S. stores. This is the third consecutive year ...

November 19, 2017 | MATTHEW KLINGLE | Other Views


Gastroparesis is a stomach that is too slow to empty

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been diagnosed with gastroparesis and am waiting to see a doctor who treats it. Do you have any suggestions as ...

November 12, 2017 | | Other Views


Coastal protection on edge: Challenge to preserve California’s legacy

The California coast is an edge. It's the place where 1,100 miles of shoreline meets the largest ocean on the planet. Many different ...

November 05, 2017 | Gary Griggs | Other Views


Vaccines are recommended for patients with no spleen

DEAR DR. ROACH: I had surgery last year to remove my spleen and three-fourths of my pancreas. I had numerous vaccines before and after the ...

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


Annual COLA column

Most people reading this column have probably heard the government announcement that Social Security checks will go up next year because of the automatic inflation-adjustment ...

October 21, 2017 | | Other Views


Marijuana itself not an ideal anxiety treatment option

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am hoping you can weigh in on the use of cannibidiol (hemp-derived) for managing anxiety. My son has diagnoses of major ...

October 15, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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