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The best bmi for a long life

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 81-year-old man in good health. I am 5 feet, 11 inches tall and now weigh 175 pounds after intentionally losing 15 pounds through a combination of diet and exercise. I feel better at this weight than I did at my former weight, but my doctor says the studies he has read show that if a person is slightly overweight, he is likely to live longer than a person who weighs less. Do you agree with his position? -- D.N.K.

August 24, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

Shielding Wall Street from bigotry

Phil Gramm, the former right-wing senator from Texas, has surprised me.

August 24, 2015 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views

Hillary: Nominee or indictee?

While perhaps too early for Democratic elites to panic and begin bailing out on Hillary Clinton's campaign as a doomed vessel, they would be well advised not to miss any of the lifeboat drills.

August 24, 2015 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views

We all need vacations

Every time the president goes on vacation, roughly half the talking heads jump all over him. They tally up how many days he's spent on vacation, or how many rounds of golf he's played since he became president, and then manage to remind us that we're not taking vacations on fancy islands in houses that rent out for a princely sum.

August 23, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views

Early satiety often due to ibs

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was successfully treated for H. pylori five years ago. I continue to have stomach pain, which has been diagnosed as gastritis. For the past three weeks, when I eat even a small amount of food, I feel extremely full and bloated for hours.

August 23, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

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 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


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


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

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The Clinton Foundation fiasco

The Clinton Foundation has become a serious problem for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Everyone knows the Clintons made a mockery of the promises they made ...

August 31, 2016 | | Other Views

No learning from mistakes

Some people do not learn from their mistakes. Anthony Weiner is one. The husband of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin resigned from Congress in 2011 ...

August 30, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views

Their war, not ours

The debacle that is U.S. Syria policy is today on naked display.

August 30, 2016 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views

Help for IBS

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 92 and in exceptional health. I have irritable bowel syndrome, and my digestive system goes through a cycle of constipation ...

August 29, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

Drones help farmers save every drop

LOS BANOS (AP) - A drone whirred to life in a cloud of dust, then shot hundreds of feet skyward for a bird's-eye view of ...

August 29, 2016 | SCOTT SMITH | Other Views

Foreseeable sinkhole!

There have been so many "last time" in our lives that we never paid attention too. Often we take things for granted, like the last ...

August 29, 2016 | AL MONCADA | Other Views

Lesson of ‘The Snake’

Earlier this month in Erie, Pennsylvania, Donald Trump entertained his vast crowd of supporters by reciting the lyrics to a song called "The Snake." The ...

August 29, 2016 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY | Other Views

Sweet news: Strawberry season not quite over yet

It's still strawberry season, but not for long. Several strawberry fruit stands are done for the year and are busy planting the next crop.

August 29, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Other Views

St. Anthony’s preps for harvest festival

Some things that are old are new again at St. Anthony of Padua's annual harvest festival. And a few of the attractions will be ...

August 29, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Other Views

Surgery best option for ruptured appendix

DEAR DR. ROACH: A co-worker of mine recently had a ruptured appendix. The doctors did not remove it, but instead gave him heavy doses of ...

August 28, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

Echoes of boot camp

Even though it has been nearly fifty years since I joined the United States Marine Corps, the memories, shared experiences with my fellow recruits, and ...

August 28, 2016 | CHUCK ROOTS | Other Views

Don’t kill death penalty

Opponents of California's death penalty have been highly successful at thwarting executions since the state resumed executions in 1992 after a 20-year hiatus. Their ...

August 27, 2016 | | Other Views

Is Comedy Central racist?

Comedy Central frustrated racial bean counters across America when it abruptly canceled "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" for the obvious reason: It "hasn't ...

August 27, 2016 | | Other Views

Lots of smoke, Hillary

Prediction: If Hillary Clinton wins, within a year of her inauguration, she will be under investigation by a special prosecutor on charges of political corruption ...

August 26, 2016 | | Other Views

Hidden homeless population

Most children in the United States spend their school days dreaming of their next birthday party or worrying whether they're popular enough. Not America ...

August 26, 2016 | | Other Views

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