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January often best month to file for Social Security

I write a column similar to this one about this time every year. But I don't mind plagiarizing myself because it contains a very important message for people planning to retire in 2016.

January 01, 2016 | Tom MARGENAU | Other Views


Cultural winners & losers

ABC News devoted a fluffy two-hour special to the year in review, studying the news and pop culture.

December 30, 2015 | | Other Views


Is the West disintegrating?

On Jan. 1, 2002, the day that euro coins and banknotes entered into circulation, my column, "Say Goodbye to the Mother Continent," contained this pessimistic prognosis:

December 29, 2015 | | Other Views


Bill wrote the book for Trump

After lamenting Donald Trump's "penchant for sexism" last week, Hillary Clinton announced to supporters that her former-president husband - her "not-so-secret weapon" -will be hitting the campaign trail for her in January. Characteristically, in all capital letters, Trump struck back on Twitter, where he observed Bill Clinton himself has "demonstrated a penchant for sexism." The it-only-hurts-when-you-laugh part about this tiff is that The Donald and Bubba have so much in common.

December 29, 2015 | | Other Views


A tale of 2 tragedies

In October 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

December 27, 2015 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Trans-Pacific Trade scam

Last spring, President Barack Obama got downright crabby about people criticizing the mammoth Trans-Pacific Partnership he's trying to sell to Congress and the public.

December 27, 2015 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Frequent bowel movements without pain

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 77-year-old female in good health. I am 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weigh 125 pounds. I exercise regularly and eat a varied, healthy diet. For some years now, I have had what I consider too many bowel movements every day. I have complained to my doctor at my yearly checkups, but nothing ever gets resolved except for the diagnosis of IBS. My last doctor recommended I take Metamucil, and that helps in the passage, but not the frequency. Upon arising in the mornings, I have two to four good-size bowel movements without fail ...

December 27, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


The value of DNA testing for your dog

DEAR DIDI: You did such a wonderful job mediating between my family and our dog. The overall change in our household is no short of a Christmas miracle in our opinion. I wonder if our situation is more common than we know. Please share our story to maybe help someone else out there that doesn't have the benefit of your wisdom. -Family finally at peace in Stockton

December 27, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


15 QUESTIONS

1) Polls show that, by a large margin, Americans feel we're on the wrong track, both economically and as to foreign policy. Yet none of you offers any criticism of President Barack Obama, who has been in charge for the last seven years. Why, then, should Americans believe that four more years, under your leadership, would be any different from the last seven?

December 26, 2015 | | Other Views


Yes, Virginia . . .

The following is reprinted from the editorial page of the New York Sun. The editorial first appeared in 1897.

December 23, 2015 | | Other Views


Hillary Clinton got what?

"Schlonged." That is what Donald Trump said Monday night, referring to President Obama's victory over Hillary Clinton, the former senator and secretary of state, in the long battle for the 2008 presidential nomination. Appearing at a rally in Michigan, Donald Trump rallied his crowd by saying this: "She was favored to win, and she got schlonged."

December 23, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Islam and the West:

"I worry greatly that the rhetoric coming from the Republicans, particularly Donald Trump, is sending a message to Muslims here ... and ... around the world, that there is a 'clash of civilizations.'"

December 21, 2015 | | Other Views


Partnering with the Devil

As a raker of muck, it's my job to root out the nefarious doings and innate immorality of the corporate creature.

December 21, 2015 | | Other Views


Trump channels McCarran

Donald Trump's presidential campaign has done it again. Speaking aboard the USS Yorktown on the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Trump called on our government to stop letting Muslims enter the United States "until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."

December 21, 2015 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY | Other Views


Fibrates not effective alternative to statins

DEAR DR. ROACH: On a number of occasions, you have written about statins and mentioned their side effects, notably muscle damage. My physician put me on a statin about seven years ago, and after only 35 days I had a frighteningly bad episode. I gave up on the statins, but they left me with permanent damage to the muscle across my waist and a muscle on my left side. My physician then put me on gemfibrozil, two pills a day 30 minutes before eating. The gemfibrozil has lowered my bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raised my good cholesterol -- with no ...

December 20, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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John Kasich and his fellow Republican ‘Never Trumpers’

Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, just announced his decision.

November 03, 2016 | | Other Views


Not so FAST, Mike Restuccia

Every citizen has the right to endorse anyone for public office, but public officers walk a fine line when endorsing a candidate for elected office ...

November 03, 2016 | | Other Views


Landslide? Not so fast

So we have one candidate who definitely supports the Constitution and one who takes 24 hours to decide whether he does (tough one). We have ...

November 02, 2016 | | Other Views


Hillary’s Watergate?

After posting Friday's column, "A Presidency from Hell," about the investigations a President Hillary Clinton would face, by afternoon it was clear I had ...

November 01, 2016 | | Other Views


Stockton farmer’s measure takes on Brown’s legacy

STOCKTON - Wealthy farmer Dino Cortopassi has a lot in common with Gov. Jerry Brown.

October 31, 2016 | ELLEN KNICKMEYER | Other Views


Just the facts, ma’am

We knew there could be a big October surprise before this bizarre and unpopular election finally came to an end. But who knew it would ...

October 29, 2016 | | Other Views


Blame? Try GOP in Congress

Yes, I share the pain; I am outraged! I am a military father after all and I would be extremely upset if my son were ...

October 29, 2016 | | Other Views


A presidency from hell?

Should Donald Trump surge from behind to win, he would likely bring in with him both houses of Congress.

October 28, 2016 | | Other Views


Fighting racism in places where white workers are hurting, too

Since 2011, Maine's bombastic Republican governor Paul LePage has given America a taste of what it might be like to live under a Donald ...

October 28, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump vs. Clinton: Risk vs. disaster

Two weeks left to go in the election and the electorate feels like a battered NFL fan. The game gets increasingly old and tiring to ...

October 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Wells Fargo rotting from top down

Just when you thought that, surely, big banker greed had bottomed out with 2008's Wall Street crash and bailout, along comes Wells Fargo, burrowing ...

October 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Silicon Valley’s nasty war on those who think differently

Two years ago, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was forced to resign because it had been reported that he had given $1,000 to the campaign ...

October 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Dump Duterte, for starters

Alliances are transmission belts of war.

October 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Is Trump committed to law?

Donald Trump's rhetoric has been so dangerously outside the bounds of normal American political discourse - which, at least, pays lip service to constitutional governance ...

October 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Restoring the San Joaquin

FRESNO - A decade ago, environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150-mile stretch of California's second-longest river, an ambitious effort aimed at ...

October 24, 2016 | By SCOTT SMITH | Other Views


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