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SF’s Summer of Urine

How bad is the urine situation in San Francisco? This is not a joke: Monday night, a light pole corroded by urine collapsed and crashed onto a car, narrowly missing the driver. The smell is worse than I have known since I started working for The Chronicle in 1992. It hits your nose on the BART escalator before you reach Market Street. That sour smell can bake for blocks where street people sleep wrapped in dirty blankets. I talked to Mayor Ed Lee and rode around with police to find out what can be done to clean up San Francisco.

August 09, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views

Clintons still get a pass

Donald Trump's ex-wife, Ivana, recently denied a 30-year-old allegation that Donald Trump raped her. The allegation, according to the New York Daily News, stems from the book "The Last Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump" by Harry Hurt III.

August 08, 2015 | | Other Views

Co-branding America’s wonders

While Americans celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Park Service, America's so-called "leaders" are aggressively converting these jewels of the common good into just another corporate cash cow.

August 08, 2015 | | Other Views

The ‘no shame’ debate

No one has a later term abortion because she's changed her mind about having a baby. Doctors in almost all states won't perform them for that reason; and, by the way, what kind of beasts do you think women are? Late-term abortions are tragedies, often a last resort because much-wanted babies, or their mothers, develop conditions not consistent with life.

August 06, 2015 | | Other Views

No friend to lions

More than 200,000 people have signed a petition asking the White House to cooperate with efforts to "extradite Walter Palmer" - the Minneapolis-area dentist who killed Cecil the lion - "promptly at the Zimbabwe government's request." According to reports, Palmer and/or his hunting guides lured the beloved lion out of a game reserve. Palmer then shot Cecil with a crossbow; the wounded lion lived for another 40 hours before he was dispatched with a bullet.

August 05, 2015 | | Other Views

Reader finds marital status query intrusive

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently visited an ophthalmologist. Prior to the consultation, his staff member went over a form with me, including my marital status -- single, married, divorced, widowed, partnered, etc. I've gotten questions like this in a number of doctors' offices, and it's on a form I've seen a number of times. I can understand that a gynecologist, for example, might need to know whether a patient had given birth and whether a patient is sexually active. But the question about marital status doesn't elicit that information. And why would an ophthalmologist need that information ...

August 03, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

The plot to destroy Nixon

In his new biography "Being Nixon: A Man Divided," Evan Thomas concedes a point. Richard Nixon, he writes, "was not paranoid; the press and the 'Georgetown set' really were out to get him."

August 03, 2015 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views

Erythema multiforme presents with distinctive rash

DEAR DR. ROACH: My sister broke out in a full-body rash of red, itchy blotches, and her doctor told her it was erythema multiforme. It is rare, and he sees only a few cases per year. Could you elaborate more on it -- causes, treatment, etc.? -- A.M.

August 03, 2015 | | Other Views

Dangers of car windows & dogs

DEAR DIDI: I have dogs that love to stick their noses or heads out of the car windows when they ride with me. Is that bad for them? They both are floppy eared dogs. -Concerned in Manteca, CA

August 03, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views

The sanctuary scandal

Donald Trump's unorthodox campaign has performed a public service by shining the national spotlight on the problem of "sanctuary cities," which shelter illegal aliens from deportation. The tragedy of Kate Steinle, who died in the arms of her father after being shot by an illegal alien, is that her death was preventable, yet officials have defiantly defended their sanctuary policies.

August 03, 2015 | | Other Views

Rolling up with Willie Nelson

With marijuana prohibition finally ending in states and cities across the land - including full legalization in Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. - who could be better than my friend Willie Nelson to lead the way for weed quality and social responsibility?

August 02, 2015 | | Other Views

Flogging the flag

When South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to boot the Confederate flag from State House grounds earlier this month, it was a beautiful moment - if decades late. State lawmakers finally acted out of revulsion from images of a confessed shooter posing with the Civil War relic before he shot to death nine African-American church parishioners June 17. Flag apologists lost their stomach for defending the banner as an emblem of states' rights.

August 01, 2015 | | Other Views

On Obama’s watch

Ninety-five percent of black voters in 2008 voted for then-Sen. Barack Obama. Surely a "progressive" black president would care about, empathize with and understand black America in a way no other president ever has or could, right? Exit polls from Pew Research show that 63 percent of all voters - and 65 percent of Obama voters - cited the economy as the number one reason they voted for him. Iraq was a distant second at 10 percent. Even for black Obama voters, "It's the economy, stupid."

July 31, 2015 | | Other Views

Dirty-energy supporters cower

Some of corporate America's biggest climate-change deniers - from Exxon-Mobil to the Koch Brothers - are dreading a potent storm that's gaining strength and headed right at them. It's the category-5 "Hurricane Francis," which threatens to overwhelm their flimsy ideological castles.

July 30, 2015 | | Other Views

Could Trump win?

The American political class has failed the country, and should be fired. That is the clearest message from the summer surge of Bernie Sanders and the remarkable rise of Donald Trump.

July 30, 2015 | | Other Views

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Conquistador Trump

In accepting the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto to fly to Mexico City, the Donald was taking a major risk.

September 02, 2016 | | Other Views

Those national anthem haters

The Black Lives Matter movement is two years old, so it's a little odd that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has suddenly become ...

September 02, 2016 | | Other Views

QB Colin Kaepernick’s fight against ‘racism’

Recent polls find a majority of Americans believe that "race relations," since the election of the first black president, have gotten worse, not better. Colin ...

September 01, 2016 | | Other Views

Obama churns out pardons

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, President Obama commuted the sentences of 111 federal drug offenders. In his first term, Obama endured the sting of critics like ...

September 01, 2016 | | Other Views

Federal hy-pot-crisy

For a few brief months, it looked like America might take a step closer to sanity. And then came the news: the Obama administration will ...

August 31, 2016 | | Other Views

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

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