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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


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 10, 2015 | | Other Views


Phone scammers claim they’re from IRS

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

August 10, 2015 | | Other Views


More frequent, higher doses of nsaids carry greater risk of side effects

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 44-year-old man with chronic headaches and migraines. Should I worry about the long-term effects of taking an NSAID (such as diclofenac) at least once a week? -- G.W.

August 09, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Stop buying backyard bred puppies

DEAR DIDI: My husband and I have decided to get a German Shepherd puppy. Although adopting a rescue has its rewards we also feel that purebred puppies need homes. We have specific goals in mind for our potential new fur baby so raising from puppyhood seems the best way to insure we can do those things with him or her. We have not purchased a puppy from a breeder in 25 years and with the Internet and current popularity of the German Shepherd (compared to their reputation in the 70s) we are overwhelmed. Can you shed some light on the ...

August 09, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


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


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Walking dogs at times on hot days can be ill-advised

DEAR DIDI: With summer coming can you please remind people about walking their dogs at certain times of the day? -Very Concerned Dog Lover in ...

June 19, 2016 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Sierra: 40M dead trees & counting

CRESSMAN - California's drought and a bark beetle epidemic have caused the largest die-off of Sierra Nevada forests in modern history, raising fears that trees ...

June 19, 2016 | SCOTT SMITTH | Other Views


Is Islamic terror America’s future?

If the cliches hold -- nothing succeeds like success, the past is prologue -- this generation will not likely see an end to the jihadist terror that ...

June 18, 2016 | | Other Views


Hillary wants to bring back Bill

This year, despite the unnerving presidential freak show the Republicans are putting on, Hillary Clinton is the one who recently stunned me.

June 17, 2016 | | Other Views


Stanford offender got life sentence

The victim fought back with words of rage. "I thought there's no way this is going to trial; there were witnesses, there was dirt ...

June 16, 2016 | | Other Views


Islam & the West: An irreconcilable conflict?

On Saturday night, Omar Mateen was a loner and a loser.

June 14, 2016 | | Other Views


Gagging on the gig economy

No doubt you'll be thrilled to learn that we now live and work in a "gig economy."

June 13, 2016 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


What Sotomayor said was worse that Trump

Donald Trump should apologize.

June 13, 2016 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Diet, alcohol and gout

DEAR DR. ROACH: After two major bouts of gout, my husband was treated with Medrol and colchicine, and has resorted to a low-purine diet in ...

June 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Fingerprinting Is racist?

Former Attorney General Eric Holder has come out against proposals in Chicago and New Jersey to require fingerprint background checks of drivers for ride-hailing platforms ...

June 11, 2016 | | Other Views


Why Trump must not apologize

"Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl."

June 10, 2016 | | Other Views


Civics lesson needed in San Jose

"My nose is broken. I have bruises and scratches all over. I got knocked in the head a lot," Santa Clara's Juan Hernandez, 38 ...

June 09, 2016 | | Other Views


‘Self-Inflicted’ email mess

Dana Milbank and Ruth Marcus are both Yale-educated reporters-turned-columnists at The Washington Post. They view the world through the same lens. This sometimes means they ...

June 08, 2016 | | Other Views


From elephant to tortoise

As usual, the GOP primary was sewn up before California's June 7 primary. By late May, Donald Trump had the 1,237 delegates needed ...

June 08, 2016 | | Other Views


Donald & La Raza judge

Before the lynching of The Donald proceeds, what exactly was it he said about that Hispanic judge?

June 07, 2016 | | Other Views


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