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Benefits for divorcees

My wife is starting to get suspicious. Every day, my inbox is crammed with emails from strange women around the country! I don't mean strange as in unusual, but rather as in unfamiliar to me. A good percentage of these women are asking about potential benefits they are due as a wife or widow on an ex-husband's Social Security record. So today, let's concentrate on benefits due divorced women. By the way, the same benefits would be due to dependent divorced husbands. It's just that all my emails come from divorced women, so I am addressing ...

July 17, 2015 | Tom MARGENAU | Other Views


We don’t need gas tax hike

It's summertime and that means millions of Americans will soon be cramming in the minivan for family vacation. But Congress may soon be raising the cost of those trips by increasing the federal gas tax.

July 17, 2015 | | Other Views


California’s Latino ed crisis

The Los Angeles Times headline was cheerful: "It's Official: Latinos Now Outnumber Whites in California." The Times said, "As of July 1, 2014, about 14.99 million Latinos live in California, edging out the 14.92 million whites in the state."

July 16, 2015 | | Other Views


Thankful for neighbors, firefighters

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

July 16, 2015 | | Other Views


MAKING SENSE OF THE ACCORD TRIAL RECOMMENDATIONS

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm 85 years old and a Type 2 diabetic. My fasting blood sugars are usually below 100. My physicians seem to worry about low blood sugars, and I am more concerned about slightly elevated blood sugars causing damage to my cardiovascular system and my kidneys. I've had three close relatives die from complications of diabetes, and I know they were not able to control their blood sugars. Is it true that death due to low blood sugars is very rare? Is there evidence that there is an increase in strokes and cardiovascular events with every ...

July 15, 2015 | Dr. Roach | Other Views


California’s Latino ed crisis

The Los Angeles Times headline was cheerful: "It's Official: Latinos Now Outnumber Whites in California." The Times said, "As of July 1, 2014, about 14.99 million Latinos live in California, edging out the 14.92 million whites in the state."

July 15, 2015 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Nabbing financial felons

Big news from that razzle-dazzle place I call "El Casino Grande" - otherwise known as Wall Street.

July 15, 2015 | | Other Views


Demos & sanctuary cities

Democrats now will say anything to distance themselves from sanctuary city policies, even though they have supported these policies for years. In an exclusive CNN interview lastTuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked about San Francisco's refusal to hand over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement seven-time convicted felon and five-time deportee Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez. He stands accused in the fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle as she took an evening stroll on Pier 14 last week. (After telling a local TV station he shot Steinle by accident, Lopez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to murder.) Clinton answered, "The city made a mistake ...

July 13, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Top 10 questions Delta tunnels boosters don’t want to be asked

1. How will construction of the tunnels over a fourteen-year period help with drought?

July 13, 2015 | By BRIAN SMITH Restore the Delta | Other Views


Making $248 a minute

Florida's Disney World bills itself "the happiest place on Earth." But last year, some Disney World employees made so little they became homeless.

July 13, 2015 | | Other Views


Donald Trump is GOP’s Dark Lord Voldemort

Donald Trump is the GOP's Voldemort, the Dark Lord and villain of the Harry Potter children's book series. To thinking Republicans who don't want to go through another circle of hell like the 2012 presidential primary, Trump is He Who Must Not Be Named. When a partisan mistakenly utters his name, media dementors -- soulless creatures who sail through the airwaves -- pop out from nowhere and suck the oxygen out of the hapless offender. Helpless and filled with dread, some victims die, while others slip into nothingness. The dementors will not relent. They want to turn the primary ...

July 10, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


NEARLY ALL ADULTS HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY MONO

DEAR DR. ROACH: Can exposure to infectious mononucleosis trigger or cause rheumatoid arthritis to flare up and become active? I would appreciate your comments. Thank you. -- J.C.

July 09, 2015 | | Other Views


Hold your nose in SF

Downtown San Francisco feels like a large public toilet without enough janitors. More than once this year, I've seen men drop their pants in public places - including at Fifth and Market - to leave a smelly mess on the sidewalk. You can walk for blocks and never escape the stench of stale urine. At lunchtime, I see street people passed out on high-traffic sidewalks, and I am afraid to walk around them.

July 03, 2015 | | Other Views


Quo Vadis, America?

"Natural law - God's law - will always trump common law," said Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a Christian leader in her own right, "God will have the final word in this matter."

July 01, 2015 | | Other Views


Romance trumps process

San Francisco changed America. When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom opened City Hall to same-sex marriages during the 2004 Winter of Love, he had determined to "put a human face on discrimination." The long line of couples eager to tie the knot appealed to the public's romantic side. When two people are in love and want to commit to each other for the rest of their lives, activists asked, how can the government say no?

July 01, 2015 | | Other Views


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The election: This is real

This is not a television show.

May 19, 2016 | | Other Views


Sanchez doesn’t back down

Running to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., is not backing down from comments she made in December about ...

May 18, 2016 | | Other Views


Zuckerberg’s conservative battle

Mark Zuckerberg and his massive social-media site Facebook have come under strong criticism for allegedly suppressing stories of interest for conservative readers from its influential ...

May 18, 2016 | | Other Views


Is Mitt on suicide mission?

"It's a suicide mission," said the Republican Party Chairman.

May 17, 2016 | | Other Views


Most racism is mundane

This spring, the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus has been the site of several heinous acts of racism: An Asian student was spat on and a ...

May 16, 2016 | JILL RICHARDSON | Other Views


Onshore tax havens

The first thing you notice on the cab ride from the airport to downtown Panama City is the skyscrapers. They're architecturally beautiful, but jumbled ...

May 16, 2016 | JOSH HOXIE | Other Views


Selectively eliminate foods that bring on reflux

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have GERD. I've been on a proton pump inhibitor for a month, and though it's quite effective, I do ...

May 15, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


America’s other epidemic: Chronic untreated pain

The death of Prince, who apparently had a Percocet problem, and a 2016 presidential primary peppered with New England town halls that delved into increased ...

May 14, 2016 | | Other Views


Donald Trump the Disrupter

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the GOP House leadership member from Washington state, finally uttered the words I've been waiting to hear with respect to Donald ...

May 14, 2016 | | Other Views


Clinton’s private server, Sanders’ public blindness

Of course I had to ask Sen. Bernie Sanders about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email account when he came to a ...

May 13, 2016 | | Other Views


Who speaks for Republicans?

"No modern precedent exists for the revival of a party so badly defeated, so intensely discredited, and so essentially split as the Republican Party is ...

May 13, 2016 | | Other Views


Donald Trump can win

For the umpteenth time, Donald Trump is no conservative. He is an economic populist. When asked to name the top three functions of government, he ...

May 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump: The GOP nominee?

Donald Trump: the Republican Party's nominee for president?

May 12, 2016 | | Other Views


No third-party candidate

Every four years, there is political chatter about trying to run a third-party candidate who will supposedly be more conservative than the Republican nominee. The ...

May 11, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump must prove that he can do the job

Donald Trump has swept the primaries and is now the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. His almost unbelievable primary surge - from New York to Indiana - was ...

May 09, 2016 | Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


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